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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


20 October Iraq Special Weapons News

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

Current Operations

  • Soldiers guard sites for issue of new Iraqi cash Army News Service 20 Oct 2003-- Until recently, Iraqis had no choice but to carry a little reminder of Saddam in their pockets - a picture of his face was printed on Iraqi money.
  • Insurgent Ambush Kills Two U.S. Soldiers, Wounds One in Iraq AFPS 20 Oct 2003 -- Two American soldiers were killed and one was wounded Oct. 18 in Iraq during an insurgent-mounted ambush that took place west of Kirkuk, according to a U.S. Central Command news release.
  • IRAQ/ATTACK VOA 20 Oct 2003 -- One U-S soldier has been killed and five wounded in an ambush west of Baghdad.
  • Iraq: U.S. Soldier Killed In Attack In Al-Fallujah RFE/RL 20 Oct 2003 -- The U.S. military command says one U.S. soldier was killed and five were wounded today when unknown assailants ambushed a foot patrol just outside Al-Fallujah, west of Baghdad.

Deployments

US Policy

  • EDITORIAL: IRAQ RECONSTRUCTION VOA 20 Oct 2003 -- For the first time in four decades, Iraq is free. And as Rajea al-Khuzai, a member of Iraq's Governing Council puts it, "Now we are savoring freedom."
  • BUSH / IRAQ VOA 20 Oct 2003 -- President Bush is in Thailand, where he is trying to encourage more nations to give money and troops for Iraq.

United Nations

  • JORDAN: Aid workers cast doubt over new UN resolution on Iraq IRIN 20 Oct 2003 -- Aid workers and analysts have had mixed reactions to last week's announcement of a new UN resolution. Humanitarian aid groups and some UN workers said that a new UN resolution was not the key to getting them back into Iraq to help rebuild the country.

Reconstruction Issues

  • Iraq Humanitarian and Reconstruction Assistance Updates USAID 20 Oct 2003 [PDF]
  • UK minister denies sale of Iraq`s assets IRNA 20 Oct 2003 -- Britain`s new International Development Secretary Hilary Benn denied Monday that the decision to open up Iraq`s state industries, with the exception of oil, was in effect selling off the country`s wealth.
  • IRAQ/CRIME VOA 20 Oct 2003 -- The amount of violent crime in Baghdad has jumped dramatically since before the war that ousted former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. Homicides have increased more than 30 times their pre-war rate.

Foreign Reactions

News Reports

  • TURKEY: Third convoy of relief aid sent to Iraq IRIN 20 Oct 2003 -- A convoy of trucks carrying relief aid from the Turkish Red Crescent to 500 internally displaced people (IDPs) in Iraq crossed into the country on Monday morning. "Winter is approaching fast and these people need to have some supplies in stock," the deputy director-general of the Turkish Red Crescent, Oktay Ergunay, told IRIN in the Turkish capital, Ankara.




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