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18 January 2005 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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

Current Operations

Deployments

  • Fighting Bengals deploy to Iraq USMC News 18 Jan 2005 -- The Marines and Sailors of Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 224 departed the Air Station for the Bengal's first deployment to Iraq.
  • DoD Announces OEF/OIF Rotational Units 18 Jan 2005 --The Department of Defense announced today that the 1st and 2d Brigades of the U.S. Army's 1st Armored Division, Wiesbaden, Germany, will deploy to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom rotations scheduled to begin in mid-2005.

US Policy

United Nations

Reconstruction Issues

  • Governor Optimistic About Diyala Security AFPS 18 Jan 2005 -- The governor of Iraq's Diyala province is optimistic that security will be strong enough to hold elections here Jan. 30.
  • More Former Fallujah Residents Are Returning Home AFPS 18 Jan 2005 -- Almost half of Fallujah's pre-war population has returned to that battered city almost four weeks after Iraq's interim prime minister gave the green light for citizens to return, a top military official said today.
  • Iraq's Transitional Administrative Law Defines Political Process Washington File 18 Jan 2005 -- Following is a fact sheet issued by the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad outlining the Transitional Administrative Law's criteria for candidacy to Iraq's Transitional National Assembly and the timeline for the Assembly to complete its work in drafting a constitution
  • Iraq Elections Process Adheres to Strict Regulations Washington File 18 Jan 2005 -- Following is a fact sheet from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad regarding the regulations governing the formation of candidate lists for the January 30 elections and the allocation of seats in the Transitional National Assembly
  • Iraqi Exiles in England Register to Vote VOA 18 Jan 2005 -- Iraqi exiles around the world have begun registering to cast absentee ballots in this month's election in their homeland.
  • Iraq To Close Borders, Extend Curfew Ahead Of Vote RFE/RL 18 Jan 2005 -- Iraq plans to close its borders, extend nighttime curfews, and restrict movement inside the country to deter attacks during the upcoming elections.
  • Iraqi Training Battalion Graduates 878 MNF-I/MNC-I 18 Jan 2005 -- The Iraqi Training Battalion in Kirkush graduated 878 direct recruit replacements on Jan. 18 as part of the Iraqi military's ongoing effort to strengthen its forces.
  • Iraqi Army Graduates 670 From Training MNF-I/MNC-I 18 Jan 2005 -- The Iraqi Army graduated an Iraqi Intervention Force brigade of 670 Soldiers from direct recruit replacement training at Taji Military Training Base on Jan. 18 as part of the Iraqi government's ongoing effort to stand up its armed forces.

Foreign Reactions

  • Iraq: As Coalition Shrinks, Who Will Shoulder Additional Burdens? RFE/RL 18 Jan 2005 -- The Netherlands has announced that it will withdraw its 1,350 troops from Iraq by mid-March. It's the latest in a string of similar announcements by Washington's allies, including plans by Poland and Ukraine to get mostly or completely out of Iraq over the course of this year. When the troop reductions are complete, how much of the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq will be left, and who will shoulder the additional security burdens?

News Reports

  • UN / IRAQ OIL CHARGES VOA 18 Jan 2005 -- The first criminal charges linked to alleged corruption involving the United Nations' oil-for-food-program in Iraq have been filed against an American who has pleaded guilty to accepting payments from Saddam Hussein's government. The case is just the start of what could be multiple criminal investigations into how a program meant to help the Iraqi people was corrupted.

  • Iraqi Media Monitoring UNAMI 18 Jan 2005
  • Iraq: Kidnapping Of Catholic Archbishop Highlights Christians' Plight RFE/RL 18 Jan 2005 -- Iraq's Roman Catholic Archbishop Basile Georges Casmoussa has been released following his abduction yesterday in the northern city of Mosul. The cleric was the highest-ranking Catholic prelate to be targeted in Iraq. But his abduction was only the latest in a series of attacks against Iraq's Christians, who make up less than 3 percent of the country's population but an important part of its culture and society.
  • Kidnapped Catholic Archbishop In Iraq Freed RFE/RL 18 Jan 2005 -- The Vatican says kidnappers have released a Catholic archbishop a day after his abduction, with no ransom paid.
  • Radio Free Iraq Speaks With Baghdad Governorate Candidate RFE/RL 18 Jan 2005 -- RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq (RFI) spoke with Hasan Abd al-Karim al-Jash'ami, a member of the National List for Baghdad, on 15 January. The list will compete in Baghdad Governorate council elections on 30 January.




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