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26 May 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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Current Operations

Deployments

US Policy

  • Al Gore Address on Iraq Policy 26 May 2004

  • CPA Report: Kimmitt Says Innocent Iraqis Not Held in Detention Washington File 26 May 2004 -- General Mark Kimmitt, Deputy Director for Coalition Operations, said the coalition forces have a "moral responsibility" to detain people who pose security threats to Iraq.
  • Marines Rolling Up Terrorist Networks In Iraq, Navy Secretary Says Washington File 26 May 2004 -- Marine combat troops, aviators and support personnel are helping to "roll up" terrorist networks in Iraq, making it easier for a new Iraqi government to ensure stability down the road, says Navy Secretary Gordon England within whose department the Marine Corps operates.
  • Iraq: London, Washington Appear To Differ Over Post-Transfer Control Of Foreign Forces RFE/RL 26 May 2004 -- Differences appear to have broken out between the United States and Britain over how much political control a sovereign Iraqi government should have over foreign troops. British Prime Minister Tony Blair says sovereignty means foreign troops would need the Iraqi government's consent to launch attacks against insurgents in towns such as Al-Fallujah. But top U.S. officials say American troops must retain the authority to take actions to ensure security and defend themselves.

United Nations

  • U-N/IRAQ DEBATE VOA 26 May 2004 -- The U-N Security Council is debating a draft resolution on Iraq, even as Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi puts together an interim government in Baghdad. At least four Council members are calling for significant revision of the U-S and British-drafted measure.
  • Security Council discusses draft resolution on Iraq UN News Centre 26 May 2004 -- The United Nations Security Council today met in closed session to discuss a draft resolution on Iraq, while Special Adviser Lakhdar Brahimi continued contacts in Baghdad aimed at helping the Iraqis set up a transitional government to receive sovereignty on 30 June.
  • U-N/IRAQ VOA 26 May 2004 -- The U-N Security Council is debating a draft resolution on Iraq, as Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi puts together an interim government in Baghdad. Progress is being made on both fronts.

Reconstruction Issues

Foreign Reactions

  • IRAQ / AMNESTY REPORT VOA 26 May 2004 -- A member of the U-S appointed Iraqi Governing Council says he believes Amnesty International's human-rights report, which harshly criticizes the conduct of coalition troops in Iraq, is fair. Correspondent Alisha Ryu reports from Baghdad he says that may be helpful in persuading coalition officials to improve their methods for dealing with ordinary Iraqis and fighting the insurgency.
  • Blair: British Troops Will Stay in Iraq Until 'Job is Done' VOA News 26 May 2004 -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Tuesday that British forces will stay in Iraq until, "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.
  • RUSSIA / IRAQ VOA 26 May 2004 -- Workers for a Russian energy contractor in Iraq are being pulled out of the country following the killing of two employees in an ambush near Baghdad. The Russian government says security in Iraq will continue to be a problem until the country is ruled by a government its people trust.
  • World: British Think Tank Says Iraq Conflict Has Strengthened Al-Qaeda RFE/RL 26 May 2004 -- A prestigious British research organization, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, has issued a report that asserts that the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq has actually strengthened the Al-Qaeda terrorist network, rather than weakened it. The report, titled "Strategic Survey 2003/2004," says the Iraq conflict has led to an accelerated recruitment to Al-Qaeda. And it says the ideal goal of the group is to use weapons of mass destruction.

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