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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


01 March 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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

Current Operations

Deployments

  • Alert Orders Announced For National Guard Rotations 01 Mar 2004 -- Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld approved the alerting of approximately 18,000 National Guard soldiers for likely inclusion in the rotation of forces to support operations in Iraq. If needed, these forces would replace deployed units starting in late 2004 and early 2005.
  • Georgia to send second contingent of soldiers to Iraq in March PLA Daily 01 Mar 2004 -- Georgia will send 155 soldiers to Iraq on March 2 to continue the mission as part of the US-led coalition force there, the Interfax news agency reported on Sunday.

US Policy

  • Powell Welcomes Adoption of Iraqi Interim Constitution Washington File 01 Mar 2004 -- U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell welcomed the Iraqi Governing Council's (IGC) adoption of an interim constitution March 1, saying, "This is a major achievement, only a day late, which I think is terrific."

United Nations

Reconstruction Issues

  • IRAQ /POLITICS UPDATE VOA 01 Mar 2004 -- The Iraqi Governing Council has agreed on an interim constitution that sets the basic laws for the transitional government that will take over from the U-S-led coalition on June 30th. Council members hailed the document as the birth of a new Iraq.
  • Iraq: Governing Council Solves Some Key Disputes, Postpones Others In Interim Constitution (Part 1) RFE/RL 01 Mar 2004 -- Iraq's U.S.-appointed Governing Council has agreed on an interim constitution. The document, known as the Transitional Administration Law, establishes an operating framework for the sovereign government due to take power by 30 June.
  • Iraq: Kurdish Question Looms Large In Interim Constitution Negotiations (Part 2) RFE/RL 01 Mar 2004 -- Iraq's new interim constitution reportedly leaves the final details of the status of the country's Kurdish areas for a future elected national assembly to decide. For now, the interim constitution grants continued autonomy to the country's Kurdish minority. Iraqi Kurdish politicians say they are happy with the result, but the status of Iraqi Kurdistan still remains the most difficult problem of Iraqi federalism.
  • IRAQ/POLITICS VOA 01 Mar 2004 -- The Iraqi Governing Council has agreed on an interim constitution that sets the basic laws for the temporary government that will take over from the U-S-led coalition on June 30th.
  • IRAQ: Shariat law proves contentious issue as country moves to self-rule IRIN 01 Mar 2004 -- Nada Jabber Hussein wants to divorce her husband. But instead of going to a civil court in her home town of Najaf in southern Iraq, she chose the head sheikh at Najaf's shariat (Islamic) court to provide a final judgment on her case.
  • IRAQ: Focus on IDPs in Kirkuk living in poor conditions IRIN 01 Mar 2004 -- Though the snow that fell recently on and around Soran Sabir's tent has now all but melted into the thick mud, water continues to trickle from the roof onto the blue plastic floor.

Foreign Reactions

  • BRITAIN / IRAQ VOA 01 Mar 2004 -- In a major blow to Prime Minister Tony Blair, Britain's main opposition party has pulled-out of a new inquiry examining the country's pre-war intelligence on Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction.
  • Inquiry into Intelligence on Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Australia Parliamentary Joint Committee on ASIO, ASIS and DSD Released on 01 Mar 2004 -- "The United States and the United Kingdom argued that war against Iraq was necessary because Iraq had defied, over a period of 12 years, United Nations Security Council resolutions, which sought the disarmament of Iraq of its weapons of mass destruction. In particular, both governments and the Australian government which joined in the coalition, argued that intelligence had revealed that Iraq continued to possess and indeed was increasing its holdings of weapons of mass destruction. (...) The arguments about the need to go to war were controversial (...) In Australia, the Senate referred this matter to the Joint Parliamentary Committee on ASIO, ASIS and DSD on 18 June 2003. The Committee was asked to consider the nature, accuracy and independence of the intelligence used by the Australian government and the accuracy and completeness of the presentation of that intelligence by the Australian government to the Parliament and people of Australian."
  • AUSTRALIA IRAQ VOA 01 Mar 2004 -- A parliamentary report in Australia has cleared the government of deliberately lying about the threat posed by weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Although the report criticizes intelligence agencies for their judgments about the threat posed by Iraq, it says the government was far more cautious about pre-war intelligence than the United States and Britain.

News Reports

  • UK troops in Iraq complain lack of planning by officers: report PLA Daily 01 Mar 2004 -- Thousands of British soldiers have complained that they were failed by their senior officers whose lack of planning had led to equipment supply failure during the war in Iraq, the British Sunday Telegraph newspaper reported on Sunday.




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