Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
15 February 2005 - Iraq Special Weapons News
- IRAQ/WAR SPENDING VOA 15 Feb 2005 -- President Bush's request to Congress for 82-billion dollars in additional funding for military and reconstruction needs in Iraq and Afghanistan is receiving scrutiny on Capitol Hill. This comes amid growing concern among lawmakers about examples of waste, fraud and abuse in how funds were spent in Iraq
- Bush Sends Supplemental Budget Request to Congress AFPS 15 Feb 2005 -- President Bush requested almost $90 billion from Congress to pay for the on-going war on terrorism and other emergency measures.
- Bush Asks Congress for $82 Billion for Iraq, Afghanistan Washington File 15 Feb 2005 -- President Bush has asked Congress for an additional $82 billion in funding, much of it for military and intelligence operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and for restructuring and equipping forces to fight terrorism.
- Bush Seeks Further $82 Billion For Iraqi, Afghan, Other Operations RFE/RL 15 Feb 2005 -- President George W. Bush has urged Congress to approve quickly his request for nearly $82 billion in supplemental funding to cover the costs of U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- U.S. Obligations to Iraq Reconstruction Exceed $13 Billion Washington File 15 Feb 2005 -- The United States has obligated more than $13 billion to reconstruction efforts in Iraq and has already disbursed more than $5 billion, according to a statement from the State Department in response to a question taken at the February 14 daily press briefing.
- IRAQ/CONSTITUTION VOA 15 Feb 2005 -- A broad coalition of religious Shiite Muslims has won nearly half the votes in Iraq's election and will be the largest group in the National Assembly that is to write a new Iraqi constitution. Shiite leaders have said they want the document to be consistent with Islamic law, Sharia. But many secular politicians will be in the assembly and there will be serious debate about how much Sharia to incorporate into the constitution.
- Iraq: Kurdish Victory In Kirkuk Raises Ethnic Tensions RFE/RL 15 Feb 2005 -- Iraqi Kurds have won a majority of seats on the provincial council for the northern region that includes the tense, ethnically diverse city of Kirkuk. The oil-rich area is home to Kurds, to Turkomans, and to several hundred thousand Arabs settled in the north of Iraq by Saddam Hussein. In the runup to the local vote, the rival ethnic groups fought bitterly over whether displaced Kurds returning to Kirkuk would be allowed to cast their ballots, and all sides threatened boycotts to press their points. Now, as the dust settles, can Kirkuk's different groups put their disputes behind them?
- Shi'ite Bloc Backs Al-Ja'fari For PM RFE/RL 15 Feb 2005 -- Iraq's main Shi'ite alliance, the winner of general elections, has reached an initial agreement to back Ibrahim al-Ja'fari as the country's next prime minister.
- Recruitment drive for Iraqi Army draws thousands MNF-I/MNC-I 15 Feb 2005 -- An estimated 8,000 to 10,000 men arrived by foot, bus, and other vehicles by sun up Feb. 14, at an airfield outside an Iraqi Army base in an effort to join Iraq's army, officials said.
- IRAQ: Focus on election outcome IRIN 15 Feb 2005
- RESULTS OFFER IRAQ 'HOPE' IN A 'FUTURE FULL OF UNCERTAINTY' US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 15 Feb 2005
- AUSTRALIA IRAQ WMD VOA 15 Feb 2005 -- An Australian scientist involved in the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq has claimed the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency doctored his reports to suggest that such weapons existed when they did not. Rod Barton, a microbiologist, has told Australian television he quit the Iraq Survey Group in disgust at the censorship of its interim report presented to the U.S. Congress last March.
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