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25 May 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

US Policy
United Nations
Reconstruction Issues
Foreign Reactions
News Reports

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US Policy

  • Bush Outlines 5 Steps Forward in Iraq AFPS 25 May 2004 -- President Bush outlined five steps tonight that will help Iraq move toward democracy and security. He also laid out a proposal to demolish the notorious Abu Ghraib prison.
  • Powell Discusses Iraq Government-Coalition Relationship Washington File 25 May 2004 -- The relationship between Iraq's new interim government after June 30 and coalition forces is still being worked out, Secretary of State Colin Powell said May 25, but "we're confident that this will be manageable."
  • Sanchez's Reported Departure is According to Rotation Plan AFPS 25 May 2004 -- The media-reported upcoming departure of Army Lt. Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez from Iraq was planned long ago and has nothing to do with the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, a senior U.S. military spokesman noted today.
  • General Sanchez to Leave Iraq in Normal Command Rotation Washington File 25 May 2004 -- "We have always expected [Lieutenant] General [Ricardo] Sanchez to depart sometime after sovereignty, [the June 30] transfer of sovereignty," the deputy director of coalition operations in Iraq says.
  • IRAQ WRAP VOA 25 May 2004 -- Reaction in Iraq and Europe to President Bush's speech on Iraq has been mixed, with many questioning how much sovereignty will be transferred on June 30th. Meanwhile, President Bush is busy rallying support for a draft U-N Security Council resolution that would endorse the handover of power to an interim Iraqi administration.
  • Powell Expects Naming of Iraqi Interim Government Soon Washington File 25 May 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell says he expects the members of an Iraqi interim government to be announced by early in the week of May 30.
  • Iraq: Bush Seeks To Reassure Americans On His Administration's Strategy RFE/RL 25 May 2004 -- U.S. President George W. Bush has delivered what the White House billed as a major speech on the future of Iraq. Amid continuing violence, the president used the occasion to review his plan to transform the country into a functioning and stable democracy.
  • PENTAGON/IRAQ VOA 25 May 2004 -- Defense officials say the top U-S commander in Iraq will be replaced, but they indicate the move is not imminent and categorically reject suggestions it has any connection to the Iraqi prisoner-abuse scandal.
  • BUSH / FRANCE / IRAQ VOA 25 May 2004 -- President Bush telephoned French President Jacques Chirac to ask for his support for a new U-N resolution on Iraq. From the White House, V-O-A's Scott Stearns reports, the French leader says the U-S and British proposal is a "good basis for discussion."
  • Bush Lays Out Five-Step Plan For Iraq RFE/RL 25 May 2004 -- U.S. President George W. Bush has presented a five-step plan for returning national sovereignty to Iraq in June and preparing the country for democratic elections in early 2005.

United Nations

  • U-N/ANNAN/IRAQ VOA 25 May 2004 -- U-N Secretary General Kofi Annan says his special envoy to Iraq could be ready within days to name an interim government in Baghdad. From U-N headquarters, Peter Heinlein reports Mr. Annan met privately with Security Council ambassadors to discuss possible amendments to a U-S draft resolution on Iraq.
  • Brahimi consults Iraqi leaders on transitional government UN News Centre 25 May 2004 -- Lakhdar Brahimi, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Adviser, today continued consulting leaders in Iraqi on who would represent the country's people in a transitional government set to assume power after 30 June.
  • UN/Iraq: Sovereignty Debate At UN Focuses On Military Control RFE/RL 25 May 2004 -- UN Security Council members say questions of military control in Iraq will need to be clarified before a resolution endorsing next month's transfer of sovereignty can be adopted. A draft resolution circulated by the United States and Britain does not spell out arrangements between the new Iraqi leaders and the multinational force that is to remain in the country. Diplomats say the issue is unlikely to be resolved until shortly before the 30 June transfer of power.
  • UN/Iraq: Security Council Begins Discussion On Sovereignty Resolution RFE/RL 25 May 2004 -- The UN Security Council has begun talks on a resolution aimed at restoring sovereignty to an interim Iraqi government and permitting multinational forces to remain in the country for at least one year.

Reconstruction Issues

  • Iraq Reconstruction Moving Ahead Again AFPS 25 May 2004 -- Security challenges in Iraq put a significant wrinkle into reconstruction efforts in early spring, but work is once again progressing rapidly on $5 billion in contracts awarded in March, the U.S. head of reconstruction in Iraq told Pentagon reporters May 24.
  • Iraq Inaugurates International Postal Center and Postal Codes System Washington File 25 May 2004 -- Following is the text of a press release from the Coalition Provisional Authority May 25 announcing Iraq's international postal service center and new postal codes system
  • IRAQ: Property commission gives displaced people hope IRIN 25 May 2004 -- Wheat farmer Said Baquuth, 35, and his extended family of 16 live in one room of an abandoned Iraqi army building on the eastern outskirts of Baghdad. Family members sit on simple carpets on the floor watching TV, their bed mats rolled up in one corner. They share cooking facilities with other families also living in the noisy roadside building.

Foreign Reactions

  • Chalabi: CIA has woven lies against me IRNA 25 May 2004 -- Leader of Iraqi National Congress Party Ahmed Chalabi was quoted by Radio free Iraq (RFI) on Monday, as saying "The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Chief George Tenet has woven lies against me, and I`m ready to prove he has lied in front of the US Congress."
  • US bid to recruit Pak ex-servicemen for Iraq foiled - report IRNA 25 May 2004 -- Pakistan has closed down two illegal recruitment facilities in Lahore and Rawalpindi for being used by some US civil and military contractors.
  • Commander: US military presence in region to fight Islam, Muslims IRNA 25 May 2004 -- Commander of the Islamic Republic Air Force Reza Pardis said here on Tuesday that the main goal of the US military build-up in the Middle East region, particularly in Iraq and Afghanistan, is campaign against Islam and Muslims.
  • BUSH SPEECH / EURO REACT VOA 25 May 2004 -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Tuesday that British forces will stay in Iraq until, as he put it, the job is done. In his monthly news conference, Mr. Blair said he hoped that he could be more specific in the coming weeks after political power is transferred to the interim Iraqi government at the end of June.
  • BRITAIN / IRAQ VOA 25 May 2004 -- There was little or no reaction in Europe to the speech President Bush delivered on Iraq, late Monday. But V-O-A's Roger Wilkison reports from Brussels that European interest is focused on the proposed U-N resolution on Iraq's future, rather than on what Mr. Bush had to say.
  • IRAQ / BUSH / REACT VOA 25 May 2004 -- In Baghdad, many Iraqis are expressing skepticism about President Bush's promise to transfer full sovereignty to an Iraqi interim government at the end of next month. Many people remain concerned about whether sovereignty is really being restored or whether the United States will still play an active role in key areas of the new government.

News Reports

  • Statement Of Institute's Senior Fellow For Foreign Policy On President Bush's Speech The Independent Institute 25 May 2004 -- Ivan Eland, senior fellow for foreign policy at the Independent Institute and director of the Institute's Center for Peace and Liberty, issued the following statement today regarding President Bush's speech at the Army War College
  • CACI Interrogator Contract with the U.S. Army to Continue CACI 25 May 2004 -- CACI International Inc (NYSE:CAI) stated that the Associated Press article released today at 3:29PM and other media reports that the Department of the Interior (DOI) intends to “block the Army from hiring new civilian interrogators in Iraq” while it investigates the award of a past contract misstate DOI’s intent.

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