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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


13 June Iraq Special Weapons News

Operations
Deployments
US Policy
United Nations
Reconstruction Issues
Foreign Reactions
News Reports

Current Operations

  • Coalition Joint Task Force Seven Commander Live Briefing from Baghdad 13 Jun 2003 -- Video-teleconference briefing on post-war stabilization efforts in Iraq and his upcoming transfer of authority from Baghdad, Iraq. Participating was Army Lt. Gen. David McKiernan, commander of Coalition Joint Task Force Seven. Also participating was Bryan Whitman, deputy assistant secretary of defense for public affairs (media operations)

  • Base welcomes first commercial aircraft AFPN 13 Jun 2003-- At 9:55 a.m. June 12, a small turbo-prop aircraft made history here as it became the first commercial cargo plane to land at the southern Iraqi base.
  • Team assessing OIF air component effectiveness AFPN 13 Jun 2003-- A team of nearly 100 experts in a variety of fields began traveling in Iraq on June 8 to visit up to 500 impact points targeted by coalition air component forces during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
  • US General Casts Doubt on Capture of Al-Qaida Symphatizers VOA 13 Jun 2003 -- U.S. forces in Iraq have staged a raid and captured what are described as al-Qaida sympathizers. But, a senior military official is casting some doubt on the claim.
  • Bremer Says Iraqi Resistance Not Centrally Directed Washington File 13 Jun 2003 -- While there continues to be some organized resistance to the presence of U.S. military forces in Iraq, Ambassador Paul Bremer says there is no evidence at the moment of any centralized command and control.
  • U.S. Forces in Iraq Focus on Terrorists, Resisters, WMD Hunt Washington File 13 Jun 2003 -- The U.S. commander of ground forces in Iraq says a terrorist training camp in western Iraq has been attacked "very lethally" and U.S. forces are "exploiting whatever intelligence value we can from that site for future operations."
  • U.S. Troops Defeat Enemy Attack, Kill More Than 20 Pro-Saddam 'Die-hard' Fighters AFPS 13 Jun 2003 -- American troops in Iraq blunted a night attack by pro-Saddam regime fighters, counter- attacked, and routed the enemy, killing more than 20 in a June 13 battle fought north of Baghdad, according to the top U.S. general in Iraq.
  • IRAQ / FIGHTING VOA 13 Jun 2003 -- U-S military officials say troops killed 27 armed fighters after an ambush in central Iraq, north of Baghdad. The officials made no mention of American casualties.
  • PENTAGON / IRAQ VOA 13 Jun 2003 -- U-S forces in Iraq have staged a raid and captured what are described as al-Qaida sympathizers. But a senior military official is casting some doubt on the claim.
  • ONE U.S. SOLDIER DIED AND EIGHT INJURED IN ARMORED VEHICLOE ROLL OVER ACCIDENT CENTCOM 13 Jun 2003 -- One V Corps soldier died and eight others were injured in an armored vehicle roll over accident 20 kilometers south of Al Asad Air Base, Iraq at approximately 8:00 a.m. today.
  • ONE U.S. SOLDIER DROWNS IN FALLUJAH, IRAQ CENTCOM 13 Jun 2003 -- A Coalition soldier was found dead in a lake contained within a military compound near Fallujah this afternoon.
  • 27 Iraqis Killed in Clash with US Military VOA 13 Jun 2003 -- U.S. military officials say troops killed 27 armed fighters after an ambush in central Iraq, north of Baghdad. The officials made no mention of American casualties.
  • U.S. Central Command Says Apache Was Downed By Hostile Fire RFE/L 13 Jun 2003 -- The U.S. Central Command has said that the Apache combat helicopter, lost over western Iraq yesterday, was apparently downed by hostile fire.
  • U.S. Military Says It Kills 27 After Being Attacked RFE/L 13 Jun 2003 -- The United States military says U.S. troops killed 27 people in Iraq after coming under attack today in Balad, northeast of Baghdad.
  • US Troops Kill 27 in Iraq VOA 13 Jun 2003 -- U.S. military officials say troops have killed 27 people in Iraq after coming under attack Friday northeast of Baghdad.
  • COALITION EFFORTS AID IRAQ'S RECOVERY (June 13, 2003) CENTCOM 13 Jun 2003 -- Coalition Forces continue to assist in developing a safer and more secure environment in Iraq through the following activities.
  • COALITION AND IRAQI POLICE WORK TO MAKE IRAQ SECURE (June 13, 2003) CENTCOM 13 Jun 2003 -- Coalition Forces continue to aggressively patrol Iraq to eliminate crimes against people and property, rid populated areas of weapons, ammunition and explosives, and stop the black market trade in fuel and other commodities.

Deployments

US Policy

  • Powell Confident 1,300-Person Team Will Find Iraqi WMDs Washington File 13 Jun 2003 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell repeated the Bush administration's view that the former Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction, and said that after the work of a 1,300-person "exploitation" team is completed in the country, "the world will see what we were talking about."

United Nations

  • Iraq: UN envoy meets Communist Party leader UN News Centre 13 Jun 2003 -- On his fifth consecutive day of consultations with Iraqi political leaders, United Nations envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello met today with Communist Party Secretary-General Hamid Majid Musa, who told him his party always believed there was an essential role for the UN in Iraq, both before the war and after.

Reconstruction Issues

Foreign Reactions

  • JAPAN/ FORCES / IRAQ VOA 13 Jun 2003 -- Japan's Cabinet has approved draft legislation that would clear the way for Japanese troops to head to Iraq. The move is controversial in Japan, which has a pacifist constitution with restrictions on the military. But if Parliament approves the legislation, Japanese troops would still be prohibited from engaging in combat.
  • Japanese Cabinet Approves Controversial Plan to Send Troops to Iraq VOA 13 Jun 2003 -- Japan's Cabinet has approved draft legislation that would clear the way for Japanese troops to head to Iraq. The move is controversial in Japan, which has a pacifist constitution with restrictions on the military. If Parliament approves the legislation, Japanese troops would still be prohibited from engaging in combat.
  • Spain Pledges 1,100 Troops for Polish-Led Division in Iraq Washington File 13 Jun 2003 -- At the NATO defense ministerial in Brussels June 12, Spanish Defense Minister Federico Trillo-Figueroa y Martínez-Conde confirmed that his country would provide 1,100 troops for a Polish-led division helping to stabilize Iraq.

News Reports

  • Chalabi Believes US Forces Will Find Weapons of Mass Destruction VOA 13 Jun 2003 -- The leader of the Iraqi National Congress, Ahmad Chalabi, says he believes there are weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and that U.S. and coalition forces will be able to find them.
  • Son Of Hussein's Personal Doctor Recalls Events Surrounding His Father's Execution For Treason RFE/L 13 Jun 2003 -- For five years, Raji al-Tikriti served as Saddam Hussein's personal doctor and knew the Iraqi leader more intimately than most. In 1993, however, al-Tikriti was executed by Hussein's regime amid accusations that he had been involved in plotting a coup. Common knowledge in Iraq has it that al-Tikriti was eaten alive by a pack of wild dogs as other prisoners were forced to watch.
  • Iraqi WMD Issue Could Serve Democratic Presidential Hopefuls VOA 13 Jun 2003 -- The failure so far of U.S. troops to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq has been a source of frustration for the Bush administration. Now, opposition Democrats sense the issue could have a domestic political impact.
  • BUSH / POL / W-M-D VOA 13 Jun 2003 -- The failure so far of U-S troops to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq has been a source of frustration for the Bush administration. Now, opposition Democrats sense the issue could have a domestic political impact.




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