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19 March 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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

Current Operations

Deployments

  • SOKOR IRAQ TROOPS VOA 19 Mar 2004 -- South Korea has canceled plans to send troops to the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, citing security concerns. South Korea's defense ministry says it intends to send its troops to a safer location.
  • HEIDELBERG CEREMONY OFFICIALLY WELCOMES V CORPS HOME FROM SOUTHWEST ASIA V Corps Release 19 Mar 2004-- One year to the day after U.S. forces first crossed from Kuwait into Iraq, the deafening sound of artillery resonated throughout Campbell Barracks here as hundreds of Soldiers in desert uniform -- now war veterans -- participated in the official ceremony to welcome the Soldiers and units of V Corps home from Operation Iraqi Freedom.

US Policy

  • World Will Face -- and Overcome -- Terrorism, Bush Says Washington File 19 Mar 2004 -- International terrorism poses a "mortal danger" to the world, President Bush told an audience of U.S. officials and international diplomats on the first anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq, but the world "will never bow to the violence of a few. We will face this mortal danger, and we will overcome it together."
  • IRAQ WRAP VOA 19 Mar 2004 -- President Bush has marked the first anniversary of the start of the Iraq war with a vow not to fail the Iraqi people, while saying lingering disagreements among U-S allies over the wisdom of going to war are now in the past. But one year after the U-S led invasion, members of the Bush administration and others are warning of more violent attacks in Iraq in the days ahead.
  • Powell Reaffirms U.S. Commitment to Iraq AFPS 19 Mar 2004 -- The United States will not shrink from its task of giving Iraqis a country that is based on democracy, freedom and individual rights, Secretary of State Colin Powell said today in a briefing from Baghdad.
  • Bremer Says Deadline for Turning Sovereignty to Iraqis Stands Firm AFPS 19 Mar 2004 -- As reports of explosions in Baghdad scrolled across the bottom of the television screen today, the Coalition Provisional Authority administrator told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that the majority of Iraqis do not blame the United States for terrorist acts.
  • Rumsfeld Cites Progress in Iraq Despite Security Difficulties AFPS 19 Mar 2004 -- Although the security situation in Iraq has been difficult, U.S. and coalition forces have made much progress since Operation Iraqi Freedom began one year ago, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today.
  • Rumsfeld Says Freedom in Iraq Is Worth the Cost Washington File 19 Mar 2004 -- This op-ed article by Donald H. Rumsfeld, secretary of defense, first appeared in the New York Times March 19, 2004, and is in the public domain. No republication restrictions.
  • Powell Praises Work of CPA Personnel, U.S. Troops in Iraq Washington File 19 Mar 2004 -- Following is the transcript of the speech that Secretary of State Colin Powell made March 19 to the personnel of the Coalition Provisional Authority and some U.S. troops stationed in Iraq
  • Powell Says Iraqi Coalition Remains Strong Washington File 19 Mar 2004 -- One year after U.S.-led forces began their war against Saddam Hussein's Iraq, Secretary of State Colin Powell said the coalition in Iraq is "still strong," and called upon nations of the world to continue to respond to the threat of terrorism.
  • Rice Cites "Great Progress in One Year" in Iraq Washington File 19 Mar 2004 -- Marking the one-year anniversary of "Operation Iraqi Freedom," National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice pointed to progress achieved in Iraq against insurgents and praised the bravery exhibited by Pakistan's military in securing its border area with Afghanistan against terrorist infiltrators.
  • Transportation Dept. to Send Experts to Iraq Washington File 19 Mar 2004 -- The U.S. Transportation Department is sending experts to Iraq to help in the reconstruction of that country's transportation system, the agency announced March 18.
  • Armitage Sees No Imminent Withdrawal of Troops from Iraq Washington File 19 Mar 2004 -- Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage characterized the planned June 30 devolution of sovereignty to an Iraqi governing body as "imminently possible" but said that U.S. forces would likely remain in Iraq for some time to come.
  • POWELL / IRAQ WRAP VOA 19 Mar 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell visited Baghdad Friday on the first anniversary of the start of the U-S-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein. Mr. Powell urged members of the military coalition to persevere in the face of increased attacks by foreign terrorists and supporters of the old regime.
  • POWELL/IRAQ VOA 19 Mar 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell paid a surprise visit to Baghdad Friday on the first anniversary of the start of the war that ousted Saddam Hussein. He held talks with officials of the Coalition Provisional Authority and the Iraqi Governing Council, and addressed U-S troops.

United Nations

  • U-N/ IRAQ CORRUPTION VOA 19 Mar 2004 -- U-N Secretary General Kofi Annan says it is likely that the Iraq Oil-for-Food program was riddled with corruption. Mr. Annan is calling for a full independent audit of the program, in addition to the internal probe already underway.
  • Annan informs key players of UN's intention to send team back to Iraq UN News Centre 19 Mar 2004 -- Secretary-General Kofi Annan has communicated to key players his intention to dispatch United Nations officials to Iraq to help with the transfer of sovereignty later this year.
  • United Nations Will Help Iraq Form a Government Washington File 19 Mar 2004 -- Secretary General Kofi Annan said March 19 that he intends to send a team of U.N. experts to Baghdad to help the Iraqi Governing Council form an interim government and arrange for elections.
  • IRAQ ANNIVERSARY/U-N VOA 19 Mar 2004 -- What a difference a year makes. It was just one year ago that the Bush administration walked away from a bitterly divided U-N Security Council and went to war in Iraq, leading many to question whether the world body had lost its relevance in the post-Cold War world. Responding to these concerns, Secretary General Kofi Annan named an international panel of eminent persons to study global security threats and rethink how the United Nations could better respond.

Reconstruction Issues

  • 16th Engineer Bn. helps community help itself ARCENT Release 19 Mar 2004-- For decades, Iraqi civilians living on the outskirts of Baghdad have had no representation in the Baghdad Governance. Many of the residents were considered squatters and denied all government services, such as power and water.
  • IRAQ: Displaced people in Baghdad march on CPA offices IRIN 19 Mar 2004 -- It looks like a peace rally or a spring celebration: green flags fluttering in the breeze, children running around, and posters calling for housing for all.

Foreign Reactions

  • Ukraine not to withdraw troops from Iraq: spokesman PLA Daily 18 Mar 2004 -- Ukraine will not pull out its troops from Iraq, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Markiyan Lubkivsky said Tuesday.
  • FM spokesman reiterates China's stance on Iraq issue PLA Daily 19 Mar 2004 -- Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Kong Quan reiterated China's stance on the Iraq issue ata regular press conference here Thursday.
  • KCNA on Lesson Drawn from Situation in Iraq KCNA 19 Mar 2004 -- One year has passed since the United States provoked a war of aggression against Iraq. On March 20 last year the U.S. started invasion against Iraq, a member state of the United Nations and a sovereign state, under the pretext of "eliminating weapons of mass destruction (WMD)" and committed mass destruction and genocide, toppling its legitimate government.
  • Statement of the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland Office of the President of Poland 18 Mar 2004 -- In response to the comments and over-interpretation of the words of the President of the Republic of Poland during his meeting with the press on March 18th , the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland has been authorised to issue the following statement

News Reports

  • WEST COAST - IRAQ PROTESTS VOA 19 Mar 2004 -- Hundreds of American protesters marched in San Francisco Friday to mark the one-year anniversary of the U-S-led invasion of Iraq. Antiwar groups staged an earlier protest in Los Angeles, and that other demonstrations on both sides of the issue are planned in U-S cities for Saturday.
  • RFE/RL Iraq Report, Volume 7, Number 10 19 Mar 2004 -- SEVEN KILLED IN BAGHDAD HOTEL BOMBING / POLL FINDS MOST IRAQIS OPTIMISTIC, BUT NO STRONG CONTENDER FOR NEXT PRESIDENT / IRAQI JUDGE SAYS HUSSEIN WILL BE TRIED LAST / IRAQI FINANCE MINISTER DISCUSSES UPCOMING FINANCIAL MARKET REGULATIONS, NEW INCOME TAX LAW / PURPORTED NOROUZ SUICIDE-BOMBING PLOT THWARTED IN IN AL-SULAYMANIYAH / COALITION TO CLOSE ALL BUT THREE IRAQ-IRAN BORDER CROSSINGS / IRAQI GOVERNING COUNCIL TO INVITE UN TO RETURN TO IRAQ / SPAIN'S PRIME MINISTER-ELECT SAYS HE WILL PULL TROOPS FROM IRAQ, HONDURAS FOLLOWS / INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF JOURNALISTS ACCUSE U.S. OF TRYING TO CONTROL MEDIA / RUSSIAN OIL GIANT RETURNS TO BAGHDAD / END NOTE: ONE YEAR AFTER THE START OF THE WAR




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