ACCESSION NUMBER:00000 FILE ID:95070604.POL DATE:07/06/95 TITLE:DEFENSE DEPARTMENT REPORT, THURSDAY, JULY 6 TEXT: (Turkey/Northern Iraq, Iraq/biological weapons, U.S./Rapid Reaction Force, Guatemala) (540) NEWS BRIEFING -- Deputy spokesman Captain Mike Doubleday discussed the following subjects: U.S. URGES TURKEY TO LIMIT OPERATION IN NORTHERN IRAQ Doubleday said the United States urges Turkey "to make a maximum effort to protect the lives and property of innocent civilians" following a Turkish incursion across its border with Iraq in pursuit of members of the Kurdistan Workers Party. He also urged the Turks to "limit the scope and duration of the operation and to safeguard human rights." The spokesman said the Turkish General Staff has confirmed that it has undertaken "a small military operation" into northern Iraq in pursuit of Kurdish terrorists. The United States, he said, has no indication how long such an operation "may last." The last Turkish cross-border operation, which began in March, lasted six weeks. U.S. SUSPICIONS CONFIRMED ON IRAQ'S BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS Iraq's admission that it produced deadly bacteria before the Persian Gulf war, Doubleday said, "is an indication that what we had suspected all along (about their biological weapons capability) was, in fact, the case." The Iraqis, the spokesman said, "still haven't lived up to their obligations" to the United Nations following the end of the war. Asked about the possibility that U.S. personnel may have come in contact with Iraqi biological weapons in the Gulf conflict, the spokesman noted that extensive studies have shown that troops were not exposed to either chemical or biological weapons because none was deployed. Nor were U.S. troops exposed to biological or chemical warfare agents in either Saudi Arabia or Kuwait, he said. U.S. PERSONNEL IN CROATIA PREPARE TO RECEIVE RRF Doubleday confirmed that there are now nearly 80 U.S. military personnel in Split, Croatia, who will aid in the pending arrival of the Rapid Reaction Force (RRF). He said they should be ready to begin receiving 4,700 British and 300 Dutch forces on July 7. U.S. forces will be transporting portions of the RRF into Croatia for about six weeks. Doubleday said that U.S. ships will be off-loading British equipment in Croatia on July 17. The spokesman also said U.S. intelligence equipment, designed to support the RRF, is now in place in Albania as part of "Operation Predator." He would not say when intelligence data would actually begin to flow, but he indicated that the deployment is expected to last two months. OTHER DEVELOPMENTS: DEFENSE DEPARTMENT, CHARITY JOIN FORCES TO AID GUATEMALA The Defense Department and the private charity, Mission of Love, have joined forces to provide humanitarian assistance for Guatemala. The Air Force is shipping more than 30 tons of clothing as well as medical, building and office supplies on a space available basis. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Humanitarian and Refugee Affairs Patricia Irvin, who is overseeing the program, says the Pentagon's Humanitarian Assistance Program is often the most economical way for charities to transport donations to foreign countries. The first part of the shipment to Guatemala was made last month and consisted of pressure-treated lumber. The rest is scheduled to be shipped later in July. NNNN .