08 January 2004 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 08 Jan 2004 [PDF]
- Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing from Baghdad 08 Jan 2004 -- Participating were Army Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, deputy director of operations, Coalition Joint Task Force 7, and Dan Senor, senior advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority
- 9 Dead in Black Hawk Crash Near Fallujah AFPS 08 Jan 2004 -- An Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed southeast of Fallujah, Iraq, today, killing all nine aboard, coalition officials said during a press conference in Baghdad.
- Fort Campbell Troops Return Home After Deployment to Iraq AFPS 08 Jan 2004 -- Bitter cold and pre-dawn exhaustion did not deter a crowd of enthusiastic families, friends and fellow soldiers waiting with signs, flags and smiles here Jan. 7.
- PENTAGON/IRAQ VOA 08 Jan 2004 -- New information has emerged about a mortar attack on a U-S supply base outside Baghdad that claimed the life of one American soldier and left 30 others wounded.
- IRAQ / WRAP VOA 08 Jan 2004 -- Nine American soldiers died when their helicopter made an emergency crash landing near the Iraqi town of Fallujah. At the same time U-S officials released dozens of Iraqi prisoners, but these were not part of the promised release of hundreds of security detainees
- Iraq: Mortar Strike Kills One U.S. Soldier, Wounds 34 RFE/RL 08 Jan 2004 -- Insurgents hit a U.S. military camp west of Baghdad with mortar fire, killing one soldier and wounding 34.
- Iraq: Eight Dead In U.S. Helicopter Crash RFE/RL 08 Jan 2004 -- Eight people were killed today when a U.S. helicopter went down west of Baghdad in what the military called an emergency landing.
- 35 US Troops Wounded in Mortar Attack Outside Baghdad VOA News 08 Jan 2004 -- U.S. officials say 35 American troops were wounded Wednesday in a mortar attack west of Baghdad.
- First 101st Airborne troops return from Iraq Army News Service 08 Jan 2004-- Bitter cold and pre-dawn exhaustion did not deter the crowd waiting with signs, flags and smiles for the first flight of 101st Airborne Division Soldiers returning from Iraq.
- USS Boxer to Deploy in Support of Global War on Terrorism Navy Newsstand 08 Jan 2004-- More than 200 Marines and 900 Sailors embarked aboard USS Boxer (LHD 4) will deploy Jan. 14 from San Diego to the Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility (AOR) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II (OIF II) force rotation.
- 13th MEU (SOC) Cracks Down on Drug Smuggling Marine Corps News 08 Jan 2004-- Marines of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), along with Sailors of Expeditionary Strike Group-One, interdicted a dhow bearing an estimated 2,800 pounds of hashish while crossing the North Arabian Sea Dec. 31.
- C-5 lands safely after emergency AFPN 08 Jan 2004-- A C-5 Galaxy leaving Baghdad International Airport declared an in-flight emergency Jan. 8, at 6:20 a.m. Baghdad time, because of an explosion in the No. 4 engine.
- BUSH AFGHANISTAN VOA 08 Jan 2004 -- The Bush administration says Afghanistan's first democratic election can still take place in about six months, despite concerns about delays in voter registration.
- Khalilzad Says Afghan Constitution Reflects Desire for Change Washington File 08 Jan 2004 -- U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad said Afghanistan's new constitution reflected the aspirations of its citizens to turn away from religious extremism and warlordism and seek normalcy and stability.
- NATO Expands ISAF Peacekeeping Mission in Afghanistan Washington File 08 Jan 2004 -- NATO has expanded responsibilities of the alliance-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) outside of Kabul, Afghanistan, for the first time by taking command of the German-led Kunduz Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) on January 6.
- UN says voter registration in Afghanistan insufficient to allow for June elections UN News Centre 08 Jan 2004 -- Insecurity in Afghanistan has impeded voter registration efforts, putting in jeopardy an election planned for June, a United Nations spokesman said today.
- UN/AFGHAN VOTE VOA 08 Jan 2004 -- United Nations officials say elections in Afghanistan will probably have to be postponed, because too few voters have registered. A target date of June had been set for the vote, but security fears have forced curtailment of a voter registration campaign.
- Afghanistan: U.S. Rejects UN Warning About Election Delay RFE/RL 08 Jan 2004 -- The United States today rejected a UN warning that Afghanistan's first democratic elections may not occur in June, as scheduled, because of delays in voter registration.
- US, Afghan troops launch joint operation against Taliban remnants PLA Daily 08 Jan 2004 -- US forces and Afghan government troops launched a joint mop-up operation on Wednesday against Taliban remnants in a mountainous area near the southern city of Kandahar, local sources said.
- RFE/RL Afghanistan Report, Vol 3, Number 01 08 Jan 2004 -- LOYA JIRGA APPROVES CONSTITUTION, BUT HARD PART MAY HAVE ONLY JUST BEGUN / LOYA JIRGA APPROVES NEW AFGHAN CONSTITUTION... / ...EARNING CAUTIOUS PRAISE FROM UN, U.S. / AFGHAN LEADER APPEARS TO HAVE WON THE DAY... / ...AFTER DENYING MEDDLING IN CONSTITUTIONAL ASSEMBLY... / ...BUT HE IS ACCUSED OF A 'VIOLATION' OF DEMOCRACY. / LOYA JIRGA HEAD DEFENDS EXPULSION OF FEMALE DELEGATE. / UN PROTECTING DELEGATE TO CONSTITUTIONAL ASSEMBLY... / ...AS AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL CALLS EXPULSION THREATS 'UNACCEPTABLE.' / 150 DELEGATES COMPLAIN ABOUT LEADERSHIP OF CONSTITUTIONAL ASSEMBLY. / UN REPRESENTATIVE DENIES RIGGING OF VOTES FOR ASSEMBLY. / UN, U.S. RECOMMENDATIONS ON AFGHAN ELECTIONS APPEAR TO DIFFER SHARPLY. / FRENCH NATIONAL SLATED TO REPLACE BRAHIMI AS UN ENVOY TO AFGHANISTAN... / ...AS OUTGOING ENVOY WARNS OF SECURITY THREAT... / ...A SENTIMENT SHARED BY UN SECRETARY-GENERAL. / U.S. GENERAL SIGNALS SHIFT IN POLICY IN AFGHANISTAN... / ...INCLUDING MORE PROVINCIAL RECONSTRUCTION TEAMS. / NEW NATO CHIEF ASSUMES COMMAND AND WANTS TO STAY FOCUSED ON AFGHANISTAN. / ISAF TAKES COMMAND OF KONDUZ PRT. / SEVEN AFGHAN SOLDIERS, ONE CIVILIAN KILLED IN THREE SEPARATE ATTACKS. / THREE SECURITY OFFICIALS KILLED IN EASTERN PROVINCE. / FIVE AFGHAN SECURITY OFFICIALS KILLED IN KABUL BLAST... / ...LEADING TO NEO-TALIBAN CLAIMS OF TACTICAL SHIFT. / SEVENTEEN PEOPLE KILLED IN KANDAHAR BOMBING. / PAPER DEMANDS COMPENSATION FROM RUSSIA FOR INVADING AFGHANISTAN. / THIS WEEK IN AFGHANISTAN'S HISTORY
Defense Policy / Programs
- DoD Resumes Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program AFPS 08 Jan 2004 -- A federal judge ruled Jan. 7 that the Defense Department could again legally administer anthrax immunizations to troops.
- DAPS to Remain Within Defense Logistics Agency AFPS 08 Jan 2004 -- The Document Automation & Production Service will remain within the Defense Logistics Agency, the Defense Department's Senior Executive Council has decided.
- 31st brings an end to 03 Marine Corps News 08 Jan 2004-- The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) brought its 20th and 21st cycle to a close this year, making it one of the busiest years in its history.
- 3rd FSSG supports another successful year Marine Corps News 08 Jan 2004-- The year 2003 was filled with many historical events such as the Global War on Terrorism that caught the worlds attention. During that time, 3rd Force Service Support Group provided combat service support for more than 40 training exercises and provided more than 150 augmenters in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
- Marines of III MEF carried the torch in 2003 Marine Corps News 08 Jan 2004-- The III Marine Expeditionary Forceps mission statement calls it a force in readiness able to deploy rapidly by any and all means and conduct operations from humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to amphibious assault and high intensity combat.
- Combined efforts make target replacement a success Marine Corps News 08 Jan 2004-- Live-fire ranges here received a face-lift of sorts recently due to the combined efforts of Marines, sailors and civilians who integrated the placement of new targets with combat related training.
- 3rd Marine Division sharpens the spear in 2003 Marine Corps News 08 Jan 2004-- More than 9,000 Marines and Sailors from 3rd Marine Division spent 2003 at their post in the Asia-Pacific region deterring foreign threats to the United States while most of Americas attention was focused on Operation Iraqi Freedom and its aftermath.
- Base supports III MEF throughout 2003 Marine Corps News 08 Jan 2004-- With a mission of providing installation support to the entire III Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base closed 2003 with the satisfaction of a job well done.
- 1st MAW: Tip of the Spear in Marine aviation Marine Corps News 08 Jan 2004-- Always a force in readiness, 1st Marine Air Wing spent 2003 poised to strike at a moments notice with a broad spectrum of aircraft and equipment capable of adapting to any mission or task.
- White House Press Briefing, January 8, 2004 Washington File 08 Jan 2004 -- Bush phone calls with presidents of Colombia and Ecuador, Bush visit to Tennessee/second anniversary of the signing of No Child Left Behind Act, Bush/Cheney 2004 luncheon in Knoxville, Bush/Cheney 2004 reception in Palm Beach, Iraq/downing of U.S. helicopter, Iraq/WMD, Education Secretary Paige, funding for education in U.S.
- ISRAEL/ MILITARY VOA 08 Jan 2004 -- Five Israeli youths have gone to jail for refusing to serve as soldiers in protest against the Israeli army's treatment of Palestinians. Their defiance is appealing to a small but growing number of Israelis.
- ATK Wins $30 Million Ammunition Contract ATK 08 Jan 2004 -- ATK (Alliant Techsystems, NYSE: ATK) has received a contract from the U.S. Joint Munitions Command, Rock Island, Ill., to produce lightweight (LW) 30mm M789 High Explosive Dual Purpose (HEDP) tactical ammunition. The total contract value will exceed $30 million.
- BAE SYSTEMS Achieves World-Class Systems/Software Rating BAE Systems 08 Jan 2004 -- BAE Systems North America has achieved a level of systems and software engineering maturity matched by only 13 organisations worldwide.
- Lockheed Martin, Sikorsky Venture Wins $417 Million Contract For Performance-Based Logistics Support For U.S. Navy's H-60 Fleet Lockheed Martin 08 Jan 2004 -- A joint venture of Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] and Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. [NYSE: UTX], has been awarded a $417 million, five-year contract from the U.S. Navy to provide supply support, spares and repairs to in-service H-60 helicopters.
- Lockheed Martin UK Team Selected For World Class Warship Electronic Chart And Navigation Programme Lockheed Martin 08 Jan 2004 -- The UK MoD has selected a team led by Lockheed Martin UK as prime contractor to the Royal Navy for the latest electronic chart and navigation equipment. Called WECDIS (Warship Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems), the programme is expected to sustain more than 75 high-tech jobs in the UK.
- LOCKHEED MARTIN, SIKORSKY VENTURE WINS $417 MILLION CONTRACT Sikorsky 08 Jan 2004 -- A joint venture of Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT]and Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. [NYSE: UTX] has been awarded a $417 million, five-year contract from the U.S. Navy to provide supply support, spares and repairs to in-service H-60 helicopters.
- Air Force Awards Boeing $20.8 Million Contract to Proceed with GPS III Study Boeing 08 Jan 2004 -- The U.S. Air Force has awarded Boeing [BA: NYSE:] a Global Positioning System (GPS) III study contract valued at $20.8 million. Under the contract agreement, the Boeing GPS III industry team will perform a comprehensive 24-month Systems Requirement Review (SRR) Phase A study. The Boeing team is one of two competing industry teams awarded a contract to perform the study.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 08 Jan 2004
- UN official visits South Asia in bid to drum up more peacekeeping troops UN News Centre 08 Jan 2004 -- The United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations is visiting Pakistan and Bangladesh to thank both Governments for their support of UN missions and to seek further assistance.
- POWELL-MIDDLE EAST VOA 08 Jan 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell says the top U-S diplomat for the Middle East, William Burns, is going to Egypt next week to try to build pressure on the Palestinian Authority to curb anti-Israeli violence. He says if that happens, there can be progress on the international "road map" to an Israeli-Palestinian peace accord.
- Middle East: Israel's Barrier Continues To Spark Widespread Debate RFE/RL 08 Jan 2004 -- Israeli authorities are debating a controversial security system being built between Israel and the Palestinian territories. Some refer to it as a barrier, others as a fence. Defenders of the system say it will help keep suicide bombers out of Israel. But critics say the system is also an attempt to annex territories by running the route of the barrier into Palestinian-controlled land.
- ISRAEL-SYRIA VOA 08 Jan 2004 -- Senior Israeli politicians and army generals are pushing the government to seize what they see as an opportunity to re-start peace talks with Syria. Their statements follow a recent overture from Syrian President Bashir al-Assad, which they say should not be ignored.
- SOMALIA: TNG to attend retreat IRIN 08 Jan 2004 -- Somalia's Transitional National Government (TNG) will attend a proposed retreat for Somali leaders aimed at jump-starting the stalled peace process, a senior TNG official told IRIN.
- SOMALIA: Concern over tension in north IRIN 08 Jan 2004 -- The Somalia Aid Coordination Body (SACB) - which brings together donors, UN agencies and international NGOs - has expressed concern over the rising tension in northern Somalia.
- DRC: IRIN interview with Foreign Minister Antoine Ghonda Mangalibi IRIN 08 Jan 2004 -- Following his return from travels in Africa , Europe and North America to brief governments and investors on the current state of the peace process in his country, Antoine Ghonda Mangalibi, foreign minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo ( DRC ), spoke with IRIN on Monday in the capital, Kinshasa. He talked about his country's view of the Great Lakes regional peace and development conference, due to be held in late 2004, and his efforts to assure foreign investors that the DRC was now eager and able to welcome their efforts to help move the country forward.
- DRC: Bunia-Kasenyi route reopens IRIN 08 Jan 2004 -- The 48-km road linking Kasenyi, on the shores of Lake Albert in northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), to Bunia, the main city of Ituri District, has been rehabilitated, the UN Mission in DRC, known as MONUC, reported on Wednesday.
- ANGOLA: Human rights groups protest conditions in Cabinda IRIN 08 Jan 2004 -- Human rights groups have once again called on the international community to do more to address allegations of human rights abuses in Angola's northern province of Cabinda, following reports that at least six people were killed during recent clashes between government troops and separatists.
- ANGOLA: Rising expectations of a national poll IRIN 08 Jan 2004 -- While there is broad consensus that peace in Angola has finally taken root after years of civil conflict, the proposed national elections next year are being seen as a test of the government's commitment to democracy.
- ERITREA-ETHIOPIA: UN urges Ethiopia to cooperate with border commission IRIN 08 Jan 2004 -- The UN Security Council has said it is disappointed with Ethiopia's rejection of an independent ruling on its border with Eritrea and expressed concern over the deadlock in the peace process.
- ERITREA-ETHIOPIA: Review of peace process in 2003 IRIN 08 Jan 2004 -- The year 2003 should have marked a time when the foundations for lasting peace were laid between Ethiopia and Eritrea, two impoverished countries in the Horn of Africa.
- PRESS CONFERENCE ON COTE D’IVOIRE United Nations 08 Jan 2004
- IVORY COAST / TALKS VOA 08 Jan 2004 -- Talks about reunification of Ivory Coast's government-run south and rebel-held north have been suspended following two-days of fruitless negotiations. The delay is a blow to the Ivorian peace process.
- PAKISTAN / ANTI-TERRORIST OPS VOA 08 Jan 2004 -- Pakistan says it has launched a military strike at suspected militant and terrorist positions near the Afghan border.
- RWANDA: The state of demobilisation, reintegration of ex-Combatants IRIN 08 Jan 2004 -- Not until 1997 - three years after the genocide - did the government set up a Demobilisation and Reintegration Commission for the social and economic reintegration of ex-combatants into their communities.
- ETHIOPIA: Focus on Gambella violence IRIN 08 Jan 2004 -- Ethnically diverse, with a porous border with neighbouring war-torn Sudan and a local population competing for land, western Ethiopia has long witnessed violent clashes.
- CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Chronology 2003 IRIN 08 Jan 2004 -- 21 Jan - A company of 120 Republic of Congo (ROC) soldiers arrive in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), as part of the peacekeeping force sent by the Economic and Monetary Community of Central African States (CEMAC).
- TANZANIA: 2003 Chronology IRIN 08 Jan 2004 -- 3 Jan - The voluntary repatriation of Rwandan refugees from camps in northwestern Tanzania is complete, with only about 150 remaining in the country, Ivana Unluova, the spokeswoman for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), says.
- NIGERIA: Seven armeed Islamic militants killed near Cameroon border IRIN 08 Jan 2004 -- Nigerian police said on Thursday that vigilante groups had shot dead seven Islamic fundamentalists belonging to the group which staged an abortive uprising in the northeast of the country last month as they attempted to cross the border to Cameroon.
- ZAMBIA: Lusaka joins regional peace and development initiative IRIN 08 Jan 2004 -- Zambia's admission to the six-country International Conference of the Great Lakes region on Wednesday was a step towards "formalising the role the country has already been playing" in the peace process, a senior UN official told IRIN.
- LIBERIA: LURD commanders want leader replaced by his wife IRIN 08 Jan 2004 -- Forty commanders of Liberia's main rebel group, the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) have signed a statement calling for the replacement of LURD chairman Sekou Damate Conneh by his influential wife, Aisha Keita Conneh.
- SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 08 Jan 2004 -- New NATO chief to visit the Balkans Top international official warns Bosnia to adopt reforms by June / Human Rights Watch says new Afghan constitution flawed by deals made with warlords for support / Spanish foreign minister and U.S. Secretary of State discuss Middle East and the European Union / EU sees closer ties with Georgia, Solana to visit the country next week / Turkish leader to press Iraq concerns with President Bush
- SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 08 Jan 2004 -- NATO defense ministers to meet informally in Munich / Romanian defense minister on his country's participation in NRF / President Chirac: France wants to play "significant" role in NRF / NATO to mark 10th anniversary of PFP program / Poland reportedly proposing locations for U.S. army bases
- THAILAND MARTIAL LAW VOA 08 Jan 2004 -- Thailand is offering a 25-thousand dollar reward for information on those behind a spate of violence this week in its southern provinces. Some analysts fear the attackers may have links to the regional terror network Jemaah Islamiyah.
- ZIMBABWE / VIOLENCE VOA 08 Jan 2004 -- One opposition activist was killed and at least two more injured in the first reported case of political violence this year in Zimbabwe.Victims say they were attacked by members of the ruling Zanu P-F party.
- POWELL / HAITI VOA 08 Jan 2004 -- U-S Secretary of State Colin Powell has expressed deep concern about the continuing political crisis in Haiti. During a Washington news conference, he urged President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to work with the country's Roman Catholic church leaders, who are proposing a compromise plan to end the impasse between the government and opposition.
- HAITI INSTABILITY VOA 08 Jan 2004 -- Opponents of Haiti's President, Jean Bertrand Aristide, have called for several days of protests and strikes this week, to bring attention to what they describe as growing repression and a lack of economic progress in the impoverished Caribbean nation. On Wednesday, two people were killed in violent clashes in the capital and there are fears that if the violence worsens political instability could overwhelm Haiti.
- Sea Launch Initiates Countdown for Telstar 14/Estrela do Sul 1 Mission Boeing 08 Jan 2004 -- The Sea Launch team has arrived at the equatorial launch site and initiated a 72-hour countdown to liftoff of the Telstar 14/Estrela do Sul 1 mission for Loral Space & Communications. All systems are proceeding on schedule for the launch, scheduled for Saturday, January 10, 8:13 pm PST (4:13:00 GMT, January 11) in a two-hour launch window.
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