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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


24 June Iraq Special Weapons News

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Current Operations

  • Transcript: DoD News Briefing - Secretary Rumsfeld and Gen. Myers 24 Jun 2003 -- "Regrettably, four American soldiers were killed during the past eight days in Iraq, three in grenade attacks, and another who was shot on guard duty at a propane distribution center (...) I also want to express sorrow that the British forces have sustained some losses in the past 24 hours. (...) To help ensure long-term stability and security, we are beginning the process of forming a new Iraqi army. (...) The search for Iraq's WMD continues."

  • Rumsfeld Says No Evidence Iraqi Leaders Were Killed in U.S. Raid Washington File 24 Jun 2003 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said June 24 there is "no reason to believe" that senior Iraqi leaders were among those killed in the U.S. raid on a convoy about six days ago near the Syrian border.
  • PENTAGON / RUMSFELD VOA 24 Jun 2003 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says the deaths of six British soldiers in Iraq and the almost daily attacks on U-S troops are a reminder that coalition forces continue to be engaged in a dangerous war on global terror.
  • IRAQ / U-S MILITARY VOA 24 Jun 2003 -- Six British soldiers were killed and eight others injured in attacks in southern Iraq. In other clashes west of Baghdad, at least three Iraqis were killed and one U-S soldier was wounded.
  • Progress Made in Iraq, but Deaths Hammer Home the Danger AFPS 24 Jun 2003 -- Coalition personnel are making progress in Iraq, but the recent deaths of American and British soldiers show the world is still engaged in a dangerous war against terrorism, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said during a Pentagon briefing today.
  • 6 British Troops Killed in Southern Iraq VOA News 24 Jun 2003 -- Six British soldiers were killed and eight others injured in attacks in southern Iraq. In other clashes west of Baghdad, at least three Iraqis were killed and one U.S. soldier was wounded.
  • Attacks in Southern Iraq Kill 6 British Soldiers VOA News 24 Jun 2003 -- British Defense Secretary Geoff Hoon has confirmed that six British soldiers were killed and eight wounded in attacks in southern Iraq.
  • Incidents in Southern Iraq Kill 6 British Soldiers VOA News 24 Jun 2003 -- British officials says six British soldiers have been killed and eight others wounded in two separate incidents in southern Iraq.
  • 6 British Soldiers Die in 2 Iraq Attacks VOA News 24 Jun 2003 -- Attacks continue against American and British forces in Iraq. In the latest incidents, six British troops are reported dead, at least four Iraqis killed and two U.S. soldiers wounded. Officials and witnesses report one pre-dawn incident around the town of Ramadi, west of Baghdad, in which unknown assailants attacked a U.S. foot patrol.
  • PENTAGON / IRAQ / CONGRESS VOA 24 Jun 2003 -- Members of the U-S Congress are expressing concern about the continuing deadly attacks on coalition soldiers in Iraq.
  • IRAQ/ATTACKS VOA 24 Jun 2003 -- With attacks against U-S forces, oil pipelines, and power stations in Iraq occurring almost daily, the urgent question is what must be done to stop them.
  • IRAQ / U-S MILITARY VOA 24 Jun 2003 -- Attacks continue against U-S and British forces in Iraq. In the latest incidents, six British troops are reported dead, at least four Iraqis killed and two U-S soldiers wounded. Few details of the attacks have been disclosed.
  • COALITION EFFORTS HELP REBUILD IRAQ (June 24, 2003) CENTCOM 24 Jun 2003 -- Coalition forces continue to help rebuild Iraq through reconstruction and humanitarian aid.
  • COALITION AND IRAQI POLICE WORK TO MAKE IRAQ SECURE (June 24, 2003) CENTCOM 24 Jun 2003 -- Coalition forces continue aggressive patrols throughout the country over the last 24 hours, conducting 1068 day patrols and 837 night patrols.
  • `Spartan Scorpion' raids uncover explosives, ammo in Fallujah Army News Service 24 Jun 2003-- Four 3rd Infantry Division task forces conducted raids in and around Al Fallujah as part of "Operation Spartan Scorpion" in the pre-dawn hours of June 15 and 16.
  • V CORPS SOLDIERS PROTECT COALITION COMPOUND IN BAGHDAD V Corps Release 24 Jun 2003-- There is a thin line between coalition soldiers in Baghdad's city center and those who might want to harm them, but try to cross that line, and you'll find it's more of a brick wall than a line in the sand.
  • Coalition Saves 27 Mariners in Arabian Sea Navy Newsstand 24 Jun 2003-- Twenty-seven crew members of a sinking Egyptian-flagged cargo vessel were saved approximately 350 miles off the coast of Oman June 24 by the U.S. and British navies.
  • Coalition efforts help rebuild Iraq ARCENT CJTF-7 24 Jun 2003
  • British soldiers train U.S. trainers in peacekeeping ARCENT CJTF-7 24 Jun 2003

Deployments

US Policy

  • U.S. Treasury Moves to Freeze Funds of Iraq's "Most Wanted" Washington File 24 Jun 2003 -- The Treasury Department added the 55 names of Iraq's "Most Wanted" regime figures to the Office of Foreign Assets Control's Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list, freezing any accounts in U.S. jurisdiction and prohibiting them from having any transactions with U.S. persons.
  • Saddam Hussein, Bin Laden Will Be Found, says Bush VOA News 24 Jun 2003 -- President Bush says it is only a matter of time before al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein are found. He spoke after talks at his Camp David retreat with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.
  • Senators Concerned About American Ops in Iraq, Afghanistan AFPS 24 Jun 2003 -- Following meetings with DoD leadership, Senate Armed Services Committee members said they are concerned about the continuing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • EDITORIAL: BAGHDAD MUSEUM GETS VASE BACK VOA 24 Jun 2003 -- The five-thousand-year-old Sacred Vase of Warka has been safely returned by an Iraqi citizen to the National Archeological Museum in Baghdad. The Warka vase was one of a large number of valuable artifacts reportedly looted from the Baghdad museum in April. Since then, many items have been returned. Fortunately, much of the museum's collection had been hidden by museum authorities before the fighting to oust Saddam Hussein began.

United Nations

  • PRESS CONFERENCE BY UNDP ADMINISTRATOR ON IRAQ RECONSTRUCTION NEEDS United Nations 24 Jun 2003
  • Iraqi Officials Tell U.N. "We Are Back" Washington File 24 Jun 2003 -- Saying proudly "Iraq is back," senior Iraqi officials are at U.N. headquarters to help plan the future of their country for the first time since the end of Saddam Hussein's regime.
  • NY/BLIX VOA 24 Jun 2003 -- At a talk in New York, retiring chief weapons inspector for the United Nations, Hans Blix, questioned whether a lengthier diplomatic process would have helped in the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
  • UN refugee agency steps up efforts to help Palestinians, Syrians and Kurds in Iraq UN News Centre 24 Jun 2003 -- The United Nations refugee agency is stepping up its relief efforts in Iraq on several fronts, ranging from finding housing for hundreds of evicted Palestinians and registering undocumented Syrian refugees to providing aid for returning Iraqi Kurds forced from their homes by the previous regime.
  • U-N / IRAQ / CONFERENCE VOA 24 Jun 2003 -- A conference is underway at U-N headquarters in New York to try to assess the challenges that lie ahead in reconstructing Iraq.
  • Annan recommends ending UN observer mission along Iraq-Kuwait border UN News Centre 24 Jun 2003 -- Secretary-General Kofi Annan recommended today that the United Nations peacekeeping operation that for nearly 12 years monitored the demilitarized zone between Iraq and Kuwait should be closed down by the beginning of October in view of the new situation in the region.
  • Iraq: UN and international donors to hold pledge conference in autumn UN News Centre 24 Jun 2003 -- A wide-ranging international meeting convened by the United Nations and for the first time including the United States-run administration in Baghdad agreed today to hold a donor reconstruction conference for Iraq this autumn after hearing repeated calls for the speedy establishment of an Iraqi political partner for the process.
  • Iraq: In Aid Appeal, UN Officials Cite Looting, Leadership Vacuum RFE/L 24 Jun 2003 -- Top UN humanitarian officials say looting continues to bedevil attempts to repair vital infrastructure in Iraq. They are appealing for an additional $260 million to help provide for Iraqis' basic needs through the end of the year and indicate the country will require extensive reconstruction aid as well. But a delegation of Iraqi technocrats attending meetings at the UN says the country is poised to attract investment, and that they are studying ways to boost the private sector.
  • Iraq: Blix Says Evidence On Alleged Weapons 'Never More Than Shaky' RFE/L 24 Jun 2003 -- Outgoing chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix (pictured, right) says U.S. intelligence on Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction was "never more than shaky."

Reconstruction Issues

  • Planning Begun for Iraq's Reconstruction Washington File 24 Jun 2003 -- The international community and a Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) delegation that includes senior Iraqi bureaucrats began moving toward a new era of assistance for Iraq June 23 with a session to prepare for a major, formal reconstruction conference to be held later in the year.
  • Iraqi Technocrats Seek International Aid VOA News 24 Jun 2003 -- A group of former Iraqi technocrats is urging the international community to contribute to rebuilding Iraq. The group is attending a conference on Iraq at the United Nations.

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