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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


03 February 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

Operations
Deployments
US Policy
United Nations
Reconstruction Issues
Foreign Reactions
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Current Operations

Deployments

  • JAPAN / IRAQ TROOPS VOA 03 Feb 2004 -- Japanese ground troops have left for Iraq (Tuesday) - marking the country's first full military deployment to a combat zone since World War Two. The humanitarian mission has drawn strong criticism in Japan, where many people fear the troops could come under attack.

US Policy

  • White House Welcomes Annan Decision to Send U.N. Team to Iraq Washington File 03 Feb 2004 -- The White House welcomes the decision by U. N. Secretary General Kofi Annan to send a U.N. team to Iraq "to assess the way forward to a transitional government" there, White House Secretary Scott McClellan told reporters February 3.
  • Powell Says President Bush Made Right Decision to Invade Iraq Washington File 03 Feb 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell said President Bush made the right decision to invade Iraq and topple the regime of Saddam Hussein, despite the failure to find weapons of mass destruction.
  • Powell Defends Invasion of Iraq Despite Absence of WMD Washington File 03 Feb 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell has defended the decision to invade Iraq and overthrow its former leader Saddam Hussein on the grounds that Hussein and his regime had the capability and the intent to develop weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
  • IRAQ-INTELLIGENCE VOA 03 Feb 2004 -- The failure to find any stockpiles of banned weapons in postwar Iraq has set off a political firestorm about the intelligence that the Bush Administration used to justify the war. The former chief U-S weapons inspector says assertions that Iraq possessed stockpiles of banned weapons of mass destruction were wrong, and President Bush has ordered a probe into the prewar intelligence. But there is still plenty of debate about whether U-S intelligence analysts were wrong - or wronged.
  • CONGRESS / IRAQ VOA 03 Feb 2004 -- Opposition Democrats in Congress are calling President Bush's decision to appoint a commission to investigate intelligence before the war in Iraq "insufficient." Republicans say Mr. Bush is taking the right steps to address the issue:
  • Iraq: Powell 'Not Sure' He Would Have Supported War In Light Of Missing WMD RFE/RL 03 Feb 2004 -- U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell now says he is not sure he would have supported the war in Iraq if he had known the country did not possess weapons of mass destruction.
  • POWELL-IRAQ WEAPONS VOA 03 Feb 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell said Tuesday President Bush made the right decision to go to war with Iraq, despite the controversy now over the failure of coalition forces to find stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction. Mr. Powell told newspaper interviewers this week that he might not have recommended military action, had he known what he does now about the extent of Saddam Hussein's weapons holdings.
  • Former chief weapons inspector questions US pre-emptive strike policy PLA Daily 03 Feb 2004 -- David Kay, the former chief weapons inspector, said Sunday that flawed intelligence about Iraq's prewar weapons program put into question the US preemptive strike policy against countries deemed a threat to the United States.

United Nations

  • UN Secretary-General and US President hold 'constructive' talks on Iraq UN News Centre 03 Feb 2004 -- With general agreement that sovereignty should be handed over to the Iraqis as soon as possible, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and United States President George W. Bush today held talks in Washington, D.C., aimed at achieving that end.
  • BUSH IRAQ VOA 03 Feb 2004 -- U-N Secretary General Kofi Annan says he will send a diplomatic team to Iraq to help resolve a dispute over choosing a transitional government. Mr. Annan made the announcement in a meeting with President Bush.

Reconstruction Issues

  • Total of 192 Iraqi Prisoners Released Under Reconciliation Plan Washington File 03 Feb 2004 -- So far, 192 Iraqis detained by the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) have been released under the security reconciliation initiative announced in early January, a CPA spokesman says.
  • Wolfowitz Highlights Importance of Building Iraq's Security Forces Washington File 03 Feb 2004 -- Helping Iraqis take control of their domestic security is the key goal of U.S. forces stationed in Iraq, said Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, who visited U.S. military facilities in Germany January 31 and in Iraq February 1.
  • `Secret' generator moves into Baghdad Army News Service 03 Feb 2004-- A secret convoy successfully crossed Baghdad's 14th of July Bridge in the dark hours of Jan. 27, moving between armed guards through the capital city under cover of night toward an unspoken destination.

Foreign Reactions

  • RUSSIA / IRAQ / OIL VOA 03 Feb 2004 -- Russia's foreign ministry has dismissed media reports that major Russian oil companies took bribes from former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's regime.
  • BRITAIN/IRAQ INQUIRY VOA 03 Feb 2004 -- British government has announced a special bi-partisan committee to investigate the handling of intelligence used to make its decision to go to war in Iraq. Monday, President Bush made a similar announcement in Washington.
  • U.S./U.K.: Bush, Blair Vow To Probe Iraqi Intelligence Failures, But Critics Skeptical RFE/RL 03 Feb 2004 -- The leaders of the U.S. and Britain are both calling for investigations into the intelligence used as the basis for going to war against Iraq. The moves by President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair come amid growing pressure to explain why none of Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction has so far been found.
  • Blair remains opposed to inquiry into decision for Iraq war IRNA 03 Feb 2004 -- Prime Minister Tony Blair confirmed Tuesday that there would be a new inquiry into intelligence gathering on pre-war Iraq but said he remained against it including the political judgement to go to war.
  • UK Muslims urge Blair to tell truth for going to war against Iraq IRNA 03 Feb 2004 -- British Muslims Tuesday called on Prime Minister Tony Blair to tell the `whole truth` on why he joined US President George W Bush in going to war against Iraq.
  • IRAQ / DEMOCRACY VOA 03 Feb 2004 -- Democracy activists from more than 100 countries are meeting in South Africa for the third assembly of the World Movement for Democracy. The conference was originally scheduled for last year, but was postponed because of the war in Iraq. Now, a large group of Iraqi delegates is participating in the meeting, trying to learn lessons from other countries that will help them build their own democratic society.

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