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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


22 December Iraq Special Weapons News

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

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 22 Dec 2003 [PDF]

  • 101ST AIRBORNE, MOSUL POLICE OPEN NEW MAIN STATION CENTCOM Release 22 Dec 2003-- The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) opened a new downtown police headquarters in Iraq's second largest city Sunday. The police headquarters will now serve as a nexus for the 4,200 policemen in Mosul, just seven months after it had been thoroughly looted following the defeat of Saddam Hussein in April.
  • PENTAGON/WEAPONS VOA 22 Dec 2003 -- U-S military units leaving Iraq in the coming weeks will take their decontamination equipment with them and soldiers will turn in personal protective gear against chemical or biological weapons attack. Coupled with word that the man leading the search for Iraq's stockpile of weapons of mass destruction may soon leave his post, The weapons hunt appears to be winding down.
  • Iraq: U.S. Troops Capture Former Iraqi General RFE/RL 22 Dec 2003 -- The U.S. military today said it has detained a former Iraqi general suspected of recruiting anticoalition fighters in Iraq.
  • TASK FORCE "ALL AMERICAN" CONDUCTS OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS CENTCOM Release 22 Dec 2003-- Soldiers from Task Force "All American" continue missions aimed at assisting local Iraqis in the reconstruction effort and stopping violence in the Al Anbar province.
  • OPERATION RIFLES FURY, OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS NET WEAPONS, HIGH VALUE TARGETS CENTCOM Release 22 Dec 2003-- Soldiers from Task Force "All American" continue missions aimed at assisting local Iraqis in the reconstruction effort and to stop violence in the Al Anbar province.

Deployments

US Policy

United Nations

Reconstruction Issues

  • CPA, Iraqis Develop Plan to Deal with Mass Graves Washington File 22 Dec 2003 -- The Coalition Provisional Authority and the interim Iraqi Human Rights Ministry are implementing a program to identify remains in mass graves and collect evidence of past atrocities for future prosecutions, according to a fact sheet released December 19 by the State Department's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor and Bureau of Public Affairs.
  • FM stresses need for speedy transfer of power to Iraqi nation IRNA 22 Dec 2003 -- Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi here Monday stressed that Saddam Hussein capture has provided a better ground for occupying forces to leave Iraq and speedily transfer the right of self-determination to the Iraqi nation.
  • Iraqi official to discuss debts, oil contracts at talks in Moscow IRNA 22 Dec 2003 -- Problems of the Iraqi debt to Russia and contracts of Russian oil companies in Iraq will be in the focus of attention at talks of the Chairman of the Interim Governing Council (IGC) of Iraq and leader of the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution Abdel Aziz al-Hakim in Moscow on Monday.
  • IRAQ: Local authorities in the north urge aid agencies to return IRIN 22 Dec 2003 -- Authorities and agencies in northern Iraq are encouraging NGOs and the UN to return to the region. In the wake of Saddam Hussein's capture, hopes are high that the security environment in an area that has been relatively peaceful will improve even more.
  • IRAQ: Coalition says army resignations of little consequence IRIN 22 Dec 2003 -- At a time when security is one of the key issues facing Iraqis and humanitarian groups in Iraq, Coalition forces say that despite resignations of newly recruited officers, recruitment "remains strong".

Foreign Reactions

  • IRAQ DEBT RELIEF: 'A BEGINNING' US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign media Reaction 22 Dec 2003
  • RUSSIA / IRAQ VOA 22 Dec 2003 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has agreed to write off more than half the eight-billion-dollars that Iraq owes Russia. Mr. Putin met with senior leaders of Iraq's Governing Council, who are in the Russian capital to discuss future economic ties with Russia.
  • Iraqi Delegation Says Russia Offers To Wipe Out 65 Percent Of Debt RFE/RL 22 Dec 2003 -- Members of an official Iraqi delegation visiting Moscow say Russia has offered to write off 65 percent of Iraq's estimated $8 billion debt.
  • KCNA Blasts S. Korean Authorities' Pro-U.S. Moves KCNA 22 Dec 2003 -- The south Korean authorities finally made a decision to dispatch additional troops to Iraq on December 17 and sent to the U.S. a group for its discussion despite a strong protest from the international community and the south Koreans. According to the decision, at least 3,000 troops will join the more than 670 soldiers already dispatched to Iraq to take charge of its areas specified by the U.S.

News Reports




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