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02 January 2004 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 02 Jan 2004 [PDF]

  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 02 Jan 2004 -- Participating was Brig Gen. Mark Kimmitt, Deputy Director for Coalition Operations, and Daniel Senor, Senior Adviser, Coalition Provisional Authority
  • Sanctity of Iraqi Mosque Upheld in Raid, U.S. Military Official Says Washington File 02 Jan 2004 -- A senior U.S. military official says that U.S. and Iraqi soldiers took great care to use the least amount of force necessary and to preserve the sanctity of the al-Tabul Mosque during a raid in southwestern Baghdad January 1.
  • IRAQ / MOSQUE VOA 02 Jan 2004 -- Angry protesters at a mosque in Baghdad have called for jihad, or holy war, against American troops after they raided the mosque late Thursday. U-S military leaders say the troops found a large stash of weapons and explosives at the mosque, and arrested 32 people who may be connected to insurgent activity.
  • Coalition Seizes Weapons, Captures 32 Suspects at Mosque AFPS 02 Jan 2004 -- Coalition forces led by Iraqi Civil Defense Corps personnel and Iraqi police seized a weapons cache and detained 32 people at the Umm al Tabul Mosque Jan. 1, said the deputy director of operations for Combined Joint Task Force 7 today.
  • Iraq: U.S. Army Confirms Helicopter Brought Down By Enemy Fire RFE/RL 02 Jan 2004 -- The U.S. Army has confirmed that a U.S. military helicopter was shot down today west of Baghdad, killing one soldier and wounding another.
  • TASK FORCE "ALL AMERICAN" UPDATE CENTCOM Release 02 Jan 2004-- The 82nd Airborne Division and its subordinate units, also known as Task Force "All American", continued missions yesterday to capture enemy personnel who continue violence against coalition forces and the people of Al Anbar.
  • HIGH-VALUE TARGETS CAPTURED IN AL ANBAR PROVINCE CENTCOM Release 02 Jan 2004-- Elements of 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment captured Abu Mohammed on Jan. 01. Abu Mohammed was a Coalition Joint Task Force 7 high value target and a key facilitator operating in the Al Anbar Province. He is believed to be responsible for moving foreign fighters and large sums of cash throughout the area of operations.

  • UN envoy to Afghanistan holds talks to help build consensus for constitution UN News Centre 02 Jan 2004 -- The senior United Nations envoy to Afghanistan today held meetings with delegates to the country's grand council after they asked for help to build consensus in the process of setting up a national constitution.
  • Afghanistan: Rival Faction Leaders Attempt To Resolve Differences RFE/RL 02 Jan 2004 -- Delegates at Afghanistan's Loya Jirga are meeting behind closed doors today in an attempt to overcome differences over the country's future constitution.
  • Afghanistan: Rival Leaders At Loya Jirga Attempt To Resolve Differences RFE/RL 02 Jan 2004 -- Leaders of rival groups at Afghanistan's Constitutional Loya Jirga, or grand assembly, are meeting behind closed doors today to try to resolve disagreements that caused about 40 percent of the delegates to boycott voting on the amendments to a draft constitution yesterday.
  • 3RD BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM CAPTURES 34 SUSPECTS CENTCOM Release 02 Jan 2004-- Soldiers from Task Force 1st Armored Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team detained 34 suspected insurgents along with several weapons and bomb making materials during a cordon and search operation Jan. 1.
  • TASK FORCE "ALL AMERICAN", IRAQI POLICE CONDUCT SUCCESSFUL OPERATIONS CENTCOM Release 02 Jan 2004-- The 82nd Airborne Division and its subordinate units, also known as Task Force "All American", continued missions yesterday to capture enemy personnel who continue violence against coalition forces and the people of Al Anbar.
  • Interrogation of Suspected al Qaeda Affiliates Lead U.S., Australian Navies to Seize More Drugs Navy Newsstand 02 Jan 2004-- Fifteen individuals were detained and an estimated 2,800 pounds of hashish (approximately $11 million street value) were seized Jan. 2 by U.S. and coalition maritime forces following the interception of a dhow Jan. 1 in the North Arabian Sea.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Army to Expand Stop-Loss Program AFPS 02 Jan 2004 -- Army officials are expected to expand the stop-loss/stop-movement program soon to include more soldiers deployed in support of the war on terror.
  • Fleet Surgical Team 7 Provides Care for People of East Timor Navy Newsstand 02 Jan 2004-- Sailors of Fleet Surgical Team (FST) 7 returned home in November from a medical assistance operation in the Southwest Pacific island country of East Timor. The team performed 30 surgeries and treated more than 2,000 men, women and children, some of whom were in desperate need of medical and dental care.
  • Agency's Name Changes, But Mission Continues AFPS 02 Jan 2004 -- What's in a name? The director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency said his organization's new name more accurately reflects its mission than its old name did, but he's quick to add that doesn't mean the agency itself has changed much.

  • Interview with NATO's Outgoing Secretary General Robertson Washington File 02 Jan 2004 -- Improving the military capabilities of the NATO member countries "has to remain the key priority of any Secretary General because the credibility of the Alliance depends on it having the capability to take action," says outgoing NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson.

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • LIBERIA/PEACEKEEPERS VOA 02 Jan 2004 -- United Nations officials in Liberia say they need more peacekeepers and aid workers to ensure the success of their mission.
  • LIBERIA: Two factions disarm their own fighters, commanders say IRIN 02 Jan 2004 -- Two of the three armed factions in Liberia said on Friday they had begun disarming their own fighters voluntarily, before the planned resumption of a UN-supervised disarmament, demobilisation and dehabilitation programme later this month.
  • ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS VOA 02 Jan 2004 -- Israeli troops have lifted their blockade of the West Bank city of Jenin, ending a siege of nearly six months. Residents awoke Friday to the unusual sight of their streets empty of soldiers.

  • BURUNDI / MILITARY VOA 02 Jan 2004 -- Former rebels in Burundi are to be fully integrated into the national army by the end of next week.
  • BURUNDI: Italy contribues US $437,500 to peacekeepers IRIN 02 Jan 2004 -- Italy has contributed a further US $437,500 to help fund the African Union's (AU) peacekeeping force in Burundi, an AU statement said on Tuesday. The Italian government had earlier given $250,000, it said.
  • COTE D'IVOIRE: Liberian woman commands mercenaries in Korhogo IRIN 02 Jan 2004 -- Awa Michel, a short dark robust woman in her mid 30's, busies herself cooking rice and fish soup over two coal pots outside her house in Cote d'Ivoire's northern city of Korhogo.
  • Peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea requires border demarcation, Annan says UN News Centre 02 Jan 2004 -- Warning that the situation between Ethiopia and Eritrea remains precarious, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called on both parties to expedite the demarcation of their common border - a fundamental requirement for peace between the Horn of Africa nations.
  • SUDAN/PEACE TALKS VOA 02 Jan 2004 -- After a New Year's Day break, Sudanese peace talks have resumed in Kenya. The administration of three disputed areas in central Sudan is high on the agenda.
  • NIGERIA: 800,000 internally displaced across country - refugee agency IRIN 02 Jan 2004 -- Some 800,000 people have been displaced from their homes as a result of communal and religious clashes that have rocked Nigeria over the past four years, according to the government's National Commission for Refugees (NCR).

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 02 Jan 2004 -- British defence secretary says British troops will still be in Iraq next year / Poland to hand Spain command of Iraq force / French defence minister says U.S. coming around on 'complexity' of Iraq situation / Irish Prime Minister Ahern downbeat on quick EU breakthrough / Secretary of State Powell outlines goals for 2004 Pentagon takes key steps toward terrorism trials

  • CAMEROON: Government shuts 12 independent radio and TV stations IRIN 02 Jan 2004 -- Cameroon's government has shut down twelve independent radio and television stations in the southwest of the country in a fresh crackdown on the media during the run-up to presidential elections due in October, according to international media watchdog Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF).
  • MADAGASCAR: Ravalomanana provides pardons to opponents IRIN 02 Jan 2004 -- Madagascar President Marc Ravalomanana on Wednesday offered pardons to prisoners convicted of lesser offences during a six-month power struggle on the Indian Ocean island, and said he would consider amnesty appeals of some of his more senior opponents.
  • UGANDA: Museveni quits army to concentrate on politics IRIN 02 Jan 2004 -- President Yoweri Museveni's decision to resign from his military rank of lieutenant-general in order to concentrate on party politics will have little effect on the ongoing effort to root out the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) from northern Uganda, according to an opposition MP.
  • SWAZILAND: Premier says judicial crisis must be addressed IRIN 02 Jan 2004 -- Prime Minister Themba Dlamini admitted in a New Year's address that national progress was hobbled by an ongoing "rule of law" crisis, that has earned King Mswati's government international criticism.
  • Stardust Spacecraft Successfully Flies Through Coma Of Comet, Scoops Up Samples For Return To Earth Lockheed Martin 02 Jan 2004 -- In a well choreographed rendezvous today in deep space, the Stardust spacecraft, built by Lockheed Martin for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), successfully flew through the dust cloud or "coma" of the comet Wild 2, coming to within approximately 240 kilometers (149 miles) of the cometary nucleus itself. The spacecraft extended its collector mechanism, which is composed of a grid-like pattern similar to that of a tennis racket, to capture particles of cometary dust as it flew through the coma at a speed of 21,960 kilometers per hour (13,650 miles per hour).

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