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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


10 February 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 10 Feb 2004 [PDF]

  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing from Iraq 10 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
  • Transcript: DoD News Briefing - Secretary Rumsfeld and Gen. Myers 10 Feb 2004 -- Participating were Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld and Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • 4TH ID OPERATIONS FOR THE PAST 24 HOURS CENTCOM Release 10 Feb 2004-- Three people were captured after soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team went to the village of Al Alam, near Tikrit in the morning of Feb. 9 in search of individuals suspected of having involvement in attacks against Coalition forces on Forward Operating Base Speicher. The soldiers did not locate any targeted individuals in the village but as they were returning to their base camp they encountered a group of 30 Iraqis. The men were stopped and soldiers were able to determine that one of the individuals was targeted for capture in the planned raid. Two others were detained for questioning.
  • CAPTURE OF NUMBER 48 CENTCOM Release 10 Feb 2004-- Combined Joint Task Force -7 announces the capture of Muhsin Khadr al-Khafaji, Black List number 48 on the "top 55" Iraqi most wanted.
  • IRAQ/BOMB WRAP VOA 10 Feb 2004 -- U-S officials in Baghdad say 35 people were killed and 75 injured when a suspected car bomb exploded outside a police station south of Baghdad. Officials say the bombing is similar to attacks they blamed on foreign terrorists in the past.
  • Coalition Nabs Another 'Most Wanted' Fugitive AFPS 10 Feb 2004 -- Another fugitive featured in the deck of 55 playing cards signifying the "most wanted" members of Saddam Hussein's regime is in coalition custody.
  • IRAQ/BOMB VOA 10 Feb 2004 -- Hospital and government officials say 45 people were killed and dozens more were injured when a suspected car bomb exploded outside a police station south of Baghdad.
  • IRAQ / AL-QAIDA VOA 10 Feb 2004 -- U-S officials in Iraq have obtained documents they say outline plans by foreign elements to bring about sectarian violence in the country. The news comes amid new violence in the capital and more U-S casualties in other parts of the country.

Deployments

US Policy

  • Rumsfeld Sees Presidential Intelligence Commission as Useful Tool Washington File 10 Feb 2004 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said the presidential commission on intelligence announced by President Bush February 6 is "part of an ongoing process of lessons learned."
  • PENTAGON / AL-QAIDA VOA 10 Feb 2004 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says he does not know if a document seized in Iraq purporting to prove al-Qaida involvement in the ongoing violence is genuine
  • General Says Letter Reveals 'Terrified' Enemy in Iraq AFPS 10 Feb 2004 -- A 17-page letter seized in the capture of an al Qaeda courier last month reveals an enemy "terrified" that Iraq is on the road to freedom and self-government, a coalition military official said at a Baghdad news conference today.
  • IRAQ / WEAPONS VOA 10 Feb 2004 -- The United States and Britain are launching separate, independent inquiries into their pre-war intelligence assessments that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction. London and Washington used the weapons argument as the main reason for going to war, but to date no such weapons have been found, and the former lead U-S weapons inspector says he doesn't believe they exist.

United Nations

  • Iraq: Annan Says UN Will Respect Iraqi Wishes On Elections RFE/RL 10 Feb 2004 -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan says he hopes to give the UN's recommendation on elections to the Iraqi Governing Council by the end of this month. As a UN team holds consultations in Iraq on the feasibility of polls, Annan and other UN officials stress they will be guided by the will of Iraqis in making their report. He has again indicated that the 30 June date for political transition might be flexible.
  • UN team studying feasibility of elections continues meetings with Iraqis UN News Centre 10 Feb 2004 -- The United Nations team studying the feasibility of holding early elections in Iraq continued its series of meetings today, holding talks with individual members of the Iraqi Governing Council as well as a private organization working with the coalition, according to a UN spokesman in New York.

Reconstruction Issues

  • IRAQ: Plans for census underway IRIN 10 Feb 2004 -- The Iraqi Governing Council (IGC) has invited the United Nations to help assess plans for a future census. But according to Iraqi officials, strategic planning for the country's next census would require extensive rehabilitation of the government infrastructure if a proper census was undertaken.

Foreign Reactions

  • Kuwait Promotes Itself As Trade and Investment Hub for Iraq Washington File 10 Feb 2004 -- Kuwaiti Minister for Commerce and Industry Abdullah Abdul Rahman Al-Taweel addressed a group of American businessmen at Washington's U.S. Chamber of Commerce February 10 to inform potential trade and investment partners of the opportunities that are opening up in the northern Gulf region with the reconstruction of Iraq and with the Kuwaiti government's steps toward establishing a free trade agreement with the United States.
  • Japan's upper house approves SDF dispatch PLA Daily 10 Feb 2004 -- Japan's upper house Monday gave a green light to the dispatch of the Self-Defense Forces (SDF), which meant a formal legal recognition of the disputed operation.
  • ROK parliament postpones vote on additional Iraq-bound troop dispatch bill PLA Daily 10 Feb 2004 -- The South Korean National Assembly Monday night again postponed the vote on a bill on sending additional troops to Iraq as lawmakers remain sharply split over the dispatch, reported local TV news channel YTN.
  • Aggressor's True Colors Can Never Be Veiled - KCNA News Analyst's Article KCNA 10 Feb 2004 -- Recently, U.S. President Bush met Brahimi, special advisor to the United Nations Secretary General, and requested an immediate dispatch of a UN mission to Iraq. Bush, who ordered the invasion of Iraq irrespective of the strong opposition of the United Nations and the international community, is now changing his attitude. Why?

News Reports

  • Blix says Bush, Blair insincere salesmen on Iraq PLA Daily 10 Feb 2004 -- The former chief U.N. weapons inspector Sunday likened the use of intelligence by the leaders of Britain and the United States to justify war in Iraq to the tactics of insincere salesmen.




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