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16 October Iraq Special Weapons News

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

Current Operations

Deployments

  • Planning for Replacing Troops in Iraq AFPS 16 Oct 2003 -- Whether or not another multinational division is ready for deployment in February, the 101st Airborne Division will come home on time, said U.S. Central Command officials.
  • Senators Say U.S. Troop Morale in Iraq is Good AFPS 16 Oct 2003 -- U.S. senators recently returned from Iraq say life is looking up for its citizens and that American troop morale there is good.

US Policy

  • Secretary Colin L. Powell: Remarks at Walkout Upon Departure US Dept. of State 16 Oct 2003 -- We are, of course, very pleased with the unanimous vote in the Security Council this morning on what is now UN resolution 1511. The resolution accomplishes the objectives that the President had when we began work on this resolution a few weeks ago to bring the international community together to agree on a plan to move forward to restore full sovereignty of Iraq back to the Iraqi people in a careful, deliberate way that would include creating a government that was based on a constitution and electing leaders on the basis of that constitution.
  • Transcript: Senators in DoD Briefing Room Discuss Recent Congressional Delegation to Iraq 16 Oct 2003 -- " I'm Powell Moore, the assistant secretary of defense for legislative affairs. Secretary Rumsfeld had four United States senators as his guests for breakfast this morning: Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Senator Larry Craig of Idaho, Senator Craig Thomas of Wyoming and Senator Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island."
  • PENTAGON/IRAQ/FOREIGN TROOPS VOA 16 Oct 2003 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has welcomed passage of a new U-N Security Council Resolution on Iraq but is downplaying expectations it could lead to a quick influx of foreign forces to relieve U-S troops.
  • CONGRESS / IRAQ VOA 16 Oct 2003 -- The U-S Congress is nearing a final vote on President Bush's 87-billion dollar request for Iraq and Afghanistan. The U-S Senate late Thursday night narrowly (51 to 47) voted to convert money for Iraq reconstruction from a grant to a loan in a key setback for the Bush administration.
  • U.S. Says Iraq Resolution Reflects Multilateral Approach Washington File 16 Oct 2003 -- With the unanimous adoption October 16 of a U.N. Security Council resolution, "the international community has demonstrated its wholehearted support for the people of Iraq," U.S. Ambassador John Negroponte said following the council vote. He added that the U.S. effort in the past weeks to arrive at an agreed text "reflects our commitment to a multilateral approach to this compelling matter."
  • Rumsfeld Says Passage of New U.N. Resolution on Iraq Is "A Plus" Washington File 16 Oct 2003 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says it is certainly a plus that the United Nations passed a new U.S.-backed resolution on Iraq October 16 and that it may encourage more nations to send troops there and promote additional financing for Iraqi reconstruction.
  • Bush Defends His Iraq Policy in California Speech Washington File 16 Oct 2003 -- President Bush, in a speech October 16 in San Bernardino, California, strongly defended his policy to oust the Saddam Hussein regime from power in Iraq and thanked the United Nations Security Council for earlier in the day unanimously passing a resolution on Iraq aimed at attracting more troops and money to stabilize that country and help it become self governing.
  • EDITORIAL: SIX MONTHS AFTER IRAQ'S FREEDOM VOA 16 Oct 2003 -- Just over six months ago, the statue of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was pulled off its pedestal in the center of Baghdad. And with the help of a U.S.-led coalition, Iraq began its transition from tyranny to self-government.
  • CONGRESS / IRAQ UPDATE VOA 16 Oct 2003 -- The U-S House of Representatives is nearing passage of President Bush's 87 billion dollar funding request for Iraq and Afghanistan. The Senate is expected to follow suit, although lawmakers are threatening to defy the president by converting some 20 billion dollars for Iraq's reconstruction from a grant into a loan.
  • CONGRESS / IRAQ VOA 16 Oct 2003 -- The number of congressional Democrats who plan to vote against President Bush's 87-billion-dollar funding request for Iraq and Afghanistan continues to grow.

United Nations

  • U.N. Security Council Unanimously Supports Iraq Resolution Washington File 16 Oct 2003 -- The Security Council October 16 unanimously adopted a resolution demonstrating international support for a broad political, economic, and security framework for Iraq.
  • Members hail Security Council unanimity on Iraqi resolution, comment on text UN News Centre 16 Oct 2003 -- Addressing the Security Council after their unanimous vote on a new United Nations resolution on Iraq today, several members of the 15-nation body said that unanimity was important to show the Iraqi people international solidarity for their plight, but also voiced the opinion that the text could have been improved.
  • Annan welcomes passage of new Iraq resolution UN News Centre 16 Oct 2003 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the new Security Council resolution on Iraq - approved unanimously at the end of what he said was a "difficult" process of negotiation - and pledged to do his "utmost" to implement the text's provisions.
  • Security Council outlines roles in bringing peace, stability to Iraq UN News Centre 16 Oct 2003 -- After weeks of intensive negotiations, the United Nations Security Council today unanimously adopted a new resolution outlining the roles of the United Nations, the United States-led Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) and the Iraqi Governing Council in international efforts to bring peace and stability to Iraq.
  • UN compensation board makes available another $196 million in Iraqi funds UN News Centre 16 Oct 2003 -- The United Nations panel handling compensation for losses suffered as a result of Iraq's invasion of Kuwait today approved awards of more than $196 million, bringing the total made available thus far to just under $18 billion.
  • UN / IRAQ VOTE VOA 16 Oct 2003 -- The U-N Security Council has unanimously approved a U-S drafted resolution on Iraq. From U-N headquarters, Peter Heinlein reports the three European skeptics on the Council - France, Germany and Russia - agreed to support the resolution, but with reservations.
  • UN/IRAQ/VOTE/ALTERNATE VOA 16 Oct 2003 -- The United States has won a diplomatic victory at the U-N Security Council. After weeks of high-level negotiation, the 15-member Council unanimously adopted a resolution that essentially approves Washington's plan for rebuilding Iraq. From U-N headquarters in New York, Peter Heinlein reports, the victory also boosts U-S efforts to win international funding and troops for the reconstruction effort.
  • Iraq: Security Council Unanimously Approves U.S. Resolution RFE/RL 16 Oct 2003 -- The UN Security Council today unanimously adopted a resolution aimed at boosting international contributions for the security and reconstruction of Iraq.

Reconstruction Issues

Foreign Reactions

  • Blair admits being warned Iraq war would increase terrorist threat IRNA 16 Oct 2003 -- Prime Minister Tony Blair has confirmed for the first time that he was warned by British intelligence that invading Iraq would increase the threat posed by al-Qaeda.
  • U-N / IRAQ / REACTION VOA 16 Oct 2003 -- France, Germany and Russia say they will not contribute militarily or offer additional financial support in Iraq. The countries came to the decision despite voting Thursday in favor of a U-N Security Council resolution authorizing a U-S-led multi-national force there.
  • IRAQ / TURKISH TROOPS VOA 16 Oct 2003 -- The Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq met Thursday with the Iraqi Governing Council to discuss the council's concerns that Turkish troops might join coalition forces in Iraq. V-O-A's Greg LaMotte reports from the Iraqi capital that the issue seems to boil down to where Turkish troops would be deployed in Iraq.
  • Iraq: Contentious Resolution Withdrawn From OIC Summit RFE/RL 16 Oct 2003 -- The U.S.-led occupation of Iraq was widely expected to dominate the agenda of this week's two-day Malaysia summit of the Organization of the Islamic Conference. But at the request of Iraq's U.S.-appointed Governing Council, heads of state at today's summit opener dropped a draft resolution demanding a specific timeline for the U.S. to withdraw from Iraq.
  • O-I-C / IRAQ VOA 16 Oct 2003 -- Iraq's interim leaders have reacted to the latest United Nations resolution aimed at accelerating the return of sovereignty to Iraqis in exchange for broader support among U-N member nations for Iraqi reconstruction. The Iraqi leaders commented on the resolution during a summit of the Islamic Conference in Malaysia

News Reports

  • U-S / POL / IRAQ VOA 16 Oct 2003 -- Differences over Iraq continue to drive the battle for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination in advance of next year's election.
  • RFE/RL Iraq Report, Volume 6, Number 43 16 Oct 2003 -- NEW IRAQI CURRENCY DEBUTS / SUICIDE CAR BOMBER ATTACKS TURKISH EMBASSY IN BAGHDAD / SUICIDE BOMBER ATTACKS BAGHDAD HOTEL / IRAQI OIL MINISTER, INC AIDE ESCAPE ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT / IRAQI CLERIC AL-SADR ESTABLISHES ISLAMIC 'SHADOW' GOVERNMENT / UKRAINIANS SENTENCED TO SEVEN YEARS FOR OIL SMUGGLING / KURDISH PARLIAMENT TAKES DOWN IRAQI FLAG / SHI'ITE RELIGIOUS OFFICIAL TARGETED IN EXPLOSION / TWO IRAQI POLICE OFFICERS KILLED, TWO INJURED IN IRBIL ATTACK / IRAQI JUSTICE MINISTER DISCUSSES PROGRESS / AL-BASRAH AIRPORT OPENING DELAYED AGAIN / IRAQI POLICE DEFUSE EXPLOSIVE DEVICE AT AL-BASRAH UNIVERSITY / SHI'ITE CLERIC ADVISES IRAQIS NOT TO TRUST COALITION / FORMER REGIME MEMBER ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF IRAQI PASSPORTS / LEADER OF NEW POLITICAL PARTY REVEALS INSPIRATION / KUWAITI CABINET FORMS COMMITTEE TO EXAMINE IRAQI WAR CRIMES / TURKEY PLANS NEW BORDER GATE WITH IRAQ / CONTROVERSY CONTINUES OVER POSSIBLE TURKISH TROOP DEPLOYMENT / SAUDI ARABIA ARRESTS FOUR 'ISLAMISTS' NEAR IRAQ BORDER / PUK HEAD MEETS OFFICIALS IN TEHRAN / TEHRAN DEBATES SCIRI'S ROLE IN IRAQ / U.S. PRESENTS DRAFT IRAQ RESOLUTION TO UN / IAEA HEAD CALLS FOR RETURN OF UN INSPECTORS TO IRAQ / U.S. SENATORS BATTLING OVER IRAQI AID PACKAGE / UPCOMING DONORS CONFERENCE SHAPING UP




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