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21 January 2005 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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  • Rumsfeld: Iraqi Elections Will Proceed as Planned AFPS 21 Jan 2005 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld dismissed speculation that the Iraqi elections "won't happen" or will be delayed beyond Jan. 30 during an inaugural ball here Jan. 20 honoring troops wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • EDITORIAL: ABU GHRAIB TRIAL VOA 21 Jan 2005 -- A U.S. soldier has been found guilty of charges related to the abuse of Iraqi prisoners of war at the Abu Ghraib prison outside Baghdad. A ten-person jury composed of officers and enlisted personnel took five-hours to convict Army Specialist Charles Graner of dereliction of duty, conspiracy, assault, and indecent acts. He was sentenced to ten-years in jail. Three other prison guards are also facing courts-martial.

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  • Iraq: Strict Measures Imposed To Improve Voter Safety RFE/RL 21 Jan 2005 -- Up to 13 people were killed and 40 wounded today when a car bomb exploded near a Shi'a mosque in Baghdad as worshippers were celebrating the Eid Al-Adha, one of the most important Islamic holidays. Women and children are among the casualties. It's the latest in a string of deadly attacks and killings by insurgents in Iraq apparently aimed at intimidating voters ahead of the 30 January elections.
  • IRAQ / ELECTIONS / SUNNIS VOA 21 Jan 2005 -- In Iraq, the interim Iraqi government and the U.S. military are doubling efforts to improve security in the country and to persuade reluctant Sunni Arabs to vote in elections in less than two weeks. Diyala province, north of Baghdad, is one of several areas where Sunni Muslims are in the majority and where anti-democracy Sunni insurgents have been sowing chaos in recent months. The governor of Diyala is racing against time, and the odds, to try to make peace with angry Sunnis in the region.

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