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08 December Iraq Special Weapons News

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

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 08 Dec 2003 [PDF]

  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 08 Dec 2003 -- Participating was Daniel Senor, Senior CPA Advisor
  • Soldier Killed in Mosul Shooting; Offensive Operations Continue AFPS 08 Dec 2003 -- A drive-by shooting attack today on soldiers guarding a gas station in Mosul, Iraq, left one coalition soldier dead, even as coalition forces continue to take the offensive against the enemies of a stable and free Iraq, officials said today at the headquarters of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad.
  • TASK FORCE "ALL-AMERICAN" TRAINS NEW IRAQI SECURITY FORCES CENTCOM Release 08 Dec 2003-- The 82nd Airborne Division and attached units, also known as Task Force "All American," continue in the establishment of Iraqi security forces. Current enrollment shows Iraqis actively seeking to secure their own country and taking responsibility for their own safety and protection.
  • RAIDS NET CAPTURED PERSONNEL AND EQUIPMENT CENTCOM Release 08 Dec 2003-- The 82d Airborne Division and attached units, also known as Task Force "All American," continued operations within the Al Anbar Province to provide security and assistance to the Iraqi people. Progress in security is enabling uninterrupted reconstructive efforts. These missions continue to move Iraq toward a free and sovereign nation.
  • TASK FORCE "ALL-AMERICAN" HELPS CLEAN UP AL ANBAR CENTCOM Release 08 Dec 2003-- The 82nd Airborne Division and attached units also known as Task Force "All American," continued operations within the Al Anbar province to provide security and assistance to the Iraqi people. These missions continue to move Iraq toward a free and sovereign nation.
  • 101ST CONDUCTS RAIDS, ROUNDS UP SUSPECTS, WEAPONS CACHES IN NORTHERN IRAQ CENTCOM Release 08 Dec 2003-- The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in conjunction with Iraqi Police Forces detained six individuals suspected of involvement in attacks on Coalition Forces during raids Dec. 7 in northern Iraq.
  • MILITARY POLICE ASSIGNED TO V CORPS' 18TH MP BRIGADE TRAIN IRAQI COPS ON WEAPONS SKILLS V Corps Release 08 Dec 2003-- Iraqi Police Service officers recently had the chance to hone their sharpshooting skills on a live-fire weapons range with the help of military police soldiers assigned to V Corps' 18th MP Brigade, Task Force 1st Armored Division.

Deployments

US Policy

  • Rumsfeld Wraps Up Overseas Trip With Visit to Baghdad AFPS 08 Dec 2003 -- A first-hand look at Iraqi Civil Defense Corps training and a series of meetings with military, coalition and Iraqi officials made for a busy afternoon Dec. 6 for Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.

United Nations

Reconstruction Issues

  • Ex-Im Bank Provides $500 million in support of Trade Bank of Iraq Washington File 08 Dec 2003 -- The Export-Import Bank of the United States approved a $500 million short-term insurance facility December 5 to support the export of U.S. goods and services to Iraq financed by the Trade Bank of Iraq, according to an Ex-Im Bank press release.
  • Iraq: Shi'a Leaders Press For Direct Elections To Transitional Assembly RFE/RL 08 Dec 2003 -- Influential politicians and religious leaders in Iraq are questioning how best to choose a provisional national assembly -- a key step toward eventual Iraqi sovereignty. The U.S. has proposed using provincial caucuses for selecting assembly members. The influential Shi'a leader Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani and the current Governing Council president, Abd al-Aziz al-Hakim, are pressing for direct elections.
  • IRAQ / SHIITE CLERICS VOA 08 Dec 2003 -- After decades of repression under Saddam Hussein, several prominent Shiite Muslim clerics in Iraq have begun turning their considerable religious authority into formidable political clout. The clerics' rising influence among Iraq's majority Shiites is complicating U-S-led efforts to create a democratic state with a clear separation between religious and government affairs.

Foreign Reactions

  • Iran, Iraq sign MoU on transportation cooperation IRNA 08 Dec 2003 -- The Islamic Republic of Iran and Iraq signed on Sunday a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on transportation cooperation.
  • IRAQ: NGOs expand despite security situation IRIN 08 Dec 2003 -- While international aid workers have left the country following attacks on the United Nations, the Red Cross and other aid groups, some NGOs have been expanding as aid money has boosted programme activities.

News Reports

  • IRAQ/TOYS VOA 08 Dec 2003 -- A most unusual protest took place in downtown Baghdad Monday. Two men dressed up as famous cartoon characters to call for a less violent future for Iraqi children.
  • RFE/RL Iraq Report, Volume 6, Number 50 08 Dec 2003 -- GOVERNING COUNCIL ANNULS RACIST CITIZENSHIP LAW... / ...ESTABLISHES ELECTIONS COMMITTEE / FORMER IRAQI OFFICIAL SAYS HUSSEIN STASHED TENS OF BILLIONS ABROAD... / ...AS FINANCE MINISTER SAYS IRAQ WILL DEMAND ASSETS FROM SYRIA / IRAQI PARTIES WILL CONTRIBUTE TO NEW PARAMILITARY FORCE. / U.S. FORCES CAPTURE FORMER IRAQI OFFICIAL IN RAID / IRAQI WOMEN CALL FOR GREATER ROLE / POLL FINDS IRAQIS WANT DEMOCRACY / AL-HAKIM SETS ELECTIONS AT TOP OF GOVERNING COUNCIL'S SCHEDULE / AL-DA'WAH PARTY REPORTEDLY UNHAPPY WITH TRANSFER PLAN / GOVERNING COUNCIL TO ESTABLISH ANTICORRUPTION AUTHORITY / GOVERNING COUNCIL MEMBER FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST DEPOSED PRESIDENT / MILITANTS ATTACK IRAQI POLICE STATION IN AL-RAMADI / AL-SADR AIDE ARRESTED IN BAGHDAD / FORMER REPUBLICAN GUARD SOLDIERS APPREHENDED IN MOSUL / U.S. FORCES CLAIM TO KILL 46 MILITANTS IN SAMARRA / SEVEN SPANISH INTELLIGENCE OFFICERS KILLED IN AMBUSH / SCIRI REPORTEDLY THREATENING CPA'S IRAQI MEDIA NETWORK / SAUDI ARABIA WITHHOLDS IRAQ PLEDGES, BUT REITERATES COMMITMENT / IRAQ TO SUPPLY JORDAN WITH SUBSIDIZED OIL / JORDAN BEGINS TRAINING IRAQI POLICE RECRUITS / TURKEY TELLS U.S. TO CRACK DOWN ON PKK/KADEK / OVERSIGHT BOARD BEGINS WORK / UN SECRETARY-GENERAL MEETS WITH IRAQ ADVISORY GROUP / UNHCR CALLS ON REGIONAL COUNTRIES TO HELP PALESTINIAN REFUGEES STRANDED ON IRAQI-JORDANIAN BORDER / U.S. DEFENSE SECRETARY TELLS NATO ITS TROOPS WOULD BE WELCOMED IN IRAQ / JAPAN NOT DETERRED DESPITE KILLING OF DIPLOMATS / USAID FUNDS TWO CONSORTIA TO PROMOTE HIGHER EDUCATION IN IRAQ / PRESIDENT BUSH MAKES SURPRISE VISIT TO IRAQ / AL-SISTANI'S COMMENTS ON ELECTION SPARK GOVERNING COUNCIL DEBATE




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