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26 February 2004 Military News

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Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 26 Feb 2004 [PDF]

  • 4ID OPERATIONAL UPDATE CENTCOM Release 26 Feb 2004-- 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment of 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division soldiers discovered an ammunition cache southeast of Kirkuk Tuesday.
  • TF OLYMPIA DETAINS SUSPECTS IN NORTHER IRAQ CENTCOM Release 26 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 in northern Iraq Wednesday.
  • STRYKER BRIGADE COLLECTS ARMS, DESTROYS IEDS CENTCOM Release 26 Feb 2004-- Soldiers from 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team) under the operational control of Task Force Olympia recovered weapons and explosives during ongoing collection operations in northern Iraq Monday and Tuesday.

  • AFGHANISTAN/HEROIN VOA 26 Feb 2004 -- U-S narcotics officials have told Congress there are some significant obstacles in the way of efforts to prevent an expansion of opium cultivation and heroin exports from Afghanistan. The officials testified (Thursday) before a House (of Representatives) subcommittee, saying there is a clear link between terrorists in Afghanistan and the narcotics trade.
  • AFGHANISTAN/RUMSFELD VOA 26 Feb 2004 -- Afghanistan's president, Hamid Karzai, says militants loyal to the country's former Taleban rulers no longer pose a threat.
  • RFE/RL Afghanistan Report, Vol 3, Number 08 26 Feb 2004 -- U.S. OPTIMISTIC ABOUT DEFEATING EXTREMISTS / AFGHAN LEADER SIGNS GENERAL ELECTION PROCEDURES... / ...AS MILLIONTH AFGHAN VOTER REGISTERS / UN SAYS TIMING FOR ELECTIONS STILL IN DOUBT... / ...AND IS CRITICIZED BY U.S. ENVOY TO AFGHANISTAN / U.S. EXPERT DISCUSSES POSSIBLE DELAY IN JUNE ELECTION / KABUL DAILY SAYS ONLY KARZAI CAN WIN THE ELECTIONS... / ...WHILE ANOTHER KABUL DAILY QUESTIONS THE TIMING OF ELECTIONS / NEO-TALIBAN SAID TO BE PREPARING FRESH ATTACKS IN SOUTHERN AFGHANISTAN... / ...AND SEEKING TO INTIMIDATE WOULD-BE VOTERS / FORMER AFGHAN PRIME MINISTER CALLS FOR ATTACKS ON COALITION FORCES / AL-ZAWAHIRI ATTACKS KARZAI, THREATENS U.S. FORCES... / ...AND IS REPORTED TO BE IN AFGHANISTAN / FOUR FACTIONAL COMMANDERS KILLED IN NORTHERN AFGHANISTAN... / ...AS PART OF DDR IS COMPLETE IN THE REGION / CHOPPER ATTACKED IN SOUTHERN AFGHANISTAN / UN OFFICIAL SAYS MORE NATO FORCES NEEDED / UN RELEASES FARMERS' INTENTION SURVEY ON AFGHAN DRUGS... / ...AS AFGHAN FARMERS EXPLAIN WHY THEY GROW POPPIES / NEW COMMISSION TO COMBAT CHILD SMUGGLING... / ...AS HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION INVESTIGATES CHILD DISAPPEARANCES / JOINT AFGHAN-U.S. LITERACY PROGRAM LAUNCHED /LAND MINES FROM AFGHAN-SOVIET WAR LEAVE BITTER LEGACY / RUSSIAN LEADER SAYS SOVIET VETERANS OF AFGHAN WAR HAVE NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED OF / THIS WEEK IN AFGHANISTAN'S HISTORY

Defense Policy / Programs

  • DoD Announces Criteria for Global War on Terrorism Medals 26 Feb 2004 -- The Defense Department announced today the final approval of the Global War on Terrorism Medals. These medals recognize the significant contributions members of the armed forces bring to bear in combating terrorism in all forms throughout the world -- for both current and future operations.
  • PENTAGON / RESIGNATION VOA 26 Feb 2004 -- A Defense Department adviser who is considered a major force behind the U-S decision to go to war in Iraq has resigned from a Pentagon board he had served on for 17 years.
  • Defense Department Introduces Global War on Terrorism Medals AFPS 26 Feb 2004 -- Military members serving at home and abroad in the war on terrorism will now be recognized for that service. Defense officials announced today the final approval of two new medals and their criteria.
  • PENTAGON/AFRICA VOA 26 Feb 2004 -- Three senior U-S generals have been traveling in Africa in recent days in an unusual display of military interest that appears linked at least in part to anti-terrorism efforts on the continent.
  • Army study to dispel Lariam suicide myths Army News Service 26 Feb 2004-- The surgeon general of the Army told Congress that there is no correlation between the anti-malaria drug Lariam and a recent spike in suicides in combat zones.
  • Army speeds up suicide awareness plans Army News Service 26 Feb 2004-- The implementation of certain suicide prevention initiatives have been accelerated, to include a 1-800-number, to help curb suicides among Soldiers during these stressful times, said an Army personnel official.
  • Largest NATO Nation Exercise Kicks Off at NAS Sigonella Navy Newsstand 26 Feb 2004-- Seventeen NATO nations will provide submarines, maritime patrol aircraft, surface ships and 2,000 personnel for NATO's largest anti-submarine warfare exercise, "Dogfish 04," from Feb. 19 through March 3.
  • Troop Rotations Underway in Iraq Navy Newsstand 26 Feb 2004-- The transition from the previous force rotation of Operation Iraqi Freedom to the current one is now well underway.
  • Angels descend upon Balikatan Marine Corps News 26 Feb 2004-- Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 362 arrived Feb. 19 at Clark Air Base in the Republic of the Philippines with an armada of over 125 Marines and Sailors, including six CH-53D helicopters, to take part in Exercise Balikatan '04.
  • I MEF names rotation units Marine Corps News 26 Feb 2004-- Marines and sailors from the Camp Pendleton-based I Marine Expeditionary Force have begun deploying to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom to relieve the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division in the Al Anbar Province in western Iraq, I MEF announced Friday.
  • Software saving time for 1st FSSG buildup in Kuwait Marine Corps News 26 Feb 2004-- As Marines here continue to assemble their fleet of vehicles and stockpiles of gear, a team of 1st Force Service Support Group Marines is using some new software that could become the standard for prepostioning operations in the future.
  • Georgia: Bush Urges Russia To Withdraw Its Forces RFE/RL 26 Feb 2004 -- Georgia: Bush Urges Russia To Withdraw Its Forces
  • Central Asia: Rumsfeld Wraps Up Visit To Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan RFE/RL 26 Feb 2004 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld paid a visit to Central Asia this week aimed at strengthening military ties and assessing future security needs.
  • No permanent US military bases in Central Asia: Rumsfeld PLA Daily 26 Feb 2004 -- US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said in Uzbekistan Tuesday that Washington has no plan to set up permanent military bases in Central Asia, according to reports reaching here.

  • White House Daily Briefing, February 26, 2004 Washington File 26 Feb 2004 -- Bush schedule in Kentucky and North Carolina, Libya, 9/11 Commission, Germany/Iraq, North Korea, Haiti

  • Pak army gets first consignment of 80 Chinese-origin tanks IRNA 26 Feb 2004 -- Pakistan Army on Thursday was handed over the first consignment of eighty upgraded Al-Zarar tanks of Chinese origin to meet its operational needs.

  • Jaguar crashes in India`s Rajasthan, pilot killed IRNA 26 Feb 2004 -- Indian Air Force, Jaguar plane crashed in Pokhran, killing the pilot in the western Indian state of Rajasthan Thursday morning, police said.
  • India, US ten-day air exercises concludes at Bhopal IRNA 26 Feb 2004 -- Signaling a new level of military cooperation between India and US, Indian Air Force`s frontline aircrafts and pilots Wednesday matched skills with US Air Force over the skies of Bhopal in central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, local media reported here on Thursday.

  • World: A Lively Nuclear Black Market Raises Fears Of Terrorists Getting The Bomb (Part 1) RFE/RL 26 Feb 2004 -- World: A Lively Nuclear Black Market Raises Fears Of Terrorists Getting The Bomb (Part 1)
  • World: Stopping Proliferation Requires Tough New Laws (Part 2) RFE/RL 26 Feb 2004 -- New revelations regarding the extent of the global black market in nuclear technology are raising concerns that international terrorist groups could have greater access to such materials than previously thought.

Defense Industry

  • BAE SYSTEMS Announces Milestone With Completion Of 100th Processor And Receiver For Eurofighter Typhoon's Captor Radar BAE Systems 26 Feb 2004 -- BAE Systems Avionics Group has announced that it has achieved a milestone with the completion of the build of the one hundredth Processor and Receiver LRIs (Line Replaceable Items) for the CAPTOR radar. The completion of the LRIs is a production landmark in BAE Systems involvement in the CAPTOR project, which dates back to the early 1990s.
  • Successful Training of Eurofighter Flight Instructors EADS 26 Feb 2004 -- The second training course for future Eurofighter flight instructors of the Luftwaffe is due to be completed soon at EADS Military Aircraft and the Bundeswehr Technical Centre WTD 61 at Manching.
  • Rheinmetall DeTec sells Heidel group Rheinmetall Defence 26 Feb 2004 -- With retroactive effect on January 1st 2004, Rheinmetall DeTec AG of Ratingen, Germany, Europe's leading supplier of ground forces equipment, has sold the civil sector-oriented Heidel group to FRIMO Beteiligungs GmbH of Lotte, Germany. The parties to the contract have agreed that the sale price should remain confidential.
  • Northrop Grumman Successfully Demonstrates Key Capabilities of Downlink Phased Array Antenna for Advanced EHF Program Northrop Grumman 26 Feb 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has successfully demonstrated electrical performance capabilities of the downlink phased array antenna for the Advanced Extreme High Frequency (EHF) military satellite communications program, reaching a key company development milestone toward providing increased battlefield connectivity and protection for U.S. armed forces.

Other Conflicts

  • DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 26 Feb 2004
  • U.S. Would Support Multinational Force for Haiti Washington File 26 Feb 2004 -- The United States would support an international peacekeeping force in Haiti that would back up the implementation of a peace plan, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Negroponte said February 26.
  • Caribbean Community Wants U.N. Peacekeepers in Haiti Washington File 26 Feb 2004 -- The nations of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) asked the U.N. Security Council on February 26 to authorize the immediate deployment of a peacekeeping force to Haiti in order to stop the violence and allow time to reach a political solution to the country's ongoing crisis.
  • POWELL-ARISTIDE VOA 26 Feb 2004 -- In a further sign of erosion in the position of Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Secretary of State Colin Powell said late Thursday the embattled Haitian leader should carefully consider whether he can effectively carry on in that post. The United States had until that time refrained from any suggestion that the elected Haitian leader should step down.
  • HAITI UNREST VOA 26 Feb 2004 -- Rebels in northern Haiti say they are ready to attack the capital at any time unless Haiti's President Jean Bertrand Aristide steps down. More foreigners continue to evacuate Haiti as the rebel threats escalate, and security deteriorates.
  • POWELL / HAITI VOA 26 Feb 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell told Senators Thursday the United States is willing to participate with other countries in an international police presence to stabilize the situation in Haiti. But he said it still hopes this can be done in the context of a political deal between Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and the opposition.
  • CARICOM, Haiti appeal to Security Council for help as Haitian security worsens UN News Centre 26 Feb 2004 -- Given its long record of deploying peacekeeping missions, the United Nations has a special responsibility to help Haiti during a rapidly deteriorating political and security crisis, Jamaican Foreign Minister Keith D. Knight told the United Nations Security Council today.
  • UN Security Council considers options for international involvement in Haiti UN News Centre 26 Feb 2004 -- Expressing deep concern over the deteriorating political, security and humanitarian situation in Haiti, the United Nations Security Council today pledged to "consider urgently options for international engagement, including that of sending an international force" to support a political settlement.
  • Annan appoints John Reginald Dumas as his Special Adviser on Haiti UN News Centre 26 Feb 2004 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced today that he has appointed Trinidad and Tobago's John Reginald Dumas as his Special Adviser to help tackle Haiti's escalating political, economic and social turmoil.
  • Canadian soldiers heading for Haiti PLA Daily 26 Feb 2004 -- A small Canadian force of nine soldiers headed to Haiti on Wednesday to protect Canadian embassy staff, according to military sources.

  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 26 Feb 2004 -- Two Palestinian gunmen opened fire at the main crossing point between Israel and the Gaza Strip, killing at least one Israeli before being shot dead by security forces. The attack comes hours after Israeli troops raided several Palestinian banks, seizing millions of dollars in assets.

  • Côte d'Ivoire: UN peacekeeping mission would cost $303 million for 6 months UN News Centre 26 Feb 2004 -- Deploying a multifaceted United Nations peacekeeping force in Côte d'Ivoire for six months would cost about $303 million, Secretary-General Kofi Annan told the Security Council in a letter made public today.
  • IVORY COAST / REBELS VOA 26 Feb 2004 -- The main rebel leader in Ivory Coast says his fighters will not disarm until free and fair elections are held. The United Nations is expected to approve a peace-keeping force for the divided West African country.
  • Kashmir separatist group suspends talks with Indian government PLA Daily 26 Feb 2004 -- The Hurriyat Conference, which is a conglomerate of nearly two dozen separatist parties in Jammu and Kashmir, has announced the suspension of talks with Indian central government.

  • BURUNDI: Fighting displaces thousands in Bujumbura Rural IRIN 26 Feb 2004 -- Fresh fighting between a rebel movement headed by Agathon Rwasa and the regular army has displaced thousands of people in Bujumbura Rural Province, a local administrator said.
  • BURUNDI: UN mission favours takeover of AMIB IRIN 26 Feb 2004 -- A UN evaluation team said on Thursday, at the end of its two-week visit to Burundi, that it favoured converting the African peacekeeping mission in Burundi (AMIB) into a UN operation.

  • UN forces return fire from militiamen in DR Congo UN News Centre 26 Feb 2004 -- United Nations peacekeeping forces investigating allegations that militia members were assembling in a village in an eastern province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with a view to attacking a nearby town came under fire from militiamen in an ambush, the UN mission, MONUC, said today.
  • UN Cameroon-Nigeria commission close to finishing field visits in disputed areas UN News Centre 26 Feb 2004 -- The Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission, set up by the United Nations to peacefully resolve their border dispute, has nearly completed its field visits to the contested land boundary between the countries and the Bakassi Peninsula in the Gulf of Guinea.
  • Georgia's new President assures Security Council of commitment to peace in Abkhazia UN News Centre 26 Feb 2004 -- Pledging his unwavering commitment to the peaceful resolution of the separatist conflict in Abkhazia, Georgia's new President Mikhail Saakashvili appealed to the United Nations Security Council today to enhance its efforts to advance lasting peace and stability in his country.
  • POWELL / LIBERIA / TAYLOR VOA 26 Feb 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell Thursday defended the political deal last year that allowed former Liberian President Charles Taylor to go into exile in Nigeria. In Senate testimony, he said the United States is still working for a scenario under which Mr. Taylor will face war crimes charges in Sierra Leone.
  • WESTERN SAHARA: Polisario releases another 100 Moroccan prisoners IRIN 26 Feb 2004 -- The Polisario movement which is fighting for the independence of the Western Sahara released a further 100 Moroccan prisoners of war this week, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said.
  • CONGO: Brazzaville says it reducing its military presence in Pool IRIN 26 Feb 2004 -- Military leaders in the Republic of Congo insist they are reducing their presence in the country's Pool region, contrary to reports that they are increasing it, Col Michel Nsamoungana, military commander of the department, told IRIN on Wednesday.
  • BURMA/KAREN REBELS VOA 26 Feb 2004 -- Representatives from Burma's largest ethnic minority, the Karen, have finished three days of talks with the military government on steps toward a formal cease-fire. The talks are set against continued concerns over Burma's human rights record.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 26 Feb 2004 -- Italy seeks to draw Mediterranean states into NATO alliance / NATO plans Baltics air security / Serbian forces find weapons cache in village near Kosovo / Czechs send combat troops to Afghanistan / President Bush urges Russia to close bases in Georgia / EU and U.S. agree deal on satellite navigation / Drugs and Islamic fundamentalism menace Kyrgyzstan / Italy arrests 3 Muslim leaders for metro bomb plot
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 26 Feb 2004 -- ISAF: NATO considering northern expansion ahead of Afghan elections / Daily: "U.S. eyes terrorism network and oil in Africa" / Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia President Trajkovski killed in plane crash

  • RUSSIA / QATAR VOA 26 Feb 2004 -- Russia has protested the arrest of two of its security service agents in the Persian Gulf state of Qatar. The men were detained for allegedly killing a former president of the breakaway region of Chechnya two-weeks ago.
  • QATAR/CHECHNYA VOA 26 Feb 2004 -- The Gulf state of Qatar has charged two Russian men with murder in the assassination of a former Chechen leader two-weeks ago.
  • Macedonian President Killed In Plane Crash RFE/RL 26 Feb 2004 -- Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski was killed when his plane crashed in the mountains of Herzegovina today.



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