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28 July 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 28 Jul 2004 [PDF]

  • Transcript: Defense Department Operational Update Briefing 28 Jul 2004 -- Lawrence Di Rita, PDASD(PA) and Lieutenant General Norton Schwartz, Director for Operations, JCS
  • U.S. / IRAQ VOA 28 Jul 2004 -- The Pentagon says Wednesday's devastating car bombing in Iraq, at least 68 people were killed in the deadliest attack since last month's handover of power in Baghdad, is another example of how far Iraqis are from being able to safeguard their own country.
  • IRAQ WRAP VOA 28 Jul 2004 -- A suicide car bombing in the central Iraqi city of Baquba has killed at least 68 people and wounded dozens more (Eds: Pls update with latest figures). A terrorist website shows the head of a murdered Bulgarian hostage. Iraq's prime minister shores up support for his government in a swing through the region.
  • Defense Department Report, July 28: Iraq Operations Washington File 28 Jul 2004 -- A car bomb exploded outside a police-recruiting facility in Iraq July 28, killing at least 45 and wounding 94 Iraqis, according to a Defense Department official.
  • Iraq Car Bomb Kills Scores RFE/RL 28 Jul 2004 -- A suicide car bomb attack near an Iraqi police recruiting center has killed nearly 70 people and wounded more than 50 others.
  • IRAQ/BLAST VOA 28 Jul 2004 -- The Iraqi health ministry says a suicide car bombing in the city of Baqubah has killed at least 68 people and wounded many more. The blast is the deadliest attack since the June handover of power to Iraq's interim government.
  • Car Bomb North Of Baghdad Kills At Least 50 RFE/RLA 28 Jul 2004 -- Iraqi Health Ministry officials say at least 51 people were killed and around 40 wounded in a massive car bomb explosion today in the town of Baquba, just north of Baghdad.
  • JOINT IRAQI OPERATION UNCOVERS INSURGENT WEAPONS CACHE CENTCOM 28 Jul 2004 -- A joint Iraqi National Guard and Iraqi Police Service operation uncovered a large insurgent weapons cache, July 24, near As Suwayrah, roughly 30 miles southeast of Baghdad, as Iraqi security forces continue to combat insurgents in the country.


  • 24th MEU arrives in Iraq Marine Corps News 28 Jul 2004 -- Six weeks after the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit dispatched its initial element to the Middle East, the last of the MEU's leathernecks arrived in Iraq this week as the unit prepares to begin operations in the province of North Babil.

US Policy

  • White House Report July 28: Iraq Washington File 28 Jul 2004 -- White House spokesman Trent Duffy July 28 condemned the car bombing of a police station in Baquba, Iraq, which was responsible for the deaths of 68 people.
  • POWELL / SAUDI / IRAQ VOA 28 Jul 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell is in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for talks with Saudi officials on Iraq, including a Saudi proposal for a Muslim security force that could at least partially replace the U.S.-led coalition. Mr. Powell will meet Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi in Jeddah Thursday.
  • Iraq Needs International Security Help, Says Powell Washington File 28 Jul 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell said Iraq continues to need help from the international community to provide security within the country and called upon nations to help protect U.N. workers who will be assisting the country with its upcoming elections.
  • Powell Praises Hungarian Contributions in Iraq, Afghanistan AFPS 28 Jul 2004 -- Iraqis will secure a better future for themselves "only if the coalition stays together, only if the coalition provides the kind of support that the Iraqi people are asking us for and they need," the top U.S. diplomat said on Hungarian television July 27.

United Nations

Reconstruction Issues

  • USAID Grants $12.3 Million to Develop Iraqi Private Sector Washington File 28 Jul 2004 -- The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded a $12.3 million grant to the Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA) to promote Iraqi private sector development over the next 15 months.
  • IRAQ: Interview with Interior Ministry spokesman IRIN 28 Jul 2004 -- Sabah Kadhim, spokesman for Interior Minister Falah al-Nakib, has said that the ministry's biggest challenge was to provide enough security to encourage United Nations workers to return to Iraq in preparation for an election in January 2005.

Foreign Reactions

  • IRAQ: PHILIPPINE TROOP WITHDRAWAL A 'GRAVE MISTAKE' US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 28 Jul 2004
  • Iran/Iraq: Recent Comments Suggest Problems In Baghdad-Tehran Relations RFE/RL 28 Jul 2004 -- Some Iraqi officials are waging a war of words with neighboring Iran. Iraqi Defense Minister Hazim Shalan al-Khuza'i called Tehran Iraq's "first enemy" and accused it of seeking to "kill democracy" in the country. However, al-Khuza'i's comments do not reflect the official position of the interim Iraqi government. Analysts say the statements indicate not only problems in relations between the two countries but also a lack of unity among members of the Iraqi government.
  • BRITAIN / IRAQ / JUSTICE VOA 28 Jul 2004 -- The High Court in London is hearing a case lodged by six Iraqi families, who say British troops in Iraq unlawfully killed their loved ones.

News Reports

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