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26 February 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 26 Feb 2004 [PDF]

  • 4ID OPERATIONAL UPDATE CENTCOM Release 26 Feb 2004-- 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment of 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division soldiers discovered an ammunition cache southeast of Kirkuk Tuesday.
  • TF OLYMPIA DETAINS SUSPECTS IN NORTHER IRAQ CENTCOM Release 26 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 in northern Iraq Wednesday.
  • STRYKER BRIGADE COLLECTS ARMS, DESTROYS IEDS CENTCOM Release 26 Feb 2004-- Soldiers from 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team) under the operational control of Task Force Olympia recovered weapons and explosives during ongoing collection operations in northern Iraq Monday and Tuesday.

Deployments

US Policy

United Nations

Reconstruction Issues

  • Iraq: Kurds Demand Vote On Independence RFE/RL 26 Feb 2004 -- Kurdish activists have collected 1.7 million signatures on a petition demanding a referendum on the future status of northern Iraq's Kurdish region. Organizers want the opportunity to decide whether the region should declare independence or become a part of federal Iraq.
  • JORDAN: Iraqi refugees face bleak existence IRIN 26 Feb 2004 -- After fleeing the war in Iraq, life has not been easy for the Iraqi refugees who've been staying in the desert area of Jordan over the past 10 months.
  • IRAQ: Plans for housing rehabilitation approved IRIN 26 Feb 2004 -- A project on urban and housing rehabilitation has been agreed upon by the United Nations Human Settlements programme (UN-HABITAT) and officials of Iraqi ministries. At present there is a dire need for additional housing in the country.

Foreign Reactions

News Reports

  • PM press conference - 26 February Number 10 Downing Street 26 Feb 2004 -- "QUESTION: Well, let's pick up on that last one then since you invite us to. What is your general attitude to surveillance or bugging of friendly countries or United Nations officials? Do you accept to do that would be against the Vienna Convention? PRIME MINISTER: I'm not going to comment on the work that our security services do. No Prime Minister has done that. I'm not going to comment on it. Do not take that as an indication that the allegations that were made by Clare Short this morning are true. Simply understand, I am not going to comment on the operations of our security services. "
  • PRESS BRIEFING: 3.45PM THURSDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2004: CLARE SHORT/KATHARINE GUN Number 10 Downing Street 26 Feb 2004 -- "Asked to explain the security implications in admitting whether or not the UK had been eavesdropping on Kofi Annan in the light of the fact that the Government had been perfectly happy to use intelligence to produce a dossier on Iraq, the PMOS pointed to the contrast between the dossier, which had been a response to a demand for public information and had been prepared in a very carefully controlled way so as not to reveal anything which might put the security services at risk, and remarks which, whether intentional or not, had served the purpose of undermining confidence in the securities services."
  • Statement On R v Katharine Gun 26 Feb 2004 -- "Senior Treasury Counsel prosecuting this case gave advice, with which the Director of Public Prosecutions fully concurred, that there was no longer a realistic prospect of convicting Katharine Gun."
  • Blair to decide whether to expel Short over Annan spies claim IRNA 26 Feb 2004 -- Prime Minister Tony Blair hinted Thursday that disciplinary action may be taken against his former cabinet colleague Clair Short for claiming that his government spied on UN Secretary General Kofi Annan in the run-up to the Iraq war.
  • BRITAIN/SPYING VOA 26 Feb 2004 -- A former member of British Prime Minister Tony Blair's government says Britain spied on U-N Secretary General Kofi Annan in the tense diplomatic period before the war in Iraq. It was during this time that the United States and Britain were trying to secure a Security Council resolution authorizing the use of force to oust Saddam Hussein.
  • U-N / BUGGING CONTROVERSY VOA 26 Feb 2004 -- A U-N spokesman says any bugging of Secretary-General Kofi Annan's phones -- if it happened -- would be a violation of international law.
  • Iraqi Shi'a Observe First Ashura Since Fall of Ba'athist Regime Washington File 26 Feb 2004 -- For the first time in more than three decades, Iraqi Shi'a will be able to observe the holy day of Ashura and its associated period of mourning this year without the shadow of the Ba'athist regime hanging over the ceremonies.




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