01 February 2004 Military News
- Scores Killed In Attack On Kurdish Parties In Iraq RFE/RL 02 Feb 2004 -- Officials in northern Iraq say two suicide bombers killed at least 56 people and injured at least 235 others in a simultaneous attack today against Kurdish political parties that are allied with U.S.-led coalition forces.
- U.S. Forces 'Footprint' in Baghdad Changing AFPS 01 Feb 2004 -- The footprint of U.S. troops in Baghdad is changing as Iraqis assume more responsibility for their own security, said the commander of the 1st Armored Division here.
- Wolfowitz Visits Baghdad, Checks on Coalition Progress AFPS 01 Feb 2004 -- Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz is here for meetings with coalition military and civilian officials.
- 4TH INFANTRY DIVISION CONTINUES OPERATIONS CENTCOM Release 01 Feb 2004-- Soldiers on patrol from the 173rd Airborne Brigade discovered a cache 16 km west of Tuz during the evening of Jan 29. The cache consisted of 78 120 mm mortar rounds, 103 82 mm mortar rounds, 48 60 mm rounds, 15 rocket-propelled grenades, 22 grenades, and one complete 120 mm mortar system. This cache had been buried in a sealed, water proofed bunker. The soldiers destroyed the cache in place.
- Suicide Attacks on Kurdish Offices Kill 56 in Northern Iraq VOA News 01 Feb 2004 -- Twin suicide bomb attacks in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil have killed at least 56 people and injured more than 200 others. Officials say the casualty figures are expected to rise further.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Proposed 2005 Budget Contains Money For Troop Pay Raise AFPS 01 Feb 2004 -- The president's proposed fiscal 2005 budget boosts defense spending to continue the war on terror, providing another pay raise for troops and increasing homeland security spending.
- Multinational experiment kicks off JFCOM Release 01 Feb 2004-- Military elements from around the world started today a three-week experiment led by U. S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM) during which the command will examine the level of information sharing available with coalition nations and, together, ascertain an enemy's socioeconomic, political, military and technological potential.
- Israel Expects World Court Will Hear Case on Security Barrier VOA News 01 Feb 2004 -- Israel says it expects judges at The Hague will press ahead with a hearing on the West Bank security barrier, despite mounting international opposition.
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