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14 January 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

US Policy
United Nations
Reconstruction Issues
Foreign Reactions
News Reports

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 14 Jan 2004 [PDF]

  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 14 Jan 2004 -- Participating was Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, Deputy Director, Coalition Operations, Dan Senor, Spokesman for the Coalition Provisional Authority, Gen. Ahmed Ibrahim, Deputy Minister, Iraq's Department of the Interior, and Hamid Al Kifa'i, Iraqi Governing Council Spokesman
  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing, Commander's Emergency Response Program 14 Jan 2004 -- "This afternoon we have the privilege and opportunity to hear from Brigadier General David N. Blackledge. He's the commander of the 352nd Civil Affairs Command. General Blackledge has agreed to give us some details regarding civil military operations and civil affairs here in Iraq. He will focus specifically on the use of the Commander's Emergency Response Program, otherwise known as CERP. This is a program that involves investment of money at the local level by senior commanders, largely under the tutelage of General Blackledge."
  • Soldiers Capture No. 54; Bomb Kills 5, Wounds 29 AFPS 14 Jan 2004 -- A combined operation by members of the 82nd Airborne Division and special operations forces resulted in the capture of number 54 of Iraq's 55 most-wanted fugitives Jan. 11 near Ramadi, Army Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, deputy operations director for Combined Joint Task Force 7, announced during a briefing from Baghdad today.
  • Iraqis Coming Forward With Information Since Saddam's Capture AFPS 14 Jan 2004 -- Despite attacks against U.S. and coalition troops and innocent Iraqis, an encouraging trend since Saddam Hussein's capture has been the increasing number of Iraqis who are coming forward with information, Marine Corps General Peter Pace told reporters Jan. 13 during a Pentagon briefing with Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.
  • Soldiers Capture Nephews of Iraq's Most-Wanted Fugitive AFPS 14 Jan 2004 -- Soldiers have captured four relatives believed to have harbored Izzit Ibrahim al-Douri, the most wanted fugitive in Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force 7 announced today.
  • WRAP UP OF 4TH ID'S ACTIVITIES CENTCOM Release 14 Jan 2004-- Iraqi National Police (INP) and military police soldiers from the 401st MP Company conducted joint raids in Samarra, capturing three individuals targeted for possible involvement in attacks against the Coalition. The INP and the soldiers located and confiscated 50 AK-47 assault rifle magazines and some military uniforms.
  • TF "ALL-AMERICAN" WORKS WITH IRAQIS TO MAKE THEIR COUNTRY SAFE CENTCOM Release 14 Jan 2004-- The 82nd Airborne Division and its subordinate units continued missions to bring peace and prosperity to the residents of the Al Anbar province.
  • CAPTURE OF NUMBER 54 CENTCOM Release 14 Jan 2004-- As a result of aggressive combat operations, we announce the capture of Khamis Sirhan al-Muhammad, number 54 in the top 55 "Deck of Cards" list.
  • IRAQ / WRAP VOA 14 Jan 2004 -- A car bombing in the central Iraqi town of Baquba Wednesday killed at least two Iraqis and injured another 29. The U-S military also announced it has arrested another senior official of the former regime of Saddam Hussein. It said U-S soldiers killed eight suspected insurgents during a clash in central Iraq on Tuesday.
  • AMID REDEPLOYMENT 101ST CONTINUES RECONSTRUCTION MISSION CENTCOM Release 14 Jan 2004-- The operational tempo of the 101st Airborne Division remains high today as its soldiers prepared for redeployment and completed major reconstruction projects in Northern Iraq.
  • RELATIVES OF AL-DURI CAPTURED CENTCOM Release 14 Jan 2004-- An Iraqi citizen provided information that brought 720th Military Police Battalion soldiers to a location in Samara in the early morning of Jan. 14.
  • IRAQ / BOMBING VOA 14 Jan 2004 -- Iraqi police say at least two people were killed and more than a dozen others injured in a car bomb explosion Wednesday in the central town of Baquba. The driver of the car is reported among the dead.
  • Iraq: Suicide Bomber Kills At Least Two In Central Iraq RFE/RL 14 Jan 2004 -- A suicide bomber today set off a car bomb outside a police station in the central Iraqi town of Baquba, killing himself and at least two victims.


  • Incirlik serves as Army 'terminal' AFPN 14 Jan 2004-- Incirlik has a new role as a temporary "terminal" for U.S. soldiers traveling home after serving about a year in Iraq.

US Policy

  • CHENEY/IRAQ VOA 14 Jan 2004 -- Vice President Dick Cheney has defended the U-S war on terror and the war in Iraq, which he says reflect a new approach to U-S security. The administration official spoke in Los Angeles
  • Speech Delivered by Senator Edward M. Kennedy: America,Iraq, And Presidential Leadership Office of US Senator Edward M. Kennedy 14 Jan 2004 -- "In these uncertain times, it is imperative that our leaders hold true to those founding ideals and protect the fundamental trust between the government and the people. Nowhere is this trust more important than between the people and the President of the United States. (...) I believe that this Administration is indeed leading this country to a perilous place. It has broken faith with the American people, aided and abetted by a Congressional majority willing to pursue ideology at any price, even the price of distorting the truth. On issue after issue, they have moved brazenly to impose their agenda on America and on the world. They have pursued their goals at the expense of urgent national and human needs and at the expense of the truth. America deserves better."
  • KENNEDY / IRAQ VOA 14 Jan 2004 -- A prominent U-S Senate Democrat is accusing the Bush administration of breaking faith with the American people by waging what he calls "an unnecessary war" with Iraq. Senator Ted Kennedy says the administration used the war and its aftermath for Republican political gain.

United Nations

Reconstruction Issues

  • Reconstruction Fund Helps Provide Better Life for Iraqis AFPS 14 Jan 2004 -- Millions of dollars dispensed through a U.S. civil affairs fund have fueled myriad reconstruction projects across Iraq, improving the lives of Iraqis in the post-Saddam Hussein era, according to a senior U.S. military civil affairs officer.
  • Iraq: Authorities Announce New De-Ba'athification Measures RFE/RL 14 Jan 2004 -- Iraqi authorities have unveiled new plans to purge more members of Saddam Hussein's Ba'ath Party from government and other jobs. Official accounts say so far about 28,000 party members have already been ousted. Iraqi politicians say as many more may soon follow.
  • Iraq: Companies Vie For Reconstruction Contracts At Regional Fairs RFE/RL 14 Jan 2004 -- U.S. officials in charge of reconstructing Iraq have just concluded a conference in Jordan attended by hundreds of foreign and Iraqi businessmen intent on winning contracts. The three-day conference emphasized opportunities in Iraq as the U.S. prepares to spend some $18 billion on reconstruction projects in the next few years.
  • FORMER HIGH LEVEL BA'ATHISTS DENOUNCE TERRORISM IN IRAQ CENTCOM Release 14 Jan 2004-- Former Ba'ath Party leaders in Northern Iraq denounced the party of Saddam Hussein Tuesday and exhorted the people of the region to work with the Coalition to build a free and unified Iraq.

Foreign Reactions

  • Iraq: Ayatollah Al-Sistani Moves From Religious To Increasingly Political Role RFE/RL 14 Jan 2004 -- A call for early elections in Iraq by one of the country's most influential Shi'a leaders, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, is complicating Washington's plans for transferring power to a sovereign Iraqi government by the end of June. But al-Sistani himself remains a mysterious figure for U.S. officials, refusing to speak directly with them and communicating with them only through intermediaries.
  • Blair in `dodgy` position over naming Kelly IRNA 14 Jan 2004 -- Opposition Conservative leader Michael Howard suggested Wednesday that Prime Minister Tony Blair may be forced out of office when Lord Hutton presents his report later this month on the death of former Iraq weapons expert David Kelly.

News Reports

  • IRAQ: Focus on Halabja IRIN 14 Jan 2004 -- Hussain Hassan Mohammed receives visitors in his Halabja home with customary Kurdish kindness. Over sweet tea he once again tells his story of the horrors of 16 March 1988 when his town in northern Iraq was attacked with poisonous gas.

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