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23 February 2005 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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

Current Operations

Deployments

  • Australia to Send More Troops to Iraq AFPS 23 Feb 2005 -- Noting that Iraq is at "a tilting point," Australian Prime Minister John Howard announced plans to send more troops to Iraq.

  • Extended deployments affect only 200 AFPN 23 Feb 2005 -- Air Force officials are designating some positions in U.S. Central Command's area of responsibility as 365-day extended deployments in an effort to provide stability and allow for long-term relationship building with host governments

US Policy

  • ARMY DETAINEES VOA 23 Feb 2005 -- The U.S. military says it has implemented new procedures to ensure that detainees are not abused, as they were at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad and allegedly at other U.S. military detention facilities. Officials say allegations of abuse by army soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan have resulted in 308 criminal investigations.
  • Abizaid Contrasts Situations in Iraq, Afghanistan AFPS 23 Feb 2005 -- Having visited both Iraq and Afghanistan during the past couple of weeks, Army Gen. John Abizaid said there are both similarities and differences in the current situation in both countries.
  • U.S. Welcomes Australia's Decision to Increase Forces in Iraq Washington File 23 Feb 2005 -- State Department spokesman Richard Boucher has praised Australia's decision to send additional ground forces to Iraq.

United Nations

Reconstruction Issues

  • IRAQ WRAP VOA 23 Feb 2005 -- Iraq's interim prime minister says he is forming a coalition to hold on to his job and the Shi'ite political party that took the most seats in last month's elections has named its own candidate.
  • Iraq: Shi'a Alliance Names Al-Ja'fari Premier Candidate RFE/RL 23 Feb 2005 -- The Shi'a alliance that won Iraq's national elections in January has named Ibrahim al-Ja'fari as its candidate for the position of prime minister. The nomination came as challenger Ahmad Chalabi dropped his bid for the post amid pressure from within the group. Ja'fari still faces competition from Interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, who received 14 percent in January's elections. Al-Ja'fari's United Iraqi Alliance won a clear majority in the 275-member interim parliament.
  • Iraq's Allawi Forms Coalition To Compete For PM Post RFE/RL 23 Feb 2005 -- Interim Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi announced today that he is forming a broad coalition to challenge the dominant Shi'ite political alliance's conservative candidate for the post of prime minister.

  • IRAQ / RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT VOA 23 Feb 2005 -- Reconstruction efforts in Iraq are moving forward in spite of continuing violence. These projects, supported by international donor funds, also employ thousands of Iraqi workers and provide contracts to Iraqi companies with expertise often developed overseas.
  • IRAQ TELECOM VOA 23 Feb 2005 -- Iraq's Communications Minister says he's optimistic about efforts to rebuild and expand telecommunications in his country and attract private sector investment. The official has been taking part in an international conference in Geneva

Foreign Reactions

  • U.S., EU Propose Conference On Iraq RFE/RL 23 Feb 2005 -- The United States and European Union have proposed co-hosting a conference to encourage and coordinate international support for the rebuilding of Iraq.

News Reports




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