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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


06 October Iraq Special Weapons News

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

Current Operations

Deployments

US Policy

United Nations

  • Security Council Has Inconclusive Talks on Iraq Resolution Washington File 07 Oct 2003-- Members of the Security Council are taking "a brief pause" to evaluate positions on the U.S. sponsored draft resolution on Iraq, U.S. Ambassador John Negroponte said October 6.
  • UN/IRAQ/US VOA 06 Oct 2003-- A U-S draft resolution on rebuilding Iraq hangs in limbo, following an inconclusive U-N Security Council meeting on its fate
  • UN: Path To Reform Complicated By Differences On Iraq RFE/RL 06 Oct 2003 -- The latest UN General Assembly debate of government leaders was preoccupied more than usual with the issue of security threats. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan attempted to inject a sense of urgency about the organization's capability of dealing with the new threats posed by terrorism and weapons proliferation. But there was a sense that any major initiatives will remain on hold until the situation in Iraq is resolved.

Reconstruction Issues

  • CPA Restores Water Pumping, Sewage Treatment in Baghdad Washington File 07 Oct 2003-- The Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in Iraq is overseeing the installation of individual power generators in 37 Baghdad water facilities and pumping stations in order to ensure uninterrupted water supply and sewage treatment even in the event of power outages, said U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Andrew Natsios.
  • Iraq's Power Generation Approaches Pre-War Level Washington File 07 Oct 2003-- Iraq's power generation capacity has now exceeded 4,000 megawatts, according to statements from USAID Administrator Andrew Natsios in an October 3 press briefing. This brings total capacity back to 90 percent of its pre-war level of 4,400 megawatts.
  • Iraq Donors to Meet Oct. 23-24 to Discuss Country's Needs Washington File 07 Oct 2003-- Iraq's reconstructions needs are vast and will require an estimated $36 billion from donors during the next three years, according to a recently completed United Nations Development Group/World Bank needs assessment of the country.
  • U-S / IRAQ / DEMOCRACY VOA 06 Oct 2003--Bush administration officials are hoping that leaders in Iraq will draft a constitution within six months and then hold nationwide elections. The U-S led coalition would control Iraq until a new government is elected. But leaders from other countries are calling for a faster handover of power. Some Middle East analysts say these timetables are risky, and that moving too fast could jeopardize the future of Iraq and the transition to a stable democracy
  • IRAQ: New currency on the way IRIN 06 Oct 2003 -- The smell of burning 250-dinar notes - the Iraqi currency - permeates the air at the Central Bank just a little more than a week before the new currency is to go into circulation. Workers around the central lobby are busy counting new notes in various denominations, which will be available in banks on 15 October.

Foreign Reactions

  • Iran says UN should be given pivotal role in Iraq IRNA 06 Oct 2003 -- Head of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Majlis Mohsen Mirdamadi said here on Monday that Tehran believes that the United Nations should be given the pivotal role in all affairs of Iraq and a broad-based government should assume the administration of the country.
  • Speaker warns against discord, tension in Iraq IRNA 06 Oct 2003 -- Majlis Speaker Mehdi Karroubi said here on Monday that discord and tension are major threats facing the Iraqi people in their endeavor to establish a popular government.

News Reports

  • PAUL HUGHES OF THE NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIVERSITY VOA 06 Oct 2003-- Security is a serious issue in Iraq. The U-S-led coalition in Iraq is trying to maintain security there in part by training former Iraqi soldiers to be part of a new military force. Colonel Paul Hughes of the National Defense University was in Iraq recently, and he provides insight about how the training is coming along
  • IRAQ: Residents in capital learn bomb disposal IRIN 06 Oct 2003 -- After months of cleaning up missiles and bombs, agencies like Norwegian People’s Aid are now training Iraqis in the capital, Baghdad how to conduct bomb disposal themselves.




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