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20 January 2004 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 20 Jan 2004 [PDF]

  • Tactical Air Control Party Airmen Help Ground Forces AFPS 20 Jan 2004 -- Wherever American military forces are found, TACP airmen are sure to be nearby. Nicknamed the "Air Force infantry" because they spend most of their career assigned to Army units, tactical controllers can most often be found embedded with special operations forces.
  • Task Forces Turn Up Former Iraqi General, Weapons Caches AFPS 20 Jan 2004 -- A former Iraqi general turned himself in to coalition forces Jan. 19, reported Combined Joint Task Force 7 today.
  • Army Stryker Brigade Moves Into Mosul Area Of Operations AFPS 20 Jan 2004 -- Soldiers equipped with the Stryker -- a transformational, multi-wheeled armored vehicle -- are soon slated to take up duty in the Mosul, Iraq, area of operations, according to a Combined Joint Task Force 7 news release today.
  • WRAP UP CENTCOM Release 19 Jan 2004-- Soldiers from C Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment searched three locations simultaneously, north of Balad before dawn on Jan 17. They were looking for individuals the suspected are responsible for attacks against Coalition forces. Soldiers captured seven individuals and confiscated six AK-47 assault rifles, one bayonet, six AK-47 ammunition magazines, one shotgun and one bolt-action rifle.
  • TASK FORCE "ALL AMERICAN" PROVIDES AID, SECURITY FOR AL ANBAR CENTCOM Release 19 Jan 2004-- The 82nd Airborne Division and its subordinate units continued missions over the last 24 hours to bring peace and prosperity to the residents of the Al Anbar province.
  • IRAQI BORDER OPEN TO ALL PILGRIMS DURING HAJJ CENTCOM Release 20 Jan 2004-- For the first time in more than three decades, Iraqis are able to participate in the Hajj pilgrimage without preferential oversight from the former regime.
  • 120 BAATHISTS RENOUNCE POLITICAL PARTY CENTCOM Release 20 Jan 2004-- Former high-ranking members of the Ba'ath Party renounced affiliation with their political party in today Rabiah on the Syrian border, in a meeting with the leaders of the 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade (Stryker), 2nd Infantry Division, attached to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).
  • 82nd Airborne troops to provide force rotation security Army News Service 20 Jan 2004-- Deploying in harm's way for the second time in two years, the first contingent of the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade departed for Iraq from Pope Air Force Base, N.C., Jan. 15.

  • Combined Forces Command Afghanistan Statement CENTCOM Release 20 Jan 2004-- In Oruzgan province this weekend, coalition forces did engage five armed adult males who were fleeing from a known terrorist compound. Currently, there is no indication that civilians were killed in that incident.
  • Coalition Denies Afghan Strike Caused Civilian Casualties AFPS 20 Jan 2004 -- The coalition military command in Afghanistan today denied reports that a weekend air strike in the country's Oruzgan province killed children and other innocent civilians.
  • Pakistani tribal elders launch operation to capture wanted men IRNA 20 Jan 2004 -- A tribal lashkar (army) in Pakistan tribal areas, bordering Afghanistan, on Tuesday launched operation against tribesmen accused of providing shelter to al-Qaeda and Taliban, reports from the area said.
  • 3 US soldiers wounded in southern Afghanistan PLA Daily 20 Jan 2004 -- Three US soldiers were wounded in a southern Afghan province when suspected Taliban fighters attacked a US military base there, a military spokesman said here Monday.
  • AFGHANISTAN U-S BOMBING VOA 20 Jan 2004 -- U-S forces in Afghanistan are disputing reports that one of their aircraft killed 11 Afghan civilians, Sunday.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Transcript: State of the Union Address 2004 20 Jan 2004 -- "America this evening is a Nation called to great responsibilities. And we are rising to meet them. As we gather tonight, hundreds of thousands of American servicemen and women are deployed across the world in the war on terror. By bringing hope to the oppressed, and delivering justice to the violent, they are making America more secure."

  • U.S. Taking Decisive Action to Win War on Terror Washington File 20 Jan 2004 -- President Bush called for "decisive action" action both in the United States and abroad to defeat terrorists and win the war on terror, according to a January 20 White House fact sheet on the president's State of the Union address

  • CVW-17 Arrives Aboard JFK Navy Newsstand 20 Jan 2004-- Sailors from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 set foot -- and tailhook -- on their temporary home aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) recently.
  • USS Alaska Sailors Complete Unique Snapshot Training Navy Newsstand 20 Jan 2004-- Sailors aboard USS Alaska (SSBN 732) (Gold) have gone back to the days of boot camp with a program called "Snapshot" that was started in October 2002. Snapshot gives Alaska (Gold) Sailors the chance to put their submarine knowledge to the test in order to earn their dolphins.
  • III MEF Marines strengthen bonds with Japanese military during Exercise Yama Sakura Marine Corps News 20 Jan 2004-- More than 170 Marines and Sailors from III Marine Expeditionary Force arrived in this Japanese Ground Self Defense Force camp, on the outskirts of Tokyo, this week to participate in Exercise Yama Sakura, the largest bilateral exercise conducted in Japan.
  • Fort Stewart to increase its deploying units by 66 percent Army News Service 20 Jan 2004-- "It's like breaking China," said the commanding general who has proposed to make his division larger, diversify his brigades and turn all his Soldiers into riflemen.
  • Guard-Staffed WMD Civil Support Teams Slated for Increase AFPS 20 Jan 2004 -- The Defense Department plans to stand up more National Guard-staffed civil support teams trained to assist local authorities in the event of a weapons of mass destruction attack on the American homeland, a senior DoD official said Jan. 16.

  • Indo-Lanka defense agreement to be finalized in February PLA Daily 20 Jan 2004 -- Sri Lanka will finalize a defense cooperation agreement with neighboring India by the end of February, the official Daily News said on Monday.

  • Russia/India: Both Sides Happy As Defense Deal Is Signed RFE/RL 20 Jan 2004 -- Moscow and New Delhi today signed a $1.6 billion deal finalizing India's purchase of a refurbished Russian aircraft carrier, fighter jets, and helicopters. Observers say it's a sweet agreement for both sides, allowing Russia to bolster its sagging arms industry and India its regional strategic capacity.
  • India sign deal with Russia for purchase of carrier Gorshkov IRNA 20 Jan 2004 -- India signed on Tuesday an over 1.5 billion dollar deal with Russia to purchase the 45,000 ton aircraft carrier `Admiral Gorshkov`.
  • INDIA DEFENSE VOA 20 Jan 2004 -- India has signed deal to purchase an aircraft carrier and 12 fighter jets from Russia, after nearly a decade of negotiations. But the deal also comes as India strengthens ties with the United States.

  • SAF ARMY / AIDS VOA 20 Jan 2004 -- The South African National Defense Force has launched a treatment-based H-I-V/AIDS research project, for soldiers and their dependents.

  • DRC: Positions in military command filled IRIN 20 Jan 2004 -- Congo filled on Monday the remaining three positions in its unified military high command with the appointment of officers formerly loyal to the rebel movement, the Rassemblement Congolais pour la Democratie-Goma (RCD-Goma).

Defense Industry

  • BAE SYSTEMS Receives $110 Million Contract To Supply Electronic Subsystems For 60 C-17 Globemaster Aircraft BAE Systems 20 Jan 2004 -- BAE Systems Platform Solutions has received a $110 million contract from Boeing Integrated Defense Systems for flight controls, mission subsystems, and other electronic subsystems for U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft. The contract will support the Air Forces current order for 60 of the heavy-lift transport aircraft, which have demonstrated their strategic and theatre airlift capability in every recent worldwide military operation.

Other Conflicts

  • U-N/CHILDREN IN CONFLICT VOA 20 Jan 2004 -- The United Nations is being urged to impose penalties against warring factions that use children in armed conflict. Peter Heinlein at U-N headquarters reports children's advocates are trying to build on a "first-step" Security Council resolution passed a year ago.
  • Annan urges States to show more flexibility in negotiations on disarmament UN News Centre 20 Jan 2004 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on the countries participating in the Conference on Disarmament to demonstrate the necessary political will to break their current deadlock and make progress this year.

  • AFRICA: AU granted $812,000 for peacekeeping and communications IRIN 20 Jan 2004 -- Alpha Oumar Konare, the chairman of the African Union (AU), on Monday pledged to take effective action to end conflicts on the continent saying the AU would not be a toothless body.
  • Israeli operation destroys 36 buildings in Gaza refugee camp - UN agency UN News Centre 20 Jan 2004 -- Israeli armoured vehicles and bulldozers destroyed 36 buildings in a Gaza refugee camp during an operation that began in the early hours of this morning, according to the main United Nations agency helping Palestine refugees.
  • ISRAEL / LEBANON VOA 20 Jan 2004 -- Israeli warplanes attacked bases of the Hezbollah in southern Lebanon on Tuesday, one day after the militant Islamic group killed an Israeli soldier along the border.
  • SYRIA / U-S VOA 20 Jan 2004 -- Syria's ambassador to Washington says his country's readiness to reach a peace deal with Israel is not the result of U-S pressure and denies any secret meetings with Israel. The Syrian official appears to be attempting to change negative attitudes toward his country.
  • ISRAEL PALESTINIANS VOA 20 Jan 2004 -- Israeli bulldozers have demolished 30 Palestinian homes and a damaged mosque in a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, saying the homes were used to provide cover for gunmen and smugglers.
  • ISRAEL / PAKISTAN VOA 20 Jan 2004 -- An Israeli cabinet member says he will soon be traveling to Pakistan, signaling a warming in relations between the two countries.
  • ISRAEL SYRIA VOA 20 Jan 2004 -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon says the price of peace with Syria would be withdrawal from the Golan Heights, and such a cost is too high.

  • Liberia: Annan names experts to serve on panel for follow-up sanctions mission UN News Centre 20 Jan 2004 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has named five experts to conduct a follow-up mission to Liberia and its neighbours to assess the effectiveness of sanctions against the export of certain natural resources and the import of illicit arms.
  • LIBERIA / REBELS VOA 20 Jan 2004 -- A breakaway faction of Liberia's main rebel group has said it has replaced the group's leader with his influential wife. The split within the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy is jeopardizing the scheduled disarmament of tens-of-thousands of former fighters.

  • Somalia: Annan urges parties to show restraint as peace talks enter critical phase UN News Centre 20 Jan 2004 -- With the Somalia peace process entering a critical phase, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan voiced concern today over rising tension between the administrations of "Puntland" and "Somaliland" over claims to the Sool region.
  • Gabon and Equatorial Guinea set terms of UN mediation over disputed islands UN News Centre 20 Jan 2004 -- The Foreign Ministers of Gabon and Equatorial Guinea have agreed to the terms of United Nations mediation to peacefully resolve their dispute over a number of strategic islands.
  • Indonesia withdraws British tanks from troubled Aceh PLA Daily 20 Jan 2004 -- The Indonesian Military said Monday it plans to withdraw 28 Britain-made Scorpion tanks from the war-torn Aceh to be replaced with 40 light armored personal carriers.
  • SRI LANKA/POLITICS VOA 20 Jan 2004 -- In Sri Lanka, President Chandrika Kumaratunga's party has entered into an alliance with a Marxist group. From New Delhi, Anjana Pasricha reports that the move could deepen the political crisis in the country.
  • PHILIPPINES MALAYSIA VOA 20 Jan 2004 -- Manila and Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday agreed on a plan for fresh peace talks aimed at ending a long-standing Muslim insurgency in the troubled southern Philippines.
  • CONGO / UN VOA 20 Jan 2004 -- U-N officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo say they will press on with their mission in the troubled northeastern Ituri Province, despite repeated attacks on U-N peacekeepers by rival ethnic Hema and Lendu militias.
  • RWANDA: Former UN general in Rwanda testifies at tribunal IRIN 20 Jan 2004 -- The commander of UN troops who were in Rwanda leading up to and during the 1994 genocide, Gen. Romeo Dallaire, testified on Monday before the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in Arusha, Tanzania, about the military's role in the killing spree, which lasted 100 days and left at least 800,000 people dead.
  • DRC-RWANDA: Hutu militants holding 3,000 hostages IRIN 20 Jan 2004 -- Hutu militants opposed to the voluntary repatriation of their countrymen are holding at least 3,000 Rwandan civilians and former combatants hostage in a forest in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo, the spokesman for the UN Mission in the DRC, Hamadoun Toure, said on Tuesday.
  • ERITREA-ETHIOPIA: End the impasse, British envoy urges IRIN 20 Jan 2004 -- Ethiopia and Eritrea have been warned that the international community is gradually running out of patience with their stalled three-year-old peace process.
  • WESTERN SAHARA: Agencies and ambassadors visit refugee camps IRIN 20 Jan 2004 -- Representatives of two UN agencies and nine embassies, including two ambassadors, arrived on Tuesday in the Algerian desert town of Tindouf, where some 165,000 Western Sahara refugees have lived for nearly 30 years, a UNHCR official in Geneva told IRIN.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 20 Jan 2004 -- Japanese troops begin historic Iraq deployment / Germany to begin training Iraqi police in March / EU seeks Afghanistan conference to shore up support / Commander of the German army resigns
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 20 Jan 2004 -- French daily carries interview with Gen. Jones / Daily: "Karadzic could escape as NATO deadline looms" / Report claims CBRN said to participate in Athens Olympics security / UN to consider idea of holding direct Iraq elections

  • U-S / INDIA / TALKS VOA 20 Jan 2004 -- President Bush and Secretary of State Colin Powell held meetings Tuesday with visiting Indian Foreign Minister Yashwant Sinha, reviewing U-S-Indian bilateral ties and India's moves to ease tensions with Pakistan.
  • INDONESIA-POL VOA 20 Jan 2004 -- In July, Indonesia is scheduled to hold its first-ever direct election of a president. The incumbent, Megawati Sukarnoputri, is expected to seek another term. But she faces a challenge from a controversial figure.
  • KENYA/GERMANY VOA 20 Jan 2004 -- On the second stop of his four-nation tour, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder praised Kenya for its role as a regional peacemaker. He was, in turn, hailed by Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki for Germany's financial aid.
  • GHANA: World Bank commits US $ 1 billion to development IRIN 20 Jan 2004 -- As work began on a new stretch of road that will improve Ghana’s infrastructure links with neighbouring Burkina Faso, World Bank Country Director Mats Karlsson revealed that his institution had committed a further US $ 1 billion to projects, including road building, in Ghana.
  • KENYA: Germany gives $61.7m for development projects IRIN 20 Jan 2004 -- Kenya is to receive 50 million Euros (US $61.7 million) to promote agriculture, water and the health sector from the German government following an agreement signed on Tuesday by Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and President Mwai Kibaki in the capital, Nairobi.
  • GUINEA: Ailing Conte is sworn in for another seven term IRIN 20 Jan 2004 -- Guinea's ailing head of state, General Lansana Conte, was sworn in for another seven-year term on Monday.

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