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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


07 January 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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Current Operations

Deployments

  • 67th Signal departs for desert rotation Army News Service 07 Jan 2004-- As choruses of people counted down the New Year, the tears streaming down some of their cheeks had little to do with enthusiasm for the year to come.

US Policy

United Nations

Reconstruction Issues

  • Iraqi Detainees to be Released, Says Bremer AFPS 07 Jan 2004 -- Hundreds of Iraqis detained by the coalition will be released as part of a reconciliation effort, the coalition's administrator announced today in Baghdad.
  • Iraq: Soldiers' Deaths Focus Attention On Problems With Army RFE/RL 07 Jan 2004 -- Two former Iraqi soldiers were shot dead yesterday in Al-Basrah by Iraqi police while demonstrating for back payment of wages. The deaths come at the same time U.S. and Iraqi officials in Baghdad attended a graduation ceremony for rehired soldiers who have completed training as part of the new Iraqi Army.
  • IRAQ / PRISONERS VOA 07 Jan 2004 -- Coalition officials in Iraq say they will release hundreds of detainees as a gesture of goodwill.
  • Iraq: Coaltition Forces To Amnesty Some Iraqi Prisoners RFE/RL 07 Jan 2004 -- The top U.S. official in Iraq, L. Paul Bremer (pictured), today said that coalition forces will release some 500 Iraqi prisoners, starting with a group of 100 tomorrow.
  • IRAQ: Turkish refugees return home IRIN 07 Jan 2004 -- A group of 15 Turkish refugees assisted by the UN's refugee agency returned to Turkey from northern Iraq on Tuesday in a convoy consisting of a minibus and two trucks which brought them to the Habur gate on the Turkish-Iraqi border in southeastern Turkey.
  • IRAQ: North sets reconstruction example, aid workers say IRIN 07 Jan 2004 -- The experience and resources of Iraq’s north can help reconstruct the rest of the country according to NGOs and authorities in the region. Since 1992 the three Kurdish northern governorates have effectively governed themselves and started to rebuild independancy from the rest of Iraq after years of repression and destruction.
  • IRAQ: Focus on mass graves IRIN 07 Jan 2004 -- Hussein Dinar a 29-year-old teacher left Baghdad where he has been working for the last couple of years immediately after the end of the war on 9 April 2003 to his home town of Hilla, some 120 km south of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, to search for the body of the his dead brother Jabir.

Foreign Reactions

News Reports

  • WMD in Iraq Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 07 Jan 2004 -- The following is taken from a new Carnegie study, WMD in Iraq: Evidence and Implications. This report attempts to summarize and clarify the complex story of WMD and the Iraq war. It examines the unclassified record of prewar intelligence, administration statements of Iraq's capabilities to produce nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and long-range missiles, and the evidence found to date in Iraq.

  • Iraq: Extremist Group Ansar Al-Islam Benefits From Murky Past, Tenuous Links RFE/RL 07 Jan 2004 -- The founder of the Kurdish Islamist group Ansar al-Islam is expected to be freed shortly from a Norwegian jail after his detention last week. The court says there is not enough evidence to link him to terror attacks in Iraq. The United States lists Ansar al-Islam as a terrorist organization with links to Al-Qaeda. But such links are difficult to prove.




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