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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


16 January 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 16 Jan 2004 [PDF]

  • Update on Capture of Key Iraqi Resistance Leader in Fallujah Washington File 16 Jan 2004 -- The recent capture of one of Iraq's most-wanted former regime leaders completes a months-long goal for U.S. forces, according to a military news release.
  • Suicide rate of US soldiers in Iraq higher than normal PLA Daily 16 Jan 2004 -- At least 21 US soldiers in Iraqhave committed suicide since the war broke out last March, a number about a third higher than during peacetime, the Pentagon's top health official said Wednesday.
  • TASK FORCE "ALL AMERICAN" REMOVES EXPLOSIVES, INSURGENTS FROM POPULACE CENTCOM Release 16 Jan 2004-- Task Force "All American" continued operations in the Al Anbar province to ensure the safety of civilians and prevent further violence in the area.
  • DETAINEE TREATMENT INVESTIGATION CENTCOM Release 16 Jan 2004-- An investigation has been initiated into reported incidents of detainee abuse at a Coalition Forces detention facility.
  • 4TH ID'S 24-HOUR ACTIVITY CENTCOM Release 16 Jan 2004-- Soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division and Task Force Ironhorse have over the past 24 hours, conducted 155 patrols, five raids, and captured 40 criminals. Ten of the patrols were joint operations conducted with the Iraqi Police, the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps (ICDC) and the Border Guard to continually improve the safety and standard of living for the Iraqi people.

Deployments

  • 101st Airborne Division Starts to Head Home AFPS 16 Jan 2004 -- The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), which landed in Kuwait in February 2003 to support Operation Iraqi Freedom, is beginning its 10,500-mile, three-month odyssey back home to Fort Campbell, Ky., with a massive transfer of troops and equipment by air and land.
  • Rotation to Provide Right Mix of Forces AFPS 16 Jan 2004 -- Possibly the largest rotation of military forces in United States history is about to take place, as thousands of troops prepare to relieve units that have been in Iraq and Afghanistan for as long as a year, the director of operations for the Joint Staff said here today.
  • Marines from Fighting Fifth return to Iraq Marine Corps News 16 Jan 2004-- More than 800 Marines and Sailors from 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment arrived on Okinawa in mid-December to serve as one of the Unit Deployment Program battalions within 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division only to receive new orders to Iraq to support operations currently taking place there.

US Policy

  • Bremer, in Washington, Discusses Transition in Iraq with Top U.S. Officials Washington File 16 Jan 2004 -- Ambassador L. Paul Bremer III, the top civilian administrator of the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in Iraq, discussed developments in Iraq with President Bush and top national security officials at the White House January 16.
  • Powell on Netherlands Television Defends U.S. Course on Iraq Washington File 16 Jan 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell defended the U.S. course in Iraq during an interview January 16 in Washington with Netwerk, Netherlands.
  • U-S/IRAQ VOA 16 Jan 2004 -- The top American administrator for Iraq says the United States will stick with a plan for returning sovereignty to the Iraqi people by July first, despite opposition from Iraq's top Shiite cleric. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani opposes the plan because it does not include direct elections for what will be Iraq's first sovereign government of the post-Saddam Hussein era. The Bush administration is now hoping to enlist the help of the United Nations to win the support of Iraq's majority Shiite population.
  • CONGRESS / DEMOCRAT VOA 16 Jan 2004 -- The top Democrat in the U-S House of Representatives is calling on President Bush to use his State of the Union address next week to explain how he plans to stabilize Iraq and ensure the transition to a democratic government there.
  • Sanchez Urges Saddam Loyalists to Lay Down Arms AFPS 16 Jan 2004 -- Anti-coalition forces and former regime elements should "lay down their arms and embrace the future," the commander of U.S.-led coalition forces in Iraq said in a briefing from Baghdad today.
  • Bremer Says Sovereignty Handover Should Happen on Schedule AFPS 16 Jan 2004 -- The Coalition Provisional Authority administrator today said he thinks the handover of sovereignty to the Iraqi people ought to occur on schedule.
  • Iraq: Bremer To Meet Bush Amid Opposition To Handover Plan RFE/RL 16 Jan 2004 -- The top U.S. civilian administrator in Iraq, L. Paul Bremer, is due to meet President George W. Bush at the White House today to discuss Washington's plans for the handover of power.
  • BUSH / IRAQ VOA 16 Jan 2004 -- President Bush meets with the U-S administrator for Iraq today (Friday) (EDS: 2:30 Washington time) to review plans for transferring authority to a transitional government. The leader of Iraq's Shi'ite majority is rejecting the U-S plan.
  • U.S. Administrator In Iraq Meets With Bush RFE/RL 16 Jan 2004 -- The top U.S. civil administrator in Iraq, L. Paul Bremer, is in Washington today for talks with President George W. Bush. The talks come after tens of thousands of Iraqis demonstrated yesterday in the southern city of Al-Basrah.

United Nations

  • Iraqis, CPA to Discuss Return of U.N. Washington File 16 Jan 2004 -- When members of the Iraqi Governing Council and the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) meet with Secretary-General Kofi Annan and other senior U.N. officials January 19, it will be the first inclusive session to discuss the return of the United Nations to Iraq since a deadly bomb attack in August 2003 caused the world organization to withdraw from the country.
  • U-N / IRAQ TALKS PREVIEW VOA 16 Jan 2004 -- U-N Secretary General Kofi Annan meets leaders of the Iraqi Governing Council and the U-S-led Coalition Monday to outline a role for the world body in Iraq's transition to self-rule. The meeting marks an about face for the Bush administration, which went to war in Iraq less than a year ago without the backing of the United Nations.
  • Annan set to meet with Iraqi, coalition officials on UN's future role UN News Centre 16 Jan 2004 -- Secretary-General Kofi Annan is set to meet on Monday in New York with officials from Iraq and the United States-led Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) for talks on the future role of the United Nations in the country.

Reconstruction Issues

  • U-S / SADDAM / TRIAL VOA 16 Jan 2004 -- Where will former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein be put on trial, who will prosecute and defend him, and if found guilty will he face the death penalty? Those are some of the questions specialists in international law are debating about what is likely to be one of the most watched trials in modern history.
  • IRAQ / MAIL VOA 16 Jan 2004 -- Nine months after major combat operations in Iraq came to an end, most Iraqis still complain bitterly about the lack of security, electricity, jobs and proper infrastructure -- to name but a few of the frustrations of life in the country. But, there has been some rare upbeat news over the past week. New currency notes are now in full circulation in hopes of building confidence in the economy. And Iraq's postal system is slowly getting back up and running.

Foreign Reactions

  • UK wants majority of Iraq`s debts written off by end of year IRNA 16 Jan 2004 -- The British government is seeking an international consensus to achieve writing off most of Iraq`s external debt burden, estimated to range between Dlrs 160 and Dlrs 300 billion, this year, according to Economic Secretary John Healey.
  • Germany to help train Iraqi police in UAE IRNA 16 Jan 2004 -- Germany, along with France and Japan, will help train Iraqi policemen in the United Arab Emirates, the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung quoted German government officials as saying on Friday.
  • Iraqi Shi'ite Leader Warns U.S. Of Protests And Strikes RFE/RL 16 Jan 2004 -- Iraq's most influential Shi'ite cleric, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, today threatened to call for protests and work strikes unless the U.S.-led coalition allows direct elections to form a new Iraqi government.
  • TURKEY / KURDS VOA 16 Jan 2004 -- The Turkish military has warned (Friday) that a federal Iraqi government divided along ethnic and religious lines would create a "difficult" and "bloody" future for Turkey's southern neighbor. In a rare news conference, a top Turkish general also accused the United States of not taking effective action against Kurdish separatist rebels based in northern Iraq.
  • FRANCE / U-S VOA 16 Jan 2004 -- French Defense Minister Michele Alliot-Marie says her government is willing to help train Iraq's police and military but rules out sending French troops there. The French official made her remarks (Friday) in Washington, where she is seeking to smooth relations that soured over France's opposition to the U-S-led war in Iraq.
  • Iraq/U.K.: War Widow Says Soldiers Had To Share Body Armor, Buy Equipment RFE/RL 16 Jan 2004 -- Britain sent its soldiers to the war in Iraq sometimes lacking proper equipment. Some had to purchase gear themselves, or share it. A war widow has made public audiotapes sent by her soldier husband, who died in action without body armor. The government has ordered an inquiry into this case, but the soldier's widow and the opposition are calling for the resignation of Defense Secretary Geoff Hoon.

News Reports

  • Numbers of Refugees from Iraq Decreasing in Changed Atmosphere Washington File 16 Jan 2004 -- The U.S. Department of State reports a decreasing number of Iraqi refugees in need of resettlement in the United States as a result of U.S. actions in the region. A January 16 fact sheet provides an overview of refugee trends in Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan.
  • RFE/RL Iraq Report, Volume 7, Number 02 16 Jan 2004 -- IRAQI OIL MINISTER DISCUSSES OIL DISTRIBUTION, SHORTAGES / GOVERNING COUNCIL MEMBER SAYS TENTATIVE AGREEMENT ON KIRKUK / NEW MINISTRY ESTABLISHED / TRADE MINISTRY OFFICIAL COMMENTS ON FORMER REGIME'S CORRUPTION / REPORT SAYS HUSSEIN WARNED AGAINST CLOSE LINKS WITH ARAB FIGHTERS / IRAQI KURDISH PARTIES AGREE TO UNIFIED ADMINISTRATION / U.S. REACTS TO AYATOLLAH'S ELECTION DEMANDS / FIVE IRAQIS KILLED WHEN PROTEST TURNS VIOLENT IN AL-AMARAH / COALITION UNVEILS HUSSEIN-FREE POSTAGE STAMPS / CAR BOMB EXPLODES IN CENTRAL IRAQ / U.S. FORCES CAPTURE AL-DURI'S NEPHEWS / U.S. REPORTS BA'ATH PARTY RENUNCIATIONS, WEAPONS HANDOVERS IN IRAQ / DANISH TESTS SHOW NO CHEMICAL WARFARE AGENTS IN IRAQI SHELLS / GOVERNING COUNCIL APPROVES SHARIA LAW FOR FAMILY COURTS / CURRENCY-EXCHANGE PROGRAM IN IRAQ DEEMED SUCCESSFUL / BUSINESSMEN GATHER IN AMMAN FOR IRAQ TRADE FAIR / ROYAL JORDANIAN RESUMES FLIGHTS TO BAGHDAD / TURKEY TO CONTRIBUTE TO IRAQI CONSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT / KUWAIT TO CONSTRUCT NEW SECURITY BARRIER / UN TO SEND TEAM TO IRAQ TO REVIEW SECURITY SITUATION / BRAHIMI TO BE UN ADVISER ON IRAQ / U.S. SAYS CANADA CAN BID ON IRAQ CONTRACTS / FRENCH CALL FOR INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON IRAQ / ARMS MANUFACTURER DENIES IT SUPPLIED FORMER IRAQI REGIME... / ...ECHOING A DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER... / ...WHILE OTHERS ACCUSE THE U.S. OF PLAYING DIRTY / JAPAN OFFERS 500-600 POLICE CARS TO IRAQ




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