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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


09 February 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 09 Feb 2004 [PDF]

  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing from Iraq 09 Feb 2004 -- Participating were Army Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, deputy director of operations, Combined Joint Task Force 7, and Dan Senor, senior advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority
  • SOLDIERS FROM V CORPS' 1ST ARMORED DIVISION SCREEN IRAQI POLICE HOPEFULS V Corps Release 09 Feb 2004-- It was Sunday morning, but by 4 a.m., more than 600 Al Rashid residents arrived hoping to begin new careers as Iraqi Police Service officers.
  • ICDC, TF "ALL AMERICAN" CONTINUE TO IMPROVE AL ANBAR CENTCOM Release 09 Feb 2004-- During the last 24 hours, the 82nd Airborne Division conducted 260 patrols (including 14 joint patrols) and executed three offensive operations - cordon and searches in Fallujah, Mahmudiyah and Habbaniyah.
  • STRYKER BRIGADE DETAINS SUSPECTS, COLLECTS WEAPONS CENTCOM Release 09 Feb 2004-- Soldiers from 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team) under the operational control of Task Force Olympia detained personnel suspected of anti-Coalition activities and recovered weapons and other explosives in northern Iraq Sunday
  • 4TH INFANTRY DIVISION OPERATIONS FOR THE PAST 24 HOURS CENTCOM Release 09 Feb 2004-- Pilots of an OH-58D "Kiowa Warrior" were providing additional security as they searched an area 3 kilometers west of Logistical Support Area Anaconda near Balad during the morning of Feb. 7. The pilots saw two 80 mm rocket emplacements aimed at the base. The helicopter fired at the weapons, destroying them. The pilots then saw a van leaving the vicinity of the rocket site and followed the vehicle to a house located approximately 1 kilometer away. Cavalry soldiers went to that location and captured seven individuals. The individuals are being held for questioning.
  • Leaders assess role of intelligence in Iraq war Army News Service 09 Feb 2004-- In the Silent Warrior Conference Room at Fort Huachuca, Jan. 23, there were more stars to be seen than on a cold, clear winter's night.
  • V CORPS' 1ST INFANTRY DIVISION SHUTTING DOWN BLACK MARKET FUEL OPERATIONS IN BAGHDAD V Corps Release 09 Feb 2004-- In a country as oil-rich as Iraq, fuel is in remarkably short supply. One reason is because black marketers buy up the fuel to sell at elevated prices.
  • Letter Shows Terrorists' 'Desperation' In Iraq, General Says AFPS 09 Feb 2004 -- A suspected al Qaeda operative's urging of starting a religious civil war in Iraq indicates that terrorists are increasingly uneasy over pro-coalition developments in that country, senior U.S. officials said in Baghdad today.
  • Soldiers Hand Over Baghdad Mail Operations to Contractors AFPS 09 Feb 2004 -- After enduring months of intense heat, long hours, dust and Spartan living conditions since their arrival in May, Army postal units have nearly completed turnover of military postal operations to contractors.

Deployments

US Policy

  • Memo on Terrorists' Strategy in Iraq "Revealing," Powell Says Washignton File 09 Feb 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell has described a memo recently intercepted in Iraq as "very revealing" of the strategy of terrorists in trying to undercut coalition efforts there.
  • Iraq.: Bush Defends War RFE/RL 09 Feb 2004 -- U.S. President George W. Bush yesterday defended his decision to go to war against Iraq, saying it was based on the best intelligence available at the time.
  • Bush defends Iraq war using shifted rationale PLA Daily 09 Feb 2004 -- US President George W. Bush defended his decision to launch war against Iraq using a shifted rationale on Sunday, saying ousted Iraqi president Saddam Hussein had the capacity to produce weapons of mass destruction.
  • Commission to Review U.S. Intelligence on WMD Washignton File 09 Feb 2004 -- Independent, bipartisan group to report its findings by March 31, 2005
  • Wolfowitz Defends Administration's Pre-War Reading of Intelligence Washignton File 09 Feb 2004 -- Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz defends the Bush administration's decision to go to war in Iraq based on the intelligence that was available at the time, rather than on the word of Saddam Hussein, whom he characterizes as "a madman and a proven liar."
  • Top US senator urges NATO role in Iraq IRNA 09 Feb 2004 -- A leading United States senator called for the deployment of NATO troops in Iraq, hoping to finally restore peace and stability in the war-stricken country.

United Nations

  • Iraq: UN Team Meets Governing Council On Election Dispute RFE/RL 09 Feb 2004 -- The U.S.-appointed Iraqi Governing Council met a delegation from the United Nations yesterday. The delegation is seeking to determine whether elections can be held before 30 June, the day Washington intends to hand power back to Iraqis.
  • U.N. Election Team at Work in Iraq Washignton File 09 Feb 2004 -- A team of U.N. election experts dispatched to Iraq by U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan arrived in Baghdad February 7 and immediately began meeting with Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) and Iraqi officials, a U.N. spokesman announced February 9.
  • Annan hopes to make decision on Iraq elections by end of February UN News Centre 09 Feb 2004 -- Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today he hoped to be able to decide this month on the recommendations of a United Nations team currently in Iraq holding consultations on the feasibility of holding elections before the return of sovereignty at the end of June, as well as other alternatives.
  • UN/ANNAN/IRAQ VOA 09 Feb 2004 -- U-N Secretary General Kofi Annan says he expects his political team in Iraq to wrap up its mission and return to New York in about a week. Mr. Annan is closely monitoring the team's activities.
  • IRAQ / ELECTION VOA 09 Feb 2004 -- An Iraqi Shi'ite leader has given a United Nations envoy a plan for early elections.

Reconstruction Issues

Foreign Reactions

  • Germany not to participate possible NATO mission in Iraq: FM PLA Daily 09 Feb 2004 -- The German government sticks to its objection to a possible deployment of NATO troops in Iraq, said Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer at the international security conference in Munich on Sunday.
  • Spain may transfer troops in Iraq, says official PLA Daily 09 Feb 2004 -- Spain may transfer its 1,300 soldiers based in Iraq to the Polish-led multinational division inIraq, Spanish media reported Friday.
  • Diplomats to return to Iraq to reopen embassy PLA Daily 09 Feb 2004 -- A group of Chinese diplomats will return to Iraq in a few days to make preparations for the reopening of the Chinese embassy there, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here Friday.
  • IRAQ / ROYAL VISIT VOA 09 Feb 2004 -- Britain's Prince Charles paid a surprise visit to British troops in the southern Iraqi city of Basra on Sunday. The morale boosting trip came amid new attacks against coalition troops.

News Reports

  • Former UN chief weapons inspector doubtful about Iraq intelligence PLA Daily 09 Feb 2004 -- Former UN chief weapons inspector Hans Blix on Sunday expressed his doubts on Iraq weapons intelligence by saying that Britain and the United States dramatized intelligence information to bolster the argument for the war against Iraq.
  • IRAQ: Elderly finally receive overdue payments IRIN 09 Feb 2004 -- Elderly retired people in Iraq on government pensions have finally received money owed to them since April 2003. The Retirement General Authority, a state body under the former leadership of Saddam Hussein, which was guarded by US soldiers up until three months ago, opened up office once again on 5 February with business as usual and released payments for the first three months of 2004.




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