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08 December 2003 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 08 Dec 2003 [PDF]

  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 08 Dec 2003 -- Participating was Daniel Senor, Senior CPA Advisor
  • Soldier Killed in Mosul Shooting; Offensive Operations Continue AFPS 08 Dec 2003 -- A drive-by shooting attack today on soldiers guarding a gas station in Mosul, Iraq, left one coalition soldier dead, even as coalition forces continue to take the offensive against the enemies of a stable and free Iraq, officials said today at the headquarters of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad.
  • TASK FORCE "ALL-AMERICAN" TRAINS NEW IRAQI SECURITY FORCES CENTCOM Release 08 Dec 2003-- The 82nd Airborne Division and attached units, also known as Task Force "All American," continue in the establishment of Iraqi security forces. Current enrollment shows Iraqis actively seeking to secure their own country and taking responsibility for their own safety and protection.
  • RAIDS NET CAPTURED PERSONNEL AND EQUIPMENT CENTCOM Release 08 Dec 2003-- The 82d Airborne Division and attached units, also known as Task Force "All American," continued operations within the Al Anbar Province to provide security and assistance to the Iraqi people. Progress in security is enabling uninterrupted reconstructive efforts. These missions continue to move Iraq toward a free and sovereign nation.
  • TASK FORCE "ALL-AMERICAN" HELPS CLEAN UP AL ANBAR CENTCOM Release 08 Dec 2003-- The 82nd Airborne Division and attached units also known as Task Force "All American," continued operations within the Al Anbar province to provide security and assistance to the Iraqi people. These missions continue to move Iraq toward a free and sovereign nation.
  • 101ST CONDUCTS RAIDS, ROUNDS UP SUSPECTS, WEAPONS CACHES IN NORTHERN IRAQ CENTCOM Release 08 Dec 2003-- The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in conjunction with Iraqi Police Forces detained six individuals suspected of involvement in attacks on Coalition Forces during raids Dec. 7 in northern Iraq.
  • MILITARY POLICE ASSIGNED TO V CORPS' 18TH MP BRIGADE TRAIN IRAQI COPS ON WEAPONS SKILLS V Corps Release 08 Dec 2003-- Iraqi Police Service officers recently had the chance to hone their sharpshooting skills on a live-fire weapons range with the help of military police soldiers assigned to V Corps' 18th MP Brigade, Task Force 1st Armored Division.
  • U-N / AFGHANISTAN VOA 08 Dec 2003 -- U-N Secretary-General Kofi Annan -- in a report to the U-N General Assembly -- warns that international efforts to rebuild Afghanistan are in danger of failure. Mr. Annan is suggesting a second Bonn conference to renew international support for the struggling Afghan government.
  • Afghanistan: the world must increase its support or risk failing, says Annan UN News Centre 08 Dec 2003 -- The international community must decide whether to increase its involvement in Afghanistan or risk failure, given the war-stricken country's deteriorating security situation and the intensifying attacks on United Nations staff and aid workers, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a report to the General Assembly released today.
  • AFGHAN / U-S VOA 08 Dec 2003 -- U-S and Afghan military officials are investigating the accidental killing of nine Afghan children during an air attack on an alleged terrorist hideout.
  • AFGHANISTAN: MSF suspends activities at southern IDP camp IRIN 08 Dec 2003 -- The international agency Medicins Sans Frontieres Holland (MSF) announced on 6 December that it would suspend its activities in the Zhare Dasht camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) near the southern city of Kandahar, in the wake of recent attacks on aid workers in the south of the country.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • U.S. Winning War on Terrorism, White House Says Washington File 08 Dec 2003 -- White House Report, Dec. 8: War on terrorism, Sudan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Iraq/Sen. Clinton, China, ambassadorial nominations
  • Defense Department Targets Military Pay Increases for 2004 AFPS 08 Dec 2003 -- Military personnel will see their basic pay more in line with that of civilian counterparts in the private sector in 2004 thanks to an increased pay and benefits compensation package included in the 2004 Defense Authorization Act approved by Congress this year.
  • U-S / EUROPE / DEFENSE VOA 08 Dec 2003 -- The United States has launched talks with its allies on its plans to re-align its worldwide military posture to better deal with 21st Century challenges like terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. From Brussels, Two top U-S officials met Monday with NATO ambassadors to discuss the changes, which are widely expected to lead to base closures in Western Europe.
  • Teamwork Keeps Kitty Hawk in the Fight Navy Newsstand 08 Dec 2003-- Since the Nov. 1 beginning of their fall cruise, Sailors of USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 have worked together in various capacities aboard the ship, and personnel from both crews say the level of teamwork between them is high.
  • Kitty Hawk Displays Air Power Navy Newsstand 08 Dec 2003-- The Sailors of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 and USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) work together every day to ensure flight operations conducted from the ship are a success. Nov. 25, the team joined for an impressive display in the form of an air power demonstration.
  • New Authority provides Navy's Inactive Ships for use as State NAVSEA News Wire 08 Dec 2003-- Occasionally, the Navy uses unneeded ships as targets for military exercises known as SINKEX or sinking exercises. There is, however, another way these obsolete Navy vessels may serve in a productive capacity for hundreds of years past their intended use. It's called man-made, "artificial" reefing, which will help promote marine life and fishing and relieve pressures on natural, "coral," reefs.
  • NSWC PHD provides Distance Support to USS Comstock (LSD 45) NAVSEA News Wire 08 Dec 2003-- In response to an urgent request from the USS Comstock (LSD 45) on November 2, 2003, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Port Hueneme Division (PHD) engineers and logisticians provided Ship Self Defense System (SSDS) MK 1 distance technical support via telephone and email. Port Hueneme's In-Service Engineering personnel worked closely with ship's crew to identify a problem with two faulty Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS).
  • Spartan deployed on USS Gettysburg (CG-64) NAVSEA News Wire 08 Dec 2003-- USS Gettysburg is part of the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group, currently deployed to the Arabian Gulf. As part of the Navy's only deployed Strike Group, Enterprise and Gettysburg are conducting missions in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. Within that effort is the Spartan Scout, a Department of Defense (DoD) Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration under the direction of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Newport, which has been received high praise from the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group to which it's deployed.

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • UN General Assembly votes to ask ICJ for opinion on Israel's separation barrier UN News Centre 08 Dec 2003 -- The United Nations General Assembly, at the resumption of its long-running tenth emergency special session on Palestine, adopted a resolution today asking the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to issue an advisory opinion on the legal consequences of Israel's construction of a separation barrier between itself and the West Bank.
  • UNGA/ISRAELI WALL VOA 08 Dec 2003 -- The U-N General Assembly will ask for an international court opinion on whether Israel should be required to tear down its separation barrier. A resolution to that effect passed Monday, with 90 of the Assembly's 191-members voting in favor. Both Israel and the resolution's sponsors declared victory after the vote.
  • BUSH / SUDAN VOA 08 Dec 2003 -- President Bush has personally urged Sudan's president and its main rebel leader to resolve their differences and complete a peace agreement. Mr. Bush spoke by telephone (Monday) to Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir and to John Garang, head of the Sudan People's Liberation Army.
  • EGYPT / PALESTINIAN REACT VOA 08 Dec 2003 -- Sunday's failed cease-fire talks among Palestinian factions meeting in Cairo has political analysts and senior government officials in the region pondering what the eventual impact of that failure might be.

  • UN mission 'strongly condemns' attack on World Bank delegation in Kosovo UN News Centre 08 Dec 2003 -- The United Nations mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) today strongly condemned the violent attack on the World Bank Board of Governors over the weekend in Mitrovica, a town that has been a flashpoint of tension between ethnic Albanians and Serbs over the past two years.

  • SOMALIA / PEACE TALKS VOA 08 Dec 2003 -- A meeting of Somali warlords scheduled to take place December 9 on Kenya's east coast has been postponed until December 18.
  • SOMALIA: IGAD meeting to discuss peace talks IRIN 08 Dec 2003 -- Foreign ministers of member states of the regional grouping, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), were due to meet in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, on Monday to discuss the Somali peace talks.
  • COTE D'IVOIRE: Rebels release prisoners, refuse to return to Abidjan IRIN 08 Dec 2003 -- Rebels who control northern Cote d'Ivoire on Sunday freed 40 government soldiers held prisoner for over a year, but again ruled out a quick return to Abidjan to rejoin the government of Prime Minister Seydou Diarra.
  • COTE D'IVOIRE: UN envoy calls for protection of civilians affected by war IRIN 08 Dec 2003 -- Carolyn McAskie, the United Nations humanitarian envoy for the Cote d'Ivoire crisis, on Monday appealed to President Laurent Gbagbo and his government to protect thousands of civilians affected by war in Cote d'Ivoire.
  • LIBERIA: Hundreds of fighters hand in guns as disarmament starts IRIN 08 Dec 2003 -- Hundreds of Liberian fighters handed in their guns to United Nations peacekeepers at Schieffelin camp, 35 km southeast of the capital, Monrovia, as the formal disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration of an estimated 40,000 combatants got underway.
  • LIBERIA: Former government fighters riot during demobilisation IRIN 08 Dec 2003 -- A day after the United Nations-supervised disarmament of Liberian fighters started, former government fighters on Monday shot in the air, looted shops and beat up people in the eastern Paynesville suburbs of the capital, Monrovia, in a riot over money.
  • SUDAN: UN humanitarian chief worried by Darfur crisis IRIN 08 Dec 2003 -- The UN head of Emergency Relief Coordination, Jan Egeland, has expressed concern over the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Darfur, western Sudan, and urged the warring sides to desist from deliberately attacking civilians.
  • UGANDA: Army denies Lira death toll IRIN 08 Dec 2003 -- The Ugandan army has denied reports from local leaders in the country’s troubled northern Lira district that up to 70 bodies from Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) attacks have been recovered in the last week.
  • BURUNDI: Former rebel leader returns to Bujumbura IRIN 08 Dec 2003 -- The leader of the former rebel Conseil national pour la defense de la democratie-Forces pour la defense de la democratie (CNDD-FDD), Pierre Nkurunziza, arrived in the Burundi capital, Bujumbura, on Saturday, for the first time since war broke out in 1993 between the then government, dominated by members of the Tutsi minority, and rebel groups made up predominantly of majority Hutus.
  • CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Special report on the disarmament, demobilisation, reintegration of ex-fighters IRIN 08 Dec 2003 -- //This is the first in a series of five special reports on the demobilisation, disarmament and reintegration (DDR) of former rebel fighters in the Great Lakes region. The second report, on Burundi's DDR process, will be published on Monday, 15 December on //

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 08 Dec 2003 -- Ireland leads push to curb EU mutual defence plans / Joschka Fischer sees U.S. support for EU defence plans / Al Qaeda shifting to Iraq from Afghanistan / Serbian prime minister says UN and NATO has done little to battle terrorism, organized crime in Kosovo / Serbs alarmed over plans for Kosovo's future / Defence Secretary Rumsfeld suspects number of Iraqi security needed to replace Americans might be understated / Iraq's Kurds say they don't want independence / Top Georgian presidential candidate expects diversionary attack on border with Russia / Increasing violence, shortage of peacekeepers threaten Afghan elections
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 08 Dec 2003 -- Daily: U.S. and Europe stretching to close divisions / Pentagon seen slowing down plans for base closures in Europe / Daily expects Europe and U.S. clash on satellite system
  • RUSSIA/OBSERVERS VOA 08 Dec 2003 -- International observers monitoring Russia's parliamentary election say the vote was free, but failed to meet many democratic standards. Western observers say the balloting calls into question Russia's real commitment to reform.
  • ZIMBABWE/POLITICS VOA 08 Dec 2003 -- Human rights advocates in Zimbabwe are concerned that President Mugabe's decision to pull his country out of the Commonwealth will leave the international community with less leverage to pressure his government. Pro-democracy forces also worry that Mr. Mugabe could retaliate against the opposition, which encouraged Commonwealth leaders meeting in Abuja last week to maintain Zimbabwe's suspension from the group.
  • COMMONWEALTH SUMMIT VOA 08 Dec 2003 -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo says he will try to get Zimbabwe back into the Commonwealth, which renewed the country's suspension during a divisive summit in Nigeria. Zimbabwe subsequently announced that it was pulling out of the group of mainly former British colonies.
  • GUINEA: Former top military officer arrested in continuing swoop IRIN 08 Dec 2003 -- Guinean authorities continued a three-week swoop on perceived opponents of President Lansana Conte's government arresting a former top army officer, Commandant Kadr Doubuya, on Thursday as he was about to board a plane to neighbouring Mali, military sources said.
  • ZIMBABWE: Mixed reactions over Commonwealth withdrawal IRIN 08 Dec 2003 -- Zimbabwe's human rights and pro-democracy groups said on Monday they were concerned that President Robert Mugabe's decision to pull Zimbabwe out of the Commonwealth had scuppered hopes of dialogue between the government and the main opposition party, prolonging the country's political crisis.
  • Boeing Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Syncom Satellite Boeing 08 Dec 2003 -- Media luminaries Walter Cronkite, David Hartman and Jim McKay will join Boeing [NYSE:BA] on Dec. 12 to highlight four decades of achievement in satellite technology as it celebrates the historic deployment of a small, spinning satellite that created a global revolution.

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