29 January 2004 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 29 Jan 2004 [PDF]
- Transcript: Coalition Joint Task Force 7 Briefing from Baghdad 29 Jan 2004 -- "Our aggressive efforts to kill or capture former regime elements and other noncompliant forces, foreign fighters and other threats that are out there that are continuing to attack the Iraqi people have been particularly successful this past week. Among the captured was Hassan Ghul, who reported directly to Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the mastermind of the September 11th, 2001 attacks in the United States. (...) Of course, the capture of Ghul is pretty strong proof that al Qaeda is trying to gain a foothold here to continue their murderous campaigns. "
- 'No Epidemic' Number Of Soldier Suicides In Iraq AFPS 29 Jan 2004 -- Soldiers serving in Iraq are not committing suicide in record numbers, a senior DoD military medical officer asserted at the 2004 Tricare conference here Jan. 28.
- Sanchez Sees al Qaeda Seeking Foothold in Iraq AFPS 29 Jan 2004 -- Last week's capture of Hassan Ghul along the Iran- Iraq border proves al Qaeda terrorists actively are seeking a foothold in Iraq "to continue their murderous campaigns," the commander of Combined Joint Task Force 7 said in Baghdad today.
- Iraqi Security Officer Killed in Roadside Attack VOA News 29 Jan 2004 -- An Iraqi security officer has been killed and at least 11 other people wounded in a series of roadside attacks in Iraq.
- 7 Soldiers Killed, Another Missing in Afghanistan Weapons Cache Explosion AFPS 29 Jan 2004 -- Seven U.S. soldiers were killed, one other is missing, and three U.S. soldiers and one interpreter were injured after an explosion today west of Ghazni, Afghanistan.
- Afghanistan: Two Suicide Bombings In Kabul Raise Questions About Motives, Repercussions RFE/RL 29 Jan 2004 -- Security has been tightened in Kabul after two suicide bomb attacks in as many days killed a soldier from Canada and another from Britain.
- 7 US Soldiers Die in Afghanistan Explosion VOA News 29 Jan 2004 -- Seven U.S. soldiers have been killed, one is missing and three others have been injured in an explosion in Afghanistan.
- AFGHANISTAN: Special report on voter registration IRIN 29 Jan 2004 -- Gulsum rubbed her hands under her blue all-enveloping burqa and stamped her feet in the snow to keep warm as she queued patiently along with hundreds of others. She's determined to take part in the first ever democratic election in Afghanistan, scheduled for June this year, so she has responded to a UN-backed voter registration drive in the capital, Kabul.
- Fatal attacks indicate new Taliban offensive in Afghanistan PLA Daily 29 Jan 2004 -- Successive fatal attacks on the NATO-led peacekeeping force in Kabul indicated that Afghanistan's ousted Taliban was launching new offensives against foreign troops in the country, observers here said.
- 1 UK soldier killed, 5 wounded in Kabul blasts PLA Daily 29 Jan 2004 -- At least one British peacekeeper was killed and three others injured in the Afghan capital on Wednesday when a bomb blast hit their patrolling vehicle on an eastern Kabul highway, witnesses here said.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Army to Restructure, Will Grow by 30,000 AFPS 29 Jan 2004 -- The Army will grow to 510,000 soldiers over the next four years as a temporary measure, a senior Army official said today.
- Transfer of Juvenile Detainees Completed 29 Jan 2004 -- The Department of Defense announced today that it transferred three juvenile detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. They have been released to their home country today.
- 3 Afghan Children Released from Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp VOA News 29 Jan 2004 -- U.S. Defense officials say three children held at the terrorist detention camp at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba have been released and returned to their home country.
- Bush announces new US military aid for Poland PLA Daily 29 Jan 2004 -- US President George W. Bush Tuesday announced a 66-million-dollar package of military aid for Poland, a key US ally in Iraq.
- Powell reiterates US call on Russia to pull bases out of Georgia PLA Daily 29 Jan 2004 -- Visiting US Secretary of State Colin Powell reaffirmed a US call on Tuesday for Russia's withdrawal of forces from the former Soviet Caucasus republic of Georgia.
- Russia to resume talks with Georgia on military bases PLA Daily 29 Jan 2004 -- Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov promised Wednesday that Moscow would resume talks with Tbilisi on the withdrawal of its military bases in Georgia.
- Army restructure effort needs additional troops through 2007 Army News Service 29 Jan 2004-- A day after Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Schoomaker told Congress the Army needs almost 30,000 more Soldiers than the 482,000 currently authorized for the next few years, another senior Army leader briefed the Pentagon media pool why the temporary increase is needed.
- BRIEF STOPOVER IN KITZINGEN HELPS CORPS UNITS GUARANTEE VEHICLES DEPLOY WITHOUT WORRY V Corps Release 29 Jan 2004-- Over the past two weeks, hundreds of tactical vehicles belonging to units in V Corps' 1st Infantry Division were driven on then off Harvey Barracks here every day. But it was the vehicles' brief stop in Kitzingen that provided the checks and balances needed to ensure the vehicles would make it to their final destination: Operation Iraqi Freedom.
- BAMBERG STAGING AREA HELPS FIX PROBLEMS BEFORE UNITS LEAVE HOME STATION V Corps Release 29 Jan 2004-- There's been an emphasis on tracks and wheels here lately.
- CORPS, U.S. ARMY EUROPE, COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS PULL TOGETHER TO MOVE BRIGADE OUT FOR DEPLOYMENT V Corps Release 29 Jan 2004-- Equipment, vehicles and aircraft from the 4th Brigade of V Corps' 1st Infantry Division in Katterbach, Germany are now on the way to the Persian Gulf as the division begins the deployment process in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 2.
- USS Monterey Sailor Dies from Burns Navy Newsstand 29 Jan 2004-- A Sailor stationed aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) has died from burn injuries sustained in an accident Jan. 26.
- Seabees Apply Skills, Build Special Boat Unit Facility Navy Newsstand 29 Jan 2004-- Throughout the waterfront White Beach Port facility, 17 Seabees of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5, "The Professionals," are constructing a pre-engineered metal building, or PEB, to be used as a boat maintenance facility and office spaces. The Seabees are also building a 135-foot retaining wall.
- Battle Cat Roars With Pride Following INSURV Navy Newsstand 29 Jan 2004-- USS Kitty Hawk's (CV 63) congressionally mandated material inspection by the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) came to a successful end in mid-Janaury, after months of hard work and attention to detail from the crew.
- Pier Seawall Under Construction in Japan Navy Newsstand 29 Jan 2004-- The Navy is protecting one of its important port facilities on Okinawa Island against high tides by using members of its construction force to build a protective seawall.
- Kenyan Paratroopers, U.S. Marines Trade Skills in Edged Mallet Exercise Marine Corps News 29 Jan 2004-- As part of Exercise Edged Mallet 2004, troops from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Battalion Landing Team taught patrol tactics to Kenyan paratroopers at Bargohl Military Base on Kenya's east coast Jan. 7 through 11. In return, the paratroopers taught the Marines how to survive in the jungle.
- Unmanned planes: eyes in sky Marine Corps News 29 Jan 2004-- Forward observers are Marines who push ahead of military units to conduct reconnaissance for the main body of Marines coming behind them.
- Fact Check on the RNC & Ed Gillespie's Rhetoric Kerry for President 29 Jan 2004 -- This afternoon, Republican National Committee Chairman, Ed Gillespie, in a blatant attempt to involve himself in the Democratic Primary unleashed a false negative attack on John Kerry's record on National Security.
- Speech by NATO Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer at the National Defense University NATO 29 Jan 2004
- NATO AWACS makes historic visit NATO SHAPE 29 Jan 2004 -- NATO AWACS recently made history with the first ever trip to Israel as part of the ongoing Mediterranean Dialogue.
- Powell, de Hoop Scheffer Discuss Expanded NATO Role Washington File 29 Jan 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell and NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer spoke with journalists after their meeting at the State Department January 29, revealing that their discussion focused primarily on the expanded NATO role in Afghanistan but also, according to Powell, on the possibility "there might be an area of cooperation" in Iraq "later in the year."
- State Department Noon Briefing, January 29, 2004 Washington File 29 Jan 2004 -- Israel/Palestinians, Syria, Iraq, Turkey/Syria/Israel, Libya, Turkey/Iraq, Nigeria/DPRK, Afghanistan, Mauritania, Oman, Saudi Arabia
- U.S. FAVORS CONTINUING BAN ON ARMS SALES TO M'LAND CHINA CNA 29 Jan 2004 -- Washington is of the opinion that the United States and the European Union should maintain their current ban on the sale of arms to mainland China, U.S. State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said Wednesday.
- Arms embargo on China makes no more sense: Chirac PLA Daily 29 Jan 2004 -- The arms embargo on China makes no more sense today, French President Jacques Chirac said here Tuesday at a joint news conference with his visiting Chinese counterpart, Hu Jintao.
- EU considers lifting arms embargo on China PLA Daily 29 Jan 2004 -- The European Union (EU) is considering to lift the ban of arms sale to China, the foreign ministers' meeting of EU members and would-be members revealed Monday.
- A 20-member US naval delegation on a visit to India IRNA 29 Jan 2004 -- A 20-member US naval delegation, led by the Commander of the US Navy`s Pacific Fleet, Admiral Walter F Doran, arrived in Kochi in the Southern Indian State of Kerala on Thursday to have a look at the training facilities at the Southern Naval Indian Command and Infrastructure facilities at the Cochin shipyard.
- US, Russia Discuss Halting Spread of WMDs RFE/RL 29 Jan 2004 -- The Undersecretary of State John Bolton has begun talks in Moscow aimed at convincing Russia to sign onto the U.S. initiative on halting the spread of weapons of mass destruction.
- General Dynamics Receives $8.4 Billion Multiyear Contract for Virginia-class Submarines General Dynamics 29 Jan 2004 -- The U.S. Navy has entered into an $8.4 billion multiyear contract with General Dynamics Electric Boat for the procurement of five Virginia-class attack submarines from FY04 through FY08. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
- Lockheed Martin Completes Multi-Purpose Helicopter Upgrades For Spanish Navy Lockheed Martin 29 Jan 2004 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has upgraded two Spanish Navy SH-60B MKIII Light Airborne Multi-Purpose Systems (LAMPS), successfully completing a four-year, $55.4 million program to provide Spain with new state-of-the-art maritime helicopters for shipboard deployment.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 29 Jan 2004
- Annan Warns To Not Let War On Terror Abuse Rights RFE/RL 29 Jan 2004 -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan today warned that the global war on terorism must not lead to an erosion of human rights.
- Arab, Israeli Prisoners Released in Germany Despite Suicide Bombing VOA News 29 Jan 2004 -- Arab prisoners who had been held by Israel were freed at a military airfield in Germany, in exchange for an Israeli businessman and the bodies of three Israeli soldiers. The high-security exchange was part of a German-mediated deal between Israel and the Islamic militant group Hezbollah, that also involved the release of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners.
- 400 Palestinian Prisoners Released in Israeli Swap with Hezbollah VOA News 29 Jan 2004 -- Israel has released about 400 Palestinians and other prisoners as part of a swap with the militant group Hezbollah. Ross Dunn reports from Jerusalem on the exchange, which is taking place in Germany, Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.
- Palestinian Authority Condemns Suicide Bombing VOA News 29 Jan 2004 -- A suspected Palestinian suicide bomber has set off an explosion on a bus in Jerusalem, killing at least 10 people and wounding dozens more. The blast occurred close to the official residence of Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, who was not in the area at the time.
- Annan appoints monitors for Somali arms embargo UN News Centre 29 Jan 2004 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, responding to a Security Council request, has appointed a panel of experts to monitor violations of the arms embargo against Somalia during the coming six months.
- Somali Leaders Sign Landmark Agreement VOA News 29 Jan 2004 -- Somalia's warring factional leaders, attending peace talks in Nairobi, Kenya, have signed a landmark compromise agreement on forming a new government in the lawless Horn of Africa country.
- SOMALIA: Groups sign compromise deal IRIN 29 Jan 2004 -- Somalia's various political factions and the Transitional National Government (TNG) on Thursday signed a landmark agreement after days of delay and disagreement.
- State Department: U.S. Supports Mostar Statute Washington File 29 Jan 2004 -- State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said January 29 that the United States "welcomes the decision taken by High Representative Paddy Ashdown to enact a new Statute of the city of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina."
- COTE D IVOIRE: Outbreak of shooting in town on Liberian border IRIN 29 Jan 2004 -- Heavy shooting broke out in the government-held town of Zouan Hounien on the Liberian border on Thursday, causing hundreds of residents of nearby villages to flee their homes.
- UGANDA: Security situation in the north and east still volatile - UN IRIN 29 Jan 2004 -- The general security situation in some parts of northern and eastern Uganda is still very volatile, according to United Nations officials.
- CHAD-SUDAN: Hundreds killed in daily air raids on Darfur villages IRIN 29 Jan 2004 -- Daily bombing raids on villages in Darfur, western Sudan, are killing hundreds of civilians and causing thousands more to flee across the border into neighbouring Chad only to find themselves part of a spiralling humanitarian crisis.
- SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 29 Jan 2004 -- NATO chief to meet President Bush on first trip to North American allies / U.S. Army plans boost of 30,000 forces / Russian and Spanish defence ministers discuss military cooperation / NATO squad grabs suspected Karadzic helper / War crimes prosecutor launches investigation into Kosovo crimes / U.S. plans spring offensive in Afghanistan
- SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 29 Jan 2004 -- Investigators seek co-plotters of deadly suicide attacks on ISAF / ICTY prosecutor confident Karadzic will be arrested this year / UK civil servant chosen to set up new EU defense agency
- BAE SYSTEMS Microprocessor Guides Rover Landings On Mars BAE Systems 29 Jan 2004 -- BAE Systems-built brains are guiding Spirit and Opportunity - Mars Rovers that successfully landed in January to explore the Red Planet. Both Rovers are outfitted with BAE Systems radiation-hardened RAD6000 computers. The RAD6000 processed key navigational data during each spacecrafts six-month journey.
- Boeing Successfully Tests New Engine for NASA Program Boeing 29 Jan 2004 -- The Rocketdyne Propulsion & Power business unit of Boeing [NYSE:BA] successfully completed hot-fire testing of an RS-88 rocket engine at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
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