Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
18 August 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News
- U.S.-Sadr-Najaf VOA 18 Aug 2004 -- Here in Washington, U.S. officials are giving a cautious welcome to reports that radical Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr will end his rebellion in Najaf. The militia leader pledged to disarm in a letter to the national political conference in Baghdad.
- Sadr Situation 'Will Have to Change,' Rumsfeld Says AFPS 18 Aug 2004 -- The Iraqi government will eventually have to deal with the problem of renegade cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and his militia, DoD's senior civilian told a noted journalist Aug. 17.
- Use of Force in Iraq Was Justified, Rumsfeld Says AFPS 18 Aug 2004 -- War is "a ugly, tough business," but sometimes it's necessary to resort to war to achieve important goals, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said on PBS' "Newshour With Jim Lehrer" Aug. 17.
- U.S. Would Welcome Al-Sadr Withdrawal RFE/RL 18 Aug 2004 -- The U.S. State Department is reacting cautiously to news reports that radical Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has accepted a peace plan to end fighting in the Iraqi holy city of Al-Najaf.
- IRAQ/CONFERENCE VOA 18 Aug 2004 -- Delegates at a national conference in Iraq say radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has agreed to disarm and withdraw his militia from a sacred shrine in the holy city of Najaf. Also during the fourth day of the meeting, delegates named a new national council to oversee the interim government.
- FIRST NEW GENERATOR COMES ON LINE IN IRAQ CENTCOM 18 Aug 2004 -- The first new electricity generator since 1976 came online today in Southern Iraq, adding enough electricity to the national grid to service nearly 120,000 homes.
- IRAQ: Refugee returns suspended due to insecurity and housing shortage - UNHCR IRIN 18 Aug 2004 -- Refugees returns from Iran have temporarily suspended over the past 10 days, due to insecurity in the south and a shortage of housing in the north of Iraq, according to the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Wednesday.
- IRAQ/LEBANON TRADE VOA 18 Aug 2004 -- Violence in Iraq has all but shattered Lebanon's trade with that country. According to the Lebanese truck drivers association, road transport is down 70-percent and shipments to Iraq through Lebanon's Tripoli port have been cut in half.
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