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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


15 March 2005 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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

Current Operations

Deployments

  • Italy To Withdraw Iraq Troops In September RFE/RL 15 Mar 2005 -- Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi says Italy will start withdrawing its troops from Iraq in September.
  • ITALY/IRAQ VOA 15 Mar 2005 -- Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said Italian troops will start to be withdrawn from Iraq in September. He said it will be a gradual pullout based on the Iraqi government's ability to handle its own security.

  • 2nd Marine Logistics Brigade assumes logistics support mission in Al Anbar province MNF-I/MMC-I 15 Mar 2005 -- 2nd Marine Logistics Brigade (Forward), assumed operational control of Marine Corps logistics forces in Iraq from 1st Force Service Support Group during a ceremony here March 12.
  • Seabees Change Command, Continue Reconstruction Efforts in Iraq MNF-I/MMC-I 15 Mar 2005 -- The I Marine Expeditionary Force Engineer Group (I MEG) officially stood down Friday, and was relieved by the 30th Naval Construction Regiment (30th NCR), in a Transfer of Authority ceremony held at Camp Fallujah, in western Iraq.

US Policy

  • CONGRESS/IRAQ FUNDING VOA 15 Mar 2005 -- The House of Representatives has taken up legislation on 81-point-three-billion dollars in funds to support U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. The measure gives the president most of what he wanted for war funding:
  • Trends Pointing Up in Iraq, Joint Chiefs Chairman Says AFPS 15 Mar 2005 -- America's top military officer said today that he leaves Iraq feeling "very good" about the situation in the country.
  • Coalition Remains Strong Two Years Into Iraqi Freedom AFPS 15 Mar 2005 -- Just days before the second anniversary of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the coalition supporting the operation "is probably healthier and stronger than any other international coalition," according to the deputy chief of coalition operations for U.S. Central Command, which has its headquarters here.
  • CENTCOM Officials Cite Prongs to Iraq Success AFPS 15 Mar 2005 -- Continued progress in Iraq requires a four-pronged approach that will create conditions where a representative government operates freely in a secure, economically viable environment, U.S. Central Command officials here told the American Forces Press Service.

United Nations

Reconstruction Issues

  • Iraq: Would-Be Coalition Partners Continue Talks To Form Government RFE/RL 15 Mar 2005 -- Talks on the formation of a coalition Iraqi government continue ahead of the inaugural session of the National Assembly, scheduled for tomorrow. The Shi'a-dominated United Iraqi Alliance, which won more than half the seats in parliament, is locked in negotiations with Kurdish political groups.

Foreign Reactions

News Reports

  • IRAQ / COALITION VOA 15 Mar 2005 -- Two years after the invasion of Iraq, the international coalition of nations that ousted Saddam Hussein -- which once numbered more than three-dozen -- has shrunk to about two-dozen. Italy has announced it will begin withdrawing its troops from iraq in September if security conditions permit.. Ukraine and the Netherlands are initiating phased withdrawals, while Poland and several others are scaling back troop commitments. But even as the coalition becomes smaller, there are signs that the broader international community is rallying behind efforts to stabilize and assist a democratic Iraq.
  • Iraqi Media Monitoring UNAMI 15 Mar 2005
  • IRAQ: Evidence of insurgents using child soldiers IRIN 15 Mar 2005 -- Early every morning Mahmoud, 13, leaves his uncle's home in Baghdad to take lessons in how to fight US troops. Orphaned when his father was killed by US-led troops, Mahmoud has absorbed the feelings of hate held for the US by his uncle who fights with the insurgents. Now he is ready to fight them too.




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