13 February 2004 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 13 Feb 2004 [PDF]
- Attack Kills Soldier, Wounds 2 Others in Iraq AFPS 13 Feb 2004 -- One 16th Military Police Brigade soldier was killed and two others were wounded late Feb. 12 in an attack using an improvised explosive device and small-arms fire, Combined Joint Task Force 7 officials in Baghdad, Iraq, announced today in a news release.
- TASK FORCE OLYMPIA DETAINS SUSPECTS, COLLECTS WEAPONS CENTCOM Release 13 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 Thursday.
- TASK FORCE OLYMPIA RECOVERS WEAPONS CENTCOM Release 13 Feb 2004-- Soldiers from 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, under the operational control of Task Force Olympia, recovered weapons and explosive devices in northern Iraq Wednesday.
- REBUILDING IRAQ/AFGHANISTAN VOA 13 Feb 2004 -- A top Defense Department official says the U-S role in rebuilding Iraq and Afghanistan will be a critical part of turning the tide for democracy and respect for human rights not only in that region, but throughout the world. Raymond DuBois (duh BWAHZ), Director of Administration and Management for the Secretary of Defense, who is in charge of the overall effort to rebuild the two nations, spoke at the Baker Institute in Houston Friday.
- 4TH INFANTRY DIVISION'S 24-HOUR ACTIVITY CENTCOM Release 13 Feb 2004-- Soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division and Task Force Ironhorse conducted 150 patrols and two raids, capturing 44 individuals over the past 24 hours. Ten of the patrols were joint operations conducted with the Iraqi Police, the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps and the Border Guard in order to continually improve the safety and standard of living of the Iraqi people.
- "Comprehensive Strategy" to Combat Afghanistan Drug Trade Urged Washington File 13 Feb 2004 -- U.S. lawmakers called for a "comprehensive strategy" including increased assistance to help Afghan authorities combat the resurgence of opium production and drug trafficking.
- Afghanistan: Experts Say Soviet Military Withdrawal Holds Lessons For Future (Part 1) RFE/RL 13 Feb 2004 -- The 15th anniversary of the withdrawal of the last Soviet troops from Afghanistan takes place on 15 February.
- Afghanistan: Former Taliban Followers Attempting To Assimilate Into Civilian Life RFE/RL 13 Feb 2004 -- Remnants of the ousted Taliban regime continue to pose a serious threat to Afghanistan's fragile stability. Many Afghans say the Taliban has lost whatever lingering support it may have enjoyed, even in areas previously known as being sympathetic to the group. During the past two years, thousands of men who were forced to follow the Taliban have broken cleanly with their pasts, taking up the routines of civilian life.
- Afghanistan: Land Mines From Afghan-Soviet War Leave Bitter Legacy (Part 2) RFE/RL 13 Feb 2004 -- Afghanistan marks the 15th anniversary of the withdrawal of Soviet troops from the country on 15 February. Among the legacies of the Soviet invasion, and the factional conflicts that followed the defeat of Soviet forces, are the hundreds of thousands of land mines that still litter many parts of the countryside.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Transcript: Secretary Rumsfeld Remarks to Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce 13 Feb 2004 -- Today enemy combatants are being detained at the U.S. military facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as you know well. They include not only rank and file soldiers who took up arms against the coalition in Afghanistan but they include senior al Qaida and Taliban operatives, including some who may have been linked to past and potential attacks against the United States, and other who continue to express commitment to kill Americans if released. Very simply the reason for their detention is that they're dangerous. (...) It is a security necessity, and I might add it is just plain common sense. detaining enemy combatants also serves another purpose. It provides us with intelligence that can help us prevent future acts of terrorism. It can save lives and indeed I am convinced it can speed victory.
- Transcript: Briefing on Detainee Operations at Guantanamo Bay 13 Feb 2004 -- Participating were Paul Butler, principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low intensity conflict, and Army Maj. Gen. Geoffrey D. Miller, commander, Joint Task Force Guantanamo
- Transfer of Detainee Complete 13 Feb 2004 -- The Department of Defense announced today the transfer of a Spanish-national detainee from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for continued detention by the Spanish Government.
- RUMSFELD / GUANTANAMO DETAINEES VOA 13 Feb 2004 -- U-S Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says the United States will review the status of hundreds of people being detained as enemy combatants at a U-S Naval base in Cuba to determine whether they still pose a terrorist threat. The decision comes amid strong criticism from other governments and human rights groups over the indefinite detention of people captured on the battlefield in Afghanistan.
- Panel to Review Guantanamo Detainees AFPS 13 Feb 2004 -- Suspected terrorists held at U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will have the opportunity to appear before an administrative review panel, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee operations said here today.
- Rumsfeld: Detainees' Handling Based on Individual Assessment Washington File 13 Feb 2004 -- Detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay were sent there because they were believed to pose a threat to the United States, and many of them have provided valuable information about terrorist structures, plans and tactics, says Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
- Special Review Panel Planned for Guantanamo Detainees Washington File 13 Feb 2004 -- The Defense Department plans to form a special administrative review panel to place the cases of individual detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, under continual review, a department official says.
- Prosper Says Progress Being Made to Resolve Detainees' Status Washington File 13 Feb 2004 -- The U.S. ambassador-at-large for war crimes says the process of detaining suspected al-Qaeda and Taliban terrorists at a U.S. military base in Cuba for the past two years represents an effective collaboration in the war against terrorism between the United Stats and the four dozen countries whose nationals are in being held.
- V CORPS ARTILLERY SOLDIERS COME HOME EXACTLY ONE YEAR AFTER DEPLOYING TO SOUTHWEST ASIA V Corps Release 13 Feb 2004-- Enthusiastic families, friends and co-workers were on hand at Tompkins Barracks here this week to greet Soldiers of V Corps Artillery, the command element for the corps' field artillery assets, marking the end of their year-long deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
- Guardsman Arrested for Attempting to Aid al Qaeda AFPS 13 Feb 2004 -- A Washington Army National Guard soldier whose unit is deploying to Iraq was arrested Feb. 12 at Fort Lewis, Wash., for attempting to pass information about military capabilities to al Qaeda operatives.
- New Tanks Shipped into South Korea KCNA 13 Feb 2004 -- The U.S. forces in south Korea reportedly shipped scores of new tanks M1-A1 Abrams into south Korea on January 29.
- White House Daily Briefing, February 13, 2004 Washington File 13 Feb 2004 -- Travel of economic team, Visit of Tunisian President, Israel, polls, campaign, homosexual marriage, economy, WMD, president's mood, NASCAR, highway bill
- Russian military plane crashes, no casualties PLA Daily 13 Feb 2004 -- A Russian Su-24 warplane crashed inthe country's Far East region Thursday morning, but the two pilotssurvived and no casualties on the ground was reported, Interfax news agency reported.
- US 7th Fleet warship to visit China PLA Daily 13 Feb 2004 -- Blue Ridge, the command ship of the US Navy's Seventh Fleet is to visit east China's Shanghai porton Feb. 24-28, said Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Zhang Qiyue here Thursday.
- China urges EU to lift arms embargo at early date: FM PLA Daily 13 Feb 2004 -- China hopes the European Union (EU) will lift its arms embargo against China at an early date, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Zhang Qiyue here Thursday.
- Information Lockheed Martin 13 Feb 2004 -- Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT) today announced that representatives of Lockheed Martin and Titan recently initiated meetings with the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission to advise of an internal review relating to certain agreements between Titan and international consultants and related payments in foreign countries. Lockheed Martin and Titan have been informed that the Securities and Exchange Commission has commenced an investigation into whether payments by Titan were made in violation of applicable law. Lockheed Martin is not aware of any unlawful payments by Titan and intends to cooperate fully with the government's investigation.
- Northrop Grumman to Integrate Next-Generation Electronic Attack System Into Navy Carrier Aircraft Northrop Grumman 13 Feb 2004 -- U.S. Navy pilots flying the service's new EA-18G electronic attack aircraft will protect U.S. and allied aircraft from enemy radar threats with a new and enhanced version of the airborne electronic attack (AEA) system that Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) currently produces for the Navy's EA-6B Prowler.
- Thales welcomes the decision on the future aircraft carrier Thales 13 Feb 2004 -- Thales welcomes the decision announced today by the French President concerning the choice of a conventional mode of propulsion for the future aircraft carrier.
- U-N/CYPRUS AGREEMENT VOA 13 Feb 2004 -- Leaders of the Turkish and Greek Cypriot communities have accepted a U-N blueprint for reunifying Cyprus by May. The deal was reached after three days of hard bargaining at U-N headquarters.
- U.S. Welcomes Agreement in UN Cyprus Talks Washington File 13 Feb 2004 -- The United States welcomes the announcement that Turkish and Greek Cypriots have agreed to resume negotiations based on the peace plan proposed by United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan and to submit the resulting settlement to a vote of their respective communities in time for a reunited island to join the European Union on May 1.
- Cyprus political settlement 'in reach,' Annan says following breakthrough in talks UN News Centre 13 Feb 2004 -- More than 40 years after the United Nations first became involved in the Cyprus problem, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said a settlement is "in reach" after the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders committed to his plan to reunify the island nation ahead of its entry into the European Union (EU).
- TURKEY / CYPRUS REACT VOA 13 Feb 2004 -- Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said Friday he is hopeful a U-N plan for reuniting the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities in time to enter the European Union in May will be successful. Mr. Gul spoke after the leaders of both communities announced an agreement in New York to resume U-N-sponsored talks and hold referenda on both sides of the island in April.
- GREECE / CYPRUS REACT VOA 13 Feb 2004 -- The Greek government has welcomed the agreement reached in New York to resume unification talks for the divided island of Cyprus, with the aim of holding a referendum on a final agreement in April.
- U-N / CYPRUS FRIDAY VOA 13 Feb 2004 -- U-N Secretary General Kofi Annan is giving the leaders of Turkish and Greek Cyprus a take-it-or-leave-it ultimatum on his proposal for a quick reunification of the divided island. Three days of tough negotiating have produced only deadlock.
- U.S., OAS, Caribbean Community and Canada Coordinate Efforts on Haiti Washington File 13 Feb 2004 -- Officials from the United States, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Organization of American States (OAS) and Canada met in Washington on February 13 to coordinate efforts to support a "peaceful, negotiated, democratic and constitutional resolution" to the political crisis in Haiti, according to a joint statement.
- U-N HAITI VOA 13 Feb 2004 -- U-N officials are warning of an impending humanitarian crisis in Haiti if violence in the northern part of the country does not end soon. V-O-A's Jim Teeple reports from Port-au-Prince, armed gangs continue to control Haiti's fourth largest city cutting off much of northern Haiti to food delivery supplies
- POWELL / HAITI / CARICOM VOA 13 Feb 2004 -- Senior officials of the United States, Canada and Caribbean countries discussed the Haitian political crisis in Washington Friday. They called for a peaceful resolution of the crisis under terms of the plan put forth by the Caribbean grouping CARICOM. They also said there should be no attempt to illegally remove elected Haitian President Jean Bertrand-Aristide.
- U-S-Mideast Envoys VOA 13 Feb 2004 -- The Bush administration is sending a team of senior officials to the Middle East next week to discuss Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's stated plan to dismantle most Israeli settlements in the Gaza Strip. The U-S team will also push for changes in the route of Israel's controversial West Bank security barrier.
- ISRAEL BARRIER VOA 13 Feb 2004 -- Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's inner cabinet has formally decided not to take part in an International Court of Justice hearing that will focus on the security barrier Israel is building along the West Bank.
- UN force commanders in three West African countries hold coordination meeting UN News Centre 13 Feb 2004 -- The military leaders of three United Nations peacekeeping missions in West Africa met in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, today to coordinate their operations and strengthen sub-regional cross-border security.
- U-N/WEST AFRICA VOA 13 Feb 2004 -- The heads of United Nations peacekeeping missions in West Africa say disarmament remains the biggest challenge in their effort to bring peace to the region.
- U-N / WEST AFRICA VOA 13 Feb 2004 -- The military commanders of U-N peacekeepers in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast are getting together to coordinate their efforts in West Africa..
- QATAR/BLAST VOA 13 Feb 2004 -- A former Chechen leader who has been linked to the al-Qaida terror network was killed Friday in a car explosion in the Gulf state of Qatar.
- LIBERIA: UN hints at further delay to start of disarmament IRIN 13 Feb 2004 -- The UN military commander in Liberia hinted on Friday that the start of a campaign to disarm the country's three warring parties would be further delayed, possibly until April.
- UN mission hails planned release of 100 Moroccan POWs in Western Sahara UN News Centre 13 Feb 2004 -- The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Western Sahara today hailed the decision by the Frente POLISARIO group to release 100 Moroccan prisoners-of-war.
- DRC / VIOLENCE VOA 13 Feb 2004 -- U-N officials have started an investigation after militiamen in Congo's northeastern district of Ituri killed a U-N military observer on Thursday. The gunmen ambushed a U-N convoy near the town of Katoto, about 25 kilometers north of the district capital Bunia.
- GUINEA-BISSAU: Army clash with unidentified group on Senegal border IRIN 13 Feb 2004 -- The government of Guinea-Bissau has confirmed that its troops clashed with an unidentified armed group near the northern border with Senegal earlier this week.
- NEPAL / MAOIST ANNIVERSARY VOA 13 Feb 2004 -- Nepal is marking the anniversary of eight years of an anti-monarchy revolt led by Maoist rebels - which has killed more than 88-hundred people. The insurgency poses the biggest threat yet to the stability of the tiny kingdom tucked in the Himalayan Mountains.
- THAILAND / MUSLIM UNREST VOA 13 Feb 2004 -- Thailand's Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra traveled to southern Thailand today (eds: Friday) in an effort to diffuse tensions between the government of predominantly Buddhist Thailand and the Muslim community in the south. Tensions are high in the Muslim region since martial law was declared following a flare-up of violence.
- UNHCR / REPATRIATION VOA 13 Feb 2004 -- The United Nations refugee agency says it hopes to repatriate up to two-million refugees from nine African countries where the situation has improved.
- SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 13 Feb 2004 -- NATO chief says alliance could mull move to Iraq / U.S. worried Iraq insurgents have inside information / U.S. forces should strike Afghanistan's opium labs, Hyde says / French foreign minister backs Eurocorps for Kabul / Turkish president backs Serbia-Montenegro joining NATO partnership / Iran accused of hiding atomic plans
- SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 13 Feb 2004 -- Gen. Jones' visit to Slovenia noted / Bosnian presidency endorses report on future peacekeeping in country / Environmental activists protest NATO radar station construction in Hungary
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