04 December 2003 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 04 Dec 2003 [PDF]
- Engineers Work to Keep Clean Water Flowing to Iraqis AFPS 04 Dec 2003 -- American engineers in northern Iraq are using their skills to keep the water flowing into the people's houses in Mosul -- and to keep the oil out.
- V CORPS ADVISORS HELPING TO ESTABLISH DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES IN IRAQ V Corps Release 04 Dec 2003-- Capt. Lance Lauchengco inputs data into his hand-held computer organizer to remind himself of important details. After all, he has a busy job -- aiding in the establishment of a new government here is history in the making.
- 5TH ICDC CLASS GRADUATES CENTCOM Release 04 Dec 2003-- Civil Affairs personnel continued a police-training seminar today in Al Amariyah for the current Iraqi Police and Facilities Protection Service forces. The seminar is five days in length and the officers each receive training on search techniques, apprehension of suspects, evidence handling, and crowd control along with practical exercises.
- 82D AIRBORNE DIVISION RAIDS NET ENEMY, ARMS CENTCOM Release 04 Dec 2003-- The 82nd Airborne Division, also known as Task Force "All American," continued to conduct operations to bring peace to Iraq and assist the reconstruction efforts. These missions continue to move Iraq toward a free and independent nation.
- Robertson Says NATO Preparing to Provide Security Outside Kabul Washington File 04 Dec 2003 -- NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson announced December 4 that the alliance has "found the critical parts ... including attack and transport helicopters," needed to provide security in Kabul, Afghanistan, and is preparing to expand security outside Kabul.
- Provisional Reconstruction Team begins work in Herat Army News Service 04 Dec 2003-- Two little girls in traditional Afghan dress giggled as they helped plant a young pine tree outside a new building on the northwest side of town housing the headquarters for the Herat Provincial Reconstruction Team.
- RUMSFELD / AFGHANISTAN VOA 04 Dec 2003 -- Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld toured Afghanistan Thursday to get a first-hand look at reconstruction efforts, and to discuss President Hamid Karzai's efforts to expand the authority of the central government outside the capital, Kabul.
- Afghanistan: Militants Kill UN Worker RFE/RL 04 Dec 2003 -- Suspected Taliban militants today ambushed a UN convoy carrying census workers in southwestern Afghanistan, killing one Afghan UN worker and wounding 11 others.
- NATO / FOREIGN MINISTERS VOA 04 Dec 2003 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell has called on NATO to take on a greater role in Iraq to help stabilize the country. But Mr. Powell acknowledged that the alliance has more pressing matters at hand, such as expanding its peacekeeping operation in Afghanistan.
- Rumsfeld, Karzai Note Progress in Afghanistan AFPS 04 Dec 2003 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld today praised the "truly remarkable" progress Afghanistan's government has made in the two years since the country's liberation, and Afghan President Hamid Karzai said he expects his country's condition to continue improving in the months and years to come.
- Rumsfeld Visits Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan AFPS 04 Dec 2003 -- The British Provincial Reconstruction Team here is helping to bring the influence of the provisional national government beyond the national capital of Kabul, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today during a visit.
- Voter registration underway in seven cities across Afghanistan - UN UN News Centre 04 Dec 2003 -- Voter registration has begun in seven regional capitals across Afghanistan ahead of the country's national elections next year, according to the United Nations mission there.
- Afghanistan: Rumsfeld Meets With Dostum, Peacekeepers RFE/RL 04 Dec 2003 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is in Afghanistan today on a one-day visit, where he met with warlord Abdul Rashid Dostum.
- RFE/RL Afghanistan Report, Vol 2, Number 42 04 Dec 2003 -- A PROPOSAL FOR BAMIYAN / AFGHAN-PAKISTANI WAR OF WORDS CONTINUES... / ...INCLUDING CHARGES OF CROSS-BORDER MEDDLING / PAKISTANI MINISTER REJECTS AFGHAN CLAIM OF SENIOR TALIBAN SIGHTING / AFGHAN, PAKISTANI, AND U.S. REPRESENTATIVES MEET IN KABUL / PAKISTAN REPEATS WARNING OVER INDIAN CONSULATES IN AFGHANISTAN / AFGHAN TELEVISION TO USE INDIAN SATELLITE / THREE AFGHAN SOLDIERS KILLED IN HELMAND PROVINCE / MILITANTS KILL SOLDIER IN SOUTHERN PROVINCE / PRIVATE SECURITY GUARD KILLED / TWO U.S. SOLDIERS, ONE AFGHAN SERVICEMAN INJURED IN KONAR PROVINCE / NEO-TALIBAN FORCES ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR DEATH OF FRENCH UN WORKER... / ...BUT LATER REJECT THE CLAIM / NEO-TALIBAN CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY FOR ABDUCTION OF TURKISH ENGINEER... / ...ON WHOSE RELEASE REPORTS DIFFER / NEO-TALIBAN FORCES CLAIM TO HAVE CAPTURED DISTRICT IN ZABUL PROVINCE / FINANCE MINISTER HIGHLIGHTS FUNDING FOR NEO-TALIBAN / KABUL DAILY SAYS COMMANDERS PROTECTING OPIUM-POPPY CULTIVATION / ANTI-U.S. LEAFLETS TURN UP IN EASTERN PROVINCE / ROCKET EXPLODES OUTSIDE KABUL HOTEL / DISARMAMENT PROGRAM ON TRACK IN NORTH... / ...WHICH YIELDS MIXED RESULTS... / ...AND WILL COVER ALL OF AFGHANISTAN / NATO MAY WIDEN ROLE IN AFGHANISTAN / UN BEGINS VOTER-REGISTRATION PROCESS FOR AFGHAN CITIZENS / NORTHERN WARLORD ELECTED TO CONSTITUTIONAL LOYA JIRGA / THIS WEEK IN AFGHANISTAN'S HISTORY
- AFGHANISTAN: EC funds reconstruction of Kabul-Torkham road IRIN 04 Dec 2003 -- The EC has awarded a €26 million (about US $31.5 million) contract to a Chinese engineering company, China Railway Shisiju Group Corporation, for the first reconstruction phase of the vital 222-km Kabul-Jalalabad-Torkham (Towr Kham) road.
Defense Policy / Programs
- USS Elliot Decommissions, Crew Heads Overseas for Final Deployment Navy Newsstand 04 Dec 2003-- After 26 years of service, the Sailors aboard the San Diego-based destroyer USS Elliot (DD 967) lowered the ensign and commissioning pennant as they departed the ship for the last time, Dec. 2.
- Navy Seabees Build School, Aged Home In Grenada Navy Newsstand 04 Dec 2003-- A U.S. Task Force of 45 Seabees, the U.S. Navy construction force, constructed new facilities for nearly 200 students and 10 senior citizens as part of the New Horizons exercise in Grenada. New Horizons is an engineering and medical assistance exercise under the executive responsibility of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command.
- U.S. and Japanese Forces Practice Interoperability Navy Newsstand 04 Dec 2003-- USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), the Navy's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier, completed ANNUALEX [annual exercise] with her host country of Japan.
- Stennis Completes COMPTUEX Navy Newsstand 04 Dec 2003-- USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) pulled into Naval Air Station North Island Nov. 21, after successful completion of the Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX).
- Marshall Center Debuts Counterterrorism Course in June AFPS 04 Dec 2003 -- A decade-old, U.S.-German- operated educational facility nestled near the Bavarian Alps is transforming itself to address the challenges of global terrorism.
- AUSTRALIA / MISSILE DEFENSE VOA 04 Dec 2003 -- Australia's government says it plans to join the U-S missile defense umbrella - saying such a defensive shield is needed for protection against threats from rogue states.
- Final communiqué: Ministerial Meeting of the North Atlantic Council held at NATO Headquarters, Brussels, On 4 December 2003 NATO 04 Dec 2003
- Joint Press Statement: by the NATO Secretary General and the EU Presidency NATO-EU Ministerial Meeting NATO 04 Dec 2003
- Statement: Meeting of the NATO-Russia Council at the level of Foreign Ministers NATO 04 Dec 2003
- Powell Discusses Possible Expanded NATO Role in Iraq Washington File 04 Dec 2003 -- U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell has urged the NATO Alliance to examine how it might take on a greater role to support peace and stability in Iraq.
- NATO/POWELL VOA 04 Dec 2003 -- U-S Secretary of State Colin Powell has called on NATO to consider playing a more prominent role in stabilizing post-war Iraq. Mr. Powell made the remarks during a closed-door session of a NATO foreign ministers' meeting.
- NATO/FOREIGN MINISTERS VOA 04 Dec 2003 -- U-S Secretary of State Colin Powell has called on NATO to take on a greater role in the post-war stabilization of Iraq. His call came during a closed-door meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels which is also discussing expanding the alliance's presence in Afghanistan.
- Indian Air Force MiG 29 crashes in Punjab, pilot bails out IRNA 03 Dec 2003 -- A MiG-29 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed near Adampur in Western Indian State of Punjab`s Hoshiarpur district with the pilot bailing out safely.
- Terror War cost Britain nearly Dlrs 10 billion so far IRNA 03 Dec 2003 -- The war against terrorist has cost Britain nearly Dlrs 10 billion, Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown said Thursday.
- Boeing C-17 Awarded Highest CMMI Rating Boeing 04 Dec 2003 -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] has reached an unprecedented level of achievement on its C-17 program in all four areas of integration and improvement processes as established by the nationally recognized Software Engineering Institute.
- The Revolutionary Boeing Canard Rotor/Wing Aircraft Begins Flight Testing Boeing 04 Dec 2003 -- Nearly 100 years after the dawn of powered flight, a new generation of high-speed, unmanned air vehicle successfully began flight testing today.
- LOCKHEED MARTIN DEMONSTRATES NEXT-GENERATION AIR BATTLE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM Lockheed Martin 04 Dec 2003 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] today demonstrated a revolutionary new system for air battle management - one that enables warfighters at all levels to react and respond in real time to the constantly changing battlefield situation.
- Spanish Navy Commissions Second Aegis-Equipped Frigate Lockheed Martin 04 Dec 2003 -- The Spanish Navy commissioned its second F100-class frigate equipped with the Lockheed Martin-developed Aegis Weapon System on Dec. 3 during a ceremony at the IZAR shipyard in Ferrol, Spain.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICES OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND THE SPOKESWOMAN FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT United Nations 04 Dec 2003
- PRESS BRIEFING BY UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL FOR LEGAL AFFAIRS United Nations 04 Dec 2003
- SOUTHERN AFRICA: Lessons from small arms programmes IRIN 04 Dec 2003 -- South Africa and Lesotho's programmes for destroying small arms could be adapted to fit the needs of other countries throughout the continent, a new study has found.
- GENEVA ACCORD VOA 04 Dec 2003 -- The authors of the latest unofficial Middle East peace plan --- the so-called Geneva Accord -- have taken their campaign for acceptance to the United States. They will meet Friday with senior policymakers, including Secretary of State Colin Powell and Assistant Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz. On the way to the nation's capital, the plan's chief sponsors stopped in New York to brief an influential foreign policy group.
- POWELL-MIDEAST ONITER VOA 04 Dec 2003 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell meets later today (eds: Friday) with the Palestinian and Israeli authors of a unofficial plan for resolving the Middle East conflict. The Israeli government of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has voiced opposition to the meeting but U-S officials say the ad hoc peace effort is a useful exercise.
- BUSH/MIDEAST VOA 04 Dec 2003 -- President Bush and Jordan's King Abdullah have reaffirmed their commitment to the Middle East peace process, vowing to do all they can to move it forward.
- EGYPT/PALESTINIANS VOA 04 Dec 2003 -- Representatives of Palestinian groups are meeting in Cairo, where they are expected to discuss the possibility of halting attacks against Israel. Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia wants to secure a promise from militant groups to halt their attacks in an effort to end Israel-Palestinian violence. But at least one of the radical Palestinian factions remains vehemently opposed to any talk of calling a cease-fire.
- U-S / TAYLOR / NIGERIA VOA 04 Dec 2003 -- The United States has welcomed the call by the international police organization Interpol for the arrest of former Liberian President Charles Taylor. But it is also avoiding any criticism of Nigeria for refusing the immediate hand over of Mr. Taylor to the U-N-backed special court in Sierra Leone.
- NIGERIA / TAYLOR VOA 04 Dec 2003 -- Nigeria has dismissed the latest effort by the international community to have former Liberian President Charles Taylor arrested. Mr. Talor, who has been indicted on war crime charges, lives in exile in Nigeria.
- First rotation of Chinese peacekeeping force in Congo PLA Daily 03 Dec 2003 -- Yesterday, the second batch of the Chinese peacekeeping force left Beijing for Congo (Kinshasa) by air to replace the first batch of the Chinese peacekeeping force.
- DRC: MONUC helps free sex slaves, civilian prisoners held by militiamen IRIN 04 Dec 2003 -- Officials of the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, known has MONUC, helped on Tuesday to free three civilian prisoners and some 34 women who were being held as sexual slaves by militiamen in the embattled northeastern district of Ituri.
- UN Security Council concerned about 'armed elements' in Côte d'Ivoire UN News Centre 04 Dec 2003 -- The United Nations Security Council today expressed grave concern over the attempts of "armed elements" to cross the ceasefire line in Côte d'Ivoire separating the government-held south from the rebel-held north and west and it commended West African and French peacekeeping forces fo
- COTE D'IVOIRE: Agreement reached to start disarmament on Dec 15 IRIN 04 Dec 2003 -- President Laurent Gbagbo announced on Thursday that the disarmament of rebel forces occupying the north of Cote d'Ivoire would begin on December 15 and he would travel to the rebel capital Bouake in the next few days to announce a formal end to the country's 14-month civil war.
- Security Council agrees to maintain sanctions against Liberia UN News Centre 04 Dec 2003 -- The United Nations Security Council agreed today to keep, "for the time being," two-year-old sanctions imposed on Liberia to stem arms trafficking during its civil war, but raised the prospect of holding talks soon on how they could eventually be lifted.r turning them back.
- LIBERIA: NGO warns UN not to rush disarmament IRIN 04 Dec 2003 -- The United Nations risks launching a disarmament campaign in Liberia without sufficient UN peacekeepers on the ground and without adequate rehabilitation programmes in place to ensure that combatants are successfully reintegrated into civilian life, Refugees International said on Thursday.
- Burundi: Security Council learns of great advances towards peace UN News Centre 04 Dec 2003 -- Burundi has made tremendous advances towards peace and stability over the last year, but now faces challenges from the disarmament and reintegration of combatants and the return of refugees, the facilitator of the country's peace process told the United Nations Security Council today.
- BURUNDI: 6,000 ex-rebels ready for cantonment IRIN 04 Dec 2003 -- So far, 6,000 fighters from the main former rebel movement, the Conseil national pour la defense de la democratie-Forces pour la defense de la democarite (CNDD-FDD), are assembled at Kibongo Commune in the southern province of Makamba and are ready for cantonment, the movement’s spokesman, Maj Gelase Ndabirabe, told IRIN on Thursday.
- Nigeria agrees to withdraw troops from area disputed with Cameroon UN News Centre 04 Dec 2003 -- Nigeria has agreed to withdraw its troops, starting next week, from the Lake Chad area after the United-Nations chaired panel set up to resolve the border dispute between Nigeria and Cameroon held its seventh meeting this week.
- 72 killed in clashes in Nepal IRNA 03 Dec 2003 -- Nepalese troops gunned down 66 Maoists rebels in a cross firing which also left six security personnel dead in south western of the country.
- RUSSIA/CHECHNYA VOA 04 Dec 2003 -- A leading Russian human rights group, Memorial, has denounced what it says is a continuing climate of terror by Russian federal forces in Chechnya, despite Russian-sponsored presidential elections earlier in the year hailed as a first step toward peace.
- CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC-SUDAN: Bangui, Khartoum vow to revive joint security team IRIN 04 Dec 2003 -- Presidents Francois Bozize of the Central African Republic and Omar el Bashir of Sudan have resolved to revive a joint border security commission to curb poaching and cross-border attacks between the two countries, state-owned Radio Centrafrique reported.
- SOMALIA: Security Council urges stricter implementation of arms embargo IRIN 04 Dec 2003 -- The UN Security Council has called for greater international support towards ensuring stricter implementation of the arms embargo on Somalia.
- ANGOLA: Large-scale demining projects to start soon IRIN 04 Dec 2003 -- The widespread use of landmines in Angola's decades-long civil war remains a major obstacle to the resumption of normal life after the conflict, the UN has said.
- SENEGAL: Amnesty highlights 180 disappearances in Casamance IRIN 04 Dec 2003 -- The government of Senegal should bring to justice, swiftly and with impartiality those responsible for disappearances and other missing person cases in the troubled Casamance region, Amnesty International said on Thursday.
- SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 04 Dec 2003 -- NATO launches new multinational force to deal with use of weapons of mass destruction / Top U.S. officials to discuss military realignment in Europe / Belgium seeks leaner forces in military overhaul / Defence Secretary Rumsfeld will not bargain for support in Iraq / NATO's future depends on Afghan success / U.S. official calls on Balkan authorities to arrest top war crimes suspects / NATO considers boost representation in Caucasus / Defence Secretary Rumsfeld says U.S. trying to help new ally Azerbaijan guard against Caspian Sea threats
- SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 04 Dec 2003 -- Armenian defense minister, Gen. Jones discuss results of cooperation / U.S. senator: France wants to head NRF and other NATO command / NATO fills gaps for Afghan force
Warlords hand over tanks to Afghan army / NATO urged to increase Iraq role / Lord Robertson bemoans lack of NATO funding / Daily views benefit of possible U.S. troop deployment in Bulgaria / Bush, Blair to talk today on EU defense
- State Department Noon Briefing, December 4, 2003 Washington File 04 Dec 2003 -- Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Israel/Palestinians, Iraq, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, North Korea, Rwanda/International Criminal Tribunal, Afghanistan, Lithuania
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