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11 December Iraq Special Weapons News

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

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 11 Dec 2003 [PDF]

  • PENTAGON: CIVILIAN KILLINGS VOA 11 Dec 2003 -- Even Pentagon spokesmen acknowledge it has not been a good week for the U-S military. First there was word of the accidental deaths of 15 children in two U-S anti-terrorist strikes in Afghanistan. Then an independent report was released by a leading human rights group claiming hundreds of civilian deaths caused by American forces in Iraq were preventable.

  • Airmen control northern Iraq flights AFPN 12 Dec 2003-- With equipment older than many of its users, air traffic control services here present some unique challenges for the 32 people keeping Air Force and Army aircraft operating safely.

  • IRAQ/BLASTS VOA 11 Dec 2003 -- Three or four loud explosions have rocked central Baghdad in or near the compound housing the U-S-led coalition authority early Friday. It appears to be a mortar attack.
  • 82nd Paratroopers Nab Suspected Terrorists In Fallujah Raid AFPS 11 Dec 2003 -- American paratroopers with the Army's 82nd Airborne Division recently captured several suspected terrorists during a raid in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, according to a U.S. Central Command news release.
  • IRAQ / ATTACKS VOA 11 Dec 2003 -- A car bomb has exploded outside a U-S military base in Iraq. There are no details yet on the number or extent of U-S casualties, but the military says three Iraqi men driving the vehicle are believed to have been killed.

Deployments

US Policy

  • U.S. Helping Set Up Iraqi Intelligence Service in Iraq Washington File 12 Dec 2003 -- Several months ago Iraqis requested the assistance of the United States "in establishing an intelligence service capability, and we are assisting them with their request. The United States government is assisting in that effort," White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan told reporters December 11 when asked to comment on a Washington Post article reporting that the Central Intelligence Agency is helping set up an Iraqi intelligence service inside of Iraq.
  • Bush Defends U.S. Decision on Iraqi Reconstruction Bids Washington File 12 Dec 2003 -- President Bush December 11 defended his administration's decision to let only countries that have helped the United States in Iraq bid on $18.6 billion in U.S. funded reconstruction projects there.
  • Negroponte Welcomes Appointment of U.N. Official to Iraq Washington File 12 Dec 2003 -- U.S. Ambassador John Negroponte described the appointment of an acting U.N. special representative to Iraq as "a positive step forward" in United Nations preparation for the return of its international staff.
  • Premature U.S. Departure from Iraq Would Be "Strategic Mistake" Washington File 12 Dec 2003 -- General John Abizaid, the commander-in-charge of the U.S. Central Command, said the United States would commit a "strategic mistake" if it left Iraq prematurely.
  • EDITORIAL: SOVEREIGNTY AND SECURITY IN IRAQ VOA 11 Dec 2003 -- More than one-hundred-forty-thousand Iraqis are now involved in providing security as members of the new Iraqi army, police, border guards and civil defense forces. But while security remains a top priority, returning sovereignty to the Iraqi people is the ultimate goal.
  • BUSH/IRAQ VOA 11 Dec 2003 -- President Bush is rejecting criticism of his decision to bar opponents of the war in Iraq from bidding on lucrative U-S-funded reconstruction contracts.
  • EDITORIAL: PROGRESS BY IRAQIS FOR IRAQIS VOA 11 Dec 2003 -- Eight months after the U.S.-led coalition liberated Iraq, most Iraqis are working to establish freedom, security and prosperity in their country.
  • Iraq: Bush Speaks With Leaders Of France, Germany, Russia About Reconstruction Contracts RFE/RL 11 Dec 2003 -- The White House says U.S. President George W. Bush spoke with the leaders of Russia, France, and Germany about Washington's decision to bar firms based in countries that oppose the Iraq war from bidding on Iraqi reconstruction contracts.

United Nations

  • UN Fund Facility to rebuild Iraq is launched today UN News Centre 11 Dec 2003 -- The International Reconstruction Fund Facility for Iraq, a combination of two trust funds through which governments can contribute to the rebuilding of Iraq, was inaugurated today by the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) and the World Bank.
  • U-N / U-S VOA 11 Dec 2003 -- The United Nations secretary general, Kofi Annan, called on Washington Thursday to lift its restrictions on countries allowed to bid for contracts to help rebuild the country.
  • Iraq: Annan Begins Cautious Revival Of UN Role RFE/RL 11 Dec 2003 -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has announced plans to revive the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq but has ruled out in the short term a return of international staff to the country. Annan cited a high-risk security situation and a lack of clarity from coalition powers about the extent of the UN's role in guiding Iraq's political transition. U.S. officials again stressed an eagerness for the UN to return experts to Iraq but gave no immediate signal that it would be given an enhanced political role.

Reconstruction Issues

  • Defense Auditors Investigate Potential KBR Overcharges AFPS 11 Dec 2003 -- Halliburton's Kellogg, Brown and Root, a long-time supplier of logistical support for the military, may have overpriced fuel provided to the Iraqi people by as much as $61 million, according to defense contract auditors.
  • Transcript: Media Availability on the Kellogg Brown & Root Contract 11 Dec 2003 -- Participating were Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) Dov Zakheim; Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Lawrence Di Rita; William H. Reed, director, Defense Contract Audit Agency; and Senior Defense Officials
  • PENTAGON/HALLIBURTON VOA 11 Dec 2003 -- A Pentagon audit of the Halliburton oil services company has found overpricing and other irregularities involving fuel and additional supplies one of its subsidiaries provided for the Iraqi reconstruction effort.
  • DoD, Coalition to Look into Iraqi Army Resignations AFPS 11 Dec 2003 -- Defense Department and coalition officials will look into why about a third of the men in the first battalion of the new Iraqi army have resigned, Pentagon officials said.
  • IRAQ CONTRACTS WRAP VOA 11 Dec 2003 -- President Bush is defending his decision to exclude some countries from lucrative U-S financed reconstruction projects in Iraq, saying only nations that contributed troops to the war that toppled Saddam Hussein are entitled to bid on such work. Correspondent Nick Simeone reports the European Union is denouncing the move as unjustified and warning the White House stance threatens to re-open the trans-Atlantic rift over Iraq that surfaced prior to the war.
  • Iraq: Tribunals To Try Gravest Crimes Of Former Ba'athist Regime RFE/RL 11 Dec 2003 -- The U.S.-appointed Iraqi Governing Council has announced the creation of a special tribunal to try former members of deposed President Saddam Hussein's Ba'athist regime for crimes against humanity. The court could bolster public support for the current Iraqi leadership. But international rights groups have expressed concern the authorities may not have enough expertise to conduct the proceedings properly.
  • IRAQ: War crimes tribunal established IRIN 11 Dec 2003 -- Iraqi leaders have created a special tribunal to prosecute people suspected of crimes against humanity, with backing from the US-led administration.
  • IRAQ: Focus on much needed housing for Kurds IRIN 11 Dec 2003 -- In Kurdish, Ekmala means "one house". But in the northern Iraqi village bearing that name there will soon be 32 new houses for a community that has suffered badly over the last 15 years.

Foreign Reactions

  • IRAQ CONTRACTS DISPUTE VOA 11 Dec 2003 -- The United States decision to limit the awarding of contracts for rebuilding Iraq to countries that assisted in the U-S-led war is drawing sharp criticism in the foreign press.
  • Iraq: EU Warns U.S. On Reconstruction Contracts RFE/RL 11 Dec 2003 -- The European Commission is warning of possible World Trade Organization action against a U.S. decision to bar nations that opposed the Iraq war from bidding for reconstruction contracts in the country.
  • U.S. Accused of Harassing Peace and Stability in Region KCNA 11 Dec 2003 -- As already reported, U.S. President Bush made a clandestine trip to Iraq on the evening of November 27. He was landed at Baghdad Airport under a strict cordon, "learnt" about the situation of Iraq and encouraged U.S. troops. He then hurriedly left for the Untied States after two hours and half in Iraq.

News Reports

  • HUMAN RIGHTS / IRAQ VOA 11 Dec 2003 -- The international human rights monitoring group, Human Rights Watch, says more than one thousand Iraqi civilians were needlessly killed by coalition cluster bombs and inaccurate air strikes since the U-S-led forces attacked Iraq early this year (March).
  • Iraq: Analysts Say Exclusions From Contracts Could Hurt U.S. RFE/RL 11 Dec 2003 -- For months, the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush has been hinting that countries that did not support the invasion of Iraq would pay a price. Now the Defense Department has published a list of the nations whose companies are eligible to bid on lucrative contracts for rebuilding Iraq. Conspicuously absent are Canada, France, Germany, and Russia, which all opposed the U.S.-led war.
  • RFE/RL Iraq Report, Volume 6, Number 51 11 Dec 2003 -- IRAQI GOVERNING COUNCIL ESTABLISHES WAR CRIMES TRIBUNAL... / ...NAMES NEW MEMBER / GOVERNING COUNCIL TO EXPEL MUJAHEDIN KHALQ FROM IRAQ / BABIL GOVERNOR REMOVED FROM OFFICE / FORMER IRAQI OFFICER TALKS ABOUT DISPUTED '45-MINUTE' CLAIM / FORMER REGIME MEMBERS KILLED BY UNKNOWN ASSAILANTS / BAGHDAD DAILY PUBLISHES DRAFT DECLARATION ON HUMAN RIGHTS / BOMB DETONATED INSIDE SUNNI MOSQUE... / ...AS CAR BOMB TARGETS U.S. BARRACKS NEAR MOSUL / U.S. FORCES PREVENT SUICIDE ATTACK IN BAGHDAD / U.K.-SPONSORED CONFERENCE ON IRAQ OPENS IN JORDAN / BAHRAIN TO ASSIST IRAQ IN U.S. / IRAQI REFUGEES LEAVE SAUDI ARABIA, IRAN / IRAQ TO IMPORT MEDICINE FROM IRAN / SECURITY COUNCIL MEMBERS WANT IRAQ SURVEY GROUP REPORT ON WMD / ARAB WOMEN TRAIL IN WORKFORCE, PARLIAMENTARY SEATS / ANNAN SAYS UN NOT RETURNING TO IRAQ ANYTIME SOON / U.S. PROHIBITS COUNTRIES OPPOSED TO IRAQ WAR FROM BIDDING ON CONTRACTS / U.S. APPOINTS JAMES BAKER AS DEBT ENVOY / GALLUP SURVEYS BAGHDAD RESIDENTS ON REGIME'S KILLING / RUSSIAN DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER CALLS FOR IRAQ STRATEGY REVIEW / JAPAN APPROVES TROOP DISPATCH TO IRAQ




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