Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
August 2011 - Iraq Special Weapons News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 31 Aug 2011 [PDF]
- DOD Works to Improve War Zone Contracting AFPS 31 Aug 2011 -- The Defense Department is working to ensure contracting in war zones is done effectively and the money goes to the right people.
- U.S. Panel: Up To $60 Billion Wasted In Afghanistan, Iraq RFE/RL 31 Aug 2011 -- A bipartisan panel of auditors and former lawmakers says that the U.S. government has squandered as much as $60 billion over the last decade in Afghanistan and Iraq.
- Report: Up to $60 Billion Wasted in Iraq, Afghanistan VOA 31 Aug 2011 -- An investigation into U.S. spending in Iraq and Afghanistan finds as much as $60 billion has been lost to waste and fraud.
- Former US VP Cheney Defends Iraq War, Waterboarding VOA 30 Aug 2011 -- Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney has defended controversial policies carried out by the administration of President George W. Bush.
- 'If you can play Xbox, you can fly a Raven' Army News 30 Aug 2011 -- The Raven is used for aerial reconnaissance when larger unmanned aircraft are unavailable.
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 29 Aug 2011 [PDF]
- Air Force transfers final sector of northern Iraq's airspace to Iraq Civil Aviation Authority AFNS 29 Aug 2011 -- The U.S. Air Force transferred the final sector of northern Iraq's airspace to the Iraq Civil Aviation Authority on Aug. 25.
- Air Force Iraq Mission Likely to Increase Before It Ends AFPS 29 Aug 2011 -- As the American presence in Iraq draws down, the U.S. Air Force mission in the nation likely will increase.
- Iraqis Hold Funerals for Suicide Bomb Victims VOA 29 Aug 2011 -- Iraqis are holding funerals for some of the 28 people killed in Sunday's suicide bomb attack at the largest Sunni mosque in Baghdad.
- Turkey Says Up To 160 Kurd Rebels Killed In Iraq Strikes RFE/RL 29 Aug 2011 -- Turkey's armed forces say that up to 160 Kurdish guerrillas were killed in the military's air and artillery strikes in northern Iraq this month.
- Iraq: UN stresses that exiled camp residents must not be deported UN News Centre 29 Aug 2011 -- The United Nations stressed that residents of a camp in Iraq housing Iranian exiles must be protected from deportation or expulsion.
- Suicide Bomber Kills 28 in Baghdad Mosque VOA 28 Aug 2011 -- Iraqi officials say a suicide bomber has blown himself up inside the largest Sunni mosque in Baghdad.
- At Least 28 Dead In Baghdad Mosque Attack RFE/RL 28 Aug 2011 -- At least 28 people are dead, including an Iraqi lawmaker, and dozens more wounded in a suicide bomb attack on Baghdad's largest Sunni mosque.
- Baghdad suicide attack leaves 29 dead, 38 wounded IRNA 28 Aug 2011 -- A suicide attack on a mosque in west of the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad left at least 29 people dead and 38 wounded on Sunday night.
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 26 Aug 2011 [PDF]
- Turkey Steps Up Campaign Against PKK on Iraq Border VOA 26 Aug 2011 -- The conflict between the Turkish state and Kurdish rebel group the PKK continues to escalate as the Turkish armed forces in last few days.
- At Least 14 Reported Killed In Series Of Bombings In Iraq RFE/RL 26 Aug 2011 -- At least 14 people are reported to have been killed in a series of bombings across Iraq.
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 25 Aug 2011 [PDF]
- Iraq Summons Turkey's Envoy Over Military Strikes VOA 25 Aug 2011 -- Iraq has summoned Turkey's ambassador to demand an end to Turkish air strikes against Kurdish rebel positions in northern Iraq.
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 24 Aug 2011 [PDF]
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 23 Aug 2011 [PDF]
- Turkish Army Says Up To 100 Kurdish Rebels Killed In Northern Iraq RFE/RL 23 Aug 2011 -- The Turkish Army said military operations against suspected Kurdish rebel bases in northern Iraq killed up to 100 militants.
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 22 Aug 2011 [PDF]
- Contingency contracting support to CENTCOM nearly doubles Army News 22 Aug 2011 -- The Army Contracting Command is almost doubling its support to the warfighter in theater this fiscal year, sending almost 100 contingency contracting officers to Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait and Qatar.
- U.S. Providing Iraq With Phone, SMS Monitoring Devices RFE/RL 21 Aug 2011 -- A U.S. military official says Washington will provide Iraqi authorities with technology to monitor and record phone calls and phone-text messages with the aim of preventing terrorist attacks, RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq reports (RFI).
- Iraqi Politicians Condemn Turkish Bombing Of Iraqi Kurds RFE/RL 20 Aug 2011 -- Iraqi politicians in Baghdad are joining Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) officials in condemning three days of Turkish air strikes on Kurdish rebel bases that have hit border villages in Iraq, RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq reports.
- Turkish Planes Strike PKK in Iraq for Third Night VOA 20 Aug 2011 -- Turkey's military says its warplanes have bombed suspected Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq in a third straight night of cross-border strikes.
- Moving day in Iraq for 402nd Army Field Support Brigade Army News 19 Aug 2011 -- The 402nd Army Field Support Brigade is packing up after an eight year presence in Iraq.
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 19 Aug 2011 [PDF]
- Iraqi, 'Big Red One' Soldiers provide humanitarian aid to more than 500 people Army News 18 Aug 2011 -- Soldiers with Company D, 1st 'Dragon' Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, United States Division-Center supported an Iraqi-led humanitarian outreach operation Aug. 2 on a hot summer evening at Joint Security Station Deason, Iraq.
- Deploring deadly blasts in Iraq, Security Council urges punishment of perpetrators UN News Centre 18 Aug 2011 -- The Security Council today strongly condemned the series of terrorist attacks that killed scores of people in Iraq and injured many others earlier this week, stressing the need to bring those responsible for the bloodshed to justice.
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 18 Aug 2011 [PDF]
- Turkish Jets Bomb PKK Bases in Northern Iraq VOA 17 Aug 2011 -- Turkish warplanes have attacked targets of the separatist Kurdistan Workers Party in northern Iraq.
- Panetta Sees Long-term U.S. Relationship With Iraq AFPS 17 Aug 2011 -- If the Iraqi government requests U.S. assistance beyond the Dec. 31 deadline for U.S. forces to be out of Iraq, the U.S. government will discuss with Iraqi leaders what kind of assistance is needed and how the United States could provide that help, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said here yesterday.
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 17 Aug 2011 [PDF]
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 16 Aug 2011 [PDF]
- Iraqi Military Capabilities Growing, General Says AFPS 15 Aug 2011 -- Iraq has the most capable counterinsurgency force in the Middle East and Central Asia, but its military still has a long way to go to defend the Iraqi people, a spokesman for U.S. Forces Iraq said here today.
- Bombings Bear Signs of al-Qaida in Iraq, General Says AFPS 15 Aug 2011 -- Bomb explosions that have killed at least 58 Iraqis today appear to be the work of al-Qaida in Iraq, a spokesman for U.S. Forces Iraq said here today.
- UN officials condemn wave of deadly bombings across Iraq UN News Centre 15 Aug 2011 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his top envoy for Iraq strongly condemned the series of bombings that reportedly killed dozens of people and wounded many others across the country today.
- Dozens Killed as Wave of Violence Strikes Iraq VOA 15 Aug 2011 -- A series of explosions and attacks hit cities and towns across Iraq Monday, killing at least 63 people. It was the most violent day in the country in months.
- Iraqi airmen train to defend their airspace as U.S. Forces prepare to withdraw AFNS 15 Aug 2011 -- With less than six months remaining before the U.S. withdraws from Iraq, U.S. military air advisors here are doubling their training efforts to ensure Iraqi Airmen are prepared to defend their boarders from the sky.
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 15 Aug 2011 [PDF]
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 12 Aug 2011 [PDF]
- Iraqi Parliament Debates New 'Strategic Policy Council' RFE/RL 12 Aug 2011 -- A draft law on the establishment of Iraq's controversial National Council for Strategic Policy had its first reading in parliament.
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 11 Aug 2011 [PDF]
- Iran: Refugees to benefit from UN-backed health accord with Government UN News Centre 11 Aug 2011 -- One million registered Afghan and Iraqi refugees in Iran can now benefit from expanded health insurance.
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 10 Aug 2011 [PDF]
- Training center transferred to Iraqi Security Forces Army News 10 Aug 2011 -- Soldiers from the 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, transferred responsibilities at the Manila Training Center near Chamchamal, Iraq.
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 09 Aug 2011 [PDF]
- Iraq's Al-Sadr Tells US Troops to Leave or Face Resistance VOA 09 Aug 2011 -- The radical Iraqi Shi'ite cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr, is calling on U.S. troops to leave Iraq or face resistance.
- U.S. Court Allows Torture Suit Against Rumsfeld RFE/RL 09 Aug 2011 -- A US court has ruled that two American men who allege they were tortured in Iraq can sue former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
- ‘Long Knife’ Soldiers transfer JSS India to Iraqi Army Army News 08 Aug 2011 -- Soldiers assigned to 2-7th Cavalry transferred Joint Security Station India, located near Mosul, to the 2nd Iraqi Army Division, Aug. 3.
- ‘Black Knight’ troops deliver accuracy on range Cavalry tanks, Bradleys prepare for patrols Army News 08 Aug 2011 -- Soldiers from 1-5th Cavalry completed live-fire exercises with newly acquired vehicles at Memorial Range.
- Iraq's Sadr Warns Of Backlash If U.S. Troops Stay Past Deadline RFE/RL 08 Aug 2011 -- Prominent Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has warned of a backlash if U.S. troops stay in the country past December deadline.
- Human rights in Iraq remain fragile UN News Centre 08 Aug 2011 -- Armed violence continues to affect large numbers of Iraqis, with minorities, women and children suffering disproportionately.
- Mullen talks security at Ninewa Combined Coordination Center Army News 07 Aug 2011 -- Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, met with Iraqi Security Forces leaders to discuss progress in northern Iraq, August 1.
- Iraqi PM Orders Electricity Minister to Quit Over Power Contracts VOA 07 Aug 2011 -- Iraqi officials say Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has ordered his electricity minister to step down because of irregularities in the awarding of contracts to improve Iraq's power supply.
- Attacks in Iraq Kill 8, Wound 14 VOA 07 Aug 2011 -- Iraqi police say insurgent attacks in several parts of the country have killed eight people, including six family members whose home was blown up in central Iraq.
- Iraq Drawdown on Track, Transcom Official Says AFPS 05 Aug 2011 -- From pens to Bradley fighting vehicles, 1.7 million pieces of military equipment have been moved out of Iraq so far, as the Dec. 31 deadline for U.S. forces to be out of Iraq approaches, a U.S. Transportation Command official said this week.
- Scouts in Iraq perform airborne missions to uncover weapons caches Army News 05 Aug 2011 -- Cavalry scouts bundle into two Black Hawk helicopters on a flight line at Camp Taji, Iraq. Loaded with weapons, ammo, radios, and metal detectors, the Scouts take off and fly to an area containing suspected weapons caches.
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 05 Aug 2011 [PDF]
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 04 Aug 2011 [PDF]
- Third Army works hard to meet presidential direction Army News 03 Aug 2011 -- Time is of the essence. Only five more months until the Dec. 31 drawdown of Iraq, which will see thousands of servicemembers leave the country and begin the process of redeploying to the U.S.
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 03 Aug 2011 [PDF]
- Mullen Speaks on Debt Deal, Progress in Iraq AFPS 02 Aug 2011 -- Because the growing national debt remains as the biggest threat to national security, the recent debate and resolution of the debt ceiling crisis are important steps, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.
- Longknifes transition Falcon to Iraqi control Army News 02 Aug 2011 -- Forward Operating Base Falcon, under the control of U.S. forces since 2003, has been transitioned to the Iraqis in preparation for the December 2011 drawdown of forces in Iraq.
- Mullen Blasts Iran for Interference in Iraq AFPS 02 Aug 2011 -- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff today took Iran to task for interfering in Iraq to pursue 'maleficent goals.'
- Iran calls for Iraq's more caution on PJAK ISNA 02 Aug 2011 -- Iran called for Iraqi officials to heed to principles of mutual relations and security when talking about PJAK terrorist group.
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 02 Aug 2011 [PDF]
- U.S. Forces Build Flexibility into Iraq Exit Plan AFPS 01 Aug 2011 -- Though U.S. forces in Iraq are planning to draw down to zero in December, they are preserving capabilities in the country should the Iraqis ask for continued help, the top U.S. commander in Iraq said here today.
- Mullen Talks Change, Leadership With Troops in Mosul AFPS 01 Aug 2011 -- Navy Adm. Mike Mullen today got a taste of the ground truth that American service members live every day in this northern Iraqi city.
- Deadline Nears for Iraqi Request, Mullen Says AFPS 01 Aug 2011 -- If Iraq wants American forces to remain to train and assist Iraqi security forces after Dec. 31, Iraqi leaders need to make the request soon, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today.
- Mobile comm ready to go 'tactical' for Iraq drawdown Army News 01 Aug 2011 -- With the expected pullout of troops at the conclusion of Operation New Dawn, one unit in Iraq is making sure Soldiers there are also ready for a drawdown in network bandwidth capacity.
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 01 Aug 2011 [PDF]
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