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21 September 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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United Nations
Reconstruction Issues
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Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 21 Sep 2004 [PDF]
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualties

  • Vehicle Bomb Wounds Four; Iraqis Thwart Another Attack AFPS 21 Sep 2004 -- A vehicle bomb wounded four U.S. soldiers today in western Baghdad, hours after Iraqi security forces thwarted another attempted bombing in the Iraqi capital.
  • Iraq: Militants Behead American, Threaten To Kill Two More Hostages RFE/RL 21 Sep 2004 -- A militant group in Iraq led by Al-Qaeda ally Abu Musab al-Zarqawi beheaded an American civil engineer yesterday. The group is threatening to kill another American and British hostage if the United States does not release all Iraqi women prisoners today. The decapitation came after militants killed three Iraqi Kurdish fighters. At least five other Westerners are being held hostage in Iraq, including two female Italian aid workers and two French reporters. So far more than 130 foreigners have been kidnapped. While many have been released, several others have been executed.
  • CAR BOMB ATTACK THWARTED NEAR BAGHDAD MOSQUE CENTCOM 21 Sep 2004 -- Iraqi Police and National Guard troops prevented a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device from inflicting civilian casualties Sept. 21 in western Baghdad.
  • U.S. Forces Arrest Aides To Iraqi Cleric Al-Sadr RFE/RL 21 Sep 2004 -- U.S. Marines today arrested two close aides of Shi'a cleric and militia leader Muqtada al-Sadr in the Iraqi city of Al-Najaf.
  • Cavalry Soldiers describe Battle of Najaf Army News 21 Sep 2004 -- August was a month that Soldiers of Company A, 2-12 Cavalry, said they won't soon forget.
  • Quick Reaction Force: Ready for any fight USMC News 21 Sep 2004 -- Patrolling the perimeter of the base, all seems clear. Suddenly, a call comes in through the crackling radio and a daily patrol turns into a not-so-routine encounter.


US Policy

  • President Speaks to the United Nations General Assembly The White House 21 Sep 2004 -- During the past three years, I've addressed this General Assembly in a time of tragedy for my country, and in times of decision for all of us. Now we gather at a time of tremendous opportunity for the U.N. and for all peaceful nations. For decades, the circle of liberty and security and development has been expanding in our world. This progress has brought unity to Europe, self-government to Latin America and Asia, and new hope to Africa. Now we have the historic chance to widen the circle even further, to fight radicalism and terror with justice and dignity, to achieve a true peace, founded on human freedom.
  • BUSH-UNITED NATIONS VOA 21 Sep 2004 -- President Bush defended the U.S. decision to invade Iraq in a United Nations General Assembly address Tuesday in which he also urged the world community to fight terrorism and promote democracy.
  • Bush Urges U.N. to Support Iraq, Afghanistan, Fight Terrorism Washington File 21 Sep 2004 -- In a speech to the 59th General Assembly, President Bush urged nations to show their commitment to democracy by supporting Afghanistan and Iraq as the two nations face increased terrorist attacks to undermine upcoming elections.

  • Bush, Allawi Resolved to Quell Insurgency, Hold Elections in Iraq Washington File 22 Sep 2004 -- President Bush praised Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi for his courage and pledged that the United States would stand beside him and his government as they seek to overcome the insurgency in Iraq and work towards national elections.
  • Powell Says Insurgency in Iraq Must Be Defeated Washington File 21 Sep 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to confronting the insurgency in Iraq and supporting the Iraqi interim government's efforts to hold elections by January 2005.
  • Terrorists in Iraq Will Not Deter U.S., Bush Says Washington File 21 Sep 2004 -- Terrorists holding American hostages will not shake the determination of the United States to stay the course in Iraq, President George Bush said September 21. "America has given its word to help and we'll keep our word."
  • Bush Condemns Iraq Beheading RFE/RL 21 Sep 2004 -- U.S. President George W. Bush has condemned the beheading of American hostage Eugene Armstrong by militants in Iraq.
  • BUSH / ALLAWI / IRAQ VOA 21 Sep 2004 -- President Bush, after addressing the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday, held bilateral talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi. Both expressed optimism about Iraq's future despite grim intelligence assessments and election-year criticism of Bush administration policy.
  • U-S / POLITICS WRAP VOA 21 Sep 2004 -- Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry said Tuesday that President Bush has no credibility with world leaders because of his decision to invade Iraq. For his part, the president defended his Iraq policy in a speech before the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

  • U.S.: Kerry Intensifies Criticism Of Bush On Iraq, War On Terror RFE/RL 21 Sep 2004 -- U.S. presidential candidate Senator John Kerry (Democrat, Massachusetts) is intensifying his criticism of President George W. Bush's performance on Iraq and the war on terrorism. Kerry yesterday accused Bush of "colossal failures of judgment" that he says have turned Iraq into a haven for terrorists and made the United States more vulnerable. Kerry suggested the reelection of Bush will lock the United States in a "war with no end in sight." Bush responded by accusing Kerry of again contradicting his previous positions on Iraq.

  • U.S. General Predicts Extensive 'Local Control' In Iraq RFE/RL 21 Sep 2004 -- A senior general at the Pentagon has predicted that more than half of Iraqi localities will be generally managing their own security and government by the end of the year.

United Nations

  • UNGA Tuesday Wrap VOA 21 Sep 2004 -- President Bush and U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan outlined sharply different world views in speeches kicking off the 59th General Assembly debate. President Bush staunchly defended the U.S. invasion of Iraq, while Mr. Annan spoke of powerful countries that ignore the rule of law.
  • IRAQ/OIL FOR FOOD VOA 21 Sep 2004 -- Three members of Congress just back from Iraq say documents relating to the former U-N Oil-for-Food Program appear to be secure and under the control of the Iraqi interim government. The lawmakers spoke in a news conference (Tuesday) about their visit to Baghdad, part of a congressional investigation into alleged corruption that is thought to have siphoned off billions of dollars from the program between 1996 and 2003.

Reconstruction Issues

  • IRAQ SECURITY VOA 21 Sep 2004 -- Since the fall of the Saddam Hussein government last year, violence in Iraq has largely continued unabated. Besides targeting Iraqi and coalition military forces, militants also attack civilians, including government ministers and members of Iraq's academic community.

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