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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

 

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

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IRAQI NEWS, 31 May 05

Police arrest gang involved in abducting women

Sunni and Shi'i bodies meet to "strengthen ties"

One civilian killed, one abducted by gunmen near Tikrit Monday

A forum on federalism held in Baghdad

Al-Anbar governor found dead

IRAQI PRESS HEADLINES, 31 May 05

Al-Dustur

Al-Zaman

Al-Mada

Baghdad

Al-Bayan

Al-Mu'tamar

Al-Watan

Al-Furat

IRAQI PRESS QOUTES & EDITORIALS, 31 May 05

"Elected by the people”- Al-Dustur

“Zarqawi's injured, another name to emerge as a replacement”- Al-Zaman

IRAQI BROADCAST MEDIA, 31 May 05

Three new satellite televisions observed on Nilesat

University radio station observed on FM Frequencies

Al-Sharqiyah TV news summary 31 May 05

Al-Iraqiyah TV news 31 May 05

UPDATES FROM THE KURDISH PERSS, 31 May 05

Xebat, daily newspaper issued in Erbil by the KDP

Kurdistani Nwe, daily newspaper issued in Sulaymanya by the PUK

 

IRAQI NEWS, 31 May 05

Police arrest gang involved in abducting women

The anti-drug squad in Karbala has arrested members of a gang involved in kidnapping women, Al-Iraqiyah TV reported on 30 May, quoting the squad chief, Lt-Gen Abbas Fadil. Fadil said the squad was acting on information provided by members of the public. After checking out the information, police arrested members of the gang including seven women. They admitted to having abducted several women who had been smuggled to Syria , the TV said. (Al-Iraqiyah TV, Baghdad , in Arabic 30 May 05)

Sunni and Shi'i bodies meet to "strengthen ties"

Harith al-Dari, secretary-general of the Iraqi [Sunni] Association of Muslim Scholars (AMS) received a delegation representing the [Shi'i] Al-Sadr Stream at the association's HQ at the Umm al-Qura mosque in Baghdad on 22 May, Al-Basa'ir weekly newspaper, reported on 26th. According to the weekly, the two sides "discussed the current conditions experienced by both the Sunnis and the Shi'is, the influence exerted by some militias that belong to parties that participate in the interim government and the schemes that these militias brought from beyond the country's borders to implement against the members of the two sects in order to divide their ranks and sow the seeds of sedition among the sons of the same religion and same country. They also discussed ways of strengthening relations between the two sides to forestall any attempt by any weak person or hireling to undermine Iraq 's security and stability and perpetuate its occupation." (Al-Basa'ir, Baghdad , in Arabic 26 May 05)

One civilian killed, one abducted by gunmen near Tikrit Monday

Gunmen abducted two Iraqi civilians in two separate incidents north of Baghdad on 30 May, killing one of them, Al-Sharqiyah TV reported the following day. An unnamed man was taken from his house in Al-Dawr, south of Tikrit, and his body was later found on the road between the two cities, the Tikrit Joint Coordination Centre said. In a separate incident, Adil (Ulagin), head of the Traffic Departments Bank in Tikrit, was abducted from his house in Al-Qadisiyah neighbourhood by armed men wearing police uniforms, the centre said. His whereabouts are not known. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad , in Arabic 31 May 05)

A forum on federalism held in Baghdad

A forum on federalism has been held at the University of Baghdad , Al-Iraqiyah TV reported on 30 May. A number of academics and a member of the parliamentary committee in charge of drafting the basic law addressed the meeting which discussed federalism and other contentious issues raised in the course of writing of the constitution. (Al-Iraqiyah TV, Baghdad , in Arabic 30 May 05)

Al-Anbar governor found dead

The governor of Al-Anbar province has been found dead by US troops near Al-Qa'im city, near the Syrian border, Al-Sharqiyah TV reported on 31 May, quoting an Iraqi government spokesman. The US troops found the governor's body in the town of Rawah on 29 May after they stormed a house from which they were being shot at, Layth Kubbah told reporters. Three insurgents - two Saudi Arabians and a Moroccan - were injured and four had been killed, Kubbah said. The killed insurgents included two Syrians, a Jordanian and an Algerian, he added. "A body of a person was found tied to a gas cylinder. It took a long time to identify the body, whose cause of death was most probably an explosion that took place and the shrapnel the explosion produced. After examination, it turned out that the deceased was [Al-Anbar] governor. After ascertaining the identity of the governor, we informed his family of the news". (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad , in Arabic 31 May 05)

IRAQI PRESS HEADLINES, 31 May 05

Al-Dustur

[ Baghdad , independent daily newspaper]:

  • Scores of terrorists killed, captured as Operation New Market comes to a close
  • Iraqi government welcomes release of Muhsin Abd-al-Hamid, with Coalition Forces apologizing for his detention
  • Leading terrorist figure arrested in Al-Ghazaliyah (Agencies quoted)
  • Forty Afghan, three Iranian, thirty-two Iraqi detainees released
  • Senior UN constitutional consultant hosted by constitutional committee
  • Iraqi Foreign Ministry invites Arab states to send in diplomatic missions (Agencies quoted)
  • Iraqis in favour of restoring capital punishment (Al-Wataniyah News quoted).

Al-Zaman

[ Baghdad edition of London-based independent daily newspaper]:

  • US troops raid Abd-al-Hamid's home at dawn, take him away along with sons, bodyguards, guests Multinational Forces apologize to Islamic Party leader
  • Efforts to ease sectarian tension welcomed by Qazi
  • Scores killed, wounded in two suicide bombings in Al-Hillah, Al-Zarqawi group claiming responsibility for massacre
  • Shawis publicizing details of Barzani-Talabani accord
  • Kirkuk : Barzanchi kidnapped, shot dead by unidentified elements
  • Interior Ministry: Operation Lightning tightens noose on guerrilla infrastructure (AFP quoted) Iraq re-elected to Arabsat membership.

Al-Mada

[ Baghdad , independent daily newspaper published by Al-Mada Corporation for Media, Culture and Art]:

  • Comprehensive agreement reached between two Kurdish parties, Kurdistan parliament to hold opening session on 4 June with a view to forming unified government
  • Prime minister tells press conference Operation Lightning has uncovered workshops for assembling explosives, booby-trapping cars in the very heart of Baghdad
  • Bounty offered for capture of Hamid Al-Azzawi
  • Food ration to be extended to include thirteen items in June
  • India voices readiness to refurbish Iraqi oil facilities
  • Ministry of Water Resources working to increase power generation output to 1,250 megawatts
  • Five hundred Iranian companies to participate in international fair in Karbala .

Baghdad

[ Baghdad , political daily newspaper published by the Iraqi National Accord Movement]:

  • Chairing 'Iraqiyah' parliamentary bloc meeting, Allawi says Iraqiyah slate offers best option for a better future, points out some have violated the law by levelling unverified accusations at others under the guise of combating corruption
  • Talabani demands immediate release of Islamic Party leader (AFP quoted)
  • Muhsin Abd-al-Hamid detained, eighty-two people killed, wounded (AFP quoted)
  • Train journeys resumed between Al-Hillah, Basra With 2,000 bottles of blood collected this month, mobile blood collection unit continues to tour schools, mosques in search of donors
  • Several improvised explosive devices detonated in various Baghdad neighbourhoods
  • Murder reported on airport highway.

Al-Bayan

[ Baghdad , general political daily newspaper published by the Islamic Al-Da'wah Party]:

  • Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Ja'fari receives Shaykh Ghazi al-Yawar, UN secretary-general's special envoy Ashraf Qazi, British prime minister's special emissary as well as Korean ambassador
  • Dr Al-Ja'fari receives messages of solidarity and support in connection with decision by Iraqi justice system to adopt hard-line approach in dealing with terrorists
  • Another massacre committed by two terrorists in Al-Hillah (Agencies quoted)
  • National Assembly to discuss draft resolution on replacements to some of its members today Iraq 's southern borders secure, says General Hammadi (Agencies quoted)
  • Oil Ministry threatens corrupt gas-station staffers with harsh penalties
  • Al-Shibibi urges foreign banks to commence operations in Iraq
  • Contractors get cabinet approval to have their entitlements paid out for work done before 9 April 2003
  • Al-Zindani has one of his grandsons killed in Iraq .

Al-Mu'tamar

[ Baghdad , comprehensive daily newspaper published by the Iraqi National Congress]:

  • Armed clashes expected in several Baghdad districts as secret details of Operation Lightning partially divulged by Baghdad police chief Three sub-committees tasked with spelling out clauses relevant to chapters of new constitution Saddam investigations impeded by US officials, says justice minister Terror-supporting ex-army officer detained Mosque preacher assassinated in Al-Ramadi, demonstrators demanding release of detainees.

Al-Watan

[ Baghdad , general daily newspaper published by the Iraqi National Movement]:

  • Details of biggest anti-corruption operation to be publicized soon
  • Discontent at having supreme religious authorities involved in minor issues
  • Signs of presidential dispute over al-Ja'fari's first decision
  • Second poll conducted by Al-Watan reveals Iraqis in favour of having provinces divided into electoral constituencies
  • Baghdad police chief: We have captured two Sudanese, a Tunisian plotting suicide attacks
  • Personal weapons banned in Al-Sulaymaniyah.

Al-Furat

[ Baghdad , independent political daily newspaper]:

  • Another car bomb goes off in Zaiyunah, this time near Assyrian Party headquarters
  • Car bomb attack targets Interior Ministry
  • Commandos on patrol in Al-Mada'in Baghdad forces arrest 15 suspected of providing support to terrorists
  • Two hundred and eighty five detainees released
  • Basra governor asks occupation forces to pay rent for buildings used as headquarters
  • Occupation forces blow up house in Al-A'dhamiyah
  • Potential fuel shortage denied by Oil Ministry
  • Interior minister meets with commandos Dhi Qar political, cultural elite demand
  • Iraqis be encouraged to embrace values of love, tolerance.

IRAQI PRESS QOUTES & EDITORIALS, 31 May 05

 

"Elected by the people”- Al-Dustur

Al-Dustur [From editorial]:

"Elected by the people, the present government is legitimately authorized to run the country and whatever decision it takes must, therefore, be complied with by all Iraqis. This is the only way public interests can be served. Hence, trying to make a fuss about this or that government action should be seen as an attempt at mixing poison with honey, for, without firm government action, the country would surely slip into complete chaos and utter devastation."

“Zarqawi's injured, another name to emerge as a replacement”- Al-Zaman

Al-Zaman [From commentary by Fatih Abd-al-Salam]:

"If news of Zarqawi's injury and possible retirement from the job of Iraq's top terrorist proves to be true, then we should expect another name to emerge soon by way of replacement, a new illusory figure manufactured and sold by many a local and international player as a convenient hook on which to hang all the tragedies of present-day Iraq."

IRAQI BROADCAST MEDIA, 31 May 05

Three new satellite televisions observed on Nilesat

Ashur Television, an Iraqi television that is run by the Assyrian Democratic Movement and transmits terrestrially on UHF channel 45 from Baghdad, was observed on 31 May to make announcements about the beginning of its satellite transmission via the Nilesat satellite. Nilesat satellite is located at 7 degrees west and covers the Middle East , North Africa , and some parts of Europe . According to one of these announcements, the television's message is to promote the Chaldo-Assyrian heritage, culture, and folklore and represent all segments of the Iraqi people. The following is the transponder information: Frequency: 11919 Mhz; Polarization: Horizontal; Symbol rate: 27500; FEC : 3/4.

Iraq Sport, another Iraqi satellite television, was observed testing on the same transponder on the Nilesat satellite. It was observed to only carry the following audio message: "Iraq Sport: Iraq of love, hope, and giving."

Huda [Right Path] television was also observed testing on the Nilesat satellite. Against the backdrop of a video footage showing a young man helping an old man to walk up the stairs, a father hugging his son, children playing, and two businessmen shaking hands, Huda television carries the following message: Huda TV: Humanity; understanding; devotion; assurance." The following is the transponder information: Frequency: 11747 Mhz; Polarization: Vertical Symbol rate: 27500; FEC : 3/4.

University radio station observed on FM Frequencies

Sawt al-Jami'ah [Voice of University], a new Iraqi radio station, was observed on 31 May to transmit from Baghdad on FM 97.0 MHz. Most of the radio's programmes focus on issues of concern to Iraqi university students. According to one announcement, the radio presents a wide variety of scientific and cultural programmes, in addition to interviews with university professors and students on academic issues, Iraqi drama series, Arabic songs, and other programmes.

The radio was also observed to carry a phone-in programme, during which callers, most of whom were university students, expressed their opinion on some academic issues and problems facing the Iraqi universities. No political programmes or newscasts were observed. An announcement by the radio said: "We are not the only radio in Baghdad , but we are the best."

Al-Sharqiyah TV news summary 31 May 05

  • Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Ja'fari says that the creation of democratic, federal and pluralistic Iraq is on the top of his agenda, any actions by US forces must not infringe on Iraqi sovereignty, this came during his meeting with the National Assembly; video report shows excerpts from the meeting, Al-Ja'fari speaking before the assembly
  • Iraqi official says that the abducted governor of Al-Anbar province has been killed in the clashes between coalition forces and armed group, body of governor was found in house entered by coalition forces
  • Official says that Iraqi oil exports through the northern pipeline are still suspended ... Italian helicopter crash kills the four people on board, exact reasons for crash unknown; video shows scene of crash
  • Military convoy comes under attack in eastern Iraq , casualties unknown; video shows scene of attack, burnt truck
  • US President George Bush says that the price for the war on terror is high but vows to continue the struggle, Vice-President Dick Cheney says that insurgent activity in Iraq is coming to an end
  • Abu-Mus'ab al-Zarqawi vows to continue his attacks in Iraq , denies that his wounds were critical; this came in an audio recording
  • Iraqi police pass training course in the examination of evidence and investigations, training was by Czech officers ..
  • . Member of the constitution writing committee says that the formation of the committee reflects the results of the recent elections
  • Unknown armed group assassinate police officer and journalist in northern city of Al-Mosul
  • Police say three people killed, including one "Asian" driver, in attack on convoy north of Baghdad , Iraqi army convoy attacked north of Baghdad , other developments.

Al-Iraqiyah TV news 31 May 05

  • President Jalal Talabani vows to stamp out terrorism, condemns 30 May Al-Hilla suicide bombing ... Transitional National Assembly Speaker Hachim al-Hasani condemns arrest of Sunni leader Muhsin Abd-al-Hamid
  • Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Ja'fari pledges to build federal state that respects human rights; Al-Ja'fari unveils political agenda at assembly meeting
  • Al-Ja'fari calls on all Iraqi groupings to take part in political process and writing of constitution
  • Report covers Al-Ja'fari presser, committee set up to help with writing of constitution and raising public awareness, Al-Ja'fari expressing support for presence of multinational force in Iraq
  • Observers say terrorism on the decline after implementation of new security plan in Baghdad ; people happy with security measures. Video report highlights people reaction, some saying they are happy with deployment of security forces all over Baghdad , some pledging to help forces
  • Two Iraqi soldiers killed in bombing in Ba'qubah. Helicopter crash kills four Italian soldiers
  • Cabinet spokesman says Anbar governor found dead in Baghdad ; governor found dead in house, suspected captors, all Arab foreigners, killed and injured in clashes with multinational force
  • Iraqi army arrests 66 terror suspects in Mosul ; others arrested in Abu-Ghurayb
  • Tribal chiefs in Tall Afar pledge to help government in fight on terror; report covers meeting of tribal chiefs and Ninawa police chief in Tall Afar; tribal chiefs express support for security measures taken by government
  • Police arrest offenders in raid on Dhi Qar motorway; offenders in detention involved in car thefts and robbery
  • Cabinet to promote private businesses says Al-Ja'fari
  • Minister of Finance says economic package to be submitted to next donor meeting in Brussels
  • Wheat shipments from United Arab Emirates arrive in Basra
  • Eight Arab, foreign banks licensed to operate in Iraq - Central Bank

 

UPDATES FROM THE KURDISH PERSS, 31 May 05

Xebat, daily newspaper issued in Erbil by the KDP

  • The KDP leader Massoud Barzani condemned the arrest of Iraqi Islamic Party leader Muhsin Abdulhameed [by the US army] and demanded his immediate release. Abdulhameed was set free 12 ours after his arrest with three of his sons and a number of bodyguards.
  • The US Consular in Mosul visited the KDP office in the city and met with Acting Governor Khasraw Goran.

Kurdistani Nwe, daily newspaper issued in Sulaymanya by the PUK

  • A PUK politburo delegation is due to meet its KDP counterpart in Salahuddin town today (Tuesday) to set up a mechanism for the merge of both KRG administrations in Erbil and Sulaymanya, and establishing a new cabinet of ministers.
  • Kirkuk Municipal Council is due to convene a meeting today and announce the formation of a local administration after many delays, disclosed a source from Fraternity List that won the January elections in the governorate. The source further explained that certain developments in the internal and external negotiations for the power distribution in the governorate eased the job in addition to the settlement of the KDP-PUK crisis that paralyzed the political process in Kurdistan .
  • The foundation of the PUK 30 years ago was not only a repulse to the crackdown [of the Kurdish revolution], but also the start of a new era of Kurdism advocacy, the party’s politburo said in a statement recalling its 30th foundation anniversary.
  • In a congratulatory telegram to the PUK on its 30th foundation anniversary, the KDP politburo reiterates commitment to promotion of the bilateral alliance and true willingness for common advocacy.
  • KRG-Sulaymanya PM Omer Fattah inaugurated ADSL project for provision of broadband internet service. The project that is financed and launched by a private sector company is unique in the entire Middle East .
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