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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


03 October Iraq Special Weapons News

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

Current Operations

Deployments

US Policy

  • Iraq: U.S. Inspector Says No WMD Found RFE/RL 03 Oct 2003 -- The chief U.S. inspector hunting for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq says no such banned arms have been found yet, but says his team's search is far from over and will continue.
  • U.S.: Inspectors Find No WMD In Iraq, But White House Says Search Will Continue Despite Skeptics RFE/RL 03 Oct 2003 -- David Kay, the senior U.S. weapons inspector in Iraq, was in Washington yesterday to give progress reports to two Congressional committees. So far, no nuclear, biological, or chemical weapons have been found in Iraq -- feeding skepticism about President George W. Bush's primary reason for going to war there. Now, Bush reportedly wants to spend $600 million to continue the weapons search, a move some critics say is nothing more than an expensive effort to legitimize the invasion.

United Nations

  • UN: Amid Skepticism, Security Council Takes Up New Resolution On Stabilizing Iraq RFE/RL 03 Oct 2003 -- A new U.S. draft resolution on Iraq has been received warily by members of the United Nations Security Council. The measure calls for strengthening the UN role in Iraq but stops short of giving it independence in overseeing Iraq's political transition, as some council members want. U.S. officials have stressed that they are eager to transfer authority quickly to Iraqi bodies, but say that full sovereignty can only follow the drafting of a constitution and elections.
  • UN/IRAQ VOA 03 Oct 2003-- A revised U-S draft resolution on Iraq is drawing increasing skepticism at the United Nations, after Secretary General Kofi Annan criticized it
  • POWELL/U-N/IRAQ VOA 03 Oct 2003-- Secretary of State Colin Powell, leading U-S diplomatic efforts to get a new Iraq resolution through the U-N Security Council, says he is "anxious" to hear specific suggestions on how the current U-S draft can be improved

Reconstruction Issues

  • Reconstruction Activities in Iraq US Dept. of State 03 Oct 2003 -- Special Briefing to the Press by Andrew Natsios, Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Iraq: New Money But Dollars, Euros, Or Dinars? By Sergei Danilochkin Radio Free Europe 03 Oct 2003 -- The U.S.-led interim authority in Iraq is embarking on a major reform of the Iraqi economy. Later this month, officials will introduce a new currency, withdrawing old Iraqi dinars currently in circulation.
  • Bush Praises Kerick For Work on Iraqi Police Force Washington File 03 Oct 2003-- President Bush met in the Oval Office October 3 with former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerick, who served under Major Rudy Guiliani. Kerick spent more than four months in Iraq helping to build an Iraqi police force.
  • Negroponte Says Iraqi Sovereignty Resides With the State of Iraq Washington File 03 Oct 2003-- The United States has given the U.N. Security Council a revised resolution on Iraq that offers clarification on the issue of Iraqi sovereignty, U.S. Ambassador John Negroponte said October 2.
  • IRAQ / POLICE VOA 03 Oct 2003-- The U-S-backed interim government of Iraq is finalizing negotiations to open a police training academy in Jordan, with the aim of graduating 35-thousand new Iraqi policemen over the next two years
  • IRAQ: Focus on back-to-school effort IRIN 03 Oct 2003 -- Children in blue uniforms with white shirts are so excited they can barely sit still as they wait to get notebooks, pencils and other materials on the first day of school in the Al-Furat District of Baghdad. Twelve-year-old Shaima leaned over to whisper conspiratorially in her friend's ear.

Foreign Reactions

  • PUTIN / IRAQ / ECON VOA 03 Oct 2003-- Russian President Vladimir Putin says Russia is not satisfied with the revised U-S draft resolution on Iraq's future, but he says there is still room to negotiate

News Reports

  • IRAQ / CLERIC VOA 03 Oct 2003-- Religious leaders in Iraq have received death threats from religious militants and followers of former President Saddam Hussein
  • Bush Says Iraqi WMD Report Shows Clear Violation of UN Resolution Washington File 03 Oct 2003-- President Bush said the interim report on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction submitted by chief U.S. weapons inspector David Kay offered evidence that the former Iraqi regime "was in clear violation" of U.N. Security Council resolution 1441 calling for its disarmament.
  • CONGRESS/IRAQ/WEAPONS VOA 03 Oct 2003-- U-S arms inspector David Kay says the United States wants to stop countries that helped Iraq's missile program from assisting other nations. He made his comments after briefing members of the Senate Armed Services Committee
  • BUSH/IRAQ VOA 03 Oct 2003-- President Bush is defending his decision to invade Iraq, in the face of stepped up criticism after the chief U-S weapons inspector told Congress that his team has not yet found any Iraqi weapons of mass destruction
  • President Comments on Weapons Inspector's Report AFPS 03 Oct 2003-- Saddam Hussein deceived the international community, violated United Nations Security Council Resolution 1441, and was a danger to the world, President George W. Bush said today, summarizing chief weapons inspector Dr. David Kay's progress report to Congress on his team's investigation of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program.
  • Kay: Saddam Hid Weapons Programs from U.N. Inspectors AFPS 03 Oct 2003-- While weapons of mass destruction have yet to be found in Iraq, Saddam Hussein clearly intended to produce them and hid the program from United Nations inspectors, the chief U.S. weapons inspector said here Oct. 2.
  • RFE/RL Iraq Report, Volume 6, Number 41 03 Oct 2003 -- IRAQI WAR CRIMES TRIBUNAL PROPOSED / IRAQI GOVERNING COUNCIL WARNS POLITICAL PARTIES, RELIGIOUS GROUPS AGAINST PARTISANSHIP / JOBLESS IRAQIS TURN VIOLENT IN BAGHDAD, MOSUL / IRAQI MINISTRY PLANNING CENSUS / TURKOMAN LEADER SURVIVES ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT IN IRAQ / GOVERNING COUNCIL CONSIDERS REINSTATING BA'ATHISTS / IRAQI OIL MINISTER INTERVIEWED ON RECONSTRUCTION EFFORTS / IRAQIS REPORTEDLY SAY THEY CANNOT MEET U.S. DEADLINE FOR CONSTITUTION / GOVERNING COUNCIL MEMBERS REJECT REPORTS OF TENSION BETWEEN IRAQ, U.S. / BAGHDAD UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT DISMISSED FOR NOT EXCLUDING BA'ATHIST PROFESSORS / KURDISH DAILY CRITICIZES U.S. IMMUNITY DEAL WITH FORMER IRAQI DEFENSE MINISTER / SCHOOLS REOPEN IN IRAQ / U.S. FORCES UNCOVER WEAPONS CACHES IN IRAQ / U.S. FORCES CAPTURE THREE SUSPECTED OF ABDUCTING U.S. SOLDIERS / ACCUSATIONS FLY BETWEEN CZECH TROOPS AND SHI'ITE CLERIC IN IRAQ / JORDAN TO TRAIN 30,000 IRAQI SECURITY FORCES / KUWAIT REJECTS U.S. SUGGESTION TO DROP DEBT CLAIMS / IRANIAN AGENTS ENTERING IRAQ DISGUISED AS PILGRIMS / U.S. SUBMITS DRAFT IRAQ RESOLUTION TO SECURITY COUNCIL / UN SAYS WORK GOES ON DESPITE WITHDRAWAL OF INTERNATIONAL STAFF / OIL-FOR-FOOD DIRECTOR SAYS DELAYS WILL IMPACT PROGRAM'S CLOSING / EU PLEDGES 200 MILLION EUROS FOR IRAQI RECONSTRUCTION... / .AS U.S. SENATE PANEL APPROVES $87 BILLION FOR RECONSTRUCTION / WMD INSPECTOR REPORTEDLY SPECULATES THAT HUSSEIN WAS BLUFFING / U.K. REPRESENTATIVE TO IRAQ SAYS COALITION CAN GO IT ALONE




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