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31 January 2005 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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  • Tikrit's ISF Participate in Free Iraqi Elections MNF-I/MNC-I 31 Jan 2005 -- One of the most impressive election-related events occurred the day before voting began for the rest of the Iraqis carving a piece of their own history.
  • Iraqis Defy Terrorist Threats To Cast Their Votes Washington File 31 Jan 2005 -- Millions of Iraqis defied threats of violence and terrorist attacks to cast their ballots January 30 in the country's first open, multiparty democratic elections in more than half a century.
  • Iraq Begins Next Phase of Plan After Successful Election AFPS 31 Jan 2005 -- By any measure, the Jan. 30 Iraqi elections for a national assembly were a success. Members of the Independent Electoral Commission for Iraq said the elections exceeded their expectations.
  • IRAQ / REACTION VOA 31 Jan 2005 -- To allay fears that sectarian tensions in Iraq could worsen in the aftermath of Sunday's elections, interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi says he will start a national dialogue to ensure that all minority groups have a voice in Iraq's next government.
  • Iraq Vote Praised But Many Details Unclear RFE/RL 31 Jan 2005 -- As the world welcomes the success of the Iraq election, many details of the voting remain unclear, including just how many voters actually participated.
  • IOM/IRAQ VOA 31 Jan 2005 -- The International Organization for Migration reports Iraqi expatriates who had registered to vote in Iraq's transitional national assembly election turned out in record numbers. More than 265 thousand Iraqis or 93-point-six-percent of registered voters cast their ballots.
  • IRAQ: Focus on elections IRIN 31 Jan 2005 -- Sunday, 30 January, 2005, will go down in history as the day many Iraqi voters showed their determination to go to the polls in the face of threats and intimidation from insurgents bent on making the first free election in 50 years fail.

Foreign Reactions

  • EU FOREIGN MINISTERS VOA 31 Jan 2005 -- European Union foreign ministers, meeting in Brussels, have suspended diplomatic sanctions against Cuba, following the communist country's release of several political dissidents. The ministers also hailed what they called the courage and determination of Iraqis who voted in Sunday's elections.
  • Iraq: Regional Reaction To Vote Mixes Praise With Skepticism RFE/RL 31 Jan 2005 -- Most of Iraq's neighbors and countries in its near abroad such as Russia and Central Asia are hailing yesterday's Iraqi election as a step forward toward sovereignty and democracy. However, media in these nations also warn that Iraq faces a very tough road ahead.
  • BRITAIN / IRAQ VOA 31 Jan 2005 -- British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw says it would be "utterly irresponsible" to remove the U.S.-led multinational force from Iraq while work remains to train Iraqi security forces and reconstruct the war-ravaged country.
  • What The Iranian Papers Say RFE/RL 31 Jan 2005 -- Iraqis in Iran began voting in their country's first democratic elections for a National Assembly on 28 January and, according to Iranian state radio and television, the turnout was impressively high. Indeed, more than 60,000 people living in Iran registered to participate in the election, more than any other Iraqi expatriate population.
  • IRAQ ELECTIONS / ARAB REACTION VOA 31 Jan 2005 -- Many Arab mediaoutlets praised the national elections in Iraq as having been a success for the Iraqi people. Millions of Iraqis defied the threat of terrorism to cast ballots in the first free elections held in the country in a half-century. However, there are differing opinions about whether the elections will lead to the spread of democracy in other Arab states.

News Reports

  • Iraqi Media Monitoring UNAMI 31 Jan 2005
  • IRAQ ELECTION / SECURITY VOA 31 Jan 2005 -- U.S. and Iraqi officials are praising the performance of the Iraqi security services during Sunday's election. They say the plan for Iraqi forces to take the lead in providing security, with coalition forces in reserve, worked well, and demonstrated the increasing capabilities of the Iraqi forces.




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