DEFENSE DEPARTMENT REPORT, THURSDAY, JUNE 15
(Iraq, Bosnia, Haiti, El Salvador, defense budget) (740)
NEWS BRIEFING -- Spokesman Ken Bacon answered discussed the following topics:
IRAQI FORCES PUT DOWN ARMORED MUTINY BY ELITE GUARD UNITS
Bacon said there is "increasing tension" in the Iraqi Army and confirmed that members of Iraq's elite Republic Guard put down an apparent June 14 mutiny by "a small number" of other, armored Republican Guard troops.
The mutineers attacked a radio transmitter in Abu Gharib with tanks during the rebellion which was led by members of the Dulaymi, one of the major Sunni tribes, he said.
He indicated that it was the second recent incident of unrest in Iraq, with another reportedly occurring in May. The earlier unrest, Bacon said, was allegedly sparked by the torture and killing of a senior Dulaymi tribal official for reportedly plotting a coup against Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
The spokesman said much of the information the United States has is preliminary and based on reports by individuals who have left the country.