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14 January 2004 Military News

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Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 14 Jan 2004 [PDF]

  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 14 Jan 2004 -- Participating was Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, Deputy Director, Coalition Operations, Dan Senor, Spokesman for the Coalition Provisional Authority, Gen. Ahmed Ibrahim, Deputy Minister, Iraq's Department of the Interior, and Hamid Al Kifa'i, Iraqi Governing Council Spokesman
  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing, Commander's Emergency Response Program 14 Jan 2004 -- "This afternoon we have the privilege and opportunity to hear from Brigadier General David N. Blackledge. He's the commander of the 352nd Civil Affairs Command. General Blackledge has agreed to give us some details regarding civil military operations and civil affairs here in Iraq. He will focus specifically on the use of the Commander's Emergency Response Program, otherwise known as CERP. This is a program that involves investment of money at the local level by senior commanders, largely under the tutelage of General Blackledge."
  • WRAP UP OF 4TH ID'S ACTIVITIES CENTCOM Release 14 Jan 2004-- Iraqi National Police (INP) and military police soldiers from the 401st MP Company conducted joint raids in Samarra, capturing three individuals targeted for possible involvement in attacks against the Coalition. The INP and the soldiers located and confiscated 50 AK-47 assault rifle magazines and some military uniforms.
  • TF "ALL-AMERICAN" WORKS WITH IRAQIS TO MAKE THEIR COUNTRY SAFE CENTCOM Release 14 Jan 2004-- The 82nd Airborne Division and its subordinate units continued missions to bring peace and prosperity to the residents of the Al Anbar province.
  • CAPTURE OF NUMBER 54 CENTCOM Release 14 Jan 2004-- As a result of aggressive combat operations, we announce the capture of Khamis Sirhan al-Muhammad, number 54 in the top 55 "Deck of Cards" list.
  • Soldiers Capture No. 54; Bomb Kills 5, Wounds 29 AFPS 14 Jan 2004 -- A combined operation by members of the 82nd Airborne Division and special operations forces resulted in the capture of number 54 of Iraq's 55 most-wanted fugitives Jan. 11 near Ramadi, Army Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, deputy operations director for Combined Joint Task Force 7, announced during a briefing from Baghdad today.
  • Iraqis Coming Forward With Information Since Saddam's Capture AFPS 14 Jan 2004 -- Despite attacks against U.S. and coalition troops and innocent Iraqis, an encouraging trend since Saddam Hussein's capture has been the increasing number of Iraqis who are coming forward with information, Marine Corps General Peter Pace told reporters Jan. 13 during a Pentagon briefing with Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.
  • Soldiers Capture Nephews of Iraq's Most-Wanted Fugitive AFPS 14 Jan 2004 -- Soldiers have captured four relatives believed to have harbored Izzit Ibrahim al-Douri, the most wanted fugitive in Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force 7 announced today.
  • IRAQ / WRAP VOA 14 Jan 2004 -- A car bombing in the central Iraqi town of Baquba Wednesday killed at least two Iraqis and injured another 29. The U-S military also announced it has arrested another senior official of the former regime of Saddam Hussein. It said U-S soldiers killed eight suspected insurgents during a clash in central Iraq on Tuesday.
  • IRAQ / BOMBING VOA 14 Jan 2004 -- Iraqi police say at least two people were killed and more than a dozen others injured in a car bomb explosion Wednesday in the central town of Baquba. The driver of the car is reported among the dead.
  • Iraq: Suicide Bomber Kills At Least Two In Central Iraq RFE/RL 14 Jan 2004 -- A suicide bomber today set off a car bomb outside a police station in the central Iraqi town of Baquba, killing himself and at least two victims.
  • COMBINED FORCES COMMAND AFGHANISTAN RELEASE CENTCOM Release 14 Jan 2004-- Continuing humanitarian efforts, coalition civil affairs Soldiers along with a medical-veterinarian team from Deh Rawood firebase traveled 16 kilometers east to the village of Deraw Saturday. The medical team treated 150 villagers and the veterinarian treated 344 animals. We also distributed more than 150 dental hygiene kits, 200 bottles of vitamins, 65 pairs of shoes, 35 boxes of food, and an assortment of toys to the children.

  • FORMER HIGH LEVEL BA'ATHISTS DENOUNCE TERRORISM IN IRAQ CENTCOM Release 14 Jan 2004-- Former Ba'ath Party leaders in Northern Iraq denounced the party of Saddam Hussein Tuesday and exhorted the people of the region to work with the Coalition to build a free and unified Iraq.
  • AMID REDEPLOYMENT 101ST CONTINUES RECONSTRUCTION MISSION CENTCOM Release 14 Jan 2004-- The operational tempo of the 101st Airborne Division remains high today as its soldiers prepared for redeployment and completed major reconstruction projects in Northern Iraq.
  • RELATIVES OF AL-DURI CAPTURED CENTCOM Release 14 Jan 2004-- An Iraqi citizen provided information that brought 720th Military Police Battalion soldiers to a location in Samara in the early morning of Jan. 14.

  • COMBINED FORCES COMMAND AFGHANISTAN CENTCOM Release 14 Jan 2004-- In coordination with the Islamic Transitional State of Afghanistan, the Coalition continues to train the Afghan National Army, provide civil affairs support, and disrupt, deny, and destroy terrorist and anti-ITSA forces in order to establish a stable and secure Afghanistan.
  • US troops in Afghanistan reiterate reward for bin Laden PLA Daily 14 Jan 2004 -- US troops have stepped up their huntfor Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaeda leader, in Afghanistan's border areas close to Pakistan by reiterating the earlier announced 25-million-dollar reward, local sources said on Tuesday.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Tyndall trains first Raptor pilot AFPN 14 Jan 2004-- Maj. Michael Hoepfner said he has the greatest job in the world.
  • Incirlik serves as Army 'terminal' AFPN 14 Jan 2004-- Incirlik has a new role as a temporary "terminal" for U.S. soldiers traveling home after serving about a year in Iraq.
  • Myers is First Foreign Visitor to Chinese Space Center AFPS 14 Jan 2004 -- The scene at the Beijing Aerospace Control Center here would be familiar to any visitor to the Johnson Space Flight Center in Houston.
  • D.C. Air Guard Unit Flies New 737s AFPS 14 Jan 2004 -- It would be hard to pick out pilots David Morales or John Moring III in a crowd most days when they are flying for the District of Columbia Air National Guard. That's just the way they like it. They wear civilian shirts, ties and slacks so they will not draw attention to themselves as United States military officers in potentially dangerous parts of the world.
  • PENTAGON / A BIGGER ARMY? VOA 14 Jan 2004 -- With over 100 thousand U-S soldiers in Iraq and another 100 thousand poised to relieve them, defense officials concede the half-million strong U-S Army, with additional missions in Afghanistan, South Korea and other points around the world, is being severely tested. That has led to new calls for a bigger Army. But Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is resisting the idea.
  • Pentagon considers deployment of warplanes on Guam PLA Daily 14 Jan 2004 -- The Pentagon is considering an Air Force proposal to base warplanes on Guam because of its "very, very important strategic location," a senior Air Force commander said Tuesday.
  • USS Fort McHenry Sailors learn to battle blazes 7th Fleet 14 Jan 2004-- The Amphibious Dock-Landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43), forward deployed to Sasebo, Japan, arrived here January 12 for a routine port visit that included attending courses taught by the Yokosuka-based Afloat Training Group, Western Pacific (ATGWP).

  • Allied Reach 2004 will focus on "NATO Response Force --Vision to Reality" NATO ACT 14 Jan 2004 -- Supreme Allied Commander Transformation is hosting a study seminar from January 23-25, 2004 to provide a forum for NATO's military and civilian leadership to focus on the multinational, operational, training, capability and deployability of the recently established NATO Response Force (NRF).

  • India`s Akash missile test-fired successfully again IRNA 13 Jan 2004 -- India`s indigenously built medium range surface-to-air missile `Akash` was test-fired on Wednesday from the Interim Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur-on-sea, about 13 km in Balasore in the eastern Indian state of Orissa for the second time within two days.
  • India tests surface-to-air missile PLA Daily 14 Jan 2004 -- India Tuesday test-fired its medium range surface-to-air missile Akash from the Integrated TestRange (ITR) at Chandipur-on-sea, east India.

  • Defense Minister Says Russia Will Not Hurry Withdrawal From Georgia RFE/RL 14 Jan 2004 -- Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov today said Russia will not hurry to pull its forces out of Georgia.
  • US would aid withdrawal of Russian bases from Georgia PLA Daily 14 Jan 2004 -- The United States is ready to fund the withdrawal of two Russian military bases from Georgia, a US official said on Tuesday.
  • Georgia not to house US military bases, says president-elect PLA Daily 14 Jan 2004 -- Georgian president-elect Mikhail Saakashvili said Monday that his country is not going to house US military bases on its territory, Russian Interfax news agency reported.
  • RUSSIA / GEORGIA VOA 14 Jan 2004 -- Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov has ruled out speedy withdrawal of Russia soldiers from Georgia, saying the pullout would have to be carried out under a formal treaty.

  • State Department on U.S. Air Base in Incirlik, Turkey Washington File 14 Jan 2004 -- Following is the text of a question taken at the January 14, 2004 regular State Department briefing; an answer was posted later in the day
  • State Department Noon Briefing, January 14, 2004 Washington File 14 Jan 2004 -- North Korea, Monterrey Summit of the Americas, Bolivia, Venezuela, Haiti, Iraq, Israel/Palestinians, Turkey, Sudan, Libya, Iran, Syria/Israel

  • White House Daily Briefing, January 14, 2004 Washington File 14 Jan 2004 -- NASA/space program, Spain/Aznar visit, Federal Communications Commission, former Treasury Secretary O'Neill, Iraq, Summit of the Americas, Welfare Reform Authorization Act

Defense Industry

  • Lockheed Martin Begins Atlas V West Coast Launch Pad Renovations SLC 3E Being Readied For Atlas V Missions in Fall 2005 Lockheed Martin 14 Jan 2004 -- Lockheed Martin celebrated another significant milestone in its Atlas V program today. Representatives from Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Air Force kicked off the new year with a ground breaking ceremony at Space Launch Complex 3E (SLC-3E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA, heralding the beginning of renovations that are now underway to prepare the launch site for Atlas V west coast missions. The first Atlas V west coast launch from SLC-3E is scheduled for Fall 2005 and will carry a U.S. government payload.

Other Conflicts

  • ISRAEL / SYRIA VOA 14 Jan 2004 -- Israel says it is still waiting for Syria to show it can make the necessary sacrifices to achieve peace between the two countries. The statement on Wednesday came after Syria said there is no hope of reaching an agreement while the current Israeli government remains in power.
  • ISRAEL PALESTINIANS VOA 14 Jan 2004 -- A Palestinian suicide bombing at the main border crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip has killed four people and left seven others injured, three of them are reported to be in serious condition.
  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS UPDATE VOA 14 Jan 2004 -- Israel may further restrict the number of Palestinian workers allowed into the Jewish state, after a woman suicide bomber blew herself up at a Gaza crossing point, killing four Israelis.

  • SUDAN / PEACE TALKS VOA 14 Jan 2004 -- In Kenya, President Bush's special envoy to Sudan, John Danforth, met with Sudanese Vice-President Ali Osman Taha in a bid to speed up the Kenyan-mediated peace talks. But the government in Khartoum is refusing to negotiate a key issue that stands in the way of a comprehensive deal.
  • SUDAN: Progress at peace talks, says gov't IRIN 14 Jan 2004 -- Progress has been made at peace talks between the Sudanese government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) on the future status of two key contested areas, according to the government.
  • LIBERIA / REBELS VOA 14 Jan 2004 -- Divisions within rebel leadership in Liberia have triggered renewed violence, just as the peace process is to enter a crucial disarmament stage.
  • LIBERIA: Conneh's estranged wife emerges as power broker in LURD IRIN 14 Jan 2004 -- Aisha Keita Conneh does not like to talk about her estranged husband, Sekou Damate Conneh, the official leader of Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD), Liberia's largest rebel movement.
  • DRC: Elections possible in 2005, UN official says IRIN 14 Jan 2004 -- Despite delays in the legislature, general elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) could still be held in 2005 in line with last year's all-inclusive peace agreement that ended nearly five years of war in the central African country, a high-ranking UN official said on Monday.
  • Russia: Chechen Refugees Face Ejection From Camps In Ingushetia RFE/RL 14 Jan 2004 -- The Chechen administration has ordered Chechen refugees living in neighboring Ingushetia to return to Chechnya or find shelter in other places. The Chechen pro-Russian government wants the camps to be closed by the beginning of March. However, that violence in Chechnya continues and most refugees are too frightened to return.
  • ANGOLA: Army clamps down on illegal diamond traffickers IRIN 14 Jan 2004 -- As part of ongoing efforts to curb illegal diamond trafficking, the Angolan army has arrested 700 people, state radio reported on Wednesday.
  • BURUNDI-TANZANIA: Marked increase in refugee returnee figures IRIN 14 Jan 2004 -- At least 6,000 Burundian refugees left camps in western Tanzania for home in December 2003, indicating increasing confidence in Burundi's peace process and a possible beginning of a large-scale repatriation, aid workers told IRIN on Wednesday.
  • BURUNDI: Fighting displaces 10,000 civilians IRIN 14 Jan 2004 -- An estimated 10,000 civilians have been displaced in the latest round of fighting between the army and Forces nationales de liberation (FNL) fighters loyal to rebel leader Agathon Rwasa in Burundi's Bujumbura Rural Province.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 14 Jan 2004 -- US says Iraq attacks fall, UN to assess security / South Korea dismisses concern over delay of troop dispatch to Iraq / NATO aims for close ties with Ukraine, despite political concerns / Azerbaijan to host a NATO field exercise later this year / Financial commitment for missile defense shield long way off, says Australia's finance minister
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 14 Jan 2004 -- NATO secretary general appeals for more troops for ISAF / Finnish official confirms Afghanistan peacekeeping unit talks with Nordics, UK / International officials commend B-H participation in recent SFOR actions / German defense plans viewed

  • ZIMBABWE / ANTHRAX VOA 14 Jan 2004 -- An outbreak of anthrax in Zimbabwe has killed three people and infected nearly 200 others. From Harare, Tendai Maphosa reports health officials are struggling to deal with the outbreak.

  • U-S-HAITI POL VOA 14 Jan 2004 -- The United States has made a top-level appeal to Haiti's President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to begin dialogue with opposition leaders to end the country's political crisis. The issued figured in President Bush's Monday meeting with Caribbean leaders, including the Haitian president, at the hemispheric summit in Mexico.
  • ERITREA / TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS VOA 14 Jan 2004 -- U-N officials in Eritrea are expressing dismay over a new government rule, which severely restricts the movement of diplomats and international aid workers in the impoverished country. As a result, the government is reviewing its new rule.
  • SRI LANKA POLITICS VOA 14 Jan 2004 -- Sri Lanka's president says she had a secret inauguration ceremony that entitles her to remain in power an additional year. The revelation is likely to further deepen Sri Lanka's political crisis brought about by the rivalry between the president and the prime minister.
  • SOUTHERN AFRICA: SADC meeting had Zimbabwe on agenda IRIN 14 Jan 2004 -- Zimbabwe had been on the agenda of a South African Development Community (SADC) ministerial meeting that concluded in Maseru on Wednesday, said a senior Lesotho official.
  • NIGERIA: Emergency agency linked to satellite search and rescue system IRIN 14 Jan 2004 -- Nigeria has established a satellite-linked mission control centre to facilitate humanitarian search and rescue operations, officials said on Wednesday.
  • ZIMBABWE: Protecting aid from politics IRIN 14 Jan 2004 -- Protecting the neutrality of aid deliveries in Zimbabwe depends on fostering better communication and working relationships between NGOs, government and beneficiaries, says a new report.

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