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19 December Iraq Special Weapons News

US Policy
United Nations
Reconstruction Issues
Foreign Reactions
News Reports

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 19 Dec 2003 [PDF]

  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 19 Dec 2003 -- Participating was Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, Deupty Director for Operations and Daniel Senor, Senior CAP Adviser
  • MOSUL AREA HOUSES OF WORSHIP RECEIVE HEATERS FROM 101ST AIRBORNE DIVISION CENTCOM Release 19 Dec 2003-- As part of a nearly $30,000 project to supply heaters to local mosques and churches, the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Friday delivered 100 kerosene heating machines to the Ninevah province Ministry of Religious Affairs.
  • USS Decatur Captures Possible Al-Qaida Associated Drug-Smuggling dhow in Arabian Gulf CENTCOM Release 19 Dec 2003-- A U.S. Navy boarding team operating from the guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73) discovered an estimated two tons of narcotics with a street value of around eight to ten million dollars aboard a 40-foot dhow intercepted in the Arabian Gulf on Dec. 15, at approximately 11:00 a.m. The dhow's 12 crewmembers were taken into custody and transferred to USS Decatur, and Decatur sailors are in control of the dhow. The smuggling routes are known to be used by Al-Qaida and three(*) of the 12 crew members are believed to have links to the organization.
  • 1ST ARMORED DIVISION HANDS GUIDON, AUTHORITY TO IRAQI CIVIL DEFENSE CORPS COMPANY V Corps Release 19 Dec 2003-- With the handover of a guidon, 1st Armored Division soldiers recognized the formation and authority of one of the first companies of the emerging Iraqi Civil Defense Corps.
  • Insurgents 'Kill One to Terrorize a Thousand,' But Won't Succeed AFPS 19 Dec 2003 -- Insurgents targeting Iraqis are relying on the terrorist adage "Kill one, terrorize a thousand," but won't succeed in their efforts to derail freedom and stability, the deputy operations director for Combined Joint Task Force 7 said in a Baghdad news conference today.
  • 'Tremendous Strides' Made in Iraq, Afghanistan AFPS 19 Dec 2003 -- While the instability and conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan often dominate the news, between 80 and 90 percent of the people in these countries live "much more normal lives than the media normally presents," Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Stability Operations Joseph J. Collins said here today.
  • IRAQ / BREMER VOA 19 Dec 2003 -- The head of the U-S-led coalition in Iraq, Paul Bremer, says he was unhurt in an attack two weeks ago, which took place just as his convoy was returning from a meeting in Baghdad. But a coalition spokesman said it may not have been an assassination attempt.
  • IRAQ/BOMB VOA 19 Dec 2003 -- A powerful explosion in Baghdad Friday has killed one woman and wounded at least seven other people. The blast also demolished an office of a militia group linked to the country's largest Shi'ite political party.
  • Iraq: One Killed, About 10 Wounded In SCIRI Bombing RFE/RL 19 Dec 2003 -- At least one person was killed and at least five others were wounded today in an explosion at a building belonging to Iraq's main Shi'ite Muslim political party, the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI).
  • TASK FORCE "ALL AMERICAN" GRADUATES ICDC CLASS, HELPS SCHOOLS CENTCOM Release 19 Dec 2003-- Soldiers from Task Force "All American" continued missions to increase stability and security for the people of Al Anbar yesterday.
  • OPERATION IRON JUSTICE NETS 28 FUEL, 9 PROPANE TRUCKS CENTCOM Release 19 Dec 2003-- Soldiers of Task Force 1st Armored Division's 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne captured 28 fuel trucks and nine propane trucks illegally dispensing fuel as part of black market activity in a south Baghdad neighborhood at about 10 p.m. Dec. 18.


  • Rumsfeld Approves Brigade Deployment, Extension AFPS 19 Dec 2003 -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has approved the 120-day deployment to Iraq of units of 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, senior military officials announced Dec. 18.

US Policy

  • Bush Meets with Baker on Iraqi Debt Restructuring Washington File 18 Dec 2003 -- President Bush met the afternoon of December 19 at the White House with James Baker, his personal envoy on reducing Iraq's debt burden.
  • Coalition Official: Saddam Hussein's Trial To Be Fair, Transparent Washington File 19 Dec 2003 -- The Coalition Provisional Authority's senior advisor in Baghdad says the trial of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein will be fair, transparent and consistent with "the highest legal standards" in the international community.
  • POWELL / IRAQ / U-N VOA 19 Dec 2003 -- The United States has welcomed in principle U-N Secretary-General Kofi Annan's call for a meeting next month on the possible early return of United Nations personnel to Baghdad. Secretary of State Colin Powell discussed the issue by telephone Friday with Mr. Annan.
  • U-S ELECTION / IRAQ VOA 19 Dec 2003 -- Iraq figures to be a major issue in the U-S presidential election next year. Now some Democrats are trying to use the capture of Saddam Hussein to question whether former Vermont Governor Howard Dean is the party's best hope to defeat President Bush next November.

United Nations

  • UN: Annan Calls For January Meeting On Iraq, Warns On Afghan Security RFE/RL 19 Dec 2003 -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has requested a meeting on 15 January with officials of the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority and the Iraqi Governing Council. The purpose is to determine what political role the United Nations could play in Iraq.

Reconstruction Issues

Foreign Reactions

  • JAPAN/TROOPS/IRAQ VOA 19 Dec 2003 -- Japan has ordered its military to prepare to aid in reconstruction efforts in Iraq. As V-O-A's Amy Bickers in Tokyo reports, opinion polls show voters oppose the planned deployment, because they believe Iraq is too dangerous.

News Reports

  • World: Justice Fickle When It Comes To Former Dictators RFE/RL 19 Dec 2003 -- Footage of deposed President Saddam Hussein after his 13 December capture in Iraq was beamed to television sets around the world -- likely into the homes of General Augusto Pinochet, Jean-Claude Duvalier and many other former dictators who have managed to escape Hussein's fate. When it comes to dealing with ex-strongmen, international law, it seems, is a game of chance.
  • International Law Expert Discusses Iraqi Tribunal Washington File 19 Dec 2003 -- On December 10, just four days before Saddam Hussein was captured by U.S. forces in Iraq, the Iraqi Governing Counsel announced the formation of a five-member Iraqi War Crimes Tribunal.

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