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13 April 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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

Current Operations

Deployments

US Policy

  • President Addresses the Nation in Prime Time Press Conference The White House 13 Apr 2004 -- "Before I take your questions, let me speak with the American people about the situation in Iraq. This has been tough weeks in that country. Coalition forces have encountered serious violence in some areas of Iraq. Our military commanders report that this violence is being instigated by three groups (...) America's commitment to freedom in Iraq is consistent with our ideals, and required by our interests. Iraq will either be a peaceful, democratic country, or it will again be a source of violence, a haven for terror, and a threat to America and to the world"
  • Bush: Coalition Must Not Waver From Commitment to Iraq VOA News 13 Apr 2004 -- In the opening statement to his news conference late Tuesday, President Bush said America and its allies must not waver in their commitment to help bring about a political transition in Iraq.
  • Effort in Iraq 'Going to Take Time,' Myers Says AFPS 13 Apr 2004 -- People around the world are going to have to realize the coalition effort in Iraq is a long-term project, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.
  • Myers Explains U.S. Position in Iraq to Arab Audience AFPS 13 Apr 2004 -- Events in Iraq dominated the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff's news conference following meetings with Bahraini leaders here.
  • BUSH/IRAQ VOA 13 Apr 2004 -- President Bush is holding a White House news conference to explain his plans for the future of U-S operations in Iraq.

United Nations

  • Annan says insecurity prevents return of large UN team to Iraq UN News Centre 13 Apr 2004 -- Despite having its movements restricted as a result of the deteriorating security environment in Iraq, the United Nations mission led by Special Adviser Lakhdar Brahimi continued to consult with a wide range of Iraqi constituencies today, although Secretary-General Kofi Annan said he did not anticipate the return of a large UN team in the "foreseeable future."
  • Insecurity Hinders Larger UN Role In Iraq RFE/RL 13 Apr 2004 -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today that because of deteriorating security in Iraq he cannot be sure that he will dispatch a large UN team back to the country.
  • U-N/ANNAN/IRAQ VOA 13 Apr 2004 -- U-N Secretary General Kofi Annan says he sees little chance the world body can resume a major role in Iraq under current security conditions. At the same time Mr. Annan is preparing to launch an independent probe of the scandal-tainted Iraq Oil-for-Food program.
  • JORDAN: UN offers a new way of working IRIN 13 Apr 2004 -- A unique security issue in Iraq - virtually all international UN staff are working from outside the country - requires a unique alternative.

Reconstruction Issues

  • Iraq Weekly Update Joint Staff/Coalition Provisional Authority 13 Apr 2004 -- Power / Oil / Education / Health Care / Security / Governance / Economics [PDF 728 Kb b]
  • IRAQ: Basra residents express dissatisfaction IRIN 13 Apr 2004 -- A year ago, people in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, a Shi'ite stronghold of 1.4 million, were happy to see the end of Saddam Hussein's regime. Months of unrest is still growing as people become impatient for change since Coalition forces took control on 7 April, 2003.

Foreign Reactions

  • ITALY / IRAQ VOA 13 Apr 2004 -- Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said the withdrawal of his country's troops from Iraq is not in question after it was confirmed that four Italian nationals were abducted in Iraq.
  • RUSSIA/HOSTAGES VOA 13 Apr 2004 -- Russia is advising its citizens to get out of Iraq after eight workers at a Russian energy company were taken hostage by masked gunmen in Baghdad. All eight have been released unharmed, but Russian officials say they have made preparations to enable a prompt evacuation of all Russian citizens there.
  • Situation in Iraq not conducive to sending troops: India IRNA 13 Apr 2004 -- The Indian government on Monday said that the situation in Iraq was not conducive to sending troops to that country.
  • Russia promises help to Iraq IRNA 13 Apr 2004 -- Moscow is concerned over the situation in Iraq, the trouble in which peaceful Iraqis living in US-besieged Falluja have found themselves, and the disproportionate use of force by the occupation troops, sources in the Russian Foreign Ministry told RIA Novosti.
  • Iraq: U.S. Coming Under Fire For Use Of Force In Al-Fallujah RFE/RL 13 Apr 2004 -- Some members of the U.S.-appointed Iraqi Governing Council are strongly criticizing the U.S. military over civilian casualties in Al-Fallujah. They say the U.S. response to the killing last month of four American security personnel in the city has been disproportionate and indiscriminate. U.S. officials insist they are doing everything they can to minimize civilian deaths.
  • CHINA-HOSTAGES VOA 13 Apr 2004 -- Seven Chinese nationals who were taken hostage in Iraq this week will soon head home.
  • BRITAIN/IRAQ/JORDAN VOA 13 Apr 2004 -- A senior member of the Jordanian royal family has criticized the U-S-led occupation of Iraq. Prince Hassan says more American troops will not be able to pacify Iraq.

News Reports

  • Iraq: Private Security Personnel -- Dangerous Or Cost-Effective? RFE/RL 13 Apr 2004 -- The recent killings of four U.S. security contractors in Iraq have drawn attention to their growing presence in the country. In fact, it is not U.S. military personnel but private soldiers who now guard L. Paul Bremer, the head of the U.S. civil administration in Baghdad. But there is growing concern about the number of these private contractors in Iraq, and about their accountability.




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