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  • Task Forces Turn Up Former Iraqi General, Weapons Caches

    01/20/2004 11:34:40 AM PST · by Calpernia · 19 replies · 152+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan. 20, 2004 | CENTCOM reported
    A former Iraqi general turned himself in to coalition forces Jan. 19, reported Combined Joint Task Force 7 today. Gen. Matloob Muslat Sayer, a former high-ranking Baath Party official and paramilitary Fedayeen Saddam member, surrendered himself to Task Force All American, according to a CJTF 7 release. His action was a result of the task force's previous operations against former regime element networks," the release noted. Sayer, his family and associates had reportedly been involved in recent attacks on coalition forces. Soldiers found two AK-47 assault rifles, nine AK-47 magazines and various improvised explosive device-making materials at his home in...
  • CPA Announces $18 Billion Iraq Jobs, Reconstruction Program

    01/19/2004 3:25:56 PM PST · by Calpernia · 12 replies · 141+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan. 19, 2004 | By Gerry J. Gilmore
    A senior Coalition Provisional Authority official today announced an $18 billion jobs and reconstruction program for Iraq that aims to create 50,000 jobs by the June 30 handover of sovereignty. The main purpose of the program "is to help rebuild your country," retired U.S. Navy Rear Adm. David Nash, director of the CPA's program management office, told Iraqis during a Baghdad news conference. About $12.4 billion is earmarked for 2,300 construction projects spread across Iraq, Nash pointed out, to include roads, schools, power plants and other infrastructure work. Many projects funded by the program, he noted, should be up and...
  • Hussein finally fades for Iraqis (GNFI)

    01/16/2004 5:50:59 AM PST · by xzins · 23 replies · 107+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 16 Jan 04 | SCOTT PETERSON/
    Hussein finally fades for Iraqis By Scott Peterson | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor BAGHDAD – The Methboub family's portrait of Saddam Hussein survived two months after the dictator's fall - tucked away in a back room as if daring them to destroy it - before they were finally able to take it out of its frame and tear it up. But that act hardly brought an end to the Hussein era for this poor Baghdad family of nine that the Monitor first began following in late 2002. Instead, removing images of Mr. Hussein is just one moment...
  • Bremer Says Sovereignty Handover Should Happen on Schedule

    01/16/2004 4:31:15 PM PST · by Calpernia · 7 replies · 140+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan. 16, 2004 | By Gerry J. Gilmore
    The Coalition Provisional Authority administrator today said he thinks the handover of sovereignty to the Iraqi people ought to occur on schedule. In Washington to discuss Iraq issues with President Bush, Ambassador L. Paul Bremer III told reporters at the White House that he and Bush discussed preparations for his Monday meeting with U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, the president of the Iraqi Governing Council and other CPA officials in New York City about the future of Iraq. Coalition plans to hand over sovereignty to the Iraqis June 30 hit a snag recently. That's when a senior Iraqi Shiite cleric,...
  • Sanchez Urges Saddam Loyalists to Lay Down Arms

    01/16/2004 4:21:47 PM PST · by Calpernia · 4 replies · 139+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan. 16, 2004 | By K.L. Vantran
    Anti-coalition forces and former regime elements should "lay down their arms and embrace the future," the commander of U.S.-led coalition forces in Iraq said in a briefing from Baghdad today. "The former regime is never going to come back," said Army Lt. Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez, commander of Combined Joint Task Force 7. "We're going to be relentless in the pursuit of these targets. We're going to capture or kill them, as is our mission. Those that remain at large, and given the pace that we're moving toward sovereignty, it's time for them to lay down their arms and become...
  • New Iraqi Currency Makes Official Debut

    01/15/2004 10:55:15 AM PST · by Calpernia · 16 replies · 685+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan. 15, 2004 | By Gerry J. Gilmore
    Billions of dollars worth of new, hard-to- counterfeit Iraqi dinar bank notes are now officially in circulation throughout the country, the Coalition Provisional Authority reported today. The new money became the official currency of Iraq Jan. 15 after a three-month exchange period that also has involved the destruction of tons of Saddam Hussein-era notes, according to a joint CPA-Central Bank of Iraq news release. "The new dinar is a real improvement over the old," Ahmed Salman Jaburi, deputy governor of Iraq's Central Bank, asserted in the news release. Because the new money has security features that make it hard to...
  • Reconstruction Fund Helps Provide Better Life for Iraqis

    01/14/2004 11:37:25 AM PST · by Calpernia · 4 replies · 174+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan. 14, 2004 | By Gerry J. Gilmore
    Millions of dollars dispensed through a U.S. civil affairs fund have fueled myriad reconstruction projects across Iraq, improving the lives of Iraqis in the post-Saddam Hussein era, according to a senior U.S. military civil affairs officer. Army Brig. Gen. David Blackledge, commander of the 352nd Civil Affairs Command, noted today in a Baghdad briefing that U.S. civil affairs troops in Iraq are playing a vital role in operations "to improve the lives of Iraqis across the country." The Commander's Emergency Response Fund was established in May, the general explained, "to allow commanders to make an immediate impact and address local...
  • Wanted Iraqi Leader Captured In Ramadi (#54)

    01/14/2004 8:09:44 AM PST · by blam · 44 replies · 432+ views
    IOL ^ | 1-14-2004
    Wanted Iraqi leader captured in Ramadi January 14 2004 at 03:51PM Baghdad - United States forces in Iraq have captured a former Baath party leader and number 54 on the US military's 55-most-wanted list, a military spokesperson said on Wednesday. "As a result of aggressive operations this week, the coalition announces the capture of Khamis Sirhan al-Muhammad, number 54 on the most wanted list," Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt told a news conference in Baghdad. "He was captured as a result of a combined operation of the 82nd Airborne Division and Special Operations forces," he said, adding that Muhammad was captured...
  • Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing

    01/13/2004 1:19:14 PM PST · by Calpernia · 8 replies · 133+ views
    United States Department of Defense ^ | Monday, January 12, 2004 | Daniel Senor, Senior Advisor, Coalition Provisional Authority
    MR. SENOR: Good afternoon. We have a slight technical glitch. Only one of the plasma screens here will be working. So we should have that fixed within the next couple days. I've just got a brief few words, brief opening statement. Then General Kimmitt will do a short presentation, and then we are happy to take your questions. We are joined by Hamid al-Kifa'i, who, as you -- many of you know, is the spokesperson for the Governing Council. And he is here to answer any questions you have with regard to the Governing Council. Ambassador Bremer today welcomed the...

    01/12/2004 7:07:11 AM PST · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 10 replies · 129+ views
    CENTCOM ^ | Jan. 12, 2004
    NEWS RELEASEHEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND7115 South Boundary BoulevardMacDill AFB, Fla. 33621-5101Phone: (813) 827-5894; FAX: (813) 827-2211; DSN 651-5894 January 12, 2004Release Number: 04-01-26 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FORMER BA’ATH PARTY MEMBERS DENOUNCE AFFILIATION, TURN IN WEAPONS MOSUL, Iraq – High-ranking members of the Ba’ath Party renounced party affiliation today at a meeting in Tallafar in northwestern Iraq while fellow Iraqis and leaders from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) witnessed. In addition to renouncing their Ba’ath Party affiliation, the officials turned in weapons to Col. Michael Linnington, commander, 187th Infantry Regiment, and Lt. Col. Christopher Pease, commander, 1st Battalion,...
  • Iraq To Issue First New Stamps Since Saddam Hussein Regime

    01/12/2004 11:04:09 AM PST · by Calpernia · 7 replies · 145+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan. 12, 2004 | By Gerry J. Gilmore
    Iraqi letters and packages soon will feature updated postage stamps without the face of deposed dictator Saddam Hussein. The new stamps will be issued Jan. 15, Dan Senor, senior Coalition Provisional Authority spokesman, told reporters during a Jan. 10 press conference in Baghdad. Haydar al-Abadi, the Iraqi minister of communication, and Iraqi Postmaster General Ibraheem Kuhdair announced the new stamp that day, Senor said. The new stamp will be the first Iraqi postal stamp issued since the April 9, 2003, fall of Saddam Hussein's government, the U.S. official pointed out. Five million new stamps, Senor said, will become available for...
  • Coalition Leaders Welcome Iraqi Governing Council Policy

    01/12/2004 10:49:33 AM PST · by Calpernia · 3 replies · 88+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan. 12, 2004 | By K.L. Vantran
    The Iraqi Governing Council's announcement of its new "de-Baathification" policies and procedures Jan. 11 was welcomed by the administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority, coalition spokesman Dan Senor said at a briefing in Baghdad today. The Baath Party – also known by its formal name, the Baath Arab Socialist Party -- is the political party of Saddam Hussein. Ambassador L. Paul Bremer III signed the first de-Baathification decree May 16 and delegated authority to the governing council Nov. 4, said Senor. "Ambassador Bremer said the governing council now has full command of de-Baathification," said Senor. "The policy is appropriately tough...
  • Unofficial sources to Al Bawaba: Saddam's presidential secretary ''dies'' in US custody

    01/09/2004 8:52:32 PM PST · by nunoste · 18 replies · 183+ views
    Al-Bawaba ^ | 01-07-2004 | unknown
    Unofficial Iraqi sources told Al Bawaba Wednesday that Abed Hamoud al-Tikriti, presidential secretary of former leader Saddam Hussein died two days ago while in US custody.
  • Former Baath Officials Surrender Arms

    01/08/2004 7:41:59 AM PST · by Hugenot · 184+ views
    SeaMax News ^ | 1/8/2004 | Kristin Billera
    Yesterday near Mosul, Iraq, a number of senior officials of the Baath party, the former political party of the ousted Iraqi dictator, gathered at the Tall Afar American military base to condemn the attacks that had been carried out against American troops. According to Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Pease of the 101st Airborne Division, a number of former Baath party officials turned over weapons that were distributed before the US invasion in March. The handover was part of a plan introduced about three weeks ago by the 101st Airborne Division to rehabilitate Baath party leaders. According to a list published by...
  • Iraq Operations (Strategy Page)

    01/03/2004 12:06:39 PM PST · by billorites · 13 replies · 154+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | January 2, 2004
    January 2, 2004: With over a hundred thousand Iraqis armed and performing security duties, the crime rate had rapidly come down, and most American troops are now concentrating on operations against terrorist and pro-Saddam Iraqis who are still fighting. A data collection system for crimes has also been installed, and it showed that Baghdad's murder rate in October was lower than New York City's (which has the lowest rate of any major city in the United States). Baghdad had six murders per 100,000 population, while New York had seven. This, however, does not count the deaths from American military operations,...
  • U.S. Commander: Iraqis Turning in Weapons

    01/02/2004 12:39:57 PM PST · by saquin · 31 replies · 133+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 1/02/04 | Jim Krane
    MOSUL, Iraq - A dozen former leaders of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party have handed in weapons caches in northern Iraq to curry favor with the U.S. military and claim a role in a new Iraqi leadership, the commander of the Army's 101st Airborne Division said.   "They're coming to us, saying they want to be part of the new Iraq," Maj. Gen. David H. Petraeus said Thursday in an interview with The Associated Press. "It has slowly sunk in that Saddam isn't coming back." Separately, the 101st Airborne has paid more than $20,000 in rewards in recent weeks to a...
  • Judges sacked in Karbala

    12/27/2003 8:33:40 AM PST · by Pikamax · 2 replies · 29+ views
    Iraqpress ^ | 12/27/03 | Iraqpress
    Judges sacked in Karbala Karbala, Iraq Press, December 27, 2003 – The civilian authorities in this southern religious city have sacked five senior judges for alleged association with the ousted regime of Saddam Hussein. The dismissal is part of a country-wide purge under which public officials with links to the now disbanded Baath party are given the sack. The move, initiated by the US civil administrator of Iraq and vehemently pursued by his handpicked Interim Governing Council, is said to have led to the sacking of efficient and capable public figures. The measure has also resulted in a massive vacuum...
  • Iraqis Exact Revenge on Baathists; Police Shrug Off Killings of 50 Hussein Loyalists

    12/20/2003 2:51:20 PM PST · by Pikamax · 32 replies · 411+ views
    WashingtonPost ^ | 12/20/03 | Alan Sipress
    Iraqis Exact Revenge on Baathists Police Shrug Off Killings of 50 Hussein Loyalists by Unknown Gunmen By Alan Sipress Washington Post Foreign Service Saturday, December 20, 2003; Page A01 BAGHDAD -- Basil Abbas Taee never saw the slip of paper entitled Final Warning. The note, which his sons said was tossed over the gate of his house in southeast Baghdad, cautioned that he was being watched. "If you go out of your home or have connections with other Baathists, you and all your family will be killed as a lesson to all criminal Baathists," the message threatened. It was signed...
  • Ex-Baath Party Official Gunned Down

    12/20/2003 5:15:59 AM PST · by Fzob · 107 replies · 196+ views
    AP ^ | 12/20/03
    Ex-Baath Party Official Gunned Down   BAGHDAD, Iraq - Gunmen attacked two former officials of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party, killing one in a hail of submachine gun fire, critically wounding another and killing her 5-year-old son, officials said Saturday.The two separate attacks in the Shiite Muslim city of Najaf appeared to be part of a series of revenge killings against local members of Saddam's regime, which brutally repressed Shiites. On Wednesday, an angry crowd lynched another Baath official accused in a 1991 crackdown against Shiites.On Friday, gunmen killed Ali Qassem al-Tamimi, the district mayor of Najaf's al-Furat neighborhood, as...
  • Angry mob kill ex-Baath party chief

    12/18/2003 9:29:01 AM PST · by Dog · 50 replies · 116+ views
    Iribnews ^ | Dec 18 2003
    Angry mob kill ex-Baath party chief 04:02:50 È.Ù Iraq, Dec 18 - The former regional chief of the deposed Baath Party was beaten and shot dead by an angry crowd near this Shiite holy city, a Shiite official said Thursday. Ali Abdullah Al-Dhalimi had been hiding since invading US-led troops overthrew the Baathist regime of Saddam Hussein in April, said Ahma Daaybel of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) in Najaf. Daaybel said a crowd killed Dhalimi in Kufah, near Najaf, 180 kilometres (110 miles) south of Baghdad.