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13 January 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

US Policy
United Nations
Reconstruction Issues
Foreign Reactions
News Reports

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 13 Jan 2004 [PDF]

  • Transcript: Defense Department Operational Briefing 13 Jan 2004 -- Participating was Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld; Gen. Peter Pace, Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • TF ALL AMERICAN HELICOPTER DOWN NEAR HABBANIYAH CENTCOM Release 13 Jan 2004-- A helicopter was downed near Habbaniyah, Iraq at approximately 10 a.m. today.
  • TASK FORCE "ALL AMERICAN" CONTINUES STABILITY OPERATIONS CENTCOM Release 13 Jan 2004-- 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.
  • 4TH ID'S 24-HOUR ACTIVITY CENTCOM Release 13 Jan 2004-- Soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division and Task Force Ironhorse have, over the past 24 hours, conducted 155 patrols and five raids, and captured 43 individuals.
  • TASK FORCE "ALL-AMERICAN" DISCOVERS WEAPONS CACHES CENTCOM Release 13 Jan 2004-- Task Force "All-American" troops discovered a substantial weapons cache northwest of Hit last night.
  • 'TF Soldier' focuses on warrior readiness Army News Service 13 Jan 2004-- This article is the first of a weekly series that will examine the 16 focus areas outlined by Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Schoomaker. (Army News Service, Jan. 13, 2004) -- While inculcating the Warrior ethos into all Soldiers of both the active and reserve components is one of their top priorities, so is ensuring that all deploying members of the Army team are properly trained and equipped, according to members of a Fort Benning task force.
  • 'Op Market Sweep' captures Fallujah arms dealers Army News Service 13 Jan 2004-- Soldiers from the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment capitalized on a month of hard work as they executed Operation Market Sweep, becoming the first Coalition troops to successfully penetrate the weapons market in downtown Fallujah.
  • Paratroopers out-shoot assassins Army News Service 13 Jan 2004-- Soldiers of Task Force 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment were victorious in their first armed contact in Afghanistan.
  • Apache Helicopter Goes Down in Iraq, No Injuries Reported AFPS 13 Jan 2004 -- An Apache helicopter went down near Fallujah, Iraq, today according to U.S. Central Command officials. There were no injuries and the incident is under investigation.
  • IRAQ / WRAP VOA 13 Jan 2004 -- A U-S Apache helicopter went down west of Baghdad Tuesday. Military officials say it was likely shot down, but the crew survived the attack. At least two Iraqis are reported killed by U-S troops in the central town of Fallujah and there was renewed violence in the southern city of Kut, where several people were reported injured.
  • PENTAGON: TERROR WAR CRITICISM VOA 13 Jan 2004 -- The Bush administration's handling of the global war on terrorism, including the decision to invade Iraq, is being criticized by an unexpected source: a study published by the U-S Army's War College.


US Policy

  • Saddam's Status Won't Affect Iraq's Ability to Try Him Washington File 13 Jan 2004 -- Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said Saddam Hussein's current status as an enemy prisoner of war (EPW) will not affect the U.S. government's plans to have Iraqis "play a significant role" in any trial of the ex-dictator.
  • O'NEILL CONTROVERSY VOA 13 Jan 2004 -- Here in the United States, there continues to be reaction to a just-published book in which former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill raises questions about the timing and reasons why President Bush decided to go to war against Iraq. The former cabinet official -- who was fired after disagreeing with the Bush administration's policy on tax cuts -- claims the White House began planning the Iraq war in its early days -- eight months before the September 11th terrorist attacks.
  • PENTAGON/SADDAM VOA 13 Jan 2004 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says the Pentagon's decision to formally designate ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein as a prisoner of war could be changed.
  • Myers Thanks Mongolians for Iraqi Freedom Help AFPS 13 Jan 2004 -- Mongolia is a small country with a powerful warrior tradition. But today, the country consciously is tying its reputation to peacekeeping, and Mongolia's latest area of operations is Iraq.
  • BUSH / IRAQ / CANADA VOA 13 Jan 2004 -- President Bush says Canadian companies will be eligible to bid on a second round of U-S-funded reconstruction contracts in Iraq. The president made the announcement in Monterrey, Mexico where he is attending a hemispheric summit.
  • U.S.: Former Cabinet Official's Book Renews Debate On Rationale For Iraq War RFE/RL 13 Jan 2004 -- A new book quoting a former U.S. cabinet member is generating controversy in the United States. Former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill -- fired by President George W. Bush a year ago -- paints an unflattering picture of the president and raises serious questions about the timing of the Iraq war. The issue now is whether O'Neill's account is reliable or merely the biased recollections of a man embittered by his dismissal.
  • Japan's SDF Iraq dispatch "not without risk": US general PLA Daily 13 Jan 2004 -- Top US military officer Gen. Richard Myers said Monday that he would not rule out the possibility that Japan's Self-Defense Forces (SDF) could be the target of attacks during their deployment to Iraq to aid in reconstruction efforts there.

United Nations

  • Security Council to hold closed-door talks on Iraq on Wednesday UN News Centre 13 Jan 2004 -- The United Nations Security Council plans to hold closed-door talks on Iraq on Wednesday in response to a request from one of the country's officials.
  • U-N / IRAQ SECURITY VOA 13 Jan 2004 -- The United Nations is dispatching a team of security experts to Baghdad to prepare for a possible large-scale return of foreign U-N staff to Iraq.

Reconstruction Issues

  • Iraq Weekly Update Joint Staff/Coalition Provisional Authority 13 Jan 2004 -- Power / Oil / Education / Health Care / Security / Governance / Economics [PDF 4.71 Mb]
  • Ex-Im Bank Offers Multiple Financing Plans for Iraqi Reconstruction Washington File 13 Jan 2004 -- To support Iraqi reconstruction efforts, the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) is providing short-term credit insurance for the Trade Bank of Iraq, guarantees or insurance in third countries, and working capital guarantees for U.S. subcontractors in U.S. government-funded reconstruction contracts.
  • U-S / IRAQ ELECTIONS VOA 13 Jan 2004 -- The Bush administration says it believes a way can be found to adjust plans for a hand-over of power in Iraq that satisfies concerns of critics, including the powerful Shiite religious leader, the Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. The Shiite leader is demanding direct elections, rather than a caucus system, to choose an interim Iraqi legislature and executive body.
  • Iraq: Ambitious U.S. Media Plans Take Shape RFE/RL 13 Jan 2004 -- Ambitious plans by the U.S. government for Iraq's media are taking shape. Projects worth around $250 million have been approved and are under way to upgrade and expand the country's broadcast and print media.

Foreign Reactions

News Reports

  • IRAQ: NGO registration causes controversy IRIN 13 Jan 2004 -- Worried that terrorists could use local or international aid agencies to hide what they’re doing, US administrator Paul Bremer recently issued a rule calling for all of them in the country to register.

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