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31 May 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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  • IRAQ WRAP VOA 31 May 2004 -- Iraqi, American and U-N officials are deadlocked over who should be president in the interim Iraqi government that will take over the country June 30th. Meanwhile, continuing violence claims more lives in Iraq, as President Bush honors American war dead.

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Reconstruction Issues

  • IRAQ/PRESIDENT VOA 31 May 2004 -- Iraqi, American and United Nations officials in Baghdad have postponed a meeting to try to break a deadlock over the selection of a president for the Iraqi interim government that will take power on June 30th. No official reason was given. The selection has narrowed to two members of the U-S appointed Iraqi Governing Council, who have differing opinions about what role coalition troops should have in the period before national elections early next year.
  • Iraq: Pushing Aside UN, Governing Council Takes Matters Into Own Hands RFE/RL 31 May 2004 -- In a shift away from a process that had appeared to be led by the United Nations, the U.S.-appointed Iraqi Governing Council has taken control of deciding who should serve in an interim government due to take power next month. The UN appears flustered by the council's power grab, and doubts remain about whether the new government will enjoy any legitimacy in the eyes of ordinary Iraqis.

Foreign Reactions

  • IRAQ/ABU GHRAIB FALLOUT VOA 31 May 2004 -- In Iraq, widespread anger toward U-S troops in the aftermath of the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal has prompted fears that the already-strained relationship between the Iraqi people and American forces could worsen. The U-S military is now fighting a public image problem that is threatening to overshadow its positive achievements in Iraq.

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