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21 May 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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Current Operations

Deployments

US Policy

  • Transcript: Defense Department Background Briefing 21 May 2004 -- "In our continuing effort to provide you with the kinds of information that you're interested in with respect to the Iraqi detainee abuse allegations, we have brought back to you, as we promised, to bring you up to date on the death investigations that are taking place. The information that we have today is the best information that we have to date, and it's our commitment to you to continue to update that as we get better information."
  • Kimmitt says U.S. forces adhere to Geneva Conventions Washington File 21 May 2004 -- Army Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt, deputy director of operations for the Multinational Force in Iraq, says coalition forces "adhere to the Geneva Conventions in the conduct of detention and interrogation operations."
  • IRAQ WRAP VOA 21 May 2004 -- New allegations of abuse by American guards of Iraqi prisoners have surfaced along with more photos of naked inmates being humiliated. This, a day after the Pentagon disclosed that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld approved aggressive interrogation techniques for detainees captured in the war in Afghanistan.
  • Myers: 'The More the Iraqis Can Do, the Better' AFPS 21 May 2004 -- "I'm of the school that the more the Iraqis can do, the better," said Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers to the House Armed Services Committee today. "And the faster we can get them to do that, the better as well."
  • June 30 Transition is Historic Day for Iraq, Says Bush Washington File 21 May 2004 -- President Bush says that June 30, the day sovereignty will be assumed by the Iraqi interim government, is an "important day in modern Iraqi history," adding "there are better times ahead, but it requires courage and strength and will."
  • BUSH / IRAQ VOA 21 May 2004 -- President Bush on Monday will outline what the White House is calling a clear strategy for Iraq, in a speech less than six weeks before the scheduled handover of sovereignty to an interim government in Baghdad.
  • PENTAGON/RUMSFELD/ABUSE VOA 21 May 2004 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld had no new public comments on the Iraq prisoner abuse scandal Friday as new pictures of mistreatment surfaced and his top military aide faced fresh congressional inquiries about the controversy.
  • CONGRESS/IRAQ VOA 21 May 2004 -- U-S military officials appearing before a congressional committee say problems in Iraq should not obscure progress being made there. Testimony by General Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and others comes as new photographs showing alleged abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U-S soldier appeared in the media.
  • CONGRESS/IRAQ VOA 21 May 2004 -- U-S military officials, appearing before a congressional committee, say problems in Iraq should not obscure progress being made there. Testimony by General Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and others comes as new photographs showing alleged abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U-S soldier appeared in the media.
  • CPA Administrator's Weekly Report 21 May 2004 [MS Word]
  • Consolidated Weekly Economic Report Coalition Provisional Authority 21 May 2004 [MSWord]

United Nations

Reconstruction Issues

  • PAK-U-S VOA 21 May 2004 -- Pakistan's foreign minister says his country would consider contributing troops to help provide security in Iraq, but must consider domestic political repercussions before it makes any such move.
  • Iraq: Reconstruction Makes Fitful Progress Amid Security Concerns RFE/RL 21 May 2004 -- The United States already has invested billions of dollars in Iraq's reconstruction and allocated many times that amount for future work. But the pace of change in Iraq has been fitful.

Foreign Reactions

News Reports

  • Iraq: Chalabi's Fall From Grace RFE/RL 21 May 2004 -- In the past several days, Iraqi political figure Ahmad Chalabi has suffered two crucial blows -- one directly, the other indirectly -- from the U.S. government. On 18 May, the administration of President George W. Bush announced that it will not renew a program under which it was providing $335,000 a month to Chalabi's Iraqi National Congress (INC) to provide intelligence. Yesterday, U.S.-backed Iraqi authorities raided Chalabi's residence in Baghdad and seized documents and computers.
  • RFE/RL Iraq Report, Volume 7, Number 18 21 May 2004 -- IRAQI GOVERNING COUNCIL PRESIDENT KILLED IN BAGHDAD... / ...AND TWO GROUPS CLAIM RESPONSIBILITY / IRAQI NATIONAL CONGRESS OFFICES, CHALABI'S RESIDENCES RAIDED / U.S. CANCELS IRAQI NATIONAL CONGRESS FUNDING / U.K. FORCES BATTLE MILITANTS AND MORE IN SOUTHERN IRAQ / ITALIAN TROOPS ATTACKED IN AL-NASIRIYAH / EIGHT IRAQIS KILLED IN KARBALA CLASHES... / ...AS AL-SADR CLAIMS PEOPLE OF AL-NAJAF SUPPORT HIM / CPA SAYS IT WILL NEGOTIATE WITH AL-SADR / IRAQI GRAND AYATOLLAH CALLS ON AL-SADR MILITIA, U.S. FORCES TO WITHDRAW FROM AL-NAJAF / COALITION ACCUSED OF BOMBING WEDDING PARTY IN AL-QA'IM / U.S. SOLDIER PLEADS GUILTY AT COURT-MARTIAL FOR IRAQI PRISONER ABUSE / KURDISH LEADERS TO DEMAND CABINET POST / SHI'ITE POLITICAL COUNCIL FORMED IN BAGHDAD / MUHAMMAD ARMY MEMBER GIVES INTERVIEW, DESCRIBES GROUP / SARIN-FILLED ARTILLERY SHELL DETONATED IN IRAQ / U.S. INITIATES WEAPONS BUY-BACK PROGRAM IN AL-SADR CITY / RUSSIAN HOSTAGES RELEASED / VISA SYSTEM PLANNED BEFORE 30 JUNE TRANSFER OF POWER / GOVERNING COUNCIL MEMBER REJECTS FUTURE SITE OF U.S. EMBASSY / PLANNING MINISTRY ANNOUNCES OCTOBER CENSUS / JORDAN'S KING FEARS CIVIL WAR IN IRAQ / PARLIAMENTARY SPEAKERS' CONFERENCE LENDS SUPPORT TO IRAQ / IRANIAN STUDENTS DENOUNCE COALITION OUTSIDE BRITISH EMBASSY / IRAQ ASKS UN TO REDUCE REPARATIONS FROM OIL / UN HELPS RETURN REFUGEES FROM IRAN / U.S. ASKS SECURITY COUNCIL TO PROVIDE PROTECTION FOR UN WORKERS / UN REPORTS THAT ALMOST 2,000 IRAQIS HAVE BEEN NOMINATED TO ELECTION COMMISSION / AMERICAN ADVISERS TO REMAIN IN IRAQ AFTER HANDOVER / U.S. TO SEND SOME 4,000 TROOPS TO IRAQ / U.K. TO SEND ADDITIONAL TROOPS? / POLISH PRESIDENT SAYS COUNTRY WOULD WITHDRAW TROOPS IN IRAQ, IF REQUESTED / HOON SAYS 'HANDFUL OF INVESTIGATIONS' UNDER WAY IN PRISONER ABUSE PROBE




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