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08 March 2007 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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Current Operations

Deployments

  • Navy's First Riverine Squadron Deploys Navy NewsStand 08 Mar 2007 -- Riverine Squadron (RIVRON) 1, based at Naval Amphibious Base (NAB) Little Creek deployed March 8 after a year of intense training with Marine forces.

US Policy

  • U.S. Welcomes Iraqi Effort to Engage Neighbors on Security Washington File 08 Mar 2007 -- A senior U.S. official welcomed the Iraqi Neighbors Conference, scheduled for March 10 in Baghdad, Iraq, as a useful new format for discussions with all of Iraq's neighbors about the assistance Iraq needs to establish a secure, stable, peaceful and democratic environment.
  • Coalition Commander Says U.S. Military Surge Will Peak in June Washington File 08 Mar 2007 -- Plans to secure Iraq's capital and outlying provinces are proceeding, but it will be early June before all of the additional U.S. combat forces and military police are in place, says the commander of multinational forces in Iraq.
  • US Ready to Raise Iraq Concerns With Iran, Syria VOA 08 Mar 2007 -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's top Iraqi affairs adviser says U.S. diplomats are prepared to raise concerns over Iraq directly with Iranian and Syrian counterparts at a Baghdad conference Saturday
  • Congressional Democrats Challenge Bush on Iraq Troop Withdrawals VOA 08 Mar 2007 -- President Bush faces new challenges from the Democratic-controlled Congress over new troop deployments in Iraq and funding for military operations
  • U.S. General in Iraq Decries 'Barbaric' Insurgent Attacks AFPS 08 Mar 2007 -- Sensational attacks like the March 6 suicide bombing that killed more than 100 religious pilgrims in Karbala, Iraq, illustrate insurgents' lack of respect for human life, the top U.S. military officer in Iraq told reporters today.
  • Need For More MPs in Iraq 'Was Always Anticipated,' Petraeus Says AFPS 08 Mar 2007 -- The possibility of sending a contingent of military police to Iraq to augment the more than 21,500 American combat troops already earmarked for deployment there was foreseen by military planners, the top U.S. officer in Iraq said today.
  • Petraeus: Iraq Security Plan Can Work, But Will Take Time AFPS 08 Mar 2007 -- A new strategy that puts U.S. and Iraqi forces inside Baghdad neighborhoods to safeguard residents against insurgent and sectarian violence can work, but it'll take time to be fully implemented, the top U.S. military commander in Iraq said in Baghdad during his first news conference today.
  • U.S. Iraq Commander Says 'Sensational' Attacks Inevitable RFE/RL 08 Mar 2007 -- The new U.S. commander in Iraq says a joint U.S.-Iraqi security crackdown in Baghdad and other areas will take months and that some "sensational" insurgent attacks will inevitably continue.

United Nations

Reconstruction Issues

  • Baghdad Conference Not Expected to Produce Dramatic Results VOA 08 Mar 2007 -- Representatives of Iraq's neighboring countries, the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, and Arab and Muslim nations are all scheduled to meet in Baghdad this Saturday, March 10 to seek some kind of regional consensus that will end the violence in Iraq
  • Iraq: Hopes High For Baghdad Security Conference RFE/RL 08 Mar 2007 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki says he hopes an international conference hosted by Baghdad will help build a regional consensus on how to end violence in his country.
  • IRAQ: Only reconciliation can stop sectarian strife IRIN 08 Mar 2007 -- Despite a three-week-old Baghdad security plan that aims to ensure the country's security and stability, sectarian violence has shown no signs of abating and is likely to increase, analysts say.

Foreign Reactions

  • Iran is skeptical of US agenda in Iraq conference IRNA 08 Mar 2007 -- Head of Majlis Commission for National Security and Foreign Policy Alaeddin Boroujerdi said on Thursday that Iran is skeptical of the US agenda in the upcoming Iraq international conference.

News Reports



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