05 January 2004 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 05 Jan 2004 [PDF]
- Video Shows Coalition Forces Didn't Desecrate Mosque in Jan. 1 Raid AFPS 05 Jan 2004 -- Coalition Provisional Authority and military officials in Baghdad, Iraq, today showed reporters a video as proof that coalition and Iraqi security forces took extra care not to desecrate the holy site during a raid of a mosque Jan. 1.
- WRAP-UP OF 4TH ID'S ACTIVITIES CENTCOM Release 05 Jan 2004-- In Dibis, 173rd Airborne Brigade soldiers discovered an ammunition cache during the evening of Jan.2. The cache appeared to have been at the location since before Operation Iraqi Freedom began and consisted of 163 60-millimeter mortar rounds, 17 hand grenades and 17 flares. All the munitions were secured and are scheduled for future destruction by an explosive ordinance disposal (EOD) team.
- ICDC TROOPS CONTINUE INDEPENDENT MISSION, TASK FORCE SOLDIERS HELP ECONOMY CENTCOM Release 05 Jan 2004-- During the last 24 hours, the 82nd Airborne Division and subordinate units conducted 158 patrols, nine of which were joint patrols with Iraqis.
- Air Force convoys end in Iraq AFPN 05 Jan 2004-- With the closure of the Tallil Tavern Dining Facility, the dangerous 150-mile convoy trip from here to Kuwait has ended for the Air Force convoy team.
- Kirkuk airmen provide relief supplies AFPN 05 Jan 2004-- The words of a Kurdish refugee woman living in a tent on the outskirts of Kirkuk keep ringing in the ears of all who heard it.
- Expanded Army Stop-Loss Affects 7,000 Deployed Troops AFPS 05 Jan 2004 -- The Army's expansion of the stop loss/stop movement program is expected to affect about 7,000 active-duty soldiers deployed in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
- Afghan Delegates Approve Country's First Constitution Since 1964 Washington File 05 Jan 2004 -- Afghanistan's Constitutional Loya Jirga (Grand Assembly) approved a 162-article constitution January 4 establishing a presidential system of government with a bicameral legislature and paving the way for national elections later in 2004.
- U.S. Praises New Afghan Constitution AFPS 05 Jan 2004 -- Delegates to Afghanistan's Loya Jirga agreed on a new, democratic constitution for the nation Jan. 4.
- Afghanistan: Loya Jirga Approves Constitution, But Hard Part May Have Only Just Begun RFE/RL 05 Jan 2004 -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has praised Afghanistan's new constitution as a historic achievement. U.S. President George W. Bush says the document lays the foundation for democratic institutions and elections before the end of the year. But observers question whether a country emerging from more than two decades of fighting can be so quickly transformed. They say the ethnic divisions that still exist in the country will make implementation extremely difficult.
Defense Policy / Programs
- NATO / SECRETARY GENERAL VOA 05 Jan 2004 -- NATO's new secretary-general, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, says he sees a possible role in Iraq for the alliance. But he stresses that it should first concentrate on its mission in Afghanistan, where it is planning to extend its peacekeeping force beyond the capital, Kabul. The former Dutch foreign minister says he wants to ensure unity among the western allies, who were deeply split last year over the U-S-led Iraq war.
- NATO: De Hoop Scheffer Takes Over As Secretary-General RFE/RL 05 Jan 2004 -- Former Dutch Foreign Minister Jaap de Hoop Scheffer took over today as the secretary-general of NATO.
- NATO: New Chief Assumes Command At 'Crucial Moment' For Alliance RFE/RL 05 Jan 2004 -- Former Dutch Foreign Minister Jaap de Hoop Scheffer took office this morning as the new secretary-general of NATO. De Hoop Scheffer succeeds George Robertson, who stepped down at the end of 2003 after four years as NATO chief. De Hoop Scheffer comes aboard as the alliance is considering expanding its stabilization roles in Afghanistan and Iraq.
- White paper focuses logistics transformation Army News Service 05 Jan 2004-- As the rest of the Army transforms to remain relevant and ready, so must its logistics community for the same reasons, according to the Army's top logistics planner.
- Latest version of Marine Corps' amphibious fighting vehicles goes further, faster Marine Corps News 05 Jan 2004-- The Marine Corps' newest expeditionary asset is the latest in a series of vehicles that began with the Roebling Alligator in 1932. The new vehicle, formerly known as the Advanced Assault Amphibious Vehicle, was recently renamed the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle.
- India, Russia clear decks for sale of aircraft carrier PLA Daily 05 Jan 2004 -- After weeks of hard negotiations, India has cleared the acquisition of the 45,000-ton aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov from Russia, according to the Press Trustof India (PTI).
- State Department Briefing, January 5, 2004 Washington File 05 Jan 2004 -- Liberia, India/Pakistan, Colombia/Ecuador, Iraq, Iran, Palestinian territories, North Korea, Department, Libya, Egypt, Brazil, Georgia, Cuba/Venezuela
- White House Briefing, January 5, 2004 Washington File 05 Jan 2004 -- Afghanistan, Guatemala, Bush trip to Missouri/education/No Child Left Behind, DOJ investigation into leak of a CIA agent's name, bin Laden tape?, threat level, Bush trip to Mexico, Iraq
- ATK Wins Competition for Laser-Guided Mortar Munition ATK 05 Jan 2004 -- ATK (Alliant Techsystems, NYSE: ATK) has been selected by the U.S. Army to design, develop and begin low-rate initial production (after option award) of the XM395 Precision Guided Mortar Munition (PGMM). Initial terms of the pending contract were not disclosed but the contract could lead to production with total sales of more than $500 million. Award will occur following the OSD requirements review process completion, planned for April 2004.
- BAE SYSTEMS JSOW Unitary BROACH Program Enters Operational Test BAE Systems 05 Jan 2004 -- After two highly successful developmental flight tests, BAE Systems BROACH program has entered operational testing. The U.S. Navy gave the company approval to proceed following an Operational Test Readiness Review at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Maryland, late last year.
- Lockheed Martin Tactical Tomahawk Weapons Control System Approved For Operation Lockheed Martin 05 Jan 2004 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] announced today that its advanced Tactical Tomahawk Weapons Control System (TTWCS), the U.S. Navy's next generation cruise missile weapons control system, has been approved for initial operating capability (IOC). TTWCS brings new command and control capabilities to carry out missile strikes and can redirect the advanced Tactical Tomahawk missiles to new targets while in flight.
- Lockheed Martin Awarded $423 Million Multi-Year Contract for U.S. Navy Helicopter Cockpits Lockheed Martin 05 Jan 2004 -- The U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] a multi-year contract for Common Cockpits, a program worth $423 million over five years.
- Lockheed Martin Receives $48.7 Million for C-5 Avionics Modernization Program Lockheed Martin 05 Jan 2004 -- The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] $5.9 million to install the first eight (Lot 1) Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) kits into C-5B strategic airlift aircraft and $42.8 million for the purchase of the next 18 (Lot 2) kits.
- U.S. Air Force Awards Lockheed Martin Team $20 Million Contract For Development Of Next Generation Global Positioning System Lockheed Martin 05 Jan 2004 -- The U.S. Air Force today awarded Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] one of two industry contracts valued at approximately $20 million each to enter the next development phase of an advanced Global Positioning System, to be known as GPS III.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 05 Jan 2004
- ISRAEL / SHARON VOA 05 Jan 2004 -- Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, says some Jewish settlements in the occupied territories will have to be abandoned under a final peace treaty with the Palestinians. Addressing a convention of his ruling Likud Party, he also reaffirmed his commitment to unilaterally separating Israel from the Palestinians, if peace talks fail.
- ISRAEL / BARRIER VOA 05 Jan 2004 -- A senior Israeli cabinet minister says his country risks significant international isolation over controversial plans for a barrier separating Israel from Palestinian territories.
- ETHIOPIA / ERITREA VOA 05 Jan 2004 -- Eritrea has rejected the appointment of a former Canadian foreign minister to mediate the long-running border dispute with Ethiopia because, it says, the dispute has already been settled.
- ERITREA-ETHIOPIA: Peace process remains difficult, says Annan IRIN 05 Jan 2004 -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has stressed that the peace process between Ethiopia and Eritrea "remains difficult, even precarious". In a report to the UN Security Council, released on 2 January, he stressed that a "fundamental requirement" for peace lay in demarcating their common border.
- ERITREA-ETHIOPIA: Interview with UN Special Envoy-designate Lloyd Axworthy IRIN 05 Jan 2004 -- Former Canadian Foreign Minister Dr Lloyd Axworthy has been designated UN special envoy to help resolve the stalemate affecting the Ethiopian and Eritrean peace process. Here, speaking from his home in British Columbia on 3 January, he tells IRIN that his role will be to help create an atmosphere conducive to overcoming the current deadlock.
- BURUNDI/ POLITICS VOA 05 Jan 2004 -- A Burundi rebel group that had steadfastly refused to join the country's peace process says it is ready to meet with Burundi's president.
- BURUNDI: Oxfam-GB pulls out IRIN 05 Jan 2004 -- Oxfam-GB (Great Britain) has decided to close its country office and operational programme in Burundi with effect from January 2004, the international relief and development NGO informed IRIN on 2 January.
- South Asia: Talks In Islamabad Raise Hopes Of Progress On Kashmir RFE/RL 05 Jan 2004 -- Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf have met for the first time in more than two years on the sidelines of a regional summit in Islamabad. Although described as a "courtesy call," today's talks lasted more than an hour and have raised hopes for peace through a dialogue on Kashmir.
- Bhutan operations against Indian separatists in final stage IRNA 05 Jan 2004 -- Bhutan said the military operations to expel Indian separatists out of the Himalayan kingdom has reached its final stages with troops capturing the last of the rebel bases.
- Myanmar launches military offensive against Indian separatists IRNA 05 Jan 2004 -- Myanmar have launched a military offensive against Indian separatist bases amid a similar crackdown in adjoining Bhutan, Indian officials Monday said.
- THAILAND/ATTACKS VOA 05 Jan 2004 -- Thailand has declared martial law in three southern Muslim provinces after two days of arson attacks and bombings. As Ron Corben reports from Bangkok, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is blaming Islamic separatists for the violence.
- CONGO: Chronology 2003 IRIN 05 Jan 2004 -- Chronology of events in Republic of Congo during 2003.
- AFRICA: Hopes for peace in Africa gaining ground, says AU chairman IRIN 05 Jan 2004 -- Glimmers of hope are appearing on Africa’s horizon as peace replaces conflict on the war-ravaged continent, the chairman of the African Union (AU) said on 2 January. Alpha Oumar Konare said "compromise, mutual concessions and relinquishment" would further lay the foundations of peace, which were vital for development in Africa.
- DRC-RWANDA: Refugees, ex-combatants return from DRC IRIN 05 Jan 2004 -- A total of 1,455 refugees, including former Hutu combatants, returned to Rwanda from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in November and December 2003, the official UN Mission in the DRC, known as MONUC, told IRIN on Monday.
- NIGERIA: Six die as troops quell uprising by Muslim extremists IRIN 05 Jan 2004 -- At least six people were killed when soldiers and police quelled an uprising by Muslim extremists who had attacked several police stations in Northeastern Nigeria over the past two weeks, a government spokesman said.
- DRC: 2003 chronology of events IRIN 05 Jan 2004 -- A selected chronology of events in the Democratic Republic of the Congo during 2003.
- SUDAN: Thousands fleeing attacks in Western Darfur IRIN 05 Jan 2004 -- In the last ten days an estimated 3,000 families have fled to the town of Junaynah from militia attacks in Western Darfur, according to local sources.
- LIBERIA: Peacekeepers reach Tapeta and Tubmanburg IRIN 05 Jan 2004 -- The UN peacekeeping force in Liberia extended its deployment to the rebel-held towns of Tubmanburg and Tapeta at the weekend. A UN spokesman said on Monday that the blue helmets would soon reach Zwedru near the eastern border with Cote d'Ivoire.
- COTE D'IVOIRE: French forces reach north IRIN 05 Jan 2004 -- An advance party of 20 French peacekeeping troops has reached the northern towns of Korhogo and Ferkessedougou as the force starts to deploy more widely in the rebel-held north of Cote d'Ivoire, a French military spokesman said on Monday. The reconnaissance team would hold talks with rebel military commanders to map out the deployment of more French soldiers across northern Cote d’Ivoire, Colonel Philippe Aubeton, told IRIN.
- SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 02 Jan 2004 -- Dutchman takes over as NATO secretary general / New Afghan constitution offers basis for fragile peace / Tape purportedly from Osama bin Laden blasts Mideast peace efforts, says holy war should continue / Opposition leader Saakashvili claims victory in Georgia's presidential election
- SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 02 Jan 2004 -- SACEUR's visit to Bulgaria announced / Polish army buys Israeli anti-tank missiles / German naval fleet to return to Strait of Gibraltar / Irish EU presidency to begin work on EU defense planning cell / U.S. diplomatic mission planned for Iraq
- U-S / GEORGIA ELECTION VOA 05 Jan 2004 -- The United States says the conduct of Sunday's presidential election in Georgia represents "notable progress" over the parliamentary voting last November that was marred by reports of widespread fraud. U-S officials have congratulated the country's apparent president-elect, Mikhail Saakashvili.
- Georgia: Moscow Watches Warily As Saakashvili Comes To Power RFE/RL 05 Jan 2004 -- Moscow is reputed to be wary of Georgia's new president, Mikhail Saakashvili, a U.S.-educated lawyer who is openly pro-Western in his views. Since Eduard Shevardnadze's forced resignation in November, Tbilisi's relations with its powerful neighbor have gone on a roller-coaster ride of mutual accusations and promises to cooperate. How will Saakashvili's presidency affect Moscow's long-term ambitions in the region?
- GEORGIA/ELECTION VOA 05 Jan 2004 -- As the vote count continues from Sunday's presidential election in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, the pre-vote favorite, Mikhail Saakashvili, appears to be heading for a landslide victory. The 36-year-old U-S-educated lawyer won more than 90-percent of the vote in some areas, although final results will not be released until later this week.
- U-S-CUBA-VENEZUELA VOA 05 Jan 2004 -- The United States expressed public concern Monday about the close ties between the governments of Cuba and Venezuela, amid suggestions by U-S officials they may be working together to fan anti-American sentiment and undermine democratic governments in Latin America.
- EGYPT / CRASH VOA 05 Jan 2004 -- Search and recovery efforts are continuing in the Red Sea for bodies and wreckage following Saturday's jetliner crash off the Egyptian coast, killing 148 people. Investigators plan to utilize special equipment in the search effort.
- ILS Closes Out 2003 With 6 Successful Launches, 11 New Awards Lockheed Martin 05 Jan 2004 -- International Launch Services (ILS) wrapped up an outstanding year in 2003, having launched six times, won contracts for 11 new missions and received nine additional assignments for future U.S. government launches.
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