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08 March 2005 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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

Current Operations

Deployments

US Policy

  • MNC-I to conduct follow-on investigation MNF-I/MNC-I 08 Mar 2005 -- The Multi-National Force-Iraq announced March 8 that its subordinate command, the Multi-National Corps-Iraq has assembled a team, led by Brig. Gen. Peter Vangjel, to conduct a follow-on investigation into the circumstances surrounding the March 4 incident during which US Forces fired on a vehicle approaching a coalition check point on airport road in Baghdad.
  • 1st COSCOM investigating incident with Bulgarian Soldier MNF-I/MNC-I 08 Mar 2005 -- Iraq regrets the death of Jr. Sgt. Gardi Gardev from Bulgaria. Officials from 1st Corps Support Command are investigating the incident. More details will be provided when they are available.
  • US/IRAQ/INSURGENCY VOA 08 Mar 2005 -- The top U.S. general in Iraq says the insurgency is becoming less effective, although it is still capable of launching significant attacks. General George Casey briefed reporters at the Pentagon Tuesday
  • US/IRAQ INVESTIGATION VOA 08 Mar 2005 -- The U.S. general who commands all coalition forces in Iraq says he expects a joint U.S.-Italian investigation into what happened at a checkpoint near Baghdad airport Friday, when U.S. soldiers fired on the car carrying an Italian hostage freed by insurgents, and killed one of her security officers.
  • Team to Conduct Inquiry Into Checkpoint Shooting AFPS 08 Mar 2005 -- U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Peter Vangjel will lead a Multinational Corps Iraq team to investigate the March 4 incident on a Baghdad road that left Italian security specialist Nicola Calipari dead and Italian journalist Guiliana Sgrena wounded, Multinational Force Iraq announced today.
  • Probe Ordered in Shooting of Italian Intelligence Agent Washington File 08 Mar 2005 -- An investigation is being conducted into a checkpoint shooting incident March 4 near Baghdad, Iraq, that left an Italian intelligence officer dead and two other Italian civilians wounded, the coalition military commander in Iraq says.

United Nations

Reconstruction Issues

  • Coalition, NATO Training Leaders for Iraqi Forces AFPS 08 Mar 2005 -- In Iraq, getting military leaders at the level above battalion has been a problem, but the coalition and NATO are addressing the challenge.
  • IRAQ / ARCHIVES VOA 08 Mar 2005 -- An Iraqi non-governmental organization is working to archive millions of documents from the regime of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. The group says it will ask the United States and other foreign governments for as much as 100-million dollars to build a library in Baghdad.

Foreign Reactions

  • BULGARIA/FUNERAL VOA 08 Mar 2005 -- Bulgaria's eighth soldier killed in Iraq was buried Tuesday. Questions remain about the March 4th death that Bulgarian officials say was an accidental killing by U.S. forces. Thousands of people attended the funeral of Junior Sergeant Gurdi Gurdev.
  • ITALY/FINI VOA 08 Mar 2005 -- Italy's Foreign Minister Gianfranco Fini says the Italian and U.S. military versions of the killing of an intelligence agent in Iraq differ. But he ruled out that the shooting that killed Nicola Calipari was the result of an ambush.

News Reports

  • Iraqi Media Monitoring UNAMI 08 Mar 2005
  • IRAQ: Focus on women's rights IRIN 08 Mar 2005 -- If there is something that Iraqi women want most right now, it is recognition and respect in a country where for years they have suffered discrimination and humiliation, either from the government, or at the hands of conservative Arabic society, experts say.




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