IRAQ PROGRESS UPDATE

Thursday August 25, 2005

- Coalition forces officially transferred full security at a base in Dibbis to the Iraqi Army.

- Iraqi Army soldiers, working with Coalition aviation assets, conducted their first-ever air assault. Approximately 35 Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 3rd Brigade,
6th Iraqi Army Division were inserted into a landing zone
near several small towns and villages outside of Baghdad to
conduct raids and door-to-door searches for bomb- and
vehicle-borne improvised explosive device-making materials
and specific persons of interest.

- After completing a site survey, workers began a project that will ultimately create a sewer network serving 8,870 homes in Kamaliya. The area has never had underground sewage lines and relies on slit trenches, which leads to sewage pooling in the streets.

- Regular flights began between Hawler International Airport
in Irbil and Baghdad. The flights now run three times per
week and open a new avenue to encourage foreign capital
investment by improving accessibility to Iraq's capital.

- In mid-June, construction started on a $1.25 million school project in the Fallujah District of Al Anbar Governorate.

- Iraqi workers finished construction on railroad stations in Balad and Baiji. These facilities will connect Salah al-Din with destinations throughout the provinces, bringing goods to customers and citizens in distant cities.

- Iraq joined 80 nations in Brussels for an historic conference on June 21 and 22, focusing on Iraq's reconstruction and paving the way for other nations to develop political ties with Iraq. Iraq's Foreign Minister also opened the door for further diplomatic ties between Iraq and other Arab nations.

- The Iraqi Army's soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 1st Iraqi Army
Brigade graduated from the first organized Iraqi Army Leadership Training Course at Forward Operating Base Justice.

- Soldiers from Task Force 1-128 and the Iraqi Army took a day off from their normal security patrols June 28 and handed out school supplies, clothes and shoes in a few small villages during a combat patrol.

Source: Multi-National Force-Iraq

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • Colonel receives Distinguished Service Cross for leading Iraqi commandos (ARNEWS)
  • Fort Monroe voted closed by BRAC commission (NVP | EB )
  • Army prep school to move in with West Point (NSL | EB)
  • Army, FBI lead 'Orbit Comet' anti-terrorism test (ARNEWS)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • Two more battalions to boost security during Iraq elections (AFIS)
  • Bush: U.S. committed to defeating terrorism (WP | EB)
  • Political leaders wary of Islamic slant in Iraq charter (LAT | EB)
  • Iraqi Special Operation Forces take lead on combat missions (USASOC)
  • Australians turn school over to Iraqis (MNSTC-I)

OF INTEREST

  • BRAC panel begins final deliberations (AFIS)
  • BRAC commission rejects some recommendations, looking at Walter Reed today (WP | EB)
  • States suing over Pentagon's decision to relocate air bases (USAT | EB)
  • Pivotal time approaching for negotiations with N. Korea and Iran (CSM | EB)
  • N. Korea angry over South, U.S. war games (MH | EB)
  • Hackers breaking into DoD systems using Chinese web sites (WP | EB)
  • Pentagon marks 85 years of women's suffrage (ARNEWS)

WORLD VIEW

  • Clash among Shia groups puts damper on constitution (Aljazeera | story)
  • Six-nation talks with N. Korea set to resume on Sept. 2 (Korea Herald | story)
  • Japan, U.S. to jointly build rocket for missile defense system (Japan Times | story)
  • Israel seizes Palestinian land to build wall (Arab News | story)
  • U.N. Security Council to receive report on Lebanese PM assassination (Daily Star | story)

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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

[Servicemembers] understand perfectly why we've asked them to do what they are doing. These folks are motivated by the right things: patriotism, selflessness and a burning desire to make a difference. (Story)

Gen. Richard B. Myers
Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff

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