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11 February 2004 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 11 Feb 2004 [PDF]

  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 11 Feb 2004 -- CPA Senior Adviser, Daniel Senor and Deputy Director for Operations Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt
  • 82nd Airborne Commander: 'Iraqi-ization' Moving Forward AFPS 11 Feb 2004 -- Iraqi police and other security forces are assuming more responsibility for security in their country every day, the U.S. general in charge of forces in western Iraq said in Baghdad today.
  • Coalition Releases Letter Meant for al Qaeda AFPS 11 Feb 2004 -- Saying it illustrates a calculated effort by foreign terrorists to derail democracy in Iraq, coalition and Iraqi officials in Baghdad today released a 17-page letter intended for al Qaeda leaders that a courier was carrying when he was captured last month.
  • Car Bomb In Baghdad Kills 47 RFE/RL 11 Feb 2004 -- A suicide attacker blew up his car in Baghdad this morning amid a crowd of hundreds of people applying for jobs outside an army recruiting center.
  • Iraq: Civilians -- Not U.S. Soldiers -- Becoming Targets Of Choice In Bombings RFE/RL 11 Feb 2004 -- This week's car bombings in Iraq appear to confirm a trend that Iraqi civilians -- not U.S. soldiers -- are becoming the target of choice for the anticoalition insurgency. While it's still unclear who's orchestrating the attacks, the bombings appear to be aimed at sowing discontent and fear among the general population.
  • EXPLOSION AT BAGHDAD ARMY RECRUITING STATION KILLS 47, WOUNDS MANY CENTCOM Release 11 Feb 2004-- An explosion occurred at an Iraqi Army Recruiting Station at approximately 7:40 a.m.; initial reports indicated the explosion killed 47 Iraqis and wounded at least 50 others.
  • AL ANBAR REGION MAKES STEADY IMPROVEMENTS CENTCOM Release 11 Feb 2004-- The newly elected Al Anbar Provincial Council in Ar Ramadi met yesterday for the first time since its inception. The delegates were elected using a process of 25 caucuses throughout the province.
  • Last 101st convoy leaves Iraq, I Corps sets flag Army News Service 11 Feb 2004-- The last 101st Airborne Division convoy rolled across the Iraqi border just before 5 a.m. Kuwaiti time this morning, leaving behind a mission that spanned almost a year.
  • New vehicles helping against IEDs Army News Service 11 Feb 2004-- The U.S. Army has a few new weapons to use in its war against the threat of Improvised Explosive Devices on Iraq's roadways.
  • IRAQ / BLAST VOA 11 Feb 2004 -- A car bomb exploded in the early hours of Baghdad's Wednesday morning, killing at least 40 people in the second such bombing in Iraq in less than 24 hours.

  • COMBINED FORCES COMMAND-AFGHANISTAN RELEASE CENTCOM Release 11 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.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • President Announces New Measures to Counter the Threat of WMD Remarks by the President on Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation Fort Lesley J. McNair - National Defense University Washington, D.C.
  • Fact Sheet: Strengthening International Efforts Against WMD Proliferation
  • BUSH - WEAPONS VOA 11 Feb 2004 -- President Bush is calling for tougher international action to stop the spread of weapons of mass destruction. Mr. Bush says current non-proliferation efforts have not done the job.
  • Bush Asks for Tougher Focus on Weapons of Mass Destruction AFPS 11 Feb 2004 -- The United States and its allies "will act on every lead to find the middlemen, the suppliers and the buyers" to stop the spread of deadly weapons, President Bush said today, proposing ways to strengthen the world's efforts toward that goal.
  • Padilla Allowed Access to Lawyer 11 Feb 2004 -- Jose Padilla, an enemy combatant detained at the Charleston Consolidated Naval Brig in Charleston, S.C., will be allowed access to a lawyer subject to appropriate security restrictions, the Department of Defense announced today. Arrangements for that access are being coordinated.
  • HSV Swift Shows Its Stuff Navy Newsstand 11 Feb 2004-- The Navy is experimenting with a second aluminum-hull High Speed Vessel, HSV 2 Swift. Swift is the successor to HSV 1 Joint Venture and brings new transformational capabilities to the Navy and Marine Corps team.
  • US experts assess possible military bases in Romania PLA Daily 11 Feb 2004 -- A team of high-ranking US officers arrived here Monday to have technical talks with Romania on the possibility of deploying American military bases on Romanian territory, a spokesman of the Romanian Defense Ministry said Monday.
  • Wolfowitz Cites Importance of Africa In U.S. Security Policy Washington File 11 Feb 2004 -- The Pentagon's number two civilian, Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, February 9 told more than 120 military and defense officials from Africa that America would stand shoulder to shoulder with them to counter a wave of international terrorism that threatens the security of not only their continent but the whole world.

  • DoD Announces Top Contractors for Fiscal Year 2003 11 Feb 2004 -- Department of Defense announced today that the fiscal 2003 report of "100 Companies Receiving the Largest Dollar Volume of Prime Contract Awards (Top 100)" is now available on the World Wide Web
  • Transcript: Defense Department Special Briefing Purpose Of Budget Supplementals 11 Feb 2004 --DoD Comptroller, Doc. Dov Zakheim
  • DoD Supplemental Request Won't Go to Hill Until January AFPS 11 Feb 2004 -- The Defense Department has a number of good reasons to delay asking for a wartime supplemental funding request for fiscal 2005, said DoD Comptroller Dov Zakheim, the biggest one being, "We don't know how much to ask for."
  • PENTAGON/BUDGET/POLITICS VOA 11 Feb 2004 -- The Pentagon's chief financial officer has denied politics is a factor in the Bush administration's decision not to seek additional funds for military operations in Iraq until after this November's presidential election.

  • White House Daily Briefing, February 11, 2004 Washington File 11 Feb 2004 -- Bush/National Defense University speech on WMD, Pakistan, gay marriage and constitutional amendment, Bush/National Guard records, D.C. representation, Haiti, Iraq, Yasser Arafat/bank account

  • India to sell 2 Advanced Light Helicopters to Nepal IRNA 11 Feb 2004 -- India is finally ready to don the mantle to the arms exporter as it gets ready to sell the first indigenously-developed Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH).
  • Israeli warplane crashes in southern West Bank IRNA 11 Feb 2004 -- A Israeli warplane on Wednesday crashed south of the West Bank town of al-Khalil during what is described as a "training mission."
  • Britain, France to take step toward closer defense cooperation: report PLA Daily 11 Feb 2004 -- Britain and France are to take a bold step toward closer defense cooperation by joining forces to create a string of highly trained, rapid-deployment units for combat in jungle, desert and mountain operations, the British Financial Times newspaper reported Tuesday.
  • Russia holds strategic military exercises PLA Daily 11 Feb 2004 -- The Russian armed forces are conducting strategic military exercises, First Deputy Chief of Staff Col. Gen. Yury Baluyevsky said Tuesday.

  • Chinese defense minister meets US under secretary of defense PLA Daily 11 Feb 2004 -- Chinese Defense Minister Cao Gangchuan reiterated China's stance on the Taiwan issue here Tuesday, saying "Chinese people themselves are more eager than any other to realize the peaceful reunification of China."
  • China rejects allegation of US military technology acquisition from Boeing PLA Daily 11 Feb 2004 -- The allegation that China obtained military navigation technology used on advanced US missiles and warplanes from US aviation giant Boeing is completely groundless, said a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Tuesday.

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • HAITI / ARISTIDE VOA 12 Feb 2004 -- Haiti's President, Jean Bertrand Aristide says his country's political opposition is responsible for violence now wracking the impoverished Caribbean nation. At least three people died Wednesday in clashes between police and rioters, bringing to 46 the number of people
  • CONGRESS / HAITI VOA 11 Feb 2004 -- Some Democrats in Congress are urging the Bush administration to take stronger action to deal with the deteriorating situation in Haiti.

  • ISRAEL PALESTINIANS UPDATE VOA 11 Feb 2004 -- Violent clashes in the Gaza Strip between Israeli troops and Palestinian gunmen have left at least 13 Palestinians dead and more than 50 wounded.
  • INDIA/ISRAEL VOA 11 Feb 2004 -- Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom says his government may not attend an upcoming hearing at the International Court of Justice on the security barrier it is constructing in the West Bank. The comment came as Mr. Shalom wrapped up a three-day visit to India, which underlined the steadily-warming friendship between the two countries.
  • ISRAEL / SETTLEMENTS VOA 11 Feb 2004 -- Israel's opposition leader, Shimon Peres, says if Israel evacuates its settlements in Gaza, their infrastructure should be left for the Palestinians. Mr. Peres made the appeal at a news conference at which he also said the European Union should offer Israel and the Palestinians membership as an incentive to make peace.

  • Cyprus Talks/Day Two VOA 11 Feb 2004 -- Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders have failed for a second day to agree on a U-N mediated plan for reuniting their divided island. But a third day of talks is scheduled.
  • Cyprus: Crucial Talks On Unity Extended One Day For 'Reflection' RFE/RL 11 Feb 2004 -- Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders have agreed to continue talks today at the United Nations in the hopes of finding common ground to work out a plan for reunifying the island. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan called the leaders together for what is seen as a last-chance effort to unify Cyprus ahead of the planned 1 May accession of the Greek-governed part of the island to the European Union. The outcome is likely to affect Turkey's own EU aspirations.

  • Security Council members urge measures to stabilize situation in DR Congo UN News centre 11 Feb 2004 -- Members of the United Nations Security Council today called for a series of measures aimed at promoting stability in the war-ravaged Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
  • DRC: UN team discovers 12 corpses in Gobu IRIN 11 Feb 2004 -- UN peacekeeping troops who have reached a reported massacre site in the northeastern town of Gobu, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, have discovered 12 corpses but no mass grave, a spokesman said on Wednesday.

  • SERBIA / KARADIZIC VOA 11 Feb 2004 -- The chief prosecutor of the United Nations War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague says one of the tribunal's most wanted suspects, Radovan Karadzic, is living in the Serbian capital, Belgrade. But the prosecutor's statement has been condemned in Serbia.
  • BURUNDI-DRC: Former rebels continue to return from Congo IRIN 11 Feb 2004 -- Thirty-seven rebel fighters arrived on Tuesday in the Burundian capital, Bujumbura, from Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), aboard two planes of the UN Mission in the DRC, known as MONUC.
  • SUDAN: Thousands still fleeing attacks in Darfur IRIN 11 Feb 2004 -- Thousands are still fleeing for their lives from militias and aerial bombardments in the western region of Darfur, despite claims by the government this week that the war is over.
  • IVORY COAST / REBELS VOA 11 Feb 2004 -- Ivorian rebel leader Guillaume Soro has announced he will not run in presidential elections scheduled for 2005, sparking concern about a split within rebel ranks.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 11 Feb 2004 -- EU's big three propose crisis battle groups / U.S. military officials to present future makeup of troops in Europe next month / Italy is departure point for suicide attackers linked to al-Qaida, intelligence report says / U.S. troops to test Athens Olympics preparations / Russia launches military exercise involving nuclear, conventional forces
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 11 Feb 2004 -- Report: U.S. sees NATO in broader role for Middle East / Israeli opposition leader calls for international incentives for Mideast peace / Plans to create "crisis battle groups" viewed / ICTY chief prosecutor: "Karadzic is in Belgrade"

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