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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

22 October Iraq Special Weapons News

US Policy
United Nations
Reconstruction Issues
Foreign Reactions
News Reports

Current Operations

  • IRAQ/SANCHEZ VOA 22 Oct 2003 -- The commanding officer of coalition forces in Iraq says attacks on his troops have increased in recent weeks, and he expects things to get worse.
  • PENTAGON/RUMSFELD/TERROR VOA 22 Oct 2003 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is questioning whether the United States is doing enough to win the war on terrorism. A memorandum written by Mr. Rumsfeld appears to contrast sharply with the Bush administration's usually upbeat assessments.
  • Congressmen Report on Coalition Progress in Iraq AFPS 22 Oct 2003 -- Two congressional delegations that visited Iraq said some very positive steps have been taken there, and that they left with the impression service members in the country are committed to their jobs and determined to see them through.
  • Rumsfeld Memo Asks DoD Leaders to Focus on Big Questions AFPS 22 Oct 2003 -- Far from being a glum assessment, a memo Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld sent to senior leaders poses questions Rumsfeld believes leaders should be asking about the new security environment, Larry Di Rita, Pentagon spokesman, said here today.
  • Alabama Engineers Pave the Way in Iraq AFPS 22 Oct 2003 -- Congestion, confusion, inefficiency -- all words that were used to describe the South Gate entrance at the 101st Airborne Division's logistics support area here, known as LSA Diamondback.
  • Iraq: Report Says Pentagon Ignored 'Valuable' Input RFE/RL 22 Oct 2003 -- "The New York Times" is reporting that the U.S. Defense Department, which President George W. Bush put in charge of Iraq's reconstruction, largely ignored a detailed report on the subject that the State Department spent a year preparing. According to the newspaper, the State Department report correctly anticipated the major problems that coalition forces have been experiencing in Iraq. It says the Pentagon, however, focused its efforts on problems that have not arisen to a significant degree.
  • Iraq: More U.S. Soldiers Wounded, As Number Of Attacks Increases RFE/RL 22 Oct 2003 -- Two ambush bombings wounded U.S. soldiers today, as the commander of the U.S. forces reported an increase in attacks against U.S. troops in Iraq.


US Policy

  • Powell-Iraq-Madrid VOA 22 Oct 2003 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell is in Madrid for the international donor's conference for Iraqi reconstruction opening Thursday. He declines to forecast how much money will be raised in the two-day gathering but insists the amount will be significant.
  • Transcript: Congressional Delegation Returning From Trip to Iraq 22 Oct 2003 -- "We were very fortunate to have this morning members of a congressional delegation that just returned from Iraq. And they came and had breakfast with the secretary. They had a good discussion. The delegation was led by Mr. Upton of Michigan, Mr. Saxton of New Jersey, and Mr. Turner of Texas were with them as well as Mr. Kline from Minnesota and Mr. Houghton of New York. They peeled off, so they're not with us right now, but they did join the secretary for breakfast."
  • EDITORIAL: SIX MONTHS OF PROGRESS IN IRAQ VOA 22 Oct 2003 -- Six months ago, there were no police on duty in Iraq. Now there are more than forty-thousand. The first battalion of the new Iraqi army is on active duty. But Coalition Provisional Authority Administrator Paul Bremer says security remains an issue

United Nations

  • Report of The Independent Panel on the Safety and Security of UN Personnel in Iraq The Independent Panel on the Safety and Security of the United Nations Personnel in Iraq 20 October 2003 -- "In the view of the Panel, the UN security management system failed in its mission to provide adequate security to UN staff in Iraq. The failure of UN management and staff to comply with standard security regulations and directives left the UN open and vulnerable to the type of attack that was perpetrated on 19 August 2003. In particular, the UN security system failed adequately to analyse and utilize information made available to the system on threats against UN staff and premises. The security awareness within the country team did not match the hostile environment. The observance and implementation of security regulations and procedures were sloppy and non-compliance with security rules commonplace. Adequate security arrangements may not have been able to prevent the attack against the Canal Hotel perimeter, but would certainly have minimized the vulnerability of the staff and premises and reduced the number of casualties caused by the attack." [PDF 711 Kb]

  • Report Finds Massive Failures of U.N. Security in Iraq Washington File 22 Oct 2003 -- The U.N. security management system failed in its mission to provide adequate security to U.N. staff in Iraq, a special panel investigating the bombing of U.N. headquarters in Baghdad reported October 22.
  • Iraqi bombing panel finds UN security systems dysfunctional, in need of reform UN News Centre 22 Oct 2003 -- An independent panel investigating the bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad said today that the UN's security systems were "dysfunctional," providing little guarantee for personnel safety, and needing to be reformed.
  • UN will implement recommendations of Iraq panel on security - Annan UN News Centre 22 Oct 2003 -- The United Nations will implement the main recommendations of a panel that investigated the bombing of the UN headquarters in Iraq and which called for reform of the organization's security systems, a spokesperson for Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today.
  • U-N / IRAQ REPORT VOA 22 Oct 2003 -- A panel investigating the bomb attack on United Nations headquarters in Baghdad has issued a sweeping indictment of the entire U-N security system. The panel's report describes U-N security management as dysfunctional. The August 19th blast killed 22 people, including the secretary general's special representative, Sergio Vieira de Mello. The panel is recommending a total security overhaul before U-N staffers are sent back to Iraq.

Reconstruction Issues

  • Preview of Iraq Donors' Conference in Madrid, October 23-23, 2003 US Dept. of State 22 Oct 2003 -- Alan P. Larson, Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs; John B. Taylor, Under Secretary of Treasury for International Affairs
  • Transcript: Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Department of Labor, Chris Spear briefs on Iraqi Ministry Of Labor And Social Affairs 22 Oct 2003 -- Also participating was Director of Employment, Fatin Al-Saeda, Director of Information and Technology, Evelyn Rasho and Director of Employment and Vocational Training Center, Sawsan Mahdi
  • Governing Council Seeks World's Support to Build Secure, Stable Iraq Washington File 22 Oct 2003 -- On the eve of a major international conference on the reconstruction of Iraq, the President of Iraq's Governing Council has appealed to donor countries to help a new Iraq "regain its rightful place in the world community."
  • Armitage Says Life Has Improved for Most Citizens in Iraq Washington File 22 Oct 2003 -- Life has improved for most citizens in Iraq, with schools, universities and clinics open everywhere and more electricity flowing, "but I'd be foolish to tell you there's not rocky patches ahead," Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage said in an interview with Danish television October 20
  • Focus of Madrid Donors Meeting Is Welfare of Iraqis, U.S. Says Washington File 22 Oct 2003 -- The Iraq donors' conference October 23-24 in Madrid will be another step in a multilateral process launched in June to help the people of Iraq improve their lives, says Under Secretary of State Alan Larson.
  • Annan says Madrid donors' conference for Iraq off to good start UN News Centre 22 Oct 2003 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today the Madrid donors' conference on the future of Iraq "is off to a good start," towards helping that country's reconstruction in "a robust and determined manner."
  • IRAQ / PROGRESS VOA 22 Oct 2003 -- The administrator of the U-S agency leading efforts to provide economic and humanitarian assistance in Iraq says his agency is having success in that country.
  • IRAQ AID VOA 22 Oct 2003 -- On the eve of an international donors conference on Iraq, U-S aid officials are looking at the mechanisms now in place to funnel contributions to the Iraqi reconstruction project.
  • IRAQ / DONORS CONFERENCE VOA 22 Oct 2003 -- During the next two days in Madrid, the United States and its closest allies will try to convince other countries to pledge large sums of money for Iraq's reconstruction. But their chances of success appear to be limited, in part because of political differences stemming from the U-S-led war in Iraq.
  • Iraq: Donors Conference Not Expected To Amount to Much RFE/RL 22 Oct 2003 -- Representatives of several dozen countries and international organizations are meeting in Madrid tomorrow for a two-day Iraq donors conference. The estimated cost of Iraq's reconstruction is put at $55 billion. About one-third of that amount will be covered by the United States. Washington and its allies are trying to persuade others to pick up the rest of the tab. But political disagreements over the military operation in Iraq -- as well as transparency over the use of the funds -- are influencing many potential donors, and contributions are expected to cover only a small part of the total needed.
  • IRAQ: Raw sewage remains a health hazard IRIN 22 Oct 2003 -- Seeing standing pools of raw sewage in the street was not uncommon in the days immediately following hostilities in Iraq earlier this year. Dirty water can still be a problem, but it appears that the sewage, for the most part, is getting treated more efficiently than it was six months ago.

Foreign Reactions

  • SNSC stresses withdrawal of foreign forces from Iraq IRNA 22 Oct 2003 -- Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Hassan Rowhani here on Wednesday termed the withdrawal of foreign powers from Iraq as an unavoidable necessity.
  • Decision to Additionally Dispatch Troops to Iraq Assailed KCNA 22 Oct 2003 -- A spokesman for the Central Committee of the Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League in a statement today branded south Korea's decision to additionally dispatch troops to Iraq as a pro-U.S. submissive act of leaving young south Koreans to the tender mercy of the U.S. imperialist aggression forces as their bullet shields to please the U.S., utterly indifferent to the nation's dignity and interests, and an unpardonable crime against it.

News Reports

  • Iraqi treasures recovered VOA 22 Oct 2003 -- Thousands of archeological treasures disappeared from the National Museum of Antiquities in Baghdad, Iraq last April. At that time, a coalition led by the United States ousted the government of Saddam Hussein. Robbers entered the museum. They stole and damaged many priceless objects.

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