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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

12 May 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

US Policy
United Nations
Reconstruction Issues
Foreign Reactions
News Reports

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 12 May 2004 [PDF]
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualtys

  • U.S. Troops Say 25 Insurgents Killed In Karbala RFE/RL 12 May 2004 -- U.S. soldiers backed by tanks and helicopters are continuing to fight supporters of radical Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in the holy Shi'ite city of Karbala today.
  • IRAQ/ WRAP VOA 12 May 2004 -- Fighting continued Wednesday in southern Iraq between coalition forces and Shi'ite militiamen. In the capital Baghdad, there was mixed reaction among Iraqis to the beheading of an American businessman. And, the man in charge of the tribunal that will put former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein on trial now says it is not likely the former dictator will be handed over to Iraqi authorities before June 30th.
  • TASK FORCE DANGER SOLDIERS DETAIN IRAQI ARMY SOLDIER CENTCOM Release 12 May 2004-- Task Force Danger Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 113th Field Artillery, detained an Iraqi Army soldier after finding sketches of a Coalition base in his possession during a shakedown inspection around 2 p.m. May 11.
  • MARINES, MILITARY AGENCIES CONTRIBUTE TO IMPROVEMENT PROJECT CENTCOM Release 12 May 2004-- U.S. Marines and Coalition personnel are participating in numerous developmental projects in Iraqi cities in the Al Anbar Province. One of the projects involves the contracting of crews to clean up a main route through the center of Fallujah.
  • SOLDIERS KILL RPG GUNNERS CENTCOM Release 12 May 2004-- Task Force Baghdad Soldiers killed six anti-Coalition insurgents in the early morning of May 12 during separate engagements spanning an hour's time in east Baghdad.
  • Cavalry clears insurgents from Diwaniya Army News Service 12 May 2004-- In the few weeks since the "Wolfpack" squadron of the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment started patrolling the south-central Iraqi city of Diwaniya along the Euphrates, the Soldiers have been hard at work scattering insurgent forces.
  • THIRD BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM COMPLETES AL-HATHER SCHOOL CENTCOM Release 12 May 2004-- An opening ceremony for the Al-Hather Secondary School in southern Baghdad took place May 7, marking the completion of U.S.-funded renovations to the school.
  • IMPROVEMENTS ON TAP FOR FALLUJAH, AL KHARMA CENTCOM Release 12 May 2004-- Marines will soon start the Fallujah Outreach Center Project designed to train and employ more than 80 young Iraqis in such trades as plumbing, electrical work and construction work.


US Policy

  • Additional Guards Face Courts-Martial for Abu Ghraib Abuse AFPS 12 May 2004 -- Two more U.S. soldiers will face military courts- martial in the abuse of Iraqi detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison, coalition officials in Baghdad said today.
  • CONGRESS - IRAQI PRISONERS VOA 12 May 2004 -- The Bush administration is considering whether to publicly release all photographs and videotapes seized from U-S soldiers in Iraq depicting abuse of Iraqi detainees. U-S lawmakers viewed many of the images Wednesday as they debated whether the pictures should be released to the public.
  • PENTAGON/RUMSFELD VOA 12 May 2004 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld faced a litany of fresh criticism about the U-S involvement in Iraq from lawmakers Wednesday as he appeared before a Senate panel.
  • Good News in Iraq Being Ignored, Rumsfeld Says AFPS 12 May 2004 -- Revelations of alleged abuses committed against detainees by U.S. soldiers at Abu Gharaib prison in Iraq are indeed "terrible," the Pentagon's top civilian acknowledged today in testimony before a Senate subcommittee.
  • U.S.: Bush's Domestic Allies Say His Administration Is Losing Its Way In Iraq RFE/RL 12 May 2004 -- The Bush administration, after three years of ambitious policies, is facing complaints from key conservatives that it no longer produces fresh ideas. Conservative writers such as Robert Kagan, William Kristol and George Will accuse the administration of failing to live up to its vow to build an Iraqi democracy as a model for the Middle East, and say that by wavering in Iraq, Bush could lose public support -- and potentially lose the White House as well.
  • Iraq: U.S. General Cites Poor Leadership In Abuse Scandal RFE/RL 12 May 2004 -- The U.S. general who investigated the abuse of Iraqi prisoners told Congress yesterday in Washington that the mistreatment was the result of a lack of leadership.

United Nations

Reconstruction Issues

  • IRAQ-TURKEY: Turkish Kurds at Mahmour camp reluctant to return IRIN 12 May 2004 -- It's been over three months since Turkey, Iraqi officials and the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) agreed on a plan for the organised voluntary return to their homeland of the estimated 14,000 Turkish Kurds living in Iraq.

Foreign Reactions

  • ABU GHRAIB SCANDAL: MEDIA SAY RUMSFELD'S 'ONLY OPTION' IS TO RESIGN US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 12 May 2004
  • PHILIPPINES/IRAQ DEATHS VOA 12 May 2004 -- One Filipino worker waskilled and four others wounded during a mortar attack on a U-S army base in northern Iraq. Earlier reports said four had died in the attack late Tuesday.
  • Iraq: Neighbors Have Conflicting Visions Of Country's Future RFE/RL 12 May 2004 -- There is no clear consensus inside Iraq about its future political course, while neighboring countries also share no common view of where Iraq should be headed. Shi'a Iran, Sunni Saudi Arabia, and secular Turkey envisage different and sometimes conflicting scenarios of Iraq's place in the wider Middle East.
  • World: U.S. Image Tarnished By Prisoner-Abuse Scandal RFE/RL 12 May 2004 -- The high standing of the United States in the world as a bastion of human rights and fair play is being put at risk by the scandal over the abuse of prisoners in Iraq. Allies are disappointed, and the Muslim world enraged. The United States has fallen so far in global public opinion that analysts say Washington will need to address the concerns thoroughly if the world is to be reassured.
  • PHILIPPINES/IRAQ DEATHS VOA 12 May 2004 -- At least four Filipino workers have been killed in a mortar attack on a U-S army base in northern Iraq.
  • BRITAIN / IRAQ VOA 12 May 2004 -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair says allegations of prisoner abuse in Iraq have damaged the coalition's cause, but he says Britain has been dealing with complaints against its soldiers. The controversy dominated Mr. Blair's weekly appearance in parliament
  • Koizumi's envoy seeks Iran cooperation in Iraq`s reconstruction IRNA 12 May 2004 -- Former Japanese foreign minister Masahiko Komura, who is visiting Iran as Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi`s special envoy, on Tuesday sought Iran`s cooperation in the reconstruction of Iraq ahead of the planned transfer of power to the Iraqis in June, Japanese officials said.
  • U.S. Human Rights Abuses in Iraq under Fire KCNA 12 May 2004 -- Bestial atrocities committed by the U.S. forces in Iraq glaringly reveal the true picture of the U.S.-style "defence of human rights" as they are the most hideous human rights abuses beyond human imagination, says Minju Joson today in a signed commentary.
  • U.S. Infringement upon Iraqi Prisoners' Rights Blasted KCNA 12 May 2004 -- GIs' violation of Iraqi prisoners' rights deserves a stern punishment, says Rodong Sinmun today in a signed commentary.

News Reports

  • Iraq: Red Cross Says Leak Of Report Threatens Its Work Elsewhere RFE/RL 12 May 2004 -- A confidential report by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is at the center of a scandal over abuses by U.S. troops at Baghdad's Abu Ghurayb facility. Senior ICRC officials say the report was meant only for U.S. authorities and was leaked to a U.S. newspaper without their authorization.
  • Iraq: Beheading Of U.S. Civilian Stokes Image War RFE/RL 12 May 2004 -- The beheading of a U.S. civilian by a group with suspected ties to Al-Qaeda is the latest shocking image to emerge from Iraq. The group claims to have executed its captive in response to the abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghurayb by some U.S. soldiers. But the group also appears to be hoping that the graphic videotape will fan anger at Washington even as it revolts the public.

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