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Cablegate: Austria Requests Clarification of Baghdad Raid On

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TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 6462
INFO RUEHGB/AMEMBASSY BAGHDAD 0124

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SUBJECT: AUSTRIA REQUESTS CLARIFICATION OF BAGHDAD RAID ON
VIENNA NGO

1. (SBU) On February 26, Peter Launsky, Head of the Austrian
MFA's Citizen Services Division passed DCM an Aide Memoire
requesting USG clarification regarding an alleged raid by
U.S. Armed Forces on the Baghdad offices of the Vienna-based
NGO "Irakisches Hilfswerk in Oesterreich" February 18.
According to the Aide Memoire, the raid took place in a
multi-story building in the Mansur district of Baghdad and
also targeted other NGOs with offices in the building.
Irakisches Hilfswerk claims that the raid resulted in
considerable damage and the "disappearance of $7,000 from the
premises." The NGO apparently also conveyed its concern
about the safety of its staff.

2. (U) Action requested: Post is faxing a copy of the Aide
Memoire to EUR/AGS. We appreciate Washington guidance on a
response.
McCaw

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