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23 December 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 23 Dec 2004 [PDF]
  • ONE SOLDIER KILLED, TWO WOUNDED IN BLAST

  • Iraq: Pentagon Put On Defensive As Suicide Bomber Found Likely Cause Of Mosul Blast RFE/RL 23 Dec 2004 -- U.S. officials say the 21 December explosion in a dining tent at a military base in Mosul -- an attack that left 22 people dead -- was most likely the work of a suicide bomber. The admission has sparked criticism of security measures at U.S. facilities in Iraq. U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld yesterday defended his commitment to the safety of U.S. troops. Some observers say the Pentagon is doing a sufficient job of keeping U.S. soldiers supplied and secure. But others say attacks like the Mosul bombing show it is time for the United States to rethink its strategy in Iraq.
  • 11th MEU (SOC) assumes responsibility of Karbala province USMC News 23 Dec 2004 -- The 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) assumed operational control of Karbala province from the Polish-led Multi-National Division Central South (MND-CS) during a ceremony here, Dec. 21.
  • Marines aiding in Iraqi investigation of Mahmudiyah Blast MNF-I/MNC-I 23 Dec 2004 -- U.S. Marines and Iraqi police are investigating the cause of a large explosion south of Baghdad Wednesday December 22.
  • ISF, Marines Capture 44 South of Baghdad MNF-I/MNC-I 23 Dec 2004 -- U.S. Marines and Iraqi Security Forces captured 44 suspected insurgents south of Baghdad on Wednesday, December 22, as an aggressive counter-insurgency that has netted nearly 600 militants in five months showed no signs of letting up.
  • Explosive Ordnance Disposal Experts Key to Enhancing Safety in Western Iraq MNF-I/MNC-I 23 Dec 2004 -- Marines and Sailors from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit of the 1st Marine Division continue to conduct operations that result in the seizure and destruction of numerous weapons caches, ammunition supply points, land mines and improvised explosive devices.
  • First Infantry Division Soldiers Detain two AIF Suspects Near Balad MNF-I/MNC-I 23 Dec 2004 -- First Infantry Division Soldiers detained two anti-Iraqi force suspects following an improvised explosive device attack near Balad at about 9:05 p.m., December 22.
  • IED Emplacer Killed by Own Bomb MNF-I/MNC-I 23 Dec 2004 -- A suspected anti-Iraqi forces member was killed at about 7:35 a.m. on Dec. 23 when the improvised explosive device he was preparing exploded prematurely south of Baqubah.

Deployments

US Policy

  • Command Statement on Mosul attack MNF-I/MNC-I 23 Dec 2004 -- A preliminary investigation indicates that the explosion at the U.S. Army dining facility at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Marez in Mosul on Tuesday was likely caused by an improvised explosive device worn by a suicide attacker.

United Nations

  • Nearly 6,250 candidates have registered for Iraq's national assembly poll - UN UN News Centre 23 Dec 2004 -- Nearly 6,250 candidates have so far registered for next month's elections to Iraq's 275-member national assembly, which will draft a constitution and appoint a new government to run the country until a presidential ballot is held at the end of the year, the United Nations mission reported today.

Reconstruction Issues

  • IRAQ/CAMPAIGN VOA 23 Dec 2004 -- Lack of security is keeping Iraqi political parties from doing much campaigning before next month's scheduled election. With political rallies and marches almost out of the question for fear of violence, most parties are restricted to using radio, television, and newspaper ads to convince the Iraqi people to vote for them. Some parties are urging that the election be postponed for a few months, hoping for an improvement in security and a fairer poll.
  • IRAQI POLICE GRADUATE 141 FROM SPECIALTY TRAINING COURSES CENTCOM 23 Dec 2004 -- The Iraqi Police Service graduated 141 officers today from six specialty training courses taught at the Adnan Training Center located in Baghdad. The advanced training is part of the Iraqi Government's ongoing effort to train up its security forces.

Foreign Reactions

  • CHINA-IRAQ VOA 23 Dec 2004 -- The Iraqi foreign minister is in China to strengthen bilateral relations. China is also hosting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who is expected to sign an energy deal with Chinese leaders

News Reports




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