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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


16 February 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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

Current Operations

  • Iraq: Attacks Growing Bolder, Better Organized RFE/RL 16 Feb 2004 -- The most audacious assault yet on local security forces in Iraq took place on 14 February. In a highly organized attack conducted in broad daylight, assailants killed more than 20 people and freed prisoners during a raid on a police station in the Sunni Triangle town of Al-Fallujah, west of Baghdad. Al-Qaeda and Hussein loyalists are both being blamed for the raid, but ultimately it remains unclear who is behind the recent wave of deadly attacks on security forces.
  • IRAQ/SOLDIERS KILLED VOA 16 Feb 2004 -- military spokesman in Baghdad says a U-S civilian was killed in Iraq over the weekend and that two US soldiers died in attacks Monday. The U-S-led coalition also says it is open to changing the plan for the transfer of power to Iraqis by the end of June.
  • AL ANBAR RECEIVES FUNDING FOR INFASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS CENTCOM Release 16 Feb 2004-- Rural communities located near here received more than $104,000 for two water enhancement projects Saturday. One of the projects will provide a source of fresh water to approximately 30,000 residents and will employ 150 people.
  • ICDC, TASK FORCE ALL AMERICAN SECURE AL ANBAR CENTCOM Release 16 Feb 2004-- The Iraqi Civil Defense Corps forces conducted 15 independent patrols Monday while Task Force All American conducted 273 patrols, including 15 joint patrols, and executed one offensive operation.
  • IRAQI POLICE CAPTURE #41 CENTCOM Release 16 Feb 2004-- Iraqi police captured one of the most wanted people from Iraqi's former regime Sunday in Baghdad. The National Iraqi Police Service Emergency Response Unit arrested Muhammad Zimam abd al-Razzaq al-Sadun, number 41 on the Iraqi "top 55" most wanted list, at approximately 2 p.m. in a residence in Baghdad's Al-Saydea district. He was hiding in an upstairs room.
  • ICDC, TF ALL AMERICAN WORK TOWARD A SAFER AL ANBAR CENTCOM Release 16 Feb 2004-- During operations on Saturday and Sunday, Task Force All American conducted 281 patrols (including 18 joint patrols), cleared three small caches, and executed two offensive operations - cordon and searches in Iskandariyah and Ar Ramadi. Iraqi Civil Defense Corps forces also conducted 15 independent patrols.
  • AL ANBAR SCHOOLS, YOUTH CENTER SEE MAJOR IMPROVEMENTS CENTCOM Release 16 Feb 2004-- Two schools east of Ar Ramadi received more than $29,000 for repairs Saturday. The ongoing renovations conducted by Iraqi citizens will benefit approximately 800 students and are the first capital improvements made on those particular schools in the last 36 years.

Deployments

US Policy

United Nations

Reconstruction Issues

  • Iraq: As UN Prepares Strategy For Power Transfer, Direct Elections Look Unlikely RFE/RL 16 Feb 2004 -- As the UN prepares to give its opinion regarding how Washington should transfer power to a sovereign Iraqi government, there are increasing signs that direct elections will not be among the recommendations.
  • IRAQ: Healthcare budget inadequate IRIN 16 Feb 2004 -- The US civil administrator in Iraq said at the Iraqi Medical Specialty Conference in Baghdad over the weekend that the US-led Coalition had failed to provide adequate funding for the rehabilitation of the country's health care system.

Foreign Reactions

  • German minister downplays quick NATO deployment in Iraq PLA Daily 16 Feb 2004 -- German Defense Minister Peter Struck believes that NATO is not able to make a quick decision on sending its peace-keeping soldiers to Iraq.
  • TUTU / IRAQ WAR VOA 16 Feb 2004 -- Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa is condemning the Iraq war as "immoral," and he says President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair should apologize for the invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.

News Reports

  • US inspector admits absence of WMD in Iraq IRNA 16 Feb 2004 -- The situation with weapons on mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq has undermined confidence in the United States for a generation to come, David Kay, former head of the group of US inspectors in Iraq, has said here in an interview.
  • Iraq: Prewar Intelligence Said Weapons Of Mass Destruction Would Be Hard To Find RFE/RL 16 Feb 2004 -- A U.S. newspaper reports that American intelligence analysts warned three months before the Iraq war began that Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction -- if they existed -- might never be found. But the report, published 13 February in "USA Today," says this view was not passed on to U.S. President George W. Bush.




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