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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


29 January 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 29 Jan 2004 [PDF]

  • Transcript: Coalition Joint Task Force 7 Briefing from Baghdad 29 Jan 2004 -- "Our aggressive efforts to kill or capture former regime elements and other noncompliant forces, foreign fighters and other threats that are out there that are continuing to attack the Iraqi people have been particularly successful this past week. Among the captured was Hassan Ghul, who reported directly to Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the mastermind of the September 11th, 2001 attacks in the United States. (...) Of course, the capture of Ghul is pretty strong proof that al Qaeda is trying to gain a foothold here to continue their murderous campaigns. "
  • 'No Epidemic' Number Of Soldier Suicides In Iraq AFPS 29 Jan 2004 -- Soldiers serving in Iraq are not committing suicide in record numbers, a senior DoD military medical officer asserted at the 2004 Tricare conference here Jan. 28.
  • Sanchez Sees al Qaeda Seeking Foothold in Iraq AFPS 29 Jan 2004 -- Last week's capture of Hassan Ghul along the Iran- Iraq border proves al Qaeda terrorists actively are seeking a foothold in Iraq "to continue their murderous campaigns," the commander of Combined Joint Task Force 7 said in Baghdad today.
  • Iraqi Security Officer Killed in Roadside Attack VOA News 29 Jan 2004 -- An Iraqi security officer has been killed and at least 11 other people wounded in a series of roadside attacks in Iraq.

Deployments

US Policy

  • Iraq May Have Been 'Far More Dangerous' Than Believed, Kay Tells AFPS 29 Jan 2004 -- The man who spent eight months leading the hunt for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq told senators here Jan. 28 that although no such weapons have been found, he believes Iraq may have been "even more dangerous than we thought" before Saddam Hussein was removed from power.

United Nations

Reconstruction Issues

  • IRAQ: Focus on dispute over aid distribution in the north IRIN 29 Jan 2004 -- Homeless people in northern Iraq are falling between the cracks as authorities wrangle over whose responsibility it is to care for them. The Mahmour area an hours drive south of Mosul and Arbil falls within the traditional borders of the Arbil governorate controlled by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).
  • IRAQ: Syrian refugees receiving threats IRIN 29 Jan 2004 -- Syrian refugees in Iraq are facing tough times following the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime. Mahmoud Abdalla has lived in Iraq since 1968 after being forced to flee Syria in fear of persecution, but now he says he feels like he is being persecuted in Iraq, due to resentment from local people.

Foreign Reactions

  • KAY ON WMD: REVEALING FLAWED INTEL OR A 'PYRAMID OF LIES'? US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 29 Jan 2004
  • Iraq: Kurdish Politician Concerned By U.S. Stance On PKK RFE/RL 29 Jan 2004 -- L. Paul Bremer, the U.S. civil administrator in Iraq, yesterday announced that the U.S.-led coalition regards the Kurdish Workers' Party, or PKK, as a terrorist organization. The PKK is accused of using northern Iraq as a base for staging attacks on neighboring Turkey, which has been engaged in a decades-long struggle with Kurdish rebels. Ankara welcomed Bremer's remarks, but some observers say the move may anger those Iraqi Kurds who do not consider the PKK a terrorist threat.
  • BBC Chair Apologizes for Errors Contained in Iraq Broadcast VOA News 29 Jan 2004 -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair has accepted an apology from the British Broadcasting Corporation for errors it made in reporting that his government deliberately exaggerated Iraq's weapons threat before the war. A senior judge had harshly criticized the BBC's reporting one day earlier.

News Reports

  • U.K.: Britain's BBC Reeling From Shockwave Of Hutton Report RFE/RL 29 Jan 2004 -- Britain is reeling from yesterday's release of the long-awaited Hutton report into the death of government weapons expert David Kelly. Senior judge Lord Brian Hutton found that Prime Minister Tony Blair and his government did not try to mislead the nation about the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. But the BBC did not escape so easily. The national broadcaster has been thrown into what's been called its biggest crisis in 50 years.
  • Iraqi Paper Lists Companies And Organizations Hussein Allegedly Bribed With Oil RFE/RL 29 Jan 2004 -- The Iraqi daily newspaper "Al-Mada" in its 25 January edition published a sensational list of companies, organizations, and individuals who allegedly were allocated crude oil in return for political support for the regime of Saddam Hussein.
  • Hutton report leaves many unanswered questions IRNA 29 Jan 2004 -- The Hutton report into the death of former arms inspector David Kelly received a mixed reception from the British press Thursday, with several dailies describing the failure to criticize the role of the government as a "whitewash."
  • Hutton to give own evidence on role of government inquiries IRNA 29 Jan 2004 -- day after presenting his controversial report into the circumstances leading to the death of former Iraq arms inspector David Kelly, it was announced Thursday that Lord Hutton has agreed to give his own evidence to an inquiry.
  • Hutton Report a "threat to independent journalism" IRNA 29 Jan 2004 -- Britain`s National Union of Journalists (NUJ) Thursday expressed support for BBC defence correspondent Andrew Gillian after he was criticised by the Hutton Report on the circumstances of the death of Iraq arms inspector David Kelly.




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