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23 February 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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Current Operations

Deployments

US Policy

  • Bremer Calls U.N. Report on Iraqi Elections 'Constructive' AFPS 23 Feb 2004 -- A United Nations report that says elections in Iraq can take place late this year or early in 2005 if preparations begin now is helpful, the Coalition Provisional Authority administrator said Feb. 23.
  • CONGRESS / INTELLIGENCE VOA 23 Feb 2004 -- The director of the Central Intelligence Agency, George Tenet, is expected to face tough questioning from Democrats Tuesday when he appears before the Senate Intelligence Committee. It will be Mr. Tenet's first appearance before Congress since former U-S weapons inspector David Kay blamed faulty intelligence for the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
  • Iraq: Bremer Rules Out Elections For At Least A Year RFE/RL 23 Feb 2004 -- Iraq's U.S. administrator has ruled out elections there for at least another year. L. Paul Bremer made the remarks in an interview aired on 21 February on the Al-Arabiyah television channel.
  • CIA admits it didn't give all weapons data to UN, says report PLA Daily 23 Feb 2004 -- The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has acknowledged that it did not provide the United Nations with information about some sites in Iraq highly suspected of housing illicit weapons before the war, The New York Times reported Saturday.
  • IRAQ / RUMSFELD VOA 23 Feb 2004 -- U-S Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld paid a brief visit to Iraq Monday to talk about plans to deploy Iraqi security forces. The visit coincided with a car bombing in northern Iraq outside a police station that has killed at least 10 people and injured dozens of others.

United Nations

  • PRESS BRIEFING ON IRAQ FACT-FINDING MISSION United Nations 23 Feb 2004
  • The political transition in Iraq: Report of the fact-finding mission 23 Feb 2004 -- "The Secretary-General deployed a fact-finding mission to Iraq from 6 to 13 February 2004. This initiative was in follow-up to the meeting he convened in New York on 19 January 2004 with the Governing Council of Iraq and the Coalition Provisional Authority and in response to requests from both parties as well as many Iraqi orgnizations and personalities, including Ayatollah Ali Sistani, a prominent Shi'a cleric." [PDF 2.44 Mb]
  • UN's role in Iraq headlines discussions between Annan and Japanese leader UN News Centre 23 Feb 2004 -- The United Nations' future role in Iraq dominated the agenda of talks today in Tokyo between UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Japan's Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi.
  • Iraq elections could be held by end of 2004 if conditions are met - UN report UN News Centre 23 Feb 2004 -- Credible elections are not possible in Iraq before the 30 June planned handover of sovereignty but they can be organized by the end of this year or in early 2005 given the establishment of certain conditions, including a legal framework for the process, a United Nations fact-finding mission to the country says in a report released today.
  • U-N/IRAQ ELECTION VOA 23 Feb 2004 -- A just-released United Nations report concludes that it will take at least eight months - and probably longer - to organize elections in Iraq. The report to the Security Council from Secretary General Kofi Annan suggests next December or January may be the earliest date a vote can be scheduled.
  • UN: Annan To Release Report On Iraq RFE/RL 23 Feb 2004 -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan is due to release a report today that could include some recommendations regarding the shape of Iraq's political future.

Reconstruction Issues

Foreign Reactions

News Reports

  • Iraqis Want End to Occupation, But Don't Want Coalition to Leave AFPS 23 Feb 2004 -- Polls indicate Iraqis want the occupation of their country to end, but don't want the coalition to leave, the senior spokesman for the Coalition Provisional Authority said here today.
  • IRAQ: Focus on help for disadvantaged children IRIN 23 Feb 2004 -- A visit to the English language classroom in the northern governorate of Dahuk's Zewa centre is little short of alarming. Ten boys, aged between nine and 11, leap up from tiny wooden desks with a deafening shout of 'welcome.' Encouraged by their teacher, they then launch into a full-throated rendition of the English alphabet song, turning seamlessly and surreally into 'Happy Birthday to you.'




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