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15 January 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 15 Jan 2004 [PDF]

  • U.S. Troops Nab Two More Senior Iraqi Insurgents AFPS 15 Jan 2004 -- Task Force All-American soldiers nabbed two more senior anti-coalition leaders during combat operations in western Iraq, according to a Combined Joint Task Force 7 news release.
  • Iraq: U.S. Says Anti-Coalition Attacks Have Decreased, But Why? RFE/RL 15 Jan 2004 -- U.S. officials say attacks on U.S. forces have declined in the wake of the capture of Saddam Hussein. But it remains unclear whether the former Iraqi leader's arrest last month marked a turning point in the fight against insurgents or merely brings a lull while anti-U.S. forces regroup.
  • DEMONSTRATION SHOWS SUPPORT FOR TASK FORCE "ALL AMERICAN" EFFORTS THROUGH AL ANBAR PROVINCE CENTCOM Release 15 Jan 2004-- This morning at 10 a.m., a pro-coalition demonstration occurred in downtown Ar Ramadi. It was organized to demonstrate against terrorism and show support for the unity of Iraq. The group stopped at the Government Center and the organizers took pictures with the Mayor and Chief of Police as a show of public support for their Iraqi civic leaders. At its peak, the crowd reached approximately 1,000 people.

Deployments

  • 1,600 Soldiers to stay in theater for transition Army News Service 15 Jan 2004-- The Department of Defense has approved the extension of selected Army units past their 12-month "boots on the ground" time in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.
  • Deploying troops to receive smallpox shot Marine Corps News 15 Jan 2004-- A recently-released Marine Administrative Message directs service members scheduled for deployment to Iraq to receive another vaccination.
  • Armor ordered for Iraq-bound vehicles Marine Corps News 15 Jan 2004-- Adapting to a threat that has left scores of soldiers riding in vehicles dead or maimed in Iraq, the Marine Corps is applying armor to its humvees and 7-tons.
  • HMH-466 prepares to test engine blade coating during OIF Marine Corps News 15 Jan 2004-- Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 466 will test Soviet-era technology being evaluated by Naval Air Systems Command during their deployment to Operation Iraqi Freedom II this spring.

US Policy

  • Iraq: U.S. Senator Accuses Bush Of Waging War For Political Gain RFE/RL 15 Jan 2004 -- The Iraq war is a "political product" marketed by U.S. President George W. Bush to help ensure electoral success for his Republican Party. That scathing accusation comes from Senator Edward Kennedy, a senior opposition voice in the Congress

United Nations

Reconstruction Issues

  • $126 Million Spent So Far by U.S. Military on Iraq Reconstruction Washington File 15 Jan 2004 -- U.S. military civil affairs units in Iraq so far have spent $126 million to directly improve education, health care, electricity, water and security, according to a civil affairs commander.
  • Thousands Protest In Al-Basrah For Elections RFE/RL 15 Jan 2004 -- Tens of thousands of Shiite Iraqis today took to the streets in Iraq's southern city of Al-Basra to support a call for general elections.
  • New Iraqi Currency Makes Official Debut AFPS 15 Jan 2004 -- Billions of dollars worth of new, hard-to- counterfeit Iraqi dinar bank notes are now officially in circulation throughout the country, the Coalition Provisional Authority reported today.
  • IRAQ / WRAP VOA 15 Jan 2004 -- Tens-of-thousands of Iraqis took to the streets of the southern city of Basra in a peaceful rally of support for demands by a senior Shi'ite cleric for early, direct elections. And, old Iraqi bank notes bearing portraits of Saddam Hussein are no longer legal tender.

Foreign Reactions

  • BRITAIN / BLAIR VOA 15 Jan 2004 -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair has played down the significance of demonstrations in southern Iraq, such as the one Thursday by protesters demanding early elections.

News Reports

  • Media Watchdog: U.S. Military Responsible For Iraq Journalists' Deaths RFE/RL 15 Jan 2004 -- Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders today said top U.S. military commanders should be held accountable for the deaths of two journalists in Baghdad in April
  • IRAQ / ARCHIVES VOA 15 Jan 2004 -- A member of the Iraqi National Congress says coalition forces in Iraq are collecting hundreds of thousands of documents, detailing atrocities committed by Saddam Hussein's regime. Kanan Makiya has ideas on how the files should now be used




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