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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


13 January 2005 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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

Current Operations

Deployments

  • Rainbow Division deploys 'intel snipers' to Iraq Army News 13 Jan 2005 -- The 42nd Infantry Division has deployed to Iraq with what leaders term a powerful, yet subtle, combat-multiplier - the sniper-trained Soldiers of the division's 173rd Long Range Surveillance Detachment, and their newly-issued M-14 rifles.

US Policy

  • PENTAGON / IRAQ VOA 13 Jan 2005 -- U.S. defense officials say the Iraqi defense forces are dramatically improving their capabilities, but that does not necessarily mean coalition forces will be leaving the country anytime soon.
  • North-Central Iraq Ready for Election, General Says AFPS 13 Jan 2005 -- The progress of the Iraqi security forces in the four provinces of the north means that the election Jan. 30 "will be an election for Iraqis, run by Iraqis," a top military commander said here today.
  • Voter Turnout Likely To Affect Iraq's Political Future Washington File 13 Jan 2005 -- Voter turnout in the upcoming Iraqi elections is more important to the political future of the country than it is to the credibility of the electoral process, according to Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Michael Kozak.
  • Iraq: White House Calls Off Search For WMD, But Bush Says War Still Worth It RFE/RL 13 Jan 2005 -- The White House yesterday admitted the United States is no longer actively searching for weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq. U.S. President George W. Bush originally cited the threat of a WMD stockpile as the main reason for invading Iraq in the spring of 2003. But in a new television interview, Bush defends the invasion as "absolutely" worth it, despite the lack of weapons evidence. He says the world is a safer place without former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. Bush says it remains to be determined why WMD intelligence-gathering failed prior to the war.

United Nations

Reconstruction Issues

  • Iraqi Police Graduate More than 1,600 From Training MNF-I/MNC-I 13 Jan 2005 -- The Iraqi Police Service graduated more than 1,600 officers from basic police training and four specialized policing courses this week as the Iraqi government continues the police force training effort in the country.

Foreign Reactions

  • Iraq: Neighbors View Upcoming Elections From Radically Different Perspectives RFE/RL 13 Jan 2005 -- All of Iraq's neighbors -- Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Turkey -- say they support national elections scheduled for 30 January. However, neighboring states all have different hopes and fears about the vote. Iran would like to have a Shi'a-ruled state as its western neighbor, while Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Kuwait fear a Shi'a clerical authority in Baghdad. Turkey, meanwhile, is more concerned about the issue of Kurdish autonomy.

News Reports

  • Iraqi Media Monitoring UNAMI 13 Jan 2005
  • IRAQ: Fallujah residents angry at city's devastation IRIN 13 Jan 2005 -- Two months after a US-led attack destroyed much of the city of Fallujah, 60 km east of Baghdad, residents are angry and frustrated as they struggle to rebuild their lives amid widespread destruction and a lack of basic facilities, while reconstruction remains painfully slow.




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