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27 May 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

Operations
Deployments
US Policy
United Nations
Reconstruction Issues
Foreign Reactions
News Reports

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 27 May 2004 [PDF]
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualties
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualty
  • DoD Identifies Marine Casualties

  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 27 May 2004 -- Brigadier General Mark Kimmit, Deputy Director for Coalition Operations; and Dan Senor, Senior Advisor, CPA
  • IRAQ / WRAP VOA 27 May 2004 -- The U-S-led military coalition in Iraq has agreed to suspend offensive operations in Najaf, after Iraqi leaders struck a deal with radical Shi'ite leader Moqtada al-Sadr. A member of Iraq's Governing Council escaped unharmed when her convoy was ambushed traveling from Najaf to Baghad.
  • U.S. Is Hopeful For Iraqi-Brokered Najaf, Kufa Peace Deal AFPS 27 May 2004 -- A Coalition Provisional Authority official today said he is hopeful about an Iraqi-to-Iraqi-brokered agreement designed to end fighting in the cities of Najaf and Kufa.
  • U.S. Confirms Suspension Of Offensive In Iraqi City RFE/RL 27 May 2004 -- The U.S.-led coalition in Iraq today confirmed that U.S. forces have suspended offensive operations against militiamen loyal to Shi'a cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in the Iraqi holy city of Al-Najaf.
  • IRAQ / TRUCE VOA 27 May 2004 -- The U-S-led coalition in Iraq has agreed to suspend offensive operations against the militia of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in Najaf. The deal was mediated by senior Shiite leaders and Iraq's national security adviser.
  • Al-Sadr Proposes Peace Deal In Iraq, But Status Uncertain RFE/RL 27 May 2004 -- Radical Iraqi Shi'a cleric Muqtada al-Sadr today offered to withdraw his militiamen from Al-Najaf as part of a new offer to end his uprising. The news came amid reports that mainstream Shi'a leaders are putting heavy pressure on al-Sadr to resolve a crisis that has disrupted normal life in Shi'a shrine cities.
  • SOLDIERS RAKE IN CACHE CENTCOM Release 27 May 2004-- 1st Infantry Division battalions seized more than 1,000 munitions found in several caches near Tikrit May 25 and 26.
  • MARINES EMBARK ON CLEAN WATER PROJECT FOR RAMADI CENTCOM Release 27 May 2004-- Civil Affairs representatives from the 1st Marine Division and Navy Seabees signed a $3.2 million contract for the Al Jazeera Water Project in Ramadi.
  • Artillerymen guard governor in Najaf Army News Service 27 May 2004-- A field artillery battery has been tasked with the unique mission of guarding the An Najaf governor's compound and protecting the governor's life.

Deployments

US Policy

  • "Security and Strength for a New World" -- Remarks of Senator John Kerry (As Prepared for Delivery) Thursday, May 27, 2004 Seattle, Washington - It's time for a new national security policy guided by four new imperatives: First, we must launch and lead a new era of alliances for the post 9-11 world. Second, we must modernize the world's most powerful military to meet the new threats. Third, in addition to our military might, we must deploy all that is in America's arsenal -- our diplomacy, our intelligence system, our economic power, and the appeal of our values and ideas. Fourth and finally, to secure our full independence and freedom, we must free America from its dangerous dependence on Mideast oil.
  • KERRY / IRAQ VOA 27 May 2004 -- Democratic Party presidential candidate John Kerry has criticized President Bush's use of force in Iraq, which he says has undermined U-S leadership. Mike O'Sullivan reports that Mr. Kerry, who spoke in Seattle, promised an America that, in the candidate's words, "will listen and lead again."

  • Powell Says U.S. Forces in Iraq Would Remain Under U.S. Command Washington File 27 May 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell says U.S. forces in Iraq after the transfer of power from the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) will work with their Iraqi counterparts but remain under U.S. command.
  • U.S. Wants Close Coordination with Interim Iraq Government Washington File 27 May 2004 -- Ensuring that "there is the best possible coordination between MNF (multinational force) commanders and the Iraqi authorities, both civilian and military" in planning military operations after the restoration of sovereignty to Iraq June 30 is one of the United States' major concerns, said Ambassador John Negroponte May 26.
  • Coalition Provisional Authority Report, May 27: Iraq Update Washington File 27 May 2004 -- U.S. civilian and military officials in Baghdad responded with cautious optimism to a letter from Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr to Shi'ite leaders in the Iraqi Governing Council designed to reduce tensions and violence in Kufa and Najaf.
  • Armitage Says Success in Iraq Will Weaken al-Qaida Washington File 27 May 2004 -- Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage says success in rebuilding Iraq into a stable, secure democracy is important in winning the war against terrorist groups such as al-Qaida.

United Nations

  • Iraq: UN Seeks to Narrow Divide Over Post-Transfer Security RFE/RL 27 May 2004 -- UN Security Council members are divided along familiar lines on a resolution that would endorse the restoration of full sovereignty to Iraq. China, Russia, France, and Germany are seeking language that would assert greater Iraqi control over decision making on security matters and set a deadline for the withdrawal of the U.S.-led multinational force. Security Council members say no decision on the resolution will be made until after they have a chance to consult with the as-yet-unnamed Iraqi interim government.

Reconstruction Issues

Foreign Reactions

  • BUSH WAR COLLEGE SPEECH: 'OLD WINE IN NEW BOTTLES' US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 27 May 2004
  • BRITAIN/IRAQ VOA 27 May 2004 -- Britain's Defense Secretary announced in parliament that more British troops will be heading to Iraq before the June 30th handover of sovereignty to an interim Iraqi government.

News Reports




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