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15 December Iraq Special Weapons News

US Policy
United Nations
Reconstruction Issues
Foreign Reactions
News Reports

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 15 Dec 2003 [PDF]

  • TF "ALL AMERICAN" CONDUCTS OPERATION PANTHER BACKROADS CENTCOM Release 15 Dec 2003-- The 82d Airborne Division and attached units, also known as Task Force "All American," continued security operations to improve safety within the Al Anbar Province.
  • U.S., IRAQI LEADERS GATHER FOR TELECOM SUMMIT CENTCOM Release 15 Dec 2003-- Leaders throughout northern Iraq assembled in Mosul Saturday morning to discuss the progress in telecommunication made between the joint efforts of Coalition Forces and Iraqi citizens, and to develop a regional strategy for the next phase of communications.
  • 'Task Force All American' Continues Security Operations in Anbar AFPS 15 Dec 2003 -- The Army's 82nd Airborne Division and attached units, known collectively as "Task Force All American," is enjoying increased cooperation with the Iraqi people as the task force continues security operations to improve safety within the Anbar Province, according to U.S. Central Command officials.
  • Iraq: Hussein's Capture Not Likely To End Attacks On U.S., Allied Targets RFE/RL 15 Dec 2003 -- Leaders in Iraq and the United States are calling the capture of deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein a turning point in their efforts to reestablish security in the country. But at the same time, many stress that Hussein appeared disoriented when caught, the result of being on the run for months. That makes it unclear to what extent Hussein led or inspired guerrillas fighting U.S. forces and to what extent they operate independently of him.
  • NEW TACTICS IN IRAQ VOA 15 Dec 2003 -- Saddam Hussein has been captured and may furnish crucial details on an insurgency that has so far been hard to identify while continuing its attacks on coalition forces and their Iraqi allies. Americans have been stepping up their own attacks with harsher tactics that may weaken the insurgency but at the cost perhaps of alienating Iraqis caught up in the violence a dilemma of occupation.
  • IRAQ / SADDAM FARMHOUSE VOA 15 Dec 2003 -- U-S troops have taken journalists to the farmhouse near Tikrit where former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was discovered Saturday hiding in a small, underground hole. The property where Saddam was found could not be more different than the lavish palaces he had lived in for decades.
  • IRAQ/BLASTS VOA 15 Dec 2003 -- Several car bombs have exploded in and near Baghdad, killing at least 10 people and wounding many more. The blasts come as Iraqis are still coming to grips with news of Saddam Hussein's capture, and they indicate that the resistance to the U-S-led occupation is far from over.
  • Iraq: Two Attacks In Iraq Kill At Least 10 People RFE/RL 15 Dec 2003 -- A suicide bombing and a bomb explosion at two separate police stations in and near Baghdad killed today at least 10 people and injured several others.


US Policy

  • Dean Lays Out Foreign Policy, Calls for Global Alliance Against Terrorism 15 Dec 2003 -- In a major national security policy speech delivered here today, Democratic presidential candidate Governor Howard Dean, M.D. stressed the overall importance to U.S. security of rebuilding America's alliances and partnerships with other nations; he charged that advocates of a go-it-alone approach in the current administration "are leading America in a radical and dangerous direction."
  • DEAN/IRAQ VOA 15 Dec 2003 -- Democratic presidential hopeful Howard Dean has praised the U-S military for capturing ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. However, the former Vermont governor is standing by his antiwar message.

  • Bush Says Saddam Hussein Must Account for Actions at Public Trial Washington File 15 Dec 2003 -- Saddam Hussein must account for his atrocities in a public trial, President Bush said December 15 at a year-end news conference in the Old Executive Office Building, adjacent to the White House.
  • BUSH IRAQ VOA 15 Dec 2003 -- President Bush says Saddam Hussein will face a fair public trial. Mr. Bush says he will work with the Iraqi people to determine the best way to try their former leader, who was captured by U-S forces on Saturday.
  • SADDAM CAPTURE WRAP VOA 15 Dec 2003 -- One day after the United States announced the capture of ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, the top issue has become what to do with him. President Bush made assurances Monday that Saddam would face a fair and public trial.
  • Rumsfeld Says Saddam Compliant, But Not Cooperative AFPS 15 Dec 2003 -- Saddam Hussein has been compliant since he was captured Dec. 13, but so far is not cooperating, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told Lesley Stahl on the CBS News program "60 Minutes" Dec. 14.
  • Sanchez Says Saddam Receiving Geneva Conventions Protections AFPS 15 Dec 2003 -- Coalition forces are ensuring that former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's Geneva Conventions rights are protected while he is in custody and that he receives "all of the privileges of a prisoner of war," according to the commander of coalition forces in Iraq.
  • Saddam's Fate 'Up To The Iraqis,' Bush Says AFPS 15 Dec 2003 -- The United States will assist Iraqis in developing a process to bring captured former dictator Saddam Hussein to justice for his crimes, President Bush told reporters here today.
  • Saddam Capture 'Another Step' on Path to Iraqi Freedom AFPS 15 Dec 2003 -- The capture of Saddam Hussein was just one more step - "admittedly a big step" - in the path to Iraqi freedom and democracy, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers said today.
  • Iraq: Bush Urges Transparent Public Trial For Hussein RFE/RL 15 Dec 2003 -- U.S. President George W. Bush says the trial of Saddam Hussein (pictured following his arrest) should be transparent, should involve the Iraqi people, and must withstand international scrutiny.

United Nations

  • U-N/IRAQ VOA 15 Dec 2003 -- With Saddam Hussein in custody, the U-N Security Council meets Tuesday to consider Iraq's future. Debate is already raging over how and where the former Iraqi leader should be tried and whether he should face the death penalty.
  • Annan hails capture of Saddam Hussein UN News Centre 15 Dec 2003 -- Hailing the capture of Saddam Hussein as a "positive development," United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called for international norms of justice to prevail in trials against Iraqi criminals.

Reconstruction Issues

  • Iraq Weekly Update Joint Staff/Coalition Provisional Authority 15 Dec 2003 -- Power / Oil / Education / Health Care / Security / Governance / Economics [PDF 5.2 Mb]
  • Iraqi Healthcare At Pre-War Capabilities Washington File 15 Dec 2003 -- President Bush met with the Iraqi Interim Minister of Health, Dr. Khudair Abbas, and six other Iraqi physicians at the White House December 15 to discuss improvements in Iraq's health services since the fall of the Ba'athist regime.
  • With Nov. 15 Agreement, Iraqis Can See Timetable for New Iraq Washington File 15 Dec 2003 -- By establishing a timetable for drafting a new constitution, holding national elections and transferring sovereignty over Iraq to the Iraqi people, Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) Administrator Ambassador Paul Bremer said the November 15 agreement between the CPA and the Iraqi Governing Council defines "the strategic goals that we share with Iraqis."
  • BOFT SEES HUSSEIN'S CAPTURE AS OPENING TRADE OPPORTUNITIES IN IRAQ CNA 15 Dec 2003 -- The capture of Saddam Hussein has pushed share prices up in most Asian countries, and Taiwan's Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT) also sees it as a trade opportunity in reconstruction work, urging local enterprises to grab these opportunities.
  • TAIWAN CAN TAKE PART IN SUBCONTRACTING FOR IRAQI RECONSTRUCTION CNA 15 Dec 2003 -- Taiwan has not been included on a 63-nation list unveiled by the United States that will be allowed to take part in Iraq's reconstruction, but it will be allowed to take part in subcontracting work, Minister of Foreign Affairs Eugene Chien said Monday.
  • IRAQ/DAY AFTER VOA 15 Dec 2003 -- Iraqis are gradually coming to terms with the capture of Saddam Hussein, who ruled the country with an iron fist for nearly 25 years. The initial euphoria has faded away, and Iraqis are now asking themselves what the arrest of their former leader will mean for the future.
  • IRAQ: Fuel shortages continue in the north IRIN 15 Dec 2003 -- While celebrations following news of the capture of Saddam Hussein offer temporary relief, the everyday problems confronting the Iraqi people continue to take their toll.

Foreign Reactions

  • IRAQ: SADDAM'S CAPTURE A 'COUP' FOR THE COALITION US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign media Reaction 15 Dec 2003
  • SADDAM MARKET REACTION VOA 15 Dec 2003 -- On the first trading day (Monday) since the capture of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, the dollar rose in Asia and oil prices dropped. But by the time trading shifted to Europe and North America those moves reversed direction with the dollar ending down and oil up.
  • FRANCE/IRAQ VOA 15 Dec 2003 -- France's foreign minister, Dominique de Villepin, says France will look into the possibility canceling part of Iraq's hefty debt to the country.
  • RED CROSS / SADDAM VOA 15 Dec 2003 -- The International Committee of the Red Cross says it expects to be invited to send representatives to meet with Saddam Hussein, as provided under the Geneva Conventions.
  • ARABS / SADDAM VOA 15 Dec 2003 -- Senior Arab government officials and analysts in the Arab world are discussing Sunday's announcement of Saddam Hussein's capture, including its emotional impact on Arab citizens and whether it might send a message to other dictators in the region.There is also intense interest in how the U-S government will deal with the former Iraqi dictator.
  • BRITAIN/IRAQ VOA 15 Dec 2003 -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair says Saddam Hussein can get a fair trial in Iraq.
  • FM spokesman happy over arrest of Saddam Hussein IRNA 15 Dec 2003 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi here Sunday expressed his satisfaction with the arrest of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein and announced that the Iranian nation shares its happiness with the Iraqi people.
  • UK envoy expects violence to go on after Saddam`s capture IRNA 15 Dec 2003 -- The UK`s special representative to Iraq said Monday that he believed attacks on occupying Anglo-American coalition troops could increase despite the capture of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein.
  • Iraq will end up like Egypt or Syria, former British FM predicts IRNA 15 Dec 2003 -- Iraq will not become a beacon of democracy in the Middle East as the US had hoped but end up like Egypt or Syria, former British Foreign Secretary Sir Michael Rifkind predicts Monday.
  • Iran says Saddam must be put on trial IRNA 15 Dec 2003 -- Iran demanded on Monday that former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, who led a destructive war against the Islamic Republic between 1980 and 1988, is tried at an international court.
  • Palestinians ambivalent about Saddam`s capture IRNA 15 Dec 2003 -- Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza strip have showed mixed reactions to the Sunday capture of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
  • Iran mulls bringing suit against `criminal` Saddam IRNA 15 Dec 2003 -- Iran said Monday it will bring about a criminal suit at any international court against the former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, who started a destructive war against the Islamic Republic.
  • BRITAIN/IRAQ VOA 15 Dec 2003 -- Britain says an Iraqi tribunal probably will try Saddam Hussein, but the proceedings must meet international standards of fairness.
  • SADDAM ASIA REACTION VOA 15 Dec 2003 -- Leaders in Asia reacted to the capture of Saddam Hussein with a mixture of glee and caution, with many hoping the news would speed the process of restoring Iraqi sovereignty.

  • IRAQ: NGOs sceptical that security will improve IRIN 15 Dec 2003 -- While initial bursts of celebratory gunfire and people dancing in the streets marked the capture of the former dictator, Saddam Hussein, on Saturday evening, international aid agencies remaining in Baghdad said the event was unlikely to have a positive effect on the security situation.

News Reports

  • Saddam Captured-End of an Era VOA 15 Dec 2003 -- Supporters and opponents of the war in Iraq have hailed the capture of ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Acting president of Iraq's U-S appointed Governing Council, Adnan Pachachi, called the capture a joyous event.
  • REACTION TO SADDAM'S CAPTURE VOA 15 Dec 2003 -- The capture of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein near his ancestral home of Tikrit has caused an immediate reaction in the foreign press.
  • Western Press Review: The Capture Of Saddam Hussein In A 'Spider Hole' Near Tikrit RFE/RL 15 Dec 2003 -- Today's most-discussed story continues to be the 13 December capture of deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in a makeshift farmhouse cellar -- a so-called "spider hole" -- in the village of Al-Dawr, about 15 kilometers south of his hometown of Tikrit.
  • Iraq: The Rise And Fall Of Saddam Hussein RFE/RL 15 Dec 2003 -- Deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein rose from an impoverished background to become one of the world's most feared leaders. But with this year's U.S.-led invasion, his nearly 25-year rule came to an end.
  • SADDAM CAPTURED VOA 15 Dec 2003 -- With few exceptions, United States newspapers Monday have editorials about the capture of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and its implication.
  • Iraq: Saddam Hussein's Capture A Big Step, But Not A Cure For Insurgency RFE/RL 15 Dec 2003 -- The capture of Saddam Hussein may be significant, but it may not be enough to end the resistance to the U.S.-led occupation. In fact, just hours after the arrest was announced, explosions tore through downtown Baghdad. And after Saddam Hussein's sons, Qusai and Uday, were killed in August, there was a marked increase in attacks on U.S. and other foreign presences in Iraq.
  • AFGHANISTAN / OMAR / SADDAM VOA 15 Dec 2003 -- Afghanistan is welcoming the capture of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, even as it busies itself with the landmark task of adopting a new national constitution. The Afghan government sees certain parallels between the cases of Saddam Hussein and the fugitive former Afghan leader Mullah Omar.

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