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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

04 February 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

US Policy
United Nations
Reconstruction Issues
Foreign Reactions
News Reports

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 04 Feb 2004 [PDF]

  • Soldiers Capture Rocket Attack Suspect Near Fallujah AFPS 04 Feb 2004 -- Soldiers conducting a cordon-and-search operation near Fallujah, Iraq, captured a man suspected of conducting rocket attacks on coalition field operating bases, Combined Joint Task Force 7 officials announced in a news release today.
  • 4TH ID'S 24-HOUR ACTIVITY CENTCOM Release 04 Feb 2004-- Soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division and Task Force Ironhorse, over the past 24 hours, conducted 194 patrols, three raids and captured 21 individuals. Fifteen of the patrols were joint operations conducted with the Iraqi Police, the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps and the Border Guard.
  • ICDC, TASK FORCE "ALL AMERICAN" PROTECT AL ANBAR CENTCOM Release 04 Feb 2004-- The Iraqi Civil Defense Corps and the 82nd Airborne Division and it's subordinate units, also know as Task Force "All American", continued missions over the last day to bring peace and prosperity to the residents of the Al Anbar province.


US Policy

  • PENTAGON/RUMSFELD VOA 04 Feb 2004 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has strongly denied the Bush Administration manipulated intelligence on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program to bolster its case for military action to topple Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
  • Rumsfeld Defends Intelligence Community Before Senate AFPS 04 Feb 2004 -- No administration official put pressure on any analyst to manipulate intelligence data to hype the threat of Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction programs, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today.
  • Rumsfeld Defends Iraq Intelligence RFE/RL 04 Feb 2004 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says there is no definitive proof that Iraq lacked weapons of mass destruction before the war.
  • Powell says new data may have affected war decision: report PLA Daily 04 Feb 2004 -- US Secretary of State Colin Powell said he does not know whether he would have recommended an invasion of Iraq if he had been told Iraq had no stockpiles of banned weapons, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

  • Who are the current coalition members? The White House 04 Feb 2004 -- President Bush is assembling a Coalition that has already begun military operations to disarm Iraq of its weapons of mass destruction, and enforce 17 UNSC resolutions. The Coalition will also liberate the Iraqi people from one of the worst tyrants and most brutal regimes on earth.

United Nations

  • U-N/ANNAN/IRAQ VOA 04 Feb 2004 -- U-N Secretary General Kofi Annan is keeping the door open for possibly extending the June deadline for establishing an interim government in Iraq. But as Peter Heinlein reports from U-N headquarters, the goal of holding national elections late next year remains firm.
  • Annan To Send UN Team To Iraq RFE/RL 04 Feb 2004 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says he is sending a UN team to Iraq to help Iraqis seek consensus on how to form a transitional government.

Reconstruction Issues

  • U.S. Trade and Development Agency Backs Rehabilitation of Iraq's Railroads Washington File 04 Feb 2004 -- Iraqi railway officials seeking to rehabilitate the country's long-neglected railroad system are visiting the United States as guests of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to meet with U.S. equipment and technology providers as well as financial underwriters.
  • Iraq: Key Talks Begin On Transitional Law RFE/RL 04 Feb 2004 -- The U.S.-appointed Iraqi Governing Council has started discussions on the country's transitional law. The draft presented to the council envisions a three-person presidency, a legislature in which women hold 40 percent of the seats, and a bill of rights. If approved, the proposed law will become the framework for the country's government until the end of 2005, when a permanent government is due to be elected and a constitution adopted.
  • IRAQ: New family law on hold IRIN 04 Feb 2004 -- Women's groups in Iraq have cautiously welcomed a decision by the Iraqi Governing Council (IGC) to shelve a proposal for a new family law, which would have discriminated against women, critics say.
  • IRAQ: Focus on media freedom IRIN 04 Feb 2004 -- Newspaper seller Abdel Mousin Khadim believes that Iraq now has a free press. But a recent decision to ban the Arabic satellite television station Al-Jazeera for one month from official conferences and government offices has raised concerns about the US-appointed Iraqi Governing Council's (IGC) commitment to public debate.

Foreign Reactions

  • BRITAIN / IRAQ VOA 04 Feb 2004 -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair is defending his decision to go to war in Iraq, sweeping aside concerns about the validity of the intelligence that led to his decision.
  • Japan's first ground troop leaves for Iraq PLA Daily 04 Feb 2004 -- The first group of Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) main troop left Japan on Tuesday afternoon from Chitose air base in Hokkaido as part of Japan's efforts for Iraq's reconstruction.
  • Japanese PM shows reassurance on GSDF dispatch to Iraq PLA Daily 04 Feb 2004 -- Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said Tuesday he was reassured by the determination on the faces of the Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) troops who left for their reconstruction mission in Iraq.
  • Anti-war MPs question Butler`s credibility to chair Iraq inquiry IRNA 04 Feb 2004 -- A group of anti-war Labour MPs have expressed objections to Prime Minister Tony Blair`s decision to appoint former Cabinet Secretary Lord Butler to head the new inquiry into the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
  • Blair announces independent inquiry into intelligence for Iraq war PLA Daily 04 Feb 2004 -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair followed the example of US President George W. Bush Tuesday, announcing that an independent inquiry will be launched into the intelligence used to justify his decision to go to war with Iraq.

News Reports

  • Iraq: One Year Later, Doubts Cloud Powell's Historic Address To UN Security Council RFE/RL 04 Feb 2004 -- One year ago, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell made an extraordinary presentation to his counterparts on the UN Security Council. He unveiled classified intelligence material, using a sound and video display to try to prove that Saddam Hussein was maintaining a program of weapons of mass destruction in defiance of international demands. But in the absence of any major weapons discoveries since then, both the U.S. and British governments are now mounting investigations into intelligence failures.

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