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10 February 2004 Military News

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Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 10 Feb 2004 [PDF]

  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing from Iraq 10 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
  • Transcript: DoD News Briefing - Secretary Rumsfeld and Gen. Myers 10 Feb 2004 -- Participating were Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld and Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • 4TH ID OPERATIONS FOR THE PAST 24 HOURS CENTCOM Release 10 Feb 2004-- Three people were captured after soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team went to the village of Al Alam, near Tikrit in the morning of Feb. 9 in search of individuals suspected of having involvement in attacks against Coalition forces on Forward Operating Base Speicher. The soldiers did not locate any targeted individuals in the village but as they were returning to their base camp they encountered a group of 30 Iraqis. The men were stopped and soldiers were able to determine that one of the individuals was targeted for capture in the planned raid. Two others were detained for questioning.
  • CAPTURE OF NUMBER 48 CENTCOM Release 10 Feb 2004-- Combined Joint Task Force -7 announces the capture of Muhsin Khadr al-Khafaji, Black List number 48 on the "top 55" Iraqi most wanted.
  • IRAQ/BOMB WRAP VOA 10 Feb 2004 -- U-S officials in Baghdad say 35 people were killed and 75 injured when a suspected car bomb exploded outside a police station south of Baghdad. Officials say the bombing is similar to attacks they blamed on foreign terrorists in the past.
  • Coalition Nabs Another 'Most Wanted' Fugitive AFPS 10 Feb 2004 -- Another fugitive featured in the deck of 55 playing cards signifying the "most wanted" members of Saddam Hussein's regime is in coalition custody.
  • IRAQ/BOMB VOA 10 Feb 2004 -- Hospital and government officials say 45 people were killed and dozens more were injured when a suspected car bomb exploded outside a police station south of Baghdad.

  • Afghanistan risks becoming 'narco-State,' UN anti-drug chief warns UN News Centre 10 Feb 2004 -- Unless illegal drug activities in Afghanistan are reined in, the country risks becoming a key player in the narcotics trade now fuelling terrorism, the head of the United Nations anti-drug agency warned today.
  • AFGHANISTAN: ISAF to deploy outside Kabul as new Canadian commander takes over IRIN 10 Feb 2004 -- NATO's Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, confirmed on Monday that the NATO-led international peacekeeping force in the Afghan capital, Kabul, would be deployed further afield in the shape of provincial reconstruction teams (PRTs).

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Soldiers see barracks improvements after deployment Army News Service 10 Feb 2004-- More than $65 million is being spent on improving single Soldiers' barracks while they are deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Wasp Strike Group and 22 MEU to Deploy Navy Newsstand 10 Feb 2004-- Roughly 6,300 Sailors and Marines in the USS Wasp (LHD 1) Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 2 will depart Feb. 17 as they make their maiden deployment as an ESG in support of the global war on terrorism.
  • 1st FSSG paving way for Iraq-bound Marines Marine Corps News 10 Feb 2004-- Lead elements of the Camp Pendleton-based I Marine Expeditionary Force currently are on the ground in Kuwait and Iraq paving the way for the expected 25,000 Marines headed back to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in the coming months.
  • Blue Ridge, Seventh Fleet visit Thailand 7th Fleet Release 12 Feb 2004-- USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) arrived here for a routine port visit Feb. 10.
  • Transforming the deployment and distribution seams between strategic and operational logistics CENTCOM Release 10 Feb 2004-- U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM), in partnership with USTRANSCOM, DLA and other national providers, has taken recent steps to transform the deployment and distribution process and eliminate the seams between strategic and operational logistics. Partnering with many national logistics providers, CENTCOM now has a team of joint logistics experts under their tactical command and control (TACON) providing capabilities in a regional combatant command's theater of operations. The CENTCOM Deployment and Distribution Operations Center (CDDOC) deployed here last month to work for USCENTCOM as a pilot program to help transform distribution operations within the Department of Defense.
  • Rumsfeld Staunchly Defends Preemption to European Officials AFPS 10 Feb 2004 -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld mounted a heartfelt defense of the U.S. policy of preemption during a Feb. 7 speech at an international security conference in Munich, Germany.
  • Defense Logistics Agency Recruits Military Reservists AFPS 10 Feb 2004 -- Opportunities exist at the Defense Logistics Agency for reserve military officers, and officials used last month's Reserve Officers Association conference in Washington, D.C., to spread the word.
  • US official briefs Philippines on US global defense posture PLA Daily 10 Feb 2004 -- A senior US State Department official Monday was here to brief the Philippine authorities on US global defense posture.
  • CHINA-US DEFENSE VOA 10 Feb 2004 -- A U-S delegation is in China, where the two nations have opened the highest-level defense consultations in more than a year.
  • India test fires Surface-to-Air Trishul missile IRNA 10 Feb 2004 -- Indian defense scientists test-fired the short range surface-to-air missile Trishul from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, 15 kms from Balasore in the Eastern Indian State of Orissa on Tuesday, defense sources said.
  • Africa, Nigeria aim to build stronger naval relations PLA Daily 10 Feb 2004 -- The South African Navy is determined to build a stronger relationship with its Nigerian counterpart, visiting South Africa Chief of Naval Staff Rear Admiral Johannes Mudimu said here Monday.

  • White House Daily Briefing, February 10, 2004 Washington File 10 Feb 2004 -- President's National Guard record, leak investigation, Pakistan/scientists, Iraq/sovereignty
  • State Department Noon Briefing, February 10, 2004 Washington File 10 Feb 2004 -- Pakistan, Libya, Haiti, China, France, Israel/Palestinians, Russia, Sudan

  • MND UNVEILS 2004 MILITARY TRAINING DRILL SCHEDULE CNA 10 Feb 2004 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) unveiled a detailed schedule for its military training exercises for 2004 Tuesday, with large-scale live-fire training drills mostly concentrated between April and November.
  • DRILLS ON FRONTLINE ISLANDS WILL BE HELD AS USUAL: DEFENSE MINISTRY CNA 10 Feb 2004 -- Routine military exercises and drills on the frontline islands of Kinmen and Matsu this year will be held as scheduled, Ministry of National Defense spokesman said Tuesday.

Defense Industry

  • Hellenic Navy SEAHAWK Aloft with Glass Cockpit Sikorsky 10 Feb 2004 -- The first of three new Hellenic Navy S-70B Aegean Hawk helicopters with glass cockpits and various system enhancements made its first flight today at Sikorsky Aircraft's main facility.
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security Awards Boeing Follow-on Airport Security Program Funding Boeing 10 Feb 2004 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recent awarded a contract extension worth an estimated $198 million to Boeing [NYSE:BA].
  • Northrop Grumman-Led Team to Compete For Space Based Radar Program Northrop Grumman 10 Feb 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has assembled a best-of-industry team to compete to develop the Space Based Radar (SBR) system. SBR is a transformational program designed to bring global, persistent surveillance to military and intelligence community users. The system will be an integral component of the nation's future integrated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) network.
  • The Spanish Ministry of the Interior is expanding its SIRDEE network with EADS systems EADS 10 Feb 2004 -- The expansion of the supply and services contract for the SIRDEE (Sistema de Radiocomunicaciones Digitales de Emergencia del Estado) network of the Ministry of the Interior was approved during the last 12th of December Council of Ministers' meeting at a cost of 86,7 Mio euros. It will provide new telecommunications services and technologies to enhance the capacity and geographic coverage as well as the security, compatibility and coordination of police communications.

Other Conflicts

  • DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 10 Feb 2004
  • GAZA WITHDRAWAL: PM SHARON'S 'POLITICAL ZIGZAG' IS A 'STEP FORWARD' US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 10 Feb 2004
  • U-S-PALESTINIAN TRIAL VOA 10 Feb 2004 -- The State Department expressed deep concern Tuesday about what are seen as serious shortcomings in the trial of four Palestinians accused in connection with the deadly bombing of an American diplomatic convoy in Gaza last October. Officials in Washington say not all those responsible for killing three U-S security guards may have been caught.

  • SUDAN: Rebels dismiss president's claim of victory in Darfur IRIN 10 Feb 2004 -- The declaration this week by the government that it had defeated rebels in the western Darfur region was an important step towards unlocking humanitarian access and an eventual resolution to the conflict, a Sudanese diplomat said on Tuesday.
  • SUDAN: Parties differ on peacekeeping during transitional period IRIN 10 Feb 2004 -- Differences have emerged between Sudanese warring parties over the structure and mandate of a proposed United Nations-supported peace-monitoring team to operate during the crucial six-and-a-half-year transitional period planned to follow the signing of a final peace agreement.
  • SUDAN / DARFUR VOA 10 Feb 2004 -- One of the rebel groups in the western Darfur region of Sudan is denying Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir's claim that government forces are in full control of the troubled province. Meanwhile, the government in Khartoum says it will not attend talks later this week with rebels in Geneva to discuss opening a humanitarian corridor through Darfur.

  • HAITI UNREST VOA 10 Feb 2004 -- Police in Haiti say they have regained control in three of eleven towns seized by armed gangs over the past few days. Widespread violence is reported in several towns in western and northern Haiti, as police and government supporters battle opposition gangs. More than 40 people have died since the violence began last week. The United Nations is warning of a humanitarian crisis if the violence does not end soon.
  • U-S / HAITI VOA 10 Feb 2004 -- The United States renewed its call Tuesday for an end to violence and a political solution to the crisis in Haiti. The State Department said a settlement would involve thorough reform of the way Haiti is governed, though it did not call for the early departure from office of embattled President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

  • Cyprus Talks Tuesday Wrap VOA 10 Feb 2004 -- Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders have agreed to hold a second day of U-N mediated talks on reuniting their divided island. Both leaders were tight-lipped as they emerged from the opening session.
  • CYPRUS TALKS OPENER VOA 10 Feb 2004 -- -N Secretary General Kofi Annan is hosting Cyprus peace talks in hopes of reuniting the divided island before a May first European Union deadline.
  • Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders arrive in New York for talks with Annan UN News Centre 10 Feb 2004 -- The Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders have arrived in New York for talks with United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan in a bid to resolve the Cyprus problem before the country's entry into the European Union later this year.

  • CAMEROON-NIGERIA: Mixed commission to visit disputed Bakassi Peninsula IRIN 10 Feb 2004 -- The joint commission set up to implement a World Court ruling on the border dispute between Nigeria and Cameroon will begin the most delicate part of its job this week when it visits the potentially oil-rich Bakassi Peninsula.
  • UN Cameroon-Nigeria commission to visit disputed peninsula area UN News Centre 10 Feb 2004 -- The Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission, set up by the United Nations to peacefully resolve the border dispute between the two countries, will make its first field visit later this month to the contested Bakassi Peninsula.

  • LIBERIA VOA 10 Feb 2004 -- The Chairman of the Transitional Government of Liberia, Gyude Bryant, met Tuesday with President Bush to discuss reconciliation and rebuilding efforts, following the end of Liberia's 14-year civil war. Mr. Bryant thanked Mr. Bush for helping to bring peace to the West African nation and for U.S. financial aid, which he said will be used to create a new and peaceful Liberia.
  • Georgia and Abkhazia reopen peace talks - UN UN News Centre 10 Feb 2004 -- Representatives from Georgia and Abkhazia held a second meeting on the issue of security guarantees today, according to a United Nations spokesman.
  • DR of Congo: UN mission helps restore calm to Bukavu UN News Centre 10 Feb 2004 -- The United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) reported today that tensions in the town of Bukavu have abated, but the situation is still being monitored.
  • CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Government approves UN agency's disarmament proposal IRIN 10 Feb 2004 -- The government of the Central African Republic (CAR) has approved a US $13-million disarmament, demobilisation and reinsertion (DDR) programme, proposed by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), targeting some 7,565 former combatants.
  • THAILAND / SOUTHERN UNREST VOA 10 Feb 2004 -- Authorities in southern Thailand say they have apprehended a half dozen suspects in a recent upsurge in violence in the predominantly Muslim south. The announcement comes as Thailand's deputy prime minister visits the region to try to address local complaints of heavy-handed government tactics in the matter.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 10 Feb 2004 -- Even Kabul security is fragile, NATO chief warns, as peacekeepers prepare expansion into Afghan provinces / Britain and France plan joint military force / NATO-led peacekeepers to reorganize security operations in Kosovo / Turkey would take part in NATO-led stabilization mission in Iraq, foreign minister says / Al Qaeda operative sought civil war in Iraq / Army aims to bring stability to stressed force
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 10 Feb 2004 -- Gen. Jones: Afghan insurgency "running out of energy" / Swiss daily interviews Gen. Jones

  • CONGRESS - CUBA VOA 10 Feb 2004 -- Two Republican U-S lawmakers, just back from a trade mission to Cuba, believe the United States will drop its ban on Americans' travel to the Caribbean island next year.



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