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28 February 2005 - Iraq Special Weapons News

Operations
Deployments
US Policy
United Nations
Reconstruction Issues
Foreign Reactions
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Current Operations

Deployments

  • 3rd ID assumes Task Force Baghdad mission MNF-I/MNC-I 28 Feb 2005 -- The 3rd Infantry Division officially jumped back into action here Feb. 27, when a transition-of-authority ceremony transferred command of Task Force Baghdad from Maj. Gen. Peter Chiarelli, 1st Cavalry Division commander, to Maj. Gen. William G. Webster Jr., 3rd Infantry Division commander, at the Sahet Alihtifalat Alkubra (Ceremonial Circle) parade grounds.
  • 3rd Infantry Division Assumes Task Force Baghdad Mission AFPS 28 Feb 2005 -- The 3rd Infantry Division officially jumped back into action here Feb. 27, when a transition-of-authority ceremony transferred command of Task Force Baghdad from Army Maj. Gen. Peter Chiarelli, 1st Cavalry Division commander, to Maj. Gen. William G. Webster Jr., 3rd Infantry Division commander.
  • 31st MEU boards Essex ARG, prepares for voyage home USMC News 28 Feb 2005 -- The Marines and sailors of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit boarded three ships of the U.S. Navy's Essex Amphibious Ready Group Feb. 28 to prepare for a 4-week voyage back home to Okinawa, Japan.

US Policy

United Nations

Reconstruction Issues

  • IRAQ/SITREP VOA 28 Feb 2005 -- Monday's car bomb attack in Baghdad, which killed at least 125 people and left scores of others wounded, was the bloodiest terrorist incident in Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein. Yet, despite the carnage, some see signs of progress in the battle against the insurgency, with the apprehension of the former dictator's half brother and the capture of a lieutenant of terrorist mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
  • IRAQ: Audit board investigates contracts IRIN 28 Feb 2005 -- Iraq's Board of Supreme Audit (BSA) plans to scrutinise all government contracts made since the US-led war in April 2003 to assess whether allegations of corruption are true, its new president told IRIN.
  • IRAQ: Police need human rights training - minister IRIN 28 Feb 2005 -- An Iraqi police officer at a blocked junction is screaming at the driver of a white saloon that has caused the jam, aiming his AK-47 just inches from the car's radiator. When the driver doesn't flinch, the officer waves the gun at the front tyre, before turning and shooting in the air.

Foreign Reactions

News Reports

  • Analysis: Terrorists On Parade RFE/RL 28 Feb 2005 -- At a 21 February press briefing by Colonel Salam Tirad Abd, director of criminal intelligence in the Babil governorate, purported Iraqi terrorists confessed in front of the media to their involvement in assassinations and beheadings. According to RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq (RFI), a number of the arrested said they were recruited to chase police cars in Babil and assassinate those inside. When asked why he was killing policemen and soldiers, one of those in custody, Amir Latif Mutlaq, said: "It is being said in schools of Islam that they are the agents of the Americans."
  • Iraqi Media Monitoring UNAMI 28 Feb 2005
  • IRAQ: Explosion south of Baghdad kills at least 110 IRIN 28 Feb 2005 -- A huge car bomb exploded in the mainly Shi'ite town of Hilla, some 120 km from the capital, Baghdad, on Monday, leaving at least 110 people dead and more than 200 injured, according to Ministry of Health officials.




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