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08 February 2005 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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Current Operations

Deployments

US Policy

  • Army Releases Detainee Operations Documents Army News Release 08 Feb 2005 -- The Army continued its effort to keep the public informed concerning detainee operations by releasing its sixth set of documents under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
  • RICE / IRAQ SHIITES VOA 08 Feb 2005 -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says she does not think Iraq is headed toward Iranian-style Islamic rule, despite what she said was an extremely strong showing by Shiites in the January 30th election. She says Shiite politicians understand that theocratic rule over the country would be unacceptable.
  • RICE/PARIS/IRAQ VOA 08 Feb 2005 -- Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, in the main policy speech of her first foreign trip, has urged France and other traditional U.S. allies to turn away from past disagreements over Iraq and open a new chapter in relations. Ms. Rice told a university audience in Paris spreading freedom, under the rule of law, is the best hope for world progress.

United Nations

  • Annan chief of staff heading to Washington for talks with lawmakers; deputy resigns UN News Centre 08 Feb 2005 -- In the wake of an independent panel's interim report on the United Nations' handling of the Oil-for-Food programme for Iraq, Secretary General Kofi Annan's new chief of staff is scheduled to visit Washington tomorrow for talks with Congressional leaders involved with investigations and international relations.

Reconstruction Issues

  • First official results in Iraqi elections expected on Thursday - UN UN News Centre 08 Feb 2005 -- First official results of the Iraqi elections, which the United Nations helped organize, are expected on Thursday, UN officials said today.
  • Iraqi Commission Studies Election Irregularities Washington FIle 08 Feb 2005 -- The Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq (IECI) is studying carefully every report of vote fraud and administrative irregularities connected to the January 30 national elections in order to ensure that the result is credible.
  • IRAQ / ELECTION COMPLAINTS VOA 08 Feb 2005 -- Voters in Iraq went to the polls more than a week ago. But the final vote count has been delayed by numerous complaints from candidates and parties, accusing Iraqi officials of failing to hold fair elections. The most serious allegations have emerged from violence-plagued areas in the north of the country, where religious and ethnic tensions are simmering.
  • Kurds Second In Partial Iraq Election Results RFE/RL 08 Feb 2005 -- A Kurdish coalition has moved into second place, behind a Shi'a Muslim-led coalition, in the counting of votes from Iraq's 30 January elections.
  • Iraqi Ayatollah To Leave Constitution To Politicians RFE/RL 08 Feb 2005 -- A spokesman for Iraqi Shi'a Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani said today that al-Sistani is not demanding the country's new constitution be based on Shari'a, or Islamic law.
  • Iraq: Evidence Of Voting Irregularities Clouds Mostly Successful Election RFE/RL 08 Feb 2005 -- As the ballot count continues in Iraq, evidence of some voting irregularities is emerging. Still, Iraqi and UN election officials say the elections went as smoothly as could be hoped for, given Iraq's security situation.
  • IRAQ: Business thriving in north IRIN 08 Feb 2005 -- A survey of 454 Iraqi businessmen has shown high levels of optimism about the Iraq's economic prospects.

Foreign Reactions

  • Iran, US have shared interests in Iraq, says Rafsanjani IRNA 08 Feb 2005 -- Iran and the United States have a common enemy in the Al-Qaeda terrorist network and shared interests in Iraq, former Iranian president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said in an interview published Monday.

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