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10 December Iraq Special Weapons News

US Policy
United Nations
Reconstruction Issues
Foreign Reactions
News Reports

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 10 Dec 2003 [PDF]

  • TASK FORCE "ALL AMERICAN" CAPTURES SPANISH ATTACKERS CENTCOM Release 10 Dec 2003-- At 2:00 am this morning, paratroopers from 3rd Brigade, 82d Airborne Division with the assistance of Iraqi police conducted Operation Panther Squeeze, a series of 18 raids in Lutafiyah to kill or capture individuals believed to be responsible for the attack against Spanish forces on November 29th. The cooperation efforts between the coalition forces and Iraqi police contributed to the great success of this operation.
  • 4th ID CAPTURES CRIMINALS, CONFISCATES WEAPONS CENTCOM Release 10 Dec 2003-- Soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division and Task Force Ironhorse over the past 24 hours conducted 184 patrols and five raids resulting in the capture of 36 individuals. Thirty-four of the patrols were joint operations conducted with the Iraqi Police, the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps and the Border Guard.
  • 101ST AIRBORNE DIVISION (AIR ASSAULT) HITS FEDAYEEN STRONGHOLD CENTCOM Release 10 Dec 2003-- The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) captured numerous Fedayeen, Saddam and other former regime elements during two operations in northern Iraq.
  • Operation Bulldog Mammoth strikes insurgents where they live Army News Service 10 Dec 2003-- First Armored Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team conducted a rare brigade-sized cordon and search of an Abu Ghurayb apartment complex, northwest of Baghdad Dec. 4.
  • 'BULLDOG MAMMOTH' USES MAMMOTH FORCE, NETS MAMMOTH RESULTS V Corps Release 10 Dec 2003-- The 3rd Brigade Combat Team of V Corps' Task Force 1st Armored Division recently led one of the largest operations in Iraq since the declared end of combat operations in May.
  • 101st Soldiers Seize Former Regime Members, Weapons AFPS 10 Dec 2003 -- U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division soldiers seized more than 50 suspected supporters of the deposed Saddam Hussein regime and confiscated weapons today in two separate operations in northern Iraq, according to U.S. Central Command.
  • Two Soldiers Killed, Four Wounded in Separate Mosul Attacks AFPS 10 Dec 2003 -- Two American soldiers were killed by insurgents in separate attacks in the Iraqi city of Mosul today, according to U.S. Central Command.
  • IRAQ/ATTACKS VOA 10 Dec 2003 -- Two U-S soldiers have been killed in separate attacks in the city of Mosul in northern Iraq. And a U-S military cargo plane was forced to land after reportedly being hit by a missile.


US Policy

  • Kerry Argues Gore Backed 'Wrong' Dean December 10, 2003 Associated Press by Ron Fouriner Manchester, NH - Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry said Wednesday that Al Gore endorsed "the wrong Howard Dean," accusing the front-runner of flip-flopping on the Iraq war.
  • White House Defends Its Reconstruction Policy in Iraq Washington File 10 Dec 2003 -- The White House December 10 defended a U.S. government decision to limit competition for "prime contracts" for reconstruction projects in Iraq to companies from the United States, Iraq, Coalition partners and nations contributing forces to help maintain Iraqi security.
  • Treasury Secretary Snow Confers with James Baker on Iraqi Debt Washington File 10 Dec 2003 -- Treasury Secretary John Snow met with James Baker, a former secretary of state and a former secretary of the treasury, in Washington December 10 to discuss U.S. efforts to restructure and reduce Iraq's official debt.
  • IRAQ CONTRACTS WRAP VOA 10 Dec 2003 -- A new dispute has opened between Europe and the United States over a decision by the Pentagon to bar countries that opposed the U-S led war in Iraq from bidding on billions of dollars worth of Iraqi reconstruction work. Angry European nations and Canada say the move could violate world trade rules but the Bush administration is defending the decision as appropriate.
  • BUSH /IRAQ / CONTRACTS VOA 10 Dec 2003 -- The Bush administration is defending its decision to bar countries that opposed the war in Iraq from bidding on billions of dollars worth of contracts to rebuild the country.

United Nations

Reconstruction Issues

  • Only Coalition Countries Allowed to Bid on Iraqi Contracts AFPS 10 Dec 2003 -- Only nations committed to Operation Iraqi Freedom may bid on contracts to rebuild Iraq, Pentagon officials said today.
  • Iraqi Women's Political Involvement Growing, U.S. Official Says Washington File 10 Dec 2003 -- Iraqi women are increasingly becoming involved in political and economic decisions that will affect the future of their country, a senior State Department official says.
  • IRAQ CONTRACTS VOA 10 Dec 2003 -- Representatives of dozens of mostly U-S based companies hoping to get a share of the lucrative contracts for reconstruction work in Iraq met Wednesday at a conference in Washington.
  • Bremer Notes Human Rights Progress in Iraq AFPS 10 Dec 2003 -- Ambassador L. Paul Bremer III , administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, observed Human Rights Day today by promising that the coalition would continue to work to ensure equality for all Iraqis.
  • IRAQ/TRIBUNAL VOA 10 Dec 2003 -- The Iraqi Governing Council has voted to set up a war crimes tribunal to try members of Saddam Hussein's regime.
  • IRAQ/ SECTARIAN VIOLENCE VOA 10 Dec 2003 -- In the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, angry Sunni Muslims are vowing revenge for Tuesday's attack on a Sunni mosque which killed three worshippers and wounded another. The incident has raised the specter of sectarian violence in Iraq as the country moves toward self-rule.
  • IRAQ: Focus on human rights situation IRIN 10 Dec 2003 -- The man everyone calls Dr Hamid spent 10 years in jail for being accused of joining the Iraqi Communist Party before fleeing to Poland.

Foreign Reactions

  • Iraq: Germany, Russia, France Criticize U.S. Decision On Contracts RFE/RL 10 Dec 2003 -- Russia, France, and Germany today strongly criticized a U.S. decision to bar their firms from competing for prime contracts to rebuild Iraq.
  • U-S / EUROPE / IRAQ VOA 10 Dec 2003 -- France, Germany and Russia have reacted with varying degrees of anger to Washington's decision to exclude countries that had opposed the war in Iraq from lucrative contracts to rebuild the country.
  • UK pours more money into Iraq war IRNA 10 Dec 2003 -- Chancellor of Exchequer Gordon Brown announced Wednesday that he was earmarking an additional pnds 800 million (dlrs 1.4 billion) for the on-going military operation in Iraq.

News Reports

  • IRAQI PUBLIC OPINION VOA 10 Dec 2003 -- Half of all Iraqis say democracy is a Western way of government that won't work in Iraq. That is according to a poll conducted by Zogby International, a leading American public opinion research company. The polling was carried out before the extreme violence of November when 79 American soldiers were killed in Iraq. Still, seven out of ten Iraqis surveyed said they would be somewhat better off or much better off five years from now, reflecting what analysts say is a sense of hope in the troubled nation.

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