17 January 2004 Military News
- Soldier Dies From Non-Hostile Gunshot Wound [CJTF-7 News Release] January 17th, 2004
- Three U.S. Soldiers, Two Iraqis Die in Bombing AFPS 17 Jan 2004 -- Three 4th Infantry Division soldiers and two Iraqi Civil Defense Corps personnel died and two Americans were wounded this morning when a Bradley fighting vehicle struck an improvised explosive device near Taji, about 20 miles north of Baghdad, Combined Joint Task Force 7 officials reported.
- US to Reduce Number of Troops in Iraq VOA News 18 Jan 2004 -- A U.S. military official in Baghdad says the number of U.S. troops in Iraq will be reduced about 20 percent over the coming months, but that will not affect their ability to deal with insurgents.
- IRAQ/UNREST VOA 17 Jan 2004 -- A roadside bomb exploded Saturday morning north of Baghdad, killing three U-S soldiers and two Iraqis. Two other American soldiers were wounded in the ambush.
- Five Die In Iraq Bomb Attack RFE/RL 17 Jan 2004 -- The U.S. military says three American soldiers and two Iraqi civil defense troopers were killed today when a roadside bomb exploded next to their patrol.
- COMMUNITY LEADERS, PARENTS LEARN HOW TO SEEK SCHOOL FUNDING CENTCOM Release 17 Jan 2004-- Neighborhood Advisory Council (NAC) members attended a class to learn the procedures of earning a grant from the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) to support their public schools in Baghdad.
- RAKKASANS LEAVE; STRYKERS TAKE OVER CENTCOM Release 17 Jan 2004-- The 187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), handed over control of part of northwest Iraq today to the 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, in a ceremony outside the town of Tallafar.
- Germany concerned over reprisal attacks by Afghan drug warlords IRNA 17 Jan 2004 -- The German government fears possible reprisal attacks by Afghan drug warlords after British military forces have started to crack down against Afghan drug operations, the online site of the weekly Der Spiegel said Saturday.
Defense Policy / Programs
- 22d MEU begins its final pre-deployment exam Marine Corps News 17 Jan 2004-- After months of intense training and preparation, the 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) has grabbed the reins of its final pre-deployment training hurdle; the Special Operations Capable Exercise (SOCEX).
- War on Terror to Highlight State of Union Address AFPS 17 Jan 2004 -- America will continue to fight the war on terror, President Bush said today in his weekly radio address, noting that he will report to Congress and the American people this week.
- U.S. Not Seeking Bases in Australia, Myers Says AFPS 17 Jan 2004 -- The United States is not even thinking about basing American troops in Australia, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said here today.
- British defense chief sorry over soldier's death in Iraq PLA Daily 17 Jan 2004 -- British Defense Secretary Geoff Hoon said Friday that he was "extremely sorry" that a British soldier, who had not been equipped with a body armor, was killed in Iraq as pressure on the defense chief to resign mounts.
- Chinese fishing boats survive Japanese warships' attack PLA Daily 17 Jan 2004 -- Chinese activists in the fishing boats survived Japanese warships' attack off Diaoyu Islands and began to return late Thursday after cast monument with an inscription that says "Chinese territory Diaoyu Islands" into the sea, a Chinese activist told Xinhua Friday.
- Australia, US mulling joint military training program PLA Daily 17 Jan 2004 -- Australia and the United States are studying an idea to set up a joint military training facility in Australia, said a top US military officer here on Friday.
- New Aegis Destroyer Christened at Northrop Grumman, Mississippi Governor Says "Thank you all at Ingalls for what you do." Northrop Grumman 17 Jan 2004 -- More than 1,000 guests attended today's christening of the Aegis guided missile destroyer Halsey (DDG 97) at Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE: NOC) Ship Systems sector.
- Ugandan army kills 928 rebels since last year PLA Daily 17 Jan 2004 -- Ugandan Defense Minister Amama Mbabazi Friday said that the government army had killed 928 Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels between Jan. 1, 2003 and Jan. 16, 2004.
- UNHCR/SUDAN VOA 17 Jan 2004 -- The United Nations refugee agency has begun moving the first of tens-of-thousands of Sudanese refugees from the insecure Sudan-Chad border to a safer inland camp. The U-N-H-C-R estimates 95-thousand Sudanese have fled across the border to Chad since last March to escape fighting in the Darfur region of western Sudan.
- SARS VOA 17 Jan 2004 -- The government in China has confirmed that two more people in the country's southern Guangdong province have tested positive for the SARS virus, bringing the recent total to three.
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