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22 January 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 22 Jan 2004 [PDF]

  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Briefing from Baghdad 22 Jan 2004 -- Participating were Army Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, deputy director of operations, Coalition Joint Task Force 7, and Dan Senor, senior advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority"
  • Transcript: 4th Infantry Division Commanding General's Briefing from Iraq 22 Jan 2004 -- "We have made significant progress during combat operations against non-compliant forces while continuing the steady improvement in the quality of life for the Iraqi people through civilian-military operations. The former regime elements we have been combating have been brought to their knees."
  • 101ST BRIGADE TRANSFERS AUTHORITY TO STRYKERS CENTCOM Release 22 Jan 2004-- The 1st Brigade, 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) handed over control of the Tigris River Valley area of northern Iraq today to the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade (Stryker) 2nd Infantry Division in a transfer of authority ceremony at the Qayarrah West Airfield.
  • TASK FORCE 1ST ARMORED DIVISION PREPARES IRAQIS FOR EMBASSY SECURITY DUTIES CENTCOM Release 22 Jan 2004-- Task Force 1st Armored Division soldiers are working with the Iraqi people to create a safe and secure environment.
  • Air traffic controllers own Iraqi sky AFPN 22 Jan 2004-- From American and coalition aircraft to civilian airliners now traveling through the Iraqi airspace, the number of aircraft coming and going over Iraq has increased exponentially in the last year.
  • Mortar Attack Kills 2 Soldiers; Raids Continue to Get Results AFPS 22 Jan 2004 -- Two U.S. soldiers were killed and another was injured in a Jan. 21 mortar and rocket attack on a 4th Infantry Division base near Baqubah, Iraq.
  • Resistance Elements 'Brought to Their Knees,' Odierno Says AFPS 22 Jan 2004 -- Former regime elements have been "brought to their knees" in the 4th Infantry Division area of Iraq, the division commander said in a news conference today.
  • 101st Brigade Transfers Authority to Strykers AFPS 22 Jan 2004 -- The 1st Brigade, 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) handed over control of the Tigris River Valley area of northern Iraq today to the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade (Stryker) 2nd Infantry Division in a ceremony at the Qayarrah West Airfield.
  • Insurgents Shift Focus to Attacks on Iraqis AFPS 22 Jan 2004 -- Anti-coalition and anti-Iraqi elements are moving away from attacking coalition forces as their primary targets and more toward attacks against Iraqi civilians, security forces and government officials, a military spokesman said in Baghdad press conference today.
  • IRAQ / UNREST VOA 22 Jan 2004 -- Iraqi insurgents have killed at least eight people and injured a number of others in separate attacks during the past two days. Among the dead are two American soldiers, at least two Iraqi policemen and four civilians.
  • Insurgents Kill Two U.S. Soldiers, Seven Iraqis RFE/RL 22 Jan 2004 -- he U.S. military today said two U.S. soldiers were killed and one wounded near Baqubah, northeast of Baghdad, in a rocket or mortar attack yesterday, bringing to nine the number of Iraqis and U.S. soldiers killed by insurgents in the last day.

Deployments

US Policy

  • White House Reports Middle East Acceptance of Iraqi Debt Reduction Washington File 22 Jan 2004 -- James Baker, President Bush's special envoy for Iraqi debt reduction, held "very productive" discussions with leaders in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar, White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan told reporters January 22.
  • U.S. Seeking U.N. Study on Viability of Direct Elections in Iraq Washington File 22 Jan 2004 -- Ambassador Paul Bremer, administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in Iraq, returned to Baghdad after meeting U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and members of the Iraq Governing Council on issues of Iraq reconstruction and the possible role of the U.N. in the transition to Iraqi sovereignty.

United Nations

  • Iraqi Leader Seeks U.N. Guidance on Holding Elections Washington File 22 Jan 2004 -- The current president of the Iraqi Governing Council, Adnan Pachachi, has requested that the United Nations send a team of technical experts to Iraq to assess the feasibility of holding elections before the occupying coalition restores sovereignty to Iraq at the end of June.
  • CPA Requests U.N. Team to See If Elections Can Move Forward AFPS 22 Jan 2004 -- The Coalition Provisional Authority has asked the United Nations to send a team of advisors to take a look at the viability of direct elections in Iraq.
  • Iraq: Pachachi Says UN Can Help Resolve Election Dispute RFE/RL 22 Jan 2004 -- U.S. President George W. Bush interrupted his State of the Union speech this week to introduce him to the members of Congress and the country. Yesterday, Adnan Pachachi, the current head of the Iraqi Governing Council, delivered his own address on the state of Iraq to reporters in Washington.
  • UN panel releases more money for claims from Iraq's invasion of Kuwait UN News Centre 22 Jan 2004 -- The United Nations panel processing claims for losses and damage suffered as a result of Iraq's invasion and occupation of Kuwait in 1990-1991 today made available over $184 million for payment to more than 1,600 claimants.

Reconstruction Issues

  • Iraq: U.S. Slows Once-Ambitious Plans To Restructure National Economy RFE/RL 22 Jan 2004 -- The success of any transformation of Iraq into a more democratic state depends in large part on moving from a centralized economy to a market system. But several initiatives originally planned for the U.S. occupation period -- such as privatization and price liberalization -- have had to be modified or put on hold due to concerns over Iraq's political stability.

Foreign Reactions

News Reports

  • CONGRESS/C-I-A LEAK PROBE VOA 22 Jan 2004 -- Democratic lawmakers are stepping up demands for an independent investigation into the still un-resolved leak to media last year of the name of a C-I-A officer. The renewed demands come as 10 former C-I-A employees sent a letter to Democrat and Republican leaders in Congress saying the unauthorized disclosure seriously damaged U-S national security.




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