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10 July 2003 Military News

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Current Operations

  • U.S. SOLDIER DIES OF HEART ATTACK IN AFGHANISTAN CENTCOM 10 Jul 2003 -- A U.S. soldier died of a heart attack Wednesday night at Bagram Air Base.

  • Civil Affairs captain gets kids off the street and into orphanages Army News Service 10 Jul 2003-- A captain is walking the streets of Baghdad looking for homeless kids who would be willing to go to an orphanage.
  • 26 MEUEX in Djibouti USMC News 10 Jul 2003 -- Marines and Sailors of the North Carolina-based 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) came ashore here today to conduct a wide variety of training exercises and civil-military operations over the coming days.
  • Army clears path for Marine landing USMC News 10 Jul 2003 -- Army Reserve soldiers with 463rd Engineer Battalion, here supporting Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, cleared rocks and gravel from the coast of Djibouti, July 2, to open the beaches for Marines training in the area.
  • Medical Civil Action Program grows with advanced support USMC News 10 Jul 2003 -- Service members from Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, along with a Djiboutian doctor and German dentist, treated a record 394 patients at a Medical Civil Action Program held in Damerjog, July 5.

  • MCB employees assess gear in Kuwait USMC News 10 Jul 2003 -- Almost immediately after heaviest military operations in Iraqi wound down the Marine Corps Logistics Command dispatched an 18-member team of experts to Kuwait to begin assessing combat gear for reconstitution.
  • MCLB corpsmen return from Iraq USMC News 10 Jul 2003 -- Eleven corpsmen from MCLB Barstow were deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
  • Tracks bore brunt of Division's weight, RPGs USMC News 10 Jul 2003 -- In the early morning hours of April 10, on the outskirts of Baghdad, Sgt. Bill Klitzke, 81 mm section leader for C Company, 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 1st Marine Division, and his crew of four amphibious assault vehicles were given orders to clear Saddam's Palace inside the vast and densely populated Iraqi capital ? marking the climax of an advance through enemy territory unprecedented in the annals of warfare history.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • FIRST CAVALRY DIVISION AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY UNIT RETURNS FROM DEPLOYMENT III Corps Release 10 Jul 2003-- The 4th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery Regiment of the1st Cavalry Division returns from their deployment in support of Operation Noble Eagle on Saturday, July 12.
  • Excerpt: Franks Cites Integration of Forces, Weapons for Iraq Success Washington File 10 Jul 2003 -- Army General Tommy Franks attributed the considerable success of military operations in Iraq to the effective integration of coalition ground forces, special operations forces (SOF), and precision weapons systems that proved highly lethal for enemy forces, but also proved non-lethal for most of the civilian population and the country's vital infrastructure.
  • MOU Strengthening Joint Security Training Navy NewStand 10 Jul 2003 -- Since Sept. 11, 2001, the U.S. Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) have worked side-by-side in a variety of force protection training exercises and operations.
  • Pentagon Considers Expanding Military Presence in Horn of Africa VOA News 10 Jul 2003 -- The Pentagon may be considering an expansion of the U.S. military presence in the Horn of Africa, for the first time adding jet fighters to the force already deployed in Djibouti.
  • PENTAGON / HORN OF AFRICA VOA 10 Jul 2003 -- The Pentagon may be considering an expansion of the U-S military presence in the Horn of Africa, for the first time adding jet fighters to the force already deployed in Djibouti.
  • U.S. Navy ships depart Vladivostok after goodwill port visit Seventh Fleet 10 Jul 2003 -- The amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) and the guided missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) departed Vladivostok, Russia, July 7 after a four-day goodwill port visit.
  • Mighty J Celebrates 20 years Navy NewStand 10 Jul 2003 -- USS Jarrett (FFG 33) Sailors marked their ship's 20th anniversary July 2 with a cake cutting ceremony and a barbecue on Pier 5 here.
  • Reservists can stay longer, leave faster USMC News 10 Jul 2003 -- Recognizing that the sudden change from military to civilian life can be a bit of a shock for Marines and employers alike, the Corps is giving reservists the choice to stay in longer or get out quicker ? along with benefit extensions to help smooth their transitions.

  • AFNORTH on track with deployment to Kabul NATO RHQ AFNORTH Press Release 10 Jul 2003 -- The initial deployment of NATO's Allied Forces North Europe (AFNORTH) personnel and equipment for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) headquarters in Kabul began on July 5th and is now in full swing.

  • DCIS Agents Launch 18-Company Search in Tech Transfer Case 10 Jul 2003 -- Joseph E. Schmitz, Department of Defense Inspector General, announced today that agents from the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS) and the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) executed search warrants on 18 U.S. companies in ten states as part of an ongoing investigation regarding illegal transfer of military components in violation of the Arms Export Control Act.

  • What to Do About Chemical Weapons in the Baltic Sea? VOA 10 Jul 2003 -- The Baltic Sea is home to thousands of tons of old chemical weapons. Britain, the Soviet Union and the United States captured these from Nazi Germany. The Allies thought the best thing to do was to sink them, sometimes on ships, after World War Two. Poisons like arsenic, sarin and mustard gas are among the weapons in the Baltic. Some bombs and shells under the sea date back to World War One.

  • Pentagon: China Allegedly Deploying More Missiles Opposite Taiwan VOA News 10 Jul 2003 -- The U.S. Defense Department is preparing to release a report alleging that China has vastly increased the number of short-range ballistic missiles deployed opposite Taiwan.
  • PENTAGON/CHINA VOA 10 Jul 2003 -- A new Pentagon report will reveal China has dramatically increased the number of short-range missiles it has deployed opposite Taiwan over the past year.

  • Security Officials Agree on Operational Plan to Combat Nuclear Weapons Proliferation VOA News 10 Jul 2003 -- Security officials from 11 nations have taken new steps in combating the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. At a meeting in Australia, the United States, Japan, Australia and eight European countries agreed to begin joint military exercises and share intelligence. In their sights are "rogue states," such as North Korea.
  • AUSTRALIA NORKOR WEAPONS VOA 10 Jul 2003 -- Security officials from 11 nations have taken new steps in combating the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. At a meeting in Australia, the United States, Japan, Australia and eight European countries agreed to begin joint military exercises and share intelligence. In their sights are "rogue states," such as North Korea.
  • 11 Nations Agree to Take Steps to Stop Weapons Spread VOA News 10 Jul 2003 -- Officials from the United States and 10 other nations have agreed to begin joint military exercises and share intelligence, as part of a worldwide campaign aimed at curbing the spread of weapons of mass destruction.

  • UN agencies call for coherence, cooperation in combating illegal arms trade UN News Centre 10 Jul 2003 -- As the first-ever international meeting to consider implementation of the United Nations Action Plan for eradicating the illicit small arms trade moved towards the end of its weeklong session, UN agencies called for a comprehensive, coherent, coordinated and cooperative response to the challenge.

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 10 Jul 2003
  • Russia: Security Officer Killed Trying To Defuse Bomb In Moscow RFE/L 10 Jul 2003 -- Russia's Interior Ministry says a security officer was killed today when a bomb he was trying to defuse outside a Moscow restaurant exploded.

  • Press Briefing by Secretary Colin L. Powell US Dept. of State 10 Jul 2003 -- "At the time it was put into the State of the Union, my best understanding of this is that it had been seen by the intelligence community and vetted. But on subsequent examination, it didn't hold up, and we have acknowledged that."

  • Transcript: Bush Could Make Decision on Liberia in Next Several Days, Powell says Washington File 10 Jul 2003 -- Briefing reporters in Pretoria July 10, Secretary of State Colin Powell said he expects that President Bush will "be in a position to make a decision" on whether or not to send peacekeeping troops into Liberia in the next several days.
  • Congress Urged to Press White House for Decision on Liberia Washington File 10 Jul 2003 -- As the world awaits President Bush's decision whether to send American troops to help bring peace to war-torn Liberia, humanitarian experts, armed with first-hand accounts of the horrific conditions in the country, urged members of Congress July 9 to use their leadership to press the White House to become more involved.
  • Liberia: UN agencies face uncertain security, shortages to help desperate civilians UN News Centre 10 Jul 2003 -- Despite the relative calm in and around Liberia's capital Monrovia, United Nations and other relief workers - faced with an uncertain security environment coupled with shortages of both staff and supplies - are struggling to meet the growing needs thousands of desperate people.
  • Powell: Decision On Troops to Liberia Within Days VOA News 10 Jul 2003 -- U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell says President Bush will be ready within days to decide whether to send peacekeeping troops to Liberia.
  • CONGRESS / LIBERIA VOA 10 Jul 2003 -- Members of Congress say they support a U-S peacekeeping role in Liberia. However, African-American lawmakers told reporters they hope U-S involvement will be limited and not place U-S troops in harm's way anymore than necessary.
  • BUSH / LIBERIA VOA 10 Jul 2003 -- U-S military officers will meet with West African officials this weekend to discuss the possible use of U-S troops in a peacekeeping force for Liberia.
  • LIBERIA/U-S VOA 10 Jul 2003 -- A second U-S military assessment has arrived in West Africa to prepare for the deployment of international peacekeepers in Liberia. The second team arrived in Ghana Thursday for talks with West African officials, while the first team continues its work inside Liberia.
  • LIBERIA: United States military team in Ghana IRIN 10 Jul 2003 -- A United States military team arrived on Thursday in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, and was due to meet officials of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to discuss US support for a West African peacekeeping force in Liberia.
  • Annan urges African leaders to end armed conflicts crippling continent UN News Centre 10 Jul 2003 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today told Africa's leaders gathered in Mozambique for the African Union's annual summit that only they could end the devastating armed conflicts that were taking an unconscionable toll on their people and on the overall development of their continent.

  • DR of Congo: first Bangladeshi troops to arrive in Bunia Monday UN News Centre 10 Jul 2003 -- The first group of soldiers expected to take over for the Interim Multinational Force in the volatile northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is set to arrive in war-torn Bunia on Monday, the United Nations reported today.
  • DRC: US gives $250,000 to support Ituri interim administration IRIN 10 Jul 2003 -- The US government has contributed US $250,000 to support the interim administration in the troubled northeastern Ituri District of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the UN Mission in the country, known as MONUC, announced on Thursday.
  • SUDAN: No health facilities in rebel-controlled Abyei county IRIN 10 Jul 2003 -- An NGO survey of rebel-controlled Abyei county has found that there are no health services available to a population of about 32,000 people, forcing them to walk for between two and three days to access medical care.
  • SUDAN: Gov't urges AU to support peace process IRIN 10 Jul 2003 -- The government of Sudan has appealed to the African Union to actively support the ongoing peace process between the government and the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A), a diplomatic source told IRIN.
  • Security Council condemns latest wave of rebel violence in Burundi UN News Centre 10 Jul 2003 -- Strongly condemning a series of deadly rebel attacks in and around the Burundian capital of Bujumbura, the United Nations Security Council today expressed deep concern over the latest resumption of hostilities and the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the troubled central African nation.
  • YUGOSLAV/WAR CRIMES VOA 10 Jul 2003 -- A former Yugoslav army officer has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from one of the Balkans war's worst massacres - the shooting of at least 200 non-Serbs captured from Croatia's Vukovar Hospital in 1991.
  • PHILIPPINES/BOMB VOA 10 Jul 2003 -- At least three people have been killed and more than 20 wounded in a bomb explosion in the southern Philippines. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • ANGOLA: Separatists and govt urged to resolve Cabinda conflict IRIN 10 Jul 2003 -- Human rights activists in Angola on Thursday called for an end to hostilities between Cabindan separatists and the government.
  • CONGO: US gives additional food aid for Pool IDPs IRIN 10 Jul 2003 -- The US government has made a supplementary contribution of 1,000 mt of food aid for internally displaced persons (IDPs) from the Pool Region of the Republic of Congo, the US embassy announced on Wednesday in the capital, Brazzaville.
  • BURUNDI: Three more killed as rebels continue shelling Bujumbura IRIN 10 Jul 2003 -- Three more people were killed and several others were injured as rebel attacks continued on Thursday on the Burundian capital, Bujumbura. The deaths brought to 37 the number of people killed since attacks on the city began on Monday.
  • SOMALIA: Over 40 killed in fighting in central region IRIN 10 Jul 2003 -- Two days of heavy fighting in the south of Mudug region, have left at least 43 people dead and over 90 injured, a local journalist in the regional capital Galkayo told IRIN on Thursday.
  • COTE D'IVOIRE: Civilians return home in Western Cote d'Ivoire IRIN 10 Jul 2003 -- Hundreds of people who fled fighting in western Cote d'Ivoire since September 2002, have begun to emerge from bushes where they had been living and return to their homes, following President Laurent Gbagbo's declaration on 4 July that the Ivorian civil war was officially over.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 10 Jul 2003 -- NATO: No plans yet for wider peacekeeping role in Iraq / No new Iraq weapons evidence before war / Up to 460,000 guns in the hands of civilians in Kosovo, report says / Albania, Macedonia (sic) and Italy hold joint military exercise / France urges "faster" Middle East peace drive / EU says ready to fund African peacekeeping force
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 10 Jul 2003 -- Daily highlights problems at Geilenkirchen air base / NAEW Force Commander Maj. Gen. Dora in Georgia / Czech Defense Ministry to fund NATO chemical experts training / Czech airspace to be protected by leased aircraft / COMKFOR suggests new peacekeeping force of former foes

  • BRAZIL/INAUGURATION VOA 10 Jul 2003 -- Strikes in Brazil closed universities, courtrooms and other federal agencies this week, as public employees showed their anger over President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's plan for pension reform. Mr. Da Silva says he is still determined to get the package through Congress and try to address the country's pension deficit of 24 billion dollars a year.
  • BRAZIL/INAUGURATION VOA 10 Jul 2003 -- Strikes in Brazil closed universities, courtrooms and other federal agencies this week, as public employees showed their anger over President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva's plan for pension reform. Mr. Da Silva says he is still determined to get the package through Congress and try to address the country's pension deficit of $24 billion dollars a year.
  • BUSH / UGANDA OVERNIGHT VOA 10 Jul 2003 -- President Bush arrives in Uganda Friday on the fourth stop of his five-nation tour of Africa. The president will focus on efforts to fight AIDS.
  • BUSH ZIMBABWE VOA 10 Jul 2003 -- President Bush says South Africa is an "honest broker" in efforts to resolve Zimbabwe's political crisis, despite allegations from Zimbabwe's opposition leader that Mr. Bush is being mislead.
  • A-U/SUMMIT VOA 10 Jul 2003 -- The annual summit of the African Union has opened in Mozambique with warnings from both United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan and South African President Thabo Mbeki that African leaders are not doing enough to end conflicts on the continent.
  • E-U/CONSTITUTION VOA 10 Jul 2003 -- The convention charged with drafting the European Union's first-ever constitution has come to a formal close, with its chairman urging E-U leaders to keep the document intact when they meet to discuss it in Italy next October. It is now up to the leaders to decide how much power will remain with national governments and how much will be transferred to European institutions.
  • Afghanistan: Amnesty Chief Sees Little Improvement In Human Rights RFE/L 10 Jul 2003 -- The secretary-general of Amnesty International has strongly condemned the lack of progress in human rights in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban. Irene Khan, the head of the London-based international human rights advocacy group, says the transitional Afghan government has failed to impose a rights-based agenda on the reconstruction of the country.
  • Belarus: Ever More Isolated, Lukashenka Cracks Down On Cabinet, Media, Western Groups RFE/L 10 Jul 2003 -- Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka today reportedly fired Prime Minister Henadz Novitski and several other senior officials for what he said was ineffective performance. The firings come on the heels of Lukashenka's lashing out against the country's independent media and international organizations that support them. It's not clear if the two are related, but the crackdown on the media, at least, appears aimed at sweeping the country free of its last remaining voices of dissent.
  • Mahathir: Terrorist Acts Will Not Advance Cause of Islam VOA News 10 Jul 2003 -- Malaysia's prime minister is urging Muslims to equip themselves with modern knowledge and weapons. But he also warned that Muslims should not try to reach their aims through terrorism.
  • Belarus: President Fires Prime Minister, Other Ministers RFE/L 10 Jul 2003 -- Reports say Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka today fired his prime minister and several other senior officials.
  • Lukashenko Fires Ministers for 'Inefficiency' VOA News 10 Jul 2003 -- The president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, fired his prime minister and two other ministers in his cabinet on Thursday after accusing them of inefficiency, a lack of organization and lying.
  • BELARUS/POLITICS VOA 10 Jul 2003 -- The president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, fired his prime minister and two other ministers in his cabinet on Thursday after accusing them of inefficiency, a lack of organization and lying.
  • BANGLADESH / FERRY VOA 10 Jul 2003 -- In Bangladesh, rescuers are continuing their search for a ferry that capsized with hundreds of passengers on board. But hopes of finding survivors are fading.
  • MALAYSIA/MAHATHIR VOA 10 Jul 2003 -- Malaysia's prime minister is urging Muslims to equip themselves with modern knowledge and weapons. But he also warned that Muslims should not try to reach their aims through terrorism.
  • HONG KONG/CHINA VOA 10 Jul 2003 -- Beijing has sent a team of officials to Hong Kong to study the political situation after another mass rally against proposed controversial security laws. Critics say the proposed laws threaten civil liberties. The issue has created a political crisis in the city.
  • Beijing Officials Review Hong Kong's Controversial Security Laws VOA News 10 Jul 2003 -- Beijing has sent a team of officials to Hong Kong to study the political situation after another mass rally against proposed controversial security laws. Critics say the proposed laws threaten civil liberties. The issue has created a political crisis in the city.
  • MADAGASCAR: Political legitimacy secures readmission to AU IRIN 10 Jul 2003 -- After a year-long suspension, Madagascar on Thursday was readmitted to the African Union (AU).
  • GUINEA-BISSAU: West African economic union supports elections IRIN 10 Jul 2003 -- The economic and monetary union of West Africa (UEMOA) is to give a US $2.7 million grant to support arrangements for Guinea-Bissau's parliamentary elections due to take place on 12 October, after being postponed three times, the head of UEMOA's commission, Moussa Toure, told IRIN on Thursday.



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