Day in and day out across this globe, American men and women in uniform -- soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines -- are on the front line, fighting in this global war on terror. They're doing noble work. They are proud of what they are doing. And ... our country is deeply in their debt. (Story)
Donald H. Rumsfeld
Secretary of Defense
PROGRESS IN IRAQ
- The 2nd Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 8th Iraqi Army Division from al-Hillah have been certified as being fully capable of planning and executing security operations. The unit has control of Camp Echo and surrounding areas in ad Diwaniyah.
- Support functions at the Kirkush Military Training Base were transferred to Iraqi control on July 15. This is the fifth major base to transition to Iraqi responsibility.
- An Iraqi female police station is under construction in Najaf. The facility will be used to train female cadets to properly search other females at checkpoints and security stops throughout Iraq.
- Nineteen Iraqi military physicians, nurses, medics, and medical equipment technicians from the Iraqi Armed Forces spent five weeks in Germany for field hospital, mass casualty, and biomedical equipment maintenance training.
- Coalition forces and Iraqi health officials opened a public hospital in Owja.
- Baghdad residents have established all-Iraqi-contracted neighborhood dumpsters, trash collection and removal teams, and trash transfer points.
- Sadr City's first compact water treatment unit opened. This serves the cities residents while the expanded water system is developed. The unit produces 15,000 liters of potable water a day.
- 240 children of the Bayaa Youth Soccer League in Baghdad received complete soccer uniforms and soccer balls on July 13.
Source: Multi-National Force - Iraq
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