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03 May 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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

Current Operations

Deployments

US Policy

  • Prison Investigations Moved Swiftly, Officials Say AFPS 03 May 2004 -- Once military authorities received information about possible prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib prison outside Baghdad, investigations moved swiftly, Defense Department officials said today.
  • IRAQ SITREP VOA 03 May 2004 -- A top American commander in Iraq says multiple investigations, including a criminal probe, are under way into the reported abuse of Iraqis at the hands of U-S soldiers at a prison outside Baghdad. In Washington, Correspondent Nick Simeone reports the U-S led occupation authority in Iraq is concerned about the backlash the incident may provoke in the Arab world and beyond.
  • BUSH / IRAQ ( VOA 03 May 2004 -- President Bush is urging the Pentagon to take action against any U-S soldier who has abused Iraqi prisoners.
  • Individuals, not System, at Fault in Abuse Case AFPS 03 May 2004 -- Soldiers who allegedly abused and tortured Iraqi prisoners acted as individuals, said the spokesman for the Combined Joint Task Force 7 during an interview on NBC's "Today" program.
  • Former Iraqi General Not To Head Al-Fallujah Security RFE/RL 03 May 2004 -- The top United States military commander has denied that a former general from Saddam Hussein's Republican Guard has been put in charge of Iraqi forces that are planned to provide security in the city of Al-Fallujah.

United Nations

  • PRESS BRIEFING BY DIRECTOR, ELECTORAL ASSISTANCE DIVISION United Nations 03 May 2004
  • U.N. Optimistic Iraqi Elections Will be Held in January Washington File 03 May 2004 -- The election process in Iraq is ahead of schedule and Iraqis throughout the country are eager for elections to be held, the head of the U.N. electoral assistance team said May 3.
  • Annan expects Security Council to authorize multinational force to remain in Iraq UN News Centre 03 May 2004 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has said that he expects the Security Council to authorize a multinational force to remain in Iraq as part of a resolution that will cover the period after the return of sovereignty on 30 June, saying it was in everyone's interest to do "whatever we can" to stabilize the country.
  • U-N/IRAQ ELECTIONS VOA 03 May 2004 -- The head of U-N team charged with organizing Iraq's national elections says preparations for the January vote are ahead of schedule. An Iraqi election commission and an international supervisor are likely to be in place to oversee the process by the end of this month.
  • Iraqi people must control electoral process - UN official UN News Centre 03 May 2004 -- A United Nations elections expert just back from Iraq emphasized today that the country's people must have control of the polling process, and that a secure environment and adequate resources were essential to the balloting's success.
  • UN Expert Seeks Probe Into Iraq Abuse Claims RFE/RL 03 May 2004 -- A United Nations rights expert today called on authorities in Iraq to establish an independent investigation into the way coalition forces are treating civilians in Al-Fallujah.

Reconstruction Issues

  • Iraq: Jordanian Defense Lawyer Aims To Take On Saddam Case RFE/RL 03 May 2004 -- It is not clear when Saddam Hussein will be tried. But two defense lawyers have already announced they are prepared to take up his case. This despite having had no contact with the deposed leader, who is being kept by U.S. forces in an unidentified location in Iraq.
  • Iraq: Sovereignty Issue Looming Large Ahead Of 30 June Transfer RFE/RL 03 May 2004 -- A war of "word" is shaping up in Iraq in the coming weeks. That word is "sovereignty." The United States now says it will hand over only limited sovereignty to a new Iraqi government on 30 June. That conflicts with the hopes of many Iraqis and some members of the international community, who are pushing for a "full" transfer of sovereignty. But the real difference may be one of semantics. International law scholars say sovereignty is not something governments either have or do not have. In fact, no state in the modern world is actually fully sovereign.

Foreign Reactions

  • Iraq: U.S. Abuse, Humiliation Of Prisoners Inflames Arab World RFE/RL 03 May 2004 -- Images of U.S. soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners have drawn sharp condemnation, both in the United States and abroad. The outrage coming from the Arab and Muslim world has been especially strong, and raises the question of whether Washington has done irreparable damage to its image in the region.
  • Iraqi Shi'a Protest Al-Fallujah Brigade Commander RFE/RL 03 May 2004 -- Three Shi'ite members of the U.S.-installed Iraqi Governing Council are criticizing a U.S. decision to place a former Iraqi general at the head of a new security force in the conflict-ravaged town of Al-Fallujah.
  • BRITAIN / IRAQ PRISONERS VOA 03 May 2004 -- Controversy has erupted in Britain over the authenticity of published photographs claiming to show British troops abusing an Iraqi prisoner.

News Reports

  • IRAQ: Focus on situation in Fallujah IRIN 03 May 2004 -- It was 1 a.m. when the bomb came through the roof that left Muhaye Ahmed, 17, with shrapnel in her legs. Her cousin was more unlucky - her foot was so injured that it had to be amputated. She declined to give her name.
  • IRAQ: New arrivals from Fallujah at Baghdad camp IRIN 03 May 2004 -- An estimated 100 families or some 1,000 people are now in an Iraqi Red Crescent camp in the western al-Haddrah district of the capital, Baghdad, set up for those who fled the fighting in Fallujah.
  • IRAQ: International concerns over journalists' safety IRIN 03 May 2004 -- As Press Freedom Day is marked around the world on Monday, international media organisations expressed their concern about the safety of journalists operating in Iraq and called for further investigations into the latest deaths of two Iraqi journalists at the hands of US soldiers.
  • CACI States Position About Reported Allegations Concerning Employees in Iraq CACI 03 May 2004 -- CACI International Inc (NYSE:CAI) said today that with respect to the alleged improper employee behavior toward prisoners in Iraq recently reported in the media, despite inquiries the company thus far has received no information on the matter from the U.S. Government. The Company continues to support the Army's mission in Iraq and around the world.




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