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Cablegate: Paramilitary Training Exercise - Balance Buffalo,

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R 030905Z MAY 07
FM AMEMBASSY DHAKA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 3963
INFO RUHEHMS/COMMARFORPAC
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RUEKJCS/CJCS WASHDC

UNCLAS DHAKA 000725

SIPDIS

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DEPT. FOR SCA/PB ATTN: BRENT CHRISTENSEN
DEPT FOR SCA/RA ATTN: JOSEPH BRENNIG
DEPT FOR DRL ATTN: ROD MORGAN OR LEROY POTTS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PHUM MASS MARR PREL KCRM BG
SUBJECT: PARAMILITARY TRAINING EXERCISE - BALANCE BUFFALO,
MAY 2007


1. This is an action request. See para three.

2. The following units have been selected for participation
in Operation Balance Buffalo in May 2007. Post vetting was
completed on May 1, 2007. Post requests that vetting be
completed by May 15, 2007, to provide sufficient time for
processing. Post requests the department conduct Leahy
vetting for the following units/commanders:

Unit: 20th Rifle Battalion
Unit Commander: Iftekhar Ahmed Quraishi
Rank: Major
Personnel Number: BA-3450
DOB: 11/30/1967
Unit Location: Thakurgaon, Bangladesh

Unit: 40th Rifle Battalion
Unit Commander: Munir Ahmed Chowdhury
Rank: Major
Personnel Number: BA-3795
DOB: 12/04/69
Unit Location: Naikhongchari, Bangladesh

3. Post requests that the Department of State authorize post
to make the following statement to the relevant DOD units:
"Embassy verifies that the Department of State possesses no
credible information of gross violations of human rights by
the above named individual or unit."

4. Post Human Rights Officer is Luke Zahner, unclass
e-mail:zahnerlv@state.gov.

5. COMMENT: Embassy has no information to indicate this
individual or any unit he has served in has been involved in
gross violations of human rights.
BUTENIS

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