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08 March 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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

Current Operations

Deployments

  • 'Dependable trainers' prepare Reserve Soldiers for Iraq duty Army News Service 08 Mar 2004-- A blinding snowstorm and bitterly cold temperatures did not stop a task force of dependable trainers from performing their mission of mobilizing and validating Army Reserve Soldiers for Operation Iraqi Freedom.
  • HML/A-269 responds to nation's call Marine Corps News 08 Mar 2004-- At a moment's notice, warfighters from Marine Light/Attack Helicopter Squadron-269 were called on the alert and deployed to Haiti in support of a contingency operation March 3.
  • Marines Return to Iraq Marine Corps News 08 Mar 2004-- The Marine Corps is answering the call to duty overseas as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom II. From March 2004 to March 2005, Marines and sailors will conduct Security and Stability Operations (SASO) in Western Iraq to help the Iraqi people establish an Iraq that is unified, stable and at peace with itself and its neighbors. For many of the Marines and Sailors the terrain will be familiar, owing to their involvement in Operation Iraqi Freedom last year. Other Marines and sailors, however, will be entering the Middle-Eastern country for the first time.

US Policy

  • Bush Welcomes Iraqi Signing of Transitional Administrative Law Washington File 08 Mar 2004 -- President Bush congratulated the Iraqi Governing Council and the people of Iraq on the March 8 signing of the Transitional Administrative Law, which establishes a legal framework for Iraq's transition to a democratically elected sovereign government.
  • Iraqi Interim Constitution Guarantees Women's Rights, Says Bremer Washington File 08 Mar 2004 -- The new Iraqi interim constitution contains strong guarantees for women's rights and sets forth the goal of having women constitute at least 25 percent of the country's Transitional National Assembly, said Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) Administrator Paul Bremer.
  • Bush Hails Adoption of Iraqi Transitional Administrative Law Washington File 08 Mar 2004 -- President Bush welcomed the signing of the Iraqi Transitional Administrative Law March 8, noting that the document enshrines basic rights, "including freedom of religion, freedom of speech and assembly, the right to a fair trial, and the right to choose their own representatives."
  • BUSH IRAQ VOA 08 Mar 2004 -- President Bush says Iraq's new interim constitution marks an historic milestone in that country's transition from tyranny and violence to liberty and peace.
  • U-S/IRAQ TRIBUNAL VOA 08 Mar 2004 -- The U-S Justice Department has sent a team of prosecutors to Iraq to begin preparing for the trial of ousted President Saddam Hussein and other former top Iraqi officials on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. But it will take months before the tribunal is set to hear cases.
  • Bremer Says Iraq Moving Forward on Women's Rights AFPS 08 Mar 2004 -- Though the signing of an interim Iraqi constitution was not originally scheduled for today - International Women's Day -- the civilian administrator in Iraq called the signing a significant way to honor "the resilience, achievements and the promise of the women of Iraq" and a reminder of "how much further we need to go in pursuit of women's rights."

United Nations

Reconstruction Issues

  • LAW OF ADMINISTRATION FOR THE STATE OF IRAQ FOR THE TRANSITIONAL PERIOD 08 Mar 2004 -- "The people of Iraq, striving to reclaim their freedom, which was usurped by the previous tyrannical regime, rejecting violence and coercion in all their forms, and particularly when used as instruments of governance, have determined that they shall hereafter remain a free people governed under the rule of law. (...) This Law is now established to govern the affairs of Iraq during the transitional period until a duly elected government, operating under a permanent and legitimate constitution achieving full democracy, shall come into being."

  • WOMEN / IRAQ VOA 08 Mar 2004 -- To mark International Women's Day, the United States has announced two initiatives to raise the status of women in Iraq.
  • Iraqi Governing Council Signs Interim Constitution AFPS 08 Mar 2004 -- The Iraqi Governing Council celebrated today what council president Mohammed Bahr al-Ulloum called "a historic moment, decisive in the history of Iraq" by signing an interim constitution in Baghdad.
  • Iraq: Governing Council Signs Interim Constitution RFE/RL 08 Mar 2004 -- Iraq's Governing Council today signed into law an interim constitution that establishes the framework for a sovereign government due to take power by 30 June.
  • Iraqi leaders sign temporary constitution IRNA 08 Mar 2004 -- All 25 members of the Iraqi Governing Council signed here on Monday an interim constitution, following days of bickering over certain articles of the document.
  • Iraqi Leaders Hail Signing of Interim Constitution as Historic VOA 08 Mar 2004 -- Iraq's interim leaders signed a new temporary constitution Monday, hailing the document as historic and one that reflects consensus among Iraqis.

Foreign Reactions

  • Response by the Office of Ayatullah Seestani to a question on Iraq's interim constitution 08 Mar 2004 -- "His Eminence has previously clarified his reservations regarding the 15th of November accord that; any law drafted for the transition period will not gain legitimacy unless approved by the elected national assembly"
  • Iraq Constitution React VOA 08 Mar 2004 -- Iraq's Governing Council, in a special ceremony today (Monday) in Baghdad, signed an interim constitution for the nation. The action clears the way for restoration of Iraqi Sovereignty. Authorities now turn their attention to forming a temporary Iraqi government to take over control from the Coalition Provisional Authority on June 30th.
  • Al-Sistani Criticizes Iraq's Interim Constitution RFE/RL 08 Mar 2004 -- Hours after members of the U.S.-installed Governing Council signed the country's interim constitution in Baghdad, Iraq's top Shi'a Muslim cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, called the Transitional Administrative Law an "obstacle" to a permanent constitution.

News Reports

  • U.S.: Were 'The New York Times' And 'Washington Post' Asleep In The Run-Up To War? RFE/RL 08 Mar 2004 -- America's two most influential newspapers let the country down in the run-up to the Iraq war by failing to challenge claims by the administration of President George W. Bush. That's the contention of a new article in "The New York Review of Books." Author Michael Massing says "The New York Times" and "The Washington Post" were too timid to tackle a popular president and were more interested in scooping each other than in uncovering the truth about Iraq.
  • JORDAN: Iraqi domestic violence victims find shelter IRIN 08 Mar 2004 -- A young Iraqi woman who told workers she was sexually assaulted in a refugee camp is the latest person to be helped by a safehouse run by the Jordanian Women's Union.




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