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29 March 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

Operations
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United Nations
Reconstruction Issues
Foreign Reactions
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Current Operations

  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 29 Mar 2004 -- Paul Bremer, U.S. Presidential Envoy to Iraq, and Admiral David Nash (Retired), Director CPA Program Management Office
  • MPs Kill Four Drive-by Shooting Suspects in Mosul AFPS 29 Mar 2004 -- Military police killed four anti-coalition suspects in Mosul, Iraq, March 28 after stopping a car matching the description of a vehicle used in a drive-by shooting earlier in the day, Combined Joint Task Force 7 officials said in a news release.
  • 545 MP Co. Soldier, Mom serve together at Camp Victory ARCENT Release 29 Mar 2004-- For most Soldiers serving in Iraq, the only contact they have with their families is to write letters and e-mails or go to the phone center.
  • 'Ready First' Brigade artillerymen adapting to new missions ARCENT Release 29 Mar 2004-- Force protection, information operations and information delivery are not the sort of tasks one typically thinks of when considering the mission of a Brigade Fire Support Element.
  • Troopers Hit Baghdad's Streets in Operation Iron Promise AFPS 29 Mar 2004 -- In what has become almost a nightly ritual, soldiers from A Troop, 1st Squadron, 5th Cavalry Regiment, lined up their vehicles on a quiet side street in the sleepy town of Abu Ghuraib, Iraq, just before initiating a cordon-and-search mission March 17.

  • A-10 Friendly Fire Investigation Completed CENTCOM 29 Mar 2004 -- "The investigation into a March 23, 2003 friendly fire incident between U.S. forces is complete. (...) The investigation, ordered by U.S. Central Command and conducted by U.S. Air Forces, Central Command, thoroughly examined the circumstances surrounding an incident involving a U.S. A-10 aircraft firing on a company of U.S. Marines in An Nasiriyah, Iraq."
  • A-10 Friendly Fire Investigation Report CENTCOM 29 Mar 2004

Deployments

US Policy

United Nations

  • PRESS BRIEFING ON IRAQ SECURITY ACCOUNTABILITY United Nations 29 Mar 2004
  • Panel Faults Security Precautions in Bombing of U.N. Baghdad Office Washington File 29 Mar 2004 -- After receiving a highly critical report on the series of failures by U.N. officials to secure U.N. headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, in 2003, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has asked for the resignation of his security chief, the United Nations said March 29.
  • U-N OFFICIAL FIRED VOA 29 Mar 2004 -- -N Secretary General Kofi Annan has fired his security chief over last August's bombing of the U-N offices in Baghdad. Mr. Annan took disciplinary action against several other employees, but refused to accept his deputy's resignation.
  • Report of the Security in Iraq Accountability Panel (SIAP): UN Secretariat Summary of Main Findings and Conclusions United Nations 03 Mar 2004 -- "The Report of the Security in Iraq Accountability Panel (SIAP) of some 150 pages, and 6 volumes of supporting documents was submitted to the Secretary-General on 3 March 2004. It is the latest in a series of reports produced in relation to the tragic events of 19 August 2003 when the United Nations Headquarters in the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq was the object of a bomb attack.1 It follows the Ahtisaari Report issued on 20 October 2003 which had recommended, inter alia, "that the seriousness of the breaches in the security system by the UN managers in charge at headquarters and in the field warrants the setting up of a separate and independent audit and accountability procedure to review the responsibilities of key individuals in the lack of preventive and mitigating actions prior to the attack on 19th August"." [PDF]
  • Panel finds senior officials lax in ensuring UN's safe return to Iraq UN News Centre 29 Mar 2004 -- An independent investigation into responsibility for security failures in the lead up to the deadly bombing of United Nations offices in Iraq last year found senior UN officials in charge of staff safety were lax in carrying out their duties and "blinded" by the belief that the world body would not come under attack despite warnings to the contrary.
  • Annan takes strong disciplinary measures after probe reveals security failures in Iraq UN News Centre 29 Mar 2004 -- Secretary-General Kofi Annan today announced a series of disciplinary measures, including calls for the resignation of senior UN officials, following the release of a critical report by a panel that identified institutional and individual failures in assessing the security situation in Baghdad prior to the terrorist attack last August that killed 22 people, including the UN's top envoy in Iraq.

Reconstruction Issues

Foreign Reactions

News Reports

  • IRAQ: International NGOs discuss exit strategies IRIN 29 Mar 2004 -- International aid agencies still working in Iraq are discussing possible exit strategies amid continuing violence and fear of more ahead of the scheduled handover of sovereignty to Iraqis on 30 June.




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