Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
29 December Iraq Special Weapons News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 29 Dec 2003 [PDF]
- TASK FORCE "ALL-AMERICAN" SOLDIERS CAPTURE SUSPECTED IED MAKER, CONFISCATE WEAPONS CENTCOM Release 29 Dec 2003-- The 82nd Airborne Division and its subordinate units continued missions over the last day to bring peace and prosperity to the residents of the Al Anbar province.
- 101ST BATTLES SUSPECTED TERRORISTS IN NORTHERN IRAQ CENTCOM Release 29 Dec 2003-- Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) fought suspected members of the Ansar Al Islam terrorist group Dec. 28 in the city of Mosul during a cordon and knock operation.
- FIVE-HUNDRED-AND-EIGHTY ROCKETS CONFISCATED CENTCOM Release 29 Dec 2003-- An Iraqi citizen provided information to U.S. Air Force airmen concerning a large weapons cache that he said consisted of close to six hundred rockets. The Air Force in turn asked the U.S. Army for assistance. Air Force personnel and a patrol from 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment went to the identified site in the evening of Dec. 27 to investigate.
- Airstrike targets enemy safe house AFPN 29 Dec 2003-- F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 510th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron dropped two Joint Direct Attack Munition bombs on an enemy safe house near here Dec. 27.
- IRAQ: Women's group fights for rights in the north IRIN 29 Dec 2003 -- The opening of a new women's and children's hospital in Arbil, northern Iraq, is the latest victory for the region's main women's group.
- IRAQ: NGOs working on development projects in rural areas IRIN 29 Dec 2003 -- While much of the humanitarian aid is focused on the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, which still suffers occasional power cuts and shortages in health care, and some aspects of life are returning to normal, some villages around the city remain in dire need of emergency assistance.
- Bulgaria: Sofia Says Attacks In Karbala Will Not Weaken Resolve RFE/RL 29 Dec 2003 -- Five Bulgarian soldiers were killed and 18 wounded in suicide bombings in the southern Iraqi city of Karbala on 27 December. They are the first Bulgarian troops to die in the country. Tomorrow, Bulgaria observes a national day of mourning. How have the deaths affected Sofia's resolve to stay in Iraq?
- Bulgaria to pull out troops from Iraq after Karbala attacks: daily IRNA 29 Dec 2003 -- Bulgaria is to withdraw its troops from Iraq following the recent attacks in the city of Karbala which killed five Bulgarian soldiers, the daily Die Welt newspaper reported Monday.
- JAPAN/BAKER/IRAQ VOA 29 Dec 2003 -- Tokyo will waive most of the four billion dollars Iraq owes Japan. As V-O-A's Amy Bickers reports from Tokyo, the announcement comes after talks between U-S special envoy James Baker and Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi.
- THAILAND IRAQ VOA 29 Dec 2003 -- Thailand has no plans to withdraw its troops from Iraq and instead may send a combat unit to protect them. Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra made the remarks after two Thai soldiers were killed in a suicide bombing against a coalition garrison in the central Iraqi city of Karbala.
- CHINA/BAKER/IRAQ VOA 29 Dec 2003 -- China says it will consider forgiving a part of the money Iraqi owes it. Chinese leaders gave the qualified promise to U-S special envoy James Baker.
- No respite in criticism of Blair IRNA 29 Dec 2003 -- Prime Minister Tony Blair, holidaying in Egypt, was given no respite Monday from former ministers, religious leaders and backbench Labour MPs expressing growing discontent over his leadership.
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