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10 May 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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US Policy

  • President Bush Reaffirms Commitments in Iraq The White House 10 May 2004

  • Transcript: Background Briefing on Court-Martial of U.S. Soldiers 10 May 2004 -- U. S. Military Attorney

  • CONGRESS / IRAQ OVERNIGHTER VOA 10 May 2004 -- A U-S Senate panel is to hold its second public hearing into the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal Tuesday. The Army official who wrote a report detailing the abuses is to be the lead witness.
  • U.S. Commander Says Iraqi Prison Investigations Just Beginning Washington File 10 May 2004 -- The Commander of U.S. Central Command forces, General John Abizaid, pledged that U.S. authorities will continue to investigate charges of abuse committed by U.S. soldiers against Iraqi prisoners and said "we will correct the system so that abuses like this cannot happen again."
  • CENTCOM Report, May 10: Abizaid Says He Is Accountable for Forces Washington File 10 May 2004 -- The head of the U.S. Central Command took responsibility for the actions of his forces in Iraq, saying he believes, as military commander, he should be held accountable for what happens in his area which "stretches from Afghanistan to Kenya to Sudan and across into Jordan."
  • Bush Reiterates Coalition Iraq Mission, Supports Rumsfeld AFPS 10 May 2004 -- President Bush reiterated that the United States has "a vital national interest" in Iraq, following a meeting of his national security team at the Pentagon today.
  • IRAQ WRAP UPDATE VOA 10 May 2004 -- As more pictures surface of Iraqi prisoners being abused by American soldiers, President Bush Monday delivered another strong endorsement of his Defense Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, who is facing calls to resign over the matter. The Pentagon is reviewing whether to release additional photos of prisoner abuse or just turn them over to Congress, which is set to question more military officials on the matter Tuesday.
  • Iraq: First U.S. Soldier To Face Military Trial Over Abuse Scandal RFE/RL 10 May 2004 -- The first of seven U.S. soldiers charged with abusing detainees at Iraq's Abu Ghurayb prison is set to be court martialed next week.
  • COURT MARTIAL SET FOR MAY 19 CENTCOM 10 May 2004 -- Lt. Gen. Thomas F. Metz, the commanding general of III Corps, has referred charges against Spc. Jeremy Sivits to a Special Court-Martial empowered to adjudge a Bad Conduct Discharge on May 5.

  • Bush Says Free Iraq Is in Long-Term U.S. Interest Washington File 10 May 2004 -- President Bush says coalition forces will stay focused on completing the mission of establishing a free Iraq and not be diverted by disturbing photographs depicting abuse of Iraq prisoners.
  • Determination, Will, Leadership Matter, President Says AFPS 10 May 2004 -- The coalition is winning in Iraq, and what matters is determination, will and steadfast leadership from the United States, President Bush said here today.
  • Sovereignty Transfer Won't Be 'Instant,' U.S. Official Says AFPS 10 May 2004 -- As U.S., coalition, Iraqi and U. N. authorities work to transfer sovereignty to an interim Iraqi government June 30, a senior U.S. official cautioned today that it wouldn't be a complete process.

United Nations

Reconstruction Issues

Foreign Reactions

  • BRITAIN / IRAQ VOA 10 May 2004 -- Britain says it is close to deciding whether to prosecute soldiers in two cases of alleged abuse of Iraqi prisoners, but it has cast doubt on the authenticity of photographs that supposedly show British troops beating an Iraqi detainee.
  • BRITAIN/CHINA VOA 10 May 2004 -- China has expressed concern about instability in Iraq and has called for the United Nations to take the lead in handling the situation. The issue came up at talks in London between Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
  • BRITAIN/IRAQ VOA 10 May 2004 -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair has apologized for alleged mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners by British troops. Meanwhile, Mr. Blair's defense secretary is preparing to brief parliament on the scandal.
  • Torture in Iraq a US internal affair: Indian deputy premier IRNA 10 May 2004 -- Even as India continues to maintain a deliberate--and telling--silence on the growing controversy surrounding the torture of Iraqi prisoners by US forces, Indian Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani declared that what has happened is an "internal matter" for the US.

News Reports

  • Iraq: Ukrainian Sailors Continue To Languish In Abu Ghurayb Prison RFE/RL 10 May 2004 -- Two Ukrainian citizens -- the captain and second in command of a Dubai-based oil tanker -- have been held captive for eight months in Iraq's notorious Abu Ghurayb prison. That prison is at the heart of a mounting scandal involving the abuse of detainees by their U.S. captors. With evidence mounting about the scale of the abuse, Kyiv is renewing efforts to free the two sailors, who it says are suffering in harsh conditions.
  • U.S.: Would Rumsfeld's Resignation Improve U.S. Foreign Policy? RFE/RL 10 May 2004 -- After U.S. President George W. Bush, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has become the personification of the war in Iraq, especially to its opponents. Rumsfeld has been the focus of anger over the recently released photographs detailing the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. military police. On 7 May, he spent more than five hours testifying about the prisoner-abuse scandal before two U.S. Congressional committees. And some members of Congress want him to resign or be fired.
  • RED CROSS/ IRAQ PRISONERS VOA 10 May 2004 -- A confidential report by the International Committee of the Red Cross says its officials saw U-S troops in Iraq mistreat prisoners under interrogation and warned the Bush Administration earlier this year that such abuse was widespread. U-S military officials say they began an investigation into prisoner abuse in January. Correspondent Roger Wilkison reports from Brussels, the Red Cross has confirmed that the leaked report, which appeared on the website of the Wall Street Journal newspaper, is authentic.




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