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24 March 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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United Nations

  • Security Council hails dispatch of UN teams to help with political transition in Iraq UN News Centre 24 Mar 2004 -- Ahead of the planned transfer of sovereignty to an interim Iraqi government on 30 June, the Security Council today strongly supported Secretary-General Kofi Annan's decision to send United Nations experts to Iraq to help with the handover of power and future elections.
  • U.N. Security Council Endorses Brahimi's Mission to Iraq Washington File 24 Mar 2004 -- The Security Council March 24 adopted a statement strongly supporting the new U.N. mission headed by special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi to help Iraq form an interim government and prepare for elections.
  • Iraq: 100 Days Before Handover Of Sovereignty, UN Poised For Difficult Mission RFE/RL 24 Mar 2004 -- With less than 100 days to go before Iraqis are to assume power from the U.S.-led coalition, the UN faces the challenge of forging a political consensus on a transitional government. A key Shi'a leader's rejection of the interim constitution poses difficulties for the UN electoral mission, poised to return power to the country. The UN Security Council will adopt a statement later today supporting the UN mission, and making no mention of the interim constitution.

Reconstruction Issues

  • IRAQ/100 DAYS VOA 24 Mar 2004 -- The top U-S administrator in Iraq Paul Bremer has marked the start of a 100-day countdown to the handover of power to a provisional government by announcing the establishment of new institutions to fight corruption and safeguard national security. The U-S administrator also looked back on the past year and what has been accomplished toward Iraq's reconstruction.
  • IRAQ: NGOs divided over progress in Iraq one year on IRIN 24 Mar 2004 -- One year after the US-led war in Iraq, aid agencies are divided about the success of efforts on the ground to improve the lives of ordinary Iraqis. Some see tangible results and genuine progress under difficult circumstances while others feel that little has changed to raise the quality of life.
  • IRAQ: Women's groups under threat in the new Iraq IRIN 24 Mar 2004 -- Threats against women's rights groups in Iraq appear to be on the rise, with the environment becoming increasingly unsafe over the past weeks, activists say.

Foreign Reactions

News Reports

  • IRAQ TORTURE VOA 24 Mar 2004 -- A new study published in the current issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association reports the extent of torture in Iraq under dictator Saddam Hussein. Investigators report that nearly half of all families that belong to the Shia religious group, the largest in Iraq, experienced some form of torture.




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