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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

From the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI)

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Monday, May 02, 2005

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IRAQI NEWS, 1 May 05

Gunmen reportedly kill Baghdad municipality official, two -guards

Iraqi Sunni scholars urge government to release arrested imams

Iraqi TV reports series of "violent" blasts in west Baghdad

Al-Zarqawi Group claims clashes with police patrol near Baghdad

Iraqi prime minister, Australian defence minister hold talks in Baghdad

IRAQI PRESS HEADLINES, 1 May 05

Al-Ta'akhi [Baghdad, daily newspaper published by Al-Ta'akhi publishing and printing house]:

Al-Mashriq [Baghdad, independent international daily newspaper]:

Al-Sharq al-Awsat [Baghdad edition of London-based independent daily newspaper, Saudi-owned]:

Al-Yawm [Baghdad, general daily newspaper published by the General Union of Cooperatives]:

IRAQI PRESS QUOTES & COMMENTS, 1 May 05

“Men of honour” [From editorial]: - Al-Basa'ir

“A healthy Iraqi political life"[From editorial]: Al-Ta'akhi

Editorial warns against incorporating parties' militias in armed forces- Dar al-Salam

Iraqi paper praises PM Al-Ja'fari "flexibility"-(Al-Dustur

Iraqi paper says new government below expectations- Al-Mashriq

Commentator says US "requirements" from Iraqi government must not be ignored

Egyptian writer says Iraqi PM "failed first test"

Top UN envoy met secretary of Iraqi Communist Party's Committee

IRAQI BROADCAST MEDIA, 1 May 05

Programme summary of Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV 1 May 05

Programme summary of Iraqi Al-Iraqiyah TV news 1 May

 

IRAQI NEWS, 1 May 05

Gunmen reportedly kill Baghdad municipality official, two -guards

Unknown gunmen killed Ali al-Aybi, director-general of the Sewage Department at Baghdad Municipality , and two of his guards in Al-Amiriyah area, in western Baghdad , Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV reported on 1 May. The gunmen reportedly opened fire on Al-Aybi while he was inspecting some sewage projects in Al-Amiriyah. The bodies of victims were transferred to a nearby hospital. The gunmen escaped, added the report. (Al-Sharqiyah 1 May 05)

Iraqi Sunni scholars urge government to release arrested imams

The Association of Muslim Scholars (AMS) in Iraq called on the new Iraqi government to release all detained clerics immediately, Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV reported on 1 May. In a statement the AMS noted that the police forces had carried out raids and arrest campaigns in mosques and religious institutions, saying that more than 30 imams, preachers and worshippers had been taken into custody. It stressed that these violations against mosques and Islamic institutions were the beginning of a new chapter of serious violations against the Iraqi people's rights and freedom of expression and belief. A spokesman for the Iraqi Defence Ministry the previous day said that 11 mosque imams were arrested on 29 and 30 April, accusing them of publicly calling for violence in Friday sermons. (Al-Sharqiyah TV 1 May 05)

Iraqi TV reports series of "violent" blasts in west Baghdad

Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV reported on 1 May that Iraqi National Guard detachments have rushed to close down road outlets and intersections in western Baghdad in the wake of successive violent explosions in the area. It quoted a source as saying that the areas of Al-Jihad, Al-I'lam, Al-Risalah, Al-Yarmuk and Al-Qadisiyah and the roads leading from these areas to the Al-Dawrah area and the road leading from the capital to the southern governorates have witnessed heavy traffic as a result of inspection and search operations. The locations and outcome of explosions are not known yet. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad , in Arabic 1 May 05)

Al-Zarqawi Group claims clashes with police patrol near Baghdad

On 1 May, "Qusay al-Andalusi", a guest contributor to the Al-Hikmah forum , posted a statement issued by Abu-Mus'ab al-Zarqawi's Al-Qa'idah of Jihad Organization in the Land of the Two Rivers [Tanzim Qa'idat al-Jihad fi Bilad al-Rafidayn] on the www.hkmah.net website, in which the group claimed responsibility for engaging in clashes with Iraqi policemen near the Diyala Bridge . (Johadist web site 1 May 05)

Iraqi prime minister, Australian defence minister hold talks in Baghdad

Official Australian sources have said that Australian Defence Minister Robert Hill held talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Ja'fari in Baghdad on 1 May, Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV reported. The sources noted that talks between Hill and Al-Ja'fari, who is also in charge of the Defence Ministry, came before an inspection tour by the Australian official of his country's 850-strong force in Iraq . The unannounced visit of the Australian defence minister comes shortly before Australia 's dispatch of military reinforcements to Iraq .

Hill has discussed sending additional forces to southern Iraq during a visit of Australian forces in the area, according to a report by Dubai-based Al-Arabiya TV at 0704 gmt on 1 May. During the visit Hill "stressed that the mission of the Australian forces is concentrated on protecting and assisting the Japanese forces in their humanitarian mission, in addition to training members of the Iraqi police and security forces", the TV reported. (Al-Sharqiyah 1 May 05)

 

IRAQI PRESS HEADLINES, 1 May 05

Al-Ta'akhi [ Baghdad , daily newspaper published by Al-Ta'akhi publishing and printing house]:

  • President Barzani congratulates Dr Ibrahim al-Ja'fari on occasion of new government formation
  • PM of Kurdistan regional government receives the Islamic Republic of Iran's ambassador to Iraq
  • Foreign Minister Hushyar Zibari: Iraq expects neighbouring countries to help more (AFP- Quoted)
  • US personnel training Iraqis in human rights principles (AFP- Quoted)
  • Security still top concern among Iraqis two years on since military operations were declared over (AFP- Quoted).

Al-Mashriq [ Baghdad , independent international daily newspaper]:

United Nations university organization proposes setting up higher education board in Iraq Chief investigative judge visits Saddam in prison (Bayan Jabr) Sulagh says Interior Ministry forces now 25,0000-strong, but still in need of light, medium-calibre weapons Scores killed, injured as three car bombs detonate in Baghdad, a fourth in Mosul Kuwait: Presence of crisis-prone elements in Iraqi government none of our concerns New British Consulate (to be opened) Neighbouring states stressing urgency of bringing former regime officials to trial, with Turkey calling for backing up new government (Reuters- Quoted).

Al-Sharq al-Awsat [ Baghdad edition of London-based independent daily newspaper, Saudi-owned]:

Syria to resume diplomatic relations with Iraq, severed since 1982 (Agencies- Quoted) Discovery in Samawah of largest mass grave for Kurds, with 1,500 corpses, mostly of women and children, buried in 18 trenches (Reuters- Quoted) Synchronized with meeting being held, car bomb blast at Sunni 'National Dialogue Council' headquarters claims ten dead, wounded (AFP- Quoted) Six Americans killed in two days, Egyptian among five suspects detained in Ba'qubah, as 17 fall dead, wounded in two suicide car bombings in Baghdad, Mosul (Agencies- Quoted) Al-Zarqawi aide calls for ordering attacks on White House, Vatican (AFP- Quoted).

Al-Yawm [ Baghdad , general daily newspaper published by the General Union of Cooperatives]:

After long hard labour, Al-Ja'fari announces his government, emphasizing efficiency, integrity and patriotic record as criteria for choice of new ministers Saddam, henchmen to be brought to trial early June Night club owned by Ali Hasan al-Majid demolished Plunge in Iraqi dinar exchange rate attributed to rumours Cairo bus station comes under attack (Agencies- Quoted).

 

IRAQI PRESS QUOTES & COMMENTS, 1 May 05

“Men of honour” [From editorial]: - Al-Basa'ir

"US-style freedom seems to have found staunch supporters in Iraq, namely national guardsmen and men of honour in the Wolf and Scorpion Brigades - men who have taken it upon themselves to spread liberty in this land by turning every part of it into a mass grave, claiming that they are but cultivating the crops of freedom so that this country can live and prosper under the occupiers and their collaborators. Hail, then, Iraq 's new reign of freedom, and forward with the march to build, out of human skulls, the promised citadel of liberty to be a source of inspiration throughout the region and beyond." Al-Basa'ir [From editorial]:

 

“A healthy Iraqi political life"[From editorial]: Al-Ta'akhi

"It would be a positive offshoot of the current political process - initiated by holding the elections and concluded by having a new cabinet installed - for Iraq to have a shadow government, as this would surely help [the emergence of] a new, healthy culture of positive opposition to take root in Iraqi political life." Al-Ta'akhi [From editorial]:

 

Editorial warns against incorporating parties' militias in armed forces- Dar al-Salam

President Jalal Talabani's recent statements on merging the parties' militias with the Iraqi armed forces have raised a large number of questions and resentment because of fear that such a step may further complicate the political and security files, push the country to the edge of chaos and increase internal tension and conflict. An editorial published by the Iraqi newspaper Dar al-Salam on 28 April warned that such a step would have seriously dangerous consequences. It will truly be, as an Iraqi politician has said earlier, "a prescription for civil war". It further warned that all other Iraqi forces and segments will tend to form their own forces and resort to their weapons. As long as the armed forces are formed from militias, what prevents others from taking the same route to protect themselves and the segment they represent? This will lead to chaos the extent or the outcome of which no-one knows. The security and military institutions are national entities that should not become a tool for political conflicts or subject to an agreement between two political forces or parties. The monopoly of the security and military institutions, by obliterating their national identity, would destroy the balance of the Iraqi people's various segments and violate the principle of equal opportunities for all citizens. It would also marginalize some Iraqi factions. Such an outcome can never lead to political stability and social peace, it concluded. (Dar al-Salam, Baghdad , in Arabic 28 Apr 05)

Iraqi paper praises PM Al-Ja'fari "flexibility"-(Al-Dustur

Commentator Basim al-Shaykh, in an article entitled "Al-Ja'fari did well" carried by Iraqi newspaper Al-Dustur on 1 May, praised Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Ja'fari for acting on wise counsel and acting in the Iraqi people's interest. The article noted "Dr Al-Ja'fari's ability to overcome the crisis that surrounded the formation of his government and the accusations that were made against his flexible approach that some considered as laziness." It said that after the alliance that the United Iraqi Alliance list formed with the Kurdish List, Al-Ja'fari could have based his selections and used his guaranteed two-thirds majority in the National Assembly. "However," the article says, "he chose the principle of partnership with the other sects... Al-Ja'fari did well by making a firm decision on this problem. It was a birth of the government that should have taken place despite the opportunists lying in wait to bury it alive and hijack our new experiment for change." (Al-Dustur 1 May 05)

Iraqi paper says new government below expectations- Al-Mashriq

Iraqi newspaper Al-Mashriq on 1 May published an unattributed article which said that the Iraqi people's expectations of the new Iraqi government had not been met. "Iraqis had expected the government that was formed after the elections to be one of the strongest governments in the history of the modern Iraqi state," it said, going on to say that "the time taken by the people who formed this government exceeded the allowable limit." "We had expected the government to have a lovely face and a complete body," it continued, "However, we were surprised that the government that was born had incomplete features and suffered from congenital defects because there are severe gaps in its body. It resembles an infant who is born with one leg or one hand due to a congenital defect." The article criticized that 90 members of parliament had not expressed there approval in the vote on the cabinet, while five members opposed it. "Doing a simple mathematical calculation, we will find that 95 members of the National Assembly did not bless the birth of the government," it said. "Worse still, those who emerged as losers accused the government of being one of winners, while others announced their withdrawal from it and opposition to it. It is amazing the government makers searched hard for a person to give him the defence portfolio, but they found that the womb of Iraq has not produced such a qualified person; the same goes for the other vacant ministries. Our government was born, but regrettably it needs crutches to help it stand. Be its crutches, may God help you and help it!" (Al-Mashriq 1 May 05)

Commentator says US "requirements" from Iraqi government must not be ignored

A commentary by Sahir Uraybi in Iraqi newspaper Al-Dustur on 1 May argued that while the formation and actions of the new Iraqi government should reflect the results of the elections on 30 January, it would be wrong to ignore what the newspaper calls the "requirements" of the US . "Although the United States has not openly proclaimed the nature of these requirements," the article says, "no astute politician who can read between the lines can ignore the fact that these US requirements exist." According to the article, the slow pace of the political process in Iraq is "primarily due to the fact that some essential Iraqi quarters are disregarding this US requirement and are unable to interpret it early and correctly." The article concludes: "The new government is an electoral, constitutional, and US requirement. Any ignoring of these requirements would undermine the democratic march." (Al-Dustur 1 May 05)

Egyptian writer says Iraqi PM "failed first test"

A commentary by Ahmad al-Shaykh in Egyptian newspaper Al-Akhbar on 1 May said that new Iraqi Prime minister Ibrahim al-Ja'fari had "failed the first test" by not managing to appoint ministers of defence, oil, electricity, industry, and human rights. According to the article, "the composition of this government shows that disagreements continue to exist between the Sunnis and Shi'is, while it was hoped that the formation of the government would mark an end to these disagreements." The article continues: "If the current government wants to survive, it must revoke all the decisions that were taken by US governor of Iraq Paul Bremer. It must reinstate the Iraqi army and other institutions, liberate Iraqi economy from foreign gangs, and draw up a plan for the withdrawal of the occupation forces." (Al-Akhbar 1 May 05)

Top UN envoy met secretary of Iraqi Communist Party's Committee

Tariq al-Sha'b, 29 April: publishes on its front page a 120-word report on the meeting held between Hamid Majid Musa, secretary of the Iraqi Communist Party's Central Committee, and Ashraf Qazi, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's envoy to Iraq, during which they discussed the latest security developments in Iraq and the stance of the Iraqi Communist Party toward the political process in the country.

 

IRAQI BROADCAST MEDIA , 1 May 05

 

Programme summary of Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV 1 May 05

  • Iraqi authorities say five killed in today's car blast south of Baghdad , blast was aimed at US military convoy ...
  • Australian defence minister held talks today with the Iraqi prime minister, visit unannounced ...
  • Representatives from united Iraqi alliance visit assembly; video shows official speaking to reporters ...
  • Explosions heard around Baghdad ; video shows traffic in Baghdad ...
  • Mass grave found south of Iraq , more than 1,500 bodies found, mostly women and children in traditional Kurdish clothing; video shows footage from the site of the grave ...
  • Local Baghdad municipal official assassinated this morning ...
  • Armed group kills five police officers in northern Baghdad , officers killed as they slept in check point early this morning ...
  • Iraq 's neighbours affirm their support for the new Iraqi government, in their meeting in Istanbul say they will work for Iraq 's security; footage from the meeting ...
  • Sunni clerics' association calls on the government to release all arrested clerics, calls arrest aggression on religious freedom in Iraq ...
  • Lawyer for former Foreign Minister Tarik Aziz expects him to be released says he is in bad health ...
  • Iraqi workers take part in commemoration of Labour Day, denounce terrorism and high unemployment; video report shows footage from ceremony held for Labour Day ...
  • Interior Ministry says that a raid has revealed some belongings of British hostage Margaret Hasan, who was abducted last year, her body not found yet ...
  • Kurdish official says that delay in holding first session of the Kurdish assembly is due to disagreements over method of choosing speaker of the assembly ...
  • Mortar attack in Al-Fallujah kills seven civilians, one US marine killed in western Iraq ...
  • National Party's woman's' association holds meeting to discuss situation of women in Iraq ; footage from meeting ...
  • Iraqi women hold meeting to establish a new women's association "the general union of Iraqi women"; video report shows footage from the meeting ...
  • Italy to release report on death of the Italian intelligence officer killed by US fire in Iraq ; video shows footage from officer's funeral ...

 

Programme summary of Iraqi Al-Iraqiyah TV news 1 May

  • President Jalal Talabani says government to speed up measures to end violence in speech on May Day ...
  • Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Ja'fari sets up operation room to deal with terrorism ...
  • Al-Ja'fari meets Australian defence minister ...
  • Iraqi police arrest five terror suspects who admitted to killing British relief worker Margaret Hasan; other terror suspects held in Baghdad ; terror network arrested during security raid in Al-Mada'in ...
  • Mass grave found in Diwaniyah ...
  • Civilian killed, two injured in car bomb blast in Baghdad ...
  • Over 80 detainees released in Mosul ...
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs Hoshyar Zebari calls on Iraq neighbours to help his country
  • Workers union marks May Day ...
  • Orthodox Christians mark Easter ...
  • Ayatollah Husayn al-Sadr calls on Iraqis to abide by principles of patriotism and national unity ...
  • Ninawa governor pledges to fight corruption ...
  • Journalists discuss ways to protect rights of Iraqi press ...
  • Basra officials deny responsibility for contaminated Australian wheat shipment ...
  • Project launched to build bridge in Basra . Iraq firm building dams in Ma'isan.

 

 

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