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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


06 February 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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

Current Operations

Deployments

  • Japan provides equipment, weapons for GSDF's Iraq mission PLA Daily 06 Feb 2004 -- The first of the six chartered Russian transport planes carrying equipment and weapons for Iraq reconstruction mission of Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF)arrived Thursday in Kuwait from Japan.

US Policy

  • President Bush Announces Formation of Independent Commission The White House 06 Feb 2004 -- "Good afternoon. Today, by executive order, I am creating an independent commission, chaired by Governor and former Senator Chuck Robb, Judge Laurence Silberman, to look at American intelligence capabilities, especially our intelligence about weapons of mass destruction."
  • Powell Offers No Apologies for Iraqi Intelligence Assessments Washington File 06 Feb 2004 -- One year after he presented evidence of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction to the Security Council, Secretary of State Colin Powell February 6 defended U.S. intelligence and said that divisions in international relations over the war in Iraq were being repaired.
  • POWELL / IRAQ VOA 06 Feb 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell said Friday the United States is sticking with plans for handing over power in Iraq to a provisional government by June 30th. But he says the Bush administration is prepared to listen to alternate proposals from the team being sent to Iraq by U-N Secretary General Kofi Annan.
  • BUSH/INTELLIGENCE VOA 06 Feb 2004 -- President Bush has announced a bipartisan commission to investigate U-S intelligence failures, specifically regarding intelligence prior to the Iraq war on weapons of mass destruction.
  • Bush Announces Members of Intelligence Commission AFPS 06 Feb 2004 -- President Bush today announced seven members of an independent commission that will look into U.S. intelligence capabilities.
  • U.S.: Bush, Aides Go On Offensive To Counter Suspicions Of Iraq Intelligence Failures RFE/RL 06 Feb 2004 -- For the past two weeks, former UN and U.S. weapons inspector David Kay has been causing many people to reassess not only the quality of U.S. intelligence gathering but also the validity of President George W. Bush's reasons for going to war in Iraq. Now, the Bush administration is mounting a vigorous response.
  • CIA chief defends prewar intelligence PLA Daily 06 Feb 2004 -- Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) chief George Tenet on Thursday defended the agency's prewar intelligence on Iraq, saying that the intelligence was not manipulated and "No one told us what to say or how to say it."

United Nations

  • U-N/IRAQ VOA 06 Feb 2004 -- A U-N political team is due in Baghdad shortly (has arrived) to determine the feasibility of holding elections in Iraq before power is handed over to a civilian government.
  • Iraq: UN Hopes To Break Deadlock, But Further Role Unclear RFE/RL 06 Feb 2004 -- A much-awaited UN mission is to arrive shortly in Iraq to make an assessment about the feasibility of elections before the scheduled 30 June handover of sovereignty. U.S. officials have signaled they will accept the recommendations of the UN mission, but there is uncertainty over the extent of a UN political role during the Iraqi power transition.
  • With splits over Iraq subsiding, Annan urges joint efforts to face new challenges UN News Centre 06 Feb 2004 -- Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said differences over Iraq that had plagued the United Nations in the past are subsiding, and stressed that unity is essential to tackling a range of global ills.

Reconstruction Issues

  • Crime Drops as Iraqi Forces Take Greater Responsibility for Security Washington File 06 Feb 2004 -- Crime rates in Iraq's major cities are dropping as Iraqi police and civil defense forces assume a growing role in ensuring domestic order. Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) Senior Advisor Daniel Senor reported in a February 3 news briefing in Baghdad that crime rates in the Iraqi capital have declined by 39 percent over the past two months while crime in Basra has dropped by 70 percent.
  • IRAQ: Risks for police officers increasing IRIN 06 Feb 2004 -- Despite efforts to improve Iraq's post Saddam police force, ongoing attacks and insecurity means the daily risks facing officers are increasing. Law enforcers, however, say they will continue to work and uphold the peace in a country where bomb attacks have become a daily occurrence.

Foreign Reactions

  • U.K.: London Under Pressure Over Blair's Admission On Iraqi Weapons RFE/RL 06 Feb 2004 -- The government of British Prime Minister Tony Blair claimed before the war in Iraq that Baghdad could unleash chemical or biological weapons within 45 minutes. Yesterday, British Defense Secretary Geoff Hoon attempted to explain to the House of Commons' Defense Committee why he had not informed Blair about the limited nature of that threat before going to war. Blair says he was unaware of the distinction, and the leader of the opposition is calling on him to resign.
  • Russia still believes Iraq war a mistake: top diplomat PLA Daily 06 Feb 2004 -- Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Yuri Fedotov said Thursday that his country still regards the US-led military operation against Iraq as a huge political mistake, and urged the United Nations to resume functions for Iraq's settlement.
  • France not to send troops to Iraq now: FM PLA Daily 06 Feb 2004 -- France does not envision to send troops into Iraq at present, French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin told French radio Europe 1 on Thursday .
  • China's stance on Iraq issue unchanged PLA Daily 06 Feb 2004 -- China's stance on the Iraq issue remains unchanged and China maintains that international conflicts should not be addressed through military forces, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Zhang Qiyue here Thursday.

  • UK defense chief faces grilling on Iraq war PLA Daily 06 Feb 2004 -- British Defense Secretary Geoff Hoon was Thursday facing tough questions on Iraq war after British Prime Minister Tony Blair admitted he did not know a key claim in his Iraq dossier referred to battlefield arms.
  • Blair dismisses ex-spy chief's assault on Iraq weapons dossier PLA Daily 06 Feb 2004 -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Wednesday dismissed a fresh attack on the government's Sept. 2002 Iraq dossier claiming Saddam Hussein was able to deploy weapons of mass destruction within 45 minutes.

News Reports

  • IRAQ/SITREP VOA 06 Feb 2004 -- Officials close to Iraq's leading Shiite cleric on Friday denied that there was an assassination attempt on Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. There were conflicting reports on Thursday about whether the Ayatollah had been targeted. The U-S military also says it knows nothing of an attack.




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