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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


18 December Iraq Special Weapons News

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

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 18 Dec 2003 [PDF]

  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 18 Dec 2003 -- Participating was Brig Gen. Mark Kimmitt, Deputy Director for Operations and Daniel Senor, Senior CPA Adviser
  • Screaming Eagles Passing Along Knowledge to Successors AFPS 18 Dec 2003 -- The soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division here are working to give their follow-on unit -- a multinational division -- a head start, division commander Army Maj. Gen. David H. Petraeus said Dec. 17.
  • PENTAGON / WEAPONS HUNT VOA 18 Dec 2003 -- The head of the U-S team hunting for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq may be leaving his position. But military and intelligence officials insist the search for Iraqi chemical and biological weapons, while so far unsuccessful, still remains a top priority.
  • Iraq: With Hussein In Custody, Questions Persist About Who's Behind Insurgency RFE/RL 18 Dec 2003 -- The 13 December capture of deposed President Saddam Hussein does not seem to have resulted in any meaningful cessation of attacks against U.S. troops. The U.S. military says some prominent members of the former government still at large might be organizing the attacks. Forty-two suspects on the U.S. list of the 55 most-wanted Iraqis have been captured or killed, but 13 remain at large. However, analysts doubt that former officials have enough authority or influence to lead a guerrilla war.
  • 1ST ARMORED DIVISION PALADIN BATTALION FIRES QUALIFICATION GUNNERY IN BAGHDAD V Corps Release 18 Dec 2003-- The 4th Battalion, 1st Field Artillery Regiment of Task Force 1st Armored Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team - the U.S.-based brigade of V Corps' 1st Armored Division - is finishing up its semiannual gunnery certification here this week.

Deployments

US Policy

  • Text: U.S. to Fund "Redirection Training" for Former WMD Scientists in Iraq Washington File 18 Dec 2003 -- The State Department December 18 announced a 2-year program to support the peaceful, civilian employment of Iraqi scientists, technicians and engineers formerly working on weapons of mass destruction programs and to discourage emigration of this community from Iraq.
  • Baker Meets on Iraqi Debt in London with Blair, Moscow with Putin Washington File 18 Dec 2003 -- Former Secretary of State and Treasury James Baker "had a good and constructive meeting" in Moscow December 18 on Iraqi debt with Russian President Vladimir Putin, White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan told reporters.
  • PENTAGON/HALLIBURTON VOA 18 Dec 2003 -- Vice President Dick Cheney's former company has strongly denied allegations that one of its subsidiaries overcharged the Pentagon millions of dollars to supply fuel to Iraq.
  • BUSH / IRAQ VOA 18 Dec 2003 -- President Bush says Americans are grateful for the sacrifices made by U-S troops fighting overseas. Mr. Bush visited soldiers wounded in Iraq at an Army hospital outside Washington.

United Nations

Reconstruction Issues

  • IRAQI WOMEN'S GROUPS CONFRONT U.S. ON POLITICAL EQUALITY - U.S. Women's Organizations Write Bremer in Solidarity A coalition of women's and human rights groups in Iraq delivered a strongly worded letter to the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) today, challenging the Authority to "take immediate and pro-active steps to redress discrimination and to protect the voice of Iraqi women."
  • U-S / IRAQ / WEAPONS VOA 18 Dec 2003 -- The United States is launching a program aimed at putting former Iraqi weapons scientists to work in peaceful civilian projects. The first phase of the program will run for two years and cost up to 20 million dollars.
  • Iraqi Legal Profession Trains for Prosecutions AFPS 18 Dec 2003 -- Iraqi legal community members have completed training that will help them investigate and prosecute alleged crimes committed by Saddam Hussein's regime, the senior spokesman for the Coalition Provisional Authority said at a Baghdad press conference today.
  • Iraqis Volunteering in Record Numbers Since Saddam's Capture AFPS 18 Dec 2003 -- Iraqi citizens are volunteering in record numbers to serve in the country's new security services since the Dec. 13 capture of deposed dictator Saddam Hussein, with the largest concentration of volunteers coming from the area around Saddam's hometown of Tikrit, coalition officials said today.
  • Iraq: Regional Integration Seen Hampered By Thorny Issues RFE/RL 18 Dec 2003 -- Iraq's Gulf neighbors are discussing ways to try to reintegrate the country into regional institutions. But the process is complicated by a number of bilateral issues, including the settlement of war reparations and compensation claims.
  • Iraq: Europe, Washington At Odds Over Possible Death Sentence For Hussein RFE/RL 18 Dec 2003 -- U.S. President George W. Bush's statement that deposed President Saddam Hussein deserves to pay the "ultimate" price for his brutal rule of Iraq has set off a firestorm of debate between advocates and opponents of the death penalty. Reaction in Europe has seen top officials of many states restate their opposition to court-ordered executions, which are banned in the European Union.
  • IRAQ / VOLUNTEERS VOA 18 Dec 2003 -- The U-S-led Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq says there was a marked increase in the number of people signing up for the Iraqi civil defense force the day after the coalition announced the capture of Saddam Hussein.
  • IRAQ / JUDGES VOA 18 Dec 2003 -- The U-S-led coalition in Iraq says it has just finished training about 100 Iraqi judges and lawyers in some of what they will need to know to serve on the special tribunal being formed to handle alleged crimes committed by officials from Saddam Hussein's regime.
  • IRAQ/KILLING VOA 18 Dec 2003 -- A member of Iraq's main Shi'ite political party has been assassinated in Baghdad. The party blames supporters of captured Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
  • IRAQ / DEBT VOA 18 Dec 2003 -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair has called for a sizable cut in Iraq's foreign debt following talks in London with U-S special envoy James Baker.

Foreign Reactions

  • SADDAM TRIAL: MUST BE 'FAIR' AND DENY HIM A 'MARTYR'S HALO' US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign media Reaction 19 Dec 2003
  • Fischer stresses `no` to death penalty for Saddam IRNA 19 Dec 2003 -- German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer reiterated his country`s strong opposition to a possible death sentence for deposed Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, the press reported Friday.
  • RUSSIA / BAKER VOA 18 Dec 2003 -- Russia has agreed to start talks aimed at forgiving some of Iraq's eight billion dollar debt to Moscow after a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U-S envoy James Baker.
  • JAPAN/IRAQ TROOPS VOA 18 Dec 2003 -- Japan moved closer to sending troops to Iraq with Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi approving a deployment schedule. The troops are expected to start preparing Friday for a humanitarian mission to Iraq.

News Reports

  • GULF WAR COMPENSATION VOA 18 Dec 2003 -- During a three-day session, the Governing Council of the United Nations Compensation Commission has approved awards of nearly one-and-one-half billion dollars in compensation for victims of the 1991-92 Gulf War. The Commission, which was set up by the U-N Security Council, has so far approved awards totaling approximately 48 billion dollars.
  • RFE/RL Iraq Report, Volume 6, Number 53 18 Dec 2003 -- U.S. OFFICIALS CONTEMPLATE HUSSEIN TRIAL. / INTELLIGENCE FROM HUSSEIN SAID TO BE LEADING TO MORE ARRESTS / PRO-HUSSEIN DEMONSTRATIONS ERUPT IN SUNNI TRIANGLE TOWNS. / CIA REPORTEDLY INTERROGATING HUSSEIN. / IRAQI GOVERNING COUNCIL MEMBER DESCRIBES MEETING WITH HUSSEIN, FUTURE. / HEAD OF IRAQI TURKOMAN FRONT INTERVIEWED. / CPA TRANSFERS AUTHORITY FOR DONOR COOPERATION TO IRAQIS. / KURDISTAN REGIONAL GOVERNMENT DECLARES THREE-DAY HOLIDAY TO MARK HUSSEIN CAPTURE. / CELEBRATIONS LEAVE FOUR DEAD, TENS WOUNDED. / CPA TIP HOTLINE PAYING OFF. / U.S. FORCES REPORT REPELLING AMBUSH, KILLING 11 IRAQI ATTACKERS. / BOMB KILLS AT LEAST 10 IN BAGHDAD. / GOVERNING COUNCIL MEMBER SAYS IRAQ'S NEIGHBORS SHOULD BRING SUIT AGAINST HUSSEIN. / ISRAEL TO SEND EVIDENCE IF HUSSEIN TRIED. / COALITION FORCES RELEASE FIVE JORDANIANS HELD AT UMM QASR. / IRAQI FOREIGN MINISTER ADDRESSES UN... / ...AS ANNAN ASKS FOR CLARIFICATION FROM SECURITY COUNCIL ON UN ROLE IN IRAQ. / ANNAN SAYS KUWAITI POWS LIKELY KILLED BY HUSSEIN REGIME. / HUNDREDS OF IRAQI REFUGEES RETURNING FROM IRAN. / U.S. ENVOY TRAVELS TO EUROPE FOR TALKS ON IRAQI DEBT. / FORMER UN CHIEF WEAPONS INSPECTOR TO HEAD INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION ON WMD.
  • IRAQ: Focus on farming in the south IRIN 18 Dec 2003 -- Tawfiq al-Ka'bi, a farmer, was pointing to what used to be his house and fields. "We had hundreds of palm trees here and we used to grow different kinds of fruits and vegetables in their shade. Everything went during the war with Iran, and I had to escape in 1981 and go to Najaf with my family. We spent 10 years there," he told IRIN in Al-Faw.




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