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13 January 2004 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
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Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 13 Jan 2004 [PDF]

  • Transcript: Defense Department Operational Briefing 13 Jan 2004 -- Participating was Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld; Gen. Peter Pace, Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Apache Helicopter Goes Down in Iraq, No Injuries Reported AFPS 13 Jan 2004 -- An Apache helicopter went down near Fallujah, Iraq, today according to U.S. Central Command officials. There were no injuries and the incident is under investigation.
  • TF ALL AMERICAN HELICOPTER DOWN NEAR HABBANIYAH CENTCOM Release 13 Jan 2004-- A helicopter was downed near Habbaniyah, Iraq at approximately 10 a.m. today.
  • TASK FORCE "ALL AMERICAN" CONTINUES STABILITY OPERATIONS CENTCOM Release 13 Jan 2004-- The 82nd Airborne Division and its subordinate units continued missions over the last day to bring peace and prosperity to the residents of the Al Anbar province.
  • 4TH ID'S 24-HOUR ACTIVITY CENTCOM Release 13 Jan 2004-- Soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division and Task Force Ironhorse have, over the past 24 hours, conducted 155 patrols and five raids, and captured 43 individuals.
  • TASK FORCE "ALL-AMERICAN" DISCOVERS WEAPONS CACHES CENTCOM Release 13 Jan 2004-- Task Force "All-American" troops discovered a substantial weapons cache northwest of Hit last night.
  • 'TF Soldier' focuses on warrior readiness Army News Service 13 Jan 2004-- This article is the first of a weekly series that will examine the 16 focus areas outlined by Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Schoomaker. (Army News Service, Jan. 13, 2004) -- While inculcating the Warrior ethos into all Soldiers of both the active and reserve components is one of their top priorities, so is ensuring that all deploying members of the Army team are properly trained and equipped, according to members of a Fort Benning task force.
  • 'Op Market Sweep' captures Fallujah arms dealers Army News Service 13 Jan 2004-- Soldiers from the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment capitalized on a month of hard work as they executed Operation Market Sweep, becoming the first Coalition troops to successfully penetrate the weapons market in downtown Fallujah.
  • Paratroopers out-shoot assassins Army News Service 13 Jan 2004-- Soldiers of Task Force 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment were victorious in their first armed contact in Afghanistan.
  • IRAQ / WRAP VOA 13 Jan 2004 -- A U-S Apache helicopter went down west of Baghdad Tuesday. Military officials say it was likely shot down, but the crew survived the attack. At least two Iraqis are reported killed by U-S troops in the central town of Fallujah and there was renewed violence in the southern city of Kut, where several people were reported injured.
  • PENTAGON: TERROR WAR CRITICISM VOA 13 Jan 2004 -- The Bush administration's handling of the global war on terrorism, including the decision to invade Iraq, is being criticized by an unexpected source: a study published by the U-S Army's War College.
  • US launch biggest military turnover since WW II with German help IRNA 13 Jan 2004 -- The biggest military movement of US forces since World War II began this week with some 100,000 fresh troops expected to take over occupation duties in Iraq, reports said Tuesday.
  • US soldiers in Iraq to use Turkish base PLA Daily 13 Jan 2004 -- US soldiers will use the Incirlik airbase in southern Turkey as transit passages during the irrotation into and out of Iraq, the Anatolia News Agency reported Monday.
  • IRAQ / CRASH VOA 13 Jan 2004 -- A U-S Apache helicopter went down west of Baghdad Tuesday. A military spokesperson said the crew has survived, but would not confirm news reports that the chopper was brought down by hostile fire.

  • Pakistan denies US pressure for anti-terror operation PLA Daily 13 Jan 2004 -- Pakistan Monday denied there is any pressure from the United States for launching a major operation against suspected al-Qaeda militants in the country's tribal areas bordering Afghanistan.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • USS Bataan to Deploy in Support of OIF Force Rotation Navy Newsstand 13 Jan 2004-- The multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), will deploy Jan. 19 from Norfolk to the Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility (AOR) in support of the Operation Iraqi Freedom II (OIF II) force rotation.
  • George Washington Strike Group to Deploy Navy Newsstand 13 Jan 2004-- Nearly 7,600 Sailors will leave their homeport as the USS George Washington (CVN 73) Carrier Strike Group (GWCSG) begins a routine deployment Jan. 20 in support of the global war on terrorism.
  • AF committing 2,000 airmen to war AFPN 13 Jan 2004-- Airmen vulnerable to deploy as part of the Silver Air and Space Expeditionary Force but not originally asked to go, could end up going after all.
  • Warrior ethos, not just for combat Soldiers Army News Service 13 Jan 2004-- While the warrior ethos may be central to the new Soldier's Creed, it is not new to the Army.
  • Army builds new air terminal in Kuwait Army News Service 13 Jan 2004-- The Army is operating a new air passenger terminal here, with the goal of transporting hundreds of Soldiers daily to destinations within the Operation Iraqi Freedom theater.
  • Soldiers increasingly trying to carry prohibited items on airliners Army News Service 13 Jan 2004-- A junior Soldier was stopped from boarding a commercial airliner after an inert landmine was found in his checked baggage this month.

  • Rumsfeld Says Increase in End Strength Not Likely For Now AFPS 13 Jan 2004 -- Despite what he called a "spike" in the operational tempo in Iraq, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today he hopes stress from increased operations will not lead to increased troop strength in the country.
  • US, Kenyan troops hold joint exercises on anti-terrorism PLA Daily 13 Jan 2004 -- The ongoing US-Kenya joint military exercises on the Kenyan coast is partly focusing on combating terrorism in East Africa, a senior Kenyan military officer said here on Monday.

  • State Department Noon Briefing, January 13, 2004 Washington File 13 Jan 2004 -- Canada, Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Libya, Mideast, Israel/Syria, Russia, Mauritania, Sudan

  • India test-fires surface-to-air Akash missile IRNA 13 Jan 2004 -- India Tuesday test-fired its medium range surface-to-air missile Akash from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur-on-sea, about 13 km from Balasore, in the Eastern Indian state of Orissa.

  • CHINA-US MILITARY VOA 13 Jan 2004 -- top American military officer begins a two-day visit to China in what is being described as an important step in deepening bilateral understanding.

  • EDITORIAL: POWELL ON PROGRESS IN TERROR WAR VOA 13 Jan 2004 -- As the year 2004 begins, the U.S. remains committed to expanding peace, pressing for freedom and openness, and generating wealth and the opportunity for prosperity around the world. U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell says that there has been "progress in the global war against terror"

  • Georgia: Washington Willing To Finance Russian Troop Withdrawal RE/RL 13 Jan 2004 -- A top U.S. official today said that Washington is prepared to finance the withdrawal of Russian troops remaining in the former Soviet republic of Georgia.

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • IVORY COAST / REBELS VOA 13 Jan 2004 -- The main rebel leader in Ivory Coast has rejoined a power-sharing government and called for reconciliation, despite differences with the president on how to implement their stalled peace deal.
  • COTE D'IVOIRE: Soro meets Gbagbo, opposes multiple referendum IRIN 13 Jan 2004 -- President Laurent Gbagbo met rebel leader Guillaume Soro at the presidential palace on Monday night to discuss the way forward in Cote d'Ivoire's fragile peace process following the rebels' return to a broad-based government of national reconciliation.
  • COTE D'IVOIRE: 18 killed as ethnic clashes continue in "Wild West" IRIN 13 Jan 2004 -- The French peacekeeping force in Cote d'Ivoire urged the government army and police to send reinforcements to help it maintain order in the troubled west of the country on Tuesday after reporting that 18 people had been killed there in two weeks of ethnic clashes.
  • Arriving in Sierra Leone, new UN envoy pledges to consolidate peace efforts UN News Centre 13 Jan 2004 -- The new senior United Nations envoy to Sierra Leone has arrived in Freetown pledging to consolidate peace in the country as he takes over the reins of the UN operation there (UNAMSIL).
  • BANGLADESH / BOMB VOA 13 Jan 2004 -- In Bangladesh, security has been tightened at a well-known Muslim shrine after a bomb explosion killed three people and injured more than 30 others.
  • INDONESIA/CHRISTIAN SEPARATISTS VOA 13 Jan 2004 -- A court in Indonesia's Maluku Islands has sentenced nine men to prison terms up to 15 years for their involvement in a mostly Christian separatist movement.
  • INDIA KASHMIR VOA 13 Jan 2004 -- Peace talks between India and separatists from the disputed Kashmir region appear set to take place later this month.Leaders from a moderate faction of a separatist alliance say they have received a formal invitation to attend talks with India's deputy prime minister.
  • SOMALIA: War of words continues between Puntland and Somaliland IRIN 13 Jan 2004 -- The authorities in the self-declared republic of Somaliland have warned neighbouring Puntland to "stop playing with fire" and withdraw its forces from the disputed region of Sool, a senior Somaliland official told IRIN on Wednesday.
  • DRC: Hundreds of militiamen abandon forests IRIN 13 Jan 2004 -- Hundreds of Congolese Mayi-Mayi militiamen have started leaving the country's dense eastern forests and are assembling near Kindu, the largest city in Maniema Province, officials said on Monday.
  • Great Lakes: Officials review calendar of regional conference preparatory process IRIN 13 Jan 2004 -- National coordinators of seven countries in Africa's Great Lakes region began a meeting on Monday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to discuss the criteria for membership into the International Conference on the Great Lakes region, the Office of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for the Great Lakes Region reported.
  • GUINEA: 50,000 returnees in need of assistance, OCHA says IRIN 13 Jan 2004 -- Over 48,000 Guinean migrants who returned from Cote d'Ivoire after the outbreak of civil war in that country, are living in precarious conditions in remote areas inGuinea near the Ivorian border and urgently need assistance, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.
  • ZAMBIA: Lawyers say "rule of law" threatened by sacking of DPP IRIN 13 Jan 2004 -- The Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) said on Tuesday it was concerned over the government's apparent "lack of regard" for the "rule of law."
  • ANGOLA: Missing oil billions unexplained IRIN 13 Jan 2004 -- Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the Angolan government to manage oil revenues better and allow for greater fiscal transparency, so that Angolans can enjoy the benefits of the country's resources.
  • SUDAN-CHAD: UN envoy seeks $4.3m emergency aid for refugees IRIN 13 Jan 2004 -- The United Nations appealed on Tuesday for US$4.3 million of emergency aid to meet the immediate needs of 95,000 refugees from Sudan's western Darfur province who have fled into eastern Chad.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 13 Jan 2004 -- New NATO chief hold first talks with Russian defence minister / Germany poised to unveil deep defence cuts / NATO troops end failed swoop for Karadzic / 120,000 U.S. troops will pass through Turkish base during rotation of troops in Iraq / Algeria's Brahimi to become UN adviser for Iraq / Athens security chiefs to meet top U.S. security officials / U.S. world terror effort expands to Sahara, sending troops and contractors to desert no man's lands / Nearly 100 countries have failed to enforce UN sanctions against al-Qaida and Taliban / Suspects placed under investigation for alleged ties to pro-Chechen network that planned chemical attack
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 13 Jan 2004 -- NATO troops raid another Karadzic family home / Afghan, peacekeeping officials reach agreement to transfer weapons out of Kabul / German commentary considers possibility of NATO mission in Iraq / Germany unveils cuts to arms plans, bases, troops

  • DRC-SOUTH AFRICA: President Mbeki arrives on state visit IRIN 13 Jan 2004 -- South African President Thabo Mbeki arrived in Kinshasa on Tuesday, heading a delegation of senior government and private business officials on a two-day visit aimed at boosting economic ties with the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • UZBEKISTAN / CRASH VOA 13 Jan 2004 -- A passenger plane crashed near Tashkent in the Central Asian republic of Uzbekistan today (Tuesday), killing all of the more than 30 passengers and crew on board.
  • EUROPE / DISPUTE VOA 13 Jan 2004 -- The European Commission, the European Union executive body, has decided to take E-U finance ministers to court for allowing France and Germany to violate the bloc's budget rules. The commission's challenge to member states could have big consequences for the way the European Union is run.

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