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18 August 2004 Military News

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Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 18 Aug 2004 [PDF]
  • MARINE KILLED IN AL ANBAR PROVINCE
  • ONE TASK FORCE BAGHDAD SOLDIER KILLED TODAY
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualty

  • Situations in Iraq Leaves Persons Dead, Wounded, Detained AFPS 18 Aug 2004 -- Violence in Iraq left one U.S. soldier dead and seven Multinational Force soldiers wounded today.
  • IRAQ WRAP VOA 18 Aug 2004 -- A firebrand Iraqi Islamic cleric is reported to have agreed to withdraw his armed militia from around the city of Najaf. The news came as a conference chose a national council to oversee the workings of the Iraqi interim government.
  • Military Showdown in Najaf Apparently Averted VOA News 18 Aug 2004 -- Radical Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has sent a letter to a meeting of Iraqi religious and political leaders in Baghdad agreeing to government demands to end an uprising in the holy city of Najaf.
  • ABU GHRAIB FIGHT LEAVES TWO DETAINEES DEAD, FIVE WOUNDED CENTCOM 18 Aug 2004 -- A fight that broke out among detainees at the Abu Ghraib detention facility early this morning resulted in the death of two detainees, with five others wounded.
  • MNF assist in restoring order to Al Hayy MNF-I/MNC-I 18 Aug 2004 -- Task Force Tomahawk deployed Aug. 17 from Camp Delta in Al Kut to Al Hayy at the request of the governor of Al Kut Province to restore civil order to the city of Al Hayy.
  • Fighting Resumes In Al-Najaf After Peace Mission Fails RFE/RL 18 Aug 2004 -- There has been renewed fighting in the Iraqi city of Al-Najaf between U.S. and Iraqi troops and Shi'a militiamen loyal to radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.

  • AFGHANISTAN ELECTIONS VOA 18 Aug 2004 -- Afghanistan's 17 opposition candidates for president are demanding that transitional leader Hamid Karzai resign from office before the coming election.
  • Days of uncertainty end as 22nd MEU begins homeward voyageMarine Corps News 18 Aug 2004 -- Less than a week after being told to stand by for a potential 30-day extension in the Central Command theater to conduct further operations in support of the war against terrorism, the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) is headed home.
  • Afghan Leader Promises Voters Better Security RFE/RL 18 Aug 2004 -- Afghan Transitional Administration Chairman Hamid Karzai today promised Afghans more security when they go to vote in the country's upcoming, first-ever democratic elections.
  • Afghan Factions Honoring Ceasefire RFE/RL 18 Aug 2004 -- An Afghan militia commander and a spokesman for the governor of Afghanistan's Herat Province say their forces are honoring a ceasefire that came into place yesterday.
  • RFE/RL Afghanistan Report, Vol 3, Number 29 18 Aug 2004 -- FORMER AFGHAN PRESIDENT SAYS ELECTION PROCESS MAY DIVIDE AFGHAN PEOPLE / 'WE MUST BACK THE PROGRAM, NOT THE PERSONALITY' IN AFGHANISTAN / FINAL LIST OF AFGHAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES ANNOUNCED... / ...IN WHICH WARLORDS REMAIN DESPITE COMPLAINTS AGAINST THEM... / ...WHILE AFGHAN LEADER 'NOT BOTHERED' BY MULTIPLE VOTER REGISTRATIONS / NUMBER OF REGISTERED VOTERS UPDATED... / ...BUT AFGHAN SOURCE DISPUTES FIGURES / UN OFFICIAL SAYS AFGHAN VOTING TALLIES WILL BE SLOW / AFGHAN ELECTION BODY SETS UP MEDIA-MONITORING COMMISSION / NATO GETS FREER HAND ON USE OF FORCE IN AFGHANISTAN... / ...BUT NEITHER NATO NOR U.S. WILL ACCEPT FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR FAIRNESS OF ELECTION / AFGHAN DEFENSE MINISTER MEETS WITH ISAF COMMANDER TO DISCUSS SECURITY DURING ELECTIONS / U.S. DEFENSE SECRETARY VISITS AFGHANISTAN / U.S.-AFGHAN FORCES KILL SUSPECTED NEO-TALIBAN GUNMAN / AFGHAN FORCES SUFFER CASUALTIES IN SOUTH... / ...KILL AND CAPTURE SUSPECTED NEO-TALIBAN FORCES WITH U.S. HELP / ...AS NATO'S TOP GENERAL SAYS TALIBAN DEFEATED / FIGHTING IN HERAT CLAIMS MORE THAN 20 LIVES... / ...AS KARZAI CONDEMNS VIOLENCE, SENDS IN NATIONAL TROOPS... / ...AS FIGHTING REPORTEDLY INITIALLY SUBSIDES AND NATIONAL ARMY TAKES CONTROL OF AIR BASE... / ...BUT CONTINUED FIGHTING LEAVES MORE CASUALTIES / SKIN DISEASE RAVAGES KABUL / THIS WEEK IN AFGHANISTAN'S HISTORY

Defense Policy / Programs

  • KERRY/TROOPS VOA 18 Aug 2004 -- Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry says President Bush's plan to redeploy up to 70-thousand troops overseas will not help in the war on terror or relieve an overextended U.S. military. Senator Kerry made the comments at the same veterans convention where the president announced the redeployment on Monday.
  • Rumsfeld: S. Korea Troop Moves Won't Degrade Deterrence AFPS 18 Aug 2004 -- Any U.S. troop realignments in South Korea won't degrade the deterrence capability against possible aggression by North Korea, DoD's senior civilian told a noted journalist Aug. 17.
  • White House Report, August 18: U.S. Troop Realignment Washington File 18 Aug 2004 -- "We must continue to transform our military to better protect the American people against the dangers of the 21st century," White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan told reporters August 18 at a briefing onboard Air Force One en route to Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
  • NATO/U.S. TROOP CUTS VOA 18 Aug 2004 -- U.S. plans to withdraw about 70-thousand troops from Europe and Asia are prompting defense officials in Europe to modernize their own security strategies to deal with threats in the 21st century.

  • Transcript: Secretary Rumsfeld Media Avail after Missile Defense Conference, Huntsville, Ala. 18 Aug 2004 -- Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld
  • Kennedy Rescues Iranian Mariners, Vicksburg Helps Them Get Home NNS 18 Aug 2004 -- USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) (JFK) rescued six mariners from an Iranian cargo dhow Aug. 14, after learning that the vessel was taking on water.
  • DoD Accepts First UID Items 18 Aug 2004 -- Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Michael W. Wynne today announced that the Department of Defense has accepted its first deliveries under the new unique identifier (UID) policy that requires contractors to mark and identify the cost of items delivered to the department.
  • Missile Defense Needed to Thwart Extremists, Rumsfeld Says AFPS 18 Aug 2004 -- With extremists constantly looking for weaknesses to exploit and the means to exploit them, missile defense capabilities are a must, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today.

  • White House Daily Briefing, August 18 Washington File 18 Aug 2004 -- President's schedule, Iraq, U.S. troop realignment, 9-11 recommendations/National Intelligence Director

Defense Industry

  • Vote Of Confidence For Australian Expertise In Electronic Warfare BAE Systems 18 Aug 2004 -- Adelaide, South Australia 18 August, 2004 -- BAE Systems Australia has been selected as sole source provider to deliver a cutting edge Australian designed and developed radar identification system to the Royal Australian Navy, under a contract worth over $12 million.
  • Boeing Donates B-52 Model to Airmen at Barksdale AFB Boeing 18 Aug 2004 -- When the B-52 Stratofortress first flew in the 1950s, it was America 's newest protector. The massive, eight-engine bomber could deliver weapons against any enemy and served as one-third of the nation's nuclear triad. The bomber, affectionately known as "the Buff," transitioned from its Cold War role and became a lethal weapon in today's global war against terrorism.
  • CACI Awarded $126 Million Contract to Support U.S. Navy Maintenance Information System CACI 18 Aug 2004 -- CACI International Inc (NYSE:CAI) today announced that it has been awarded a five-year, $126 million contract by Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) to support the U.S. Navy Enterprise Maintenance Automated Information System (NEMAIS). The award is a consolidation of existing contracts under CACI's leadership to provide comprehensive program and technical support for the Navy-wide NEMAIS program.
  • Bath Iron Works Awarded $27 Million Contract for Destroyer Maintenance, Repair and Upgrades in Pacific Homeports General Dynamics 18 Aug 2004 -- The U.S. Navy on Monday awarded Bath Iron Works, a subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), a $26.6 million modification to a previously awarded contract to perform Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) maintenance, repair and upgrade work for Arleigh Burke-class Aegis destroyers homeported on the West Coast of the United States. Options for two additional PSA assignments are available under the existing contract, which was awarded in February 2004.
  • Northrop Grumman Delivers Command and Control System to Bulgaria Northrop Grumman 18 Aug 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has delivered a national military command and control system to Bulgaria, the first in Eastern Europe that is fully compatible with U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organization systems.
  • Raytheon Awarded Tomahawk Block IV Full-Rate Production Contract Raytheon 18 Aug 2004 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has been awarded $287 million in Fiscal Year 2004 as part of a full-rate production contract to supply the U.S. Navy with the next-generation Block IV Tomahawk cruise missile. The Navy and Raytheon have entered into a multi-year procurement contract to replenish the Tomahawk inventory. The value of this contract could reach $1.6 billion once all of the procurement orders are placed over the next five years.

Other Conflicts

  • DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 18 Aug 2004
  • Nepal Hotel Bombing Draws U.S. Condemnation Washington File 18 Aug 2004 -- The bombing of a luxury hotel in Kathmandu, Nepal has drawn strong condemnation from the U.S. Department of State.
  • SUDAN/DARFUR VOA 18 Aug 2004 -- A United Nations Security Council resolution gives Sudan until the end of this month to quell violence in the western region of Darfur, or face possible economic and diplomatic penalties. Experts at a talk sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies say the situation in Darfur is worse than reported by the Sudanese government.
  • GREAT LAKES: Threat of renewed war following Burundi massacre IRIN 18 Aug 2004 -- Renegade commander in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's army Gen Laurent Nkunda has vowed to rally his forces and renew fighting in war-torn province of South Kivu. The threat follows a massacre on Friday of 160 Congolese refugees across the border in Burundi.
  • NIGERIA: Thousands still displaced three months after religious clashes IRIN 18 Aug 2004 -- Three months after a spate of Muslim attacks on Christians in Kano, the largest city in northern Nigeria, thousands of people are still displaced from their homes and in dire need of shelter.
  • SOMALIA: UN condemns arms embargo violations, extends mandate of monitoring group IRIN 18 Aug 2004 -- The United Nations Security Council has condemned continuing violations of an arms embargo on war-ravaged Somalia, and extended the mandate of a group tasked with monitoring the 12-year-old ban on the export of weapons and military equipment to the Horn of Africa country.
  • UN concerned at rising tensions after massacre of Congolese refugees in Burundi UN News Centre 18 Aug 2004 -- The United Nations peacekeeping missions in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are concerned about rising tensions along the border since the massacre of over 150 DRC ethnic Tutsi refugees in a Burundi camp late last week and the subsequent claim of responsibility by a Hutu rebel group operating in that country.
  • Sudan expected to unveil measures to ease Darfur crisis at meeting with UN UN News Centre 18 Aug 2004 -- The Sudanese Government is expected to provide United Nations officials with details on further steps it will take to meet earlier pledges to restore security to the strife-torn Darfur region and to protect the area's massive population of internally displaced persons (IDPs), a UN spokesman reported today.
  • U.S.-NEPAL-MAOISTS VOA 18 Aug 2004 -- The United States Wednesday condemned violence and threats by Maoist rebels in Nepal, who bombed a hotel in Kathmandu earlier this week and have declared a blockade of the capital.
  • BURUNDI/SUMMIT VOA 18 Aug 2004 -- In Tanzania, at least five African heads of state are among those gathering to come up with a power-sharing agreement for a new government to end Burundi's 11-year-old civil war. But last week's massacre of more than 150 Tutsis at a refugee camp in Burundi is threatening to derail the power sharing summit.
  • Rogue Elements Blamed For South Ossetia Violence RFE/RL 18 Aug 2004 -- New clashes erupted overnight in the separatist republic of South Ossetia, reportedly leaving three Georgian soldiers dead and five others wounded. The violence broke out just after Georgian and South Ossetian officials reached a new cease-fire agreement in Tbilisi.
  • NEPAL REBEL BLOCKADE VOA 18 Aug 2004 -- Nepal's capital has been largely cut off from the rest of the country after Maoist rebels imposed a blockade of the city. The rebels say the blockade will remain in place until the government meets its demands.
  • MIDEAST/ARAFAT VOA 18 Aug 2004 -- Palestinian President Yasser Arafat has acknowledged that the Palestinian Authority has made "mistakes" and he promises to correct them.
  • ISRAEL PALESTINIANS VOA 18 Aug 2004 -- Israel says it was responsible for an explosion in an apartment in the Gaza Strip that killed five Palestinians and wounded seven others, four of them critically.
  • Three Georgians Killed In Latest South Ossetia Clash RFE/RL 18 Aug 2004 -- Georgia says three of its soldiers were killed in the latest fighting with forces from the country's South Ossetia separatist region.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 18 Aug 2004 -- U.S. troop move throws challenge to Europe and NATO / Russia sees no threat in realignment of U.S. forces abroad / Kofi Annan calls for urgent increase in international forces / First contingent of extra Spanish troops fly out to Afghanistan / Commander of U.S. counter-terrorism force in the Horn of Africa describes quiet successes, disruption of terror groups / China hints U.S. must return Guantanamo separatists / New treaty on seafarer I.D. cards to come into force
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 18 Aug 2004 -- More on Gen. James Jones's recent visit to Afghanistan / New UN Kosovo chief lists security, dialogue, democracy as priorities

  • VENEZUELA/TURMOIL VOA 18 Aug 2004 -- Venezuelan electoral officials are going ahead with an audit of votes from Sunday's recall referendum in which President Hugo Chavez was declared the winner. Tensions remain high, however, as opposition leaders refuse to participate as witnesses to the audit and continue to denounce the results as fraudulent. Meanwhile, police say they have arrested two of the three gunmen who fired on an opposition rally Monday, killing one person and wounding eight others.

  • Boeing Awards Space Shuttle, ISS Subcontracts to Minority and Women-Owned Small Businesses Boeing 18 Aug 2004 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] is expanding the number of minority and women-owned small businesses that provide engineering and technical support services to NASA Systems programs in Houston.



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