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27 October 2005 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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

Current Operations

Deployments

  • Naval Hospital Bremerton Deploys Second Wave to Kuwait Navy NewsStand 27 Oct 2005 -- The final wave of hospital corpsmen, doctors, nurses and support personnel departed Naval Hospital Bremerton (NHB) before sunrise Oct. 24 on a six-month deployment to staff U.S. Military Hospital Kuwait.

US Policy

United Nations

  • Saddam Netted $1.8 Billion from Illicit Oil-for-Food Payments Washington File 27 Oct 2005 -- The regime of Saddam Hussein diverted $1.8 billion in illicit surcharges and kickbacks from the sale of oil and purchase of humanitarian goods and netted another $11 billion through smuggling while under U.N. sanctions.
  • UN Releases Oil-For-Food Report RFE/RL 27 Oct 2005 -- A UN report issued today says more than 2,000 firms that did business with Iraq in the now-defunct UN oil-for-food program were involved in bribes and kickbacks to Saddam Hussein's government.
  • Oil-for-Food Final Report Names Powerful Individuals in Corruption Scandal VOA 27 Oct 2005 -- The committee investigating the U.N. Oil-for-Food program has released its final report, placing responsibility on the United Nations and the Security Council for overlooking massive schemes that allowed Saddam Hussein's regime to collect almost $2 billion in kickbacks and illicit surcharges.
  • UN: Investigators To Issue Final Report On Oil-For-Food Corruption RFE/RL 27 Oct 2005 -- The panel that has been investigating allegations of corruption in the United Nations' oil-for-food program in Iraq is releasing its final report today

Reconstruction Issues

  • Iraq Reconstruction Effort Moves Forward AFPS 27 Oct 2005 -- While Iraq's political process moves forward and its security forces become more capable, a less dramatic but equally critical effort is under way and proceeding steadily, a defense official said today.
  • Kurdish Leader Supports New Iraqi Constitution VOA 27 Oct 2005 -- The leader of the autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq says his people are committed to the country's new constitution, which was overwhelmingly approved in a referendum last week.

Foreign Reactions

News Reports

  • IRAQ: Steps taken to head off bird flu IRIN 27 Oct 2005 -- Iraq’s health ministry’s is taking preventative measures against the possible appearance of the deadly avian influenza – the so-called “bird flu” – after experts noted that some Gulf countries could be in danger of exposure to the malady.



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