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21 December 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 21 Dec 2004 [PDF]

  • IRAQ WRAP VOA 21 Dec 2004 -- An explosion ripped through a tent at a military base near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, killing at least 24 people and wounding more than 60 others. At least 19 American military personnel are among the dead. The attack came as British Prime Minister Tony Blair made a surprise visit to Baghdad.
  • Experts Investigating Source of Mosul Explosion AFPS 21 Dec 2004 -- Explosives experts are investigating the source of a single, large explosion on a U.S. base in southwest Mosul, Iraq, Task Force Olympia Commander Army Brig. Gen. Carter Ham said in a televised statement.
  • 11TH MEU ASSUMES CONTROL OF KARBALA PROVINCE CENTCOM 21 Dec 2004 -- The 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit assumed operational control of Karbala province from the Polish-led Multi-National Division Central South (MND-CS) during a ceremony here on Dec 21.
  • IRAQ/MOSUL VOA 21 Dec 2004 -- An explosion in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul has killed at least 22 people and wounded at least 60 more. Although it was initially reported to be a rocket or mortar attack, military officials now say the cause of the blast is unknown.
  • U.S. General Says Over 20 Killed In Iraq Attack RFE/RL 21 Dec 2004 -- U.S. Brigadier General Carter Ham has said more than 20 people were killed and at least 60 wounded in an explosion today at a U.S. military base in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.
  • EXPLOSION AT MULTI-NATIONAL BASE CAUSES CASUALTIES CENTCOM 21 Dec 2004 -- An explosion occurred at a U.S. Military installation in Mosul at noon on Dec. 21, causing multiple casualties.
  • IRAQI SECURITY FORCES FOIL INSURGENT ATTACK, MULTI-NATIONAL FORCES DETAIN FIVE CENTCOM 21 Dec 2004 -- Iraqi Security Forces decisively defeated another attack by anti-Iraqi forces as they attempted to seize a police station. In a separate incident, Multi-National Forces from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), detained five people suspected of anti-Iraqi activities during other operations on Dec. 17 in northern Iraq.
  • Refuelers keep Marine aviation ready for anti-terrorism missions on Iraqi border USMC News 21 Dec 2004 -- The remote gravel flight line here can be a quiet place, but it can suddenly transform into a bustling center of gravity for Marines on the job in Iraq's bleak western desert.
  • Marines Seize Weapons Caches MNF-I/MNC-I 21 Dec 2004 -- Marines from the 1st Marine Division of the I Marine Expeditionary Force seized several weapons caches in and near the city of Al Amirya during clearing operations yesterday.
  • First Infantry Division Soldiers Detain One Anti-Iraqi Force Member Near Samarra MNF-I/MNC-I 21 Dec 2004 -- First Infantry Division Soldiers detained one anti-Iraqi force member after he was observed emplacing an improvised explosive device near Samarra at about 8:45 p.m., December 20.
  • Five Task Force Danger Soldiers and One Iraqi Civilian Wounded in IED Attack MNF-I/MNC-I 21 Dec 2004 -- Five Task Force Danger Soldiers and one Iraqi civilian were wounded when anti-Iraqi forces detonated an improvised explosive device concealed in a vehicle near Hawija on December 20 at about 11:15 a.m.
  • First Infantry Division Soldiers Detain Four in Raid Near Tikrit MNF-I/MNC-I 21 Dec 2004 -- First Infantry Division Soldiers detained four individuals in a raid in Owja, near Tikrit at about 6:16 p.m., December 20.
  • Iraqi Security Forces Foil Insurgent Attack, Multi-National Forces Detain Five MNF-I/MNC-I 21 Dec 2004 -- Iraqi Security Forces decisively defeated another attack by anti-Iraqi forces as they attempted to seize a police station.
  • Tip leads Soldiers to Two Car Bombs MNF-I/MNC-I 21 Dec 2004 -- Task Force Baghdad Soldiers found two car bombs and other weapons yesterday at about 4 p.m. in western Baghdad.
  • Raids Deal Insurgents a Bad Hand MNF-I/MNC-I 21 Dec 2004 -- In a continuing effort to disrupt insurgent activities in Al Anbar Province, elements of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit conducted limited-scale raids over the past 48 hours that detained numerous individuals who have terrorist ties.
  • Marine engineers encounter danger while rebuilding Fallujah USMC News 21 Dec 2004 -- What was supposed to be a routine mission for the combat engineers of 1st Platoon soon became an ominous reminder that danger still resides in the narrow, uncertain streets of Fallujah.


  • Gulfport Aids in Mobilization of Reserve Fleet Hospital Navy NewsStand 21 Dec 2004 -- Navy Branch Health Clinic Gulfport, Miss. is in the process of mobilizing 400 personnel from across 48 states for Reserve Fleet Hospital (FH) Dallas to replace FH Portsmouth, Va., as the Navy's expeditionary medical facility on the ground in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

US Policy

United Nations

  • UN: Annan Says Oil-For-Food Charges 'Cast Shadow' Over Organization RFE/RL 21 Dec 2004 -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan says the investigation into abuses of the oil-for-food program in Iraq has "cast a shadow" over the United Nations. He vowed at a news conference to act on the report next month of an independent panel led by former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker. Annan also expressed concern about ongoing violence in Iraq but said technical preparations for elections are on track.
  • UK Prime Minister and UN envoy discuss Iraq elections in Baghdad UN News Centre 21 Dec 2004 -- Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Representative for Iraq, Ashraf Qazi, met today in Baghdad with British Prime Minister Tony Blair to discuss the role of the United Nations in elections planned for 30 January 2005 in the turbulent country.

Reconstruction Issues

Foreign Reactions

  • IRAQ: US military help clean up Sadr city IRIN 21 Dec 2004 -- Residents of Sadr City, long seen as the poorest and smelliest neighbourhood of Baghdad, woke up one recent morning to the sound of something they had never heard before - steamrollers and other street paving machines.
  • Blair Makes Surprise Visit to Baghdad to Discuss Elections Washington File 21 Dec 2004 -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair made a surprise visit to Baghdad December 21 for talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi and to show his support for the democratic political process leading up to the elections scheduled for January 30, 2005.
  • Asefi says his US counterpart spreads rumors about Iran IRNA 21 Dec 2004 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said here Tuesday that recent comments by his American counterpart, Richard Boucher, on Iran`s alleged interference in Iraqi internal affairs, were a "spread of rumors."
  • IRAQ/BLAIR VOA 21 Dec 2004 -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair has paid a surprise visit to Iraq. He met with election officials and Interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi. The British leader acknowledged that security is bad, but he gave his full support to holding Iraq's elections on schedule next month.

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