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31 October Iraq Special Weapons News

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

Current Operations

  • US soldier killed in Afghanistan IRNA 31 Oct 2003 -- The statistics regarding the death of US soldiers in Afghanistan during the days of the past week reached 10 as another one of them got killed on Friday.
  • Iraq: Baghdad Protests Reportedly Leave Several Dead, Injured RFE/RL 31 Oct 2003 -- Unconfirmed reports say a number of Iraqi civilians were killed and two U.S. soldiers were injured today during a violent demonstration at a Baghdad marketplace.
  • Iraq: 'Ramadan Offensive' -- How The U.S. Found Itself Fighting A Guerrilla War (Part 2) RFE/RL 31 Oct 2003 -- This week, U.S. armed forces in Iraq passed an unfortunate milestone. With the deaths of two soldiers in a guerrilla attack north of Baghdad on Wednesday, 117 U.S. troops have now been killed in hostile action since President George W. Bush declared an end to major combat on 1 May. In the more conventional war, which began in late March, 115 U.S. soldiers died. Yet, Bush continues to trumpet U.S. successes in Iraq while downplaying the intensity of the resistance.
  • PENTAGON/TERRORISM VOA 31 Oct 2003 -- Intelligence officials say no one knows for certain who is behind the upsurge in terrorist attacks in Iraq. But there are a number of theories, including the possible involvement of ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
  • IRAQ / WARNING VOA 31 Oct 2003 -- The U-S Consular Office in Baghdad has issued a warning to Americans in the city, based on indications there could be a wave of attacks on coalition targets Saturday and Sunday

Deployments

US Policy

  • U.S. House Approves $87.5 Billion for Iraq, Afghanistan Washington File 31 Oct 2003 -- The U.S. House of Representatives has approved an $87.5 billion supplemental spending bill in response to President Bush's request for additional funds to support continuing U.S. military operations and reconstruction programs in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Rice Says U.S. Will Work to Help U.N., NGOs Remain in Iraq Washington File 31 Oct 2003 -- National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice deplored the recent terrorist attacks that have led the United Nations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to reduce their staffs in Iraq, and said the United States will work with them to help them resume their essential work.
  • Iraq: Rice -- 'Now Is the Time To Unite Behind Iraqi People' RFE/RL 31 Oct 2003 -- Amid intensified attacks against military and civilian targets in Iraq, U.S. national-security adviser Condoleezza Rice has called for greater international support to help the U.S.-led coalition in the rehabilitation of the country. Rice told a briefing of foreign journalists that Iraq should no longer be "hostage" to the differences among world powers about the war to oust Saddam Hussein. She said repeatedly that Iraq is at the center of attempts to spread democracy in the Middle East.
  • Progress in Iraq Belies Reports of 'Doom and Gloom,' Rumsfeld Contends AFPS 31 Oct 2003 -- Despite media reports to the contrary, "the situation in Iraq is not doom and gloom," Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here Oct. 30.
  • Rice Condemns Terrorist Attacks, Says Coalition Must Stay the Course AFPS 31 Oct 2003 -- National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice condemned the recent spate of attacks in Iraq, saying it demonstrates "the depravity" of the terrorists while reinforcing more than ever the need for the international community to stay the course in advancing a free, democratic Iraq.
  • CONGRESS / IRAQ VOA 31 Oct 2003 -- A U-S Senator says the Bush administration should seriously consider calling up members of the former Iraqi army to help keep order in Iraq. The statement comes as the Senate delayed final approval of about 87 billion dollars in spending for troops and reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan, after the House acted earlier on the measure.
  • No Plan? Go it Alone? 'Humbug,' Rumsfeld Says AFPS 31 Oct 2003 -- When Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld gives a speech, people listen. When he responds to people's questions, they really listen.
  • Iraq: U.S. House Approves $87.5 Billion For Iraq, Afghanistan RFE/RL 31 Oct 2003 -- The House of Representatives has voted to approve U.S. President George W. Bush's request for $87. 5 billion for American military operations and reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • EDITORIAL: IRAQ WILL NOT BE ABANDONED VOA 31 Oct 2003 -- As President George W. Bush has acknowledged, newly-liberated Iraq "is a dangerous place." There have been continued attacks on coalition troops and Iraqi civilians by foreign terrorists and remnants of Saddam Hussein's Baath party. Nevertheless, said President Bush, the Iraqi people will not be abandoned by the U.S. or its coalition partners

United Nations

Reconstruction Issues

Foreign Reactions

  • EU not to close humanitarian office in Baghdad IRNA 31 Oct 2003 -- The European Union Friday said it will not close its humanitarian office, ECHO, in Baghdad.
  • Iraq`s Governing Council member criticizes coalition forces on Al-Hakim case IRNA 31 Oct 2003 -- A member of the Iraqi Governing Council Mohammad Bahr al-Ulum here Thursday criticized the coalition forces in Iraq for failing to declare names of those responsible for the assassination of the grand Shiite leader Ayatollah Mohammad Baqer Hakim.
  • Iraqi family sues UK over war deaths IRNA 31 Oct 2003 -- An Iraqi family, living in Manchester, north-west England, is launching legal action against the British government for causing the deaths of 10 relatives in an attack on Basra.
  • Germany hopes for "early return" of UN aid workers to Iraq IRNA 31 Oct 2003 -- Berlin, Oct 31, IRNA -- The German government Friday voiced hope for the "early return" of foreign UN aid workers to Iraq, after all non-Iraqi UN staff members were withdrawn from the war-stricken country as a result of the recent devastating suicide attack on the International Red Cross headquarters in Baghdad.
  • Government officials included in UK`s Iraq `awards` IRNA 31 Oct 2003 -- Several officials, who defended the government`s position in the inquiry into the death of former arms inspector David Kelly, were listed Friday among more than 374 servicemen and civilians given awards for the Iraq war.

News Reports

  • RFE/RL Iraq Report, Volume 6, Number 45 31 Oct 2003 -- SCIRI ANNOUNCES NEW GOALS IN IRAQ / IRAQI POST-HUSSEIN OIL SALES TOP $1.4 BILLION / BAGHDAD RED CROSS HEADQUARTERS, IRAQI POLICE STATIONS BOMBED... / ...AS RED CROSS SAYS IT WILL REDUCE STAFF, BUT NOT WITHDRAW / IRAQI POLITICAL GROUPS, LEADERS CALL FOR UNITY / PENTAGON NAMES ANSAR AL-ISLAM AS MAIN THREAT IN IRAQ / CAR BOMB DETONATES NEAR AL-FALLUJAH POLICE STATION / WOLFOWITZ ESCAPES UNHURT AS HOTEL ATTACKED / ASSASSINATIONS CONTINUE IN IRAQ / U.S. REOPENS MAJOR BAGHDAD BRIDGE / LONDON DAILY REPORTS PACHACHI AIMS TO EXPAND GOVERNING COUNCIL / MORE REFUGEES RETURN / FORMER IRAQI DEFENSE CHIEF AL-KHAZRAJI REPORTEDLY IN U.A.E. / TURKEY'S GUL REPORTEDLY MIFFED WITH U.S. DELAY ON TROOPS / IRAQIS TALK BUSINESS IN DUBAI / JORDAN TO BEGIN TRAINING 32,000 IRAQI POLICEMEN / SYRIA ADMITS IT IS HOLDING IRAQI MONEY / U.S. FORCES WITHDRAW FROM KUWAITI AIR BASE / UN TERMINATION OF OIL-FOR-FOOD PROGRAM ON SCHEDULE / REPORT ON UN BOMBING IN BAGHDAD FAULTS 'SLOPPY' SECURITY SYSTEM / DONOR CONFERENCE RAISES $13 BILLION / GERMANY, RUSSIA WANT IRAQ TO PAY DEBTS / RUSSIA INVITES IRAQI OIL MINISTER FOR TALKS / U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT FINDS IRAQIS SUPPORT PLURALISM, GOOD GOVERNANCE / EIGHT MARINES ACCUSED OF MISTREATING IRAQI POWS / AL-QAEDA COOPERATING WITH OTHER GROUPS IN IRAQI TERRORIST ATTACKS




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