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20 April 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

US Policy
United Nations
Reconstruction Issues
Foreign Reactions
News Reports

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 20 Apr 2004 [PDF]
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  • DoD Identifies Marine Casualties

  • Transcript: Defense Department Operational Update Briefing 20 Apr 2004 -- Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld; and General Peter Pace, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 20 Apr 2004 -- Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, Deputy Director For Coalition Operations; and Daniel Senor, Senior Adviser, CPA
  • PENTAGON/IRAQ VOA 20 Apr 2004 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says the latest fighting in Iraq reflects what he calls a "final stand" by "enemies of freedom" ahead of the planned June 30th turnover of sovereignty to a new Iraqi government.
  • IRAQ SITREP VOA 20 Apr 2004 -- In Iraq, at least 21 prisoners have been killed when suspected anti-coalition rebels shelled Baghdad's largest prison in what a U-S general says might have been a botched attempt to free insurgents detained for taking part in the uprising against coalition forces.
  • Insurgents Attack From Mosque as Fallujah Peace Talks Continue AFPS 20 Apr 2004 -- Even as coalition and Iraqi officials are trying to move forward with peace talks in Fallujah, U.S. Central Command reported today that insurgents attacked coalition forces from a mosque in the city April 18.
  • Al-Fallujah Mostly Quiet Following Truce RFE/RL 20 Apr 2004 -- The situation in the Iraqi city of Al-Fallujah, where U.S. troops continue to surround the city after fierce fighting with insurgents earlier this month, was mostly quiet today as coalition officials and local leaders were seeking to implement a truce.
  • Iraq: Disarmament Deal Aims To Defuse Tensions In Al-Fallujah RFE/RL 20 Apr 2004 -- The U.S.-led coalition in Iraq has announced an agreement aimed at defusing a standoff at the besieged town of Al-Fallujah. The accord calls for all anti-coalition fighters in the town to surrender their heavy weapons. But U.S. officials are warning that U.S. Marines who surround Al-Fallujah could launch offensive operations if the insurgents do not disarm promptly.


  • U.S. Prepared To Maintain Troop Levels In Iraq RFE/RL 20 Apr 2004 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said today that the United States is prepared to maintain its troops in Iraq at 135,000 and even increase them if requested by the senior military commander in the region, U.S. General John Abizaid.

US Policy

  • CONGRESS/IRAQ/WOODWARD VOA 20 Apr 2004 -- Lawmakers are examining a claim by the author of a new book that the Bush administration used money designated for the war on terrorism for Iraq war preparations, before Congress approved action in Iraq. The White House and Pentagon have denied funds were used specifically for Iraq without the knowledge of Congress.
  • CONGRESS / IRAQ VOA 20 Apr 2004 -- Members of the U-S Congress are criticizing the Bush administration for not providing enough details about plans to transfer sovereignty in Iraq on June 30th. The concerns were expressed during the first of three days of congressional hearings about Iraq.
  • Rumsfeld Discusses Troop Levels, Fallujah at News Conference AFPS 20 Apr 2004 -- There is "no intention" to keep the 20,000 American soldiers extended in Iraq any longer than 90 days in the country and 120 days in the theater, Defense Department officials said today.
  • Fear Still Biggest Problem in Iraq, Wolfowitz Says AFPS 20 Apr 2004 -- The biggest problem facing Iraq is that fear of the former regime still pervades the country, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said here today.
  • State's Deputy Secretary Armitage Seeks Qatar's Advice on Iraq Washington File 20 Apr 2004 -- Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage expressed the Bush administration's gratitude to the Qatari leadership for its partnership and advice following his April 20 meetings with the crown prince and the foreign minister.
  • Negroponte Sees Baghdad as "Extremely Challenging Assignment" Washington File 20 Apr 2004 -- In announcing his intent to appoint John Negroponte, currently the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, as the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, President Bush has tapped one of America's most experienced and senior diplomats to head what will be a unique assignment in American foreign relations.
  • BUSH / IRAQ VOA 20 Apr 2004 -- President Bush says there will be no backing-off the fight against those opposing the U-S occupation of Iraq. Mr. Bush is campaigning in the state of New York, with public opinion polls showing him leading his likely Democratic rival.
  • Iraq/U.S.: New Book Contradicts CIA Director's Intelligence RFE/RL 20 Apr 2004 -- The failure to find weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq has focused attention on the work of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The agency's director, George Tenet, says President George W. Bush's decision to go to war in Iraq last year was based on the best information available at the time. But a new book on the lead-up to the Iraq war portrays Tenet as a man who found this evidence convincing, even as Bush himself expressed skepticism.

United Nations

Reconstruction Issues

  • IRAQ: Interview with Minister of Interior, Samir Sumaidy IRIN 20 Apr 2004 -- Iraq's newly appointed Minister of Interior, Samir Sumaidy, was previously a member of the US appointed temporary government in Iraq - the Iraqi Governing Council (IGC). He replaced Nouri Badran, who resigned in early April. Sumaidy is in charge of all security forces in Iraq, from the newly-formed Iraqi Civil Defence Corps, to police directing traffic on the streets.

Foreign Reactions

  • IRAQ SITREP VOA 20 Apr 2004 -- Another member of the U-S led military coalition in Iraq has announced it is pulling its troops out of the country. Honduras now follows Spain in saying it will leave the coalition at a time when the United States is extending the tour of American soldiers there because of a shortage of troops -- and amid continuing attacks on coalition forces. Other Latin American countries may be preparing to quit Iraq as well.
  • Iraq: Honduras Follows Spain In Planned Troop Withdrawal, Other Coalition Members Reaffirm Support RFE/RL 20 Apr 2004 -- As other members of the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq pledged to stay the course, Honduras has announced that it, like Spain, is calling back its troops before their term of duty expires.

News Reports

  • U-S OPINION ROUNDUP: SPAIN WITHDRAWS VOA 20 Apr 2004 -- Even though the new prime minister of Spain, Socialist Jose Luis Zapatero, had promised to withdraw his nation's troops from Iraq if elected, he announced it faster than expected, within a day of his confirmation. The withdrawal is one more headache for the Bush administration, as the transfer of authority date in Iraq looms closer.

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