18 January 2004 Military News
- Coalition Military Forces Find Large Weapons Caches in Iraq Washington File 18 Jan 2004 -- Coalition military forces in Al Anbar province, Iraq, in and around the town of Ramadi, seized two large weapons caches, detained 23 suspected enemy personnel, and distributed thousands of humanitarian items to Iraqis January 17, according to two news releases by Combined Joint Task Force 7.
- Officials Mourn Bombing Losses; Vow to Continue Operations AFPS 18 Jan 2004 -- Today's bombing outside coalition headquarters in Baghdad will not deter U.S. and coalition forces from their mission in Iraq, a military spokesman said in a briefing from the Iraqi capital.
- Massive Car Bomb Kills 23 In Baghdad RFE/RL 18 Jan 2004 -- A massive suspected suicide car bomb killed at least 23 people in Baghdad near the main entrance to the U.S.-led coalition authority.
- Massive Car Bomb Kills At Least 18 In Baghdad RFE/RL 18 Jan 2004 -- A massive suspected suicide car bomb has killed at least 18 people in Baghdad near the main entrance to the U.S.-led coalition authority.
- IRAQ/BOMB VOA 18 Jan 2004 -- A car bomb explosion in central Baghdad, outside the headquarters of the U-S - led coalition, has killed about 20 people and injured more than 60 others. Most of the casualties were Iraqis in what military officials say was a likely suicide attack .
- US Study: Iraqi Insurgents Using More Sophisticated Weapons VOA News 18 Jan 2004 -- The New York Times reports a classified U.S. Army study concludes insurgents in Iraq are using increasingly sophisticated tactics and weapons to target coalition helicopters.
- IRAQ / BOMB BLAST VOA 18 Jan 2004 -- A powerful explosion, believed to be a car bomb, went off central Baghdad Sunday morning, just outside the headquarters of the U-S - led coalition, killing or injuring a number of people and setting vehicles on fire. Most of the casualties are believed to be Iraqis.
- Afghans protest against "house to house" search by US PLA Daily 18 Jan 2004 -- Residents in an area of the southern Afghan province of Kandahar have protested against what they called a "house to house" search operation being carried out by US forces in the region, Afghan sources said on Saturday.
- AFGHANISTAN ELECTIONS VOA 18 Jan 2004 -- Afghanistan's transitional President Hamid Karzai says his country is making progress towards its first free elections in more than two decades.
Defense Policy / Programs
- All US troops in Seoul to be relocated PLA Daily 18 Jan 2004 -- South Korea and the United States agreed Saturday (Seoul time) in a meeting held in Hawaii, US, to relocate all the US troops currently stationed in Seoul.
- ISRAEL/BARRIER VOA 18 Jan 2004 -- Israel's prime minister is acknowledging the route of a controversial security barrier Israel is building in the West Bank may have to be altered because of the hardships it is causing to Palestinians. The government is discussing the barrier as it prepares to defend the project against legal challenges in local and international courts.
- PALESTINIANS/INVESTIGATION VOA 18 Jan 2004 -- U-S officials are pressing the Palestinian Authority to find and arrest those behind a deadly bomb attack on an American diplomatic convoy last October in the Gaza Strip.
- ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS/ANTARCTICA VOA 18 Jan 2004 -- A joint expedition by Israelis and Palestinians has conquered a mountain in Antarctica and named it in honor of those striving for reconciliation in the Middle East.
- ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS VOA 18 Jan 2004 -- Israel has ordered the removal of three more Jewish outposts in the West Bank and at the same time is allowing thousands of Palestinians in Gaza to return to work inside Israel.
- UN peacekeepers in Liberia open medical camp to treat civilians UN News Centre 18 Jan 2004 -- The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) has opened its first medical camp to provide free health services to the local population.
- Malaysia tightens security in north border areas PLA Daily 18 Jan 2004 -- Malaysia has tightened security in north areas bordering Thailand following the recent attack and arms seizure at the Narathiwat army camp in southern Thailand.
- RUSSIA/SAUDI ARABIA VOA 18 Jan 2004 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on Saudi Arabia for help in dealing with the ongoing war in mostly-Muslim Chechnya, the breakaway region located in southern Russia.
- Chinese fishing boats back in Xiamen from Diaoyu islands PLA Daily 18 Jan 2004 -- Chinese activists aboard two fishing boats returned to Xiamen port Saturday morning from Diaoyu Islands after breaking through encirclements by Japanese warships and planes and ensuing attacks 9 nautical miles off the islands.
- BURKINA FASO: Defence minister sacked after questioning over coup attempt IRIN 18 Jan 2004 -- Burkina Faso's Defence Minister, General Kouame Lougue, was sacked at the weekend, a week after the state prosecutor revealed that he had been questioned in connection with a coup plot against President Blaise Campaore.
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