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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


30 January 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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

Current Operations

Deployments

  • US Army may keep forces in Iraq through '06 PLA Daily 30 Jan 2004 -- The U.S. Army's top general said Wednesday he is making plans based on the possibility that the Army will be required to keep tens of thousands of soldiers in Iraq through 2006.

US Policy

  • Wolfowitz Says U.S., Turkey Share Common Vision on Future of Iraq Washington File 30 Jan 2004 -- "The United States and Turkey have a common vision about the future of Iraq, which is that Iraq has to remain a single country, that the national government has to be in charge of the foreign policy and in charge of the army and in control of the borders," Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz told CNN Turk January 29.
  • Iraq: U.S. Ponders Failure Of Intelligence On Banned Weapons RFE/RL 30 Jan 2004 -- U.S. intelligence agencies were criticized for failing to anticipate the terrorist attacks in the United States on 11 September 2001. Now, the country's former chief weapons inspector in Iraq says these same spy services were unable to determine how well -- or how poorly -- Iraq was armed in the weeks preceding last spring's war.
  • Bush Demands Facts on Iraqi WMDs VOA News 30 Jan 2004 -- President Bush says he wants to know why U.S. intelligence analysts said Iraq was stockpiling weapons of mass destruction. The threat from those weapons was the president's biggest justification for going to war, but none of those weapons has yet been found. The president stopped short of endorsing calls for an independent panel.
  • Armitage arrives in Beijing for talks on North Korea, Iraq PLA Daily 30 Jan 2004 -- Deputy US Secretary of State Richard Armitage arrived in China for a visit that the US embassy said would focus on the year-long North Korean nuclear crisis and Iraq reconstruction.

United Nations

  • UN electoral team set to travel to Iraq in a 'few days,' Annan says UN News Centre 30 Jan 2004 -- An electoral team from the United Nations should be heading to Iraq in a few days to assess the feasibility of holding elections before the transfer of sovereignty at the end of June, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today.
  • Annan: UN Team May Go To Iraq In Few Days RFE/RL 30 Jan 2004 -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said a United Nations team due to study the feasibility of holding elections in Iraq may travel to Baghdad within several days.

Reconstruction Issues

Foreign Reactions

News Reports

  • Coroner to decide whether to hold full inquest into Kelly`s death IRNA 30 Jan 2004 -- Local coroner Nicholas Gardiner is to decide within the next month or so whether to hold a full inquest into the death of Iraq weapons expert David Kelly.
  • Sacked BBC chief hits back at Hutton report IRNA 30 Jan 2004 -- Former BBC Director General Greg Dyke started Friday to hit back at Lord Hutton`s controversial report into the death of Iraq arms inspector David Kelly, saying the former Law Lord was "quite clearly wrong" on some points of law in his findings.
  • RFE/RL Iraq Report, Volume 7, Number 04 30 Jan 2004 -- INTERIOR MINISTRY OFFICIALS GIVE CONFLICTING ASSESSMENT ON SECURITY, ELECTIONS / IRAQI GOVERNING COUNCIL PRESIDENT SAYS HE WILL REQUEST UN HELP IN CONDUCTING CENSUS... / ...AND FUTURE OF COALITION FORCES IN IRAQ TO BE DETERMINED / FINANCE MINISTER SAYS IRAQ WILL OVERSEE RECONSTRUCTION FUNDS / AL-SISTANI CALLS FOR SUSPENSION OF DEMONSTRATIONS / SUNNI IMAM OPPOSES NATIONAL ELECTIONS BEFORE CENSUS / IRAQI CLERIC SAYS UN NOT NEEDED FOR ELECTIONS / U.S. GENERAL SAYS 3,000-5,000 MILITANTS OPERATING IN IRAQ / CAR BOMB EXPLODES OUTSIDE BAGHDAD HOTEL / AL-DURI SAID TO BE ENCOURAGING SUPPORTERS TO INFILTRATE IRAQI POSTS / IRAQIS TURN UP FOR SLOTS IN SECURITY FORCES / IRAQI SECRET POLICE OPERATING IN AL-BASRAH / U.S. FORCES RELEASE 300 IRAQI PRISONERS / THREE U.S. SOLDIERS MISSING AFTER ACCIDENTS / MILITANTS ATTACK POLISH HEADQUARTERS / UN SECRETARY-GENERAL AGREES TO SEND TEAM TO IRAQ... / ...AS GOVERNING COUNCIL MEMBER SAYS UN WILL BE FINAL ARBITER / HUTTON RELEASES REPORT ON KELLY DEATH, BRITISH CASE FOR WAR / FORMER IRAQ SURVEY GROUP HEAD DOUBTS HUSSEIN HAD WMD / DOCUMENTS INDICATE THAT HUSSEIN PAID OFF OFFICIALS, JOURNALISTS / NATO CHIEF FAVORS ROLE IN IRAQ / EU SUPPORTS IRAQI OBSERVER STATUS AT WTO / DANES TO SEND ENVOY WITH AID TO AL-BASRAH / CANADA TO FORGIVE $750 MILLION IN IRAQ DEBT / JAPANESE REPORT SAYS CONTINGENT CAN CREATE 600 JOBS IN AL-SAMAWAH / A CASE OF GENOCIDE: THE DECIMATION OF THE MARSH ARABS




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