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27 October Iraq Special Weapons News

US Policy
United Nations
Reconstruction Issues
Foreign Reactions
News Reports

Current Operations

  • Five Soldiers Killed In Attacks AFPS 27 Oct 2003 -- Five U.S. soldiers were killed and 10 were wounded as the result of insurgent attacks in Iraq, according to U.S. Central Command reports.
  • U.S. Soldiers, Iraqis Celebrate Hospital's Reopening AFPS 27 Oct 2003 -- U.S. soldiers and Iraqi citizens joined in celebrating the reopening of the Badush Hospital here Oct. 22.
  • Soldiers in Northern Iraq Re-Check Security Procedures AFPS 27 Oct 2003 -- Noting there has not been an increase in incidents in his area of operations in the last couple of days, the commanding general of the U.S. Army's 4th Infantry Division in northern Iraq said he has re-checked procedures and re-briefed soldiers to help ensure their safety and security.
  • Bush Calls Iraq Attacks a Response to U.S. Successes AFPS 27 Oct 2003 -- The more successful the United States is in Iraq, the more the terrorists will attempt to undermine that success, President Bush said today from the White House.
  • Transcript: Commander, 4th Infantry Division, Maj. Gen. Raymond Odierno, via Teleconference from Tikrit, Iraq 27 Oct 2003 -- "Since the 10th of September, we've been conducting Operation Ivy Focus, an ongoing effort consisting of aggressive offensive raids and continuous counter-mortar and IED ambushes to maintain pressure on enemy forces. These operations have resulted in the capture of 123 midlevel former regime members which we targeted, 43 IED makers, and six financiers. Task Force Iron Horse soldiers seized 1.5 million U.S. dollars suspected of being used to finance attacks on coalition forces, 340 AK-47s, over a thousand grenades, 680 RPG rounds, 1,340 mortar rounds, and numerous explosives, to include one pallet that was 4-by-4-by-4 foot in size, almost 1,200 blasting caps, and over 5,000 rounds of various munitions."
  • IRAQ WRAP VOA 27 Oct 2003 -- Baghdad has been rocked by several bombings, including one at the headquarters of the Red Cross, that have killed at least 30 people in the deadliest day in the Iraqi capital in two months.
  • PENTAGON / IRAQ VOA 27 Oct 2003 -- A top U-S military official in Iraq says recent deadly attacks in Baghdad show that anti-coalition fighters are resorting to terrorist attacks against easy targets. Major General Raymond Odierno (oh-dee-EHR-noh) told reporters those opposing the U-S-led coalition are resorting to desperate measures to stop efforts to bring security and prosperity to Iraq.
  • IRAQ / BLASTS VOA 27 Oct 2003 -- Sirens blared throughout Baghdad as four suicide bombers attacked three police stations and a Red Cross building, leaving three-dozen people dead and more than 200 wounded in less than two hours. A fifth would-be suicide bomber was shot and taken into custody.
  • Iraq: Four Suicide Bombers Kill At Least 34 In Baghdad RFE/RL 27 Oct 2003 -- Four suicide bombers struck Baghdad today, killing 34 and sparking fear and chaos in the Iraqi capital as residents began the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
  • Iraq: 34 Reported Killed In Baghdad Bombings RFE/RL 27 Oct 2003 -- Five suicide bombings rocked Baghdad today, killing at least 34 people and wounding at least 200 more, international media reported.
  • Iraq: New Explosions Rock Baghdad RFE/RL 27 Oct 2003 -- A series of explosions rocked Baghdad today, killing at least 18 people.
  • IRAQ / BLASTS VOA 27 Oct 2003 -- A series of suicide car bombings in Baghdad Monday killed at least 18 people and wounded dozens of others.
  • IRAQ / EXPLOSIONS VOA 27 Oct 2003 -- At least 10 people have been killed in a powerful early-morning car bombing near the Red Cross headquarters building in Baghdad. A series of secondary explosions have also been heard throughout the Iraqi capital.
  • American Troops Supporting Ramadan Activities in Iraq Washington File 27 Oct 2003 -- U.S. Army Major General Raymond Odierno says American troops are supporting the celebration of Ramadan in Iraq by facilitating religious observances and honoring local customs.


US Policy

  • Powell Thanks Romania for Help in Afghanistan, Iraq Washington File 27 Oct 2003 -- Speaking to journalists after his meeting with Romanian President Ion Iliescu at the State Department October 27, Secretary of State Colin Powell thanked the president "and the people of Romania through him, for the support they have provided to the United States, through some challenges in Afghanistan and Iraq, Romanians standing side by side alongside Coalition forces, Americans especially, in both of those places."
  • Powell Condemns October 27 Baghdad Bombings Washington File 27 Oct 2003 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell condemned the wave of car bombings that hit Baghdad October 27 as "attacks on the Iraqi people and their hopes for a better, prosperous, and democratic future."
  • Bush Reaffirms Commitment to a Free, Secure Iraq Washington File 27 Oct 2003 -- President Bush assured journalists at an October 27 photo opportunity that "we're even more determined to work with the Iraqi people to create the conditions of freedom and peace, because it's in our national interest we do so."
  • Iraqi Reconstruction to Continue Despite Bombings, Says Powell Washington File 27 Oct 2003 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell acknowledged that the series of terrorist bombings in Baghdad October 27 made for a "bad 24 hours," but pledged that coalition forces would move ahead with reconstruction plans and efforts.
  • Madrid Conference "Tremendous Success," Treasury Official Says Washington File 27 Oct 2003 -- Calling the international donors conference for Iraqi reconstruction "a tremendous success," U.S. Under Secretary of the Treasury John Taylor said October 27 that the amount pledged has reached $18 billion. These pledges combined with $20.3 billion from the U.S. supplemental budget request in the final stages of congressional approval and future Iraqi oil revenues will achieve the goal of $55 billion over four years, he said.
  • U.S. Will Not Be Intimidated by Terrorist Attacks in Baghdad Washington File 27 Oct 2003 -- The United States will not be intimidated by the terrorist attacks in Baghdad against the Al Rasheed Hotel, the International Red Cross headquarters, and three police stations that killed dozens of people, the Bush administration emphasized October 27.
  • Treasury's Snow Says Madrid Conference a "Victory" for Iraq Washington File 27 Oct 2003 -- U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow says that pledges made during the recent international donors conference in Madrid, in conjunction with Iraq's future oil revenues, will provide the necessary resources to help Iraqis rebuild their country following decades of dictatorship.
  • EDITORIAL: THE IRAQ DONORS' CONFERENCE VOA 27 Oct 2003 -- Representatives from more than seventy countries and twenty international organizations met in Madrid, Spain, on October 23rd and October 24th to find ways to help Iraq recover from decades of oppression. They pledged at least thirty-three billion dollars in grants and loans to Iraq. Besides the U.S., which pledged twenty-billion dollars, some of the other donors are South Korea, Japan, Great Britain, Denmark, Spain, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia.
  • BUSH/IRAQ VOA 27 Oct 2003 -- President Bush says the United States will stay the course in Iraq, despite a new series of bombings in Baghdad.
  • Iraq: Wolfowitz Reiterates U.S. Commitment After Hotel Attack RFE/RL 27 Oct 2003 -- Efforts continue to rebuild a post-war Iraq despite ongoing attacks on U.S. troops. After being caught in a hotel attack today, U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz maintains U.S. commitment.

United Nations

  • U.N. Calls Attack on Red Cross in Baghdad a Crime Against Humanity Washington File 27 Oct 2003 -- A United Nations spokesman said Secretary General Kofi Annan was "deeply dismayed" over the series of terrorist attacks in Baghdad, and described the attack upon the headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as a "crime against humanity."
  • Iraq: Annan calls attack on Red Cross 'crime against humanity' UN News Centre 27 Oct 2003 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called the bombing of the Red Cross office in Baghdad a "crime against humanity," and condemned all of today's attacks throughout the Iraqi capital.

Reconstruction Issues

Foreign Reactions

  • Belgium will not send troops to Iraq IRNA 27 Oct 2003 -- Belgium has ruled out sending troops to Iraq. Belgian Defence Minister Andre Flahaut said the latest UN resolution does not give the United Nations sufficient control over peacekeeping in the area, local radio RVI reported today.
  • IRAQ/ARAB REACT VOA 27 Oct 2003 -- Arab observers, speaking immediately after Monday's attacks in Baghdad, say that although many in the Arab world would condemn attacks on civilians, most Arabs would also have some sympathy for those fighting to end what they see as the U-S occupation of Iraq. The observers also say that public animosity in Arab and Muslim countries toward U-S foreign policy is so great now, that it is difficult to publicly show any sympathy at all for the U-S effort in Iraq.
  • E-U / IRAQ BOMBINGS VOA 27 Oct 2003 -- E-U officials have expressed outrage over the bombing outside the International Committee of the Red Cross' headquarters in Baghdad, but they say the situation in Iraq is not out of control. The European Union says it is concerned about the effect the attack will have on the delivery of aid to the Iraqi people.
  • ICRC / BAGHDAD ATTACK VOA 27 Oct 2003 --The International Committee of the Red Cross has strongly condemned the bombing of its headquarters in Baghdad. The I-C-R-C is puzzled by the attack.
  • Withdrawal of Decision on Additional Troop Dispatch to Iraq Demanded KCNA 27 Oct 2003 -- The south Korean authorities should cogitate about the grave consequences to be entailed by their traitorous decision on additional troop dispatch to Iraq and unconditionally withdraw the improper anti-national decision, says Rodong Sinmun today in a signed commentary.
  • IRAQ: NGOs cautiously welcome aid pledges IRIN 27 Oct 2003 -- NGOs said they were pleased with donor commitment to Iraq at the Madrid conference held on 23 and 24 October, but raised concerns over rifts between nations over the war in Iraq and deteriorating security.

News Reports

  • Iraq: Muslims Look Forward To First Post-Hussein Ramadan RFE/RL 27 Oct 2003 -- Muslims around the world are preparing to mark the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan. The holiday -- a time for fasting and inner reflection -- has special meaning this year in Iraq, where people will mark Ramadan for the first time since the fall of Saddam Hussein.
  • IRAQ: At least 34 killed in Baghdad bombings IRIN 27 Oct 2003 -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has condemned a bomb attack on its office in Baghdad and others across the city in which at least 34 people were killed and up to 200 injured.

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