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09 January 2004 Military News

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Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 09 Jan 2004 [PDF]

  • IRAQ / VIOLENCE VOA 09 Jan 2004 -- A bomb blast outside a mosque in the central Iraqi town of Baquba has killed at least five people and injured dozens more.
  • Iraq: Insurgents Launch Rocket Attack, U.S. Military Raids Tikrit RFE/RL 09 Jan 2004 -- Insurgents in Iraq today fired rockets at a hotel in central Baghdad used by foreigners, causing minor damage but no injuries, as U.S. troops carried out a raid in Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit overnight.
  • Iraq: Bomb Explodes During Friday Prayers At Mosque In Baquba RFE/RL 09 Jan 2004 -- At least five people were reported killed and scores of others wounded when a bomb exploded during Friday prayers at a Shi'a mosque in the central Iraqi town of Baquba today.
  • TF "ALL-AMERICAN" UNCOVERS CACHE WITH LOCAL HELP CENTCOM Release 09 Jan 2004-- Task Force "All-American" soldiers discovered a large weapons cache with the help of a local Iraqi civilian at approximately 9 p.m. Jan. 9.
  • UH-60 RECOVERY EFFORTS CONTINUE, WEAPONS AND MUNITIONS CAPTURED CENTCOM Release 09 Jan 2004-- During the last 24 hours, the 82nd Airborne Division and attached units, also known as Task Force "All American" conducted 199 patrols, including 13 joint patrols and conducted six offensive operations. Task Force "All American" had nine contacts initiated by the enemy; three improved explosive device attacks, three rockets propelled grenade attacks, two direct fire engagements and one mine strike. None of the attacks were effective. The task force discovered and disarmed two IEDs before they could be detonated against us. Task Force "All American" forces captured 38 enemy personnel while suffering no coalition casualties.
  • IRAQI CITIZENS TURN IN WEAPONS CACHES CENTCOM Release 09 Jan 2004-- Concerned citizens turned in large caches of weapons Jan. 7 to soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in northwest Iraq.
  • 101ST CAPTURES SIX ANTI-COALITION SUSPECTS CENTCOM Release 09 Jan 2004-- During pre-dawn raids in northern Iraq Jan. 8 soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) captured six people suspected of anti-Coalition activities.
  • TASK FORCE "ALL-AMERICAN" AND ICDC OPERATIONS PROVIDE SECURITY, ICDC GRADUATES CENTCOM Release 09 Jan 2004-- The 82nd Airborne Division and its subordinate units, also known as Task Force "All-American," continued missions over the last day to bring peace and prosperity to the residents of the Al Anbar province.
  • WRAP UP OF 4TH ID'S ACTIVITIES CENTCOM Release 09 Jan 2004-- Solders from the 4th Infantry Division and Task Force Ironhorse have, over the past 24 hours, conducted 157 patrols and one raid, and captured 10 individuals. Three of the patrols were joint operations conducted with the Iraqi Police, the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps and the Border Guard in order to continually improve the safety and standard of living for the Iraqi people.

  • Reconnaissance Mission to Bring ANA to Faryab AFPS 09 Jan 2004 -- The Afghan National Army took a step closer to building its strength with a reconnaissance mission here Jan. 4.
  • Rocket hits Pak army camp, kills 4 soldiers: Spokesman IRNA 09 Jan 2004 -- At least four Pakistani troops were killed on Friday when a rocket hit their camp in tribal area, bordering Afghanistan, where the Pakistan army launched operation against al-Qaeda suspects on Wednesday night, a military spokesman said.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Guard Artillerymen Training As MPs to Support Terror War AFPS 09 Jan 2004 -- The third group of National Guard artillerymen is slated to begin retraining as military police at the Army's Military Police School at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Jan. 12 to support the war on terror.
  • DoD Tests Supply Tracking Technology AFPS 09 Jan 2004 -- In its ongoing effort to improve support to troops in the field, the Defense Department is testing radio-frequency identification technology, Alan Estevez, assistant deputy undersecretary of defense for supply chain integration, said here today.
  • Avengers return to Iwakuni community Marine Corps News 09 Jan 2004-- Marine Attack Squadron 211 (VMA-211) arrived at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni Wednesday for their six-month tour under the Unit Deployment Program.
  • EDITORIAL: BRINGING WAR CRIMINALS TO JUSTICE VOA 09 Jan 2004 -- Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis suffered under Saddam Hussein's cruel regime. The survivors are anxious to tell their stories to a special war crimes tribunal that will be set up to put the former dictator and hundreds of others on trial for genocide and crimes against humanity.
  • BAGHDAD R&R FACILITY DEDICATED TO SON OF V CORPS COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR V Corps Release 09 Jan 2004-- Freedom Rest, the U.S. Army's designated location for troop rest and recuperation in Baghdad, opened a new addition recently that has special meaning for V Corps' 1st Armored Division.
  • Samuel B. Roberts Intercepts 7,000-lb. Drug Shipment Navy Newsstand 09 Jan 2004-- USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58), working with Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) 403, recently detained eight suspected drug traffickers and recovered more than 7,000 lbs. of cocaine from an ablaze vessel while at the mid-point of a record-setting counter-drug deployment.
  • USS McClusky Rescues 169 People on the High Seas Navy Newsstand 09 Jan 2004-- USS McClusky's (FFG 41) swift response saved the lives of 169 people aboard two distressed vessels in the Eastern Pacific, while on a counter-drug deployment to U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command Area of Operations.
  • Eventful Year for New York Marines Marine Corps News 09 Jan 2004-- Looking back at 2003, the Marine Corps in New York City has seen a lot happen. Units from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut started the year with activation orders to support Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom.
  • Haunted history spooks Hangar One Marine Corps News 09 Jan 2004-- History is something that lives anew whenever events and lives of the past are revisited for reflection or examination. However, it seems that in the case of Hangar One, occasionally history visits the present ... in the form of ghosts.
  • VMFA(AW)-121 ordnance Marines test JSF capabilities Marine Corps News 09 Jan 2004-- Since the early '90s the Joint Strike Fighter aircraft has been highly anticipated by servicemembers around the world.

  • Half of UK`s state cover used to support arms exports IRNA 09 Jan 2004 -- Almost half of the Britain`s credit guarantees have been used to support arms exports since Labour came to power in 1997, according to new figures released by Foreign Office Minister Mike O`Brien.

  • Chirac says France firm on developing European defense force PLA Daily 09 Jan 2004 -- France is determined to pursue the development of a European autonomous defense capability, French President Jacques Chirac said Thursday.

  • State Department Daily Briefing, January 9, 2004 Washington File 09 Jan 2004 -- China/Hong Kong, Haiti, Iran, Israel/Palestinians, United Kingdom, North Korea, China/Taiwan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, China, Singapore

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • Disarmament drives need more funding to help tackle covert arms trade, Annan says UN News Centre 09 Jan 2004 -- Securing adequate funding for disarmament campaigns in post-conflict areas remains a key concern in dealing with the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a new report released today.

  • U-S-Sudan-Darfur VOA 09 Jan 2004 -- There is growing concern in Washington that fighting in Sudan's western Darfur region may complicate the final drive for an agreement ending that country's north-south civil war. A senior State Department official says the United States is pressing the Khartoum government to find a political solution to the Darfur conflict.
  • Sudanese refugees report continued killings, lootings by Arab militias - UN UN News Centre 09 Jan 2004 -- Newly arrived Sudanese refugees in eastern Chad report that marauding Arab militia groups continue to kill, burn, loot and empty entire villages in the Darfur region of western Sudan in a conflict that has sent some 95,000 people fleeing across the border since early last year, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 09 Jan 2004 -- Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia has warned that further unilateral steps by Israel could destroy chances for an independent Palestinian state and might lead to the creation of a single bi-national state.

  • LIBERIA / REBELS VOA 09 Jan 2004 -- Leaders of Liberia's main rebel group say they are trying to patch up their differences to prevent a split within their ranks. The rift could endanger the country's disarmament process.
  • LIBERIA: Government seeks $200-300m from donors for reconstruction IRIN 09 Jan 2004 -- Liberia's transitional government will seek between US$200 million and $300 of foreign aid for a national reconstruction plan which will be put to donors at a conference in New York in early February, a government source said on Friday.
  • U.S. Urges Cyprus Parties to Commit to Annan Plan Washington File 09 Jan 2004 -- The United States is urging the parties to the Cyprus dispute to make a commitment to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's plan and to putting that plan to a referendum -- the two conditions Annan has set for restarting talks -- U.S. Ambassador to Cyprus Michael Klosson told journalists January 8 during a briefing on the current status of the Cyprus negotiations.
  • Security Council stresses importance of bolstering Sierra Leone armed forces, police UN News Centre 09 Jan 2004 -- With the Security Council stressing the importance of bolstering the army and police forces of Sierra Leone, the United Nations peacekeeping mission there carried out a joint exercise with the country's armed forces today.
  • If peace prevails, Annan may recommend expanding UN mission in Cte d'Ivoire UN News Centre 09 Jan 2004 -- Secretary-General Kofi Annan may recommend that the Security Council send a full peacekeeping force to Cte d'Ivoire, but only if the parties carry out their existing peace agreement, maintain a unitary government and disband disruptive militant groups, according to a document published today.
  • KENYA / SOMALI TALKS VOA 09 Jan 2004 -- In Nairobi, Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni have opened a 10-day meeting of top Somali leaders, aimed at reviving stalled peace talks. The latest reconciliation talks have already suffered a setback after some of the most powerful warlords boycotted the opening of the summit.
  • Armenia/Azerbaijan: Ankara And Baku Want Trilateral Talks With Armenia On Nagorno-Karabakh RFE/RL 09 Jan 2004 -- Turkey and Azerbaijan expressed a desire today to hold trilateral talks with Armenia on the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
  • THAILAND/MUSLIMS/VOILENCE VOA 09 Jan 2004 -- Thailand has charged several people in connection with a series of deadly attacks earlier this week in southern Thailand.
  • ERITREA-ETHIOPIA: UN should go further, Asmara says IRIN 09 Jan 2004 -- Eritrea has welcomed a statement by the UN Security Council on the border situation with Ethiopia, but says it does not go far enough.
  • RWANDA: Probe launched into genocide-linked deaths IRIN 09 Jan 2004 -- Rwandan Prime Minister Bernard Makuza told the Senate on Thursday that government had launched investigations to unearth the masterminds of the killings of survivors of the 1994 genocide.
  • CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Aid for disarmed civilians following vocational training IRIN 09 Jan 2004 -- The UN-supported National Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reinsertion Programme (DDR) in the Central African Republic has begun its distribution of work tools to 220 civilians who voluntarily surrendered firearms and had undergone four months of vocational training in the capital, Bangui, an official told IRIN on Friday.
  • Great Lakes: Prospects for peace increase as region moves into 2004 IRIN 09 Jan 2004 -- The year 2004 is set to be a momentous one in the Great Lakes region in terms of its peace prospects, if the achievements made in 2003 are anything to go by.
  • DRC: Continuing concern over delays in transitional period IRIN 09 Jan 2004 -- A committee overseeing the two-year transitional process in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has again expressed concern about continuing delays on the part of the country's national unity government in adopting key legislation for the transitional period intended to culminate in national democratic elections.
  • BURKINA FASO: Army major arrested in connection with September coup plot IRIN 09 Jan 2004 -- The government of Burkina Faso said on Friday it had arrested an army major in connection with a coup plot against President Blaise Campaore that was first revealed in September.
  • SENEGAL: Help needed for returnees to Casamance IRIN 09 Jan 2004 -- Up to 15,000 displaced people are expected to return to their home villages in Senegal's southern Casamance province this year as a low-level insurgency that has gone on for two decades peters out, but little is being done by the international community to assist them, Refugees International said on Friday.
  • RWANDA: Chronology for 2003 IRIN 09 Jan 2004 -- 1 Jan - President Paul Kagame issues a decree granting the provisional release of genocide suspects and prisoners, mostly the aged, the sick, those who were minors during the 1994 genocide, and those who were not involved in planning the violence.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 09 Jan 2004 -- U.S. offers EU deal on Galileo satellite system / Poland in talks on hosting U.S. military bases / Polish defense minister: U.S. installations in Poland would be skeleton bases / President Bush to propose new aid for Afghanistan / U.S. ambassador says Afghanistan can have elections soon

  • U-S / HAITI PROTESTS VOA 09 Jan 2004 -- The United States is condemning tactics by Haitian authorities in putting down anti-government protests in the capital, Port-au-Prince, on Wednesday. U-S officials say some local police collaborated with armed supporters of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in attacks on demonstrators that left two people dead.
  • Kazakhstan: Putin Visit To Focus On Baikonur, CIS, Oil Resources RFE/RL 09 Jan 2004 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin begins a two-day visit to Kazakhstan today. Several bilateral agreements are to be signed during his visit, including two extending and specifying the terms for Russia's continued use of the Baikonur cosmodrome.
  • GEORGIA / POLITICS VOA 09 Jan 2004 -- Georgia's interim leader has announced that new parliamentary elections will be held on March 28th, while the man who won last Sunday's presidential election has announced plans to tackle rampant corruption in the former Soviet republic.

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