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Mosul Police Defeat Attack; Iraqis Demonstrate for Lebanon

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6, 2006 – Mosul police officers and Iraqi soldiers defeated a complex attack by terrorists in eastern Mosul, Iraq, Aug. 4, U.S. military officials in Iraq reported. 

The attack included a suicide bomber using a car bomb, several improvised explosive devices and small-arms fire. 

The Iraqi security forces were led by the Iraqi police officers and supported by Iraqi army soldiers from 1st Battalion, 4th Brigade, 2nd Iraqi Army Division. Additionally, coalition soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, responded to the attack in support of the Iraqi police and Iraqi army. 

Initial news reports from several news agencies that claimed more than 20 Iraqi policemen were killed were incorrect. Several news organizations were incorrect indicating that Nineveh Provincial Director of Police, General Wathiq, was killed in the attack. General Wathiq spoke to several news agencies via telephone interviews following the attack to confirm he was uninjured and to provide information related to the attack. 

In total, six Iraqi police officers, including an Iraqi police battalion commander from the 3rd Emergency Response Battalion, and one local resident were killed in the attack. Seven Iraqi policemen and four local residents were wounded in the attack. No coalition soldiers were injured in the fighting. 

Elsewhere, an estimated 14,000 Iraqi citizens gathered in Baghdad’s Sadr City Aug. 4 in a peaceful demonstration to show support for Lebanon.

The crowd marched through the streets of northeast Baghdad to Al Firdos Square, while 6th Iraqi Army Division soldiers and the Iraqi national police provided security. There were no reports of violence or injuries during the demonstration.

(Compiled from Multinational Corps Iraq news releases.)

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