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27 January 2004 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
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Other Conflicts
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Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 27 Jan 2004 [PDF]

  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 27 Jan 2004 -- Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, Deputy Director, Coalition Operations and Daniel Senor, Senior Advisor, Coalition Provisional Authority
  • IRAQ / UNREST VOA 27 Jan 2004 -- A roadside bomb exploded in the central Iraqi town of Khaldiya Tuesday, killing three American soldiers and at least one Iraqi civilian and injuring several other people. In Baghdad, U-S soldiers discovered a car rigged with explosives near one of the entrances to the U-S coalition headquarters.
  • 3 Dead in IED Attack Near Ramadi AFPS 27 Jan 2004 -- Three American soldiers were killed and another was critically wounded in Iraq today by an improvised explosive device in Khalidiyah, just east of Ramadi.
  • US military transports new supplies through Antwerp to Iraq IRNA 27 Jan 2004 -- The United States Armed Forces are at work in the Belgian port of Antwerp with the transfer of new infantry and supplies to Iraq, local radio RVI reported Tuesday Quai 1241 of the port is crowded with US tanks, helicopters and other equipment.
  • THOUSANDS TURN OUT TO DENOUNCE VIOLENCE, BA'ATH PARTY CENTCOM Release 27 Jan 2004-- Over 2,000 members of the former Ba'ath party turned out at the Mosul Public Safety Academy to renounce their membership in the party, to denounce violence and to pledge support to a new, free and democratic Iraq.
  • TASK FORCE 1ST ARMORED DIVISION DOCTORS SHARE MEDICAL EXPERTISE WITH IRAQI COLLEAGUES CENTCOM Release 27 Jan 2004-- Last week, soldiers from the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment medical team shared their knowledge and expertise with their Iraqi colleagues.
  • V CORPS' 1st ARMORED DIVISION ARTILLERY REPLACES DEPARTING BRAGG TROOPS IN BAGHDAD'S AL-RASHID DISTRICT V Corps Release 27 Jan 2004-- V Corps' 1st Armored Division Artillery (DIVARTY) Combat Team accepted authority of the Al Rashid district in southern Baghdad from the 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, during a transfer-of-authority ceremony at Camp Falcon Jan. 23.

  • CONGRESS AFGHANISTAN VOA 27 Jan 2004 -- U-S lawmakers are calling on NATO to send more troops to Afghanistan to help stabilize the country. Their calls come in the wake of a suicide attack near the Afghan capital, Kabul, which killed one Canadian peacekeeper and wounded several others.
  • AFGHANISTAN: Bomb attack kills one peacekeeper injures three in Kabul IRIN 27 Jan 2004 -- One Canadian peacekeeper was killed and three injured on Tuesday morning in the Afghan capital, Kabul, when a suicide bomber attacked a vehicle from the NATO-led 5,000-strong International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on a routine patrol. One Afghan civilian also died, and eight other people were treated for injuries at local hospitals, police and doctors said.
  • AFGHANISTAN BOMB VOA 27 Jan 2004 -- An apparent suicide bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan, has killed a Canadian peacekeeper and at least one civilian. Three other Canadian soldiers and nine bystanders are reported wounded from the blast.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • BUSH / POLAND VOA 27 Jan 2004 -- President Bush has announced a new package of military aid for Poland -- a key U-S ally in Iraq. V-O-A's Paula Wolfson reports Mr. Bush spoke at the start of talks at the White House with Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski.
  • New Generation Faces New Kind of War, Cheney Says AFPS 27 Jan 2004 -- A new generation of American service members has picked up the gauntlet thrown by terrorists and has accepted new responsibilities in the world, Vice President Dick Cheney said at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Jan. 27.
  • Cheney Calls on Allies to Help Spread Democracy AFPS 27 Jan 2004 -- Vice President Dick Cheney urged European allies to join with the United States in spreading democracy and the rule of law in the Middle East.
  • WUERZBURG CEREMONY TO MARK DEPLOYMENT OF V CORPS' 1st INFANTRY DIVISION TO IRAQ V Corps Release 27 Jan 2004-- V Corps' 1st Infantry Division will host a ceremony to mark its upcoming deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, in Victory Park on Leighton Barracks here at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 30.
  • Focus task force 'jump starting' future Army News Service 27 Jan 2004-- The "Current to Future Force" initiative is about more than accelerating futuristic technology for use in today's Army, according to a leader of the task force.
  • GW, HS-5 Sailors Respond to Medical Emergency Navy Newsstand 27 Jan 2004-- USS George Washington (CVN 73) responded Jan. 25 to a distress call from the Italian merchant vessel Isolaverde. The captain of Isolaverde radioed George Washington and requested medical assistance for an injured sailor.
  • Carrier Qualifications Key to Successful Deployment Navy Newsstand 27 Jan 2004-- Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, embarked aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73), conducted carrier qualifications during the first three days of the strike group's deployment.
  • On the deployment again 3rd Radio Bn recieves deployment orders Marine Corps News 27 Jan 2004-- Many 3rd Radio Battalion Marines received orders to ship out again Jan. 26, after returning home less than six months ago from Operation Iraqi Freedom
  • Soldiers leaving AF gates AFPN 27 Jan 2004-- A mix of airmen, civilians, contractors and new technology will replace Army National Guard military policemen now posted at Air Force bases.
  • Randolph gets its first T-38C AFPN 27 Jan 2004-- The first T-38C Talon destined for operations in the 12th Flying Training Wing touched down here Jan. 21 at 10:06 a.m.
  • Targeting pods bolster F-16 training AFPN 27 Jan 2004-- The 149th Fighter Wing received something Jan. 14 that will literally put its current class of F-16 fighter pilots right on target with their training.

  • White House Daily Briefing, January 27, 2004 Washington File 27 Jan 2004 -- President's schedule, Libya, David Kay's remarks-WMD, Iraq/contracts, Osama bin Laden, Brahimi visit, Poland/contracts, 9/11 Commission, Elections in Iraq

  • White House Announces Libyan Cooperation in Elimination of WMD Programs Washington File 27 Jan 2004 -- White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan announced that an American plane carrying components of Libya's weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs arrived in the United States January 27.

  • New NATO Chief Wants Alliance Role In Iraq RFE/RL 27 Jan 2004 -- NATO's new secretary-general, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, says he favors NATO playing a role in Iraq, and has called for a new United Nations resolution on a stabilization force for the country.

  • EU SNUBS PARIS OVER ARMS FOR BEIJING CNA 27 Jan 2004 -- The London-based Daily Telegraph newspaper reported Monday that a French attempt to lift the European Union arms embargo against mainland China has been rejected by foreign affairs ministers of EU member states amid concern over Beijing's human rights record and belligerent attitude toward Taiwan.

  • Khatami: Warmongering is against int`l security IRNA 27 Jan 2004 -- President Mohammad Khatami here Tuesday said expansion of violence and warmongering stemmed from unilateralism has endangered peace and security in the world, particularly in the Mideast region.

Defense Industry

  • MOD Awards BAE SYSTEMS 100m Harrier GR9 Contract BAE Systems 27 Jan 2004 -- The UK Ministry of Defence has awarded BAE Systems a contract known as Capability C2 worth about 100 million for the continuation of the 500m-plus Harrier GR9 sustainment and upgrade programme.
  • NASSCO Receives $578.2 Million Navy Contract to Build Two Additional T-AKE Dry Cargo/Ammunition Ships General Dynamics 27 Jan 2004 -- National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), announced today that the U.S. Navy has exercised options to build two additional ships under the T-AKE program, a new class of combat logistics force ships. The $578.2 million contract brings the total number of ships awarded to NASSCO to six, and the total contract value to $1.87 billion. The contract includes options for an additional six ships.
  • Orbital Successfully Carries Out Third Launch Of Missile Defense Interceptor Vehicle Orbital Sciences Corp. 27 Jan 2004 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced today that the company's missile defense interceptor boost vehicle, being developed and manufactured for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency's (MDA) Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system, carried out its third fully successful test flight late yesterday. As part of MDA's Integrated Flight Test-13b (IFT-13b), Orbital's GMD interceptor vehicle, which carried a mock kill vehicle to simulate actual mission operations, was launched from a silo at approximately 9:23 p.m. (EST) on January 26, 2004. The IFT-13b flight originated from the Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, located in the mid-Pacific Ocean.
  • Northrop Grumman's Fire Scout UAV Officially Joins the Army Northrop Grumman 27 Jan 2004 -- The Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC)-built Fire Scout vertical takeoff and landing tactical unmanned aerial vehicle system has officially lifted off as the Class IV unmanned aerial system (UAS) for the U.S. Army's Future Combat System (FCS).

Other Conflicts

  • Rising demand for peacekeeping stretches UN's resources, Fréchette says UN News Centre 27 Jan 2004 -- Poorer countries are providing the greatest contribution to United Nations peacekeeping operations but even this support is insufficient to meet rising demands, Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette said today in India.

  • Israel to release 400 light-term Palestinian prisoners IRNA 27 Jan 2004 -- Israel on Tuesday released the names of 400 Palestinian prisoners who are due to be freed Thursday as part of the prisoner swap deal with the Lebanese Islamic resistance group Hizbullah.
  • ISRAEL / SETTLEMENTS VOA 27 Jan 2004 -- A senior official in the government of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon denies he tried to reach a secret deal with Jewish settler leaders to evacuate some of their communities.
  • ISRAEL / HEZBOLLAH VOA 27 Jan 2004 -- Israel has begun releasing the names of prisoners who are to be freed under an exchange agreement with Lebanon's Hezbollah guerrilla group.

  • LIBERIA: Rebels back down on call for Bryant's removal IRIN 27 Jan 2004 -- The MODEL rebel movement has backtracked on its call for the removal of Gyude Bryant as the head of Liberia's transitional government.
  • ANGOLA: World Bank ready to help fund demobilisation IRIN 27 Jan 2004 -- The World Bank is expected to release US $33 million to demobilise former fighters from both sides of Angola's devastating civil war and reintegrate them into their communities, a World Bank official said on Tuesday.
  • CONGO: Rebel leader sets conditions for disarmament IRIN 27 Jan 2004 -- Rebel leader Frederic Bitsangou, alias Pasteur Ntumi, said on Friday he would only disarm militia allied to him when the government opened up space within the nation's body politic.
  • SUDAN: Peace talks adjourn for three weeks IRIN 27 Jan 2004 -- The Sudanese peace talks were adjourned on Monday for three weeks to allow negotiators to perform the Muslim pilgrimage, the hajj, and to give them a break, according to a Sudanese official.
  • RWANDA: Chemical weapons team visits Kigali IRIN 27 Jan 2004 -- A delegation from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is in Rwanda to explore ways of supporting the country in its ratification of a chemical weapons convention, the Rwandan News Agency, RNA, reported on Monday.
  • SOMALIA: UN condemns killings of women and children IRIN 27 Jan 2004 -- The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia has condemned the recent killings of women and children in the south, according to a press statement issued by his office on Monday.
  • SUDAN / REBELS VOA 27 Jan 2004 -- Rebels in eastern and western Sudan say they have forged a political and military alliance to better fight the government in Khartoum. The alliance is partly meant to show deep anger at being left out of Kenyan-sponsored peace talks between the Sudanese government and southern-based rebels.
  • IVORY COAST / PEACE DEAL VOA 27 Jan 2004 -- A peace agreement signed a year ago to end a civil war in Ivory Coast remains largely on paper, with the country still divided and armed militias stirring up trouble in the countryside.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 27 Jan 2004 -- Canadian peacekeeper killed in Afghan attack / NATO chief hopeful of French, German support if Alliance heads to Iraq / U.N. secretary-general to announce whether world body will send election team to Iraq / Report: Gadhafi hints at cooperation with U.S. intelligence in terror fight
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 27 Jan 2004 -- Bulgaria's accession to NATO in April likely," says Foreign Ministry / Defense Minister Struck supports Eurocorps involvement in ISAF / Powell: U.S. has no plans to "surround" Russia militarily / UN to send election team to Iraq / UN prosecutor says West lacks will to capture Karadzic / Former Dutch ministers quizzed in court over NATO bombing

  • CHENEY / ITALY VOA 27 Jan 2004 -- In his first meeting with a senior U-S official since the war in Iraq, Pope John Paul the second told Vice-president Dick Cheney that the United States should work for greater international cooperation.

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