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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

17 March 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

US Policy
United Nations
Reconstruction Issues
Foreign Reactions
News Reports

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 17 Mar 2004 [PDF]

  • PENTAGON/IRAQ VOA 17 Mar 2004 -- A powerful explosion has ripped through a hotel in the heart of Baghdad, killing and injuring an unknown number of people. The blast came as a senior U-S military official was warning that insurgents in Iraq are turning more and more to civilian targets.
  • 101st Commander Calls Adaptability Key to Success in Iraq AFPS 17 Mar 2004 -- One year ago today, the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) was at Camp New Jersey, the division's holding area in Kuwait, awaiting orders to move north and cross into Iraq at the onset of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
  • IRAQ WRAP VOA 17 Mar 2004 -- As many as 28 people have been killed in a car bomb explosion that heavily damaged a hotel in downtown Baghdad Wednesday night, in what appears to be another in a series of attacks by insurgents against civilians.
  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 17 Mar 2004 -- Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, Deputy Director for Coalition Operations; and Dan Senor, Senior Adviser, CPA
  • Explosion Hits Baghdad Hotel VOA News 17 Mar 2004 -- A large explosion has ripped through a hotel in central Baghdad, and witnesses report there are many casualties.
  • IRAQ/CRACKDOWN VOA 17 Mar 2004 -- U-S troops and Iraqi special forces have launched a massive operation in Baghdad to seize illegal weapons and crush insurgents who are targeting coalition forces and civilians working on the country's reconstruction.


US Policy

  • CONGRESS / IRAQ RESOLUTION VOA 17 Mar 2004 -- Democrats and Republicans have clashed in Congress during debate over a resolution commending U-S and allied troops in Iraq and declaring that the removal of Saddam Hussein made the United States and the world safer. Although the resolution was approved with bipartisan support (by a vote of 327 to 93 ), Democrats complained that they were not consulted and accused Republicans of encouraging political divisions.
  • White House Condemns 'Attack on Innocent Civilians' AFPS 17 Mar 2004 -- An explosion at a Baghdad hotel today killed at least 27 people and wounded at least 40, according to news reports citing U.S. military officials at the scene.
  • IRAQ ANNIVERSARY / U-S POL VOA 17 Mar 2004 -- One year after the war with Iraq, the conflict and its aftermath continue to be a major political issue in the United States.
  • Cheney Says U.S. Will Never Ask Permission to Defend Itself AFPS 17 Mar 2004 -- Though the United States always will seek cooperation from allies in the global war on terror, there's a difference between leading a coalition of many nations and submitting to the objections of a few, Vice President Dick Cheney said in California today.
  • CONGRESS / IRAQ RESOLUTION VOA 17 Mar 2004 -- Democrats and Republicans have clashed in Congress during debate over a resolution commending U-S and allied troops in Iraq and declaring that the removal of Saddam Hussein made the United States and the world safer. But although the resolution is expected to be approved with bipartisan support, Democrats complain that they were not consulted and accuse Republicans of encouraging political divisions.
  • Appeasement Doesn't Work, Joint Chiefs Chairman Says AFPS 17 Mar 2004 -- History has shown that appeasement doesn't work, Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers said here today.
  • Spanish Pullout 'Would Send A Terrible Message,' Wolfowitz Says AFPS 17 Mar 2004 -- A withdrawal of Spanish troops from Iraq would encourage global terrorists that their strategy of violence and mayhem is working to undercut U.S.-coalition resolve, DoD's No. 2 official recently noted on cable news shows here.

United Nations

  • Annan urges international resolve to help Iraqis after latest terrorist attack UN News Centre 17 Mar 2004 -- Reacting to the latest deadly bombing in Baghdad, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan described today's terrorist attack as "very tragic" and called for international cooperation to help Iraqis go about their daily lives in peace.
  • U.S./Iraq: Blix Returns To New York Amid Applause, Queries On WMD RFE/RL 17 Mar 2004 -- One year after playing a central role in UN Security Council deliberations on Iraq, former chief UN inspector Hans Blix has been warmly welcomed back to New York. Blix has been making multiple appearances in the city to promote his book about the Iraqi disarmament debate, which claims that U.S. and British officials exaggerated the threat posed by Iraq's weapons programs. But Blix also said the Iraqi regime may have doomed itself through its lack of cooperation.

Reconstruction Issues

  • IRAQ: Citizens keen to learn more about interim constitution IRIN 17 Mar 2004 -- It's lunch hour in the al-Alwei cafe in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. The place is bustling with hungry customers and the mostly male crowd is talking about the pleasant weather, rising prices and the new constitution signed on 8 March.

Foreign Reactions

  • BRITAIN / IRAQ VOA 17 Mar 2004 -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair told parliament Wednesday it is naive to think that withdrawing from Iraq would diminish the threat of terrorism from Islamic militants.
  • RUSSIA / FOREIGN POLICY VOA 17 Mar 2004 -- Russia's new foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, says Russia and the United States will continue to be what he called strategic partners. But in his first news conference since taking office he was also sharply critical of U-S policy on Iraq.
  • SYRIA/KURDS VOA 17 Mar 2004 -- At least 12 Kurds have been killed in northern Syria, in the latest in a series of clashes with police that began last Friday.

News Reports

  • IRAQ ANNIVERSARY/ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS VOA 17 Mar 2004 -- One year after the start of the Iraq war, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is no closer to resolution than it was before the war. In fact, just about the only point of agreement from both sides is that the war helped Israel significantly, and moved Palestinian concerns toward the sidelines.
  • IRAQ ANNIVERSARY: INTELLIGENCE AND WEAPONS VOA 17 Mar 2004 -- Saddam Hussein's presumed possession of weapons of mass destruction was a key rationale for the war in Iraq. But one year after the beginning of the conflict, no such weapons have been found and experts and politicians alike have more questions than answers. Many of them revolve around the performance of U-S intelligence agencies in Iraq
  • Iraq's Democratic Reformers VOA 17 Mar 2004 -- This week marks the first anniversary of the war in Iraq and the end of Saddam Hussein's regime. An interim constitution was signed March 8th and the country has a new transitional administrative law. Despite continuing attacks against U.S.-led coalition forces and civilians friendly to the coalition, Iraq's 25 million citizens appear to be knitting together a new post-Saddam society.
  • IRAQ: Plan to register aid groups on hold until May IRIN 17 Mar 2004 -- A plan to register all aid groups working in Iraq - and to look for possible terrorist organisations or individuals among them - has been put on hold until May.

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