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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


08 October Iraq Special Weapons News

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

Current Operations

Deployments

US Policy

  • Time is Now to Invest in Peace in Iraq, DoD Official Says AFPS 08 Oct 2003 -- The next year will be critical in Iraq, and now is the time to invest in peace, Peter Rodman, assistant defense secretary for international security affairs, told the House Armed Services Committee here today.
  • Rumsfeld Dispels 'Quagmire' Label for Operation Iraqi Freedom AFPS 08 Oct 2003 -- Army Staff Sgt. Malcolm Jennings from the 10th Special Forces Group at Fort Carson, Colo., said that at no other time in his eight years of military service did he experience the degree of gratitude he received from the Iraqi people while deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
  • U.S. Welcomes Turkish Offers of Troops for Iraq AFPS 08 Oct 2003 -- The United States welcomes Turkey's decision to send troops to Iraq, State Department officials said Oct. 7.
  • Iraq: New U.S. Plan Seeks To Expedite Reconstruction RFE/RL 08 Oct 2003 -- The administration of U.S. President George W. Bush, facing persistent problems with restoring order in much of Iraq, has formed the Iraq Stabilization Group to expedite its rebuilding and security efforts there. Ultimate responsibility for reconstruction has been shifted from the Pentagon to the White House, under Bush's national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice.
  • Defense's Rodman Seeks Congressional Approval for Iraq Funding Washington File 08 Oct 2003 -- Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Peter Rodman has urged Congress to support President Bush's request for $87 billion for the Emergency Supplemental Appropriation to fund the war on terrorism and the reconstruction of Iraq.
  • Officials Cite Major Progress in Postwar Reconstruction of Iraq Washington File 08 Oct 2003 -- Bush administration officials spearheading the postwar reconstruction of Iraq told a congressional committee October 8 that, while major problems remain, the effort has already scored a broad range of successes.
  • White House Putting New Emphasis on Progress in Iraq Washington File 08 Oct 2003 -- The Bush administration is embarked on a major effort to show the American people the progress being made on a number of fronts in Iraq, White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan told reporters October 8.
  • Rice Says Removal of Saddam Hussein Advances War on Terror Washington File 08 Oct 2003 -- The war on terrorism "is greatly served" by the removal of Saddam Hussein as a source of instability in the world's most volatile region, says President Bush's National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice.

United Nations

  • Iraq: Prospects Dimming For Unified Security Council Vote RFE/RL 08 Oct 2003 -- Prospects for a unified Security Council vote to redefine the reconstruction template for Iraq appear to be dimming. U.S. officials indicate they will not substantially move beyond their proposal to gradually hand over power to Iraqis. Council members that opposed the war are calling for a swift transfer of sovereignty. Otherwise, they are seen as likely to abstain from voting on the U.S. draft resolution.

Reconstruction Issues

Foreign Reactions

  • US challenged over opening Iraq`s economy to foreign investors IRNA 08 Oct 2003 -- The British government was being called upon Wednesday to publish its legal advice on the war against Iraq following the decision by the US-led occupation administration to open up the country`s economy to foreign investors.
  • Iraq: Governing Council Wary Of Turkish Troop Deployment RFE/RL 08 Oct 2003 -- The Iraqi Governing Council has not announced an official position on the Turkish Parliament's decision to send troops to Iraq, but some members are already expressing concern. A significant portion of the Iraqi population is also wary of such a development, especially the Kurds in the north. But U.S. officials think they can bring Iraqis around to the idea of accepting Turkish troops.
  • Turkey: U.S. Hails Ankara's Decision To Send Troops To Iraq, But Admits Deployment May Take Time RFE/RL 08 Oct 2003 -- Turkey's Parliament yesterday authorized the deployment of peacekeepers to Iraq. Washington, which is desperately looking for support for its stabilization efforts in the war-torn country, hailed the Turkish decision. Yet, Ankara says it now expects concrete steps from Washington before sending troops.
  • Iraq: Governing Council Objects To Turkish Deployment RFE/RL 08 Oct 2003 -- Members of Iraq's Governing Council are objecting to Turkey's decision to send soldiers into Iraq at the request of the United States.
  • Poland: Defense Ministry Spokesman Resigns Over Missile Row RFE/RL 08 Oct 2003 -- Poland's Defense Ministry spokesman has resigned after triggering a diplomatic row by saying French-made missiles found in Iraq were manufactured in 2003.
  • Troop Dispatch to Iraq Denounced KCNA 08 Oct 2003 -- From a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the south Korea-U.S. "mutual defence pact" a few days ago, words came that with troop dispatch to Iraq south Korea would "contribute to global peace and security" and "pay off the benefits it received from the U.S. over the past 50 years.

News Reports

  • IRAQ: Concern over classification of prisoners IRIN 08 Oct 2003 -- The United States is trying to sidestep its obligations under the Geneva Convention by creating new categories of prisoners it is holding in Iraq, a Human Rights Watch (HRW) spokesman has warned.




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