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20 May 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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Current Operations

Deployments

US Policy

  • Coalition Provisional Authority Report, May 20: Iraq Update Washington File 20 May 2004 -- The Iraqi Ministry of Education has received an emergency $40 million grant from the World Bank to purchase schoolbooks for the fall term, a spokesman for the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) says.
  • Powell Calls for International Support for Iraq's Transition Process Washington File 20 May 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell called for international support for the efforts of U.N. Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi to form an interim Iraqi government to assume sovereignty on June 30.
  • Transcript: DoD Background Briefing 20 May 2004 -- Lawrence Di Rita and Senior Defense Official
  • PENTAGON/PRISONER ABUSE VOA 20 May 2004 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says investigations of the Iraqi prison abuse scandal are diverting the attention of senior Pentagon officials from the security situation in Iraq. Mr. Rumsfeld's complaint comes amid new questions about the extent of the Pentagon's cooperation with congressional probes into the scandal.
  • Soldier Sentenced to One-Year Confinement AFPS 20 May 2004 -- The first soldier to receive a court martial in connection with the Abu Ghraib prison abuse was sentenced May 19 in Baghdad.
  • Commanders in Iraq Ordered Humane Treatment of Detainees AFPS 20 May 2004 -- The U.S. general in command of operations in Iraq repeatedly ordered humane treatment of detainees, he told senators here May 19.
  • All Red Cross Reports Now to Go Through Miller AFPS 20 May 2004 -- All reports from the International Committee of the Red Cross on detainee operations by the U.S. military in Iraq will now go through a single senior point of contact.
  • Iraq: Top U.S. Generals Face Congress Over Prisoner Abuse RFE/RL 20 May 2004 -- The two generals in charge of U.S. operations in Iraq have been called before the U.S. Congress to explain publicly how American soldiers under their command could be permitted -- or perhaps even ordered -- to inflict on prisoners abuse banned by the Geneva Conventions. The generals admitted to some coordination and chain-of-command problems in the occupation of Iraq. But they insisted that the abuse was not widespread and that their investigation into the scandal will be thorough.

United Nations

Reconstruction Issues

Foreign Reactions

  • IRAQ / CHALABI VOA 20 May 2004 -- Senior Iraqi Governing Council member Ahmed Chalabi says his relationship with the U-S-led administration in Baghdad is now, in his words, non-existent. His comments Thursday followed early morning raids on his house and office in Baghdad by Iraqi police, backed by U-S troops. The raids have underscored Mr. Chalabi's increasingly strained relations with the United States.

News Reports

  • Iraq: Red Cross Criticizes U.S. For Air Strikes Near Syrian Border RFE/RL 20 May 2004 -- The International Committee of the Red Cross today condemned what it called the "excessive" use of force by the U.S. military following claims by Iraqi officials that U.S. air strikes yesterday killed more than 40 people at a wedding party near the Syrian border.
  • IRAQ: Interview with Co-Director of Brookings Institution IRIN 20 May 2004 -- With an estimated one million existing Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) across Iraq and many new IDPs created by the recent upsurge in fighting in the central city of Fallujah, meeting the basic needs of this vulnerable group is becoming more urgent.




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