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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

23 October Iraq Special Weapons News

US Policy
United Nations
Reconstruction Issues
Foreign Reactions
News Reports

Current Operations

  • IRAQ / BOMBS VOA 23 Oct 2003 -- Iraqi police say they foiled two possible bombings in Baghdad.


US Policy

  • Maryland Congressman Finds Hope and Challenge in Iraq Washington File 23 Oct 2003 -- The column by Republican Congressman Wayne T. Gilchrest, who represents Maryland's 1st Congressional District, was published in The Baltimore Sun October 23 and is in the public domain.
  • U.S.: Congress Dithers Over Reconstruction Aid To Iraq RFE/RL 23 Oct 2003 -- Last week, both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate passed slightly different versions of a bill on financing reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan. The House measure reflected the wishes of President George W. Bush, but the Senate voted to designate half of the asked-for amount as a loan. Now, the House has voted to have its bill include the loan language, too, but it appears that the leadership in Congress will not let that happen.
  • EDITORIAL: THE U-N AND IRAQ VOA 23 Oct 2003 -- The United States has led a coalition of more than thirty countries to liberate Iraq. Saddam Hussein is gone and he will not be coming back. There will be no more mass graves filled with Saddam's victims. Iraq's infrastructure is being restored. Hospitals are being repaired. Schools have reopened.

United Nations

  • Iraq: Report Says UN Ignored Warnings, Basic Procedures Before Attack RFE/RL 23 Oct 2003 -- An independent panel says major lapses in UN security management preceded the worst-ever attack on a UN facility -- the 19 August bombing of UN headquarters in Baghdad. The report, commissioned by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, says staff were sent to Iraq unprepared for the changed security environment and that leading officials ignored warnings of an imminent attack. The report calls for sweeping improvements in the way UN operations are protected in high-risk assignments in Iraq and elsewhere.
  • UN: World Body Wins Sakharov Prize In Memory Of Slain Iraq Envoy RFE/RL 23 Oct 2003 -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and his staff have been awarded the European Union's top human rights prize. The prize was awarded in memory of Sergio Vieira de Mello, the top UN envoy in Iraq who was killed in a suicide bomb attack in Baghdad in August.

Reconstruction Issues

  • Annan Calls for "Urgent Attention" to Iraq Reconstruction Washington File 23 Oct 2003 -- U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan and Spanish Foreign Minister Ana Palacio opened an international donors conference October 23 with an appeal to the world community to stand by the Iraqi people and help them to build a new Iraq.
  • Iraq Presents Investor Opportunities, Treasury's Snow Says Washington File 23 Oct 2003 -- While Iraq still presents physical risks, it also offers historic business opportunities, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury John Snow says.
  • Bremer Sees Momentum Building for Reconstruction of Iraq Washington File 23 Oct 2003 -- The administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority, L. Paul Bremer, says he believes a positive momentum is building for the reconstruction of Iraq and expressed optimism about the outcome of the international donors conference currently under way in Madrid.
  • U.S. Urges Creditors to Restructure Iraqi Debt Washington File 23 Oct 2003 -- The United States is asking international holders of Iraqi debt to restructure the debt and make it less burdensome for the Iraqi people, says U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell.
  • Iraqis Strive for Progress in Economic Sphere AFPS 23 Oct 2003 -- National leaders have said many times that to make progress in Iraq, three areas have to move ahead together: security, political and economic progress must go hand-in-hand.
  • U-S / IRAQ / MADRID VOA 23 Oct 2003 -- Senior U-S officials say they're confident donor nations gathered in Madrid will heed the call by U-N Secretary General Kofi Annan for generous contributions for post-war Iraq reconstruction. But they're making no forecasts on what the pledge total will be when the two-day conference ends Friday.
  • IRAQ / DONORS CONFERENCE SIDEBAR VOA 23 Oct 2003 -- Officials from Iraq's U-S-backed Governing Council are urging international donors and investors not to be put off by their country's instability, and promise big rewards for those who put their money into Iraq now.
  • Iraq: British Charity Urges Accountability As Donor Conference Begins RFE/RL 23 Oct 2003 -- A British charity is urging U.S. and British administrators in Iraq to account for an estimated $4 billion that should go toward rebuilding the country. As officials from around the world gather in Madrid for an Iraq donors conference, the charity group Christian Aid says the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq had not given a public account of cash flows since ousting Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein in April.
  • Iraq: Donors Conference Opens In Madrid RFE/RL 23 Oct 2003 -- Representatives of more than 60 countries are gathering today in Madrid, Spain, for a two-day conference to raise money to help Iraq rebuild after years of war and sanctions.
  • IRAQ / DONORS CONFERENCE VOA 23 Oct 2003 -- Donor nations meeting in Madrid have begun a two-day conference that will determine the speed and scope of reconstruction in Iraq. U-N Secretary General Kofi Annan opened the meeting with a call for immediate aid, even though Iraq remains under U-S-led occupation.
  • BRITAIN / IRAQ VOA 23 Oct 2003 -- Britain is calling for the international community to be generous toward Iraq at the donors' conference in Madrid.

Foreign Reactions

  • Belgium pledges 5 million euro for Iraq IRNA 23 Oct 2003 -- Belgium has pledged to contribute five million euros to the reconstruction of Iraq, but no military aid.
  • Iraq: Turkish Premier Says No Deployment Without Iraqi Consent RFE/RL 23 Oct 2003 -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan today said that Turkey will not send troops to Iraq without Iraqi consent.
  • S. Korean Authorities' Treachery Flailed KCNA 23 Oct 2003 -- Rodong Sinmun today in a signed commentary brands the decision made by the south Korean authorities to additionally dispatch troops to Iraq as a product of the U.S. persistent pressure and as anti-national and anti-peace moves of pro-U.S. forces.
  • IRAQ: Focus on NGO reaction to Madrid donor conference IRIN 23 Oct 2003 -- With the donor conference for Iraq under way in the Spanish capital, Madrid, NGOs have released statements calling for increased security, protection of human rights and political transition to be put in place to ensure that there could be effective participation by donor countries in the reconstruction of the country.

News Reports

  • Iraq: Young Iraqis Eager To Work For Good Salaries From U.S. RFE/RL 23 Oct 2003 -- Many Iraqis work with U.S.-led coalition forces, as translators or minor clerks. Some have been killed during attacks on U.S. forces. But many Iraqis say they will continue to cooperate with the Americans. Some say they do it for the money. But others say their reasons are more personal, and more patriotic.

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