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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


23 January 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 23 Jan 2004 [PDF]

  • 4TH ID's 24-HOUR ACTIVITY CENTCOM Release 23 Jan 2004-- Soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division and Task Force Ironhorse have, over the past 24 hours, conducted 184 patrols, eight raids and captured 31 individuals.

Deployments

US Policy

  • DCI ANNOUNCES DUELFER TO SUCCEED KAY AS SPECIAL ADVISOR Central Intelligence Agency 23 Jan 2004 -- Director of Central Intelligence George J. Tenet announced today that Dr. David Kay will be stepping down as his Special Advisor for Strategy regarding Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Programs. The DCI also announced that Dr. Kay will be succeeded by Charles A. Duelfer, who served as Deputy Executive Chairman of the UN Special Commission on Iraq (UNSCOM) from 1993 until its termination in 2000 and is currently a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
  • IRAQ / W-M-D VOA 23 Jan 2004 -- The top U-S official in charge of the hunt for Iraq's banned weapons of mass destruction has resigned, saying he believes the country no longer has any large stockpiles of nuclear, chemical or biological weapons. But the hunt for such weapons is not ending,
  • U.S.: Congress Asked To Probe Leak Of CIA Agent's Identity RFE/RL 23 Jan 2004 -- A group of former officials of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) are urging Congress to hold hearings into the U.S. administration's reported role in revealing the identity of a CIA operative. The operative is the wife of a former American ambassador who directly challenged President George W. Bush's assertion about Iraq's nuclear weapons capability. The Justice Department already is investigating the case, prompting some observers to question whether a congressional inquiry would be superfluous or, at worst, might interfere with the existing probe. But other experts say a congressional investigation might be the only way to push ahead with a potentially politically damaging probe the White House may be trying to stall.
  • Iraqi Insurgents Being 'Brought To Their Knees' RFE/RL 23 Jan 2004 -- Major General Raymond Odierno also said he thought there would be a return to "some normalcy" within six months.
  • U.S. Says Iran Should Return Al Qaeda Members to Country of Origin Washington File 23 Jan 2004 -- White House Report, Jan. 23: Iran, Iraq/Baker/United Nations, Week Ahead

United Nations

  • Annan To Decide On Sending Team To Iraq; Ayatollah Wants Demos To End RFE/RL 23 Jan 2004 -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today he will decide in the next few days whether to send a team to Iraq to assess the feasibility of prompt direct elections there.
  • UN security team in Iraq for talks with coalition UN News Centre 23 Jan 2004 -- A two-person team from the United Nations is in Iraq for talks with the coalition on various security matters, a UN spokesman in New York confirmed today.
  • U-N / IRAQ SECURITY VOA 23 Jan 2004 -- A U-N security team has arrived in Baghdad to prepare for a possible early return of international U-N staff to Iraq. A second team is likely to be dispatched within days.

Reconstruction Issues

  • PENTAGON / HALLIBURTON VOA 23 Jan 2004 -- A U-S company with connections to the White House says it may have overcharged the Pentagon by some six million dollars for work in Iraq. The disclosure was made by the energy giant Halliburton, which used to be headed by Vice President Dick Cheney.
  • Iraq: Wave Of Speculation Strengthens New Dinar Against Dollar RFE/RL 23 Jan 2004 -- Iraq's new post-Hussein dinar has been posting record highs against the U.S. dollar. The new currency appears to be riding a wave of speculative fever as investors buy up bulk amounts today in hopes the value of the new money will keep rising and they can sell the notes at profit later. But is there any reason to believe that gamble will pay off?
  • IRAQ: Broad agreement on Turkish refugee repatriation reached IRIN 23 Jan 2004 -- A broad agreement was reached on Friday between Turkey, Iraqi officials and the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on a plan for the organised voluntary return of hundreds of Turkish refugees of Kurdish origin in Iraq to their homeland. The repatriations will be carried out under conditions of safety and dignity, according to the agreement.

Foreign Reactions

News Reports

  • RFE/RL Iraq Report, Volume 7, Number 03 23 Jan 2004 -- CAR BOMB DETONATES OUTSIDE U.S. HEADQUARTERS IN BAGHDAD / TENS OF THOUSANDS DEMONSTRATE IN BAGHDAD FOR DIRECT ELECTIONS... / .AS AL-JAZEERA CLAIMS CAMERA CREW ATTACKED IN BAGHDAD / BREMER AUTHORIZES ESTABLISHMENT OF PROPERTY CLAIMS COMMISSION / IRAQI REPRESENTATIVES SPEAK AT TOWN HALL MEETING IN MOSUL / BA'ATH PARTY RENUNCIATIONS SAID TO BE CONTINUING / IRAQI CLERIC SAYS HE MIGHT QUIT POLITICS / JAPAN'S SELF-DEFENSE FORCE ARRIVES IN SAMAWAH / 'REBUILD IRAQ 2004' EXPO OPENS IN KUWAIT / KUWAIT DENIES IT IS PREVENTING IRAQI PILGRIMS FROM CROSSING BORDER / UAE, QATAR, KUWAIT TO FORGIVE MOST IRAQI DEBT / UAE TO TRAIN IRAQI POLICE PERSONNEL / EGYPTIANS PINNING HOPES ON IRAQI DINAR / DRUGS FLOW INTO IRAQ FROM IRAN / CPA, IRAQI GOVERNING COUNCIL MEMBERS MEET WITH UN SECRETARY-GENERAL / U.S. PRESIDENT LAUDS IRAQI GOVERNING COUNCIL HEAD POWELL, PACHACHI BRIEF REPORTERS ON 15 NOVEMBER AGREEMENT / U.K. FOREIGN SECRETARY DISCUSSES IRAQ ISSUE AT DAVOS / FRENCH FOREIGN MINISTER SAYS IRAQ POLICY 'SOLID.'
  • 30,000 Iraqi Pilgrims Undertake First Open Hajj in Three Decades Washington File 23 Jan 2004 -- Thirty thousand Iraqi pilgrims have set out on the first Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca) since the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime last year. This is the first time in three decades that Iraqi Muslims have been free to undertake this religious duty without the intervention of the Baathist regime.
  • BUSH-IRAQ VOA 23 Jan 2004 -- President Bush emphasized the war in Iraq when he addressed the Congress earlier this week. Has he made a convincing case that the war was justified? Is the world safer now or not?




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