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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

21 October Iraq Special Weapons News

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Reconstruction Issues
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Current Operations

  • Transcript: DoD News Briefing - Secretary Rumsfeld and Gen. Pace 21 Oct 2003 -- "It's been a good week for the people of Iraq. In New York, the U.N. Security Council approved Resolution 1511, unanimously calling on member states to support the work of the multinational force that's currently in Iraq and to contribute both military forces and financial support to Iraq's reconstruction. And here in Washington, the House and the Senate each approved, largely intact, the president's emergency supplemental request with funds for Iraq and for the troops in the global war on terror. Taken together, the votes in Congress and at the U.N. represent strong bipartisan and international support for the coalition's mission in Iraq and support for the men and women in uniform and the Coalition Provisional Authority, individuals who are risking their lives to help bring freedom and stability to the people of Iraq."
  • 101st Uncovers More Weapons Caches in Iraq AFPS 21 Oct 2003 -- Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) discovered four weapons caches Oct. 20.
  • V CORPS, TASK FORCE LEADERS SHARE CONCERNS WITH BAGHDAD CLERICS V Corps Release 21 Oct 2003-- Coalition officials met with Kurdish and other Christian religious leaders Oct. 15 at the 1st Armored Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team operations center here.
  • Bahrain EOD Concludes Bilateral Exercise Neon Response Navy Newsstand 21 Oct 2003-- Bahrain-based Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) teams concluded Exercise Neon Response Oct. 5-15, a bilateral EOD exercise conducted in Bahrain between the U.S. Navy and Bahrain Defence Force.
  • ESG 1 Heads North in Support of Operation Iraqi Freedom Navy Newsstand 21 Oct 2003-- Amphibious Assault Ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) and the five additional ships and submarine of Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 1 entered the Central Command's area of responsibility (AOR) in September.
  • EOD's explosive efforts provide humanitarian assistance during Op Sweeney Marine Corps News 21 Oct 2003-- BOOM! The sound of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Detachment, MEU Service Support Group-13, providing its special kind of humanitarian assistance could be heard throughout the northern portion of the city of Al-Faw, Iraq, Thursday.
  • MPs ensure security as 13th MEU rolls into Iraq Marine Corps News 21 Oct 2003-- "On the Road Again" is the newest theme song for the Marines of the Military Police Detachment of MEU Service Support Group-13, the combat service support element of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), who logged more than 1100 miles conducting convoy security in the first two days of operations here Oct. 13 and 14.
  • Fighting 13th ashore in Iraq Marine Corps News 21 Oct 2003-- Marines and Sailors of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) arrived in southern Iraq this week, setting up on the Al-Faw peninsula, south of the city of al-Basrah, to conduct security and stability operations and provide humanitarian assistance to the people of southern Iraq.


US Policy

  • Armitage: U.S. Expects "Good Participation" at Iraq Donor Conference Washington File 21 Oct 2003 -- The United State expects "good participation" in the upcoming Iraq Donor Conference in Madrid, said Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage in an interview with the United Kingdom's Sky News October 20.
  • Armitage Hails Reestablishment of Fulbright Program in Iraq Washington File 21 Oct 2003 -- The resumption of the Fulbright exchange program in Iraq is "an indicator of the overall renewal and recovery" taking place in that country, according to Deputy Secretary of State Richard L. Armitage.
  • Deployment of Turkish Troops to Iraq Must Be "Worked Out Carefully" Washington File 21 Oct 2003 -- The decision to deploy Turkish peacekeepers into Iraq is complex and needs to be "worked out carefully" between the Governing Council of Iraq, the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), and Turkey, Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage said in an interview with Turkish television October 20.
  • Show Support for Iraqis at Madrid Meeting, Armitage Urges Washington File 21 Oct 2003 -- The United States sees the donor conference in Madrid as "an opportunity to show the breadth and the length of international support for Iraqi recovery," said Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage in an interview with Germany's ZDF October 20.
  • USAID Chief Says Iraqi Economy Poised to Grow Rapidly Washington File 21 Oct 2003 -- The Iraqi economy is functioning and poised to grow according to USAID Administrator Andrew Natsios. In an October 21 briefing at the Foreign Press Center in Washington, Natsios observed, "The big thing that I look at whenever I go to a country that has just been through a war or conflict is the markets. Are the markets functioning? Because merchants don't take risks if things are highly unstable. And there are more things on the markets now in the streets of Baghdad than there have been in 20 years."
  • Senator McConnell Stresses Positive Developments in Iraq Washington File 21 Oct 2003 -- A prominent Republican senator, who recently visited Iraq, said the international media has not presented an accurate image of Iraq because it overemphasizes bad news.
  • Rumsfeld Lauds Performance of Iraqi Security Forces Washington File 21 Oct 2003 -- U.S. congressional support of the supplemental funding request for Iraq and the unanimous vote in the U.N. Security Council for Resolution 1511 "represent strong bipartisan and international support for the coalition's mission in Iraq," Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told reporters October 21 at the Pentagon.
  • IRAQ/CONGRESS VOA 21 Oct 2003 -- In Congress, lawmakers are preparing for final negotiations on legislation to pay for U-S military needs and reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan. The House and Senate have voted in favor of the 87-billion dollar bill, but there were differences over how reconstruction money will be delivered to Iraq.
  • PENTAGON / IRAQ VOA 21 Oct 2003 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says he is hopeful foreign countries, especially the Gulf states, will offer significant contributions to the rebuilding of Iraq. An international donors' conference is being held in Madrid later this week.

United Nations

Reconstruction Issues

  • IRAQ / EMPLOYMENT VOA 21 Oct 2003 -- A U-S Labor Department official, who has been advising Iraq's Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, says the effort to rebuild that country's social welfare system is achieving success.
  • IRAQ/GASOLINE VOA 21 Oct 2003 -- Following the war to oust Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, a crisis developed at local gasoline stations. In Baghdad, thousands of Iraqis were forced to wait eight or nine hours to get fuel for their cars. A huge black market for fuel developed with people selling gasoline on nearly every street corner. But Iraq's fuel crisis appears to be all but over.
  • V CORPS ENGINEERS END IRAQI COMMUNITY'S 33-YEAR WAIT FOR DRINKING WATER PIPELINE V Corps Release 21 Oct 2003-- Thirty-three years. That's how long the farmers of Shamlyt, a small community three miles northwest of Baghdad have waited to get drinking water in their homes.
  • TROOPS GET 'IN-COUNTRY' BREAK AT NEW BAGHDAD R&R FACILITY ONCE USED BY SADDAM'S REPUBLICAN GUARD V Corps Release 21 Oct 2003-- Tens of thousands of soldiers under V Corps and coalition command have spent the last six months or more in Iraq and many have at least as long to go.
  • V CORPS' TASK FORCE 1ST ARMORED DIVISION HELPS BRING 'SADDAM-LESS' CURRENCY TO IRAQ V Corps Release 21 Oct 2003-- Until recently, Iraqis had no choice but to carry a little reminder of Saddam in their pockets - a picture of his face is printed on the Iraqi dinar, this nation's official currency.
  • IRAQ: Power supplies improving IRIN 21 Oct 2003 -- As people in Iraq talk of improved electricity supplies in the country, one of the reasons for the upturn could be the drop in temperature meaning that people turn off the energy-draining air-conditioning more often than they did when temperatures soared into the 50 degrees Celsius range.

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