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09 March 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

Operations
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US Policy
United Nations
Reconstruction Issues
Foreign Reactions
News Reports

Current Operations

Deployments

US Policy

  • CPA Chief Approves Iraq's Interim Constitution AFPS 09 Mar 2004 -- Coalition Provisional Authority administrator L. Paul Bremer III signed a letter approving the Iraqi interim constitution late March 8, CPA chief spokesman Dan Senor said today in Baghdad.
  • Iraqis to Have 'Lead Role' in Saddam's Trial AFPS 09 Mar 2004 -- The United States will provide technical support for the trial of Saddam Hussein, but the Iraqi people will have the primary role in bringing the deposed dictator to justice, a senior U.S. official said today.
  • CIA Chief Says Iraq Violence On The Upswing RFE/RL 09 Mar 2004 -- The head of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), says U.S.-led coalition troops in Iraq face increased attacks from insurgents.
  • CONGRESS / INTELLIGENCE VOA 09 Mar 2004 -- The head of the Central Intelligence Agency says he does not believe the Bush administration manipulated intelligence to justify the war in Iraq. C-I-A Director George Tenet appeared before a Senate panel Tuesday

United Nations

Reconstruction Issues

  • Iraq: Long U.S. Military Presence Could Compromise New Government RFE/RL 09 Mar 2004 -- U.S. forces will be in charge of security in Iraq even after the United States surrenders sovereignty on 30 June. This is according to General John Abizaid, the U.S. military official in charge of operations in Iraq and the rest of the region. Analyst say this could weaken the credibility of the new Iraqi government, especially if the Americans cannot ensure security.
  • IRAQ: Swedish NGO works to raise water supplies in north IRIN 09 Mar 2004 -- In Sarchinar, on the hilly eastern outskirts of Sulaymaniyah in northeastern Iraq, the streets are dusty but there is no obvious shortage of water. With evening falling, women scrub their doorsteps and men wash the dirt off their cars. A dirty brown rivulet trickles down the middle of the street and puddles form.
  • IRAQ: Rights groups say new constitution falls short on women’s rights IRIN 09 Mar 2004 -- A new interim constitution signed by an appointed Iraqi government on Monday is not adequate in protecting women’s rights, human rights groups say.

Foreign Reactions

News Reports

  • Council on Foreign Relations Assesses Iraq One Year after Invasion Washington File 09 Mar 2004 -- The United States must be prepared to stay the course in the reconstruction of Iraq, according to a Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) task force studying the developments in Iraq over the past year.
  • Iraq: Antagonism Has Always Existed Between Shi'a, Sunni Branches Of Islam RFE/RL 09 Mar 2004 -- Last week's deadly bombings in Karbala and Baghdad on the Shi'a holy day of Ashura sparked fears of sectarian violence erupting in Iraq. The United States claims to have intercepted a letter written by Jordanian-born Sunni militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in which he allegedly asks Al-Qaeda leaders for their support in directing attacks against Iraq's Shi'a community in an effort to provoke a sectarian conflict.
  • IRAQ / DEVELOPMENTS VOA 09 Mar 2004 -- Celebrations of the signing of the new Interim Constitution in Iraq turned deadly when several people were killed by stray bullets. Meanwhile, Monday's signing of a interim constitution is winning praise from countries throughout the region including neighboring Kuwait.




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