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23 February 2004 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
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Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 23 Feb 2004 [PDF]

  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Media Availability with Traveling Press 23 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
  • Task Force Soldiers Assist Iraqis After Car Bomb Strikes AFPS 23 Feb 2004 -- Task Force Ironhorse soldiers arrived on the scene today at a police station in Kirkuk, Iraq, to provide security and medical assistance following a car bomb attack there, according to a Combined Joint Task Force 7 release.

  • Deadly ambush prompts dispatch of extra police to northern Afghanistan - UN UN News Centre 23 Feb 2004 -- Kabul-based police have been deployed in Afghanistan's northern province of Balkh to help maintain order after a joint delegation from the United Nations mission (UNAMA) and local authorities confirmed that four men were killed in an outbreak of local fighting last week.
  • Afghanistan Command Condemns Attack on Contractors AFPS 23 Feb 2004 -- Combined Forces Command Afghanistan officials have condemned the attack on U.S. contract employees Feb. 22 near Panjawi District, 50 kilometers west of Kandahar, Afghanistan.
  • COMBINED FORCES COMMAND - AFGHANISTAN RELEASE CENTCOM Release 23 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.

  • Marine Team Deploys to Haiti AFPS 23 Feb 2004 -- A team of 50 Marines has departed the United States to beef up security for the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, U.S. Southern Command confirmed today.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Transcript: Briefing on the Restructure and Revitalization of Army Aviation 23 Feb 2004 -- Participating were Les Brownlee, acting secretary of the Army; Claude M. Bolton, Jr., assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology; Army Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker, chief of staff, U.S. Army; Army Lt. Gen. Richard A. Cody, deputy chief of staff, G-3. U.S. Army.; and Army National Guard Lt. Gen. H. Steven Blum, chief, National Guard Bureau
  • USS La Jolla (SSN 701) departs for Western Pacific COMSUBPAC Release 23 Feb 2004-- USS La Jolla (SSN 701) departed on a Western Pacific deployment from its homeport of Pearl Harbor Monday, Feb. 23.
  • HAITI UNREST VOA 23 Feb 2004 -- Political opposition groups in Haiti have postponed for 24-hours a final verdict on whether to accept a U-S backed plan to forge a government of unity and reconciliation. The delay comes as Haiti's government and its backers scramble to prepare for possible rebel attacks.
  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIAN WORLD COURT VOA 23 Feb 2004 -- International Court of Justice began its hearing Monday regarding a barrier that Israel plans to build in and around the West Bank. The Israelis say that the barrier will provide a defense against suicide bombers while the Palestinian Authority contends that it's really an Israeli land grab and a violation of international law, which would further oppress Palestinians living in the West Bank.
  • PENTAGON / HELICOPTER VOA 23 Feb 2004 -- The U-S Army has cancelled a controversial planned 39-billion dollar program for a new stealth helicopter called the Comanche.
  • Army Leaders Recommend Canceling Comanche Helicopter Program AFPS 23 Feb 2004 -- Army leaders have recommended canceling a multibillion-dollar helicopter program, citing an Army study that suggests the funds would be more effective improving other areas of the service's aviation program.
  • 22d MEU (SOC) sets sail for European and Central Command Theaters Marine Corps News 23 Feb 2004-- Assaulted by a biting Atlantic wind, a group of young Marine infantrymen, mostly teenagers on their first deployment, crowded the fantail of the USS WASP to catch a final glimpse of the North Carolina coastline before it disappeared beneath the horizon.
  • Army requests Comanche termination Army News Service 23 Feb 2004-- The Army plans to cancel further research, development and planned purchases of the RAH-66 Comanche stealth helicopter.
  • ARMY ANNOUNCES INITIAL RESULTS OF AVIATION REVIEW US Army Release 23 Feb 2004-- The Army announced today the initial results of its ongoing review of Army aviation. The comprehensive review has produced several strategic recommendations that will be acted on now to ensure Army aviation meets the current and future challenges of an evolving operational environment and incorporates lessons learned from the Global War on Terrorism.
  • Boxer Sailors Help Marines Prepare for OIF Navy Newsstand 23 Feb 2004-- The spirit of cooperation between services is alive and well aboard USS Boxer (LHD 4). During the month-long transit to the Persian Gulf in support of the Operation Iraqi Freedom II force rotation, embarked Marines have been preparing their helicopters for use in Iraq. Whenever these Marines have needed aircraft parts or engines repaired or replaced, Boxer Sailors were on the front lines to assist Marines in making required repairs.

  • State Department Briefing, February 23, 2004 Washington File 23 Feb 2004 -- Iran, Syria, Libya, Haiti, Department, Israel/Palestinians, Iraq, Serbia/Montenegro, North Korea
  • Bush Says U.S. Has Responsibility to Lead Fight for Freedom Washington File 23 Feb 2004 -- President Bush in remarks February 23 at the White House to the nations' governors said much of his foreign policy is based on his belief that America has a mission to promote freedom around the world.
  • White House Daily Briefing, February 23, 2004 Washington File 23 Feb 2004 -- AIDS, Nader, Guantanamo Bay, Haiti, Tax relief, Israeli security fence, Iraq, Election/campaign, Commission, Unemployment, Same sex marriage, Libya

  • MILITARY, SECURITY UNITS HEIGHTEN ALERT AHEAD OF ELECTION CNA 23 Feb 2004 -- Both the Ministry of National Defense (MND) and the National Security Bureau (NSB) said Monday they have heightened their levels of alert in order to ensure that the March 20 presidential election and the nation's first-ever referendum will be held smoothly.

  • Putin urges enhancement of Russian army's combat capability PLA Daily 23 Feb 2004 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday stressed the need to improve the Russian army's combat capability to ensure national security.
  • NATO to carry out joint military exercises in Spain PLA Daily 23 Feb 2004 -- Six thousand troops from 12 members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will carry out joint exercises from Feb. 23 to March 4 in southern Spain.
  • Newspaper reports supply shortage in British military PLA Daily 23 Feb 2004 -- Eighty British Royal Marines have been flown home from training in Norway amid new claims against the Ministry of Defense (MoD) that inadequate sleeping bags led to frostbite, the Mail newspaper reported on Sunday.

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • International Court of Justice begins hearings in Israeli wall case UN News Centre 23 Feb 2004 -- The International Court of Justice (ICJ) today began hearing the first oral submissions in the request for an advisory opinion on the consequences of the construction of an Israeli wall in the occupied Palestinian territories.
  • ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS / WORLD COURT VOA 23 Feb 2004 -- Palestinians argued before the World Court Monday that the Israeli security barrier in the West Bank is an illegal excuse to annex their territory. The Israeli government skipped the proceedings, but hundreds of supporters of Israel outside the court were making a dramatic case of their own.
  • POWELL-PERES-ISRAEL VOA 23 Feb 2004 -- Israeli opposition leader Shimon Peres says the government of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon should further adjust the route of its controversial West Bank security barrier to assure the international community that it is not a unilateral move to impose a border with the Palestinians. Mr. Peres met Monday in Washington with Secretary of State Colin Powell.
  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 23 Feb 2004 -- Thousands of Palestinians demonstrated in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to protest against the barrier Israel is building in and around the West Bank. The rallies come as the International Court of Justice in The Hague began three days of hearings on the legality of the barrier.

  • Annan condemns rebel massacre of nearly 200 civilians in northern Uganda UN News Centre 23 Feb 2004 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today strongly condemned the "senseless massacre" of at least 190 civilians, including many women and children, in a displaced persons' camp in northern Uganda last week, the second rebel slaughter of civilians in the area in as many weeks.
  • UGANDA/REBEL ATTACK VOA 23 Feb 2004 -- The Ugandan army admits the local militias guarding the displaced person's camp in which rebels killed almost 200 people during the weekend were too few and too inexperienced to prevent the attack. But while blaming local army commanders who supervise the militias, the government rejects criticism that it is not able to keep the camps safe.
  • UGANDA: Rebels massacre more than 200 in Lira IDPs camp IRIN 23 Feb 2004 -- In the most devastating attack on civilians in northern Uganda for nearly 10 years, rebels who have waged war in northern Uganda for 18 years, massacred at least 200 people in an internally displaced persons (IDPs) camp on Saturday, eyewitnesses said.
  • UGANDA: IDPs flee camp after rebel attack, toll reported at 213 IRIN 23 Feb 2004 -- Hundreds of terrified internally displaced persons (IDPs) in northern Uganda walked warily along the road from Barlonyo camp, 26 km north of Lira on Monday, fleeing towards the nearby Ogur trading centre, where several thousand who had earlier escaped the latest rebel attack were already encamped.

  • U-S-Haiti VOA 23 Feb 2004 -- State Department officials said late Monday that Haitian opposition leaders have asked for, and been given, another 24 hours to consider an international plan aimed at ending the country's political crisis. The United States and other sponsors of the power-sharing plan have offered to guarantee its implementation and monitor compliance.
  • ICRC/HAITI VOA 23 Feb 2004 -- The International Committee of the Red Cross says it is increasing its humanitarian activities in Haiti.

  • LIBERIA: UN peacekeepers deploy near Sierra Leone border IRIN 23 Feb 2004 -- United Nations peacekeepers extended their deployment to Liberia's western border with Sierra Leone at the weekend, a UN spokesman said on Monday.
  • ANGOLA: Savimbi's ghost still haunts UNITA IRIN 23 Feb 2004 -- This weekend saw the second anniversary of the death of Jonas Savimbi, founding president of Angola's former rebel movement, UNITA.
  • ETHIOPIA: US government wants Gambella violence investigated IRIN 23 Feb 2004 -- The US government has called for "transparent, independent" inquiries into clashes in Ethiopia's troubled western border region where hundreds have been killed.
  • SOMALIA: Six faction leaders demand postponement of peace talks IRIN 23 Feb 2004 -- Six faction leaders participating in the Somali peace talks in Kenya, but who are currently in Somalia, have called on the organisers to postpone the opening of the third and final phase of the talks, and accused some of Somalia's neighbours of bias.
  • BURMA/KAREN TALKS VOA 23 Feb 2004 -- Representatives of Burma's largest ethnic minority, the Karen, have started a second round of talks with the military government on reaching a formal ceasefire. But analysts expect the Karen to remain cautious despite the government's hope of including them in a national constitutional convention later this year.
  • SRI LANKA/TRUCE ANNIVERSARY VOA 23 Feb 2004 -- Sri Lanka is marking the second anniversary of a truce with Tamil rebels. It is the longest spell of peace since 1983, but the prospects of a permanent end to the conflict have been dimmed by political conflict in the country.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 23 Feb 2004 -- President Mbeki meets with U.S. European Command head / NATO Iraq mission would take time to plan / U.S. mulls military relationship with sovereign Iraq / Citing Olympics, Greece rejects new NATO peacekeeper request / Top UN official, government condemn attack on Kosovo minister / No Milosevic power in Serbia
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 23 Feb 2004 -- Gen. Jones' trip to South Africa noted / President Chirac on possible NATO involvement in Iraq / Lithuanian official dismisses Russian fears over NATO AWACS' flight

  • Lockheed Martin Space Instrument To Study Role Of Comets In Formation Of Solar System Lockheed Martin 23 Feb 2004 -- The Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) Advanced Technology Center (ATC) in Palo Alto, Calif. designed and built key components for ROSINA -- the Rosetta Orbiter Spectrometer for Ion and Neutral Analysis -- an instrument ready for launch on Feb. 26, 2004 on the European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft. The goal of the international mission is to rendezvous, orbit, and land on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in 2014, in an effort to answer questions about the origin of our Solar System.

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