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09 February 2004 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 09 Feb 2004 [PDF]

  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing from Iraq 09 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
  • SOLDIERS FROM V CORPS' 1ST ARMORED DIVISION SCREEN IRAQI POLICE HOPEFULS V Corps Release 09 Feb 2004-- It was Sunday morning, but by 4 a.m., more than 600 Al Rashid residents arrived hoping to begin new careers as Iraqi Police Service officers.
  • ICDC, TF "ALL AMERICAN" CONTINUE TO IMPROVE AL ANBAR CENTCOM Release 09 Feb 2004-- During the last 24 hours, the 82nd Airborne Division conducted 260 patrols (including 14 joint patrols) and executed three offensive operations - cordon and searches in Fallujah, Mahmudiyah and Habbaniyah.
  • STRYKER BRIGADE DETAINS SUSPECTS, COLLECTS WEAPONS CENTCOM Release 09 Feb 2004-- Soldiers from 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team) under the operational control of Task Force Olympia detained personnel suspected of anti-Coalition activities and recovered weapons and other explosives in northern Iraq Sunday
  • 4TH INFANTRY DIVISION OPERATIONS FOR THE PAST 24 HOURS CENTCOM Release 09 Feb 2004-- Pilots of an OH-58D "Kiowa Warrior" were providing additional security as they searched an area 3 kilometers west of Logistical Support Area Anaconda near Balad during the morning of Feb. 7. The pilots saw two 80 mm rocket emplacements aimed at the base. The helicopter fired at the weapons, destroying them. The pilots then saw a van leaving the vicinity of the rocket site and followed the vehicle to a house located approximately 1 kilometer away. Cavalry soldiers went to that location and captured seven individuals. The individuals are being held for questioning.
  • V CORPS' 1ST INFANTRY DIVISION SHUTTING DOWN BLACK MARKET FUEL OPERATIONS IN BAGHDAD V Corps Release 09 Feb 2004-- In a country as oil-rich as Iraq, fuel is in remarkably short supply. One reason is because black marketers buy up the fuel to sell at elevated prices.

  • COMBINED FORCES COMMAND - AFGHANISTAN RELEASE CENTCOM Release 09 Feb 2004-- In coordination with the Islamic Transitional Government of Afghanistan, Combined Forces Command-Afghanistan continues to train the Afghan National Army, provide civil affairs support, and disrupt, deny, and destroy terrorist and anti-ITGA forces in order to establish a stable and secure Afghanistan.
  • UN to look into US plan to train Afghan militia force PLA Daily 09 Feb 2004 -- The United Nations office here would look into a plan by US military authorities in Afghanistan to arm and train local militias for the ongoing war against remnants of the ousted Taliban, a spokesman said on Sunday.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • DoD Announces Korean Defense Service Medal 09 Feb 2004 -- The Defense Department announced today the creation of the Korean Defense Service Medal (KDSM). The KDSM is a service medal to give special recognition for the sacrifices and contributions made by members of the U.S. armed forces who have served or are serving in the Republic of Korea.
  • Rumsfeld visits Croatia for further military cooperation PLA Daily 09 Feb 2004 -- US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld paid a brief visit to Croatia on Sunday, hoping to strengthen military cooperation between the two sides.
  • US Pacific command to visit Vietnam PLA Daily 09 Feb 2004 -- Admiral Thomas Fargo, Commander of US Pacific Command, is to visit Vietnam from Feb. 8-11, according to US sources here on Sunday.
  • US troops in S.Korea deploy new battle tanks PLA Daily 09 Feb 2004 -- Dozens of high-tech US M1A1 Abrams battle tanks have arrived at a major American combat unit in South Korea to strengthen its war capability, said the US troops on Saturday.
  • Task Force Betio decorated for Iraqi liberation, An Nasiriya battle Marine Corps News 09 Feb 2004-- Marines deployed here providing force protection to the camp received recognition for their actions nearly a year ago during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
  • Infantrymen get back to basics, Combine arms; Employ fundamentals, Army concealment Marine Corps News 09 Feb 2004-- The canyon walls echoed with machine gun and mortar fire recently, as infantry Marines and U.S. Army soldiers joined forces to assault a range here during a live-fire exercise.
  • ex-USS Oriskany to Serve as Artificial Reef Navy Newsstand 09 Feb 2004-- The ex-USS Oriskany (CVA 34), the last Essex-class aircraft carrier in the fleet's inactive ship inventory, served the Navy for more then 25 years, maintaining a powerful presence during the Korean War and the Vietnam conflict. Decommissioned September 1976, the ship is ready to do more sea time, only this time beneath the surface, serving as an artificial reef.
  • Marines spare no firepower in island 'siege' Marine Corps News 09 Feb 2004-- Pendleton-based amtrackers stormed aboard this island with guns blazing recently - wielding everything from explosives and rockets to pistols in an exercise primarily designed to refine their ability to breach obstacles during an amphibious assault.
  • Force Stabilization increases readiness, predictability Army News Service 09 Feb 2004-- While the primary goal of stabilizing Soldiers is to increase the readiness of their units for national security requirements, that stabilization also supports Well-Being for Soldiers and their family members, according to officials.
  • Army changes enlistment lengths to support Stabilization Army News Service 09 Feb 2004-- Basic and Advanced Individual Training will be in addition to the number of years a new recruit enlists for under a new Force Stabilization initiative
  • 22d MEU (SOC) ensures all hands are ready for deployment Marine Corps News 09 Feb 2004-- In the weeks leading up to unit deployments, sometimes the single Marine gets forgotten in the flurry of family readiness briefs geared toward spouses and children.
  • Leaders assess role of intelligence in Iraq war Army News Service 09 Feb 2004-- In the Silent Warrior Conference Room at Fort Huachuca, Jan. 23, there were more stars to be seen than on a cold, clear winter's night.

  • State Department Briefing, February 9, 2004 Washignton File 09 Feb 2004 -- Haiti, Pakistan, nonproliferation, Russia, Middle East, Cyprus, Libya, South America, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, China, Iraq, North Korea, Brazil
  • White House Press Briefing, February 9, 2004 Washignton File 09 Feb 2004 -- Trip to Springfield, Missouri/Bush speech on economy, FBI investigation on leak of CIA agent's name, war on terror/Iraq, same sex marriage, commission on WMD intelligence

  • Russia: Moscow Says CFE Treaty May Be Outdated RFE/RL 09 Feb 2004 -- Russia told an international conference on 7 February it doubts the value of the 1989 treaty on limiting the size of conventional weapons in Europe.

  • Indian defense yearbook dwells on threat to Indian energy security PLA Daily 09 Feb 2004 -- The latest Indian Defense Yearbook said that another possible war by the United States in West Asia could spark off a new wave of "uncontrollable anti-Americanism" in the Arab and Muslim world, give a boost to terrorism and seriously affect petroleum supplies to India.

  • East China Sea Fleet makes breakthrough in new fighter training PLA Daily 09 Feb 2004 -- On January 31, in the airspace above the East China Sea, a number of new fighters pierced the clouds and mist and successfully broke through the "enemy's" defense line by way of hedge-hopping flight and attacked the fleet of the enemy by firing air to ship missiles.
  • Intelligence support capability of a Guangzhou MAC radar brigade greatly boosted PLA Daily 09 Feb 2004 -- A radar brigade of the Guangzhou Military Area Command Air Force has greatly boosted its intelligence support capability by conducting online confrontation exercises and radar mobile exercises under near-real war situations.

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • U.S. Joins International Community in Condemning Haitian Violence Washignton File 09 Feb 2004 -- The United States has joined the international community in condemning Haiti's recent wave of violence that has resulted in loss of life in the Caribbean nation.
  • HAITI UNREST UPDATE VOA 09 Feb 2004 -- Violent disturbances spread to more towns in northwest Haiti on Monday. At least 40 people have died since last Thursday, when the rioting broke out against the government of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Haiti's government claimed some success late Monday when it reported recapturing a large town on a major north-south highway.
  • U-S / HAITI VIOLENCE VOA 09 Feb 2004 -- The United States is strongly condemning the political violence in Haiti and appealing to the various factions there to support peace efforts by the Caribbean grouping Caricom and the Organization of American States. U-S officials blame the surging unrest in part on armed gangs allied to President Jean Bertrand-Aristide.

  • U-N/CYPRUS TALKS PREVIEW VOA 09 Feb 2004 -- Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot leaders meet at the United Nations Tuesday to try to revive Secretary General Kofi Annan's Cyprus peace plan. Mr. Annan calls the gathering an historic opportunity to reunite Cyprus after three decades of division. But the path to success is littered with obstacles.
  • ISRAEL / BARRIER VOA 09 Feb 2004 -- Israel's Supreme Court opened hearings today (Monday) into the legality of a West Bank barrier that the government says is aimed at stopping attacks on Israelis but which civil liberties groups say causes Palestinians hardship. The hearing is seen as a preview of what may come when the International Court of Justice in The Hague hears the issue later this month.
  • LIBERIA: LURD leader hands over heavy weapons, supports disarmament IRIN 09 Feb 2004 -- Amidst cheers and singing by his fighters, Sekou Conneh, the chairman of the LURD rebel movement, handed over a substantial cache of weapons to United Nations peacekeepers Monday, eager to show his support for an impending disarmament campaign.
  • SUDAN: Gov't will not attend Darfur humanitarian access talks IRIN 09 Feb 2004 -- The government of Sudan said on Monday it would not attend talks to discuss humanitarian access with rebels from the war-torn western Darfur region.
  • DR of Congo: UN and government officials meet on security sector reform UN News Centre 09 Feb 2004 -- In order to consolidate stability, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) must reorganize its military and police in an open manner, Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette told a meeting in New York of officials from the United Nations and the country's government today.
  • Five N-E separatists groups hold talks with India to end violence IRNA 09 Feb 2004 -- At least five frontline separatist groups from India`s troubled northeast are holding secret talks with New Delhi to end more than five-decades of violent insurgency in the region, officials Monday said.
  • UGANDA: LRA duped their way into IDPs camp - eyewitnesses IRIN 09 Feb 2004 -- The Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels who killed scores of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in a camp near the northern town of Lira on 5 February gained access to the camp by pretending to be government soldiers and militias, survivors of the attack told IRIN.
  • ETHIOPIA-SUDAN: Renewed fighting reported in the west IRIN 09 Feb 2004 -- Renewed fighting has erupted in the western Gambella region bordering Sudan, claiming as many as 40 lives, according to UN and humanitarian sources. The clashes broke out just weeks after fighting had left up to 150 people dead in Gambella, officials told IRIN on Monday.
  • SRI LANKA REBELS VOA 09 Feb 2004 -- Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebel group has called snap parliamentary elections planned for April a "grave setback" to the country's peace process. Many in Sri Lanka view the decision to call elections as a threat to efforts to end a long guerrilla war.
  • RUSSIA BLAST VOA 09 Feb 2004 -- Residents of Moscow observed a day of mourning for the victims of last week's deadly subway bombing that killed 39 people and wounded well over 100.
  • IVORY COAST / REBELS VOA 09 Feb 2004 -- Rebels in northern Ivory Coast are giving diverging accounts on the death of a rebel leader.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 09 Feb 2004 -- NATO chief sounds alarm on military gaps /Britain to take lead in north, as NATO prepares long-delayed expansion of Afghan force / Defence secretary Rumsfeld praises new Croatian government for support in fighting terrorism / EU and U.S. condemn protest violence in Albania / Jordan's King Abdullah calls for international alliance to push for Israeli-Palestinian peace / Russia seeks access to NATO facilities in Poland and Baltic states
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 09 Feb 2004 -- Canadian general takes command of ISAF / Paris daily notes conditions for Eurocorps takeover of ISAF / Palestinian National Authority supports initiative to involve NATO in Middle East peacekeeping process / Report: Sixth Fleet may move to Spain / U.S. military to scout East Europe base sites

  • U-S-MIDEAST-DEMOCRACY VOA 09 Feb 2004 -- The Bush administration is preparing a new international initiative aimed at encouraging greater democracy and economic reform in the Middle East. But Secretary of State Colin Powell says the United States will not try to impose its values on reluctant governments in the region.

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