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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


28 October Iraq Special Weapons News

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

Current Operations

  • IRAQ / SUICIDE ATTACKS VOA 28 Oct 2003 -- Suicide attacks have risen sharply in Iraq in recent months. The attackers have also widened their focus of targets to include not only U-S forces, but their Iraqi supporters as well.
  • Clinic, Schools Open Doors in Iraq Thanks to 101st Airborne AFPS 28 Oct 2003 -- A health clinic and two schools near Mosul, Iraq, opened Oct. 23 after the Commander's Emergency Relief Program of the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) brought them back to life.
  • Car Bomb in Fallujah Wounds 2 Iraqis AFPS 28 Oct 2003 -- A car bomb exploded outside an engineering office and down the street from a police station in Fallujah, Iraq, wounding two Iraqis, Combined Joint Task Force 7 officials said today.
  • IRAQ / FALLUJAH BLAST VOA 28 Oct 2003 -- A bomber struck the town of Fallujah west of Baghdad, killing at least four civilians.
  • Iraq: U.S. Troops Accused Of Being Heavy-Handed In Their Search For Terrorists RFE/RL 28 Oct 2003 -- In Iraq, U.S. troops continue to raid the homes and hideouts of suspected loyalists of deposed President Saddam Hussein, searching for weapons and the individuals who are organizing or financing the continuing attacks against coalition soldiers. Despite the 1 May announcement of the end of major combat operations in Iraq, 113 U.S. troops have died in attacks in the past six months.

Deployments

US Policy

  • Success in Iraq, Middle East Can Counter Anti-Americanism, Says Powell Washington File 28 Oct 2003 -- Anti-American attitudes in the world can be changed if the United States can demonstrate that its policies in Iraq are successful and progress can be made in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, said Secretary of State Colin Powell.
  • CONGRESS IRAQ VOA 28 Oct 2003 -- Congressional negotiators have begun to work out differences between Senate and House-passed spending bills for Iraq and Afghanistan. The most difficult issue facing lawmakers is whether to make 10 billion dollars in Iraq reconstruction aid a loan or a grant.
  • World Safer Because of U.S. Actions, Bush Says AFPS 28 Oct 2003 -- The world is safer today because Saddam Hussein and the Taliban are gone, President Bush said during a White House press conference today.
  • BUSH / IRAQ VOA 28 Oct 2003 -- President Bush says recent deadly terrorist attacks in Iraq appear to be the work of Saddam Hussein loyalists and foreign terrorists. Mr. Bush says Iraq remains a dangerous place, but America's resolve to help the Iraqi people is firm.
  • Rumsfeld: Baghdad Terror Attacks Target Iraq Successes AFPS 28 Oct 2003 -- The recent spate of deadly bombings and other terrorist actions in Iraq are likely the result of U.S. and coalition successes in the post-Saddam Hussein era, the U.S. military's top civilian said Oct. 27.

United Nations

Reconstruction Issues

  • Iraq Weekly Update Joint Staff/Coalition Provisional Authority 28 Oct 2003 -- Power / Oil / Education / Health Care / Security / Governance / Economics [PDF 4.75 Mb]
  • Text: State Department on CPA's Opinion Survey Washington File 28 Oct 2003 -- Following is the official answer to a question taken at the October 27 regular State Department briefing; the answer was posted October 28
  • IRAQ: Focus on Baghdad airport IRIN 28 Oct 2003 -- Passengers on a charter humanitarian flight used Terminal C at Baghdad International Airport for the first time last weekend. But no one is saying when the large international airport's other terminals may actually open to commercial traffic.

Foreign Reactions

  • I-C-R-C/IRAQ VOA 28 Oct 2003 -- The chief spokeswoman for the International Committee of the Red Cross says the agency will not give in to pressure from any country, including the United States. She says the I-C-R-C is reviewing its humanitarian operations in Iraq following Monday's suicide bombing at its building in Baghdad.
  • Iraq: Baghdad Residents Condemn Suicide Attacks As Red Cross Mulls Its Future RFE/RL 28 Oct 2003 -- Many Iraqis say they are disgusted by yesterday's series of suicide bombings in the capital, Baghdad. The three attacks killed more than 30 people -- mostly Iraqi civilians and police officers. One of those attacks targeted the headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross. At least 12 people were killed in that blast, including two Red Cross personnel. The organization is now evaluating its future in Iraq.
  • Iraq: Annan, Bush, Other Leaders Condemn Bomb Attacks RFE/RL 28 Oct 2003 -- International leaders have strongly condemned today's series of bombings in Baghdad that killed at least 34 people and injured more than 200.
  • IRAQ: NGOs refuse to respond to US pressure IRIN 28 Oct 2003 -- Aid agencies working in Iraq have said they would not be influenced by statements made by the US when it comes to making a decision on continuing to operate in the country.

News Reports

  • IRAQ / AFTERMATH VOA 28 Oct 2003 -- At three police stations in Baghdad and a Red Cross building in the capital, city workers sifted through rubble following Monday's suicide attacks that left dozens of people dead and hundreds wounded.
  • IRAQ: MADRID DONORS CONFERENCE 'AN ENCOURAGING START' US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign media Reaction October 28, 2003




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