Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
26 May 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 26 May 2004 [PDF]
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- DoD Identifies Army Casualties
- Three Marines killed May 26
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- Transcript: Defense Department Operational Update Briefing 26 May 2004 -- Lawrence Di Rita, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs; and Brigadier General David Rodriguez, Deputy Director for Operations, J-3, Joint Staff
- Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 26 May 2004 -- Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt, Deputy Director For Coalition Operations; and Dan Senor, Senior Adviser, CPA
- PENTAGON/SARIN VOA 26 May 2004 -- A top Pentagon official says the discovery of a single artillery shell in Iraq containing a deadly nerve agent could be a significant find or it could be "nothing."
- IRAQ WRAP VOA 26 May 2004 -- U-S forces in Iraq have captured a key aide to Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, during a series of overnight raids in the southern Iraqi city of Najaf. Meanwhile, the Coalition Provisional Authority announces the formation of a new task force to provide compensation to victims of the former regime.
- Sadr Lieutenant Captured, Militia Members Killed AFPS 26 May 2004 -- Coalition forces in Iraq captured a key lieutenant of radical Islamic cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in Najaf and killed a "large number" of Sadr's militia overnight in Sadr City, a senior coalition military official in Baghdad said today.
- Marines break ground on new mosque and school improvements Marine Corps News 26 May 2004-- The civil affairs team with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment recently completed the initial stages of a project that will improve a mosque, school and medical clinic in the city.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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