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16 August 2005 - Iraq Special Weapons News
- Iraqi Constitution Drafters Agree on Major Issues, Khalilzad Says Washington File 16 Aug 2005 -- Members of the Iraqi constitutional committee have reached agreement on most of the key issues at stake in Iraq's new national compact, but need additional time to settle matters related to federalism and the control of the country's natural resources, according to U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad.
- Rumsfeld Confident Iraqi Constitution Vote to Proceed on Schedule AFPS 16 Aug 2005 -- Despite a seven-day deadline extension for drafting a new Iraqi constitution, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told reporters traveling here with him today that he's confident the slight delay won't push back the Oct. 15 deadline for a national vote on the constitution.
- U.S. Ambassador Details Negotiations for Iraqi Constitution AFPS 16 Aug 2005 -- Officials working to create a draft Iraqi constitution believed "until the very end" that the draft would be finished on time, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, who has been working closely with the Iraqis, said today.
- U.S. Expresses Support For Iraqi Politicians RFE/RL 16 Aug 2005 -- U.S. President George W. Bush issued a statement praising what he called "heroic efforts" by Iraqi politicians trying to forge a deal on a new constitution, despite their failure to meet a 15 August deadline for a draft charter
- Iraq: National Assembly Amends Transitional Law, Extending Drafting Period RFE/RL 16 Aug 2005 -- Just before midnight on 15 August, Iraq's National Assembly voted unanimously to amend the Transitional Administrative Law (TAL), Iraq's interim constitution, to allow the committee charged with drafting a permanent constitution seven more days to draft the document.
- Iraq Rebuilding Projects Continue to Progress Washington File 16 Aug 2005 -- Despite reports of casualties, kidnappings and explosions continually permeating the news about Iraq, much necessary work is being accomplished in the country by Iraqis with U.S. and coalition forces.
- Iraq Reconstruction Hinges on Constitution, Reforms, IMF Says Washington File 16 Aug 2005 -- The pace of reconstruction in Iraq and the recovery of its economy will depend to a large degree on the adoption of a national constitution and the progress of economic reforms, an International Monetary Fund (IMF) official said.
- Iraq: Constitutional Committee Gets Another Week To Solve Disputes RFE/RL 16 Aug 2005 -- Iraq's National Assembly has voted to extend the deadline for drafting the country's first post-Saddam Hussein constitution until 22 August. The extra days are intended to give time to the drafting committee to resolve several problems that so far have proven intractable.
- RFE/RL Iraq Report, Volume 8, Number 27 16 August 2005 -- UNREST IN SAMAWAH DOES NOT BODE WELL FOR HANDOVER / OUSTED BAGHDAD MAYOR SPEAKS TO RADIO FREE IRAQ / UN CHIEF SEEKS MISSION EXTENSION, AMID CORRUPTION ALLEGATIONS AGAINST FORMER OIL-FOR-FOOD HEAD
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