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25 May 2005 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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

Current Operations

Deployments

  • Reserve helo squadron serves second OIF tour USMC News 25 May 2005 -- Remaining true to their motto, "Putting grunts in their place since 1958," Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 764 is back in Iraq for a second time in two years supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

US Policy

  • Lawmakers Reject Democratic Effort to Require Plan for Iraq Withdrawal VOA 25 May 2005 -- The House of Representatives has soundly rejected an attempt by opposition Democrats to require President Bush to send Congress a plan for a U.S. military withdrawal from Iraq. Debate over the issue came during House consideration of legislation overwhelmingly approved (by a vote 390 to 39), authorizing just over 490-billion dollars in spending on defense and other needs for the 2006 fiscal year.

United Nations

  • UN Iraq envoy holds talks with French Foreign Minister UN News Centre 25 May 2005 -- Secretary-General Kofi Annan's representative for Iraq has met with France's Foreign Minister and other senior French officials for talks that focused on preparations for the ministerial meeting on Iraq to be held on 22 June in Brussels.
  • Iraq Asks United Nations To Keep Multinational Force in Country Washington File 25 May 2005 -- Citing continued armed insurgency, Iraq has asked the U.N. Security Council to allow the 160,000-strong, U.S.-led multinational force (MNF) to remain in the country until after elections for a permanent government.

Reconstruction Issues

Foreign Reactions

  • UK sending more troops to train Iraqi forces IRNA 25 May 2005 -- Britain's military presence in Iraq is to be strengthened to step up the training of the country's local security forces, Defense Secretary John Reid announced Wednesday.

News Reports

  • Iraqi Media Monitoring UNAMI 25 May 2005
  • Al-Zarqawi: What Impact On Insurgency? RFE/RL 25 May 2005 -- A statement posted on 24 May on an Internet website linked in the past to Al-Qaeda, claimed that Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi, the leader of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Tanzim Qa'idat Al-Jihad fi Bilad al-Rafidayn, was wounded in Iraq. While not yet confirmed, this news is certain to lead to speculation on the future fighting capability of the group.
  • IRAQ: Doctors alert for a possible cholera outbreak in summer season IRIN 25 May 2005 -- Health experts in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, warned of a possible cholera outbreak this summer, saying they have seen an increase in cases so far this year and called for urgent action to prevent it from spreading.




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