01 January 2004 Military News
- IRAQ/VIOLENCE/ATTITUDES VOA 01 Jan 2004 -- car bomb exploded outside a Baghdad restaurant on New Year's Eve, killing at least eight Iraqi civilians. It is just one of a string of attacks that have killed far more Iraqis than coalition troops. The civilian death toll is starting to turn Iraqi public opinion against the anti-coalition insurgency.
- Iraq: U.S. Soldiers, Iraqi Police On High Alert After Restaurant Bomb RFE/RL 01 Jan 2004 -- U.S. soldiers and Iraqi police are on high alert today after a car bomb devastated a Baghdad restaurant yesterday, killing five people.
Defense Policy / Programs
- INDONESIA BLAST VOA 01 Jan 2004 -- A powerful explosion ripped through a crowd in Indonesia's war-torn Aceh province, killing 10 people and injuring 45. Authorities blamed the bombing on the province's separatist movement.
- PALESTINIANS/EGYPT VOA 01 Jan 2004 -- A top Egyptian envoy is being sent to the West Bank to seek Palestinian President Yasser Arafat's help in forging a cease-fire agreement. The move is the latest attempt by Egypt to persuade Palestinian militias to suspend attacks against Israel.
- NIGERIA: Plateau state clamps down on Islamic militants IRIN 01 Jan 2004 -- Authorities in Plateau State, northern Nigeria, have banned a radical Muslim group while in neighbouring Yobe State, security forces have been deployed to quash recent anti-police violence caused by a little known Muslim sect, officials said on Thursday.
- US/BRITAIN VOA 01 Jan 2004 -- Declassified British government documents show that the British government believed the United States contemplated using force to seize Middle East oilfields during the 1973 Arab oil crisis.
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