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23 December Iraq Special Weapons News

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

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 23 Dec 2003 [PDF]

  • Transcript: Defense Department Operational Update Briefing 23 Dec 2003 -- Participating; Gen. Richard Myers, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff / Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld
  • Transcript: Central Command Briefing CENTCOM 23 Dec 2003 -- "Multinational Division Southeast (...) has some 200 -- is about 275 miles wide, and it's just short -- about 260 miles deep. And it has over 600 miles of border with Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iran. It covers about a quarter of Iraq and is made up of the four provinces of al- Basra, with Iraq's access to the Gulf, al-Muthanna, Dhi Qar and Maysan (...) The security situation in the Southeast is now relatively stable and improving, I sense, day by day. But we've had setbacks, such as the deaths in the summer of the nine Royal Military Police personnel, as well as a number of Iraqi civilians in separate outrages, and of course the tragic murder of the 19 Italian troops and civilians, as well as many Iraqis, in the bombing attack in An Nasiriyah last month. We continue to follow up on these attacks, and while they do not reflect the general trend of progress in the Southeast, we work extremely hard to disrupt and detain those who continue to plan such outrages against us and the community."

  • Rumsfeld, Myers Salute Success in Iraq, Warn Terror Threat Remains AFPS 23 Dec 2003 -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld today lauded the accomplishments of those who willingly put their lives at risk so that all Americans can live in peace and freedom.
  • Conditions Improve in Southeastern Iraq, Says British General AFPS 23 Dec 2003 -- The security situation in southeastern Iraq "is now relatively stable" and improving daily along with economic conditions, the British general in charge of that area said in Baghdad today.
  • Iraq: U.S. Forces Step Up Arrests Of Insurgents In Wake Of Hussein Capture RFE/RL 23 Dec 2003 -- U.S. troops continue to round up suspected militants in Iraq as they step up counterterrorism efforts that have been buoyed by the capture of Saddam Hussein. The past 24 hours have seen sweeps catch a senior general in Hussein's former security services and three militants with suspected links to Iraq's current most-wanted man: top Hussein aide Izzat Ibrahim al-Duri.
  • IRAQ / JUDGE VOA 23 Dec 2003 -- An Iraqi judge has been assassinated in the restive northern city of Mosul. It is the second time in two weeks that a judge in this city has been killed.
  • IRAQ/ARMS VOA 23 Dec 2003 -- For the past six months, U-S troops in Iraq have found themselves under attack by insurgents believed to be remnants of Saddam Hussein's regime. There is ample supply of weapons for them on the black-market - an old Iraqi institution. Coalition forces are trying to stamp out the illegal arms trade while fighting the insurgency it fuels.

Deployments

US Policy

United Nations

  • Planned UN meeting on Iraq may be held later than 15 January - spokesman UN News Centre 23 Dec 2003 -- A planned meeting between the United Nations and representatives of the Iraqi Governing Council and the United States-led Coalition Provisional Authority could be slightly delayed in order to accommodate the schedule of participants, a UN spokesman said today.

Reconstruction Issues

Foreign Reactions

  • SOUTH KOREA/IRAQ VOA 23 Dec 2003 -- South Korea is now one step away from sending an additional three-thousand troops to Iraq. President Roh Moo-hyun's cabinet has endorsed a controversial plan to dispatch them to northern Iraq, pending parliament's approval.
  • IRAQ: Kirkuk rally celebrates capture of Saddam IRIN 23 Dec 2003 -- Thousands of residents of Kirkuk on Monday celebrated the capture of Saddam Hussein. But those participating in the rally, held in front of the city’s governorate building, also put forward serious demands, some of which could lead to splits in this northern city.

News Reports

  • POST-SADDAM HUSSEIN VOA 23 Dec 2003 -- Now, the Bush administration says Saddam Hussein is being treated as a prisoner of war under the Geneva Convention. That means he cannot be forcibly interrogated. The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency will direct the interrogation.
  • IRAQ/CHRISTMAS VOA 23 Dec 2003 -- Christians in Baghdad are preparing to celebrate their first Christmas after the fall of Saddam Hussein. But for all their newfound freedom, they say the holiday will be tinged with anxiety.




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