Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
03 December Iraq Special Weapons News
- John Kerry speaking about Iraq at the Council on Foreign Relations, December 3, 2003 Sen. John Kerry for President Campaign 03 Dec 2003 -- "I believe if the UN role is absolutely clear and substantively real, the Secretary General and members of the Security Council will support this course of action. But one thing is beyond doubt: we will continue to have difficulty persuading other countries, particularly those with meaningful military capabilities, to contribute troops and funds for reconstruction unless and until we vest real responsibility in the hands of the United Nations and the international community."
- Iraq: Many Iraqis Say Governing Council Should Be Disbanded Next Summer RFE/RL 03 Dec 2003 -- Members of the U.S.-appointed Iraqi Governing Council are hinting the body should continue functioning after a provisional government is put in place next summer. They say the council could become a second legislative body with its own supervisory powers. Many Iraqis disagree and say the council should be dissolved.
- BRITAIN / RAQ SECURITY VOA 03 Dec 2003 -- The former national security director for the U-S-led coalition in Iraq says neither Syria nor Iran is actively promoting terrorist activity in Iraq. The former official, Walter Slocombe, has discussed the Iraq security situation at a lecture in London.
- Visiting Scholars Offer Firsthand Impressions of Iraq Washington File 03 Dec 2003 -- Three think tank scholars, who have just returned from separate visits to Iraq, presented mixed assessments of U.S. successes and failures in the occupation of that country. They were part of a December 2 panel at the Brookings Institution in Washington entitled "Firsthand Views from Iraq."
- IRAQ: Shortages in Basra's hospitals IRIN 03 Dec 2003 -- "Your brother’s case is very bad," Dr Jawad al-Ali, a consultant physician of the cancer treatment centre at the Teaching Hospital, the largest of five hospitals in Basra, said to a young man. The doctor went on to say that efforts to treat the brother's leukaemia would continue, but did not hold out much hope for patient's survival.
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