The Largest Security-Cleared Career Network for Defense and Intelligence Jobs - JOIN NOW

Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)



From the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI)

This document is provided as a service by UNAMI. The material is drawn from non-UN sources and does not reflect the opinions of the United Nations, nor can the UN vouch for its accuracy

Tuesday, 8 March 2005

 
HEADLINES, Click to follow link
  
IRAQI NEWS, 7 MARCH 05

·         Al-Sharqiyah TV shows two "recent" images of Al-Zarqawi
·         Fifteen killed, scores wounded in car bomb blast in Balad
·         Oil pipeline near Samarra set ablaze
·         Interior ministry urges foreign nationals to register
·         Al-Sistani urges National Assembly session, formation of government
·         US troops arrest 52 in Al-Dawrah
·         Twenty arrested in Kirkuk for "terrorists" activities
·         Mosque raided in Al-Musayyib
·         Government publishes new Al-Zarqawi images
·         Allawi said interested in PM post only
·         Sunni clerics confirm non-participation in political process
·         Jordan to issue passports to Iraqi businessmen - official
·         QUOTES FROM IRAQI PRESS, 7 MARCH 2005
IRAQI MEDIA PROGRAMME SUMMARIES, 7 MARCH 2005
·         Programme summary of Iraq's Al-Sharqiyah TV news 7 March 05
·         Programme summary of Iraq's Al-Iraqiyah TV news 7 March 05
·         Programme summary of Iraq's Al-Diyar TV news 7 March 05
KURD NEWS, 7 MARCH 2005
·         Iraqi Kurdish leader says state must be separate from religion
·         Iraqi Kurdish leader says state must be separate from religion
·         Kurdistan Satellite TV news Summary, 7 Mar 05
·         KurdSat TV news Summary, 7 Mar 05

IRAQI NEWS, 7 March 05
Al-Sharqiyah TV shows two "recent" images of Al-Zarqawi

The Iraqi government has today published two recent images of Jordanian extremist Abu-Mus'ab al-Zarqawi, who is considered the mastermind of the bloody attacks that took place in Iraq during the past few months. The two photographs were accompanied by a statement signed by the prime minister's office stating that Al-Zarqawi appears in new photographs, and that a reward of 25m dollars will be awarded to anyone providing information that leads to his arrest. The government spokesman did not specify where or when the Iraqi forces located the two images.
Al-Zarqawi's organization has announced on the Internet today that the photographs of him shown on CNN were with a member of his organization who was killed in clashes.
[Video shows two stills of a man; one with a traditional Arab head-dress (Palestinian kufiyah) and the other one without](Source: Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad, in Arabic 7 Mar)
Fifteen killed, scores wounded in car bomb blast in Balad
At least five people were killed and at least 20 wounded when a booby-trapped car exploded near a primary school in Balad, 90 km north of Baghdad, Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV reported on 7 March, adding that the final death toll was yet to be established. Police sources in the area said that a suicide bomber blew up his car an hour after the start of the school, killing and wounding scores of people. The US and Iraqi troops cordoned off the scene of the incident while helicopters hovered above the area, eyewitnesses said. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad, in Arabic 0900 gmt 7 Mar 05)
Oil pipeline near Samarra set ablaze
An oil pipeline to the southwest of Samarra was set ablaze on 7 March, Al-Sharqiyah TV's correspondent in the city reported. The pipeline connects the Bayji refinery, north of Baghdad, with Al-Dawrah refinery, south of Baghdad. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad, in Arabic 0905 gmt 7 Mar 05)
Interior ministry urges foreign nationals to register
Tayf Tariq Husayn, head of the Residency Department at the Iraqi Interior Ministry, in an interview with Al-Sharqiyah TV on 6 March appealed to Arab and other foreign nationals entering Iraq to report to the department or risk deportation. He said the ministry had instructed the criminal investigation burau and police to collect data on the foreigners who fail to register with the Residency Department or fail to produce a valid visa or present some kind of proof to substantiate their entry, such as a company contract or an invitation letter. He said the department would soon begin issuing renewed documents to Arab nationals who already hold the residency permit in Iraq. He added that the Palestinians residing in Iraq since 1946 should also contact the ministry to reaffirm their status. He said adequate measures would be put in place to prevent document forgery. "Our future plans include placing sophisticated computers in the Baghdad offices, at border posts, and at travel and naturalization centres in the Iraqi governorates. These are very sophisticated. We took into account the technical and security aspects to prevent these documents from being forged." (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad, in Arabic 1140 gmt 6 Mar 05)
Al-Sistani urges National Assembly session, formation of government
Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has called for the new assembly to be convened as soon as possible and for the interim government to be formed and the new constitution to be drafted in a manner that guarantees the rights of Arabs, Kurds, Turkmen and all other minorities based on the principle that all Iraqis have equal rights, Iraqi newspaper Al-Mu'tamar reported on 6 March. (Al-Mu'tamar, Baghdad, in Arabic 6 Mar 05)
US troops arrest 52 in Al-Dawrah
US soldiers arrested 52 people in Al-Dawrah agricultural area, south of Baghdad, among them 39 women and children, Al-Sharqiyah TV reported on 7 March. The TV said the arrests were made when "nearly 500 US soldiers" carried out operations in search of suspects. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad, in Arabic 1700 gmt 7 Mar 05)
Twenty arrested in Kirkuk for "terrorists" activities
Security forces carried out a raid in the Al-Uruba, Al-Hijaj and Al-Wahda neighbourhoods in Kirkuk and arrested 20 suspected insurgents on the night of 6 March, Iraqi Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) newspaper Al-Ta'akhi reported. Preliminary interrogation revealed that 11 of the arrested were wanted by the security forces, the paper added the following day. A source from the Kirkuk police force said around half of those arrested were suspected of involvement in acts of terrorism in Kirkuk and the suburbs. (Al-Ta'akhi, Baghdad in Arabic 7 Mar 05)
Mosque raided in Al-Musayyib
A mosque in Al-Musayyib area was attacked by US marines working with Iraqi soldiers, Al-Sharqiyah TV reported on 7 March. The TV said "a large number of people" were arrested following the attack on Al-Muttaqin mosque on suspicion of using the mosque as a base for attacks against the Iraqi and US forces. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad, in Arabic 1700 gmt 7 Mar 05)
Government publishes new Al-Zarqawi images
The government released two recent images of Jordanian militant Abu-Mus'ab al-Zarqawi on 7 March, Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV reported. The two photographs were accompanied by a statement from the prime minister's office stating that a reward of 25m dollars will be awarded to anyone providing information that leads to his arrest. The government spokesman did not specify how the two images were acquired. Al-Sharqiyah TV added that Al-Zarqawi's group has announced on the internet that the photographs of him shown on CNN were with a member of his organization who was killed in clashes. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad, in Arabic 1800 gmt 7 Mar 05)
Allawi said interested in PM post only
A source at the Iraqi National Accord Movement has said that Prime Minister Iyad Allawi will not accept any post in the new government other than that of prime minister, Al-Sharqiyah TV reported on 7 March. Hani Idris, a leader in the National Accord Movement, said this position is backed by Allawi's Iraqi List and his party, the National Accord Movement. Idris added that Allawi's list has not nominated him for any position other than that of prime minister. He denied reports that Allawi had been offered positions of vice-president or deputy prime minister for national security affairs.(Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad, in Arabic 1900 gmt 7 Mar 05)
Sunni clerics confirm non-participation in political process
The Association of Muslim Scholars (AMS) has reaffirmed its position not to participate in the political process in Iraq, Al-Sharqiyah TV reported on 7 March. Speaking during a news conference held in Baghdad, Mutahanna Harith al-Dari, a spokesman for the association, said the AMS's decision was based on its position of opposing the occupation. Al-Dari said: "We reaffirm that the positions are the same. There will be no participation in political life; the issue of the constitution and then the elections." (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad, in Arabic 1500 gmt 7 Mar 05)
Jordan to issue passports to Iraqi businessmen - official
A source at Baghdad's Chamber of Commerce has said that the Jordanian government agreed to grant Iraqi businessmen the right to acquire Jordanian passports valid for five years, Iraqi newspaper Al-Nahdah reported on 1 March. The source added that this move should help ease business transactions between the two countries. The Jordanian interior minister has also agreed to issue VIP identification cards to Iraqi businessmen, which will curtail the red tape at border outlets and airports, the paper added. In addition, residence permits will be issued to eligible Iraqis, who will also be exempted from depositing securities in Jordanian banks. (Al-Nahdah, Baghdad, in Arabic 1 Mar 2005)


QUOTES FROM IRAQI PRESS, 7 MARCH 2005

Al-Zaman, 7 March 05: runs a statement by the multinational forces announcing the end of its military operation in Al-Anbar, in which 400 suspects were arrested and several arsenals recovered. The statement says that terrorist operations increase after this military operation. The report also cites an official at the Interior Ministry noting that the Interior Ministry's commandos started a military operation to crush the insurgency in Samarra city.
Al-Adalah, 7 March 05: carries an article discussing the "burgeoning democracy" in Lebanon and the "lessons" that the Lebanese can learn from the "democratic transformations" in Iraq. The author says that the Syrian "occupation" of Lebanon will soon end because of the "efforts of the civil society organizations, which now have the lead instead of the old-fashioned military dictatorships."

Al-Adalah, 7 March 05: runs an article by Khalil Al-Isa commenting on the Al-Hillah bombing, saying that the Ba'th Party "remnants" are responsible for this "atrocious crime." The writer calls on the Iraqi Government to "activate the deba'thification law in order to clean the Iraqi state from the Ba'thists' malignant presence."
Al-Dustur, 7 March 05: carries an article saying that the delay in forming the transitional government has been caused by Kurds who imposed their preconditions for joining in coalition with the other entities that won in the elections. (7 March)
Al-Dustur, 7 March 05: carries an article reviewing the policy adopted by the Ba'thist regime and the horrible crimes committed by Saddam Husayn. The writer wonders whether the fall of Saddam's regime means the end of the Ba'th rule in the Arab political arena.
Al-Mu'tama , 7 March 05: carries a report citing Jawad Talib, the political adviser of Al-Da'wah Party Leader Ibrahim al-Ja'fari announcing that the United Iraqi Alliance and the Kurdistan Alliance List will soon reach an agreement regarding the formation of the new transitional government. Talib predicted that the new government will be announced within a week. (7 March)
Al-Adalah publishes an article by Abd-al-Basit al-Juwari, 7 March 05 commenting on the "justified delay" of announcing the formation of the upcoming Iraqi Government. The writer says that "creating a well-balanced and strong government requires sufficient democratic talks," adding that the Iraqi people should be "informed about the reality of these talks and the developments of the political process." (7 March)


IRAQI MEDIA PROGRAMME SUMMARIES, 7 March 2005
Programme summary of Iraq's Al-Sharqiyah TV news 7 March 05
Ten killed, 23 injured in attacks on checkpoints in Ba'qubah ... Fifteen killed, 23 injured in suicide bombing near a school in Balad ... Syrian and Lebanese leaders agree on withdrawal of Syrian forces from Lebanon ... Iraqi vice-president announces forming of government being discussed between different lists ... Iraqi Defence Ministry calls on former officers of the special forces to join the new Iraqi army ... Iraqi forces arrest a number of people following storm and search operations in Baghdad. Video of arrested people ... Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq renews its decision not to take part in the current political process ... Egyptian embassy lodge formal complaint to the Iraqi Foreign Ministry for mistreatment of Egyptian diplomat by Iraqi soldiers ... Police in Al-Diwaniyah arrest a gang of five drug smugglers ... Unknown armed men kidnap Jordanian businessman, demand ransom ... Iraqi government deport 10,000 Arab nationals for residency violations ... Oil pipe attacked southwest of Samarra ... Funeral held for Italian intelligence officer killed in Iraq by US forces ... Iraqi intellectuals hold meeting, discuss philosophy.
        


Programme summary of Iraq's Al-Iraqiyah TV news 7 March 05
·         Agreement between United Iraqi Alliance and Kurdish Alliance over Ibrahim al-Ja'fari as candidate to be premier; intensive consultations underway to form government. Video report highlights comments by Jawad Talib, Al-Ja'fari advisor, about agreement on Al-Ja'fari as candidate, meeting of National Assembly on basis of call by interim National Assembly.
·         Report on perception of Kurdish, Turkoman parties of government tasks. Report highlights comments by Turkoman politician stressing they were part of Iraq mosaic. (2:37)
·         Vice-President Rozh Nuri Shawes says meeting of National Assembly on 16 March. Video report highlights his comments on ongoing consultations. (1:15)
·         Car bomb in Ba'qubah kills ten, injures 26; five Iraqi soldiers killed in clashes in city; 15 killed in suicide attack in Balad. Video report covers violence in Balad, women, schoolchildren among victims. (2:20)
·         Missiles detonated in Najaf; eight terror suspects arrested in Mosul. (0:45)
·         Minister of Defence Hazim Sha'lan al-Khuza'I says army intensifies war on terrorism. Video report covers his comments on new equipment and weapons purchased by army, Iraqi forces taking over security in Latifiyah and Mahmudiyah, Iraqi intelligence active across the country. (2:13)
·         Minister of Human Rights Amin Bakhtiyar questions claim that US troops deliberately fired at car of Italian journalist as Italy mourns slain intelligence agent.
·         Basra police take new anti-terror measures. Video report (1:51)
·         New teachers recruited in several provinces. Video report (2:13)
·         Traffic congestion attributed to difficult security situation. Video report
·         Syria-Lebanon summit agrees on Syrian troop redeployment. Video report (2:47)
·         Syrian forces dismantle equipment in positions east of Beirut. Video report (0:38)
·         Palestinians shoot two Israelis in Hebron. Video report (1:24)
·         UN Secretary-General Kofi Anan calls for emergency meeting of Security Council over Darfur. Video report (2:43)
·         World Food Organisation says North Korea suffers acute food shortage. Video report (1:45)
·         Beijing decision against Taiwan separation from China sparks Taiwanese protest.
·         Suspect involved in shooting Taiwan premier during last polls dies. Video report
·         King of Malaysia visits Japan. Video report (0:58)
·         Business bulletin. Iran holds building material exhibition on fringes of conference on Iraq reconstruction. Iraq share market down. Report on reconstruction projects in Al-Sadr City. (10:07)

Programme summary of Iraq's Al-Diyar TV news 7 March 05
Clashes take place between armed men and National Guardsmen in Ba'qubah; A car-bomb explosion targets police patrols in the city; Four Iraqi soldiers were killed and 23 others were wounded ... Vice President Al-Ja'fari meets with President Al-Yawir. They stressed the need to convene the National Assembly as soon as possible. Al-Ja'fari also receives the UN envoy ... Deputy Prime Minister Salih says the National Assembly will hold its first session on 16 March ... The United Iraqi Alliance forms consultative committee to support Ibrahim al-Ja'fari's contacts to form the government ... The human rights minister says his ministry will send 400 people to Italy for training on prison work ... A huge demonstration in Al-Hillah warns of civil disobedience if the perpetrators and supportersof the recent bombing in the city, in which more than 120 people were killed, are not brought to justice and the families of the victims are not compensated ... Iraqi and multinational forces are carrying out an operation against insurgents in Samarra; A number of Iraqis were killed in various incidents; The security forces arrest over 60 suspects in Mosul and Bayji ... The chief of staff of the new Iraqi Army says the army and police will be able to take over security in the country in the next six months ... Interview with the director of civil defence in Basra on efforts to fight fires, remove mines, and provide other services ... An Electricity Ministry delegation leaves for Amman to discuss electricity projects with Arab and international companies ...Report on the possibility of establishing e-government in Iraq ...The freed Italian journalist says the American forces probably wanted to kill her deliberately ... The chief physician in Al-Yarmuk Hospital accuses a number of National Guardsmen of unjustifiably attacking doctors in the hospital

KURD NEWS, 7 March 2005
Iraqi Kurdish leader says state must be separate from religion
The leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Jalal Talabani, has said the Kurdish bloc "will not accept an Islamic and sectarian regime in Iraq", Kurdish TV reported on 7 March. Although the Kurdish alliance acknowledges that Islam is the religion of the state, it "should not be the sole source of law", Talabani said. Regarding his talks with Ibrahim al-Ja'fari, leader of the main Shi'i bloc United Iraqi Alliance, Talabani said Kurdish demands were generally "acceptable" to the Shi'is, but added that all the agreements should be sealed and signed in writing. The written agreement should also confirm that a change of mind on either side "should lead to the dissolution of the government". Talabani added that during the talks, the sides had also agreed that the post of president should go the Kurdish bloc, while the Shi'is would take care of the post of prime minister. (KurdSat TV, Al-Sulaymaniyah, in Sorani Kurdish 0800 gmt 7 Mar 05)
Iraqi Kurdish leader says state must be separate from religion
The leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) Jalal Talabani, said at a meeting with fellow party members in Sulaymaniyah on 6 March that the party supported the establishment of a federal democratic Iraq and that it was opposed the setting up of a fundamentalist Islamic government, Kurdish TV reported on 7th. "We want a united democratic, federal, parliamentary and independent Iraq. That means, we will not accept an Islamic and sectarian regime in Iraq nor a regime dominated by one ethnic group. We want a united democratic, federal, pluralist and independent Iraq, Talabani said. Speaking about the role of Islam in the new sate, Talabani said: "When we mention restructuring of Iraq, relations between religion and state is important to us. We believe that Islam in the religion of the state. However, Islam should not become the only source for law in Iraq. We agreed in the past to respect the Islamic identity of the Iraqi people. However, we will not accept anything that is not stipulated in the interim Iraqi State Administration Law." He said the Kurdish bloc "would not allow a totalitarian and fundamentalist Iraq to emerge". On talks with the United Iraqi Alliance on the formation of a government, Talabani said alliance had accepted the demands of the people of Kurdistan "in principle" but had yet to confirm this in writing. (KurdSat TV, Al-Sulaymaniyah, in Sorani Kurdish 0800 gmt 7 Mar 05)
Kurdistan Satellite TV news Summary, 7 Mar 05
·         The anniversary of the 1975 Algerian pact between the Iraqi and Iranian governments against the Kurds marked today ...
·         The Council of Ministers in Arbil discusses a number of draft laws and amendments regarding ministries, including judicial service institution and formation of special departments for religious minority groups in the Ministry of Endowment and Religious Affairs ...
·         Iraqi deputy Prime Minister Dr Barham Salih said the Iraqi National Assembly expected to hold its fist meeting on 16 March ...
·         Regional interior minister meets representatives from South Korean Olive military unit in Arbil ...
·         The special commission for normalization of Kirkuk is expected to start its work ...
·         Displaced people from Kirkuk demonstrate and demand implementation of Article 58 of the interim Iraqi State Administration Law ...
·         Regional education minister meets representatives from a US construction company and discusses building eight schools in Arbil ...
·         On the anniversary of Mustafa Barzani, KDP representatives in the UK hold a seminar in Birmingham ...
·         The head of KDP Branch-5 in Baghdad meets a delegation of Sudanese democrats ...
·         Kurdistan security forces trained to ensure security of citizens
KurdSat TV news Summary, 7 Mar 05
·         A car-bomb blast in Ba'qubah kills 12 and injures many ...
·         Kurdish people mark the anniversary of the 1991 Kurdish uprising ...
·         The Iraqi deputy prime minister says the National Assembly is expected to hold its first meeting on 16 March ...
·         A team started repairing the oil pipeline near Dibs that has been damaged by a terrorist attack recently ...
·         Displaced people from Kirkuk demonstrate and call for the implementation of Article 58 of the interim Iraqi State administration Law ...
·         Six "terrorists" arrested in Dibs on 6th

***
NB: This is not an official document. The information contained therein was compiled by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq, Information Office. If you have any questions/suggestions, please contact us at (+ 962 550 -4631/4632 or Cell. + 962 77 619 731 jarrar@un.org <mailto:jarrar@un.org> or alsokhni@un.org <mailto:alsokhni@un.org>




NEWSLETTER
Join the GlobalSecurity.org mailing list