31 December 2003 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 31 Dec 2003 [PDF]
- Transcript: 1st Armored Division Commanding General's Briefing from Baghdad 31 Dec 2003 -- "General Dempsey has agreed to provide us today with some comments regarding recent actions here in Iraq associated with Operation Iron Grip"
- 101ST LOCATES NUMEROUS WEAPONS CACHES IN NORTHERN IRAQ CENTCOM Release 31 Dec 2003-- Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) discovered weapons caches Dec. 30 in and around the city of Mosul.
- 801ST DONATES SHOES, SUPPLIES TO NEGLECTED SCHOOLS CENTCOM Release 31 Dec 2003-- Soldiers of the 801st Main Support Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), spent Tuesday afternoon at the Al Busaif Primary School presenting the school's bright-eyed students with shoes for their feet and supplies for their minds. By the end of the day, hundreds of little feet were crowned with brand new shoes, while little backpacks were filled with new writing utensils, notepads, coloring books and other school supplies.
- 352ND CIVIL AFFAIRS COMMAND COORDINATES JOB FAIR IN BAGHDAD CENTCOM Release 31 Dec 2003-- The soldiers of Task Force 1st Armored Division's 352nd Civil Affairs Command and the 354th Civil Affairs Brigade, both from Riverdale, Md., coordinated a job fair recently at the Baghdad Convention Center.
- 1st Armor Division CG makes New Year's resolution Army News Release 31 Dec 2003-- The commanding general of the 1st Armor Division has a New Year's resolution, "to provide a safe and secure environment for the Iraqi people."
- Iraq: Two Killed In Kirkuk During Anti-Federation Protest RFE/RL 31 Dec 2003 -- Two people were shot dead and 14 others wounded by Kurdish policemen in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk during a demonstration today by Arabs and Turkomans demanding that the city remain under a central Iraqi government.
- IRAQ / BOMB VOA 31 Dec 2003 -- A powerful bomb has exploded at a restaurant in Baghdad packed with New Year's Eve revelers. Iraqi authorities say at least five people have been killed, and anywhere between 10 and 20 wounded.
- Iraq: Several Deaths In Baghdad Explosion RFE/RL 31 Dec 2003 -- A large explosion occurred at a restaurant in central Baghdad today, killing several people.
- Baghdad Commander Optimistic, Details Operation Iron Grip AFPS 31 Dec 2003 -- The commander of U.S. troops in Baghdad, delivered an upbeat assessment today of the future in and around Iraq's capital city.
- WRAP-UP OF 4TH ID'S ACTIVITIES CENTCOM Release 31 Dec 2003-- Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment raided a building in Shahab Almab before daybreak on Dec. 29. In addition to weapons and ammunition the soldiers captured 20 people suspected of involvement in anti-Coalition activities, 10 of whom were specifically targeted.
- TASK FORCE "ALL-AMERICAN" CAPTURES TARGETED INDIVIDUALS CENTCOM Release 31 Dec 2003-- The 82nd Airborne Division and its subordinate units, also known as Task Force "All American," continue missions to bring peace and prosperity to the residents of the Al Anbar province.
- EDITORIAL: AFGHAN EDUCATION VOA 31 Dec 2003 -- Under the Taleban, fewer than a third of the children of Afghanistan attended school. Ninety-seven percent of Afghan girls received no education at all. And during more than two decades of occupation and civil war, eighty percent of Afghanistan's existing schools had been either severely damaged or destroyed.
- AFGHANISTAN LOYA JIRGA VOA 31 Dec 2003 -- Afghanistan's transitional President Hamid Karzai is optimistic the country's constitutional assembly will soon decide on a new form of government. But Mr. Karzai says the assembly should not compromise on a proposal to create a presidential republic.
Defense Policy / Programs
- V CORPS MILITARY POLICE COMPANY NAMED BEST IN ARMY V Corps Release 31 Dec 2003-- The Army calls them the best military police company of the year, but the soldiers of V Corps' 615th MP Co. say what they do is just second nature.
- ARMY'S BEST MPs SERVING IN IRAQ V Corps Release 31 Dec 2003-- An Army military police company from Grafenwoehr, Germany, which is now helping stand up Iraqi police stations, won the top award for excellence among MP units.
- DEPLOYED OR NOT, U.S. ARMY EUROPE SOLDIERS CAN WEAR U.S. FLAG PATCH ON UNIFORMS V Corps Release 31 Dec 2003-- In light of U.S. Army Europe's numerous expeditionary operations, and in recognition of the Army's commitment to the Global War on Terror, Gen. B. B. Bell, USAREUR commanding general, has deemed it appropriate and proper for all soldiers to "proudly and permanently wear the American flag on their field/combat uniform" whether in garrison or deployed in support of an operation.
- Bush Formally Designates Thailand as Major Non-NATO Ally Washington File 31 Dec 2003 -- President Bush announced in a December 30 press release the formal designation of Thailand as a Major Non-NATO Ally (MNNA) and directed the fact to be published in the Federal Register.
- U.S. Reaches Article 98 Agreements with Four ICC Signatories Washington File 31 Dec 2003 -- President Bush has issued waivers allowing continuing military aid to four countries that signed the Rome Statute establishing the International Criminal Court (ICC) because they have signed Article 98 agreements exempting U.S. personnel from war crimes prosecution.
- Transformation: Why You Should Care AFPS 31 Dec 2003 -- If you ask retired Navy Vice Admiral Arthur Cebrowski why service members and Defense Department civilian employees should care about efforts to transform the military, he is neither hesitant nor uncertain in his response.
- Tilt rotor lifts Corps' air fleet of the future Marine Corps News 31 Dec 2003-- The V-22 Osprey program has suffered serious setbacks throughout its development, but program leaders here are confident these problems have been resolved and they are ready to move forward.
- Harrier proves its capabilities, endurance through 30 years of service Marine Corps News 31 Dec 2003-- With the pull of a lever, 23,000 pounds of thrust slows the forty-seven foot long aircraft to a complete halt over the Lake Michigan shoreline, floating a stones throw away from a crowd boasting more than two million people. For the Marine Corps' AV-8B Harrier, it's all in a days work.
- State Department Briefing, December 31, 2003 Washington File 31 Dec 2003 -- Department, Taiwan, China, Vietnam, Israel/Palestinians/Syria, Africa, Libya, Pakistan, Cambodia, Haiti, Sudan
- IVORY COAST / PEACE VOA 31 Dec 2003 -- The president of Ivory Coast has called for the implementation of a stalled peace deal to end a more than year-long civil war, but he says key points should be submitted to a referendum.
- IVORY COAST/PEACEKEEPERS VOA 31 Dec 2003 -- France's defense minister says French peacekeeping troops in Ivory Coast have started deploying throughout northern rebel-held areas. A French-brokered peace deal signed in January but never implemented is finally gaining acceptance.
- COTE D'IVOIRE: French peacekeepers to deploy more widely in north IRIN 31 Dec 2003 -- French peacekeeping troops will soon start to fan out from the front-line between government and rebel forces to deploy more widely in the rebel-held north of Cote d'Ivoire, French Defence Minister Michele Aillot-Marie said on Wednesday.
- U-S / SUDAN TALKS VOA 31 Dec 2003 -- The United States Wednesday pledged to keep working for a peace agreement in Sudan after the parties to the country's two-decade civil war failed to reach their self-imposed goal of a deal by year's end.
- SUDAN: The escalating crisis in Darfur IRIN 31 Dec 2003 -- The decades-long conflict in Sudan's Darfur region has its roots in constant neglect and tensions between sedentary farming communities and nomads. These have been compounded by a local drought and desertification, an expanding population and the manipulation of ethnic rivalry.
- Liberia: UN troops move further into rebel-held territory UN News Centre 31 Dec 2003 -- United Nations peacekeepers today moved further into parts of Liberia that had been held by two different rebel groups in the war-ravaged country.
- LIBERIA: UN troops deploy in Buchanan and Gbarnga IRIN 31 Dec 2003 -- UN peacekeeping troops penetrated deep into the rebel-held interior of Liberia for the first time on Wednesday to establish new bases in the rebel-held towns of Buchanan and Gbarnga.
- ERITREA / SECURITY VOA 31 Dec 2003 -- The leaders of Ethiopia, Sudan, and Yemen have accused Eritrea of fomenting regional conflict, a charge Eritrea vehemently denies.
- ERITREA: Gov't says shuttle diplomacy can't change border ruling IRIN 31 Dec 2003 -- Eritrea has said "shuttle diplomacy" cannot change the final and binding nature of the independent ruling on its border with Ethiopia.
- Annan appeals for funds for post-conflict Sierra Leone UN News Centre 31 Dec 2003 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan is appealing for funds to help the Sierra Leonean military and police "quickly improve their overall capability and project a credible deterrence profile" as progress is made in consolidating peace in the West African country
- ISRAEL/SYRIA VOA 31 Dec 2003 -- Israel says it plans to double the number of Jewish settlers in the occupied Golan Heights, an area Israel captured from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war. Damascus has condemned the plans, which are likely to further complicate the future of peace talks between Israel and Syria.
- WEST AFRICA: Sierra Leone and Liberia settle, other conflicts still bubble IRIN 31 Dec 2003 -- West Africa could point to the consolidation of peace in Sierra Leone and the end of a 14-year civil war in Liberia as positive regional developments in 2003.
- RWANDA: Government welcomes UN genocide commemoration IRIN 31 Dec 2003 -- The Rwandan government on Tuesday praised the efforts of the African Union (AU) in promoting the adoption by the UN General Assembly of a resolution designating 7 April 2004 as International Day of Reflection on the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, Rwandan Radio reported.
- CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Paris to provide "necessary means" to secure electoral process IRIN 31 Dec 2003 -- The French government will support security efforts to ensure the success of the electoral process scheduled to close the transition period in the Central African Republic (CAR) in early 2005, French Defence Minister Michele Alliot-Marie said on Tuesday in the capital, Bangui.
- RWANDA: Lawyers call on government to harmonise Gacaca law with constitution IRIN 31 Dec 2003 -- Rwandan lawyers have called on the government to harmonise the law governing Gacaca courts with the recently adopted constitution, the Rwanda News Agency (RNA) reported on Tuesday.
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