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19 January 2004 Military News

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Current Operations

  • Iraq: U.S. Experts Find No Chemical Agents In Suspect Shells RFE/RL 19 Jan 2004 -- The Danish army says laboratory tests carried out on recently discovered Iraqi mortar shells have ended suspicions that the ordnance contained a chemical agent.
  • Iraq: Baghdad Bomb Attack At U.S. Headquarters Kills At Least 20 RFE/RL 19 Jan 2004 -- At least 20 people were killed and many more injured when a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-packed pick-up truck early today outside the security gates of the U.S.-led coalition headquarters in Baghdad.
  • Two UK soldiers injured in blast in southern Iraq PLA Daily 19 Jan 2004 -- The British Ministry of Defense said on Sunday that two British soldiers sustained slight injuries when a roadside bomb exploded close to them in the southern Iraqi city of Basra.
  • Major deadly attacks in Iraq since the Iraq war begins PLA Daily 19 Jan 2004 -- A suicide driver blew up a car near the headquarters of the US-led coalition in Baghdad Sunday morning, killing at least 16 Iraqi civilians and two Americans.

  • AFGHANISTAN U-S BOMBING VOA 19 Jan 2004 -- Afghan officials say 11 civilians, including four children, were killed in an apparent mistaken air assault by U-S forces. V-O-A's Michael Kitchen reports from neighboring Pakistan, the U-S military says it is investigating the incident.
  • AFGHANISTAN U-S ATTACK VOA 19 Jan 2004 -- In Afghanistan, three U-S soldiers are reported in stable condition after being wounded in a skirmish in the central province of Uruzgan.

  • GTEP Final Phase Begins Marine Corps News 19 Jan 2004-- In the span of 100 days, more than 200 hundred Georgian soldiers from the Georgia Train and Equip Tank and Mechanized Company will learn everything from basic infantry skills to advanced mechanized infantry and tank tactics.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • U.S. Committed to Asian-Pacific region, Chairman Says AFPS 19 Jan 2004 -- Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers' trip to Japan, Mongolia, China and Australia reemphasized to leaders in the region that the United States is interested and committed to progress in the region, said senior defense officials.

  • Russia: Investigation Into Death, Illnesses Of Soldiers Is Cold Comfort To Hospitalized Conscripts RFE/RL 19 Jan 2004 -- One Russian conscript recently died from pneumonia and dozens of others are hospitalized in the Russian Far East after they reportedly stood outside for hours on an airfield waiting for their plane to refuel. The case is far from exceptional, according to conscripts, their families, and human rights organizations. They say the Russian armed forces routinely fail to ensure adequate medical and health care for soldiers.
  • CSSG-3 slated to support HCAX Marine Corps News 19 Jan 2004-- The Marines and Sailors of Combat Service Support Group 3 aboard MCB Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, are preparing to deploy to the "Big Island" to take part in the Hawaii Combined Arms Exercise (HCAX), to further refine their skills in a wartime environment.

  • BRITAIN / MILITARY VOA 19 Jan 2004 -- The widow of a British soldier killed in Iraq after he was ordered to hand back his body armor has met British Defense Secretary Geoff Hoon, and she says he refuses to accept responsibility for her husband's death.
  • UK defense chief faces censure over body armor for UK troops:report PLA Daily 19 Jan 2004 -- British Defense Secretary Geoff Hoon was to be censured in a parliamentary report as the row over fatal shortages of equipment for British troops in Iraq intensified, the British Independent newspaper reported on Sunday.

  • Russian defense minister arrives on an official visit to India IRNA 19 Jan 2004 -- Russian Defense minister Sergei Ivanov arrived here on a three-day official visit to India Monday evening.
  • RUSSIA / INDIA VOA 19 Jan 2004 -- Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov is in India for three days of talks that Russian and Indian defense sources say could result in an agreement for India to purchase a Russian aircraft carrier.

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • Fréchette urges collective international response to emerging security threats UN News Centre 19 Jan 2004 -- Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette today made a strong case for the ability of the United Nations to evolve, while stressing the need for a strengthened collective response to emerging security threats.
  • Security Council calls for more action to halt illicit gun trade UN News Centre 19 Jan 2004 -- The United Nations Security Council today urged the world's countries to do more to halt the flow of the illicit small arms and light weapons, warning that they could end up in the hands of terrorist groups such as Al-Qaida.
  • AFRICA: Seek peace and prosperity - Schroeder IRIN 19 Jan 2004 -- German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has called on African leaders to help transform the continent from one beset by "wars and crises" into one blessed with peace and prosperity. Speaking during his first visit to Africa as Germany's leader, he said on Monday that the continent was blighted by the greatest proliferation of armed conflicts in the world, wrecking the lives of millions.
  • SRI LANKA PEACE VOA 19 Jan 2004 -- Tamil rebels are warning that a political struggle in Sri Lanka is threatening a two-year ceasefire that has given the country its longest period of peace in two decades. The rebels are urging international aid donors to ask the government to resume peace talks.
  • DR of Congo: UN mission chief condemns weekend attack on helicopter UN News Centre 19 Jan 2004 -- The senior United Nations official in charge of peacekeeping in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today deplored a weekend attack on a UN helicopter as "very serious and unacceptable."
  • Israeli leaders meet on possible change of separation fence route PLA Daily 19 Jan 2004 -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon convened his inner cabinet Sunday to discuss an advice to change parts of the route of a separation fence in the West Bank, Israel Army Radio reported.
  • RWANDA / GENOCIDE VOA 19 Jan 2004 -- The commander of the U-N forces in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide took the stand as a witness for the prosecution at the trial of four Rwandan military officials accused of masterminding the massacre.
  • THAILAND SECURITY VOA 19 Jan 2004 -- In Thailand, police have defused a bomb in a southern region that has seen several deadly attacks in recent weeks. The bomb was discovered as authorities are searching for the attackers who raided an army weapons depot two weeks ago in which four soldiers were killed.
  • UNHCR / RWANDAN REFUGEES VOA 19 Jan 2004 -- The United Nations has repatriated a group of Rwandan refugees from the Mbarara district of south-western Uganda. The U-N refugee agency says this is only the first of what is expected to be a much wider effort to return thousands of Rwandan refugees to the homes they fled nearly a decade ago.
  • BURUNDI: Ex-rebels decry poor hygiene in assembly points IRIN 19 Jan 2004 -- Poor hygiene in pre-cantonment assembly points for former combatants loyal to Pierre Nkurunziza has led to deaths of up to three men every week since 1 January, a spokesman for the former rebel movement told IRIN on Sunday.
  • MAURITANIA: Will offshore oil reduce poverty? IRIN 19 Jan 2004 -- Mauritania, one of the world’s poorest countries, has received confirmation that it will soon join the growing ranks of Africa’s oil exporters.
  • UGANDA: Army claims successes over LRA IRIN 19 Jan 2004 -- Six donkeys, 12 bicycles, 44 goats, 123 sheep and 1,502 cows. These were among the "war materials" the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) have claimed to have recovered from the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in successful raids in 2003.
  • RWANDA-UGANDA: First batch of refugees go home IRIN 19 Jan 2004 -- The first 242 of some 25,000 Rwandan refugees living in Uganda returned home on Monday, under an agreement signed by the governments of the two countries and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), an official told IRIN.
  • ETHIOPIA-SUDAN: 5,000 Anyuak flee instability IRIN 19 Jan 2004 -- Since a spate of killings in mid-December, about 5,000 Sudanese and Ethiopian Anyuaks, including about 100 unaccompanied children, have fled from western Ethiopia to Pachala in southern Sudan, according to the UN and aid agencies.
  • DRC: WFP suspends food aid to northern province IRIN 19 Jan 2004 -- The UN World Food Programme (WFP) suspended food aid on Friday to vulnerable people in Gbadolite and Businga, in the northern province of Equateur, Democratic Republic of the Congo, an official told IRIN.
  • LIBERIA: UNMIL deploys 1,000 troops near Ivorian border IRIN 19 Jan 2004 -- The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) has deployed about 1,000 troops around the rebel-held eastern Liberian town of Zwedru, 320 km southeast of the capital Monrovia, near the border with Cote d'Ivoire, a spokesman said.
  • COTE D'IVOIRE: US $111 million to demobilize 30,000 ex-fighters IRIN 19 Jan 2004 -- As many as 30,000 former fighters could go through Cote d’Ivoire’s disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) programme, the head of the National DDR Committee, Alain Donwahi, said on Sunday.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 19 Jan 2004 -- NATO chief says bigger role in Iraq possible Minister Papandreou urges reduced Greek-Turkish military spend / Time Europe defended itself / EU and U.S. leaders should meet more says Belgian minister / NATO's secretary-general says alliance to stay committed in Kosovo / France says no plans to send troops to Iraq yet / U.S. and EU see deal soon on satellite navigation
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 19 Jan 2004 -- Hungarian minister inaugurates unit offered to NRF / NATO Secretary General de Hoop Scheffer views NATO's challenges / Turkey to contribute helicopters to Afghanistan mission / Canadian peacekeepers detain suspected drug smugglers in Kabul raid / EU welcomes positive U.S. signals on Galileo Satellite project

  • SAUDI / CLINTON VOA 19 Jan 2004 -- Former President Bill Clinton, speaking in Saudi Arabia, urged the kingdom to embrace reform and broaden political participation throughout the country.

  • SOUTHERN AFRICA: Humanitarian agencies on a learning curve - new report IRIN 19 Jan 2004 -- An independent audit company has revealed that while the work of British charities during the 2002/03 southern African food crisis had eased suffering and prevented the loss of millions of lives, in some cases the scale of the crisis may have been exaggerated.
  • ZIMBABWE: Tsvangirai takes the stand in treason trial IRIN 19 Jan 2004 -- Zimbabwe's main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai on Monday took the witness stand for the first time in his 11-month treason trial and denied charges that he had plotted to assassinate President Robert Mugabe.
  • SWAZILAND: Donors condemn palace building programme IRIN 19 Jan 2004 -- International donor agencies and Swaziland's pro-democracy groups have expressed dismay over government plans to spend more than R100 million (US $14 million) to construct new palaces for each of King Mswati's 11 wives in the midst of a drought emergency.
  • Mars Express on successful final orbit. First 3D photography of Mars EADS 19 Jan 2004 -- The European Mars Express probe has sent back the first fascinating picture of Mars. This colour 3D image was taken by the cosmic space camera, HRSC, designed and built by EADS Astrium, Friedrichshafen, as prime contractor to the German Aerospace Centre (DLR). The photo shows a 1700 kilometres long an 65 km wide portion of the "Big Canyon" of Mars, Vallis Marineris from two directions. It is the first image of that size which shows the surface of the Red Planet in high resolution, colour and in 3D.

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