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16 December Iraq Special Weapons News

US Policy
United Nations
Reconstruction Issues
Foreign Reactions
News Reports

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 16 Dec 2003 [PDF]

  • Transcript: Defense Department Operational Update Briefing 16 Dec 2003 -- Participating was Gen. Pace, Joint Chief of Staffs Vice Chairman, Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld
  • Transcript: Media Availability from Baghdad, Iraq 16 Dec 2003 -- Participating was Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, Commander Joint Task Force and Richard Myers, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • PENTAGON/IRAQ VOA 16 Dec 2003 -- senior U-S military official has voiced hope the capture of Saddam Hussein will prompt other fugitive loyalists of the ousted Iraqi regime to surrender.
  • Documents Found With Saddam Point to Regime Network AFPS 16 Dec 2003 -- Intelligence from the capture of Saddam Hussein already is making Baghdad a safer place.
  • Long Search for Saddam Ends in Ironhorse's Backyard AFPS 16 Dec 2003 -- The image of a bearded and bowed Saddam Hussein, who was captured Dec. 13 in this small farming village, is now a worldwide phenomenon.
  • Rumsfeld Asks CIA to Oversee Saddam Hussein Interrogations AFPS 16 Dec 2003 -- The Central Intelligence Agency will oversee the interrogations of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told Pentagon reporters today.
  • Terror War Continues, Rumsfeld Says, Despite Saddam's Capture AFPS 16 Dec 2003 -- While the Iraqi people were liberated "in fact" in April, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today that the Dec. 13 capture of Saddam Hussein liberated them "in spirit."
  • IRAQ / UNREST VOA 16 Dec 2003 -- A wave of violence has hit the Iraqi towns where support for Saddam Hussein is highest. There have been several attacks on U-S troops and a series of unruly demonstrations in support of the captured Iraqi leader.
  • Violence Continues In Iraq RFE/RL 16 Dec 2003 -- The U.S. military says its troops last night killed 11 Iraqi guerrillas who tried to ambush their forces in a town north of the capital Baghdad.
  • TASK FORCE "ALL AMERICAN" AIDS POLICE IN FALLUJAH CENTCOM Release 16 Dec 2003-- This afternoon, there was a demonstration in the town of Fallujah. Some demonstrators carried AK-47s and other small arms and fired into the air. Local authorities were notified and dispersed the crowd.
  • SAMARRA AMBUSH CENTCOM Release 16 Dec 2003-- Task Force Ironhorse soldiers traveling through the city of Samarra repelled a complex ambush in the afternoon of Dec. 15 and killed eleven attackers without suffering any Coalition casualties. As the patrol from B Company, 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division drove through the city soldiers saw a large flock of pigeons take flight. The pigeons were apparently used as a signal to announce the arrival of the soldiers in Stryker infantry vehicles.
  • TASK FORCE "ALL AMERICAN" STANDS FIRM AGAINST ATTACKS CENTCOM Release 16 Dec 2003-- The 82d Airborne Division and attached units, also known as Task Force "All American," continued security operations within the Al Anbar Province.
  • CIVIL AFFAIRS WORKS TO IMPROVE HEALTH, EDUCATION AND SAFETY CENTCOM Release 16 Dec 2003-- Civil affairs personnel met with local officials in Al Karmah to discuss plans to provide potable water to the nearby village of Kaifa. Since the village does not have access to potable water or the infrastructure to supply it, the team prepared a request through the Coalition Provisional Authority to purchase two water trucks to assist in the effort. This will serve as a short-term solution until water distribution lines are built from Al Karmah to the village.


US Policy

  • Iraqi People the Ones to Hold Saddam Hussein Accountable, White House Says Washington File 16 Dec 2003 -- White House Report, Dec. 16: Iraq, Baker European trip, Bush signs into law numerous bills, including one establishing Museum of Black History
  • State's Armitage Expects Iraq Insurgency Will Continue Washington File 16 Dec 2003 -- Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage expressed his belief that the insurgency will continue in Iraq following the capture of Saddam Hussein but voiced his expectation that the capture will facilitate discussions with key European allies regarding Iraqi debt reduction.
  • BUSH SADDAM VOA 16 Dec 2003 -- President Bush says he believes Saddam Hussein should face the "ultimate penalty" for crimes against the Iraqi people. Mr. Bush says that is only his opinion, and the decision will rest with Iraq's new leaders.
  • PENTAGON / SADDAM VOA 16 Dec 2003 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says Saddam Hussein must know where his country's weapons of mass destruction are hidden. But Mr. Rumsfeld indicates he expects little cooperation from the captured former Iraqi leader and suggests the search for the missing weapons is likely to go on for some time.
  • Iraq: Baker On Tour To Convince Europe To Forgive Baghdad's Billions In Debt RFE/RL 16 Dec 2003 -- Former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker is traveling in Europe this week in a bid to convince European leaders to write off large amounts of Iraqi debt. Reports say he's hoping to benefit from the goodwill generated by the 13 December capture of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. Baker's first stop today was Paris, but the French -- as well as the Germans and Russians -- are still chafing at a Pentagon directive last week excluding them from U.S. reconstruction projects in Iraq.

United Nations

  • Iraq Asks U.N. to Return Washington File 16 Dec 2003 -- Secretary General Kofi Annan and Iraq's foreign minister differed December 16 on when the United Nations should return to Iraq.
  • Annan asks Security Council for greater clarity on UN role in Iraq UN News Centre 16 Dec 2003 -- Addressing the Security Council today, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan outlined plans for reconstituting the world body's work in Iraq while appealing for clear guidance on what role it is being asked to fulfil.
  • Iraqi Foreign Minister says UN should play key role in reconstruction UN News Centre 16 Dec 2003 -- With Iraq facing a crucial crossroads in its history, the country's Foreign Minister today appealed to the Security Council to expand United Nations activities there.
  • UN facilitates return of hundreds of Iraqi refugees from Iran UN News Centre 16 Dec 2003 -- The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is helping hundreds of exiled Iraqis return from Iran to their home country, a spokesman for the agency said today.
  • U-N / IRAQ / SECURITY COUNCIL VOA 16 Dec 2003 -- Iraq's foreign minister, Hoshyar Zebari, has told squabbling U-N Security Council members to put aside differences and work together for the restoration of Iraqi sovereignty. Mr. Zebari denounced opponents of the war to oust Saddam Hussein in a stinging speech.

Reconstruction Issues

  • Iraq Humanitarian and Reconstruction Assistance Updates USAID 16 Dec 2003 [PDF]
  • Iraq Weekly Update Joint Staff/Coalition Provisional Authority 16 Dec 2003 -- Power / Oil / Education / Health Care / Security / Governance / Economics [PDF 4.8 Mb]
  • Bush, Chirac, Schroeder Joint Statement on Iraq Debt Reduction Washington File 16 Dec 2003 -- Following visits December 16 by former Secretary of State and Treasury James Baker to Paris to meet with French President Jacques Chirac and to Berlin to meet with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, President Bush, Chirac and Schroeder issued a joint statement on the need to reduce Iraqi debt.
  • U.S., France, Germany Agree on Substantial Iraqi Debt Reduction Washington File 16 Dec 2003 -- The United States, France and Germany "agree that there should be substantial debt reduction for Iraq in the Paris Club in 2004, and will work closely with each other and with other countries to achieve this objective," the White House announced December 16.
  • IRAQ / DEBT VOA 16 Dec 2003 -- U-S special envoy James Baker says France and the United States agree on the need to reduce Iraq's massive foreign debt. The announcement marks a first victory in Mr. Baker's effort to reduce Baghdad's debt.

Foreign Reactions

  • Iraq: In Arab World, Response Generally Positive, If Muted, To Hussein's Capture RFE/RL 16 Dec 2003 -- The reaction of Iraq's neighbors to deposed President Saddam Hussein's capture has been generally positive. But some observers say regional leaders should consider new strategies if they want to avoid the same fate.
  • U.K.: Hussein's Capture May Help Tony Blair Regain Some Ground At Home RFE/RL 16 Dec 2003 -- The capture of deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has been welcomed enthusiastically by Britain's media and politicians, including Prime Minister Tony Blair. Blair has seen his political fortunes fade as a result of the Iraq war and his unflagging loyalty to the United States, and some observers say Hussein's capture may help improve Blair's standing. But others suggest it may come too late to make any substantial change to the prime minister's standing.
  • Iraq: France, Germany, U.S. Agree On Debt Relief RFE/RL 16 Dec 2003 -- France and Germany today endorsed Washington's calls for Iraqi debt relief after talks with former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker.
  • GERMANY / IRAQ DEBT VOA 16 Dec 2003 -- U-S special envoy James Baker won French and German backing Tuesday for plans to reduce Iraq's foreign debt.
  • India hopes for early improvement in Iraq`s security situation IRNA 16 Dec 2003 -- Taking note of the developments in the wake of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein`s capture, India Monday evening hoped for an early improvement in security situation in the war-ravaged country.
  • Kharrazi calls for open trial of Saddam IRNA 16 Dec 2003 -- Visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi here Monday evening called for open trial of the former Iraqi president, Saddam Hussein.
  • Khatami: Iran ready for cooperation with Iraq in all fields IRNA 16 Dec 2003 -- Iran on Tuesday offered its hand for cooperation with Iraq following the capture of Saddam Hussein who led a destructive war between 1980 and 1988 against the Islamic Republic.
  • ISRAEL SADDAM PLOT VOA 16 Dec 2003 -- Reports from Israel say the Israeli military had developed a plan to assassinate Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, in retaliation for Iraqi missile attacks on the Jewish state in the 1991 Gulf War. The plan was made public following the capture of the former Iraqi leader, over the weekend.

News Reports

  • U.S.: Experts Say American Plans To Try Hussein Expose Trans-Atlantic Fissures RFE/RL 16 Dec 2003 -- U.S. President George W. Bush says America will work with Iraqis to ensure any trial of former President Saddam Hussein meets international standards. But human rights advocates, as well as United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, say that the legitimacy and complexity of such a trial requires full involvement of the international community.
  • POST SADDAM COOPERATION VOA 16 Dec 2003 -- One of the themes emerging in the U-S press in the wake of Saddam Hussein's capture is the opportunity it gives the Bush administration to seek more international cooperation on Iraq. Several papers see the capture as an opening for the White House to repair strained relations with France, Germany and other nations opposed to the war, and reluctant to help build the peace.
  • Iraq: Hussein's Family Seeks International Trial For Captured Leader RFE/RL 16 Dec 2003 -- Saddam Hussein's daughter says his family wants Hussein tried by an international court -- rather than a special tribunal set up by the U.S.-installed Iraqi Governing Council.
  • IRAQ: Interview with Arbil Governor Akram Mantik IRIN 16 Dec 2003 -- The situation in northern Iraq is generally much better than in the south and centre, according to Governor Akram Mantik. In an interview with IRIN following the capture of Saddam Hussein, Mantik described him as "the biggest terrorist of our time" and said he could now guarantee safety for humanitarian workers in the north.
  • IRAQ: Confusion over IDPs in government buildings IRIN 16 Dec 2003 -- Two thieves are carrying off a bundle of long, metal supporting rods they have removed from a building whose flat concrete roof consequently collapsed. More than seven months after US-led forces entered Iraq, thieves are still dismantling the buildings comprising the Rashid camp of the former Iraqi army in Baghdad, stripping them of anything of value, down to any underground pipes they can dig up.

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