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  Iraq Needs Multinational Force, Foreign Minister Says
A premature departure of the multinational troops "would cause a humanitarian crisis and provide a foothold for terrorists to launch their evil campaign in our country and beyond our borders," he said.
He flew to New York to discuss the council's draft resolution, presented by the United States and United Kingdom, which would endorse the restoration of Iraq's sovereignty and define the relationship between the United Nations, the coalition forces and Iraq after the end of the month.
But with the relationship between the multinational force and the interim government, Zebari said, "we should use our imagination" to define the coordination of Iraqi forces and leadership and the multinational force "so they can work as partners in facing the security threats we are challenged with."
www.cpa-iraq.org /transcripts/20040604_Zebari_MNF.html   (835 words)

  Multinational Force in Iraq lashes out at abduction of Iran dissidents - Printer Friendly Page - Iraq - Iran Focus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The U.S.-led force announced that the two members of the opposition group People's Mojahedin or Mujahedeen-e Khalq (MeK) were abducted on August 4 in eastern Baghdad while on a routine logistics trip to Baghdad.
The Multinational Force’s working group on hostages has been the lead agency dealing with previous cases of hostage-taking in Iraq, including the abduction of several Western journalists.
The statement indicated that the U.S.-led force is treating the abduction of the two Iranian dissidents as a hostage issue.
www.iranfocus.com /modules/news/print.php?storyid=3334   (294 words)

 Press Releases: Iraq, Security Council extends mandate of Iraq multinational force until end of 2006, unanimously ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Stressing that the foreign forces in Iraq must maintain their temporary status in the framework of following up the political process, France’s representative said that the future government, at any time, would be able to request that the mandate be renewed or that it end.
Iraq’s representative expressed his appreciation for the Council’s positive response to the request by his Prime Minister, as well as for the manner in which the resolution had been adopted, in an environment of harmony and agreement on the principles laid out in resolution 1546 (2004), which had set the foundation for Iraq’s political process.
The Iraqi security forces, which were growing in size, capacity and experience every day, needed more time to fill our their ranks, fully equip themselves and complete their training, with a view to assuming full responsibility for all security matters and providing adequate security for the Iraqi people.
www.reliefweb.int /rw/RWB.NSF/db900SID/HMYT-6HXRZ9?OpenDocument   (3973 words)

 Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | UK troops to lead Iraq multinational force
The plan for an international peacekeeping force has been pushed by the US which is desperate to take the pressure off its forces in Iraq.
A second international force, deployed elsewhere in Iraq, is expected to be led by Poland.
Paul Bremer, the US administrator in Iraq, said yesterday that evidence from captured or killed assailants showed professional commandos from Saddam Hussein's old power structure were behind recent attacks on occupying forces.
www.guardian.co.uk /Iraq/Story/0,2763,989318,00.html   (870 words)

 Iraq: U.S. Touts Multinational Force, But Analysts Say Troop Numbers Tell Real Story
Most of the 9,200 soldiers taking part in a multinational division under Polish command are due to arrive during the coming weeks and be fully deployed by the end of September.
Boucher admitted yesterday that the issue of a UN mandate for a force in Iraq has divided Washington and some of its traditional allies.
That news is welcome in Ukraine, where the armed forces are short of funds and reportedly crippled by corruption.
www.informationclearinghouse.info /article4662.htm   (1245 words)

 Fact Sheet on the Efforts and Progress of the Multinational Force in Iraq   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Iraq’s 1st Mechanized Battalion became operational in mid-January, along with a tank company and a transportation battalion; the remaining elements of a mechanized brigade will be trained and equipped by the summer.
Iraq’s two Military Academies reopened in October 2004 and each graduated a pilot course of new lieutenants, 91 total, in early January.
Iraq’s First Special Border Force Battalion is operating on the Syrian border in western Anbar Province; the Second Battalion competed training in February and has begun its deployments, and a third completed training in March.
www.un.int /usa/05_067.htm   (399 words)

 CNN.com - U.S. wants multinational force in Iraq - Aug. 21, 2003
CNN's Michael Okwu reports on the U.S. bid for a global force in Iraq.
Annan said Wednesday that discussions for a "multinational force" in Iraq were already under way, but he said he did not envision U.N. peacekeepers as playing a role in the region for now.
The new force -- what the State Department official referred to as "an international security presence " -- would be blessed by the United Nations in a new resolution.
www.cnn.com /2003/WORLD/meast/08/20/sprj.irq.diplomacy/index.html   (1034 words)

 News: Iraq, Iraq tells UN it wants multinational force to stay   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The U.S. death toll in Iraq since the March 2003 invasion is nearing 2,500, fueling U.S. public unease.
The Nov. 8 resolution also required Iraq to keep depositing the money from its oil sales into an international account monitored by an outside watchdog to demonstrate it was using its oil wealth for the benefit of its people.
There were 15,387 detainees in the force's custody as of the end of April, 7.5 percent more than at the end of February, according to the latest U.N. report on human rights in Iraq.
www.reliefweb.int /rw/RWB.NSF/db900SID/KKEE-6QQT7U?OpenDocument   (436 words)

 Japan to join multinational force in Iraq   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The prospect of its involvement in combat operations is problematic for Tokyo as Japan's post-war pacifist constitution bans the use of force in settling international disputes.
Kyodo and Jiji news agencies said it would be Japan's first participation in a multinational security force, made possible because the UN resolution on the force's establishment also gave it a humanitarian and reconstruction mandate.
The president of Iraq's interim government, Ghazi Ajil al-Yawer, had called on Koizumi to keep Japanese troops in Iraq when the two met during the G8 summit in Sea Island, Koizumi told parliament Monday.
www.spacewar.com /2004/040618034428.1mivhskg.html   (343 words)

 Multinational force in Iraq - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Iraq's constitution guarantees freedoms of speech, assembly and religion, private ownership of property, privacy and equality before the law.
Iraq War critics such as John Pilger have pointed out that 98% of the military is from the US and Britain and is therefore accurately described as a predominantly Anglo-American force rather than as a coalition.
Ukraine lost a total of 18 soldiers in Iraq: 12 in attacks, 3 in accidents, 2 in suicides and 1 as a result of a heart attack, while 32 were wounded or injured.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Multinational_force_in_Iraq   (4910 words)

 Asia Times - US bartering arms for soldiers for Iraq
UNITED NATIONS - Faced with a rising death toll among its soldiers in Iraq, the United States is trying to "buy" foreign troops for a proposed 30,000-strong multinational force in Baghdad.
Among the key countries that have pledged troops for the new multinational force are Spain, Poland, Japan and Ukraine.
The United States has refused to seek approval for a UN peacekeeping force because it might have to concede some of its military authority to the United Nations.
www.atimes.com /atimes/Middle_East/EH01Ak02.html   (935 words)

 USATODAY.com - Administration mulls U.S.-led U.N. force for Iraq   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
French officials have said a genuinely international approach to Iraq with a sharing of authority would be the best way to bring stability to Iraq and enable the country to move forward.
The proposal outlined by Armitage would not entail the deployment of U.N. forces to Iraq but would simply provide the U.N. endorsement for the deployment of a multinational force.
The most recent example of this type of action occurred this past spring with the U.N. approval of a French-led multinational force to eastern Congo in a bid to bring an end to widespread violence in that region.
www.usatoday.com /news/world/iraq/2003-08-28-iraq-un-force_x.htm   (649 words)

 NATO Topics: NATO and the 2003 campaign against Iraq
The campaign against Iraq in 2003 was conducted by a coalition of forces from different countries, some of which were NATO member countries and some were not.
In response to a request by Turkey in February 2003 for assistance under Article 4 of the North Atlantic Treaty, the Alliance undertook a number of precautionary defensive measures to ensure Turkey's security in the event of a potential threat to its territory or population.
Poland formally assumed command of the Multinational Division (MND) Central South in Iraq on 3 September 2003.
www.nato.int /issues/iraq/index.html   (361 words)

 SignOnSanDiego.com > In Iraq -- Security Council extends mandate for multinational force in Iraq for another year
UNITED NATIONS – The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Tuesday to extend the mandate of the nearly 180,000-strong multinational force in Iraq for a year, a decision the United States called a strong sign of the international commitment to Iraq's political transition.
The resolution was adopted in response to a request from Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari for the U.S.-led force to remain in the country.
When the multinational force might be able to leave remains a major question for the council – and its key troop contributors.
www.signonsandiego.com /news/world/iraq/20051108-1711-un-iraq.html   (719 words)

 Bush administration to ask U.N. to support multinational force in Iraq: 9/ 3/ 2003
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration is preparing to ask the United Nations to transform the U.S.-led force in Iraq to a multinational force and to play a leading role in forming an Iraqi government.
Five months after the United States was forced to drop a U.N. resolution seeking authority to attack Iraq, administration officials say they do not want a repeat of that brawl.
Last week, Deputy Secretary Richard Armitage said Washington was considering the creation of a multinational force under U.N. leadership -- but with an American commander -- in an attempt to persuade reluctant nations to send troops to boost security in Iraq.
www.southcoasttoday.com /daily/09-03/09-03-03/a05wn038.htm   (628 words)

 CNN.com - U.S. considers U.N.-backed force for Iraq - Aug. 28, 2003
The Bush administration is considering having a multinational force in Iraq to be sponsored by the United Nations but under U.S. command, a senior State Department official said.
Ricardo Sanchez, commander of U.S. ground forces in Iraq, said he welcomed the idea of a broadened multinational force.
However, Annan said last week that a resolution setting up a broader multinational role under a U.N. mandate was possible, but only if decision-making is shared among the countries that commit their resources.
www.cnn.com /2003/WORLD/meast/08/28/sprj.irq.us.iraq/index.html   (971 words)

 Vanguard Online Edition : Annan okays multinational force for Iraq
UN Security Council Resolution 1511 passed last October put the UN stamp on a multinational force whose mandate would extend until “completion of the political process” in Iraq — defined as the drafting of a new constitution and the holding of democratic elections afterwards.
Meawhile a senior US military officer in Iraq warned Sunday there was no end in sight to the insurgency, predicting more violent attacks against the coalition and its allies through national elections scheduled for January.
The officer agreed with the Pentagon’s assessment the biggest overall threat was the Sunni insurgency joining forces with suspected al-Qaeda operative Abu Mussab Zarqawi, who is believed to be in the country.
www.vanguardngr.com /articles/2002/world/w103052004.html   (760 words)

 Statement on the Multinational Force in Iraq
In addition to the daily suffering of Iraq's population due to the ongoing violence, approximately 2 million Iraqis have fled the country and another 1.7 million persons are internally displaced.
A combined force of 1,000 soldiers from both the Iraqi and U.S. armies cordoned off the area to assist the police during the operation.
Multinational Forces, notably the Georgian, Romanian and South Korean contingents, continue to provide security for the United Nations in Baghdad, Basra, and Irbil, respectively.
www.state.gov /p/io/rls/rm/81808.htm   (1594 words)

 Japan clears way for multinational Iraq force. 18/06/2004. ABC News Online
Japan's Cabinet has decided that Japan should take part in a multinational force in Iraq despite criticism from the opposition and some media that the Government had rushed to make the move, which they argued violated the pacifist constitution.
The decision to have Japanese non-combat troops already deployed in Iraq participate in the multinational force is certain to be hotly debated ahead of next month's election for Parliament's Upper House.
The top Government spokesman said Japanese troops would stick to their current reconstruction and humanitarian activities and would not engage in combat even after joining the multinational force, whose main aim is to keep the peace in Iraq.
www.abc.net.au /news/newsitems/200406/s1135356.htm   (347 words)

 Embassy of the U.S. London: Current Issues: Iraq: U.N. Extends Multinational Iraq Force for One Year
United Nations -- The decision of the United Nations Security Council to extend the mandate of the Multinational Force in Iraq is an important show of support for the country, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton said November 28.
The multinational force in Iraq "continues to play a vital role in the security and stability of Iraq.
He said that the Iraqi security forces are playing a progressively greater role and an increasing number of governorates are coming under the control of Iraq forces.
www.usembassy.org.uk /iraq735.html   (624 words)

 Portsmouth Herald World/National News: Iraq wants multinational force to stay
Hoshyar Zebari told the U.N. Security Council that a U.S.-British draft resolution on Iraqi sovereignty must spell out the relationship between the government and the multinational force to ensure that Iraq’s self-rule isn’t compromised and the force is able to defend itself.
But he said the new government that will assume sovereignty on June 30 doesn’t want "a fixed deadline or timetable" for the departure of the multinational force, because it would be used by the country’s "enemies" to foment unrest.
In his comments, Zebari touched on issues not only of key concern to Iraq but also at the heart of the resolution dispute within the council: the powers of the interim government, its control over security and its relationship with the multinational force.
www.seacoastonline.com /2004news/06042004/world/19660.htm   (669 words)

 US-British Draft Authorizes Multinational Force in Iraq
The measure approves a 12-month stay for the multinational force, which is mainly composed of US troops.
Noting the force's mandate would be reviewed at the request of the transitional Iraqi government, it does not set a date for its departure.
Under the draft resolution, a new force would be created within the multinational force with a dedicated mission of providing security for UN staff and facilities in
www.china.org.cn /english/features/96387.htm   (406 words)

 SignOnSanDiego.com > In Iraq -- Security Council extends mandate for multinational force in Iraq for another year
UNITED NATIONS – The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Tuesday to extend the mandate of the nearly 180,000-strong multinational force in Iraq for a year, a move the United States called a strong signal of the international commitment to Iraq's political transition.
The resolution, co-sponsored by the United States, Britain, Denmark, Japan and Romania, was adopted in response to a request from Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari for the U.S.-led force to remain in the country.
The Iraqi government and the multinational force are developing a plan for transferring security responsibility from the international force to Iraq, Rice said.
www.signonsandiego.com /news/world/iraq/20051108-1353-un-iraq.html   (629 words)

 Indiainfo.com -> Spotlight -> War on Iraq -> US to seek UN mandate for multinational force in Iraq
The decision to begin negotiations with the Council members to seek a UN mandate for multinational force, which would make it easier for more foreign countries to contribute troops for Iraq, came after a meeting Bush had with Secretary of State Colin Powell on September 2.
India, France and Russia are among the countries that have refused to contribute troops for Iraq stabilisation force, but offered to reconsider their stand should the operation be mandated by the United Nations.
However, Bush still wants the force to be commanded by an American, which might not be acceptable to France and Russia, who, other than troops, are also expected to contribute financial resources for reconstruction of Iraq.
news.indiainfo.com /spotlight/usiraqwar/03usun.html   (294 words)

 Security Council agrees to extend mandate for U.S.-led multinational force in Iraq North County Times - Nation / World -   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The council approved the statement after Iraq's Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari again urged members to renew the mandate for the multinational force, saying Iraqi troops and police cannot yet defend the country against an armed insurgency by remnants of Saddam Hussein's regime and some foreigners.
Zebari urged Iraq's neighbors, especially Syria, to do more to prevent foreign extremists from crossing into Iraq, where their goal is to undermine the country's new democratic system.
The multinational force has trained and equipped 165,000 Iraqi soldiers and police, but more needs to be done so Iraqi forces can take control of the country's security and gain the confidence of the Iraqi people, she said.
www.nctimes.com /articles/2005/06/01/news/nation/17_22_225_31_05.txt   (822 words)

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