Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
09 February 2005 - Iraq Special Weapons News
- Transcript: Special Defense Department Briefing 09 Feb 2005 -- CENTCOM Deputy Commander Lieutenant General Lance Smith
- RUMSFELD / NICE VOA 09 Feb 2005 -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld says U.S. allies in NATO should help more with the training of Iraqi security forces, now that Iraq has held elections and is preparing to put a democratic government in place.
- U.S./IRAQ/NATO VOA 09 Feb 2005 -- Senior Bush administration officials say more NATO countries are coming forward with offers to join an alliance program to train Iraqi security forces. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says her meeting with fellow NATO foreign ministers in Brussels Wednesday was the most harmonious to date on Iraq.
- CONGRESS/IRAQ VOA 09 Feb 2005 -- A group of Democratic lawmakers in the House of Representatives has renewed a call for the Bush administration to begin planning for a U.S. military withdrawal from Iraq.
- PENTAGON / IRAQ VOA 09 Feb 2005 -- A top U.S. military commander says he has seen a positive attitude change among Iraqi security forces and civilians after last month's elections for a transitional National Assembly. Lieutenant General Lance Smith made the remarks to reporters at the Pentagon
- Negroponte Says U.S. to Work Constructively with Next Iraqi Government Washington File 09 Feb 2005 -- U.S. Ambassador to Iraq John Negroponte says the U.S. government intends to work constructively with whatever government emerges in Iraq.
- Bush To Seek $100 Million To Modernize Polish Military Washington File 09 Feb 2005 -- President Bush met with Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski at the White House February 9 and told the Polish leader he would ask the U.S. Congress for $100 million to help modernize the country's armed forces.
- BUSH / POLAND / IRAQ VOA 09 Feb 2005 -- President Bush will ask the U.S. Congress for an additional 400 million dollars to help other countries meet the cost of deploying forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- President Praises Poland for Help in Iraq War AFPS 09 Feb 2005 -- President Bush praised Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski today for his country's cooperation in the war in Iraq, saying the two nations have a "mutual desire to train Iraqis so that they can defend their own freedom."
- Suspension notices sent to UN officials linked to Iraq Oil-for-Food programme UN News Centre 09 Feb 2005 -- Two United Nations staff members - including the former head of the Iraq Oil-for-Food programme - have been sent formal notification of the administrative charges against them arising from a recent preliminary report by an independent panel probing allegations of corruption and mismanagement in multi-billion dollar relief effort.
- Iraq Humanitarian and Reconstruction Assistance Updates USAID 09 Feb 2005 [PDF]
- Elections Boost Confidence in Iraqi Security Forces AFPS 09 Feb 2005 -- The Iraqi elections at the end of January have given the security forces a needed boost of confidence, said Air Force Lt. Gen. Lance Smith, deputy commander of U.S. Central Command today.
- IRAQ / KURDS VOA 09 Feb 2005 -- The Kurdish political alliance in Iraq could end up with a decisive role in the formation of a new government. It is looking likely that the main Shiite coalition will win the most seats in the National Assembly, but because the choice of president and prime minister need to be approved by two-thirds of the members, the Shiites will probably need a coalition partner. That could be the Kurds, who have a different set of political ambitions.
- IRAQ / ELECTIONS VOA 09 Feb 2005 -- Electoral commission officials in Iraq say they will not be able to meet Thursday's deadline to announce final results from landmark elections held nine-days ago.
- Iraqi pilots get first-time C-130 training MNF-I/MNC-I 09 Feb 2005 -- A five-man crew from Squadron 23 of the Iraqi Air Force trained for the first time on flying and operating an American C-130 cargo plane outside of Iraq's air space.
- IRAQ: Thousands were unable to vote in north IRIN 09 Feb 2005 -- Iraq's Higher Independent Electoral Commission (HIEC) confirmed this week that threats and security fears kept most Sunni people away from the polls on 30 January, in areas around the northern city of Mosul, some 390 km northwest of the capital, Baghdad.
- Turkey: Ankara Increasingly Preoccupied By Developments In Northern Iraq RFE/RL 09 Feb 2005 -- Kurdish ambitions in Iraq have always been a thorn in Turkey's side, and Ankara has long warned that any attempt at creating a federal Iraq with an autonomous Kurdish north would prompt a swift response. Early election results from northern Iraq's predominantly Kurdish areas and persisting ethnic tension in the northern city of Kirkuk have now brought Turkey's concerns to new heights.
- Iraqi Media Monitoring UNAMI 09 Feb 2005
- ITALY JOURNALIST/IRAQ VOA 09 Feb 2005 -- The leftist Italian newspaper Il Manifesto says its reporter kidnapped in Baghdad last week is alive. The paper said an unspecified contact person had seen her twice.
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