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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


14 October Iraq Special Weapons News

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

Current Operations

  • Soldiers' Pump Project Helps Iraqi Farmers AFPS 14 Oct 2003 -- Thousands of gallons of water surged from a reservoir into an aqueduct Oct. 12 at the Al Jezeera Pump Station, the start of a long journey to serve more than 200,000 farmers throughout the arid plains of Northern Iraq.
  • 9 U.S. Soldiers Die in 7 Separate Incidents in Iraq AFPS 14 Oct 2003 -- Nine U.S. service members have died since Oct. 9 in seven separate incidents in Iraq, U.S. Central Command officials said.
  • IRAQ TODAY VOA 14 Oct 2003 -- Yet another car bomb has taken lives and dampened hopes in Iraq. There are increasing attacks on U-S forces and cooperative Iraqis. Shiites, who suffered cruelly under Saddam Hussein, are growing more resentful of the U-S presence. Even so, President Bush and his supporters say progress is under way that is under-reported by the media.
  • IRAQ / BLAST VOA 14 Oct 2003 -- A car bomb exploded outside the Turkish mission in Baghdad, killing he driver and injuring several people.
  • Iraq: Suicide Bomber Attacks Turkish Embassy In Baghdad RFE/RL 14 Oct 2003 --U.S. military officials say a suicide car bomber detonated his explosives while driving past the Turkish Embassy in Baghdad today, killing himself and injuring at least two Iraqi security guards.
  • Iraq: Car Bomb Explodes At Turkish Embassy In Baghdad RFE/RL 14 Oct 2003 -- A car bomb exploded outside the Turkish Embassy in Baghdad today, killing the suicide bomber and wounding at least two other people.

Deployments

  • Back From R&R, Soldiers Ready for Another Round of OIF AFPS 14 Oct 2003 -- The first group of 265 soldiers to take advantage of the Defense Department's rest and recuperation leave program returned to the Operation Iraqi Freedom theater Oct. 13 after about 15 days of R&R leave.

US Policy

  • Rice Says U.S. Welcomes Others' Input on Iraq Resolution Washington File 14 Oct 2003 -- White House Report, October 14: Iraq resolution, Turkish troops, NSC role, Cuba, China policy, nominations
  • CONGRESS IRAQ VOA 14 Oct 2003 -- The U-S Senate has resumed debate on President Bush's 87 billion dollar funding request for Iraq and Afghanistan following a week-long recess.
  • EDITORIAL: RICE ON IRAQ'S WEAPONS VOA 14 Oct 2003 -- For twelve years, Saddam Hussein sat in the heart of one of the world's most volatile regions, defying the United Nations Security Council, and terrorizing the Iraqi people. He invaded his neighbors, Kuwait and Iran, and used chemical weapons against his own people and against Iran.

United Nations

  • PRESS BRIEFING ON ASSESSMENT OF IRAQ’S NEEDS United Nations 14 Oct 2003
  • U.S. Presents Draft Resolution on Iraq to Security Council Washington File 14 Oct 2003 -- The United States October 14 formally placed its draft resolution on Iraq before the Security Council and said that it wants a vote before the end of the week.
  • Annan says no 'major shift' in new Iraq resolution, welcomes some changes UN News Centre 14 Oct 2003 -- United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan said today the new draft resolution on the future of Iraq is not a "major shift" from the previous one submitted by the United States, but he said that he was "grateful" that the framers had taken into account some of his suggestions.
  • UN/Iraq Annan update VOA 14 Oct 2003 -- The United States is pushing for quick U-N Security Council approval of a newly-revised draft resolution on Iraq. The latest draft is drawing the same opposition as two earlier versions.
  • IRAQ / GOVERNING COUNCIL VOA 14 Oct 2003 -- Some members of Iraq's Governing Council say it is going to be difficult, if not downright impossible, to meet the goals of Washington's latest draft U-N resolution.

Reconstruction Issues

  • Images of the New Dinars 14 Oct 2003 [PDF 377 Kb]
  • Iraq Currency Exchange 14 Oct 2003 -- Starting on October 15th 2003 a new national currency known as the 'new Iraqi dinar' will begin to replace the existing currency, the 'old dinar', and the currency used in the North of Iraq, the 'swiss dinar'. The new Iraqi dinar will create a single unified currency that is used throughout all of Iraq and will also make money more convenient to use in people's everyday lives.

Foreign Reactions

  • NATO Secretary General condemns bomb attack against the Turkish embassy in Baghdad NATO 14 Oct 2003 -- The NATO Secretary General, Lord Robertson, condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist attack against the Turkish Embassy in Baghdad earlier today.
  • Iraq needs experienced police not more troops, says top UK officer IRNA 14 Oct 2003 -- A senior British police chief in charge of law and order in Iraq criticised the UK government Tuesday for not giving him the resources he needs.
  • Khatami: Iran is for stability, security in Iraq IRNA 14 Oct 2003 -- President Mohammad Khatami said here on Tuesday that Iran calls for stability and security in Iraq. Khatami told the visiting Leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) Jalal Talabani that instability in Iraq is detrimental for different ethnic and religious groups in Iraq, including Shiites and Sunnis, as well as for the entire region and one of the root causes of instability in Iraq is presence of the occupying forces in the country.
  • Iraq: Politicians, Activists Say U.S. Needs Local Help To Combat Bomb Attacks RFE/RL 14 Oct 2003 -- A suicide bomber blew himself up outside the Turkish Embassy in Baghdad today, the latest in a string of bomb attacks aimed at Western and international targets in Iraq. Iraqi politicians and religious activists say foreign fighters and Saddam Hussein loyalists are behind the attacks. And they say properly trained and armed Iraqi forces, not U.S. troops, would be more effective in dealing with the militants.
  • RUSSIA / IRAQ VOA 14 Oct 2003 -- Russia says it wants to see changes in the new draft U-N Security Council Resolution on Iraq.
  • O-I-C/IRAQ VOA 14 Oct 2003 -- Islamic foreign ministers meeting in Malaysia are working on a draft to accept Iraq's U-S appointed interim government, but at the same time are calling for a timetable for returning power back to Iraq.

News Reports

  • CONGRESS INTEL PROBE VOA 14 Oct 2003 -- The U-S Senate's top Democrat is calling on the head of the Central Intelligence Agency to provide Congress with an assessment of the damage to U-S intelligence that may have been caused by the leak of a C-I-A officer's name.




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