11 December 2005 - Iraq Special Weapons News
- IRAQ: TASK FORCE BAGHDAD SOLDIER KILLED BY IED
- Two members of PMOI abducted (Update 1) MNF-I 11 Dec 2005 -- Two members of the People's Mojahedin of Iran, Hossein Pouyan and Mohammad-Ali Zahedi from the City of Ashraf, were reported to authorities as abducted on Aug. 4 in eastern Baghdad while on a routine logistics trip.
- Iraqi Elections Will Draw Many Sunnis, Amb. Khalilzad Predicts Washington File 11 Dec 2005 -- The upcoming Iraqi elections for a new national assembly will draw substantial Sunni participation and could help close sectarian divisions in the country, Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. ambassador to Iraq, said in two televised news interviews December 11.
- US Officials Hope for Large Iraqi Election Turnout VOA 11 Dec 2005 -- The U.S. Ambassador to Iraq says he is optimistic a large number of Iraq's 15 million registered voters will cast ballots in this Thursday's parliamentary election.
- Bush to Speak on Iraq's Political Process VOA 11 Dec 2005 -- President Bush seeks to build support for his Iraq policies Monday with a speech on the political process in that country.
- Conditions Set for Successful Iraqi Election, Officials Say AFPS 11 Dec 2005 -- Iraqi and coalition forces have set the conditions for a successful Dec. 15 parliamentary election in Iraq that will be mostly free of violence, U.S. officials said today.
- Poll Shows Nine in 10 Iraqis Want to Vote Dec. 15 AFPS 11 Dec 2005 -- Almost 90 percent of Iraqis want to vote in Dec. 15 national elections, according to an Iraqi poll.
- Iraqi Premier Supports Dialogue With Insurgents RFE/RL 11 Dec 2005 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Ja'fari has said he supports the principle of dialogue with the insurgents in Iraq, but the terms of such talks need to be approved by the government.
- Strict Security Measures Planned for Iraqi Elections VOA 11 Dec 2005 -- In preparation for national elections this week, the Iraqi government says the country's borders will be closed and curfew extended for at least four days, beginning Tuesday.
- New firing range open for Iraqi Soldiers MNF-I 11 Dec 2005 -- Soldiers from 8th Iraqi Army Division have a new firing range to conduct exercises and training.
- JORDAN: Iraqi expats urged to vote in elections IRIN 11 Dec 2005 -- The Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq (IECI) is appealing to Iraqis living in neighbouring Jordan to vote in upcoming national assembly elections.
- Iraqi defense advisor meets defense minister IRNA 11 Dec 2005 -- Advisor and special envoy of Iraqi defense minister Lieutenant General Youssef Vadi Al-Emara and Iranian Minister of Defense General Mostafa Mohammad Najar here Sunday conferred on matters of mutual interest.
- Iraq Announces Border Closures, Curfew Before Polls VOA 11 Dec 2005 -- Iraq says it will close its borders and extend curfew hours as part of an extensive security plan to foil insurgent attacks during Thursday's parliamentary elections.
- UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Red Crescent continues work in Iraq under difficult circumstances IRIN 11 Dec 2005 -- At a time when very few aid agencies are able to operate within Iraq, the United Arab Emirates’ Red Crescent Association (RC) says the risks are high but that they will continue to assist the needy with a small team of workers inside the country.
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