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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


02 February 2005 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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Current Operations

Deployments

US Policy

United Nations

  • UN/ANNAN/OIL-FOR-FOOD VOA 02 Feb 2005 -- U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan says he expects harsh judgments from the Volcker Commission investigating the Iraq oil-for-food program. The commission's initial report will be released later today (Thursday)
  • Top UN envoy meets with Iraqi Prime Minister to discuss post-election landscape UN News Centre 02 Jan 2005 -- The top United Nations envoy in Iraq met with interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi today to discuss the role the world body will play in supporting the political process following Sunday's polls to elect a national assembly that will write a new democratic constitution for a country that has suffered decades of dictatorship.
  • Iraq: Ambassador Urges Phaseout Of UN Weapons Mission RFE/RL 02 Feb 2005 -- Iraq's UN ambassador has called for the termination of the UN weapons inspectorate for Iraq and other UN mechanisms tied to the rule of Saddam Hussein. Samir al-Sumaydi'i says Iraq, as it moves to solidify its sovereignty, should have the choice of observing the same weapons conventions as other countries. The decision is up to the UN Security Council, where some members support continuing the UN inspection role in Iraq. A spokesman for the inspection mission indicates there is still unfinished business in Iraq.

Reconstruction Issues

  • IRAQ / SUNNI CLERICS VOA 02 Feb 2005 -- As the vote count from Sunday's historic elections proceeds in Iraq, the highest religious authority for Sunni Arabs in the country has declared that a government emerging from the balloting will lack legitimacy because many Sunnis boycotted the polls. Meanwhile, Iraqi electoral officials are investigating complaints that some Iraqis were prevented from voting on Sunday.
  • Iraqi President Calls For Reconciliation RFE/RL 02 Feb 2005 -- Iraqi President Ghazi Ajil al-Yawir has urged Sunni Muslims who largely boycotted the 30 January historic vote to return into the political process.
  • Iraq: Officials On Both Sides Say It's Too Early to Plan Exit Strategy For U.S. Forces RFE/RL 02 Feb 2005 -- Iraqi interim President Ghazi al-Yawar says the departure of U.S.-led multinational forces from Iraq is not likely by the end of this year. But he says a reduction of foreign troop numbers could start by then. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice also says that, despite the turnout of millions of voters in 30 January elections, it is still too early to speak about an exit strategy for the more than 170,000 foreign troops in Iraq. Analysts tend to agree.
  • Iraqi air force receives helicopter MNF-I/MNC-I 02 Feb 2005 -- Iraqi air force officials welcomed the arrival of two UH-1H Huey helicopters Feb. 1 to Taji Air Base.

Foreign Reactions

  • OIC/IRAQ/ELECTION VOA 02 Feb 2005 -- The head of the world's largest organization of Islamic countries says Sunday's election in Iraq was "not complete," because it did not fully involve that nation's Sunni-Muslim minority. But he had positive words for the election in general.

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