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14 January 2005 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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Current Operations

Deployments

US Policy

  • BUSH / IRAQ VOA 15 Jan 2005 -- President Bush says he was right to topple Saddam Hussein even though there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. That was the president's biggest justification for invading Iraq. Mr. Bush says he is looking forward to a second term where he will continue the fight against terrorism and will try to be more careful about what he says.
  • US / ABU GHRAIB TRIAL VOA 14 Jan 2005 -- The case of US Army Specialist Charles Graner is now in the hands of a jury at Fort Hood, in Texas, after both the prosecution and defense delivered closing arguments Friday. Specialist Graner is accused of abusing Iraqi prisoners of war at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
  • Insurgents Not Heroes to Iraqis AFPS 14 Jan 2005 -- Any idea that the insurgency is a spontaneous rising of the Iraqi people is "hogwash," said a senior Multinational Force Iraq official here.

United Nations

  • Guilty Verdict Reached as Alban court Martial Concludes MNF-I/MNC-I 14 Jan 2005 -- Staff Sgt. Jonathan J. Alban-Cardenas was convicted on one count of murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder during a general court martial at the 1st Cavalry Division courthouse here, Jan. 14.
  • As Iraqi vote nears UN officials stress need for inclusiveness UN News Centre 14 Jan 2005 -- With barely two weeks left before Iraq holds elections for a provisional national assembly which will appoint a new government and write a constitution, top United Nations officials today called for the poll to be as inclusive as possible despite the violence in the war-wracked country.

Reconstruction Issues

  • Iraq: Candidates Maintain Low Profiles In Election Campaign RFE/RL 14 Jan 2005 -- Election campaigning is under way for Iraq's 30 January vote. But with security a major concern, the campaigning bears little resemblance to what takes place in more stable countries. Most candidates appear in public only on television. And rallies, when they occur, are limited to a few hundred party faithful within closely guarded compounds.
  • IRAQ / ELECTION SECURITY VOA 14 Jan 2005 -- Illustrating the difficulty of holding elections amid widespread violence, Iraq's interim government is reportedly considering a days-long security lockdown in large areas of the country prior to the January 30th balloting. Meanwhile, one of Iraq's most deadly insurgent groups has renewed its vow to attack polling stations if Iraqis do not boycott the elections.
  • Analysis: Oil, Electricity Ministers Criticized For Iraqi Fuel Crisis RFE/RL 14 Jan 2005 -- Iraqi Oil Minister Thamir al-Ghadban has come under fire in the Iraqi media in recent weeks for the burgeoning fuel crisis that is plaguing the country.
  • Police Recruiting Drive south of Baghdad Draws 1,100 MNF-I/MNC-I 14 Jan 2005 -- Nearly 1,100 Iraqis converged on a police recruiting center south of Baghdad on Jan. 13 to compete for 100 jobs at police stations throughout northern Babil Province.

Foreign Reactions

  • Iraq: Violence Continues As Shi'a Clerics Urge Restraint Following Killing Of Al-Sistani Aide RFE/RL 14 Jan 2005 -- Iraqi Shi'a leaders are urging restraint following the killing this week of an aide to the country's top Shi'a Muslim cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. The Shi'a leaders say the killing is an attempt to start a sectarian war with Sunni Muslims ahead of Iraq's 30 January elections, and are calling on the country's majority Shi'a not to seek revenge. Violence has been reported in a number of Iraqi hot spots, with murders, kidnappings and sabotage claiming tens of lives and disrupting Iraq's oil industry.

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