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29 December 2003 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 29 Dec 2003 [PDF]

  • TASK FORCE "ALL-AMERICAN" SOLDIERS CAPTURE SUSPECTED IED MAKER, CONFISCATE WEAPONS CENTCOM Release 29 Dec 2003-- The 82nd Airborne Division and its subordinate units continued missions over the last day to bring peace and prosperity to the residents of the Al Anbar province.
  • 101ST BATTLES SUSPECTED TERRORISTS IN NORTHERN IRAQ CENTCOM Release 29 Dec 2003-- Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) fought suspected members of the Ansar Al Islam terrorist group Dec. 28 in the city of Mosul during a cordon and knock operation.
  • FIVE-HUNDRED-AND-EIGHTY ROCKETS CONFISCATED CENTCOM Release 29 Dec 2003-- An Iraqi citizen provided information to U.S. Air Force airmen concerning a large weapons cache that he said consisted of close to six hundred rockets. The Air Force in turn asked the U.S. Army for assistance. Air Force personnel and a patrol from 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment went to the identified site in the evening of Dec. 27 to investigate.
  • Airstrike targets enemy safe house AFPN 29 Dec 2003-- F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 510th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron dropped two Joint Direct Attack Munition bombs on an enemy safe house near here Dec. 27.

  • Afghanistan: Delegates consider draft version of national constitution UN News Centre 29 Dec 2003 -- In another step towards democracy, delegates to Afghanistan's representative assembly today received a revised draft of the constitution, according to the United Nations Assistance Mission in the country (UNAMA).
  • Afghanistan: Loya Jirga Adjourns Amid Disputes Over Constitution RFE/RL 29 Dec 2003 -- Delegates at Afghanistan's Constitutional Loya Jirga had been due today to ratify the country's new constitution. But the vote has been postponed after delegates demanded last-minute changes to several articles.

  • U.S. Delivers Supplies, Experts to Aid Iran AFPS 29 Dec 2003 -- Proving that disaster knows no politics, U.S. service members are delivering humanitarian aid to Iran in the wake of an earthquake that has left an estimated 25,000 Iranians dead.
  • Airmen provide aid to Iran AFPN 29 Dec 2003-- An Air National Guard C-130 Hercules landed here Dec. 28 with 20 pallets of humanitarian aid destined for the earthquake-stricken residents of Bam.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Cebrowski Sketches the Face of Transformation AFPS 27 Dec 2003 -- If you want to see the face of transformation - if you want to see what it looks like in action - you need not look any further than Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
  • USS City of Corpus Christi Completes First Deployment from Guam Navy Newsstand 29 Dec 2003-- With family and local Navy officials waving pierside, USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN 705) returned to Guam Dec. 23 after completing its first deployment since being homeported here last year.
  • USS George Washington Returns After Successful COMPTUEX Navy Newsstand 29 Dec 2003-- The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), spearhead of the George Washington Strike Group (GWSTRKGRU), returned to Norfolk, Va., Dec. 19 after 40 days at sea, where she successfully completed her Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX).
  • Wasp Strike Group and 22nd MEU Return Home After Successful ESGEX Navy Newsstand 29 Dec 2003-- USS Wasp (LHD 1), the Norfolk-based flagship for the Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 2, returned home Dec. 23 for the holidays after a successful ESG exercise (ESGEX) off the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.
  • ACU-4 Provides Wasp ESG Amphibious Capabilities Navy Newsstand 29 Dec 2003-- Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 4 provides the Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) with additional capabilities that a helicopter can't provide.
  • Marines depart after successful mission Marine Corps News 29 Dec 2003-- Marine Air Control Squadron 2 departed here Dec. 13 after a 19-month mission providing air traffic control services to the international coalition effort in Operation Enduring Freedom.
  • Wasp Operations Department Makes Changes Under ESG Navy Newsstand 29 Dec 2003-- The multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1), the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), and six other ships have formed the Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 2, which will be the East Coast's first ESG.

  • State Department Briefing, December 29, 2003 Washington File 30 Dec 20003 -- Guatemala, terrorism, Iran, North Korea, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Philippines, Venezuela, Serbia, Mexico, Sudan, Libya, China

Defense Industry

  • Navy Awards Boeing $9.6 Billion in Super Hornet and EA-18G Contracts Boeing 29 Dec 2003 -- The U.S. Navy has awarded Boeing [NYSE: BA] a multiyear procurement contract valued at $8.6 billion for the production of an additional 210 F/A-18 Super Hornets and a $1 billion contract for system design and development (SDD) of the EA-18G airborne electronic attack aircraft.

Other Conflicts

  • U-N/NUCLEAR FREE ZONE VOA 29 Dec 2003 -- Syria is urging the U-N Security Council to declare the Middle East a nuclear free zone. A Syrian-sponsored draft resolution is aimed at highlighting Israel's alleged nuclear capability.

  • ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS VOA 29 Dec 2003 -- Israeli soldiers have shot and killed three Palestinians following a mortar attack on a Jewish settlement in the Gaza Strip. The shootings follow a week of bloody violence in Gaza in which at least nine other Palestinians were killed in clashes between troops and militants.
  • ISRAEL/SETTLEMENTS VOA 29 Dec 2003 -- Jewish settlers are vowing to oppose Israeli government plans to dismantle unauthorized Jewish outposts in the West Bank. The settlers say they will launch a legal challenge to the move and confront soldiers who attempt to evacuate them.

  • BURUNDI/VATICAN VOA 29 Dec 2003 -- The Vatican has confirmed its representative in Burundi, Archbishop Michael Courtney, was killed in an ambush outside the capital, Bujumbura.
  • First group of Burundian ex-fighters repatriated from the DR of Congo, UN says UN News Centre 29 Dec 2003 -- The first group of Burundian former combatants who volunteered to go home from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been repatriated, the United Nations Mission in DRC said today.
  • BURUNDI: Some 160 former combatants repatriated IRIN 29 Dec 2003 -- Some 160 Burundian former combatants were repatriated from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Sunday via Gatumba transit site on the Burundian side of the border, escorted from the eastern DRC town of Bukavu by Uruguayan soldiers serving with the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC, known as MONUC.
  • BURUNDI: Pope's ambassador dies following ambush IRIN 29 Dec 2003 -- Monsignor Michael Courtney, the Apostolic Nuncio in Burundi, died on Monday during surgery at Prince Louis Rwagasore hospital in the capital, Bujumbura, to stem serious haemorrhaging following gunshot wounds sustained during a road ambush, Misna, the Roman Catholic Church's information service, has reported.
  • Liberia: UN peacekeepers move into rebel area for first time UN News Centre 29 Dec 2003 -- The UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) has made its first military move into an area controlled by the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD), winning the cooperation of the rebels who previously tried to delay the deployment.
  • LIBERIA: UN troops enter LURD territory at second attempt IRIN 29 Dec 2003 -- UN peacekeeping troops set up their first base within territory controlled by the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) rebel group at the weekend without meeting resistance after being barred from entering LURD territory on Christmas Day.
  • Georgia: UN Peacekeeping Chief Seeks To Raise Profile Of Abkhaz Process RFE/RL 29 Dec 2003 -- The UN's efforts to broker a peace deal between Georgia and its separatist republic of Abkhazia have suffered, in part, from neglect by the major powers on the UN Security Council. But the UN's undersecretary-general for peacekeeping, Jean-Marie Guehenno, is hoping developments in the past year will propel the peace effort forward.
  • Indian separatist groups appeal China to grant temporary shelter IRNA 29 Dec 2003 -- Three Indian separatist groups, fleeing a military offensive in the adjoining Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, Sunday appealed China to grant them temporary shelter in their country.
  • Bhutan slows military offensive to expel Indian separatists: Army IRNA 29 Dec 2003 -- Bhutan said it was going slow in its military offensive to expel Indian separatists out of the Buddhist kingdom to keep the casualties down on both sides.
  • SUDAN: Looking forward to peace IRIN 29 Dec 2003 -- Just about everyone in Yei, a sprawling rural town in southwestern Sudan, is talking about prospects for peace these days. You can scarcely walk through the town’s bombed-out streets without overhearing vendors, for example, discussing their hopes for an agreement at ongoing peace talks in Nairobi, Kenya, between representatives of Sudan’s government and rebels.
  • SOMALIA/PEACE TALKS VOA 29 Dec 2003 -- A Somali state official says an upcoming meeting of Somali warlords and leaders aimed at putting the stalled peace process back on track will do more harm than good.
  • ERITREA-ETHIOPIA: UN special envoy appointed to help stalled process IRIN 29 Dec 2003 -- Former Canadian foreign minister Lloyd Axworthy has been appointed UN special envoy to help resolve the stalled Ethiopia and Eritrea peace process, diplomatic sources said on Monday.
  • ETHIOPIA: 57 killed in Gambella violence, gov't says IRIN 29 Dec 2003 -- Ethiopia said on Monday that at least 57 people were killed in the recent clashes in the west of the country - sparked by an ambush on government refugee workers.

News Reports

  • SERBIA/ELECTIONS VOA 29 Dec 2003 -- International observers are expressing concern about the outcome of Sunday's parliamentary elections in Serbia, where ultra-nationalists led by a jailed war-crimes suspect won the most votes. First official results show pro-democracy parties that toppled the regime of President Slobodan Milosevic can form a new coalition government only if they end their political squabbling.
  • U-S / SERBIA ELECTION VOA 29 Dec 2003 -- The United States is expressing hope for a continuation of democratic reforms in Serbia despite the strong showing of extreme nationalist factions in Sunday's parliamentary elections. The State Department said it is likely that parties backing a democratic transition will be able to form the next government.
  • GUATEMALA ELECTION VOA 29 Dec 2003 -- Former Guatemala City Mayor Oscar Berger is poised to be Guatemalas next president. Preliminary vote counts give him a solid lead in Sundays presidential elections.
  • MAURITANIA/TRIAL VOA 29 Dec 2003 -- A former president of Mauritania says he will appeal his conviction and sentencing for plotting to overthrow the current government.
  • MAURITANIA: Haidalla walks free with suspended sentence IRIN 29 Dec 2003 -- Former Mauritanian president Mohamed Khouna Ould Haidallah has been released from prison after receiving a suspended prison sentence for plotting to overthrow the current head of state, Maaouiya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya.

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