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05 February 2004 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs
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Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 05 Feb 2004 [PDF]

  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing from Iraq 05 Feb 2004 -- Participating were Army Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, deputy director of operations, Combined Joint Task Force 7, and Dan Senor, senior advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority
  • 101ST AIRBORNE DIVISION TRANSFERS AUTHORITY TO TASK FORCE OLYMPIA CENTCOM Release 05 Feb 2004-- As hundreds of regional Iraqi leaders and Coalition partners looked on, the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) transferred authority and operational control of Ninewa, Irbil and Dahuk provinces to Task Force Olympia today at the palace headquarters complex in northern Mosul.
  • 18TH MP Brigade HANDS LAW ENFORCEMENT DUTIES TO 89TH MPs CENTCOM Release 05 Feb 2004-- The 18th Military Police Brigade handed over the responsibility for the MP mission in Baghdad to the 89th Military Police Brigade Jan. 31 in a transfer-of-authority ceremony at the Warrior Palace here.
  • Special Operations Troops Recount Iraq Missions AFPS 05 Feb 2004 -- Multi-service special operations troops have led the way to victory in overseas campaigns during the war against terrorism, a senior U.S. military officer said here today.
  • Mortar Attack Kills Soldier, Offensive Operations Continue AFPS 05 Feb 2004 -- A U.S. soldier was killed and another was wounded today in a mortar attack at a checkpoint outside Baghdad International Airport in Iraq.
  • Al-Qaida-linked group claims responsibility for twin bombings in northern Iraq PLA Daily 05 Feb 2004 -- A group said to be linked with al-Qaida on Wednesday claimed responsibility for the twin bombing attacks in Iraq's northern city of Arbil on Sunday that left atleast 105 people dead and more than 130 others injured.

  • PENTAGON/AFGHANISTAN VOA 05 Feb 2004 -- There have been recent predictions by top officials that al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden will be captured this year. The optimism coincides with word of plans for a new anti-terrorist offensive in Afghanistan.
  • AFGHANISTAN: Kabul and Coalition getting tough on opium production IRIN 05 Feb 2004 -- With Afghanistan set to produce another large and lucrative opium harvest this year, Kabul, with support from international organisations, is gearing up to take more serious drug-eradication measures in the world's largest opium producing country.
  • RFE/RL Afghanistan Report, Vol 3, Number 05 05 Feb 2004 -- HURDLES IN IMPLEMENTING THE NEW AFGHAN CONSTITUTION / LOYA JIRGA DELEGATES CLAIM CONSTITUTION WAS ALTERED... / ...ELICITING DENIAL BY CONSTITUTIONAL COMMISSION MEMBER / DEBATE OVER BROADCASTS OF FEMALE SINGERS HIGHLIGHTS DIVISIONS IN SOCIETY / FEW WOMEN REGISTER FOR ELECTIONS / HERAT GOVERNOR SAYS AFGHAN NATIONAL UNITY IS BASED ON ISLAM / MAJOR SHIFTS AMONG PROVINCIAL GOVERNORS PENDING... / ...AS TWO GOVERNORS ARE REPLACED / AFGHAN LEADER CLAIMS BIN LADEN IS STILL IN THE REGION... / ...AS COALITION FORCES SET TO INTENSIFY HUNT FOR AL-QAEDA, TALIBAN LEADERS... / ...AS U.S. GENERAL VOWS TO CAPTURE THEM / TRIPARTITE COMMISSION DISCUSSES AFGHAN-PAKISTANI BORDER SECURITY / NETHERLANDS TO CONTRIBUTE HELICOPTERS TO ISAF / EIGHT CIVILIANS KILLED IN LAND-MINE BLAST / SEVEN U.S. SOLDIERS KILLED IN GHAZNI / NEO-TALIBAN IDENTIFY ATTACKERS AGAINST ISAF / TWO SUICIDE BOMBINGS IN KABUL RAISE QUESTIONS ABOUT MOTIVES, REPERCUSSIONS / KARZAI CONTRADICTS U.S. REPORT ON BOMBING VICTIMS... / ...BUT IS REBUFFED BY U.S. COMMANDER / KARZAI MEETS PASHTUN PARTY LEADER FROM PAKISTAN / AFGHAN BORDER MILITIAS NOT BEING PAID / ENVOY TO IRAN CRITICIZES INTERNATIONAL EFFORTS TO STOP POPPY CULTIVATION / PAKISTAN NETS LARGEST-EVER HEROIN HAUL / AFGHANS AMONG THE DEAD IN HAJJ STAMPEDE / AUSTRALIA INAUGURATES NEW RAILWAY WITH AFGHAN ORIGIN / THIS WEEK IN AFGHANISTAN'S HISTORY

Defense Policy / Programs

  • U.S.: Bush 'Confident' About Triumph Of Democracy RFE/RL 05 Feb 2004 -- U.S. President George W. Bush says he is confident that freedom and democracy will triumph in the Middle East.

  • Fiscal 2005 Military Construction and Family Housing Budget Announced 05 Feb 2004 -- The fiscal 2005 Department of Defense military construction and family housing appropriation request totals $9.5 billion. This request continues progress toward providing the right quality of facilities and assets to support the nation's military personnel and their families.
  • PENTAGON/MILITARY VOTING VOA 05 Feb 2004 -- Pentagon has decided to scrap plans for an on-line Internet voting system for U-S military personnel and Americans living abroad. The system had come under fire from experts who said it could be vulnerable to computer attacks.
  • Continental U.S. armies mobilize 200,000 Soldiers Army News Service 05 Feb 2004-- The two continental U.S. armies have mobilized, trained and deployed more than 200,000 Army Reserve and National Guard troops in support of the War on Terror, since Sept. 11, 2001.
  • SOLDIERS OF V CORPS' 130TH ENGINEER BRIGADE GET EXCITED WELCOME HOME AFTER NEARLY A YEAR IN IRAQ V Corps Release 05 Feb 2004-- AAfter being away for nearly a year, Soldiers of Headquarters and Headquarters Company of V Corps' 130th Engineer Brigade were finally able to put their arms around their loved ones, kiss their children and speak with their spouses face to face.
  • Navy Cargo Handlers Prepare to Deploy for OIF Navy Newsstand 05 Feb 2004-- More than 500 Naval Reserve Expeditionary Logistics Support personnel have been mobilized to active duty and are preparing to deploy overseas to support Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). The Reservists will depart from Norfolk, Va., in February to assist in what is being called the largest rotation of troops since World War II.
  • Marauders help prepare to drop bombs in Australia Marine Corps News 05 Feb 2004-- Marine Air Logistics Squadron 12's advance party recently off-loaded a vast amount of explosives from a carrier ship to kick off Operation Southern Frontier 2004.
  • Marines review OIF, revise procedures Marine Corps News 05 Feb 2004-- Looking for solutions to challenges and bottlenecks that I Marine Expeditionary Force faced during Operation Iraqi Freedom, III MEF Marines island-wide participated in Supply Support Exercise 1-04 from Jan. 20-30.
  • 11th MEU Marines raid the mechanized way Marine Corps News 05 Feb 2004-- Three amphibian assault vehicles approach an enemy site and lay down heavy fire on an enemy target with their machine guns. Suddenly the back hatch of each AAV drops and Marines come racing out from behind the vehicle to lay down additional firepower. They eventually overrun the enemy, who was just "schooled" in a raid performed the mechanized way.
  • Squadrons get upgrades for training, flight management Marine Corps News 05 Feb 2004-- A mobile training team from Training and Education Command based in Quantico, Va., conducted a five-day Squadron Assistance Risk Assessment Program course with Marine Aircraft Group 16 Marines here Jan. 26 - 30.

  • State Department Noon Briefing, February 5, 2004 Washington File 05 Feb 2004 -- Pakistan, Libya, Proliferation Security Initiative, Malaysia, Cyprus, Israel/Palestinians, Turkey/Syria, Cambodia, Iraq, Benin, Kosovo, Libya, Yemen
  • White House Press Briefing, February 5, 2004 Washington File 05 Feb 2004 -- Bush remarks at National Prayer Breakfast, trip to South Carolina/Bush speech on war on terror, upcoming trip to Missouri, Tenet speech

  • PLA to strengthen professional training for military system reform PLA Daily 05 Feb 2004 -- The enrollment in military schools is to be increased, and short-term training is to be instituted for newly appointed noncommissioned officers, to meet the needs of the ongoing military system reform, sources at the Headquarters of General Staff of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) said here Wednesday.

  • Australia outlines defense shopping list for next decade PLA Daily 05 Feb 2004 -- Australia on Wednesday outlined an armament shopping list worth 50 billion Australian dollars (38 billion US dollars) for the next ten years.

  • India test-flies pilotless Lakshya aircraft IRNA 05 Feb 2004 -- India`s pilotless target aircraft `Lakshya` was successfully test-flown with an improved engine on Thursday from the Interim Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur-on-Sea in Eastern Indian State of Orissa, local media reported here Thursday.
  • India to acquire latest technologies for defense: Minister IRNA 05 Feb 2004 -- India`s Secretary for Defense Production and Supplies, Uma Pillai, said that India is a large market and the low cost of production, availability of highly skilled manpower and industrial infrastructure, make joint ventures in India "an excellent commercial proposition."

Defense Industry

  • ATK Reaches Key Milestone on F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Production ATK 05 Feb 2004 -- ATK (Alliant Techsystems, NYSE: ATK) has reached a key production milestone in support of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program with the delivery of the mandrel used to manufacture F-35 single-segment, all-composite upper wing skins. The mandrel was delivered to ATK Composites, Clearfield, Utah. Coast Composites, Irvine, Calif., produced the tool.
  • Boeing SLAM-ER Enhances U.S. Navy P-3C Fleet Boeing 05 Feb 2004 -- The Boeing [NYSE: BA] Standoff Land Attack Missile Expanded Response (SLAM-ER) missile recently completed integration onto the U.S. Navy P-3C Orion.
  • Boeing Successfully Tests Battlefield Command and Control System Boeing 05 Feb 2004 -- Military commanders' access to more accurate and timely information for decision-making and implementing time-critical actions can increase dramatically based on a recent Boeing [NYSE: BA] demonstration of the Battle Management Command and Control System (BMC2) prototype.
  • General Dynamics Network Systems Opens New Facility in San Diego General Dynamics 05 Feb 2004 -- In San Diego today, General Dynamics Network Systems opened a new facility to provide technical support for aircraft carriers and surface ships assigned to the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet. General Dynamics Network Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
  • Lockheed Martin Receives Contract for Helicopter Missile Launcher Lockheed Martin 05 Feb 2004 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has received a $3.2 million U.S. Army contract to supply an additional 92 M299 helicopter-mounted missile launchers for U.S. and international forces. The order, from the Aviation and Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, AL, represents the final option in a year 2000 agreement and, when completed, will represent a total delivery of 1,697 M299 launchers.
  • Team US101 Selects Palomar Products to Supply Secure Communications Capability for Marine One Helicopter Lockheed Martin 05 Feb 2004 -- Team US101 competing to provide the president of the United States with a new Marine One helicopter fleet has selected Palomar Products of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA to supply the secure communications capability for the US101 medium-lift executive aircraft.
  • U.S. Army Awards Contract to Northrop Grumman to Provide Programmatic Support to RDECOM Headquarters Northrop Grumman 05 Feb 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Information Technology (IT) sector has been selected by the U.S. Army to provide research, development, and engineering program and integration support services. These services will help the Army's Research, Development, and Engineering Command (RDECOM) achieve its mission of developing, acquiring and sustaining soldier support as well as chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear-defense technology systems and services.
  • Sikorsky, Army Support Partnership Progresses Sikorsky 05 Feb 2004 -- Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. is busy staffing up in South Texas to support its contract with Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) to provide technical, engineering, and logistical support services for military BLACK HAWK, PAVE HAWK and SEAHAWK helicopters.

Other Conflicts

  • DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 05 Feb 2004
  • PRESS BRIEFING ON PEACEKEEPING IN AFRICA United Nations 05 Feb 2004
  • As Africa stabilizes, world must commit troops to peacekeeping, UN official says UN News Centre 05 Feb 2004 -- Africa, with three-quarters of the United Nations' 45,000 uniformed peacekeeping forces, made real progress in achieving peace in 2003, but many challenges remain, a senior United Nations official said today.

  • Liberia Urgently Needs International Aid, Natsios Says Washington File 05 Feb 2004 -- Calling on the international community to help rebuild Liberia, Andrew Natsios, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), said February 5 that solidifying peace in the country is dependent on the successful disarmament, demobilization, and rehabilitation of factional fighters.
  • Effort Under Way to Raise $488 Million for Liberia Washington File 05 Feb 2004 -- The international community must help Liberia seize the opportunity to change the course of its history from conflict and suffering to peace and prosperity, the head of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) said February 5, urging international donors to contribute close to $488 million over the next two years to help Liberia rebuild from the ashes of its disastrous 14-year civil war.
  • LIBERIA: LURD leader drops demand for Bryant to go IRIN 05 Feb 2004 -- 10 days after calling for Gyude's Bryant's removal as head of the transitional government, Sekou Conneh, leader of the LURD rebel movement, has changed his mind.
  • Conference at UN seeks nearly $500 million to rebuild Liberia UN News Centre 05 Feb 2004 -- A donors' conference seeking almost $500 million for the next two years to help Liberia rebuild from its devastating 14-year-long civil war opened today at United Nations Headquarters in New York with speakers calling for generous pledges to help the nation - and the West African region - get on the track to stability and recovery.
  • NY/LIBERIA VOA 05 Feb 2004 -- Liberia's top official is in New York to ask the international community for help in rebuilding the war-torn country. Gyude (gee-yoo-day) Bryant, Liberia's interim leader says what the country needs most right now is basic necessities.
  • LIBERIA / PEACEKEEPERS VOA 05 Feb 2004 -- United Nations peacekeepers have ordered Liberian rebel groups to dismantle roadblocks throughout the country, as the U-N troops work to expand their control.

  • U-S/ISRAEL/GAZA VOA 05 Feb 2004 -- An Israeli envoy met senior Bush administration officials to explain Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plans to remove Jewish settlements from the Gaza strip. Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Olmert acknowledged the Gaza pullout would be unilateral action, but said it would be consistent with President Bush's vision of a two-state solution to the Middle East conflict.
  • PALESTINIANS / POLICE / ATTACKS VOA 05 Feb 2004 -- Palestinian gunmen stormed the police headquarters in Gaza on Thursday, in an apparent assassination attempt on the area's police chief, Ghazi al-Jabali. At least one officer was killed and ten more wounded after the gunmen opened fire inside the complex.
  • PALESTINIANS-US-REWARD VOA 05 Feb 2004 -- The United States has renewed its offer of a five-million-dollar reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the murder of three Americans in a roadside bombing last October in Gaza.

  • COTE D IVOIRE: Washington delays UN deployment, Paris pushes DDR IRIN 05 Feb 2004 -- President Laurent Gbagbo said on Thursday that disarmament had to be the next step on the road to lasting peace in Cote d'Ivoire. However, bending to US pressure, the United Nations has delayed a decision on whether to send in a peacekeeping force that would give rebel forces the confidence to hand in their guns.
  • FRANCE/IVORY COAST VOA 05 Feb 2004 -- The presidents of France and Ivory Coast have signaled they have put aside long-simmering differences over the Ivorian peace process, and want to move forward with steps leading to the disarmament of Ivorian rebel forces.
  • Security Council poised to send UN force to Cote d'Ivoire PLA Daily 05 Feb 2004 -- The United Nations Security Council indicated on Wednesday that it is poised to approve the deployment of a UN peacekeeping force in Cote d'Ivoire to support its bumpy peace process.

  • Militia fires on UN team investigating alleged massacre in the DRC UN News Centre 05 Feb 2004 -- After coming under intense militia fire yesterday, a United Nations team arrived in a northeastern town in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today to investigate allegations of a massacre, a UN spokesman said.
  • DRC: MONUC investigators attacked in Ituri IRIN 05 Feb 2004 -- Unidentified gunmen attacked on Wednesday a team of UN officials investigating the reported killing of 100 people almost three weeks ago in Gobu, a village in the troubled district of Ituri, Orientale Province, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • CONGO/FIGHTING VOA 05 Feb 2004 -- An attack on a U-N boat convoy in the Democratic Republic of Congo has forced U-N officials to abandon a mission to investigate reports of a massacre in the troubled Ituri district.

  • BOSNIA/NATO VOA 05 Feb 2004 -- The leaders of Bosnia-Herzegovina are hopeful their country can join the European Union by the end of the decade. The prime ministers of the country's two entities acknowledged that Bosnia-Herzegovina has a long way to go before integration into European institutions.
  • U-S-Kosovo VOA 05 Feb 2004 -- The United States Thursday urged Kosovo's leaders to focus on meeting U-N standards for democracy rather than the question of the majority ethnic-Albanian province's possible independence from Serbia and Montenegro. The Prime Minister of Kosovo, Bajram Rexhepi, is in Washington this week and met Wednesday with Secretary of State Colin Powell and other officials.
  • U-N/CYPRUS MEETING VOA 05 Feb 2004 -- U-N Secretary General Kofi Annan has invited Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders to New York to revive talks on the reunification of Cyprus. Mr. Annan is hoping to arrange a referendum on the reunification issue within two months.
  • SUDAN: More pressure on parties urged in prelude to talks resumption IRIN 05 Feb 2004 -- As talks to end Sudan's 20-year civil war resume in Kenya on 17 February, the international community is being urged to bring more pressure to bear on the warring parties to expedite the process and reach agreement on the pending issues of power-sharing and the three disputed regions.
  • ERITREA-ETHIOPIA: Lifting of partial border closure expected IRIN 05 Feb 2004 -- Ethiopia is expected to lift a partial border ban imposed unexpectedly on United Nations peacekeepers, the UN's military commander said on Thursday. Maj-Gen Robert Gordon said the Ethiopian military had pledged to reopen its frontier with Eritrea after closing western and central border areas to the UN force.
  • UGANDA: Rebels kill 52 in dawn attack on Lira IDPs camp IRIN 05 Feb 2004 -- In the most devastating assault on northern Uganda's civilian population for several months, the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) attacked a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Lira District on Thursday morning, killing 52 people and seriously wounding over 70, residents said. Many of the injured were in critical condition.
  • ANGOLA: Peacekeeping troops ready soon IRIN 05 Feb 2004 -- Angola is expected to announce a decision to provide troops for United Nations peacekeeping missions in the next four months, according to a senior diplomat.
  • SOMALIA / TALKS VOA 05 Feb 2004 -- Many Somali factional leaders say they now reject a landmark agreement on the formation of a new parliament they signed a few-days ago. This underscores how fragile the peace process is in Somalia.
  • UGANDA/ARMY VOA 05 Feb 2004 -- Uganda's military says it is preparing to launch a major offensive at the end of this month to capture the leader of the rebel Lord's Resistance Army. The Ugandan army believes it has located the rebel leader's hideout in southern Sudan.
  • RUSSIA BLAST VOA 05 Feb 2004 -- Two people are dead following another explosion in the southern Russian city of Vladikavkaz, near Chechnya.
  • RUSSIA / AZERBAIJAN VOA 05 Feb 2004 -- Azerbaijan's newly elected president, Ilkam Aliyev, is visiting Moscow for three days of talks ranging from problems in the Nagorno-Karabakh region to trade.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 05 Feb 2004 -- French president meets NATO head for talks in Paris / Eurocorps plans to take Afghanistan HQ command / Paddy Ashdown says NATO and EU could slam door on Bosnia / Foreign policy chief Solana says EU ready to lift China arms embargo
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 05 Feb 2004 -- NATO expecting troop commitments to expand Afghan force / Iceland to assist Netherlands with equipment transport to Afghanistan / UN steps up Afghan voter drive for June election / Senior official: NATO may take over division in Iraq this year / NATO plans special brigade to fight terror risks, U.S. daily / U.S. denies decision to slash troops in Europe

  • SHARON / INVESTIGATION VOA 05 Feb 2004 -- Israeli police questioned Prime Minister Ariel Sharon for the second time in three months, about allegations the Israeli leader accepted bribes from an influential businessman.
  • Lockheed Martin-Built AMC-10 Satellite Launched Successfully From Cape Canaveral Lockheed Martin 05 Feb 2004 -- The AMC-10 telecommunications satellite, designed and built by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] for SES AMERICOM, was successfully launched today from Cape Canaveral aboard a Lockheed Martin-built Atlas IIAS rocket provided by International Launch Services (ILS).
  • ILS Successfully Orbits AMC-10 Satellite Lockheed Martin 05 Feb 2004 -- International Launch Services (ILS) scored another success tonight, with the launch of the AMC-10 satellite on board a Lockheed Martin-built Atlas IIAS rocket.



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