16 January 2004 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 16 Jan 2004 [PDF]
- Update on Capture of Key Iraqi Resistance Leader in Fallujah Washington File 16 Jan 2004 -- The recent capture of one of Iraq's most-wanted former regime leaders completes a months-long goal for U.S. forces, according to a military news release.
- 101st Airborne Division Starts to Head Home AFPS 16 Jan 2004 -- The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), which landed in Kuwait in February 2003 to support Operation Iraqi Freedom, is beginning its 10,500-mile, three-month odyssey back home to Fort Campbell, Ky., with a massive transfer of troops and equipment by air and land.
- Rotation to Provide Right Mix of Forces AFPS 16 Jan 2004 -- Possibly the largest rotation of military forces in United States history is about to take place, as thousands of troops prepare to relieve units that have been in Iraq and Afghanistan for as long as a year, the director of operations for the Joint Staff said here today.
- Suicide rate of US soldiers in Iraq higher than normal PLA Daily 16 Jan 2004 -- At least 21 US soldiers in Iraqhave committed suicide since the war broke out last March, a number about a third higher than during peacetime, the Pentagon's top health official said Wednesday.
- TASK FORCE "ALL AMERICAN" REMOVES EXPLOSIVES, INSURGENTS FROM POPULACE CENTCOM Release 16 Jan 2004-- Task Force "All American" continued operations in the Al Anbar province to ensure the safety of civilians and prevent further violence in the area.
- DETAINEE TREATMENT INVESTIGATION CENTCOM Release 16 Jan 2004-- An investigation has been initiated into reported incidents of detainee abuse at a Coalition Forces detention facility.
- 4TH ID'S 24-HOUR ACTIVITY CENTCOM Release 16 Jan 2004-- Soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division and Task Force Ironhorse have over the past 24 hours, conducted 155 patrols, five raids, and captured 40 criminals. Ten of the patrols were joint operations conducted with the Iraqi Police, the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps (ICDC) and the Border Guard to continually improve the safety and standard of living for the Iraqi people.
- U.N.'s Brahimi Calls for Global Efforts to Bolster Gains in Afghanistan Washington File 16 Jan 2004 -- The former chief U.N. representative to Afghanistan Lakhdar Brahimi has told the U.N. Security Council that the international community and the Afghan government under President Hamid Karzai need to "chart the way forward carefully" to consolidate the political gains of the past two years.
- Numbers of Refugees from Iraq Decreasing in Changed Atmosphere Washington File 16 Jan 2004 -- The U.S. Department of State reports a decreasing number of Iraqi refugees in need of resettlement in the United States as a result of U.S. actions in the region. A January 16 fact sheet provides an overview of refugee trends in Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Joint Forces Command Conducts JNTC Exercise 16 Jan 2004 -- The Department of Defense announced today that U.S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM) will conduct the first joint national training capability horizontal training exercise from Jan. 18-30, 2004. This exercise is the first of many planned JNTC exercises, which will pull together service training sites, systems, and exercises to meet the needs of combatant commanders to fight in a joint environment. This and future exercises will lead to initial operational capability of JNTC by October 2004. The joint training will build on the Services' training exercises to provide a common picture that includes all exercise data from across the military-whether live, virtual (manned simulators) or constructive (computer simulations).
- HAWAII'S COMBAT TRAINING AREA VOA 16 Jan 2004 -- The "Big Island" of Hawaii -- the largest island in the Pacific Ocean chain that is America's 50th state -is well known to tourists for its magnificent volcanoes, black sand beaches and delicious Kona coffee. Less well known is that the Big Island has also been home for more than sixty years to a major U.S. military facility.
- Marines from Fighting Fifth return to Iraq Marine Corps News 16 Jan 2004-- More than 800 Marines and Sailors from 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment arrived on Okinawa in mid-December to serve as one of the Unit Deployment Program battalions within 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division only to receive new orders to Iraq to support operations currently taking place there.
- Iraq/U.K.: War Widow Says Soldiers Had To Share Body Armor, Buy Equipment RFE/RL 16 Jan 2004 -- Britain sent its soldiers to the war in Iraq sometimes lacking proper equipment. Some had to purchase gear themselves, or share it. A war widow has made public audiotapes sent by her soldier husband, who died in action without body armor. The government has ordered an inquiry into this case, but the soldier's widow and the opposition are calling for the resignation of Defense Secretary Geoff Hoon.
- Japanese warships attack Chinese fishing boats in areas off Diaoyu Island PLA Daily 16 Jan 2004 -- Ten Japanese warships and a plane attacked two Chinese fishing boats using a water cannon Thursday night at areas off Chinese Diaoyu Islands, injuring one Chinese boatman, a Chinese activist told Xinhua.
- AUSTRALIA U-S DEFENSE VOA 16 Jan 2004 -- Australian Prime Minister John Howard says his government would be "recklessly negligent" if it did not consider joining the United States' missile defense program. Mr. Howard's comments come as the United States' highest-ranking military officer visits Australia.
- RUSSIA/MILITARY VOA 16 Jan 2004 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin is calling for a high-level investigation into an outbreak of pneumonia among a group of new Russian conscripts on their first deployment. The recruits were travelling to the Russian far east and became ill after they were left to stand for hours in freezing temperatures.
- RUSSIA/MILITARY VOA 16 Jan 2004 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin is calling for a high-level investigation into an outbreak of pneumonia among a group of new Russian conscripts on their first deployment. The recruits became ill after they were left to stand for hours in freezing temperatures.
- US military base deployment in Eastern Europe worries Russial PLA Daily 16 Jan 2004 -- Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said Thursday that Russia is "concerned" over the likelihood of United States military bases being deployed in Eastern Europe close to Russian territory.
- EU hopes Russia to withdraw bases from Georgia PLA Daily 16 Jan 2004 -- The European Union high representative for common foreign and security policy Javier Solana called on Russia to withdraw its military bases from Georgia in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi on Thursday, Russian news agencies reported.
- Boxer Surge Deployment Demonstrates Enhanced Flexibility Navy Newsstand 16 Jan 2004-- Jan. 14, six months after returning from an accelerated deployment that began in January 2003, USS Boxer (LHD 4) departed San Diego to support Operation Iraqi Freedom.
- LCS is On The Way NAVSEA News Wire 16 Jan 2004-- For anyone attending both the Surface Navy Association's 16th Annual National Symposium and the National Defense Industrial Association's "Navy-Industry International Dialogue-Littoral Combat Ship" (both on Jan. 14), the message came through loud and clear that the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) in on its way and will be ready to take its place in America's Fleet of tomorrow.
- State Department Noon Briefing, January 16, 2004 Washington File 16 Jan 2004 -- Georgia, Russia, Department, Iraq, Israel/Palestinians, North Korea, Japan, South Korea, China/Taiwan, United Nations, Indonesia
- White House Daily Briefing, January 16, 2004 Washington File 16 Jan 2004 -- Iraq, State of the Union, Taiwan, immigration, homeland security, Democratic primary, budget, race relations
- Northrop Grumman Receives MILSATCOM Network Study Contract Northrop Grumman 16 Jan 2004 -- The U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Command has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Mission Systems sector a contract to define the requirements needed to build a communications network for military, intelligence and space agencies. The Transformational Communications MILSATCOM (TCM) network, which will be based on a single, overarching communications architecture, will transform the way the Pentagon conducts its military operations.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 16 Jan 2004
- AFRICA / CHILD SOLDIERS VOA 16 Jan 2004 -- The use of child soldiers around the world continued unabated over the past year, according to a report from a leading international research group. The report by the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers was issued just days ahead of the annual U-N Security Council debate on children and armed conflict.
- UN calls on Israelis, Palestinians to take parallel steps in peace process UN News Centre 16 Jan 2004 -- The Middle East peace process has been stalemated because the two sides, lacking "the will to take risks for peace," are making sequential moves instead of parallel ones, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council today.
- ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 16 Jan 2004 -- Israel says it will hunt down and kill the founder of Hamas, Sheik Ahmed Yassin, in retaliation for a deadly attack this week that killed four Israeli border guards.
- MIDDLE EAST: ISRAEL-SYRIA TALKS 'PROMISING'; 'BINATIONAL STATE' UNLIKELY US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign media Reaction 16 Jan 2004
- SUDAN / U-S ENVOY VOA 16 Jan 2004 -- The U-S special envoy to Sudan, John Danforth, says the United States remains optimistic that an overall agreement ending the civil war in southern Sudan can be clinched in the coming days. Mr. Danforth's remarks follow reports that the government in Khartoum is refusing to negotiate a key issue that has been a major obstacle to peace. The American envoy has been meeting with participants of the talks for the past two days.
- SUDAN: Authorities forcibly close IDP camps in southern Darfur IRIN 16 Jan 2004 -- Authorities in Nyala, southern Darfur, closed two camps housing 10,000 displaced people on Thursday, following a failed attempt to relocate them to new camps without their consent, according to Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF).
- SUDAN: Western and eastern rebels forge alliance IRIN 16 Jan 2004 -- A rebel movement in the Darfur region of western Sudan, the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA), forged an alliance this week with an eastern rebel group, the Beja Congress.
- CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: France donates military equipment worth US $3.2 million IRIN 16 Jan 2004 -- France donated on Thursday 46 military vehicles and equipment, worth US $3.2 million, for use by the army and the gendarmerie in the Central African Republic (CAR).
- CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: FAO aids war-affected livestock breeders IRIN 16 Jan 2004 -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) began distributing on Friday livestock farm inputs, day-old chicks, and pig and rabbit sires for breeding purposes to farmers affected by a six-month rebellion in the Central African Republic (CAR) that ended in March 2003.
- Balkans: New NATO Chief Says Alliance Remains Committed To Regional Security RFE/RL 16 Jan 2004 -- NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer chose the Balkans for his first trip abroad since taking over as chief of the alliance less than two weeks ago.
- DRC: Security Council okays unified brigade for Kisangani IRIN 16 Jan 2004 -- The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution on Thursday welcoming the formation of an integrated army brigade in Kisangani, the main town in the northeastern province of Orientale in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
- DRC-SOUTH AFRICA: Pretoria, Kinshasa sign US $10 billion accord IRIN 16 Jan 2004 -- South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo signed a bilateral agreement worth US $10 billion on Wednesday, covering the areas of defence and security, the economy and finance, agriculture and infrastructural development.
- RWANDA-UGANDA: No cause for alarm over low refugee turnout, officials say IRIN 16 Jan 2004 -- The Ugandan government and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Thursday that there was no cause for alarm over the low turnout of Rwandan refugees signing up for repatriation, as this was due to "temporary" factors.
- RWANDA: Trauma counsellors trained IRIN 16 Jan 2004 -- The National Unity and Reconciliation Commission has completed the training of 45 trauma counsellors who will handle trauma-related cases expected to increase when the Gacaca justice becomes fully operational in March.
- NIGERIA: At least 10 dead as troops clash with delta militants IRIN 16 Jan 2004 -- At least 10 people died when ethnic Ijaw militants traded gunfire with government troops in Bomadi, a small town in Nigeria's oil-rich Niger delta, residents said on Friday.
- LIBERIA: Relief agencies move in behind peacekeepers IRIN 16 Jan 2004 -- UN peacekeeping troops have been fanning out into the interior of Liberia for the past three weeks and now the UN humanitarian agencies are preparing to follow them.
- SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 16 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 / NATO says no evidence of militants in Bosnia / Russia concerned about possible move of U.S. forces closer to its border / U.S.-led navies hold WMD exercise near Gulf / French defence minister meets Japanese counterpart for Iraq talks
- SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 16 Jan 2004 -- Bundestag defense committee chairman supports Med Evac mission in Iraq / Report: France pondering conditions for possible engagement in Iraq ISAF / Daily views participation of Belgian troops in PRTs, notes NGO's concerns / Cooperative Best Effort 2004
- E-U / ENLARGEMENT VOA 16 Jan 2004 -- In just over 100 days, the European Union will admit 10 new members, most of them former communist countries. The event has been hailed as an historic unification of the continent. But enlargement is also raising questions about how far the E-U expansion should go. Much will depend on how the E-U responds at the end of this year to Turkey's long-standing application.
- ERITREA-SUDAN / TENSION VOA 16 Jan 2004 -- Eritrea says Sudanese officials are illegally detaining nearly a dozen of its citizens and have closed community centers used by Eritreans in Sudan's capital, Khartoum. The accusation is the latest twist in deteriorating relations between the two East African neighbors.
- ZIMBABWE: European parliament criticises sanctions failure IRIN 16 Jan 2004 -- European parliamentarians meeting in Strasbourg, France, on Thursday lashed out at some European Union (EU) member states for their failure to implement sanctions imposed on the Zimbabwean government.
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