Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
01 December Iraq Special Weapons News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 01 Dec 2003 [PDF]
- IRAQ / SAMARRA VOA 01 Dec 2003 -- Iraq, the U-S military gave the first detailed account of Sunday's massive firefight between U-S troops and Iraqi insurgents in the central city of Samarra. There are conflicting reports about the number of people killed, with local police saying eight Iraqis have died and U-S officers putting the death toll at 54.
- Coalition Forces Repel Ambushes in Samarra AFPS 01 Dec 2003 -- Several Coalition Provisional Authority soldiers and one civilian were wounded as coalition forces successfully repelled ambush attacks in Samarra, Iraq, Nov. 30, a military spokesman said today from Baghdad.
- Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 01 Dec 2003 -- "Ambassador Bremer continues to work with the Governing Council on the implementation of the November 15th political agreement which lays the foundation for a free, democratic and sovereign Iraq. It does so with a framework and a set of principles and a schedule that includes the establishment -- the drafting of a transitional administrative law and the establishment of a provisional government over the next few months, culminating in the establishment of Iraqi sovereignty, political independence by July 2004; a deadline for elections, direct elections, for drafters of the new Iraqi constitution by March 2005; and then direct elections of a new Iraqi government, based under that constitution, by January 2006."
- Iraq: Hussein's Fedayeen Re-Emerges In Uniform For Samarra Ambush RFE/RL 01 Dec 2003 -- U.S. troops who repelled ambushes on two convoys in the central Iraqi city of Samarra yesterday say many of the attackers were dressed in the uniform of deposed President Saddam Hussein's former elite force, the Fedayeen. It is still unclear why the guerrillas chose to fight in uniform rather than in their more usual civilian disguise. One reason may have been to send a message to the local population that the Fedayeen remains a fighting force able to carry out complex operations.
- Iraq: Hospital Officials Say Civilians Among Those Killed In Samarra Clash RFE/Rl 01 Dec 2003 -- Hospital officials say at least eight Iraqi civilians were killed during a clash between insurgents and the U.S. military in the central Iraqi town of Samarra yesterday.
- Annan meets with advisory group on Iraq UN News Centre 01 Dec 2003 -- Secretary-General Kofi Annan met his advisory group on Iraq for the first time today, a move aimed at persuading countries in the region to support the same approach to the post-conflict country.
- Rebuilding Education Sector Key to Iraq's Rejoining World Washington File 02 Dec 2003 -- Funding the rebuilding of Iraq's higher education sector is one of the most important ways donors can help the country rejoin the world's intellectual, economic, political and cultural communities, says a State Department official who in November returned to Iraq for his third tour of duty.
- Iraq: Locals Believe Contracting Process Biased Toward U.S. Firms RFE/RL 01 Dec 2003 -- Businesses in Iraq say they feel closed out of the opportunities for rebuilding Iraq and the potential millions of dollars they could earn. They say they feel that most of the best contracts are going to U.S. companies or at least to Iraqi companies that the United States already knows.
- Iraq: Cousin Of Last Iraqi King Says Monarchy Would Provide Stability RFE/RL 01 Dec 2003 -- Sharif Ali bin al-Hussein, a cousin of the last Iraqi king, would like to see the monarchy restored in the country. Currently, al-Hussein keeps a low profile in Iraq and says he wants to be an independent mediator on the political scene.
- IRAQ / GOVERNING COUNCIL VOA 01 Dec 2003 -- Iraq's U-S-appointed Governing Council says it has agreed that nationwide elections would be the best way to choose a transitional government by the end of next June. The announcement follows objections from Iraq's powerful Shiite Muslim leadership about some aspects of the U-S-backed plan for handing power to the Iraqi people.
- IRAQ/SURVEY VOA 01 Dec 2003 -- A survey of Iraqi public opinion, released in Britain, finds overwhelming support for a democratic future, and relief that the Saddam Hussein regime is gone.
- JAPAN SORKOR IRAQ VOA 01 Dec 2003 -- South Korea says it will not change its plans for troop deployment in Iraq despite the deaths of two South Korean engineers working there. As V-O-A's Amy Bickers reports from Tokyo, Japan is debating whether to send troops to help rebuild the war-torn nation after two of its diplomats were shot dead there on Saturday.
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