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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

27 January 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

US Policy
United Nations
Reconstruction Issues
Foreign Reactions
News Reports

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 27 Jan 2004 [PDF]

  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 27 Jan 2004 -- Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, Deputy Director, Coalition Operations and Daniel Senor, Senior Advisor, Coalition Provisional Authority
  • IRAQ / UNREST VOA 27 Jan 2004 -- A roadside bomb exploded in the central Iraqi town of Khaldiya Tuesday, killing three American soldiers and at least one Iraqi civilian and injuring several other people. In Baghdad, U-S soldiers discovered a car rigged with explosives near one of the entrances to the U-S coalition headquarters.
  • 3 Dead in IED Attack Near Ramadi AFPS 27 Jan 2004 -- Three American soldiers were killed and another was critically wounded in Iraq today by an improvised explosive device in Khalidiyah, just east of Ramadi.
  • V CORPS' 1st ARMORED DIVISION ARTILLERY REPLACES DEPARTING BRAGG TROOPS IN BAGHDAD'S AL-RASHID DISTRICT V Corps Release 27 Jan 2004-- V Corps' 1st Armored Division Artillery (DIVARTY) Combat Team accepted authority of the Al Rashid district in southern Baghdad from the 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, during a transfer-of-authority ceremony at Camp Falcon Jan. 23.


US Policy

  • BUSH / IRAQ WEAPONS VOA 27 Jan 2004 -- President Bush says he still has faith in the U-S intelligence community, even though no weapons of mass destruction have been found in Iraq. V-O-A's Paula Wolfson reports Mr. Bush says U-S weapons inspections must, and will, go on.
  • Bush Defends Iraq War as He Meets with Poland's President Washington File 27 Jan 2004 -- President Bush, in remarks to reporters January 27 as he sat down for talks in the Oval Office with Poland's President's Kwasniewski, said he feels certain that the removal of Saddam Hussein from power was the right thing to do.
  • Powell Says Discussion with Putin about Iraq "Positive" Washington File 27 Jan 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell told Radio Ekho Moskvy January 27 that his discussion about Iraq with Russian President Vladimir Putin was "positive."

United Nations

  • U.N. Plans to Send Election Assessment Team to Iraq Washington File 27 Jan 2004 -- U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan said that security permitting, the United Nations will send a technical mission to Iraq to determine the feasibility of holding national elections before June 30.
  • Iraq: Annan To Send UN Team To Decide On Elections RFE/RL 27 Jan 2004 -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said the UN will send a team to Iraq to determine whether early elections are feasible before a deadline of 30 June for restoring Iraqi sovereignty.
  • With adequate security, UN will send elections team to Iraq - Annan UN News Centre 27 Jan 2004 -- Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced in Paris today that the United Nations will send a team to Iraq to explore the possibility of elections before the transfer of sovereignty as long as the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) provides adequate security arrangements.
  • Security Council members hail Annan's decision to send team to Iraq UN News Centre 27 Jan 2004 -- Several members of the United Nations Security Council today voiced support for Secretary-General Kofi Annan's decision to send a team to Iraq to examine the feasibility of elections before the 30 June transfer of sovereignty.
  • Coalition Applauds U.N. Initiative in Iraq AFPS 27 Jan 2004 -- Coalition officials in Baghdad expressed strong support today for a United Nations plan to send a team to evaluate the feasibility of holding direct elections before June 30.
  • UN / IRAQ VOA 27 Jan 2004 -- U-N Secretary General Kofi Annan says a U-N mission will be dispatched to Baghdad to explore whether elections could be held in Iraq in the next few months. Mr. Annan also spoke to reporters in Paris about the chances of sending a multi-national force to Baghdad.
  • U-N / IRAQ SECURITY VOA 27 Jan 2004 -- A second U-N security team has arrived in Baghdad -- this one to determine whether international political staff could safely return to Iraq. From U-N headquarters, Peter Heinlein reports Secretary-General Kofi Annan ordered the security assessment after agreeing to explore the feasibility of early elections in Iraq.
  • Annan Willing To Send Mission To Iraq RFE/RL 27 Jan 2004 -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan says he is willing to send a mission to Iraq to assess whether elections can be held by mid-year.

Reconstruction Issues

  • THOUSANDS TURN OUT TO DENOUNCE VIOLENCE, BA'ATH PARTY CENTCOM Release 27 Jan 2004-- Over 2,000 members of the former Ba'ath party turned out at the Mosul Public Safety Academy to renounce their membership in the party, to denounce violence and to pledge support to a new, free and democratic Iraq.
  • TASK FORCE 1ST ARMORED DIVISION DOCTORS SHARE MEDICAL EXPERTISE WITH IRAQI COLLEAGUES CENTCOM Release 27 Jan 2004-- Last week, soldiers from the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment medical team shared their knowledge and expertise with their Iraqi colleagues.
  • IRAQ: Focus on new family law IRIN 27 Jan 2004 -- Iraqi women, including a minister, protested on the streets of Baghdad this week against the Iraqi Governing Council's (IGC) Act 137, dated 29 December, replacing Iraqi civil law concerning the family with Shari'at law (Islamic law).

Foreign Reactions

  • Turkey U-S VOA 27 Jan 2004 -- Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said again Tuesday that his country opposes greater autonomy for Kurds in neighboring Iraq. Mr. Erdogan spoke in Washington ahead of his Wednesday meeting with President Bush.
  • Turkey: Erdogan Expresses Concern Over Greater Kurdish Autonomy In Iraq RFE/RL 27 Jan 2004 -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reaffirmed Ankara's strong ties with the West and expressed his government's concern over greater Kurdish autonomy in northern Iraq.
  • BRITAIN / POLITICS VOA 27 Jan 2004 -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair has narrowly won a vote in parliament that was seen as a key test of his authority. Parliament voted by a five-vote margin to advance Mr. Blair's higher education reform bill.
  • Iraq becoming a breeding ground for al-Qaeda: Germany`s Hanning IRNA 27 Jan 2004 -- The head of Germany`s Federal Intelligence Agency has warned that Iraq was on the best way of becoming the breeding ground for al-Qaeda terrorists, press reports said Tuesday.
  • New NATO Chief Wants Alliance Role In Iraq RFE/RL 27 Jan 2004 -- NATO's new secretary-general, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, says he favors NATO playing a role in Iraq, and has called for a new United Nations resolution on a stabilization force for the country.

News Reports

  • UN-IRAQ VOA 27 Jan 2004 -- The United Nations says it will evaluate the possibility of early elections in Iraq. Discussing the situation is Mr. Michael O'Hanlon, a Senior Fellow on Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution. Mr. O'Hanlon is an expert in arms treaties, Asian security issues, civil warfare, European security issues, Homeland security, Iraq policy, military technology, missile defense, peacekeeping operations, U.S. defense strategy and budget.
  • Medical doubts that Kelly committed suicide IRNA 27 Jan 2004 -- Three special medical professionals Tuesday expressed doubts whether former Iraq arms inspector David Kelly committed suicide, as presumed, after being named as the source of a BBC report claiming the government exaggerated Iraq`s arms threat.

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