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17 January 2005 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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Reconstruction Issues
Foreign Reactions
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Current Operations

Deployments

US Policy

United Nations

  • UN/STAFF SHAKEUP VOA 17 Jan 2005 -- U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan is planning a large-scale staff reorganization as he braces for the release of a report outlining management failures in the Iraq oil-for-food program. Several senior staffers have already resigned, and more will be leaving soon.
  • In face of violence, UN has done all it can technically for Iraqi elections - Annan UN News Centre 17 Jan 2005 -- With less than two weeks left before Iraq's elections, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today the United Nations had fulfilled its role as technical adviser, and he appealed to the Government to make the vote as inclusive as possible despite the "far from ideal" situation of violence prevailing in the country.

Reconstruction Issues

  • IRAQ VOTERS/US VOA 17 Jan 2005 -- Iraqi citizens residing in the United States began registering to vote Monday in order to participate in their nation's first democratic election later this month. The interest is especially high in the Midwestern state of Michigan, which has a large Arab population.
  • IRAQ / SECURITY VOA 17 Jan 2005 -- Many Iraqis in violence-plagued Baghdad are expressing support for the interim government's decision to impose restrictive security measures before nationwide elections on January 30th. Insurgents opposed to the polls are pressing on with attacks on Iraqi security forces, which are to provide security for voters on election day.
  • Iraq: Women See Challenges, Opportunities In Vote RFE/RL 17 Jan 2005 -- With two weeks to go before Iraq's National Assembly election, most of the candidate's names have still not been made public for security reasons. But when voters go to the polls on 30 January, and do view the complete lists, they will see something unprecedented in Iraqi history. One of every three names on the candidate lists is the name of a woman. That is in line with requirements that at least 25 percent of the new assembly's seats go to women.
  • First CH 2000 Aircraft Delivered to Basrah MNF-I/MNC-I 17 Jan 2005 -- The Iraqi Air Force's 70th Squadron took possession of the first two American-made SAMA CH2000 light air surveillance aircraft, Jan. 17, in Basrah.

Foreign Reactions

News Reports

  • Iraqi Media Monitoring UNAMI 17 Jan 2005
  • RFE/RL Iraq Report, Volume 8, Number 2 17 Jan 2005 -- KURDS MAINTAIN STANCE ON KIRKUK ELECTIONS / OIL, ELECTRICITY MINISTERS CRITICIZED FOR IRAQ FUEL CRISIS / PKK TOPS THE AGENDA AT TRIPARTITE MEETING IN ANKARA / RADIO FREE IRAQ SPEAKS WITH AL-SADR AIDE / NASIR CHADIRCHI TALKS TO RFI




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