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02 March 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 02 Mar 2004 [PDF]

  • Task Force Olympia collects weapons in northern Iraq CENTCOM Release 02 Mar 2004-- Task Force Olympia and Iraqi security forces assisted local citizens struck by an improvised explosive device Monday and continued the effort to remove weapons, explosives and other unexploded ordnance from northern Iraq. Soldiers from 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment assisted Iraqi citizens whose vehicle was damaged by an explosion near Tall Afar. The explosion came from what was later determined to be a land mine or unexploded ordnance. There were no injuries.
  • Attackers lead soldiers to weapons, cash cache CENTCOM Release 02 Mar 2004-- Soldiers from Task Force 1st Armored Division's 2nd Squadron, 12th Cavalry captured two suspected insurgents and confiscated their weapons cache Sunday.
  • 4ID AND TF IRONHORSE OPERATIONS UPDATE CENTCOM Release 02 Mar 2004-- 4th Infantry Division and Task Force Ironhorse has, over the past 24 hours, conducted 186 patrols and four raids and captured eight individuals.
  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing from Iraq 02 Mar 2004 -- Participating were Army Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, deputy director of operations, Combined Joint Task Force 7, and Dan Senor, senior advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority
  • IRAQ/BLASTS VOA 02 Mar 2004 -- In Iraq, a series of explosions and suicide bombings in Baghdad and Karbala turned one of the holiest days in Shiite Islam into a day of bloodshed. The Iraqi Governing Council declared three days of national mourning and postponed the signing of an interim constitution for the transition to general elections. Shi'ite and Sunni leaders together condemned the attacks they say were aimed at stirring civil war.
  • Blasts in Baghdad, Karbala Kill 143 Shiia Pilgrims AFPS 02 Mar 2004 -- At least 143 Iraqis were killed in terrorist attacks today in Baghdad and Karbala, coalition officials said at a Baghdad news conference.
  • IRAQ/BLASTS VOA 02 Mar 2004 -- Iraqi Shi'ite and Sunni leaders have jointly condemned the attacks in Karbala and Baghdad. The Iraqi Governing Council has declared three days of national mourning. At least 140 people were killed and several hundred more wounded in the multiple explosions near shrines where Shi'ite pilgrims had gathered to celebrate the last day of Ashura. The Iraqi police have apprehended one suspect in the Iraqi capital and six in Karbala.
  • IRAQ / BLASTS VOA 02 Mar 2004 -- Multiple explosions tore through crowds of Shi'ite worshipers outside two major shrines in Baghdad and the holy city of Karbala. Reports indicate more than 120 people were killed and dozens more injured during the last day of the Shiite Muslim observance of Ashura.
  • Dozens Of Worshipers Killed In Karbala, Baghdad Blasts RFE/RL 02 Mar 2004 -- Dozens of people were killed and many more injured in multiple blasts today in the Iraqi city of Karbala and the capital Baghdad, as Shi'a Muslims were observing their holiest day of the year.

Deployments

  • 1st Japan ASDF plane may fly to Iraq PLA Daily 02 Mar 2004 -- The Japanese government began making arrangements Monday to send the first Air Self-Defense Force (ASDF)plane to Iraq from Kuwait, possibly this week, to airlift humanitarian aid goods there.

US Policy

United Nations

  • Iraq: UN panel ready to inspect for prohibited arms at Security Council's request UN News Centre 02 Mar 2004 -- The United Nations commission set up to monitor and destroy Iraq's weapons of mass destruction is continuing its work and stands ready to resume operations in the country at the request of the Security Council, according to a document released today at UN Headquarters in New York.
  • U-N/IRAQ INSPECTORS VOA 02 Mar 2004 -- United Nations arms inspectors say the United States is refusing to cooperate with U-N efforts to account for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. U-N inspectors declared themselves ready to resume in-country operations as soon as the Security Council gives the go-ahead.

Reconstruction Issues

Foreign Reactions

  • Al-Sistani Blames U.S. Coalition For Iraq Attacks RFE/RL 02 Mar 2004 -- Iraqi Shi'a spiritual leader Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has blamed the U.S.-led coalition for explosions in Baghdad and Karbala today, saying coalition forces had not done enough to secure the country's borders.
  • Tehran condemns explosions in Iraqi holy sites IRNA 02 Mar 2004 -- Iran`s Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid- Reza Asefi on Tuesday condemned explosions in Iraqi city of Karbala and at the holy Shrine of Hazrat Moussa Kazem, the 7th Imam of prophet Mohammad`s (PBUH) infallible household in Kazemein on Tuesday, calling the incidents as "brutal."
  • Pakistan condemns terrorist attacks in Iraq IRNA 02 Mar 2004 -- Pakistan Tuesday strongly condemned a series of terrorist attacks on the holy shrines in Karbala and in Baghdad in which scores of people were killed and several wounded.
  • Iraq: Shi'a Leaders Say Attacks May Be Attempt To Stir Communal Violence RFE/RL 02 Mar 2004 -- Simultaneous attacks today on Shi'a devotees in Baghdad and Karbala killed more than 100 people, making this one of the bloodiest days in Iraq since the U.S. toppled Saddam Hussein last year.

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