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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


11 February 2005 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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

Current Operations

Deployments

  • XVIII Airborne takes lead role in Iraq Army News 11 Feb 2005 -- Lt. Gen. John R. Vines of XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, N.C., took command of Multi-National Corps-Iraq Feb. 10 in a transfer of authority ceremony Feb. 10 at Camp Victory's Al-Faw Palace near Baghdad.
  • Transfer of authority to build new Iraq MNF-I/MNC-I 11 Feb 2005 -- Military leaders from around the world converged near Baghdad to watch Lt. Gen. Thomas Metz, III Corps and Fort Hood, Texas, commander, relinquish command of the Multi-National Corps-Iraq to Lt. Gen. John R. Vines, XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, N.C. commander, during a transfer of authority ceremony Feb. 10 at Camp Victory's Al-Faw Palace.

US Policy

  • Defense Leaders Note Progress Made in Iraq AFPS 11 Feb 2005 -- Three senior U.S. defense leaders expressed optimism today about the situation in Iraq following the nation's first free elections and also about the progress made by Iraqi security forces.
  • Visit Gives Rumsfeld Firsthand Look at Iraqi Forces AFPS 11 Feb 2005 -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told several hundred U.S. soldiers in Mosul today that he was "every bit as proud" to be there as he was during his pride-filled moments attending Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai's inauguration in December.
  • RUMSFELD / IRAQ VOA 11 Feb 2005 -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld made a surprise trip to Iraq Friday to visit U.S. and Iraqi troops, and see how they are working together to build Iraq's new armed forces. The visit came as more than 20 people were killed in continuing violence.
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Visits Iraq RFE/RL 11 Feb 2005 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld traveled to the northern Iraqi city of Mosul before flying on to Baghdad today.

United Nations

Reconstruction Issues

  • Iraq: Vote Count Finishing Up As Political Jockeying Intensifies RFE/RL 11 Feb 2005 -- Election officials in Iraq say they have all but finished counting the ballots from Iraq's 30 January vote for a National Assemby. But the Independent Election Commission says the announcement of the final results could still be a few days away.

Foreign Reactions

News Reports

  • IRAQ HOSTAGE / ITALY VOA 11 Feb 2005 -- An Islamist group that claims it is holding hostage an Italian journalist has given the Italian government 48 hours to withdraw its troops from Iraq. The group says the journalist's fate depends on the Italian government's compliance with its demand.




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