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16 February 2005 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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Reconstruction Issues
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Current Operations

Deployments

US Policy

  • NMCB 1 Returns to Camp Mitchell Navy NewsStand 16 Feb 2005 -- Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1 from Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport, Miss. returned to Rota, Spain, Feb. 6, kicking off a deployment with units spread from Andros Island and Haiti in the Caribbean Sea to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

United Nations

  • U.N. Security Council Endorses January 30 Iraqi Elections Washington File 16 Feb 2005 -- Following is the text of the U.N. Security Council statement February 16, congratulating the Iraqi people for the January 30 elections
  • United Nations Formally Endorses Conduct of Iraqi Elections Washington File 16 Feb 2005 -- The United Nations has formally endorsed the conduct of the Iraqi elections January 30 and promised deeper engagement in the effort to rebuild the country on a democratic foundation.
  • Security Council calls on new Iraqi assembly to include Sunni Arabs in transition UN News Centre 16 Feb 2005 -- Fresh from a briefing by the top United Nations political officer on the need to include Iraq's Sunnis, who stayed away from recent elections, in writing a new constitution, the Security Council today called for inclusiveness and transparency in the war-torn country's next transitional phases and pledged the world body's full support.
  • UN / IRAQ VOA 16 Feb 2005 -- Iraq's U.N. ambassador is urging the United Nations to do more to help in his country's post-war transition. The world body has opened two additional offices in Iraq as it prepares to expand its role.

Reconstruction Issues

  • Shi'a Politicians Fail To Reach Consensus On Iraqi PM RFE/RL 16 Feb 2005 -- Iraqi officials say top Shi'a politicians failed to reach a consensus today on their nominee for prime minister.
  • IRAQ/JAFARI VOA 16 Feb 2005 -- Members of Iraq's dominant Shiite political alliance have been locked in negotiations over their choice for the prime minister's post. Sources close to the group have told Western news outlets that interim Vice President Ibrahim Jafari looks set to get the job, after his closest rival dropped out of the race Tuesday. But the talks continued Wednesday as the Shiites and other groups elected to the National Assembly tried to hammer out deals on other government posts.
  • Iraqi PM Candidate Calls Ending Violence His Top Goal RFE/RL 16 Feb 2005 -- The leading candidate to become Iraq's new prime minister has said that ending the country's rampant violence would be his top priority if he took office.
  • IRAQ: Focus on needs in Kirkuk IRIN 16 Feb 2005 -- The oil-rich city of Kirkuk in the north of Iraq is considered to be one of the wealthiest places in the country, yet families continue to suffer a shortage of basic supplies after being displaced by ongoing land disputes between Kurds and Arabs.

Foreign Reactions

  • ITALY / HOSTAGE / IRAQ VOA 16 Feb 2005 -- Italy's upper house of parliament has voted to extend the country's troop deployment in Iraq through June. The vote came just hours after a video was shown of an Italian journalist kidnapped in Iraq appealing for help and the withdrawal of the troops.

News Reports




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