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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

11 May 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

US Policy
United Nations
Reconstruction Issues
Foreign Reactions
News Reports

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 11 May 2004 [PDF]
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualty

  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 12 May 2004 -- Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt, Deputy Director for Coalition Operations; and Dan Senor, Senior Adviser, CPA
  • IRAQ WRAP SECOND UPDATE VOA 12 May 2004 -- U-S troops in Iraq have attacked an area around a Shiite mosque in the southern town of Karbala to root out gunmen loyal to rebel cleric Moqtada al-Sadr who, they say, were using the compound to store weapons. The attack came as the wanted cleric vowed to continue his struggle against U-S forces, but also hinted at the possibility of a peaceful resolution.
  • IRAQ POLICE, COALITION FORCES CONDUCT RAIDS IN MOSUL CENTCOM Release 11 May 2004-- More than 50 Iraqi police officers conducted three simultaneous cordon-and-knock operations in southwest Mosul May 7 to attempt to capture three people wanted for attacking Iraqi police in the Tal Ar Ruman neighborhood a week earlier.
  • FALLUJAH BRIGADE PROVIDES ROUTE SECURITY FOR MARINES CENTCOM Release 11 May 2004-- With the 1st Battalion of the Fallujah Brigade providing security all along their route, Marines from the I Marine Expeditionary Force traveled into downtown Fallujah May 10 to meet with city officials.
  • SOLDIERS OF V CORPS' 1ST ARMORED DIVISION TRAIN FOR URBAN WARFARE IN 'GLASS HOUSE' V Corps Release 11 May 2004-- Navigating down hallways and securing rooms, the Soldiers of of V Corps' C Company, 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, yell out their positions to each other.
  • Task Force Danger 1st Infantry Division Release 11 May 2004-- V Corps' 1st Infantry Division Combat Team and Task Force Danger continue to conduct operations to eliminate anti-Iraqi forces while conducting stability and support operations to set the conditions for Iraqi civil and military self-reliance. The following is a summary of progress over the past two weeks.
  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 11 May 2004 -- Major General Martin Dempsey, Commander, 1st Armored Division
  • IRAQ WRAP VOA 11 May 2004 -- Islamic militants say they have executed an American in Iraq in retaliation for the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by American soldiers. A website that in the past has carried statements and tapes from al-Qaida posted video of a man being beheaded, just hours after the U-S military said an American civilian had been found dead in Baghdad.
  • Iraq: U.S. Forces Step Up Pressure Against Radical Shi'a Cleric RFE/RL 11 May 2004 -- The United States is stepping up military pressure on Muqtada al-Sadr, including destroying his headquarters in Baghdad. The moves against al-Sadr and his militia come as mainstream Shi'a religious leaders appear to be exasperated with the radical cleric and might be ready to isolate him politically.


US Policy

  • CONGRESS - IRAQ POL VOA 11 May 2004 -- As a U-S Army General testified before a Senate panel Tuesday about the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U-S troops, one Senator expressed outrage at the outcry over the scandal.
  • Congressional Report, May 11: Army Investigator Testifies Washington File 11 May 2004 -- The chief U.S. Army investigator examining alleged abuses of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. military personnel at the Abu Ghraib military prison in Baghdad told a Senate committee May 11 that the acts of a few have jeopardized the integrity of coalition forces and the reputation of the United States.
  • Abuse Resulted From Leadership Failure, Taguba Tells Senators AFPS 11 May 2004 -- Detainee abuse allegedly committed by U.S. soldiers at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq resulted from a lack of leadership, Army Maj. Gen. Antonio M. Taguba told the Senate Armed Services Committee today.
  • CONGRESS / IRAQ VOA 11 May 2004 -- The U-S Army General investigating the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U-S troops blames a failure of leadership for the scandal.

  • More Specifics Needed to Find Source of Abuse, Intel Chief Says AFPS 11 May 2004 -- Pinpointing who said what to whom is one key to determining how alleged abuse of detainees by soldiers at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison came about, the Army's top intelligence officer told the Senate Armed Services Committee here today.
  • Discipline, Training, Leadership Scored in Prisoner Abuse Case Washington File 11 May 2004 -- Top U.S. Army investigator Major General Antonio Taguba told the Senate Armed Services Committee May 11 that the abuses of Iraqi prisoners by several guards and interrogators at the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad happened because of "failure in leadership ... from the brigade commander on down; lack of discipline; no training whatsoever; and no supervision."
  • Rumsfeld Praises Iraqi Security Forces, Says to Expect Ups and Downs AFPS 11 May 2004 -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld praised the progress being made in training the new Iraqi security forces for their critical role in their country's future, but warned naysayers that it's unrealistic to expect too much too quickly.
  • Rumsfeld: Abuse Charges Don't Overshadow Good in Iraq, U.S. Military AFPS 11 May 2004 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld called incidents at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad "a body blow" to the nation's military, but said they don't overshadow tremendous strides being made in Iraq or the virtues of the men and women in uniform.
  • Iraqi People Hold Key to Ending Najaf Standoff, General Says AFPS 11 May 2004 -- The best resolution to the standoff in the Iraqi holy city of Najaf will be one orchestrated not by the coalition but by the Iraqi people themselves, the commander of the 1st Armored Division said in Baghdad today.
  • Powell, German Minister Discuss Iraq Prison Abuse, U.N. Resolution Washington File 11 May 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell and German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer exchanged views on the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal during their meeting at the State Department May 11.

United Nations

Reconstruction Issues

  • Iraq's Industry Ministry Restored to Full Iraqi Authority Washington File 11 May 2004 -- The Coalition Provisional Authority May 11 restored Iraq's Ministry of Industry and Minerals to full Iraqi authority, according to a CPA press release.
  • IRAQ / SADDAM VOA 11 May 2004 -- A senior Iraqi official told reporters in Kuwait Tuesday the United States has promised it will hand over Saddam Hussein to Iraqi authorities to stand trial for alleged war crimes.
  • IRAQ: NGOs battle to rebuild village infrastructure in north IRIN 11 May 2004 -- For a village at the heart of what used to be one of the bread baskets of Iraq, Khazna is a bleak place. A line of bone-dry hills to the north, whitened in places by gypsum quarries, field upon field of struggling wheat and barley, and a dozen or so tiny mud brick houses.

Foreign Reactions

  • BUSH ON ARAB TV: 'CRISIS MANAGEMENT,' NOT A 'CONFESSION OF GUILT' US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 11 May 2004
  • U-S-GERMANY-IRAQ VOA 11 May 2004 -- German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer said Tuesday it is crucial for the United States to restore its moral leadership among western countries by punishing those responsible for the abuse of prisoners at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison. He discussed the issue in Washington with Secretary of State Colin Powell.
  • Iraq: U.K. Government Defends Iraqi Prisoner Treatment, But Investigations Continue RFE/RL 11 May 2004 -- As the U.S. government faces a mounting wave of criticism over its handling of abuse of Iraqi detainees by U.S. troops, its main coalition ally, Britain, is coming under similar fire for its treatment of Iraqi prisoners. Britain's defense minister yesterday defended the performance of the country's troops, and attempted to deflect accusations the government response had been too little, too late.
  • Khatami stresses need for restoration of peace to Iraq IRNA 11 May 2004 -- President Mohammad Khatami here Tuesday stressed the importance of establishing peace in Iraq, saying all should help restore peace to Iraq and delegate the country`s sovereignty to its people.
  • RUSSIA / IRAQ REACT VOA 11 May 2004 -- In a second such incident in less than a month, unknown assailants in Iraq kidnapped two Russian employees of a private engineering company. V-O-A's Lisa McAdams in Moscow reports a third Russian worker was killed in the attack.
  • BRITAIN / IRAQ VOA 11 May 2004 -- The human rights group Amnesty International says British troops have shot and killed dozens of civilians in Iraq who posed no apparent threat. The London-based group issued its findings in a report released Tuesday

News Reports

  • Iraq: Abu Ghurayb Scandal Calls Attention To Role Of Private U.S. Contractors RFE/RL 11 May 2004 -- The scandal over the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. forces is focusing attention on Washington's use of private contractors to interrogate detainees in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Hundreds Demonstrate In Al-Najaf, Urge Al-Sadr To Go RFE/RL 11 May 2004 -- Hundreds of people marched through the Iraqi city of Al-Najaf today, urging radical Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and his militia to leave the city.
  • New Iraqi Governor Offers Deal To End Al-Najaf Standoff RFE/RL 11 May 2004 -- Al-Najaf's newly appointed regional governor said murder charges against Muqtada al-Sadr may be delayed until after the 30 June handover of sovereignty to an Iraqi interim government if the radical Shi'ite cleric withdraws his armed supporters from Al-Najaf.
  • IRAQ: Italian Red Cross unit provides vital care for burns victims IRIN 11 May 2004 -- Italian doctors are busy with reconstructive surgery on Ahmed's scarred face, which was burned in a kerosene heater accident. Outside the operating room, his parents wait anxiously for news. Even though the scarring was not life-threatening, it was an ugly reminder of the accident, which happened more than two years ago, said Ahmed's father, Adil Tomuz, 45. His son was five years old at the time, Tomuz said. He ran too close to the heater, tipped it over, and the fire burned his face and hands.

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