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19 May 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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Current Operations

Deployments

US Policy

  • UPDATE FROM COURT-MARTIAL OF SOLDIER CENTCOM Release 19 May 2004-- Statement by Col. Jill Morganthaler, Multi-National Force-Iraq Public Affairs Officer:
  • ARRAIGNMENT OF THREE SOLDIERS CENTCOM Release 19 May 2004-- Statement by Col. Jill Morgenthaler, Multi-National Force-Iraq Public Affairs Officer:
  • Background Briefing - Uniform Code of Military Justice and Court Martial Procedures 19 May 2004
  • IRAQ / COURT MARTIAL VOA 19 May 2004 -- The first of a series of U-S military trials in Iraq stemming from a prisoner abuse scandal at Abu Ghraib detention facility ended with the conviction of Army Specialist Jeremy Sivits. Sivits may provide testimony against six other soldiers involved in the scandal.
  • IRAQ / COURT MARTIAL VOA 19 May 2004 -- The first of a series of U-S military courts martial of soldiers accused of abusing Iraqi prisoners ended in Baghdad with the conviction of Army Specialist Jeremy Sivits. He pleaded guilty as part of a deal to receive leniency in exchange for cooperation with prosecutors in six more cases scheduled in the coming weeks.

  • Central Command Leaders Brief Senate on Abu Ghraib AFPS 19 May 2004 -- While the Abu Ghraib abuse scandal is disturbing to Middle East leaders, of more concern to those leaders is whether the United States will lose patience with the process and leave Iraq before a stable government is in place, Army Gen. John Abizaid, commander, U.S. Central Command, said here today.
  • Abizaid Says Area Leaders Worry U.S. Will Not Finish Task in Iraq Washington File 19 May 2004 -- The commanding general of the U.S. Central Command says leaders in Middle East are more concerned with U.S. willingness "to stay the course" in Iraq and Afghanistan than they are about the abuses that occurred at the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad.
  • CONGRESS / IRAQ UPDATE VOA 19 May 2004 -- Top U-S generals in Iraq took responsibility for the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal Wednesday, and vowed the matter would be investigated thoroughly up the chain of command.
  • CONGRESS - IRAQ VOA 19 May 2004 -- Top U-S military generals in Iraq took responsibility for the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal, and vowed that the matter would be investigated thoroughly up the chain of command. The officers testified to a Senate panel in Washington.

  • US invites UN members to help expand security forces for Iraq UN News Centre 19 May 2004 -- The United States called on United Nations Member States today to help provide a special protective force for UN personnel returning to Iraq to assist with preparations for future elections.
  • Bush, Italian Prime Minister on U.N. Role in Post-June 30 Iraq Washington File 19 May 2004 -- President Bush and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi discussed several issues during talks at the White House May 19 including the full transfer of sovereignty to an interim Iraqi government on June 30 and the role of the United Nations in Iraq.
  • BUSH / IRAQ VOA 19 May 2004 -- President Bush has met at the White House with a key U-S ally on Iraq: Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Their talks centered on the twin issues of Iraqi sovereignty and Iraqi security.
  • State, Defense Departments Cooperating Closely on Iraq Transition Washington File 19 May 2004 -- A senior State Department official, Frank Ricciardone, and a senior Defense Department official, Mick Kicklighter, say both departments are cooperating closely to prepare for the transition of sovereignty in Iraq June 30.
  • U.S. Urges Strong Support for Iraq as June 30 Approaches Washington File 19 May 2004 -- The allied coalition's commitment and resolve to see Iraq through a successful political transition to a democratic, constitutional government remains strong, U.S. Ambassador James Cunningham told the U.N. Security Council May 19.
  • Bush Briefs Cabinet on June 30 Iraq Transition Washington File 19 May 2004 -- The June 30 transfer of sovereignty in Iraq topped the agenda of President Bush's Cabinet meeting at the White House May 19.
  • BUSH / IRAQ VOA 19 May 2004 -- President Bush says the leaders of a new interim Iraqi government could be decided in the next few weeks. Mr. Bush spoke after briefing his cabinet on the Iraqi situation.

United Nations

  • U-N / IRAQ VOA 19 May 2004 -- United States is warning the U-N Security Council to expect a surge of violence in Iraq in the weeks leading to the hand-over of power to an interim government. U-S and British ambassadors report satisfactory progress in preparing Iraq for the transition.
  • IRAQ: Team investigates Oil-for-Food corruption allegations IRIN 19 May 2004 -- A team investigating allegations of corruption in the former UN-administered Oil-for-Food programme was in Iraq last week conducting interviews, US-led administrators revealed on Tuesday.
  • UN assesses nearly 2,000 nominations for Iraqi electoral commission UN News Centre 19 May 2004 -- Nearly 2,000 people, 6 per cent of them women, have been nominated for top posts with the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq, which will guide United Nations-assisted general elections set for next January.
  • In Iraq, Brahimi continues talks with officials on handover of sovereignty UN News Centre 19 May 2004 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Adviser, Lakhdar Brahimi, today continued his talks with various officials in Iraq on the future of the country following the handover of sovereignty at the end of June.

Reconstruction Issues

Foreign Reactions

News Reports

  • Iraq: U.S. Ends Payments To Chalabi's Iraqi National Congress RFE/RL 19 May 2004 -- The U.S. government will not renew a program to support the Iraqi National Congress (INC), a group of Iraqi exiles that for years pressed Washington to take the lead in overthrowing Saddam Hussein. Some elements of the administration of President George W. Bush, including senior Defense Department officials, favored the group. But others, including the State Department, reportedly distrusted the INC.
  • TURKEY: Special report on Iranian refugees from Iraq IRIN 19 May 2004 -- Dressed very smartly in a black suit and a pale pink shirt, Hamid (not his real name) started to tell the story of how he fled Iran in 1990 due to his political activities and lived in northern Iraq until 2002.




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