Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
17 February 2005 - Iraq Special Weapons News
- Rumsfeld, Myers Describe Enemy in Iraq to House Members AFPS 17 Feb 2005 -- The enemy in Iraq is made up of many different groups, defense leaders said here Feb. 16.
- Rumsfeld Says Number of Iraqi Insurgents Fluctuates Washington File 17 Feb 2005 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld tackled controversial subjects such as the potency of the Iraqi insurgency and the viability of the missile defense program during a second day of congressional testimony on the new defense budget and the Pentagon's supplemental request.
- Abizaid: War on Terror Requires Patience, Perseverance AFPS 17 Feb 2005 -- The elections in Iraq were a significant accomplishment for the citizens of that nation, and Iraqi forces have come a long way, but the Iraqi people need the continuing help of coalition forces to combat the forces of extremism, according to the commander of U.S. Central Command.
- Rumsfeld Discusses State of Iraqi Forces in Senate Testimony AFPS 17 Feb 2005 -- Training and equipping Iraqi security forces will speed up, and is the cornerstone of coalition policy in the country, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said during testimony before the Senate Armed Service Committee today.
- With final elections results announced, UN hails Iraqi vote as 'immense success' UN News Centre 17 Feb 2005 -- With today's announcement of final election results, the Iraqi people have shown the world that they were really up to the occasion and that made this process an immense success, the chief United Nations election expert in the country said.
- UN: Security Council Urges Broad Iraqi Political Dialogue, Expanded International Aid RFE/RL 17 Feb 2005 -- Anticipating intense political talks ahead, the UN Security Council has appealed to Iraqi leaders to involve all segments of society in their upcoming constitutional process. A senior UN official told the council that the January elections for a Transitional Assembly were legitimate but raised concern about the low participation of Sunni Arabs. Iraq's UN ambassador promised an inclusive political process for all Iraqis. He also stressed the need for global aid in repairing Iraq's "ruined" infrastructure.
- Iraq Humanitarian and Reconstruction Assistance Updates USAID 17 Feb 2005 [PDF]
- Iraqi Electoral Commission Certifies Election Results Washington File 17 Feb 2005 -- The Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq (IECI) certified the results February 17 for Iraq's January 30 elections. The final allocation gives seats in the Transitional National Assembly to 12 parties out of the 111 political entities on the ballot.
- Iraq Certifies Election Results AFPS 17 Feb 2005 -- It's official: the Shiite-dominated United Iraqi Alliance carried Iraq's Jan. 30 elections and will claim the most seats in Iraq's new national assembly.
- Iraq: War Crimes Trials Reported Near For Hussein Associates RFE/RL 17 Feb 2005 -- War crimes trials in Iraq for former leader Saddam Hussein and his associates reportedly will begin this spring. "The New York Times" and other news outlets quote Iraqi officials -- speaking on the condition that they n-o-t be identified -- as saying that the series of trials is likely to begin with that of Ali Hassan al-Majid, known as "Chemical Ali" for his alleged role in poison-gas attacks that killed thousands of Iraqi Kurds in the late 1980s. Hussein's day in court, they say, will most likely not come until 2006.
- IRAQ / ELECTION RESULTS VOA 17 Feb 2005 -- The Iraqi electoral commission has certified the results of last month's poll, making them official. In the final breakdown, the main Shiite religious alliance received 140 of the 275 seats in the National Assembly.
- Iraqi Electoral Commission Certifies Vote Results RFE/RL 17 Feb 2005 -- Iraq's Independent Electoral Commission today certified the results of the country's 30 January national elections, confirming that the Shi'ite-dominated United Iraqi Alliance will hold 140 of 275 seats in the national parliament.
- Iraqi Media Monitoring UNAMI 17 Feb 2005
- IRAQ: Focus on situation in Fallujah IRIN 17 Feb 2005 -- With a few winter clothes and blankets, Abu Mussab and his family remain encamped outside Fallujah waiting for a decision from the government in relation to their home, which was destroyed during fierce battles between US troops and insurgents in the city some 60 km from the capital, Baghdad.
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