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30 October Iraq Special Weapons News

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

Current Operations

  • Transcript: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Richard B. Myers Regional Media Interviews 31 Oct 2003 -- "Well, we've been working for some time, as a matter of fact for over a month, on ways we could accelerate getting Iraqis to fulfill some of the security requirements in the police, what we call the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps, to do infrastructure and facilities protection, border guards and so forth. We've been looking at ways to accelerate that and have made some tentative plans. But the one thing I think is incorrect in all that is that they're going to be trained appropriately. We're not going to skimp on training to get more Iraqis forward. They put themselves in harm's way. Many of them have lost their lives trying to protect the Iraqi people and their country and to forge a new Iraq, and we've got to make sure that they're trained appropriately."
  • PENTAGON/IRAQ VOA 30 Oct 2003 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld insists progress is being made in the reconstruction of Iraq despite an escalation in terrorist bombings.
  • IRAQ / ATTACKS VOA 30 Oct 2003 -- Several explosions have rocked Baghdad, causing at least one fire, and earlier in the day a train was disabled by a makeshift bomb.
  • Recent Attacks Will Not Break American Will, Says Wolfowitz AFPS 30 Oct 2003 -- Terrorists and former regime gangsters are trying to break the American will with the recent spate of attacks in Iraq, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said here Oct. 29.

Deployments

US Policy

  • U.S. Congressional Delegation Says Iraq is "Coming Back to Life" Washington File 30 Oct 2003 -- Representative Sue Kelly, who has just returned from visiting Iraq as part of a U.S. congressional delegation, says she saw "a country that's coming back to life."
  • Terrorists Are Attacking Iraqi Successes, Rumsfeld Says Washington File 30 Oct 2003 -- Saying that terrorists in Iraq are attacking the coalition's successes and are killing "an increasingly large number of Iraqis," Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says the United States will stay in Iraq "as long as necessary" to ensure that the country is secure.
  • U.S. to Help U.N., Red Cross Continue Work In Iraq Washington File 30 Oct 2003 -- The United States understands the security considerations that have led the United Nations and the International Red Cross to temporarily withdraw staff from Iraq, and it will work with them so they can continue to do their essential work there in some form, Condoleezza Rice said October 30.
  • RICE / FOREIGN POLICY VOA 30 Oct 2003 -- U-S Presidential National Security advisor Condoleezza Rice says recent attacks against aid workers in Baghdad show that the terrorists in Iraq have no regard for innocent live.
  • Transcript: Secretary Rumsfeld briefs on Iraq 30 Oct 2003 -- "In less than six months, we've gone from zero Iraqis providing security to their country -- you don't have that chart; there it is -- to close to 100,000 Iraqis currently under arms. Indeed, the progress has been so swift that Iraq is already the second largest of the security forces in the coalition. It will not be long before they will be the largest and outnumber the U.S. forces, and it shouldn't be too long thereafter that they will outnumber all coalition forces combined."
  • Transcript: Representatives in DoD Briefing Room Discuss Recent Congressional Delegation to Iraq 30 Oct 2003 -- Participating were Deborah Pryce (R-Ohio), Sue Kelly (R-NY), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R. Fla.), Jennifer Dunn (R. Wash.) Darlene Hooley (D-Ore.), Caroyln McCarthy (D-NY), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Katherine Harris (R-Fla.)
  • Congresswomen Say Iraqi Women Must Have Role in New Government AFPS 30 Oct 2003 -- Visiting U.S. troops, seeing the "progress on the ground," and talking with Iraqi women were the goals of a bipartisan congressional delegation recently returned from Iraq, Ohio Rep. Deborah Pryce said here today.
  • Detailing Success Doesn't Mean Sugarcoating in Iraq AFPS 30 Oct 2003 -- Detailing successes in Iraq does not mean the Defense Department is trying to put a happy face on the conflict, Defense Secretary Donald. H. Rumsfeld said at a Pentagon press conference today.
  • U-S-IRAQ-U-N VOA 30 Oct 2003 -- The United States expressed understanding Thursday for decisions by the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross to withdraw personnel from Baghdad, following the latest suicide car bombings in the Iraqi capital.
  • EDITORIAL: ANSAR AL-ISLAM IN IRAQ VOA 30 Oct 2003 -- Ansar al-Islam, or A-I, is an extremist Muslim terrorist group operating in Iraq. It has ties to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida. The A-I terrorists want to impose on Iraq a repressive regime similar to that of the former Afghan Taleban. And it is becoming clear, says U.S. Lieutenant General Norton Schwartz, that Answar al-Islam is willing to work with the bitter-enders of the Saddam Hussein regime

United Nations

  • UN/IRAQ PULLOUT VOA 30 Oct 2003 -- The United Nations is temporarily withdrawing all international staff from Baghdad. The pullout will reduce the total U-N contingent in Iraq to fewer than 50, almost all of them in the north.
  • UN staff temporarily relocating from Baghdad for security consultations - spokesperson UN News Centre 30 Oct 2003 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has asked the UN international team in Baghdad to relocate temporarily for consultations on security arrangements, a UN spokesperson said today.

Reconstruction Issues

  • World Bank President Pleased With Iraq Donor Pledges Washington File 30 Oct 2003 -- Pledges made at an international donors meeting of $13 billion in aid to Iraq -- in addition to the $20 billion already promised by the Bush administration -- represent a "remarkable start" towards helping Iraq's recovery, says World Bank President James Wolfensohn.
  • Reconstruction Efforts in Iraq Will Continue, Says Powell Washington File 30 Oct 2003 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell said reconstruction efforts in Iraq will continue and the United States will work to establish security conditions to permit more humanitarian and international aid workers to assist Iraqis in rebuilding their country.
  • Iraq: Donors Pledge Billions To Rebuild The Country, But How Much Money Will Actually Arrive, And When? RFE/RL 30 Oct 2003 -- Billions of dollars have been pledged to Iraq to help the war-torn nation rebuild. But questions remain about whether such aid will come in the form of grants or loans, and how soon the money will actually arrive on the ground to help the beleaguered population.

Foreign Reactions

  • Iraq: International Aid Agencies Cutting Staff After Attacks RFE/RL 30 Oct 2003 -- Several international agencies are reducing foreign staff in Iraq amid a rise in attacks against aid groups and against forces in or aligned with the U.S.-led military coalition.
  • IRAQ / RED CROSS VOA 30 Oct 2003 -- Many international aid workers are packing their bags to leave Iraq, following the bombing Monday of the Red Cross headquarters in Baghdad.
  • IRAQ: ICRC to scale back further IRIN 30 Oct 2003 -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) confirmed on Wednesday that it would not be pulling out of Iraq, but would scale back even further, following the attack on its Baghdad headquarters on Monday in which 10 people were killed.
  • IRAQ: Calls for greater transparency on civilian deaths IRIN 30 Oct 2003 -- Following the recent publication of a report on deaths during the war in Iraq, Amnesty International (AI) has renewed calls on the US government to take more responsibility in providing more information on civilian casualties in the volatile nation.

News Reports

  • IRAQ / WETLANDS VOA 30 Oct 2003 -- Coalition Provisional Authority officials in Iraq have begun the enormous task of trying to rehabilitate the southern marshlands, deliberately destroyed by Saddam Hussein.
  • Iraq: Baghdad Parents And Teachers Worry Schools Will Be Next 'Soft' Terror Target RFE/RL 30 Oct 2003 -- The recent upsurge in violence in Baghdad has affected nearly every aspect of life in the Iraqi capital. The city's schools are no exception. They are rarely guarded, leaving parents and teachers to worry that they represent an easy "soft" target for terrorists looking to mount more suicide attacks against Iraqi civilians.
  • U-S Media and Iraq VOA 30 Oct 2003 -- Recently several high-ranking members of the U-S administration have accused the media of distorting the picture of the U-S mission in Iraq by focusing on the negatives. Is American reporting on Iraq biased, or is the government trying to blame its setbacks on the press?
  • Twenty Iraqi Fulbright Scholars Expected in U.S. in 2004 Washington File 30 Oct 2003 -- After a hiatus of fourteen years, the Fulbright Scholarship Program has been re-established in Iraq, and 20 Iraqi student scholars are expected to begin arriving to study at top U.S. universities as soon as January 2004.




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