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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


09 January 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 09 Jan 2004 [PDF]

  • IRAQ / VIOLENCE VOA 09 Jan 2004 -- A bomb blast outside a mosque in the central Iraqi town of Baquba has killed at least five people and injured dozens more.
  • Iraq: Insurgents Launch Rocket Attack, U.S. Military Raids Tikrit RFE/RL 09 Jan 2004 -- Insurgents in Iraq today fired rockets at a hotel in central Baghdad used by foreigners, causing minor damage but no injuries, as U.S. troops carried out a raid in Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit overnight.
  • Iraq: Bomb Explodes During Friday Prayers At Mosque In Baquba RFE/RL 09 Jan 2004 -- At least five people were reported killed and scores of others wounded when a bomb exploded during Friday prayers at a Shi'a mosque in the central Iraqi town of Baquba today.
  • TF "ALL-AMERICAN" UNCOVERS CACHE WITH LOCAL HELP CENTCOM Release 09 Jan 2004-- Task Force "All-American" soldiers discovered a large weapons cache with the help of a local Iraqi civilian at approximately 9 p.m. Jan. 9.
  • UH-60 RECOVERY EFFORTS CONTINUE, WEAPONS AND MUNITIONS CAPTURED CENTCOM Release 09 Jan 2004-- During the last 24 hours, the 82nd Airborne Division and attached units, also known as Task Force "All American" conducted 199 patrols, including 13 joint patrols and conducted six offensive operations. Task Force "All American" had nine contacts initiated by the enemy; three improved explosive device attacks, three rockets propelled grenade attacks, two direct fire engagements and one mine strike. None of the attacks were effective. The task force discovered and disarmed two IEDs before they could be detonated against us. Task Force "All American" forces captured 38 enemy personnel while suffering no coalition casualties.
  • IRAQI CITIZENS TURN IN WEAPONS CACHES CENTCOM Release 09 Jan 2004-- Concerned citizens turned in large caches of weapons Jan. 7 to soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in northwest Iraq.
  • 101ST CAPTURES SIX ANTI-COALITION SUSPECTS CENTCOM Release 09 Jan 2004-- During pre-dawn raids in northern Iraq Jan. 8 soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) captured six people suspected of anti-Coalition activities.
  • TASK FORCE "ALL-AMERICAN" AND ICDC OPERATIONS PROVIDE SECURITY, ICDC GRADUATES CENTCOM Release 09 Jan 2004-- The 82nd Airborne Division and its subordinate units, also known as Task Force "All-American," continued missions over the last day to bring peace and prosperity to the residents of the Al Anbar province.
  • WRAP UP OF 4TH ID'S ACTIVITIES CENTCOM Release 09 Jan 2004-- Solders from the 4th Infantry Division and Task Force Ironhorse have, over the past 24 hours, conducted 157 patrols and one raid, and captured 10 individuals. Three of the patrols were joint operations conducted with the Iraqi Police, the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps and the Border Guard in order to continually improve the safety and standard of living for the Iraqi people.

Deployments

US Policy

  • Decisions on Trial of Saddam Hussein Up to Iraqis, Powell Says Washington File 09 Jan 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell said it is up to the Iraqi people how they put their captured former leader Saddam Hussein on trial, and he added that "the credibility of the new Iraqi government will be measured by how they handle this horrible dictator."
  • EDITORIAL: IMPROVING IRAQ'S ECONOMY VOA 09 Jan 2004 -- The Baathist regime of Saddam Hussein, with its socialist policies, destroyed the Iraqi economy through mismanagement, corruption, cronyism, war, and massive debt. After 1989, the Iraqi Gross Domestic Product declined by almost two-thirds. That decline coincided with a similar drop in the standard of living of the average Iraqi.

United Nations

  • U-N/Iraq talks VOA 09 Jan 2004 -- The United Nations and the US-led coalition in Iraq are pushing ahead with talks that could lead to an early return of foreign U-N staff to Baghdad. Senior coalition officials will come to New York later this month for three-party talks on Iraq's future.
  • Annan meets with US, UK ambassadors ahead of talks with Iraqi officials UN News Centre 09 Jan 2004 -- Secretary-General Kofi Annan met in New York today with coalition representatives in preparation for 19 January talks on the future role of the United Nations in the country.

Reconstruction Issues

  • U.S. Commitment to Women in Iraq US Dept. of State 09 Jan 2004 -- The United States is working with women in Iraq on programs that will broaden their political and economic opportunities and increase women's and girls' access to education and health care. In early 2003, the United States committed approximately $2.5 billion in humanitarian and reconstruction aid to Iraq. In November 2003, Congress approved President Bush's request for an additional $18.7 billion over the coming 18 months. Some of these funds will be used to restore Iraq's infrastructure, while other portions are allotted to democracy building, economic development, employment, medical, and educational needs, with full attention to the equal participation of women.
  • Iraq: Washington Urges Kurdish Compromise RFE/RL 09 Jan 2004 -- Washington is reported to be urging Iraqi Kurdish leaders to compromise on their demands for a fully autonomous state in the north of the country and aspirations to control revenues from the oil-rich region of Kirkuk. The U.S. message comes as the Kurdish initiatives are causing increasing tensions in Iraq in the run-up to Washington's handover of political power to a sovereign government at the end of June.
  • Iraq: Young Iraqis Learn The Art Of Being Diplomatic In Prague RFE/RL 09 Jan 2004 -- Five young Iraqis have just begun a monthlong course of diplomatic training in Prague. A new generation of Iraqi envoys and junior diplomatic staff are taking part in what the Czechs say was the first offer of such schooling as part of international efforts to reconstruct Iraq.
  • IRAQ/KURDS FUTURE VOA 09 Jan 2004 -- The Iraqi Governing Council and the U-S-led coalition are trying to reach a compromise on Kurdish autonomy before the country goes under Iraqi control scheduled for late June. The Kurdish region in the north has run its own affairs under international protection since the 1990 Gulf War, and the Kurds want to continue doing so. But neighboring countries and other Iraqi ethnic groups are concerned that too much autonomy could threaten Iraq's fragile unity and destabilize the region.

Foreign Reactions

  • Poll Shows Most Iraqis Oppose Violence Washington File 09 Jan 2004 -- Iraqis are nearly unanimous in the belief that attacks against Iraqi civilians, Iraqi police forces and international organizations are harmful to the future development of Iraq, according to a November 2003 poll conducted by the State Department's Office of Research. Sixty-six percent of the people polled said coalition forces are needed in Iraq for security.
  • Iraq: Bulgarians Ask Uneasy Questions Following Deadly Karbala Attack RFE/RL 09 Jan 2004 -- Bulgarians were stunned when Iraqi insurgents killed five Bulgarian soldiers and wounded dozens of others in a car bomb attack in late December 2003. Two weeks later, grief has been pushed aside by a heated debate about whether the tragedy in the southern city of Karbala could have been averted -- and if so, who should bear responsibility?

News Reports

  • U.S./Iraq: Study Says Washington 'Systematically Misrepresented' Threat From Baghdad RFE/RL 09 Jan 2004 -- A new report by a leading Washington think tank has concluded that the Bush administration "systematically misrepresented" the threat from Iraq's weapons of mass destruction in the months leading up to the war. U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell was quick to dismiss the report, but the study could help rekindle an election-year debate over whether Washington exaggerated the Iraqi threat.
  • RFE/RL Iraq Report, Volume 7, Number 01 09 Jan 2004 -- COALITION RELEASES SOME DETAINEES / U.S. WEAPONS TEAM REPORTEDLY WITHDRAWN FROM IRAQ... / ...AS EVIDENCE MOUNTS THAT IRAQI WEAPONS DESTROYED YEARS AGO. / IRAQI POLICE FIRE ON PROTESTERS IN AL-BASRAH. / ARMY DAY TO REMAIN OFFICIAL IRAQI HOLIDAY. / EMERGENCY TALKS ARE HELD IN NORTH FOLLOWING VIOLENT DEMONSTRATIONS... / ...AND U.S. FORCES RAID KURDISH OFFICES / TURKOMAN LEADER COMMENTS ON TENSION WITH KURDS / U.S. CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION PRAISES ROLE OF WOMEN'S GROUPS IN IRAQ / PEPSI REACHES FRANCHISE AGREEMENT / U.S. REORGANIZING MILITARY COMMAND IN IRAQ / IRAQI LEADERS EXPRESS DIFFERING VIEWS ON SYRIA / SYRIAN PRESIDENT'S VISIT TO TURKEY FOCUSES ON IRAQI KURDS / KUWAIT IDENTIFIES THE BODIES OF EIGHT NATIONALS FOUND IN MASS GRAVES. / 600 JORDANIAN LAWYERS READY TO DEFEND HUSSEIN / JORDAN, IRAQ ESTABLISH LIAISON OFFICE FOR ELECTRICITY COOPERATION / ANNAN TELLS REPORTERS MEETING WITH GOVERNING COUNCIL, CPA SCHEDULED / UN TRANSFERS $2.6 BILLION IN OIL REVENUES TO DEVELOPMENT FUND FOR IRAQ / BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY EXPECTS TROOPS TO REMAIN IN IRAQ FOR YEARS / 24 VOLUNTEER POLICEMEN LEAVE U.K. FOR AL-BASRAH / NATO CHIEF SAYS IRAQ MUST WAIT / MULLAH KREKAR ARRESTED IN NORWAY, CHARGES DISMISSED / REPORT SUGGESTS U.S. USE OF UN WEAPONS INSPECTORS FOR PROBE / KURDS PRESS FOR AUTONOMY IN NEW IRAQ




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