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30 December 2003 Military News

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Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 30 Dec 2003 [PDF]

  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 30 Dec 2003 -- Participating was Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, Deputy Director for Operations and Daniel Senor, Senior CPA Adviser
  • Coalition Battles Sabotage, Smuggling of Iraqi Gasoline AFPS 30 Dec 2003 -- Coalition personnel are working with the Iraqi Ministry of Oil to head off gasoline smuggling, sabotage of the oil industry infrastructure and black-market profiteering. Officials said these continue to be among the greatest problems facing the Iraqi people.
  • SIGNIFICANT WEAPONS CACHE CONFISCATED CENTCOM Release 30 Dec 2003-- Task Force Ironhorse Second Infantry's Arrowhead Brigade soldiers discovered a significant weapons cache southeast of Samarra in the morning of Dec. 29. Some of the items located were found in a false wall.
  • IVY BLIZZARD UPDATE CENTCOM Release 30 Dec 2003-- Operation Ivy Blizzard continues in Phase II. The operation will transition to Phase III when the conditions are set, which includes when the city council is capable of independent action and when the Iraqi Police and the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps are ready to secure the city. Right now, the earliest time of transition to Phase III is two to three weeks away.
  • HIGH-LEVEL BA'ATHISTS SUPPORT COALITION SECURITY EFFORTS CENTCOM Release 30 Dec 2003-- Two second-tier Ba'ath Party leaders in northwest Iraq handed over weapons Dec. 29 to Coalition Forces with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).
  • 101ST CONDUCTS RAIDS IN NORTH, CAPTURES SUSPECTS, FINDS WEAPONS CENTCOM Release 30 Dec 2003-- Soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) conducted cordon-and-search operations in northern Iraq Dec. 29, capturing two people wanted on suspicion of anti-Coalition activities and confiscating numerous weapons.
  • TASK FORCE "ALL-AMERICAN" UNCOVERS WEAPONS CENTCOM Release 30 Dec 2003-- The 82nd Airborne Division and its subordinate units, also known as Task Force "All American," continued missions yesterday to stop violence and provide security for residents of the Al Anbar province.
  • 1ST ARMORED DIVISION UNIT HELPS IRAQIS VOTE IN NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COUNCIL CAUCUS V Corps Release 30 Dec 2003-- Residents of Baghdad's Ameria neighborhood lined the streets near the old Iraqi Airways Club to choose new neighborhood advisory council (NAC) members Dec. 16.
  • IRAQ/VIOLENCE VOA 30 Dec 2003 -- A roadside bomb has exploded in downtown Baghdad, killing at least one Iraqi civilian and severely wounding another. It is the second bombing in the same neighborhood in three days.
  • Iraq TV: cargo train en-route Mosayyeb-Helleh exploded by armed insurgents IRNA 30 Dec 2003 -- Iraq TV announced on Monday night that unidentified armed insurgents first seized a cargo train en-route Mosayyeb-Helleh in Iraq`s Babel Province and then exploded one of its compartments.
  • Afghanistan: Taliban Claims Tactical Shift As Police Arrest Three After Bomb Blast RFE/RL 30 Dec 2003 -- Afghan security agents say they have arrested three suspected Taliban and Al-Qaeda operatives thought to be planning suicide attacks in Kabul. Authorities suggest the men may have links to two men who carried out a suicide bombing near Kabul airport on 28 December that killed five security officers.
  • AFGHAN/LOYA JIRGA AMENDMENTS VOA 30 Dec 2003 -- After more than two weeks of discussion, Afghanistan's constitutional assembly - the "loya jirga" - is now debating changes to the country's proposed constitution.
  • AFGHANISTAN: Loya Jirga to move to a vote on the constitution IRIN 30 Dec 2003 -- Following 16 days of debate and discussion at the Afghan Constitutional Loya Jirga (CLJ), the 502-member UN-supervised meeting was called on to move towards voting on a final draft of the constitution as the open forum at the meeting resumed on Tuesday.
  • Old Guard deploys to Africa to engage in missions Army News Service 30 Dec 2003-- Army Old Guard Soldiers, from Fort Myer, Va., arrived at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti Dec. 17, and have begun engaging in training and tactical missions.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Transcript: Announcements of Key Personnel for Military Commissions; Issuance of Military Commission Instruction No. 9 on Military Commissions Review Panel 30 Dec 2003 -- "I'm pleased to be here today to announce the selection of key personnel associated with military commissions, as well as the issuance of Military Commission Instruction No. 9 on the review panel for military commissions. The key personnel I'll be announcing today are a new appointing authority, the legal advisor to the appointing authority, and the review panel members."
  • Military Commission Legal Advisor Announced 29 Dec 2003 -- The Department of Defense announced today that Air Force Brig. Gen. Thomas L. Hemingway has been named the legal advisor to the appointing authority in the Office of Military Commissions. Hemingway is responsible for providing legal advice to the appointing authority on approval of charges and referring cases to trial, questions that arise during trial and other legal matters relating to military commissions. His duties also include supervising the appointing authority legal staff.
  • Appointing Authority Decision Made 29 Dec 2003 -- Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld has decided to delegate the position of appointing authority for military commissions to John D. Altenburg, Jr.
  • Military Commission Review Panel Members to be Designated and Instruction Issued 29 Dec 2003 -- Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld has decided to designate four individuals to serve as review panel members for military commissions. Additionally, the General Counsel of the Department of Defense William J. Haynes II issued Military Commission Instruction (MCI) No. 9, Review of Military Commission Proceedings.
  • DoD Announces Military Commission Review Panel AFPS 30 Dec 2003 -- Trials of detainees accused of terrorist acts came a step closer today, following three moves announced by senior Pentagon officials.
  • DoD Considers Creating Stability and Reconstruction Force AFPS 30 Dec 2003 -- The Pentagon is considering creating a military force that would be dedicated to stability and reconstruction operations, according to retired Navy Vice Adm. Arthur Cebrowski, chief of the Defense Department's Office of Force Transformation.
  • FDC Keeps C 1/11 on Point Marine Corps News 30 Dec 2003-- When most people think about artillery support, the first things that come to mind are the artillerymen, also known as "cannoneers," loading a heavy projectile into a cannon and firing it down range, creating a deafening bang and leaving destruction on its target. But it takes more than "pull string, go bang!" to place a projectile on point.
  • State Department Briefing, December 30, 2003 Washington File 30 Dec 2003 -- Iran, North Korea, Israel/Palestinian, Libya, terrorism, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Philippines

Other Conflicts

  • GAZA STRIKE VOA 30 Dec 2003 -- Israel on Tuesday tried but failed to assassinate members of the militant Islamic group Hamas in Gaza City. At least 11 Palestinians were reported wounded in the operation.
  • ISRAEL/SECURITY FENCE VOA 30 Dec 2003 -- Israel, acting under strong international pressure, says it is making changes to the route of its West Bank security barrier to try to make life easier for the Palestinians.
  • ISRAEL/SETTLEMENTS-REACT VOA 30 Dec 2003 -- Israel's decision to dismantle unauthorized Jewish outposts in the West Bank has sparked an emotionally charged debate among the country's lawmakers. The issue has highlighted the divisions among political factions over whether Jews have the right to continue settling the territory.
  • ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS VOA 30 Dec 2003 -- Israeli forces have moved back into the West Bank city of Nablus, engaging in gun battles with Palestinian militants and imposing a new curfew.

  • BURUNDI / VATICAN VOA 30 Dec 2003 -- Pope John Paul has called on the citizens of Burundi to reject violence the day after the Vatican's representative to the small African nation was shot and killed in an ambush. Burundi's authorities blamed rebels for the killing.
  • BURUNDI: Assassination of Apostolic Nuncio blamed on FNL/Palipehutu IRIN 30 Dec 2003 -- The Burundian president, Domitien Ndayizeye, has blamed the killing on Monday of Apostolic Nuncio Michael Courtney on a faction of the Forces nationales de liberation (FNL/Palipehutu), the only rebel group not to have signed up to the peace process in Burundi. The rebels have denied responsibility.
  • POWELL / SUDAN VOA 30 Dec 2003 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell telephoned key figures in Sudan peace talks Tuesday, urging them to reach their stated goal of a framework accord to end the country's civil war by the end of the year. Mr. Powell was back at work at the State Department Tuesday just two weeks after undergoing successful prostate-cancer surgery.
  • UN transfers final government responsibilities to Kosovo institutions UN News Centre 30 Dec 2003 -- The United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) has transferred a final set of responsibilities to local provisional institutions as part of its commitment to gradually introduce self-government to Kosovo.
  • Russia: Chechen Separatist Group Reportedly Destroyed In Daghestan RFE/RL 30 Dec 2003 -- Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said today federal forces killed a group of separatists in the southern republic of Daghestan, which neighbors Chechnya.
  • CYPRUS/POLITICS VOA 30 Dec 2003 -- Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash has appointed the head of a pro-European Union party to form the next government in northern Cyprus.
  • LIBERIA/REFUGEES VOA 30 Dec 2003 -- United Nations peacekeepers say Liberia is still not safe enough for the return of refugees who fled the civil war. As V-O-A's Nico Colombant reports from Abidjan, tens of thousands of Liberian refugees have been trapped in neighboring Ivory Coast since a civil war broke out there as well.
  • SOMALIA: Leaders' retreat rescheduled IRIN 30 Dec 2003 -- A proposed retreat for Somali political leaders which has been postponed several times is now set to start in Nairobi on 9 January.
  • DRC: Gov't, UNICEF introduce child demobilisation certificates IRIN 30 Dec 2003 -- The government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), with the help of the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF, has introduced official demobilisation certificates for child soldiers, UNICEF said on Friday.
  • SOMALIA: Tension rising in north IRIN 30 Dec 2003 -- Tension is rising between the self-declared republic of Somaliland and the neighbouring self-declared autonomous region of Puntland over the disputed regions of Sool and Sanaag, local sources told IRIN on Tuesday.
  • ERITREA: Asmara dismisses accusations of causing instability IRIN 30 Dec 2003 -- Eritrea has rejected accusations that it is destabilising the Horn region as empty claims, saying history shows who the aggressor is.

News Reports

  • ZIMBABWE/EBOLA VOA 30 Dec 2003 -- Zimbabwe's health minister says he does not believe that an Angolan who died at Christmas at the tourist resort of Victoria Falls had the deadly disease Ebola.
  • ZIMBABWE: Yearender - chronology of an unremitting crisis IRIN 30 Dec 2003 -- If last year Zimbabweans thought life could not get any tougher, 2003 robbed them of that faint hope.
  • NIGERIA: Three former ministers charged with corruption IRIN 30 Dec 2003 -- Three former ministers in President Olusegun Obasanjo's government were among five top officials charged in court in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, on Tuesday with bribery and corruption related to a multi-million dollar contract awarded to a French firm.
  • Sea Launch Embarks on the First Mission of 2004 Boeing 30 Dec 2003 -- The Odyssey Launch Platform and the Sea Launch Commander have departed Sea Launch Home Port for the launch of the Telstar 14/Estrela do Sul 1 communications satellite. Built by Space Systems/Loral for Loral Skynet do Brasil, the satellite is scheduled for launch on a Zenit-3SL vehicle, January 9, at the start of a two-hour launch window that will open at 8:02 pm PST (4:02:00 GMT, January 10).
  • Lockheed Martin Awarded Contract for A2100 Satellite Lockheed Martin 30 Dec 2003 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT - News) has been awarded a contract to build an A2100 geosynchronous satellite, marking the fifth new commercial satellite order received by its Commercial Space Systems business during 2003.

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