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26 April 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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Current Operations

Deployments

US Policy

  • Senator Lieberman Urges Greater Bipartisan Cooperation on Iraq Washington File 26 Apr 2004 -- Joseph Lieberman, Democratic senator from Connecticut and his party's candidate for vice president in 2000, has called for a bipartisan "truce" in the debate over Iraq and has urged the formation of a special bipartisan advisory commission to provide President Bush with congressional input on developments in that country.
  • U-S / CONGRESS / IRAQ VOA 26 Apr 2004 -- A prominent member of the U-S Senate is warning that the sometimes bitter debate within the United States over the war in Iraq and the continuing violence there is hurting efforts to turn the country into a stable democracy. Senator Joseph Lieberman's remarks came during a speech in Washington
  • U.S. Calls For New UN Resolution On Iraq RFE/RL 26 Apr 2004 -- The United States has called on the United Nations Security Council to adopt a new resolution aimed at enlisting additional foreign troops for Iraq.
  • Treasury Secretary Snow Welcomes Iraqi Economic Reforms Washington File 26 Apr 2004 -- Treasury Secretary John Snow praised the economic reforms being taken by Iraq's Finance Minister Kamel al-Kaylani, and Central Bank Governor Sinan Al-Shabibi, saying the country has been making excellent economic progress.

United Nations

  • U-N-IRAQ FUTURE VOA 26 Apr 2004 -- The U-S-pledged deadline for handing over limited sovereignty in Iraq is only a little more than two months away. Yet details on that handover are still not clear. The United Nations Special Envoy to Iraq has laid out some proposals that envision a greater U-N role in the country. The U-N envoy appears to be drawing inspiration from a similar earlier assignment.

Reconstruction Issues

  • Fallujah Reconstruction Funds Await Restored Security AFPS 26 Apr 2004 -- Millions of dollars in reconstruction projects are available for Fallujah once security is re-established in the troubled Iraqi city, a Combined Joint Task Force 7 news release reported today.
  • Iraq: Experts Say Don't Look To Interim Constitution To Solve Problems RFE/RL 26 Apr 2004 -- With the planned handover of Iraqi sovereignty a little more than two months away, many questions remain unanswered. What Iraqi body will assume power, and what will sovereignty mean in practice if the United States retains significant functions, including when and where to apply military force? The Iraqi interim constitution was expected to provide some of the answers, but experts caution that the document has some gaps, just where the country appears to need guidance most.

Foreign Reactions

  • NATO Attaches Strings To Iraq Role RFE/RL 26 Apr 2004 -- NATO has said it will consider a greater role in Iraq only if a string of conditions are met.
  • THAILAND IRAQ VOA 26 Apr 2004 -- Thailand's government is coming under mounting pressure to withdraw its troops from Iraq as public fears increase about their safety. As Ron Corben reports from Bangkok, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra says the troops will be brought home if they are attacked.

News Reports

  • IRAQ/JOURNALISTS VOA 26 Apr 2004 -- More fighting is being reported in the Sunni Muslim stronghold of Fallujah, west of Baghdad, an explosion damaged a building and several military vehicles in Baghdad, and in southern Iraq, oil is flowing again following a series of suicide attacks. Amid the continuing violence, there is increasing fear among news correspondents in Baghdad to go out and cover the story.
  • IRAQ: Focus on families fleeing Fallujah IRIN 26 Apr 2004 -- When he saw the fighting move into his street on the outskirts of the Iraqi city of Fallujah a week ago, Hamadi Jassem, a carpenter, knew it was time to get his family out of town.




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