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03 May 2005 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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

Current Operations

Deployments

  • Kearsarge on Station in Persian Gulf Navy NewsStand 03 May 2005 -- The multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) arrived on station in the Persian Gulf May 2.
  • Gators deploy into history USMC News 03 May 2005 -- The deployment of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 142 earlier this month in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom marks the first time in 50 years that a Marine reserve fixed wing tactical fighter squadron has deployed to combat operations.
  • Reserve CH-46 squadrons meet in Iraq USMC News 03 May 2005 -- With deployments increasing for Marines across the globe, reserve units are frequently activated to support the Global War on Terrorism.
  • The Deuce waves 'Snake Eyes' in Al Asad USMC News 03 May 2005 -- Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 2 deployed its unit's flag here May 2.

US Policy

United Nations

Reconstruction Issues

  • Iraq Cabinet Takes Office VOA 03 May 2005 -- Iraq Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari has been sworn in with 29 members of his cabinet, but the country's political impasse continues with key portfolios unfilled.
  • IRAQ: Focus on increasing displacement in Kirkuk IRIN 03 May 2005 -- The Iraqi city of Kirkuk has been the scene of ethnic tension since the fall of Saddam Hussein in April 2003.

Foreign Reactions

  • NEW IRAQ GOVERNMENT: 'A TURBULENT BEGINNING' US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 03 May 2005
  • Iraq: U.S., Italy Differ On How Italian Agent Died, But Move To Preserve Ties RFE/RL 03 May 2005 -- Italy has issued its own report on the death in Iraq of intelligence agent Nicola Calipari, who was shot by U.S. troops at a road checkpoint in March. The report differs from an American assessment of the incident, which frees the soldiers of blame. Calipari was escorting a released Italian hostage to a Baghdad airport when the incident occurred. The accidental killing of the agent, who is now a hero in his homeland, has dimmed the usually warm relations between Italy and the United States.

News Reports

  • Letter Reveals Problems in Iraq Insurgency VOA 03 May 2005 -- U.S. forces in Iraq have captured what they say is a letter from a key supporter to insurgent leader Abu Musab Zarqawi, indicating that there is a split in the insurgency, which the letter blames on poor leadership.

  • U.S.: Abu Ghurayb And Guantanamo -- Pattern Or Coincidence? RFE/RL 03 May 2005 -- Private First Class Lynndie England of the U.S. Army reserves pleaded guilty yesterday to her role in the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners at the Abu Ghurayb prison outside Baghdad. The scandal arose a year ago with the disclosure of photos of England and other U.S. soldiers conducting the abuse. U.S. President George W. Bush and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld have dismissed the mistreatment as the acts of a few rogue soldiers. But now there are news reports of similar behavior at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
  • Iraqi Media Monitoring UNAMI 03 May 2005




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