Equipment Continues to Flow to Iraqi Security Forces
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Aug. 8, 2004 Iraqi security forces received "massive shipments" of weapons and material from coalition partners in the last week, as the security effort to assist the Iraqi government in equipping its forces continues, a Multinational Force Iraq news release announced today.
As of July 28, Iraqi army, coastal defense, air, and National Guard forces had received more than 2,500 vehicles, 600 radios, 55,000 weapons and 25,000 pieces of body armor. Interior ministry forces, including police, border enforcement and facilities protection services, had received more than 6,800 vehicles, 14,000 radios, 101,000 weapons, and nearly 46,000 pieces of body armor.
Equipment totals for all forces eventually reach nearly 290,000 weapons, 24,000 vehicles, 75,000 radios, and more than 190,000 pieces of body armor, officials said.
Also last week, the 5th battalion activated and two additional battalions deployed to the Baghdad area, joining the previously deployed Iraqi Intervention Force's 2nd Battalion, to form an army security force of three fully trained regular army units in and around the capital city.
In other news from Iraq, an improvised explosive device detonated under a road wheel on an Army M3 Bradley fighting vehicle near Samarra around 5 p.m. Aug. 7. The patrol engaged anti-Iraqi forces in a sedan nearby, but the enemy broke contact, according to a multinational force news release. There were no injuries or damage reported.
An Iraqi National Guard soldier was killed and another was wounded Aug. 7 when an IED detonated near Balad Ruz. The soldiers were investigating an IED when a secondary IED exploded, a multinational force news release said. About two hours later, the release continued, an IED exploded near Dujayl, setting a contract tractor-trailer on fire.
Another release reported that two more IEDs were found in Balad Ruz Aug 7. Iraqi National Guard soldiers found one and moved it to a vacant lot, where soldiers secured the area until an explosive ordnance device team destroyed it. The second IED, consisting of four rocket-propelled grenade rounds, was found by 1st Infantry Division soldiers. EOD personnel responded and disposed of it, the release said.