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11 January 2005 - Iraq Special Weapons News

US Policy
United Nations
Reconstruction Issues
Foreign Reactions
News Reports

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 11 Jan 2005 [PDF]
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualties

  • Daily MNF-I Operations Highlights for January 10, 2005 MNF-I/MNC-I 11 Jan 2005 -- Multi-National Force - Iraq forces discovered and cleared ten improvised explosive devices, discovered and cleared nine weapons caches, conducted seven cordon and searches of suspected anti-Iraqi forces facilities, conducted two raids on suspected anti-Iraqi forces facilities and detained 54 suspected AIF.
  • One Detained in Joint Raid in Khalis MNF-I/MNC-I 11 Jan 2005 -- Soldiers from Task Force Danger and the Iraqi Army detained a suspected Anti-Iraqi Force member during a raid in Khalis at about 11:00 p.m., January 10.
  • A Mortar Attack on Police Station MNF-I/MNC-I 11 Jan 2005 -- An Iraqi Police Station was attacked on Jan. 10 in Al Mahawil with mortar fire. There were 5 impacts about 400 meters from the police station.
  • Six Iraqi Police Killed in VBIED Attack in Tikrit MNF-I/MNC-I 11 Jan 2005 -- Six Iraqi police were killed when anti-Iraqi forces detonated a vehicle borne improvised explosive device at a police station here on Jan. 11.
  • Multi-National Forces Find and Destroy Weapons Cache MNF-I/MNC-I 11 Jan 2005 -- Multi-National Forces from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team) discovered a cache of weapons and munitions in northern Iraq yesterday.
  • Multi-National Forces Detain Two MNF-I/MNC-I 11 Jan 2005 -- Multi-National Forces from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team) detained two individuals suspected of participating in anti-Iraqi activity in northern Iraq yesterday.
  • Car Bomb Kills Six In Tikrit RFE/RL 11 Jan 2005 -- The U.S. military in Iraq says six policemen were killed today when a suspected suicide car bomb exploded at the police headquarters in Tikrit.
  • IRAQ / COUNTERINSURGENCY VOA 11 Jan 2005 -- The United States had planned for a clear-cut victory in Iraq. But while Iraq's forces were quickly defeated, a shadowy insurgency has sprung up in their place. Lessons learned from past U.S experience in counterinsurgency had laid dormant for many years.
  • Marines capture militants planting roadside bomb MNF-I/MNC-I 11 Jan 2005 -- Marines of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit caught two insurgents attempting to emplace a roadside bomb south of Baghdad on Jan. 10.
  • Insurgents Kill, Injure Iraqi Civilians MNF-I/MNC-I 11 Jan 2005 -- Two Iraqi civilians were killed and others were wounded near Abu Ghraib prison at approximately 1 p.m., Jan. 11, from the effects of three mortar rounds that were launched by insurgents.
  • 10th Mountain Troops Detain two Suspected Insurgent Leaders in western Baghdad MNF-I/MNC-I 11 Jan 2005 -- In two separate raids, elements of the 10th Mountain Division's 2nd "Commando" Brigade Combat Team detained two suspected insurgent cell leaders in western Baghdad today.
  • U.S. Marines detain 10 suspected Insurgents, Seize Weapons Caches MNF-I/MNC-I 11 Jan 2005 -- Marines from the 1st Marine Division of the I Marine Expeditionary Force detained 10 suspected insurgents and seized several weapons caches during operations throughout Al Anbar Province over the past 48 hours.
  • Cavalry Troops Uncover IED Factory, Terrorist Cell MNF-I/MNC-I 11 Jan 2005 -- On Jan. 9, the Soldiers of Blue Platoon, B Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 5th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, embarked on a successful raid.
  • Bomb Maker Detained by 10th Mountain Division unit in Baghdad MNF-I/MNC-I 11 Jan 2005 -- Members of the 10th Mountain Division's 2nd "Commando" Brigade Combat Team conducted a raid in western Baghdad Jan. 11, capturing a suspected improvised explosive devise and car bomb maker.
  • Marines, Soldiers Capture Six South of Baghdad MNF-I/MNC-I 11 Jan 2005 -- Elements of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit captured six suspected insurgents south of Baghdad, Jan. 11


  • 3ID `Raiders' see changes in Kuwait Army News 11 Jan 2005 -- An advance party of 3rd Infantry Division Soldiers from its 1st unit of action landed in Kuwait Jan. 8 and traveled to temporary quarters at Camp New York in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 3.

US Policy

  • RUMSFELD / IRAQ VOA 11 Jan 2005 -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld says the United States is not training Iraqi forces to target insurgency leaders for assassination. The secretary was commenting on a report on the Newsweek Magazine Web site that his department is considering sending U.S. military Special Forces teams to Iraq to do such training.
  • IRAQ / ELECTIONS VOA 11 Jan 2005 -- American officials in Baghdad have formally rejected a request by Sunni-Arab clerics to set a time table for a U.S. troop withdrawal in exchange for Sunni participation in Iraqi elections on January 30th.

United Nations

  • Iraq: UN's Oil-For-Food Audits Suggest Systematic Mismanagement RFE/RL 11 Jan 2005 -- The first assessment of the United Nations' handling of the Iraqi oil-for-food program points to systematic mismanagement. That conclusion, from an independent panel, accompanies the release of 58 UN audits of the program from 1996 to 2003, a time when former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein is said to have profited enormously from the program. It says that, despite the concerns raised by the internal audits, the UN management of the program seemed either "unable or unwilling" to address the problems. The UN Secretariat is signaling that immediate changes to management practices are under way.
  • At meeting of Iraq's neighbours, envoy pledges UN's commitment to helping Iraqi people UN News Centre 11 Jan 2005 -- The United Nations envoy for Iraq today told a meeting of the country's neighbours and the eight leading industrialized nations that the world body remained committed to helping the Iraqi people and stressed the importance of this month's elections.

Reconstruction Issues

Foreign Reactions

  • Iraq: Ukraine's Withdrawal Seen As Politically Important, Militarily Insignificant RFE/RL 11 Jan 2005 -- Ukraine says it plans to pull its 1,600 troops out of Iraq in the first half of this year. The announcement comes after eight Ukrainian soldiers died in an explosion at an ammunition dump in Iraq. Kyiv's decision follows other announcements of changes to the multinational force in Iraq. Poland, which also has one of the largest troop contingents in Iraq, is cutting its presence by one-third within the next few months, while the United Kingdom says it plans to send an extra 400 soldiers.
  • FRANCE / IRAQ VOA 11 Jan 2005 -- The French government is playing host this week to more than a dozen Iraqi politicians, including Iraq's president, Ghazi al Yawer. Nearly two years ago, France led the coalition against the U.S.-led war in Iraq. The French government now seems to be looking for ways to play a role in Iraq's political reconstruction.

News Reports

  • Iraqi Media Monitoring UNAMI 11 Jan 2005
  • TURKEY/IRAQ/US VOA 11 Jan 2005 -- Senior Turkish, U.S. and Iraqi officials met for the first time in Ankara Tuesday to discuss possible action against Turkish Kurdish rebels based in Northern Iraq. The talks coincided with the arrival in the Turkish capital of the head of the U.S. Central Command, General John Abizaid.
  • RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq Speaks With Al-Sadr Aide RFE/RL 11 Jan 2005 -- Radio Free Iraq (RFI) posed questions on 9 January to Abd al-Hadi al-Darraji, an aide to Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. Al-Darraji spoke about al-Sadr's opposition to participating in national elections on 30 January. Translation by RFI's Petr Kubalek.

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