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21 June 2005 - Iraq Special Weapons News

Operations
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US Policy
United Nations
Reconstruction Issues
Foreign Reactions
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Current Operations

Deployments

US Policy

  • Key Democrat Calls on Bush To Change Course in Iraq VOA 21 Jun 2005 -- The top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is calling on President Bush to change course in Iraq or risk failure that could harm U.S. national security. Senator Joe Biden of Delaware delivered a speech in Washington two days after he announced his intention to run for president in 2008.
  • Congress Wants Pentagon Documents on Iraq Development Funds VOA 21 Jun 2005 -- U.S. lawmakers have sharply criticized U.S. handling of the Development Fund for Iraq that was to be used for the reconstruction of Iraq after the invasion.
  • Rice Calls for a New International Partnership on Iraq Washington File 21 Jun 2005 -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says an international conference on Iraq taking place in Brussels, Belgium, June 22 offers an opportunity to build a new international partnership for Iraq.
  • Insurgency Can't Long Disrupt Iraqi Political Progress, Rice Says AFPS 21 Jun 2005 -- The recently escalating insurgency in Iraq cannot stop the rapid, revolutionary political change that is occurring there, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said in a TV interview June 20 in Cairo, Egypt.
  • New U.S. Ambassador 'Horrified' By Iraq Violence RFE/RL 21 Jun 2005 -- The new U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, said today he is horrified at the level of violence wracking the country, and that Islamic extremists and former members of Saddam Hussein's outlawed Ba'ath Party are trying to start a civil war in Iraq.

United Nations

  • Annan says UN operation in Iraq hard work, no fanfare IRNA 21 Jun 2005 -- United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan said that UN operation in Iraq is hard work and there is no fanfare, UN Information Center in Tehran (UNIC) said on Tuesday.
  • Annan to make Iraqi funds available for development, UN arrears UN News Centre 21 Jun 2005 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today informed the Security Council of his intention to transfer the amount of $220,256,697 from the escrow account set up under the former UN arms inspection regime into accounts for the country's development and the repayment of its UN arrears.
  • United Nations Funds To Help Iraq Pay Dues Washington File 21 Jun 2005 -- The United Nations will release more than $20 million held in an escrow account to help Iraq pay its U.N. dues and related obligations, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has announced.

Reconstruction Issues

Foreign Reactions

News Reports

  • Attorney Calls Saddam Hussein's Detention Unlawful VOA 21 Jun 2005 -- One of Saddam Hussein's legal advisers says the former Iraqi leader has been held unlawfully and for too long. He also said the Iraqi government should refrain from making political statements about the former president.
  • Hussein Says He'd Like To Talk To Bush RFE/RL 21 Jun 2005 -- American soldiers guarding Saddam Hussein say the deposed Iraqi leader told them he would like to talk to U.S. President George W. Bush "to make peace with him."
  • IRAQ: Focus on treatment of foreign Arabs IRIN 21 Jun 2005 -- Ahmed Bodini, a Sudanese national, was driving his family home from a supermarket in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, when he was stopped at a checkpoint by government troops and interrogated.



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