15 January 2004 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 15 Jan 2004 [PDF]
- U.S. Troops Nab Two More Senior Iraqi Insurgents AFPS 15 Jan 2004 -- Task Force All-American soldiers nabbed two more senior anti-coalition leaders during combat operations in western Iraq, according to a Combined Joint Task Force 7 news release.
- U.S. Troops Kill Seven Suspected Insurgents In Iraq RFE/RL 15 Jan 2004 -- The U.S. military says seven suspected insurgents were killed today in three separate incidents north of Baghdad.
- DEMONSTRATION SHOWS SUPPORT FOR TASK FORCE "ALL AMERICAN" EFFORTS THROUGH AL ANBAR PROVINCE CENTCOM Release 15 Jan 2004-- This morning at 10 a.m., a pro-coalition demonstration occurred in downtown Ar Ramadi. It was organized to demonstrate against terrorism and show support for the unity of Iraq. The group stopped at the Government Center and the organizers took pictures with the Mayor and Chief of Police as a show of public support for their Iraqi civic leaders. At its peak, the crowd reached approximately 1,000 people.
- AFGHANISTAN: Defence ministry removes heavy weapons from capital IRIN 15 Jan 2004 -- Standing in front of his tiny bicycle repair shop in Kabul, Ghulam Jilani was watching a convoy of old Russian trucks and armoured vehicles loaded with heavy weapons, many drawing artillery pieces. The vehicles headed out of the capital on Thursday in a move by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to improve security by removing such weapons of war.
- Army Reserve Soldiers help train Afghan National Army Army News Service 15 Jan 2004-- A group of observer/controllers who normally train deploying Soldiers returned recently from their own deployment, where they put their teaching skills to use with a foreign Army.
- UN/Afghanistan VOA 15 Jan 2004 -- U-N Secretary General Kofi Annan has appointed veteran diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi as a special adviser on peace and security issues. From U-N headquarters, Peter Heinlein reports the appointment came as Mr. Brahimi was briefing the Security Council on his recently-completed mission as U-N special envoy to Afghanistan.
- Recent progress in Afghanistan raises stakes for success, says outgoing UN envoy UN News Centre 15 Jan 2004 -- The successful conclusion of Afghanistan's recent constitutional Loya Jirga promises great hope, but the country faces many onerous challenges if it is to capitalize on that accomplishment, the outgoing senior United Nations envoy to Afghanistan told the Security Council today.
- AFGHAN / POL VOA 15 Jan 2004 -- Afghanistan now has a new constitution, as a result of a special loya jirga, or grand council. Agreement earlier this month on the new charter took some intense wrangling, as rivalries -- some old, some new -- hampered progress.
- Rockets Hit Afghan Airport RFE/RL 15 Jan 2004 -- Afghan officials say about a dozen rockets were fired at the main U.S. base in eastern Afghanistan, but no one was hurt
- Pakistan: Domestic Politics, Tribal Law Complicate Hunt For Al-Qaeda RFE/RL 15 Jan 2004 -- A top expert on the Taliban and Islamic fundamentalism, author and journalist Ahmed Rashid, says Pakistan's military operations near the Afghan border appear to be the result of enormous international pressure on Islamabad to capture Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. But the hunt is complicated by domestic politics and tribal law in Pakistan
- AFGHANISTAN PAKISTAN PRISONERS VOA 15 Jan 2004 -- a goodwill gesture, Afghanistan has released 49 Pakistanis from its prisons, responding to a similar move earlier this month by Pakistan.
- RFE/RL Afghanistan Report, Vol 3, Number 02 15 Jan 2004 -- KABUL-KANDAHAR ROAD MARKS RECONSTRUCTION STEP / HUMAN RIGHTS GROUP SAYS AFGHAN CONSTITUTIONAL ASSEMBLY MARRED BY ABUSES... / ...AND RECOMMENDS MORE WORK ON SECURITY FOR JUNE ELECTIONS. / DELEGATES FROM WESTERN AFGHAN PROVINCE SAY THEY WERE PRESSURED. / JAPANESE ENVOY EXPECTS NEW DONORS' CONFERENCE ON AFGHANISTAN... / ...AND CASTS DOUBT ON JUNE DATE FOR PARLIAMENTARY AND PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS. / U.S. ENVOY TO AFGHANISTAN DISMISSES UN WARNINGS ON ELECTIONS... / ...AND AFGHAN INTERIOR MINISTER AGREES. / NEW PROVINCIAL RECONSTRUCTION TEAM BEGINS WORK IN EASTERN AFGHAN PROVINCE. / DEAL SIGNED TO RID AFGHAN CAPITAL OF HEAVY WEAPONS. / HAZARA TRAVELERS KILLED IN EXECUTION-STYLE SLAYINGS IN CENTRAL AFGHANISTAN. / FIVE AFGHAN BORDER GUARDS KILLED IN KANDAHAR PROVINCE. / FOUR SUSPECTED NEO-TALIBAN BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN KILLED BY OWN EXPLOSIVE. / FOUR AFGHAN SECURITY OFFICERS KILLED IN NIMROZ PROVINCE. / PAKISTAN'S PRIME MINISTER VISITS AFGHANISTAN... / ...AND VOWS TO WORK WITH KABUL TO STOP TERRORISM... / ...WHILE OFFERING AID TO AFGHANISTAN. / AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN AGREE TO EXPAND MUTUAL TRADE. / TAJIK DRUG AGENCY REPORTS 9.6 TONS OF AFGHAN NARCOTICS SEIZED IN 2003. / KABUL TV LIFTS BAN ON FEMALE SINGERS. / THIS WEEK IN AFGHANISTAN'S HISTORY
Defense Policy / Programs
- AIMU Rota Wraps up Module Repair Navy Newsstand 15 Jan 2004-- Sailors lined up and stood at attention Dec. 29 as they bid farewell to the last F404-GE-400/402 Engine Module they repaired together at Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Unit (AIMU) Rota. The F404 Module is on its way to Sigonella to become a replacement part for an F/A-18 Hornet fighter aircraft engine.
- Midway Moves into Broadway Pier Navy Newsstand 15 Jan 2004-- The decommissioned aircraft carrier Midway has found a new home and a new mission. Port of San Diego tugboats pushed the 74,000-ton aircraft carrier across San Diego Bay Jan. 10, and parked it at the Broadway Pier near Downtown San Diego to serve as a naval museum. Commissioned on September 10, 1945 as USS Midway (CVB-41), the ship was decommissioned in 1992.
- Deploying troops to receive smallpox shot Marine Corps News 15 Jan 2004-- A recently-released Marine Administrative Message directs service members scheduled for deployment to Iraq to receive another vaccination.
- Transient alert keeps airflow moving AFPN 15 Jan 2004-- Unlike the old saying which goes, "jack of all trades, master of none," the 376th Air Expeditionary Wing's transient alert team here are "airmen of all aircraft, masters of most."
- Armor ordered for Iraq-bound vehicles Marine Corps News 15 Jan 2004-- Adapting to a threat that has left scores of soldiers riding in vehicles dead or maimed in Iraq, the Marine Corps is applying armor to its humvees and 7-tons.
- HMH-466 prepares to test engine blade coating during OIF Marine Corps News 15 Jan 2004-- Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 466 will test Soviet-era technology being evaluated by Naval Air Systems Command during their deployment to Operation Iraqi Freedom II this spring.
- China, U.S. Making Progress on Military Relations AFPS 15 Jan 2004 -- The United States and China are making progress on security issues, Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers said today following meetings with senior Chinese leaders.
- Network-Centric Warfare Key to Combat Power AFPS 15 Jan 2004 -- Within 10 years, U.S. forces around the world will enjoy greater combat effectiveness as a result of network-centric operations. That's a vision John Stenbit has pursued for the past two years, and it is already bad news for America's enemies.
- Navy to Christen New Guided-Missile Destroyer Halsey 15 Jan 2004 -- The newest Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer, Halsey (DDG 97) will be christened on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2004, during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems in Pascagoula, Miss.
- Pacific Fleet Submariners: Ready for 2004 COMSUBPAC Release 15 Jan 2004-- Almost a year has gone by since the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) began in March 2003. The silent service wasn't so silent when the undersea warriors began the first strikes into Iraq.
- PENTAGON/GUANTANAMO VOA 15 Jan 2004 -- Two years after the arrival of the first detainees, controversy continues to surround the fate of suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. The latest challenge to plans for military trials for the detainees comes from military defense lawyers.
- US not to deploy military bases in Caucasus: US official PLA Daily 15 Jan 2004 -- The United States is not to deploy military bases in the Caucasus region, the Interfax news agency quoted a visiting US official as saying on Wednesday.
- Pacific Submarine Force commander envisions new era of warfare COMSUBPAC Release 15 Jan 2004-- The events of 9/11 have had a major impact in the way the U.S. Navy operates. The impact of the Global War on Terrorism has changed everything, including submarine warfare.
- State Department Noon Briefing, January 15, 2004 Washington File 15 Jan 2004 -- Bolivia, Iraq, North Korea, South Korea, China/Taiwan, India/Pakistan, Mideast, Libya, Brazil, Sudan
- White House Press Briefing, January 15, 2004 Washington File 15 Jan 2004 -- Bush schedule in Louisiana/Georgia, Martin Luther King Jr. wreath-laying ceremony, regulatory changes in Bush 'Faith-Based Initiative,' drug treatment initiative, No Child Left Behind Act, HUD Secretary-designate Alphonso Jackson, Pell Grants, Senator Zell Miller, political fund raising, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, State of the Union speech
- Caucasus: Russia May Be Stalling Any Withdrawal From Georgian Bases RFE/RL 15 Jan 2004 -- Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov yesterday reiterated that Moscow has no intention of speeding up the process of withdrawing its forces from its two remaining bases in Georgia. His statements follow indications that the U.S. would consider partial financing of the withdrawal. Experts agree that Russia is trying to stall more than it is trying to haggle over terms.
- Russia insists on accord with Georgia before troops pullout PLA Daily 15 Jan 2004 -- Russia said Wednesday that it will offer funds for the pullout of its military bases from Georgia, but an agreement must be reached between the two sides before that.
- Georgia hopes for compromise with Russia on troop withdrawal PLA Daily 15 Jan 2004 -- Georgian Foreign Minister Tedo Japaridze said Wednesday that Tbilisi hopes to reach a compromise with Moscow on the pullout of Russian troops from Georgia, Interfax news agency reported.
- Sri Lankan delegation to discuss defense agreement with India IRNA 15 Jan 2004 -- A high level Sri Lankan defense delegation arrived here on Wednesday to discuss a broad bilateral defense agreement between the two countries, local press reported here on Thursday.
- TAIWAN-U.S. MILITARY EXCHANGES REMAIN STEADY: DEFENSE MINISTER CNA 15 Jan 2004 -- Minister of National Defense Tang Yiau-min said Thursday that military exchanges between Taiwan and the United States have continued to proceed steadily in accordance with the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) and the "six assurances."
- China, US agree to promote bilateral military ties PLA Daily 15 Jan 2004 -- Liang Guanglie, chief of the general staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), conferred here Wednesday with Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US armed forces, in which they agreed to promote bilateral military relations.
- Chinese military leaders meet top US general PLA Daily 15 Jan 2004 -- Guo Boxiong, vice-chairman of the Chinese Central Military Commission (CMC), and Cao Gangchuan, CMC vice-chairman, state councilor and minister of defense of China, met here Wednesday with Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US armed forces respectively.
- CHINA-US MILITARY VOA 15 Jan 2004 -- The top U-S military officer, General Richard Myers, has wrapped up a two-day visit to China that was meant to improve relations between the two nations' militaries. General Myers reaffirmed the U-S commitment to help Taiwan defend itself if China attacks.
- Lockheed Martin Wins $7.2 Million Contract for MH-60 Operational Test Program Sets for Common Cockpit Processors Lockheed Martin 15 Jan 2004 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has been awarded a $7.2 million contract by the U.S. Navy to design, develop and integrate Test Program Sets (TPSs) that can be used by avionics maintenance technicians at intermediate maintenance activities around the world and at sea for troubleshooting and repairing common cockpit weapons replaceable assemblies (WRA).
- Lockheed Martin and DRS Technologies Form Industry Consortium to Redefine Naval Display Systems Lockheed Martin 15 Jan 2004 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] and DRS Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: DRS) announced today that they have formed an industry consortium to research and develop a new generation of advanced naval displays. The consortium is specifically between the Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems & Sensors (MS2) Tactical Systems line of business and DRS’s Electronic Systems Group.
- Lockheed Martin Receives $88 Million For Second HIMARS Production Order Lockheed Martin 15 Jan 2004 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has received an $88.9 million contract for the second Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP II) purchase of the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps. HIMARS, combat proven in Operation Iraqi Freedom, will support lighter, more mobile Future Forces.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 15 Jan 2004
- PRESS BRIEFING BY SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR LIBERIA United Nations 15 Jan 2004
- Peace prospects in Liberia better than at any time in recent past - top UN envoy UN News Centre 15 Jan 2004 -- With Liberia's political and security situation improving by the day, the prospects for restoring peace are greater now than at any time in its recent past, the top United Nations envoy to the war-torn country said today.
- LIBERIA / AID CAMPAIGN VOA 15 Jan 2004 -- The United Nations along with the World Bank and the United States, is launching a global effort to marshal support for post-war reconstruction in Liberia. From U-N headquarters, Peter Heinlein reports a core group of donors and international organizations will gather in New York next month to plot a course for Liberia's future.
- LIBERIA: Liberian refugees return spontaneously IRIN 15 Jan 2004 -- With peace becoming a reality in Liberia for the first time in 14 years, thousands of the 320,000 Liberian refugees living in other West African countries have started to make their own way home, by boat, by bus and even on foot.
- LIBERIA: Disarmament delayed till late February IRIN 15 Jan 2004 -- The United Nations said on Thursday that the planned resumption of its campaign to disarm an estimated 40,000 former combatants in Liberia would be delayed by a further 20 to 30 days.
- ISRAEL / SECURITY BARRIER VOA 15 Jan 2004 -- Israel's high court has agreed to consider the legality of a controversial West Bank security barrier, just weeks before the project is tested under international law.
- ISRAEL/PALSTINIANS VOA 15 Jan 2004 -- Israel has sealed the Gaza Strip, a day after a Palestinian suicide bomber blew herself up at a border crossing.
- U-S / SUDAN VOA 15 Jan 2004 -- The United States Thursday called on the two sides in the Sudan peace talks to show the leadership needed to conclude an early agreement ending the country's two-decade-long civil war. President Bush's special envoy for Sudan, John Danforth, has joined the talks in Kenya this week.
- U-N / SUDAN VOA 15 Jan 2004 -- senior U-N official is warning of serious regional problems, if the fighting between government and rebel forces in Western Sudan does not stop. The official has just returned from a one-week mission to examine the situation of tens-of-thousands of Sudanese refugees who have fled to neighboring Chad.
- ETHIOPIA: Gov't involved in Gambella attack, says rights group IRIN 15 Jan 2004 -- Government defence forces helped attack an ethnic group in western Ethiopia where least 93 people were killed, the country’s human rights council claimed. Addressing a press conference in the capital, Addis Ababa, on Wednesday, Prof Mesfin Wolde-Mariam, the president of the Ethiopian Human Rights Council (ERCHO), said local forces were involved in the attack on a tribe living in Gambella.
- ETHIOPIA: Moves in progress to resolve border impasse, says UNMEE IRIN 15 Jan 2004 -- The United Nations peacekeeping force in Ethiopia and Eritrea has welcomed intensified diplomatic efforts to resolve the deadlock in the stalled peace process.
- Security Council gives nod to unified Kisangani brigade in DR Congo UN News Centre 15 Jan 2004 -- Acknowledging that the advent of a transitional national government had changed the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations Security Council today unanimously withdrew its demand for the complete demilitarization of a key town.
- Great Lakes: More countries join regional conference preparatory process IRIN 15 Jan 2004 -- Angola, the Central African Republic and the Republic of Congo have been co-opted into the preparatory process for an international conference for the Great Lakes, joining seven other core countries, the Office of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for the region reported on Tuesday.
- CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Military tribunal sets timetable IRIN 15 Jan 2004 -- The prosecutor of Central African Republic's permanent military tribunal, Alain Wabi Bekayi, announced on Wednesday that the court would be sitting in the capital, Bangui, every three months to preside over cases involving military personnel and to contribute to the respect of laws by soldiers.
- ANGOLA: Govt denies accusations of missing oil billions IRIN 15 Jan 2004 -- The Angolan government has rejected accusations of corruption and mismanaging billions of dollars of oil revenues.
- LIBERIA-NAMIBIA: First batch of Namibian peacekeepers ready IRIN 15 Jan 2004 -- An advance unit of Namibian soldiers will be deployed to Liberia at the weekend, according to a senior military official.
- LESOTHO: Focus on challenges to multipary democracy IRIN 15 Jan 2004 -- Lesotho remains a fragile democracy despite electoral reforms designed to strengthen its political system, a South African political think-tank has argued.
- Zambia: Many Angolan refugees may opt to stay IRIN 15 Jan 2004 -- A significant number of Angolan refugees in Zambia may elect not to join a voluntary repatriation programme restarting in the next few months at the end of the rainy season, said a report this week by the US Committee for Refugees.
- WESTERN SAHARA: Refugees phone home after 30 years of isolation IRIN 15 Jan 2004 -- After nearly 30 years of isolation at remote camps in the Algerian desert, 165,000 refugees from the Western Sahara have finally been given the chance to phone their relatives back home for free.
- BURUNDI: Donors pledge over US $1 billion for Bujumbura IRIN 15 Jan 2004 -- Donors have pledged €810 million (US $1.03 billion) to fund the reconstruction of Burundi over three years, the Belgian minister for cooperation and development, Marc Verwilghen, announced on Thursday at the end of the fourth "Forum of Partners for Development in Burundi".
- SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 15 Jan 2004 -- U.S. pushes for reluctant UN to return staff to Iraq / Germany willing to contribute "flying hospital" in support of possible NATO mission in Iraq / Dutch agree to cooperate with Japanese in Iraq / Nations respond to NATO chief's appeal for more troops for Afghan peacekeeping / Czech government approves 150 troops for Afghan mission / High Court throws out war crimes complaint against Gen. Franks
- SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 15 Jan 2004 -- NATO secretary general urges Bosnians to capture war criminals / German commentary sees indications for NATO mission in Iraq in mid-2004 / Process of removing heavy weapons from Kabul begins
- TWO-TIER FOREIGN POLICY VOA 15 Jan 2004 -- The Bush Administration's foreign policy is often portrayed as a struggle between hard-liners and moderates. But in fact they are two sides of the same coin, according to a member of an influential research organization. An effective policy needs both elements and in the author's opinion, they are being supplied.
- U.S. Designates Kuwait a Major Non-NATO Ally of U.S. Washington File 15 Jan 2004 -- The White House issued a presidential determination January 15, declaring Kuwait a major Non-NATO ally of the United States.
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