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30 December Iraq Special Weapons News

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

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 30 Dec 2003 [PDF]

  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 30 Dec 2003 -- Participating was Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, Deputy Director for Operations and Daniel Senor, Senior CPA Adviser
  • SIGNIFICANT WEAPONS CACHE CONFISCATED CENTCOM Release 30 Dec 2003-- Task Force Ironhorse Second Infantry's Arrowhead Brigade soldiers discovered a significant weapons cache southeast of Samarra in the morning of Dec. 29. Some of the items located were found in a false wall.
  • IVY BLIZZARD UPDATE CENTCOM Release 30 Dec 2003-- Operation Ivy Blizzard continues in Phase II. The operation will transition to Phase III when the conditions are set, which includes when the city council is capable of independent action and when the Iraqi Police and the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps are ready to secure the city. Right now, the earliest time of transition to Phase III is two to three weeks away.
  • HIGH-LEVEL BA'ATHISTS SUPPORT COALITION SECURITY EFFORTS CENTCOM Release 30 Dec 2003-- Two second-tier Ba'ath Party leaders in northwest Iraq handed over weapons Dec. 29 to Coalition Forces with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).
  • 101ST CONDUCTS RAIDS IN NORTH, CAPTURES SUSPECTS, FINDS WEAPONS CENTCOM Release 30 Dec 2003-- Soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) conducted cordon-and-search operations in northern Iraq Dec. 29, capturing two people wanted on suspicion of anti-Coalition activities and confiscating numerous weapons.
  • TASK FORCE "ALL-AMERICAN" UNCOVERS WEAPONS CENTCOM Release 30 Dec 2003-- The 82nd Airborne Division and its subordinate units, also known as Task Force "All American," continued missions yesterday to stop violence and provide security for residents of the Al Anbar province.
  • 1ST ARMORED DIVISION UNIT HELPS IRAQIS VOTE IN NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COUNCIL CAUCUS V Corps Release 30 Dec 2003-- Residents of Baghdad's Ameria neighborhood lined the streets near the old Iraqi Airways Club to choose new neighborhood advisory council (NAC) members Dec. 16.
  • Coalition Battles Sabotage, Smuggling of Iraqi Gasoline AFPS 30 Dec 2003 -- Coalition personnel are working with the Iraqi Ministry of Oil to head off gasoline smuggling, sabotage of the oil industry infrastructure and black-market profiteering. Officials said these continue to be among the greatest problems facing the Iraqi people.
  • IRAQ/VIOLENCE VOA 30 Dec 2003 -- A roadside bomb has exploded in downtown Baghdad, killing at least one Iraqi civilian and severely wounding another. It is the second bombing in the same neighborhood in three days.
  • Iraq TV: cargo train en-route Mosayyeb-Helleh exploded by armed insurgents IRNA 30 Dec 2003 -- Iraq TV announced on Monday night that unidentified armed insurgents first seized a cargo train en-route Mosayyeb-Helleh in Iraq`s Babel Province and then exploded one of its compartments.

Deployments

US Policy

United Nations

Reconstruction Issues

  • IRAQ/SADDAM CRIMES VOA 30 Dec 2003 -- Iraqi legal experts are preparing to try Saddam Hussein for crimes against humanity, although it is still not clear when and where the ousted Iraqi leader will face trial. Human-rights groups say his regime executed at least 300-thousand people in a quarter of a century. A recent opinion poll showed that most Iraqis believe his policies were criminal, but a minority continue to believe they were justified.
  • IRAQ: Water problems persist in northeastern town IRIN 30 Dec 2003 -- It looks as if a packet of aspirin has been dissolved in it. Then a teaspoon of mud has been stirred in. But, as it goes, this is as good as water gets in the northeastern town of Khanaqin.

Foreign Reactions

  • Charity blames British army for lost Iraq aid IRNA 30 Dec 2003 -- The Ministry of Defence (MoD) in London was reported Tuesday to have rejected a charity`s request for compensation it claimed was due because the British army lost almost half a shipment of aid for sick Iraqi children.
  • China considers forgiving Iraq debts PLA Daily 30 Dec 2003 -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said here Monday that China will consider reducing the debts owned to it by Iraq out of humanitarian concern.
  • Hu Jintao vows to continue efforts on Iraqi reconstruction PLA Daily 30 Dec 2003 -- Chinese President Hu Jintao vowed Monday that China would continue, with the international community, to help reconstruction and the restoration of peace and stability in Iraq as soon as possible.

News Reports

  • Ashcroft Removes Himself from Probe Into Leak of CIA Agent Name Washington File 30 Dec 2003 -- Attorney General John Ashcroft and his office staff have recused themselves from the Justice Department's criminal investigation into the leak to the media and subsequently to the public earlier in the year of the name and identity of an undercover CIA officer.
  • IRAQ: Kurdish NGOs in expanding role in mine clearance IRIN 30 Dec 2003 -- Kurdish NGOs are taking up a greater role in mine clearance in northern Iraq, a task traditionally carried out by international groups. After years of fighting between the Kurdish north and the regime of Saddam Hussein, as well as intra-Kurdish conflict and problems with neighbouring countries, the area is one of the most heavily mined in the Middle East.




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