12 January 2004 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 12 Jan 2004 [PDF]
- Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 12 Jan 2004 -- "Ambassador Bremer today welcomed the news of the Governing Council's announcement of its new de-Ba'athification policies and procedures. (...) Over the past week, there has been an average of 17 engagements daily against coalition military forces, just over two attacks against Iraqi security forces and just over one attack daily against Iraqi civilians. (...) To that end, the coalition conducted 1,768 patrols, 24 offensive operations, 32 raids and captured 114 anti-coalition suspects in the past 24 hours. In the northern zone of operations, coalition forces conducted 192 patrols, four cordon-and-searches and detained 14 individuals in the past 24 hours.
- IRAQ / WRAP VOA 12 Jan 2004 -- The U-S military says troops shot and killed seven Iraqis during a clash with an armed group that was trying to steal oil from a pipeline in central Iraq.
- PENTAGON: IRAQ ROTATION VOA 12 Jan 2004 -- The U-S military has begun its new year rotation of forces into Iraq --- one of the biggest movements of American troops in decades.
- IRAQ / CLASH VOA 12 Jan 2004 -- The U-S military says troops shot and killed seven Iraqis during a clash with an armed group that was trying to steal oil from a pipeline in central Iraq.
- THREE WEAPONS CACHES DISCOVERED, DESTROYED BY TASK FORCE "ALL AMERICAN" CENTCOM Release 12 Jan 2004-- Task Force "All American" troops discovered a substantial weapons cache northwest of Hit last night.
- TASK FORCE "ALL-AMERICAN" CONTINUES OPERATIONS, RECRUIT TRAINING CENTCOM Release 12 Jan 2004-- During the last 24 hours, Task Force "All American" conducted 195 patrols (including 12 joint patrols) and conducted cordon and searches in Yusafiyah, Mahmudiyah, Iskandaryah, and two in the vicinity of Fallujah, wounding one and capturing 18 enemy personnel.
- FORMER BA'ATH PARTY MEMBERS DENOUNCE AFFILIATION, TURN IN WEAPONS CENTCOM Release 12 Jan 2004-- High-ranking members of the Ba'ath Party renounced party affiliation today at a meeting in Tallafar in northwestern Iraq while fellow Iraqis and leaders from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) witnessed.
- West Point duo developing military academies in Iraq, Afghanistan Army News Service 12 Jan 2004-- Plans for a military academy are developing in Iraq and one is set to open next year in Afghanistan thanks to the hard work and perseverance of two West Point officers.
- V CORPS, RESERVE SOLDIERS WORK WITH IRAQIS TO PUT BAGHDAD FIREBOAT BACK ON DUTY V Corps Release 12 Jan 2004-- For the first time since the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime, Baghdad has a fireboat patrolling the Tigris River.
- Elmendorf squadron gets 'the goods' in Iraq AFPN 12 Jan 2004-- "Get in and get out." That was their motto whenever they journeyed to downtown locations in Iraq.
- Afghanistan: Pakistani Prime Minister Vows To Join Kabul In Fight Against Terrorism RFE/RL 12 Jan 2004 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali is in Kabul today for his first official visit to Afghanistan. The trip comes as Pakistan continues a military operation in its autonomous tribal regions near its border with Afghanistan aimed at capturing Islamic militants.
- AFGHAN / PAKISTAN MEETING VOA 12 Jan 2004 -- Pakistan's prime minister, Zafarullah Jamali, has concluded a trip to Afghanistan, where his talks focused on increasing cooperation in the fight against terrorism and strengthening economic and political ties between the neighboring countries.
- No terrorists entering Pakistan from Afghanistan: Pak PM IRNA 12 Jan 2004 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali Monday dispelled the impression that terrorists are entering Pakistan from Afghanistan and vowed not to allow Pakistani soil to be used against Afghanistan.
- Pak tribesmen to hand over suspects sheltering al-Qaeda IRNA 12 Jan 2004 -- Tribesmen in Pakistan`s tribal region, which borders Afghanistan, assured authorities on Monday to hand over those locals who have allegedly sheltered suspected al-Qaeda suspects.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Defense Logistics Agency to Open New Supply Depots AFPS 12 Jan 2004 -- In keeping with the Defense Logistics Agency's commitment to be responsive and close to the warfighter, the agency plans to open four new supply depots this year.
- CART 1: Enterprise's Self Assessment for the Future Navy Newsstand 12 Jan 2004-- Before USS Enterprise (CVN 65) could deploy to the Mediterranean Sea and the Arabian Gulf in August 2003 in support of the war on terrorism, it had to complete a rigorous training evolution known as the Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX).
- 2003 Year In Review: Reflections on another year Marine Corps News 12 Jan 2004-- This week the Hawaii Marine looks back at 2003, recognizing both it's fallbacks and accomplishments. Through-out the year, countless events have taken place to mold the timeless memories which make up the banner year, 2003.
- Wasp Strike Group and 22nd MEU Return Home Marine Corps News 12 Jan 2004-- USS Wasp (LHD 1), the Norfolk-based flagship for the Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 2, returned home Dec. 23 for the holidays after a successful ESG exercise (ESGEX) off the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.
- Sheet metal shop workers help warfighters AFPN 12 Jan 2004-- Fifty years ago, William "Bill" Shirah picked up a skill that today is helping "shape" the U.S. Air Force.
- AVIC I launched seven new planes last year PLA Daily 12 Jan 2004 -- China Aviation Industry Corporation I (AVIC I ) made fresh progress last year, with 5 planes having passed evaluation and seven new planes completed their maiden flight.
- State Department Noon Briefing, January 12, 2004 Washington File 12 Jan 2004 -- Iraq, Iran, Russia, Venezuela, North Korea, Syria/Israel, Taiwan/China, Egypt, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan
- White House Press Briefing, January 12, 2004 Washington File 12 Jan 2004 -- Bush schedule in Monterrey/Special Summit of the Americas, meeting with Mexico's President Fox, book by former Treasury Secretary O'Neill
- Lockheed Martin to Compete for Intelligence Agency Tasks Lockheed Martin 12 Jan 2004 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) has been awarded a blanket purchase agreement by the Virginia Contracting Activity on behalf of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) to provide IT engineering, Intelligence support, and technical services to DIA, the Department of Defense Intelligence Information Systems (DoDIIS) community, and Intelligence Community organizations.
- Sagem: successful Acceptance Test Flights for the French SDTI UAV Sagem (Safran group) 12 Jan 2004 -- The SDTI (Système de Drones Tactiques Intérimaire – Interim Tactical UAV System) which will equip the French Land Forces from mid 2004 and on, has completed its acceptance flight test campaign at the flight test centre of Istres (South of France). The system has performed, within the planned schedule, all the acceptance tests required by the French DGA.
- BAE SYSTEMS Australia Achieves Major Milestones on Project Wedgetail BAE Systems 12 Jan 2004 -- BAE Systems Australia, as a subcontractor to The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA], has successfully completed three major design reviews for Project Wedgetail - on schedule and within budget.
- Lockheed Martin LCS Team Confirms Seaframe Design Lockheed Martin 12 Jan 2004 -- The Lockheed Martin-led Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) team has confirmed its semi-planing seaframe design performance in preparation for the program's final design contract. The team, consisting of ship builders Bollinger Shipyards and Marinette Marine, naval architect Gibbs & Cox, and prime Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), has developed a fast, maneuverable and highly capable seaframe.
- Northrop Grumman Delivers 19th Aegis Destroyer Northrop Grumman 12 Jan 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Ship Systems sector commemorated delivery of its 19th U.S. Navy Aegis-guided missile destroyer, Pinckney (DDG 91), today during a ceremony onboard the ship at the company's operations along the west bank of the Pascagoula River.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 12 Jan 2004
- PRESS BRIEFING BY UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL FOR HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS United Nations 12 Jan 2004
- ISRAEL / SHARON VOA 12 Jan 2004 -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon pledged Monday to seek U-S and Israeli parliamentary approval before taking any unilateral steps to separate Israel from the Palestinians. Mr. Sharon also promised to introduce such a plan only if he decides the Palestinians are not willing to implement the international road map for peace plan.
- PALESTINIANS / AID VOA 12 Jan 2004 -- Palestinian officials and non-government organizations have rejected a U-S demand that they repudiate terrorism in order to receive financial aid.
- Bosnia-Herzegovina: SFOR Still Searching For Wartime Serbian Leaders RFE/RL 12 Jan 2004 -- The NATO-led Stabilization Force (SFOR) in Bosnia continues an intensive search today for war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic in the eastern Bosnian town of Pale. Since the end of the Bosnian war in 1995, the Bosnian Serb wartime leader and his military commander Ratko Mladic have managed to slip through repeated nets set for them.
- NATO-led forces continue search for former Serb leader PLA Daily 12 Jan 2004 -- NATO-led multinational stabilization forces in Bosnia and Herzegovina (SFOR) continued search for war crimes suspects on Sunday in the Bosnian town of Pale, about 16 kilometers east of Sarajevo.
- CYPRUS / POLITICS VOA 12 Jan 2004 -- Politicians in the breakaway Turkish sector of Northern Cyprus are taking the final steps toward forming a new coalition government. The cabinet is to be split between supporters and opponents of the latest U-N plan for the island's reunification. The new government is to guide the future of a region that is to be left out when the rest of Cyprus joins the European Union in May.
- MALAYSIA / THAILAND ATTACKS VOA 12 Jan 2004 -- Authorities in Malaysia have arrested several Thai citizens suspected of involvement in last week's deadly attacks in southern Thailand. The Thai government has begun a massive hunt for the assailants.
- ISRAEL SYRIA VOA 12 Jan 2004 -- Israeli President Moshe Katsav has invited Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to come to Israel for peace talks. But the invitation is already being dismissed by Syrian officials, who are saying it is not a serious effort to resume negotiations.
- SOMALIA: Peace talks get new lease of life IRIN 12 Jan 2004 -- The stalled Somali peace talks, which were being held in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, have been given a new lease of life after Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni saved them from collapse.
- SUDAN: Humanitarian access blocked in Darfur IRIN 12 Jan 2004 -- Humanitarian needs in Sudan's war-torn region of Darfur are not being met primarily due to insecurity, according to humanitarian sources.
- RWANDA: Genocide survivors flee province over killings IRIN 12 Jan 2004 -- Several genocide survivors have fled Rwanda's southwestern province of Gikongoro for fear of becoming targets of killings that have rocked the area lately, a government bi-weekly newspaper, The New Times, reported on Monday.
- ETHIOPIA-SUDAN: Thousands of Anyuak flee to Sudan IRIN 12 Jan 2004 -- Since a spate of ethnic killing occurred last month in the Gambella region of western Ethiopia, about 15,000 members of the Anyuak community have fled to neighbouring Sudan, according to humanitarian sources.
- ETHIOPIA: Gambella State top official disappears IRIN 12 Jan 2004 -- Ethiopian police are investigating the disappearance of a top government official after at least 50 people were killed in western Ethiopia, officials said on Monday. The president of Gambella State, Okelo Akuai, vanished along with his driver and two bodyguards just weeks after clashes left dozens of people dead in the remote region that borders Sudan.
- DRC: Belgium to send 190 military instructors IRIN 12 Jan 2004 -- The Belgian government of Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt has authorised the dispatch of 190 military advisers to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to help build a new army, Belgian state radio and television, RTBF, reported on Friday.
- NIGERIA: 18 killed in ethnic clash in Niger delta IRIN 12 Jan 2004 -- Ethnic tension is rising once again in the volatile Niger Delta after unidentified gunmen attacked two boats near the oil city of Warri, killing at least 18 of the passengers on board.
- LIBERIA: UN provides crash training for 400 police officers IRIN 12 Jan 2004 -- United Nations police officers on Monday launched the first of a series of two-week intensive courses to retrain 400 Liberian policemen.
- SUDAN-CHAD: UNHCR identifies site for second refugee camp IRIN 12 Jan 2004 -- The UN refugeee agency UNHCR said on Monday it had identified a site for a second refugee camp in eastern Chad to accommodate some of the 95,000 refugees who have flooded into the remote border area to escape fighting in the Darfur province of neighbouring Sudan.
- SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 12 Jan 2004 -- Fugitive Karadzic, possibly injured, slips NATO net / Official: Turkey allows U.S. military to use southern air base in massive Iraq troop rotation / New Polish general takes command of Polish-led multinational force in Iraq / Italy extends Iraq peace-keeping mission to June / Rocket, bomb threats to U.S. troops in eastern Afghanistan / Gulf War Syndrome linked to vaccines - UK paper
- SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 12 Jan 2004 -- Gen. Jones' visit to Bulgaria noted by country's media / Hungary offers microbiology lab for NRF / NATO troops remain on the lookout for Karadzic / Weekly: Operation in Afghanistan to be restructured / Taliban reportedly aims to disrupt Afghan poll / EUCOM slated to step up role in Africa
- SOROS FOREIGN POLICY VOA 12 Jan 2004 -- Wealthy financier and Philanthropist George Soros has launched a stinging critique of President Bush's foreign policy and said seeing him defeated in the November presidential election has become the central element of his life. V-O-A's Barry Wood reports Mr. Soros's views are contained in a new book, The Bubble of American Supremacy: Correcting the Misuse of American Power.
- HAITI POLITICS VOA 12 Jan 2004 -- Parliamentary activity came to a halt in Haiti on Monday, as most legislators' terms expired without agreement on when to hold new elections. V-O-A's Jim Teeple reports, most political action has moved to Haiti's streets, as government supporters and opponents continue to hold noisy and sometimes violent demonstrations, which have paralyzed life in the capital over the past few weeks.
- PAKISTAN FRENCH JOURNALISTS VOA 12 Jan 2004 -- Pakistan has released two French journalists arrested earlier for traveling to the Afghan border without permission.
- MAURITANIA: Former mayor arrested, held incommunicado IRIN 12 Jan 2004 -- Mauritanian police arrested opposition activist Mohamed Jemil Ould Mansour on his return from exile in Belgium last week and are still holding him incommunicado without charge, one of his defence lawyers said on Monday.
- Northrop Grumman Delivers Composite Fuel Tank Half to NASA Northrop Grumman 12 Jan 2004 -- The viability of a reusable launch vehicle got a major technological boost recently when Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) delivered the first composite fuel-tank structure to be made without using an autoclave. The new manufacturing process, which offers the promise of fuel tanks 10 to 25 percent lighter than comparably sized single-use aluminum tanks, would enable heavier payloads and lower operating costs for reusable space vehicles.
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