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10 January 2005 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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

Current Operations

Deployments

US Policy

  • MILITARY TRIAL VOA 10 Jan 2005 -- A military court at Fort Hood, Texas, Monday heard opening testimony in the trial of US Army Specialist Charles Graner, who is accused of abusing Iraqi prisoners of war at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
  • US / UKRAINE VOA 10 Jan 2005 -- The United States said Monday it hopes a Ukrainian decision on the future of its Iraq troop contingent will be made by the country's next government in a "measured" way, in consultation with other coalition partners. Outgoing Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma has ordered government ministries to draw up a plan for a withdrawal in the first half of this year.
  • Britain to Deploy More Troops for Iraqi Elections AFPS 10 Jan 2005 -- The United Kingdom will deploy more troops to Iraq to help provide security support during the upcoming Iraqi elections, the British defense secretary announced today in London.

United Nations

  • U.N. Audits Reveal Oil-for-Food Program Mismanagement Washington File 10 Jan 2005 -- The independent inquiry into the Oil-for-Food Program (OFFP) released internal U.N. audit documents January 10 showing the humanitarian aid program losing more than $5 million due to mismanagement and violations of U.N. procedures.
  • UN / OIL-FOR-FOOD VOA 10 Jan 2005 -- Internal United Nations audits of the 64-billion dollar Iraq oil-for-food program have revealed widespread mismanagement. But investigators say they have not found evidence of criminal activity.

Reconstruction Issues

Foreign Reactions

  • Britain to Deploy More Troops for Iraqi Elections AFPS 10 Jan 2005 -- The United Kingdom will deploy more troops to Iraq to help provide security support during the upcoming Iraqi elections, the British defense secretary announced today in London.
  • Kuchma Orders Plans For Troop Pullout From Iraq RFE/RL 10 Jan 2005 -- Outgoing Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma today ordered his defense and foreign ministers to draw up plans to withdraw Ukraine's troops from Iraq in the first half of 2005.

News Reports

  • Iraqi Media Monitoring UNAMI 10 Jan 2005
  • IRAQ / SECURITY VOA 10 Jan 2005 -- Trying to counter perceptions that the Iraqi government is not doing enough to stem violence, interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi says security forces have captured and arrested a number of suspected insurgents, including a top leader of a radical Islamic group. Just hours before the prime minister spoke, gunmen shot and killed the deputy police chief of Baghdad and his son in the latest deadly attack on Iraqi security forces.
  • Iraq: Troubled Town Mosul Very Different From Al-Fallujah RFE/RL 10 Jan 2005 -- Iraq's third-largest city, Mosul, has become a recent trouble spot since U.S. and Iraqi forces launched a major offensive to retake the insurgent stronghold of Al-Fallujah in November. Soon after the Al-Fallujah operation, insurgents in Mosul attacked police stations, killing dozens of coalition troops and Iraqis cooperating with them. The interim Iraqi government has pledged to take back control of the city. But analysts caution that Mosul presents a different challenge for the U.S.-led coalition than did Al-Fallujah.




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