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07 January 2005 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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Current Operations

Deployments

US Policy

  • US / ABU GHRAIB VOA 07 Jan 2005 -- A U.S. Army reservist accused of being one of the key people in the abuse of Iraqi detainees at the Abu Ghraib Prison in Baghdad went on trial at an army base in Texas on Friday. Most of the day was used to select a jury, and opening arguments in the case are expected to be made on Monday.

  • Bush Is Optimistic About Iraqi Elections AFPS 07 Jan 2005 -- Iraq's upcoming elections will prove to be "an incredibly hopeful experience for the Iraqi people," President Bush told reporters today at a White House news briefing.
  • General Will Assess Iraqi Training, Not War Strategy AFPS 07 Jan 2005 -- A retired Army general isn't going to Iraq to assess the effectiveness of U.S. warfighting operations there, but rather will evaluate efforts to develop Iraqi security forces, a senior Defense Department spokesman told reporters here today.
  • Elections Allow Iraqis to Express Their Opinions, Bush Says Washington File 07 Jan 2005 -- President Bush said the Iraqi elections scheduled for January 30 will be an "incredibly hopeful experience" for Iraq, and called upon the Iraqi people to participate and help establish democracy in their country.
  • U.S. General: Terrorists Afraid of Vote in Iraq AFPS 07 Jan 2005 -- Terrorists use many different weapons and tactics to instill fear among Iraqis, but the one thing they're afraid of is a successful election in Iraq.
  • BUSH IRAQ VOA 07 Jan 2005 -- President Bush says this month's elections in Iraq will ultimately bring stability to the country, despite continuing violence in the run up to the vote.
  • First Team general Congratulates Iraqi Regular Army's Rebirth MNF-I/MNC-I 07 Jan 2005 -- Jan. 6, 1921 commemorates the birth of the Iraqi Army. Eighty-four years later, the interim Iraqi government announced the reorganization of Iraqi forces. Four previously separate and distinct organizations have been merged into one force structure, called the Iraqi Regular Army (IRA).

United Nations

Reconstruction Issues

  • Iraq: Prime Minister Extends Emergency Laws Ahead Of Late-January Vote RFE/RL 07 Jan 2005 -- Interim Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi has extended a state of emergency in Iraq in a bid to give government forces more powers to safeguard the 30 January national and provincial elections from insurgent attacks. Allawi's decision -- which calls into question the legitimacy of the vote -- comes amid continuing violence ahead of the poll. The U.S. military said nine of its troops were killed in separate attacks yesterday, while a number of Iraqi election officials have resigned, reportedly because of the fear of reprisals by insurgents.

Foreign Reactions

News Reports

  • RFE/RL Iraq Report, Volume 8, Number 1 07 Jan 2005 -- IS INSURGENT VIOLENCE HAVING DESIRED EFFECT ON IRAQI ELECTIONS? / COMMISSION STAFF RESIGNING UNDER THREAT / ORGANIZATION FOR MIGRATION ORGANIZING EXPATRIATE VOTING / RFI INTERVIEWS FRENCH AMBASSADOR TO IRAQ / SUNNIS CONTINUE CALLS FOR ELECTION POSTPONEMENT / IRAQ'S NEIGHBORS MEET TO DISCUSS ELECTIONS




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