Tuesday July 12, 2005

Task Force Baghdad's mission is to neutralize the anti-Iraqi forces and insurgents who are influencing the city and province, and to help develop a capable Iraqi Security Force.

Task Force Baghdad includes 30,000 soldiers from the Multinational Forces and 15,000 soldiers from the Iraqi army.

Task Force Baghdad's focus during Operation Lightning has been to significantly reduce the number of car bombs, and to disrupt enemy cells.

Prior to conducting Operation Lightning, there were 14 to 21 car bombs per week; that number has been reduced to about seven or eight per week.

Coalition and Iraqi Security Forces have been successful in reducing the overall number of attacks of all kinds in Baghdad.

Iraqis are gaining more confidence in their security forces and providing them with more information, which is used to help disrupt insurgent cells.

It is intended to have Iraqi Security Forces securing Baghdad for the elections with Coalition forces as back up.

While there are more threats, the ability of the insurgents to conduct sustained high-intensity operations as they did last year has mostly been eliminated.

Source: DoD


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  • Army Guard misses recruiting goal for ninth straight month (PI | EB)

  • Afghan army logisticians to visit U.S. Army Materiel Command (AFIS)

  • Army-M.T.A. security program comes to a halt (NYT | EB)

  • Army studying 1st Infantry Division's exposure to TB (SS | EB)

  • "A Soldier's commitment" (ESPN News)


  • Iraqi army's 5th brigade faces difficult times (LAT | EB)
  • Internet fueling growth of global jihad (CSM | EB)
  • Pentagon misses Congressional deadline for troop level plan (BG/EB)
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  • Iraq's military agreement with Iran does not include troop training (WP | EB)
  • Iraqi female MPs proud to serve (MNSTC-I News)
  • No easy way out of Iraq (PI | EB)
  • ISF blunt embassy attack, capture terror suspects (ARNEWS)
  • Judge allows Iraq fraud suit to continue (WP | EB)
  • Afghanistan elections spur Paratrooper deployment (ARNEWS)


  • June recruiting, retention stats up for all services (AFIS)
  • Senate undecided on domestic security spending bill (LAT | EB)
  • Pennsylvania suing Pentagon to keep air base open (PI | EB)
  • Navy replaces Guantanamo base commander (MH | EB)
  • Defense review matches strategy with capabilities (AFIS)
  • Poll results find Americans expect another terrorist attack (USAT | EB)
  • U.S. supports North Korea's return to six-party talks (AFIS)
  • S. Korea provides North with aid package for returning to talks (LAT | EB)
  • China important piece to talks with N. Korea (CSM | EB)
  • Crowds protest building of U.S. base in S. Korea (SDUT | EB)
  • Military-quality explosives likely used in London bombings (NYT | EB)
  • Kyrgyzstan asks U.S. to reconsider military base (ADS | EB)


  • Saudi Arabia expresses need for worldwide center to fight terror (Arab News)
  • Lebanese defense minister injured in attack on motorcade (Aljazeera)
  • Israel seeks $2.2 billion in pullout aide from U.S. (Jordan Times)
  • Israel approves new West Bank barrier route, upsetting many Palestinians (Middle East Times)

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July 12, 2005
Modern Marvels: Cannons, History Channel, 7:00 p.m. (More)

World War II Battlefront: North Africa, Military Channel, 9:00 p.m. (More)


The Iraqi people make progress every day. They are serious about their future. They are serious about building a government that respects the human rights of all Iraqis. And they are serious about defeating the terrorists and insurgents, who are doing their utmost to derail their dreams. (Transcript)

Gen. George Casey
Commander, U.S. Forces in Iraq


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