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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


24 December Iraq Special Weapons News

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

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 24 Dec 2003 [PDF]

  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 24 Dec 2003 -- Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt, Deputy Director for Operations, Coalition Forces. Also participating Charles Heatley of the British Foreign Office
  • HIGH LEVEL FORMER REGIME ELEMENTS HELP 101ST PROVIDE SECURITY IN NORTHERN IRAQ CENTCOM Release 24 Dec 2003-- High-level former regime elements and other Iraqi citizens helped the 101st make northern Iraq a safer place Tuesday by turning over weapons caches.
  • MOSUL RAIDS SUCCESSFUL FOR 101ST CENTCOM Release 24 Dec 2003-- The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Mosul police conducted raids across Mosul Tuesday night capturing 27 individuals involved or associated with anti-coalition activities.
  • Roadside Explosion, Suicide Bombing Kill U.S. Troops, Iraqis AFPS 24 Dec 2003 -- Separate incidents in Iraq today claimed the lives of U.S. soldiers and Iraqis.
  • IRAQ/ATTACK VOA 24 Dec 2003 -- Attackers in Iraq have fired a mortar round at a Baghdad hotel largely occupied by Western journalists and contractors. There are conflicting reports about whether it struck the hotel.
  • IRAQ / UNREST VOA 24 Dec 2003 -- Two attacks in northern Iraq have killed several Iraqi civilians and three U-S soldiers. Reports from the Kurdish-controlled north say a suicide bomber killed two police guards and two civilians. The other attack was a roadside bomb that exploded as a U-S military vehicle passed by.
  • IRAQ / UNREST VOA 24 Dec 2003 -- The U-S military in Iraq says a sustained series of explosions lasting several hours was part of its anti-insurgent operation in and around Baghdad.
  • Iraq: Violence Continues, At Least Five Dead RFE/RL 24 Dec 2003 -- More violence is reported today from the Kurdish part of Iraq and the capital Baghdad.

Deployments

US Policy

  • EDITORIAL: SADDAM GOES TO TRIAL VOA 24 Dec 2003 -- Saddam Hussein was taken from his hiding place by coalition forces on December 13th. He was armed with a pistol, but did not fire a shot. The self-styled "lion of Tikrit" often called on ordinary Iraqis to fight to the death for his brutal regime. But he made no such effort himself. Now he faces the justice his regime denied so many Iraqis.

United Nations

Reconstruction Issues

  • IRAQ: Interview with Housing and Construction Minister IRIN 24 Dec 2003 -- Baker Jabor, a civil engineer and Iraq's new housing and construction minister, expects to disburse more than US $533 million in the coming months for various infrastructure projects around the country, including several large road-building projects.

Foreign Reactions

News Reports

  • YEARENDER: IRAQ VOA 24 Dec 2003 -- 2003 will most certainly be remembered as the year Saddam Hussein's dictatorship in Iraq was forcefully brought to an end. After years of effort by the international community to get the Iraqi leader to comply with U-N resolutions requiring full disclosure of Iraq's weapons systems, the United States led a coalition to bring a quick end to the Iraqi regime. V-O-A's Middle East Bureau Chief Greg LaMotte in Cairo spoke with political and economic analysts in the region about developments in Iraq over the past year and what may lie ahead.
  • YEARENDER: IRAQ / U-S VOA 24 Dec 2003 -- As the year 2003 began and the United States prepared to go to war with Iraq, the Bush Administration's main concern was Saddam Hussein's refusal to give up his weapons of mass destruction. But after months of searching, those weapons have not been found. Correspondent Nick Simeone in Washington tells us that as the world heads into 2004, the controversy over whether those weapons posed the grave threat that the United States and Britain said they did, still remains one of the most contentious -- and unresolved -- issues about the Iraq war.
  • IRAQ: Kurdish families displaced by Saddam holed up in prison IRIN 24 Dec 2003 -- Muhammad Salim lives in a prison - literally. But he has done nothing wrong and is not a criminal. There are no guards or barbed wire or even bars left at the prison, but he's still trapped.




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