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20 January 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 20 Jan 2004 [PDF]

  • IRAQI BORDER OPEN TO ALL PILGRIMS DURING HAJJ CENTCOM Release 20 Jan 2004-- For the first time in more than three decades, Iraqis are able to participate in the Hajj pilgrimage without preferential oversight from the former regime.
  • 120 BAATHISTS RENOUNCE POLITICAL PARTY CENTCOM Release 20 Jan 2004-- Former high-ranking members of the Ba'ath Party renounced affiliation with their political party in today Rabiah on the Syrian border, in a meeting with the leaders of the 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade (Stryker), 2nd Infantry Division, attached to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).
  • 82nd Airborne troops to provide force rotation security Army News Service 20 Jan 2004-- Deploying in harm's way for the second time in two years, the first contingent of the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade departed for Iraq from Pope Air Force Base, N.C., Jan. 15.
  • Tactical Air Control Party Airmen Help Ground Forces AFPS 20 Jan 2004 -- Wherever American military forces are found, TACP airmen are sure to be nearby. Nicknamed the "Air Force infantry" because they spend most of their career assigned to Army units, tactical controllers can most often be found embedded with special operations forces.
  • Task Forces Turn Up Former Iraqi General, Weapons Caches AFPS 20 Jan 2004 -- A former Iraqi general turned himself in to coalition forces Jan. 19, reported Combined Joint Task Force 7 today.
  • Army Stryker Brigade Moves Into Mosul Area Of Operations AFPS 20 Jan 2004 -- Soldiers equipped with the Stryker -- a transformational, multi-wheeled armored vehicle -- are soon slated to take up duty in the Mosul, Iraq, area of operations, according to a Combined Joint Task Force 7 news release today.
  • WRAP UP CENTCOM Release 19 Jan 2004-- Soldiers from C Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment searched three locations simultaneously, north of Balad before dawn on Jan 17. They were looking for individuals the suspected are responsible for attacks against Coalition forces. Soldiers captured seven individuals and confiscated six AK-47 assault rifles, one bayonet, six AK-47 ammunition magazines, one shotgun and one bolt-action rifle.
  • TASK FORCE "ALL AMERICAN" PROVIDES AID, SECURITY FOR AL ANBAR CENTCOM Release 19 Jan 2004-- The 82nd Airborne Division and its subordinate units continued missions over the last 24 hours to bring peace and prosperity to the residents of the Al Anbar province.
  • Army Deploys 'Shadow' Unmanned Air Vehicle in Iraq AFPS 20 Jan 2004 -- Having better intelligence than your enemy is vital to the success of a military operation, and the current situation in Iraq is no exception.

Deployments

US Policy

  • Powell Affirms U.S. Commitment to Interim Iraqi Government by June 30 Washington File 20 Jan 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell said the Iraqi Governing Council, the United Nations, the Coalition Provisional Authority and the United States remain committed to having an interim Iraqi government in place by June 30, and promised continued U.S. support as Iraq pursues its transition to democratic government.
  • Bush Meets with Members of Iraqi Governing Council Washington File 20 Jan 2004 -- President Bush met January 20 at the White House for about 40 minutes with Iraqi Governing Council President Adnan Pachachi and seven other members of the 25-member council.
  • U-S / IRAQ / POWELL VOA 20 Jan 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell says the Bush administration is sticking with plans for indirect caucus elections for a provisional government in Iraq by June 30th. But he says the United States would accept "refinements" in the caucus plan in an effort to satisfy its Iraqi critics, including the influential Shiite Muslim leader, the Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.
  • BUSH / IRAQ VOA 20 Jan 2004 -- President Bush met with the current head of Iraq's Governing Council to discuss the country's political transition. The U-S plan for that transition is opposed by many Shi'ite Muslims who want more direct elections.

United Nations

  • UN Considers Sending Election Team To Iraq RFE/RL 20 Jan 2004 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says he is considering whether to send a UN fact-finding team to Iraq to assess if early elections can be held or if alternatives should be used to select an interim Iraqi government.
  • Iraq: UN To Consider Request For Advice On Elections RFE/RL 20 Jan 2004 -- The United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has signaled that he is considering a request from U.S. and Iraqi officials to re-engage in Iraq. Members of the Iraqi Governing Council and the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) met with Annan in New York yesterday to urge him to send an advisory team to Iraq to examine the electoral situation ahead of the CPA's scheduled pullout in June.
  • IRAQ: WFP takes on Oil-for-Food for 3 months IRIN 20 Jan 2004 -- A key US $900 million piece of Iraq’s former Oil-for-Food Programme is being handed back to the UN World Food Programme (WFP) after weeks of negotiations, a US administrator recently announced.
  • IRAQ: Annan will consider sending advisory team IRIN 20 Jan 2004 -- Following talks at UN headquarters in New York on Monday with members of the Iraqi Governing Council and representatives of the US-led Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan said he would consider a request for an advisory team to be sent to Iraq to examine the feasibility of elections before the end of June as well as possible alternatives, a UN statement said.

Reconstruction Issues

  • Iraq Weekly Update Joint Staff/Coalition Provisional Authority 20 Jan 2004 -- Power / Oil / Education / Health Care / Security / Governance / Economics [PDF 4.74 Mb]
  • Al-Hakim Says U.S., UN Should Focus On Iraq Elections RFE/RL 20 Jan 2004 -- Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, an ally of Iraqi Shi'ite leader Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani (pictured), says the United States and the United Nations should focus on the feasibility of direct elections rather than other plans to choose an interim government in June.

Foreign Reactions

  • Al-Hakim Says U.S., UN Should Focus On Iraq Elections RFE/RL 20 Jan 2004 -- Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, an ally of Iraqi Shi'ite leader Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani (pictured), says the United States and the United Nations should focus on the feasibility of direct elections rather than other plans to choose an interim government in June.
  • UK pays less than dlrs 5,000 compensation for each Iraqi death IRNA 20 Jan 2004 -- Armed Forces Minister Adam Ingram has revealed that Britain has paid out an average of pnds 2,700 (dlrs 4,8000) in compensation for each Iraqi civilian death that allegedly involved UK forces since the end of combat operations.
  • Chinese, French presidents to discuss Iraqi issue PLA Daily 20 Jan 2004 -- Chinese President Hu Jintao will confer with French President Jacques Chirac on Iraq issue during his upcoming visit to France, said officials with Chinese Foreign Ministry here Monday.
  • Japanese advance ground troops enter Iraq PLA Daily 20 Jan 2004 -- An advance team of Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) crossed the border into Iraq from Kuwait on Monday to prepare for aid activities in the southern Iraqi city of Samawah, Kyodo News reported.
  • Baghdad blast not to affect Japan's troops dispatch to Iraq PLA Daily 20 Jan 2004 -- Japan's plan to send troops to Iraq will not be affected by a suicide bombing in Baghdad on Sunday outside the US-led coalition headquarters, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuo Fukuda said Monday.
  • Japan mulling sending military helicopters to Iraq PLA Daily 20 Jan 2004 -- Japan's Defense Agency is considering dispatching UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters from its Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) to Iraq for emergency transportation of injured personnel and senior officials.
  • First of Romania's Red Scorpions leave for Iraq PLA Daily 20 Jan 2004 -- Romania's first batch of 64 troops left for Iraq aboard a military plane on Monday, the Romanian national news agency Rompres reported.
  • QATAR/IRAQ VOA 20 Jan 2004 -- The Gulf state of Qatar has pledged to write off nearly four billion dollars in Iraqi debt following a visit by U-S special envoy James Baker.

News Reports

  • IRAQ / HAJ VOA 20 Jan 2004 -- Thousands of Iraqis have begun their journeys to Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the annual Muslim pilgrimage to visit and worship at Islam's most holy sites. Under the regime of Saddam Hussein participation in the pilgrimage, the haj, was severely restricted, but this year many more Iraqis are free to make the trip.




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