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19 December 2003 Military News

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  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 19 Dec 2003 [PDF]

  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 19 Dec 2003 -- Participating was Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, Deupty Director for Operations and Daniel Senor, Senior CAP Adviser
  • Insurgents 'Kill One to Terrorize a Thousand,' But Won't Succeed AFPS 19 Dec 2003 -- Insurgents targeting Iraqis are relying on the terrorist adage "Kill one, terrorize a thousand," but won't succeed in their efforts to derail freedom and stability, the deputy operations director for Combined Joint Task Force 7 said in a Baghdad news conference today.
  • MOSUL AREA HOUSES OF WORSHIP RECEIVE HEATERS FROM 101ST AIRBORNE DIVISION CENTCOM Release 19 Dec 2003-- As part of a nearly $30,000 project to supply heaters to local mosques and churches, the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Friday delivered 100 kerosene heating machines to the Ninevah province Ministry of Religious Affairs.
  • USS Decatur Captures Possible Al-Qaida Associated Drug-Smuggling dhow in Arabian Gulf CENTCOM Release 19 Dec 2003-- A U.S. Navy boarding team operating from the guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73) discovered an estimated two tons of narcotics with a street value of around eight to ten million dollars aboard a 40-foot dhow intercepted in the Arabian Gulf on Dec. 15, at approximately 11:00 a.m. The dhow's 12 crewmembers were taken into custody and transferred to USS Decatur, and Decatur sailors are in control of the dhow. The smuggling routes are known to be used by Al-Qaida and three(*) of the 12 crew members are believed to have links to the organization.
  • 1ST ARMORED DIVISION HANDS GUIDON, AUTHORITY TO IRAQI CIVIL DEFENSE CORPS COMPANY V Corps Release 19 Dec 2003-- With the handover of a guidon, 1st Armored Division soldiers recognized the formation and authority of one of the first companies of the emerging Iraqi Civil Defense Corps.
  • 'Tremendous Strides' Made in Iraq, Afghanistan AFPS 19 Dec 2003 -- While the instability and conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan often dominate the news, between 80 and 90 percent of the people in these countries live "much more normal lives than the media normally presents," Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Stability Operations Joseph J. Collins said here today.
  • Rumsfeld Approves Brigade Deployment, Extension AFPS 19 Dec 2003 -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has approved the 120-day deployment to Iraq of units of 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, senior military officials announced Dec. 18.
  • IRAQ / BREMER VOA 19 Dec 2003 -- The head of the U-S-led coalition in Iraq, Paul Bremer, says he was unhurt in an attack two weeks ago, which took place just as his convoy was returning from a meeting in Baghdad. But a coalition spokesman said it may not have been an assassination attempt.
  • IRAQ/BOMB VOA 19 Dec 2003 -- A powerful explosion in Baghdad Friday has killed one woman and wounded at least seven other people. The blast also demolished an office of a militia group linked to the country's largest Shi'ite political party.
  • Iraq: One Killed, About 10 Wounded In SCIRI Bombing RFE/RL 19 Dec 2003 -- At least one person was killed and at least five others were wounded today in an explosion at a building belonging to Iraq's main Shi'ite Muslim political party, the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI).
  • TASK FORCE "ALL AMERICAN" GRADUATES ICDC CLASS, HELPS SCHOOLS CENTCOM Release 19 Dec 2003-- Soldiers from Task Force "All American" continued missions to increase stability and security for the people of Al Anbar yesterday.
  • OPERATION IRON JUSTICE NETS 28 FUEL, 9 PROPANE TRUCKS CENTCOM Release 19 Dec 2003-- Soldiers of Task Force 1st Armored Division's 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne captured 28 fuel trucks and nine propane trucks illegally dispensing fuel as part of black market activity in a south Baghdad neighborhood at about 10 p.m. Dec. 18.

  • PENTAGON/DRUGS VOA 19 Dec 2003 -- U-S naval forces in the Arabian Gulf have seized nearly two metric tons of drugs on a dhow sailing what the military says is a known al-Qaida smuggling route.
  • PENTAGON/DRUGS VOA 19 Dec 2003 -- U-S naval forces in the Arabian Gulf have seized nearly two metric tons of drugs on a dhow sailing what the military says is a known al-Qaida smuggling route.

  • Coalition Pursues Dual Missions in Afghanistan AFPS 19 Dec 2003 -- While coalition forces will do their utmost to kill or capture terrorist leaders here, the provincial reconstruction teams in Afghanistan are the wave of the future, said Army Lt. Gen. David Barno.
  • NATO / AFGHANISTAN VOA 19 Dec 2003 -- NATO has formally authorized the expansion of its peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan beyond the capital, Kabul, in a bid to improve security in the country.
  • Afghanistan: Women Demand Equal Rights Be Written Into Constitution RFE/RL 19 Dec 2003 -- Debate on Afghanistan's draft constitution is continuing today through the Muslim day of rest as delegates to the Loya Jirga, or Grand National Assembly, try to move past controversies in Kabul.
  • UN: Annan Calls For January Meeting On Iraq, Warns On Afghan Security RFE/RL 19 Dec 2003 -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has requested a meeting on 15 January with officials of the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority and the Iraqi Governing Council. The purpose is to determine what political role the United Nations could play in Iraq.
  • AFGHAN/LOYA JIRGA/OPINION VOA 19 Dec 2003 -- Afghanistan's constitutional assembly may be making slow progress in deciding what form of government to establish, but many Afghans are voicing support for the process, which they see as a good sign for their country's future.
  • AFGHANISTAN: Interview with Loya Jirga delegate Sa'era Sharif IRIN 19 Dec 2003 -- As the historic Constitutional Loya Jirga enters its sixth day in the capital Kabul, the 500-member grand council has yet to tackle the substantive business of the gathering - ratifying the country's post-conflict draft constitution. Sa'era Sharif is a delegate from the eastern province of Khowst, one of just 100 female representatives. In an interview with IRIN, she gave her views on the week's proceedings and her hopes for the gathering.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • State Department Noon Briefing, December 18, 2003 Washington File 19 Dec 2003 -- Iraq, Israel/Palestinians, North Korea/China/Japan, Syria, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Thailand

  • VP-4 Crew Comes Home After Six-Month Deployment Navy Newsstand 19 Dec 2003-- The last of Navy Patrol Squadron (VP) 4, made up of 400 crewmembers and eight aircraft, returned home to Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Dec. 11, after a six-month deployment.
  • B-2 reaches full operational capability AFPN 19 Dec 2003-- The B-2 Spirit reached full operational capability status, Lt. Gen. Bruce Carlson announced Dec. 17 during a ceremony here. The event was marked by the Spirit of Missouri's re-enactment of its first delivery here 10 years ago.
  • Navy Launches Newest Military Communications Satellite Navy Newsstand 19 Dec 2003-- The Naval Satellite Operations Center (NAVSOC), reached an important milestone when it launched the 11th Ultra-High Frequency Follow-on (UHF F/O) F11 satellite from Cape Canaveral, Fla., Dec. 17, at 9:30 p.m. EST.
  • Chafee Arrives at Pearl Harbor Navy Newsstand 19 Dec 2003-- The Navy's newest and most sophisticated warship, USS Chafee (DDG 90), the 40th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, will arrive in her new homeport here in Pearl Harbor, Dec. 19.
  • Natick to Field New Combat Ration for Troops on the Move AFPS 19 Dec 2003 -- --"Ration stripping," they call it when forward- deployed combat troops jettison all but the most essential items from their Meals, Ready to Eat so they don't have so much to carry as they set out on a mission.
  • MREs Evolve to Match Deployment Conditions, Warfighter Preferences AFPS 19 Dec 2003 -- Troops in the field about to grab a meal, ready to eat combat ration might want to choose the "Jamaican pork chop," the "pasta with alfredo sauce" or the "beef with mushrooms."

  • Bolton Says Proliferation Security Initiative Has "Twofold Aim" Washington File 19 Dec 2003 -- The new Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) has a twofold aim -- to reduce the quantities of WMD in the world and to raise the political and economic costs of trafficking in WMD, says Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security John Bolton.

  • Bulgaria: Parliament Approves Permitting U.S. Military Bases RFE/RL 19 Dec 2003 -- Bulgaria's parliament declared support today for the government's consideration of permitting U.S. and NATO military bases in the country.

  • India`s Surface to Air Trishul Missile test fired again IRNA 19 Dec 2003 -- For the second time in two days, Trishul, India`s most sophisticated short-range surface-to-air missile, was test fired from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur near Balasore on Friday in the Eastern Indian State of Orissa on Tuesday, ITR sources said in Balasore.

  • Heat seeking missiles sail through Japan skies Marine Corps News 19 Dec 2003-- With a detailed preflight checkup and no room for error, two jets sit patiently at the combat aircraft loading area checking their systems anticipating take off. Pilots wait nervously as a live missile sits on the wing of the jet where proper execution is not always guaranteed. Soon after they pierced into the afternoon sky the roar from the engine could be heard.
  • Flying Tigers return home in time for holidays Marine Corps News 19 Dec 2003-- The 200-plus Marines of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361 returned to Miramar from a five-month unit deployment program Saturday.

  • Statement by the NATO Spokesman NATO 19 Dec 2003 -- Today the North Atlantic Council authorised the Supreme Allied Commander, General James Jones, to initiate the expansion of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan to include the German-led Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Kunduz. The PRT in Kunduz is a pilot project for the further ISAF expansion.

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • U.S. Urges Croatia to Act on War Criminals, Refugee Returns Washington File 19 Dec 2003 -- "The issue of full cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia remains of utmost importance to the United States and we urge the Croatian authorities to apprehend General [Ante] Gotovina and turn him over to The Hague," Ambassador Stephan Minikes told the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna December 18.
  • Bosnia: Clark Says Milosevic Knew In Advance Of Srebrenica Massacre RFE/RL 19 Dec 2003 -- Former NATO commander U.S. General Wesley Clark has told the UN war crimes tribunal that former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic knew in advance that Bosnian Serbs were planning the slaughter of thousands of Muslims in Srebrenica in 1995. Prosecutors say Clark's testimony is the most direct evidence so far linking Milosevic to Europe's worst civilian massacre since World War II.

  • West Africa: Annan encourages preventive measures to deal with regional conflicts UN News Centre 19 Dec 2003 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today encouraged a grouping of West African countries to come up with preventive measures to deal with conflicts created by governments in the region that violate constitutional norms and flout basic principles of good governance.

  • World Court hearings on building of wall in Palestinian territory set for February UN News Centre 19 Dec 2003 -- The principle judicial body of the United Nations today decided to open hearings next February on the legal consequences of Israel's construction of a separation barrier in the occupied Palestinian territory.
  • ISRAEL / SHARON-REACT VOA 19 Dec 2003 -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has been roundly criticized for saying, in a speech Thursday, he is preparing for possible unilateral separation from the Palestinians. Mr. Sharon's plan has been condemned by parties across the political spectrum in Israel and has failed to win support from the international community.
  • Middle East: Sharon Issues Separation Ultimatum To Palestinians RFE/RL 19 Dec 2003 -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has presented the Palestinians with an ultimatum: Make progress in the peace process leading to separate states or see Israel unilaterally impose a separation plan of its own. The ultimatum is drawing fire from many sources -- Washington, the Palestinians, and Israeli settlers -- because it threatens to impose a solution within months to a complex territorial dispute that has lasted decades.

  • ETHIOPIA-ERITREA/BORDER VOA 19 Dec 2003 -- Ethiopian and Eritrean military have come close to an agreement on how to cooperate in quelling local conflicts along the hundreds of kilometers of their contested border.
  • ERITREA-ETHIOPIA: EU calls for confidence-building measures IRIN 19 Dec 2003 -- The European Union has stepped up a “twin track” approach aimed at resolving the stalled peace process between Ethiopia and Eritrea, officials said on Friday.
  • RWANDA: Commission to probe murder and harassment of genocide survivors IRIN 19 Dec 2003 -- Following reports of murder, harassment and intimidation of Rwandan genocide survivors testifying under the "Gacaca" justice system, a commission has been established to investigate these acts, the Rwanda News Agency (RNA) reported on Thursday.
  • RWANDA: ICRC trains 31 soldiers in international humanitarian law IRIN 19 Dec 2003 -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) completed a two-week course on international humanitarian law (IHL) for 31 military instructors of the Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF), the organization reported on Thursday.
  • IVORY COAST / REBELS VOA 19 Dec 2003 -- A faction of rebel fighters in the northern part of Ivory Coast has announced it has a new leader.
  • TURKEY / CYPRUS VOA 19 Dec 2003 -- Tensions are brewing between Turkey and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Dentkash over how to end the three decades-long division of Cyprus. As Amberin Zaman reports from Ankara, Turkey's prime minister Tayyip Erdogan has signaled he supports the U-N plan that Mr. Denktash has rejected proposing to reunite the Turkish and Greek communities under a federal state.
  • ANGOLA-DRC: ECHO funds refugee return IRIN 19 Dec 2003 -- The European Commission is to provide the UN refugee agency UNHCR with US $1.78 million to assist with the repatriation of more than 13,000 Angolan refugees in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
  • SUDAN: Demining project for south Sudan IRIN 19 Dec 2003 -- The Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) organisation has launched an assessment into the extent of the minefields created by both sides during Sudan’s 20-year conflict with a view to starting a comprehensive clean-up programme after the peace deal is signed.
  • BURUNDI: Peace process reaches crucial phase with launch of DDR process IRIN 19 Dec 2003 -- //This is the second in a series of five special reports on the demobilisation, disarmament and reintegration (DDR) of former rebel fighters in the Great Lakes region. The third report, on Rwanda's DDR process, will be published next week on //
  • CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Bozize urged to discipline his former fighters IRIN 19 Dec 2003 -- Catholic Archbishop Paulin Pomodimo has urged Central African Republic (CAR) leader Francois Bozize to exercise more control over his former fighters, including those from Chad, following reports of atrocities committed against the population.
  • LIBERIA: Warring parties formalise demands for more jobs in government IRIN 19 Dec 2003 -- The three warring parties in Liberia have formalised a joint demand for more top jobs in the country's transitional government, pushing aside the nominees of several unarmed political parties and civil society organisations.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 19 Dec 2003 -- Kofi Annan calls for Jan. 15 meeting with Iraqis and coalition to discuss UN role U.S. briefs Security Council on Iraqi war crimes tribunal, no decision on whether it will try Saddam Hussein / Annan backs envoy's warning that nations must help improve security or face possible collapse of Afghanistan / Afghan delegate under UN protection after outburst against warlords / UN sees looming peacekeeping crisis in Africa / War crimes suspects used as vote-getters in Serbia
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 19 Dec 2004 -- NATO approves first extension to Afghan force beyond Kabul / Daily outlines proposed changes in Bundeswehr structure / Bulgarian Parliament supports "in principle" deployment of U.S. bases
  • Northrop Grumman, NASA Successfully Test Composite Hydrogen Fuel Tank for Reusable Launch Vehicles Northrop Grumman 19 Dec 2003 -- A team of engineers from Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala. have demonstrated that a new, specially designed fuel tank made from composite materials can safely hold and contain liquid hydrogen under simulated launch conditions.
  • Northrop Grumman Receives Kennedy Space Center Contract from InDyne Northrop Grumman 19 Dec 2003 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Information Technology (IT) sector has been awarded a subcontract by InDyne, Inc., McLean, Va., to support NASA at the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
  • ZIMBABWE: MDC ready to discuss dialogue with Mugabe IRIN 19 Dec 2003 -- There should be no preconditions for talks with Zimbabwe's ruling party, the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has said.
  • CENTRAL ASIA: Weekly news wrap IRIN 19 Dec 2003 -- Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Wednesday ordered a moratorium on capital punishment, thereby aiming "to further humanise the state criminal policy", according to Igor Rogov, the deputy chief of presidential staff. Speaking on Thursday, he added that henceforth, courts in Kazakhstan be empowered to sentence those convicted of grave crimes to life imprisonment, but not death. The moratorium was to take effect on Friday, he said.

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