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26 January 2005 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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Current Operations

Deployments

  • Bonhomme Richard Arrives On Station in Persian Gulf Navy NewsStand 26 Jan 2005 -- After delivering more than 1 million pounds of humanitarian relief supplies ashore during Operation Unified Assistance, the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) (BHR) arrived on station Jan. 26 in the Persian Gulf.

US Policy

United Nations

  • Press Briefing ON ELECTORAL ASSISTANCE ON IRAQ United Nations 26 Jan 2005
  • Arrangements In Place for Iraqi Vote, United Nations Says Washington File 26 Jan 2005 -- Preparations are on target and elections will take place in Iraq as scheduled January 30 despite security concerns; "that is a fact," said U.N. Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs Kieran Prendergast.
  • UN/IRAQ ELECTION VOA 26 Jan 2005 -- United Nations elections officers say all arrangements are in place for Iraq's national assembly elections. Officials are cautiously optimistic that Iraqi voters will brave the danger and cast their ballots.
  • Sunday's election in Iraq not a 'be-all and end-all' but merely a staging post - UN UN News Centre 26 Jan 2005 -- With conditions far from ideal and security a major problem, Iraq's elections on Sunday should not be seen as "a be-all and end-all," but only one in a series of important staging posts "along an evolving transition" as the country emerges from an extremely traumatic chapter in its history, senior United Nations officials aid today.

Reconstruction Issues

  • Iraq Humanitarian and Reconstruction Assistance Updates USAID 26 Jan 2005 [PDF]
  • IRAQ / ELECTION SECURITY VOA 26 Jan 2005 -- During the run-up to Iraq's landmark election, the Shia-dominated south has largely been spared from the extreme levels of violence seen in central Iraq's so-called Sunni triangle and the ethnically divided city of Mosul. But Iraqi security forces fear the calm in southern Iraq could be short-lived, and the danger could come from several different directions.
  • IRAQI EXPATS / ELECTIONS VOA 26 Jan 2005 -- The Geneva-based International Organization for Migration says less than a quarter of the one-point-two million Iraqis living abroad have registered for Sunday's general election. But IOM says this is good news.
  • Iraq: Kurdish Voters Want To Preserve Self-Rule RFE/RL 26 Jan 2005 -- As Iraq's 30 January elections for a new National Assembly approach, Kurdish voters are expected to turn out in large numbers to support their own united list of candidates. The Kurdish list is campaigning to preserve the Iraqi Kurds' already considerable degree of autonomy, which many credit with keeping their area quiet, despite conflicts elsewhere in the country.
  • Iraqi Political Parties Set Forth Economic Proposals Washington File 26 Jan 2005 -- With more than 38 percent of potential Iraqi voters citing high unemployment as one of the top three issues that the new government needs to confront, Iraqi political parties know that they must address economic issues in order to win votes.
  • SYRIA: More than a quarter of a million Iraqis register for OCV IRIN 26 Jan 2005 -- A total of 280,303 Iraqis, living in 14 countries abroad, have registered to vote in the elections in Iraq later this month through the Out-of-Country Voting (OCV) programme arranged by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

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