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04 February 2005 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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

Current Operations

Deployments

US Policy

  • U.S. / IRAQ TRAINING VOA 04 Feb 2005 -- U.S. officials have been under some pressure from members of Congress and others in recent days to provide details of the readiness of Iraqi forces, and some sort of timeframe for a U.S. military withdrawal from Iraq. The U.S. Army general in charge of training Iraqi forces tried on Friday to clear up some of the confusion and controversy in a briefing with reporters at the Pentagon.
  • Iraq Making Strides in Training, Equipping Security Forces AFPS 04 Feb 2005 -- The interim Iraqi government has achieved "considerable momentum" in training and equipping the country's police and military forces, the U.S. Army general in charge of training those forces said in Baghdad today.
  • State Department Supports Probes of Oil-for-Food Program Washington File 04 Feb 2005 -- There are eight ongoing investigations of the U.N. Oil-for-Food Program, five of them by the U.S. Congress, according to a State Department fact sheet issued February 3.

United Nations

  • PRESS CONFERENCE BY IRAQ United Nations 04 Feb 2005
  • Inquiry Finds U.N. Official Involved in Iraq Oil Deal Washington File 04 Feb 2005 -- In what investigators are calling "a painful episode" in the history of the United Nations, the head of the U.N. Program in Iraq during Saddam Hussein's regime solicited oil allocations from Iraqi officials for a friend.
  • UN/ANNAN/OIL-FOR-FOOD VOA 04 Feb 2005 -- U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan has vowed to clear the name of the United Nations following revelations of wrongdoing in the Iraq oil-for-food program.
  • UN/Iraq/Oil-For-Food VOA 04 Feb 2005 -- Iraq's ambassador to the United Nations has charged that design flaws in the oil-for-food program allowed Saddam Hussein to easily manipulate it for his own purposes. The envoy is blaming former Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali for the humanitarian program's failures.
  • Report Criticizes UN Oil-For-Food Program Manager RFE/RL 04 Feb 2005 -- An investigation of the UN oil-for-food program has concluded that program chief Benon Sevan repeatedly solicited and received allocations of oil from Iraq under the program.
  • UN: Panel Cites Misconduct By Chief Of Oil-For-Food Program RFE/RL 04 Feb 2005 -- The independent inquiry into abuses of the UN's oil-for-food program in Iraq has found that the program's director engaged in unethical conduct. The panel's initial report also cited improper contracting and auditing practices, but n-o systematic misuse of funds. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has signaled he will discipline two officials involved in the program and was prepared to waive immunity if criminal charges are filed. The chief of the program, Benon Sevan, repeated denials of wrongdoing and said he was a "scapegoat" of the panel.

Reconstruction Issues

  • Iraqi Security Forces Provided Major Security During Elections Washington File 04 Feb 2005 -- Iraqi security forces -- providing double security rings around polling places across that nation -- prevented terrorists and insurgents from disrupting national elections January 30, says the American general responsible for training those forces.
  • Iraq: Kurds Back Talibani As Next Interim President Or Prime Minister RFE/RL 04 Feb 2005 -- The main Kurdish political coalition competing for seats in the National Assembly has nominated Jalal Talabani as its choice to be Iraq's next interim president or prime minister. The move comes as Iraqi Kurds prepare to press demands for a future federal Iraq in which the Kurdish-administered region of northern Iraq retains its considerable powers of autonomy.
  • IRAQ/POL VOA 04 Feb 2005 -- In Iraq, many religious Shiite Muslims are encouraged by the earliest election results, which have come mainly from Shiite areas, and show the main Shiite coalition doing very well. But election officials warn not to read too much into the early results, because the picture could shift significantly as more ballots from other parts of the country are counted. The Iraqi system is designed to keep any single group from winning total control over the assembly, and political observers say the bargaining to create a government has already begun.
  • IRAQ: Health system improves in south IRIN 04 Feb 2005 -- Improvements in the state health system in southern Iraq, which have meant greater efficiency and a wider availability of medicine, are giving hope to local residents.

Foreign Reactions

News Reports

  • ITALIAN JOURNALIST KIDNAPPED VOA 04 Feb 2005 -- An Italian journalist working for a leftist newspaper was kidnapped in Iraq Friday. It is the first reported abduction of a foreigner since Iraq's election last week.
  • RFE/RL Iraq Report, Volume 8, Number 5 04 Feb 2005 -- IRAQ ELECTION WEB PAGE / ANATOMY OF AN ELECTION / IRAQ'S POLITICAL GROUPS START JOCKEYING FOR POWER / UNOFFICIAL POLL ASKS KURDS IF THEY WANT INDEPENDENCE / RFI SPEAKS WITH YEZIDI PRINCE AT PROTEST BY IRAQIS WHO COULDN'T VOTE




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