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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


12 February 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 12 Feb 2004 [PDF]

  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 12 Feb 2004 -- "Today the Coalition Provisional Authority and Combined Join Task Force 7 announce that the award for information leading to the apprehension of Abu Musaab al-Zarqawi, a suspected leader of terrorists in Iraq, will increase to $10 million."
  • ICDC Building Attacked as Gen. Abizaid Visits CENTCOM Release 12 Feb 2004-- A local headquarters of the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps was attacked at approximately 1:30 p.m. today while the Commander U.S. Central Command, Gen. John Abizaid was visiting with Iraqi officials there.
  • 4TH INFANTRY OPERATIONS FOR THE PAST 24 HOURS CENTCOM Release 12 Feb 2004-- As part of "Operation Saber Turner Phase II", soldiers from 1st Battalion, 10th Cavalry Regiment raided a location in Yathrib and captured two individuals suspected of financing and planning rocket and improvised explosive device attacks against Coalition forces and innocent Iraqi citizens.
  • Reserve MPs keeping convoy routes clear Army News Service 12 Feb 2004-- Hardly a day goes by when the soldiers of the 341st Military Police Company don't experience some sort of hostile activity.
  • Bomb Kills 2 Soldiers; Coalition Campaign Targets Zarqawi AFPS 12 Feb 2004 -- Two Task Force 1st Armored Division soldiers are dead and another is wounded after a roadside bomb attack in western Baghdad, Iraq, Feb. 11.
  • Abizaid, Swannack Escape Injury in Fallujah Attack AFPS 12 Feb 2004 -- The top military commander in Southwest Asia and the commander of the 82nd Airborne Division escaped injury today when their convoy was attacked while entering an Iraqi Civil Defense Corps battalion headquarters in Fallujah, Iraq.
  • IRAQ / ATTACK VOA 12 Feb 2004 -- The top-ranking U-S general in the Middle East has escaped unharmed from an attack west of Baghdad, in the restive Sunni triangle.
  • IRAQ / REWARD VOA 12 Feb 2004 -- U-S officials in Iraq say they are doubling the reward for information leading to the capture of a suspected Jordanian terrorist they consider the most dangerous man in Iraq.
  • Attack leaves five Spanish soldiers injured in Iraq PLA Daily 12 Feb 2004 -- Five Spanish soldiers were slightly injured Wednesday in a blast near their base in the southernIraqi city of Diwaniyah, but they are currently in no danger,Spanish military authorities said.
  • IRAQ / VIOLENCE VOA 12 Feb 2004 -- Two American soldiers were killed in Baghdad late Wednesday following a deadly bombing that killed more than fifty people. American authorities and members of Iraq's governing council say their plans will not be halted by the continued violence.

Deployments

US Policy

  • Coalition Forces Will Not Leave Iraq Prematurely, Rumsfeld Says Washington File 12 Feb 2004 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld wants to dispel any impression that coalition forces might leave Iraq prematurely.
  • Bush Names Last Two Members to Commission to Study U.S. Intelligence on WMD Washington File 12 Feb 2004 -- White House Report, Feb. 12: WMD Intelligence Commission, ambassadorial nominations
  • CONGRESS - IRAQ - RIGHTS VOA 12 Feb 2004 -- A growing number of U-S lawmakers are calling on Iraq's Governing Council to guarantee women's rights and individual religious freedom in the country's new constitution.
  • PENTAGON/IRAQ MEDIA VOA 12 Feb 2004 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has lashed out at two prominent Arabic language broadcasters, charging they are damaging the efforts of the U-S led coalition in Iraq.
  • Iraq: Powell Says Iraq War Made World Safer RFE/RL 12 Feb 2004 -- U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell says President George W. Bush was right to order the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, that the president acted on the best advice of his aides, and that -- despite continuing security problems in Iraq -- the results have been positive.
  • U.S. Raises Reward for Information Leading to Capture of Zarqawi Washington File 12 Feb 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell has authorized an increase in the reward offered for information leading to the capture or killing of Abu Mus'ab Al-Zarqawi from $5 million to $10 million.
  • U.S. Doubles Reward for Information on Terrorist Al-Zarqawi Washington File 12 Feb 2004 -- The State Department announced February 12 that Secretary of State Colin Powell has authorized the doubling of the reward for information on terrorist Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi, whom it describes as a "close associate" of al-Qaida leader Usama bin Laden.

United Nations

  • IRAQ / U-N VOA 12 Feb 2004 -- U-N officials have said they agree in principle with a senior Iraqi Shi'ite religious leader about having elections in the country. But they say any election must be well prepared.
  • IRAQ / U-N VOA 12 Feb 2004 -- U-N officials have said they agree in principle with a senior Iraqi Shi'ite religious leader about having early elections in the country. But they say any election must be well prepared.
  • UN Envoy Backs Al-Sistani's Call For Elections RFE/RL 12 Feb 2004 -- A United Nations election envoy today said that the UN backs Iraq's top Shi's cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, in his demand for elections, but did not mention the timing of such polls.

Reconstruction Issues

  • CEREMONY CELEBRATES COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENTS MADE BY SOLDIERS OF V CORPS' TASK FORCE 1ST ARMORED DIVISION V Corps Release 12 Feb 2004-- Residents of the western region of Abu Ghuraib have plenty to celebrate these days. In less than two months, their water is safer to drink, the condition of their mosque is better, and they now have a medical clinic close at hand, thanks to help from Soldiers of V Corps' Task Force 1st Armored Division.
  • Iraq: Despite Dangers, Many Attracted To Serve In Army, Police By Patriotism, Good Salaries RFE/RL 12 Feb 2004 -- Some Iraqis who decide to become police officers or join the country's new army say they are doing so because they want to serve their country. Others say such service is simply a way of earning a good salary. But while the money may be good, these recruits are increasingly becoming the targets of terrorist attacks. Two such attacks killed around 100 Iraqis just this week. Will such incidents affect the number of new recruits?
  • IRAQ: Analyst outlines election challenges IRIN 12 Feb 2004 -- As the United Nations election assessment team continues its work in Iraq, one analyst said there are three main obstacles to preparing the country for an election.

Foreign Reactions

  • Head of UN team continues talks with cross-section of Iraqi groups UN News Centre 12 Feb 2004 -- The head of the United Nations team in Iraq studying early elections continued his consultations today with a cross-section of Iraqi groups, including a meeting with a leading Shiite cleric.
  • Annan again stresses need for security to enable UN return to Iraq UN News Centre 12 Feb 2004 -- In the face of two major deadly car bomb explosions in Iraq in the last two days, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has again stressed the need for security to enable the United Nations to return to the country even as a UN team is on the ground there now assessing the feasibility of holding direct elections by 30 June.
  • U-S WAR APOLOGISTS VOA 12 Feb 2004 -- Foreign newspapers are again commenting on the Bush administration's justification for the war in Iraq, including recent comments.
  • FM says unaware of nature of Iraq banned weapons before war PLA Daily 12 Feb 2004 -- It was revealed Wednesday that British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has admitted that he was unaware of the nature of alleged Iraqi weapons of mass destruction before the Iraq war.

News Reports

  • Text from Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi Letter Coalition Provisional Authority 12 Feb 2004
  • RFE/RL Iraq Report, Volume 7, Number 05 12 Feb 2004 -- SUICIDE CAR BOMBS TARGET IRAQI POLICE, MILITARY / IRAQI GOVERNING COUNCIL APPROVES PENSION FOR FORMER PRESIDENT / FORMER BA'ATH PARTY OFFICIAL IN COALITION CUSTODY / U.S. PAYS $1 MILLION TO IRAQI INFORMANT / U.S. REDUCING PRESENCE IN BAGHDAD, WITHDRAWING TO OUTSKIRTS OF CITY / JAPANESE GROUND TROOPS ARRIVE IN AL-SAMAWAH / LEADERS, GROUPS DENY ANY ATTACK ON AL-SISTANI / IRAQ ESTABLISHES COMMISSION ON PUBLIC INTEGRITY / IRAQ'S LARGEST BANK PREPARING FOR PRIVATIZATION / IRAQ APPROVED AS WTO OBSERVER / PLANNING MINISTER SAYS CONFERENCE TO BE HELD ON DONOR AID / KURDISH LEADER DISCUSSES KIRKUK, FEDERALISM / GOVERNING COUNCIL BEGINS CONSTITUTION-DRAFTING PROCESS / ANIMAL WELFARE SOCIETY OPENS IN BAGHDAD / IRAQI GOVERNING COUNCIL MEMBER RETURNS FROM GULF TOUR / SALIH DISCUSSES TURKISH KURD REBELS WITH TURKEY / IRAQI AGRICULTURE MINISTER APPEALS TO JEDDAH ECONOMIC FORUM / UN TEAM ARRIVES IN IRAQ / UN WANTS IRAQI GOVERNING COUNCIL, CPA TO PROVIDE EVIDENCE ON OIL-SCANDAL ALLEGATIONS / RUSSIA'S UN AMBASSADOR SAYS 'I TOLD YOU SO' ON IRAQI WMD / U.S. PRESIDENT, CIA CHIEF DEFEND IRAQ WAR DECISION / U.K. ESTABLISHES COMMITTEE TO REVIEW WMD INTELLIGENCE / U.K. LAUNCHES INQUIRY INTO ALLEGED MISTREATMENT OF IRAQI PRISONERS OF WAR / RUSSIA SEEKS LARGER PRESENCE FOR ITS OIL COMPANIES IN IRAQ / RUSSIAN DUMA DEPUTY CLAIMS U.S. USED SMALL NUKES IN IRAQ / U.S. SAYS LETTER PROVIDES EVIDENCE OF AL-QAEDA/IRAQ LINK




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