04 March 2004 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 04 Mar 2004 [PDF]
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- Transcript: Defense Department Operational Update Briefing 04 Mar 2004 -- Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Public Affairs Lawrence DiRita and Deputy Director for Operations, J-3, Joint Staff Brig. Gen. David Rodriguez
- IRAQ/TROOP ROTATION VOA 04 Mar 2004 -- The United States has begun the largest changeover of troops in the field since World War Two, bringing home 130 thousand troops from Iraq and replacing them with 105 thousand fresh troops from U-S bases. The rotation involves risks to the ongoing operation to stabilize Iraq.
- Officials Discuss Zarqawi, al Qaeda AFPS 04 Mar 2004 -- Terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is a shadowy figure affiliated with al Qaeda who is helping to plan and carry out anti-coalition attacks in Iraq, Defense Department officials said here today.
- Iraq Insurgency Forces Are Switching Targets, Abizaid Says AFPS 04 Mar 2004 -- Baathists, Islamic radicals, and foreign fighters in Iraq have adjusted their sights in their efforts to torpedo the establishment of a democratic government in that country, a senior U.S. military officer said here today.
- Iraq: Rising Profile Of Al-Zarqawi Points To Complications In War On Terrorism RFE/RL 04 Mar 2004 -- U.S. officials are blaming a Jordanian extremist leader operating in Iraq for planning this week's deadly attacks on Shi'a celebrating their holy day of Ashura in Baghdad and Karbala.
- IRAQ / VIOLENCE VOA 04 Mar 2004 -- Iraqi authorities say at least three people were injured when a police station was attacked in the northern city of Mosul. Meanwhile, in the predominantly Sunni city of Ramadi, hundreds of residents demonstrated to protest Tuesday's attack on Shi'ite worshipers in Baghdad and Karbala.
- 4ID AND TF IRONHORSE OPERATIONS UPDATE CENTCOM Release 04 Mar 2004-- 4th Infantry Division and Task Force Ironhorse conducted 196 patrols and four raids and captured 13 individuals Tuesday and Wednesday.
- JASDF flies first humanitarian mission into Iraq AFPN 04 Mar 2004-- The Japan air self-defense force flew its first humanitarian mission into Iraq as part of coalition air forces, landing at Tallil Air Base on March 3.
- Naval Coastal Warfare Units Safeguard Troop Rotations, Supplies in Kuwait Navy Newsstand 04 Mar 2004-- Navy Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Unit (MIUWU) 206 and Coast Guard Port Security Unit (PSU) 307, collectively known as Naval Coastal Warfare, traveled to Kuwait Naval Base and the port of Ash Shyuabah Jan. 29 to safeguard the vital supply chain as it transitions from ship to shore and prepares for the journey north to Iraq.
- TF OLYMPIA COLLECTS WEAPONS CENTCOM Release 04 Mar 2004-- Soldiers from 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, under the operational control of Task Force Olympia, continued ongoing weapons collection operations in northern Iraq with two turn-ins Tuesday.
- Afghan voters reach mid-way point at open registration centres - UN UN News Centre 04 Mar 2004 -- More than half the Afghans eligible to enrol in the first phase of the voter registration drive for national elections have already done so, the United Nations announced today.
- AFGHANISTAN / PAKISTAN REFUGEES VOA 04 Mar 2004 -- The United Nations plans to resume the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Afghan refugees in Pakistan this week. But the total number of refugees still inside Pakistan remains unknown.
- NEW PROVINCIAL RECONSTRUCTION TEAM OPENS IN AFGHANISTAN CENTCOM Release 04 Mar 2004-- The Coalition-led Provincial Reconstruction Team in Ghazni officially opens its doors today following a ceremony at the site. The Ghazni PRT will serve the whole province, potentially reaching 1.86 million people.
- RFE/RL Afghanistan Report, Vol 3, Number 09 04 Mar 2004 -- SELF-IMMOLATION OF WOMEN ON THE RISE IN WESTERN PROVINCES / AFGHAN LEADER CONSIDERS MEETING WITH FORMER TALIBAN FOREIGN MINISTER... / ...IN EFFORT TO HALT NEO-TALIBAN VIOLENCE... / ...BUT A TALIBAN SPOKESMAN DENIES REQUESTING NEGOTIATIONS WITH KABUL... / ...AS KARZAI SAYS MANY FORMER TALIBAN ARE APPROACHING HIS ADMINISTRATION / PAKISTAN CLAMPS DOWN ON AL-QAEDA, TALIBAN SUSPECTS AS REPORTS FLY OVER BIN LADEN'S WHEREABOUTS / NEO-TALIBAN IDENTIFY THEIR SPOKESMAN / AFGHAN ELECTIONS COULD BE POSTPONED... / ...AS U.S. GENERAL SAYS SECURITY IS NOT A PROBLEM... / ...AND EUROPEAN COMMISSION WANTS AFGHAN ELECTIONS POSTPONED / HERAT EDITORIAL BLAMES ARMED MILITIAS FOR LACK OF INTEREST IN ELECTIONS / AFGHAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE SPEAKS OUT... / ...AND COMPLAINS OF HARASSMENT... / ...AS TRANSITIONAL ADMINISTRATION DENIES HARASSMENT IS TAKING PLACE / NORTHERN AFGHAN FIGURE DECLARES HIS CANDIDACY / REINFORCEMENTS DEPLOYED TO SOUTHERN AFGHAN PROVINCE / FIVE AFGHAN AID WORKERS KILLED / AFGHAN SOLIDER KILLED AT CUSTOM HOUSE CLASH / ATTACK ON VIDEO STORE KILLS ONE / EIGHT AFGHANS AMONG 11 KILLED IN PAKISTAN SHOOTING / SUNNI, SHI'ITE AFGHAN-ARMY RECRUITS CLASH / JUNBISH HANDS OVER WANTED AFGHAN COMMANDERS / AFGHAN INTERIOR MINISTRY TO STEP UP MEASURES AGAINST DRUGS... / ...AS EASTERN AFGHANISTAN BECOMES THE TESTING GROUND FOR THE NEW STRATEGY... / ...WHERE IS DRUGS LAB IS DESTROYED / CZECH LOWER HOUSE APPROVES DEPLOYMENT OF TROOPS TO AFGHANISTAN / THIS WEEK IN AFGHANISTAN'S HISTORY
- CJTF-HOA tests new emergency procedures Marine Corps News 04 Mar 2004-- Personnel with Marine Corps Central Command-Djibouti, along with French and Kellogg, Brown and Root fire-fighting units, participated in a flight line emergency drill here Feb. 28.
- State Department Says "It is Time to Look Forward" in Haiti Washington File 04 Mar 2004 -- The focus of the international community's efforts in Haiti needs to be bringing democratic structure to the nation and its institutions, not investigating the circumstances surrounding former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's departure, according to Richard Boucher, spokesman for the U.S. Department of State.
- Pentagon Reports 1,000 U.S. Marines Now in Haiti Washington File 04 Mar 2004 -- Army Brigadier General David Rodriguez says 1,000 U.S. Marines are now operating in Haiti along with some 600 Canadian, French and Chilean troops.
- HAITI / UNREST VOA 04 Mar 2004 -- U-S and French troops in Haiti began joint patrols with Haitian police on Thursday. Multinational force commanders say Haiti's police are determined to reassert their authority after weeks of political chaos and violence in the Caribbean nation.
- Annan's special envoy on Haiti goes to Jamaica, Caribbean Community's chair UN News Centre 04 Mar 2004 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Envoy to Haiti, John Reginald Dumas, went to Jamaica today for talks on peace-building in Haiti with Jamaican Prime Minister Percival J. Patterson, the chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
- HAITI / ECONOMIC STRUGGLE VOA 04 Mar 2004 -- Haiti is under a state of emergency, which authorities say will give them greater freedom to combat violence, looting and general lawlessness. Despite security risks, many Haitians are trying, as best they can, to go about their normal routine. Some merchants are re-opening their shops, while others are surveying damage to their businesses and wondering what to do next.
- 1/10 Special Forces Group Supports Pan Sahel Initiative EUCOM Release 04 Mar 2004-- Soldiers assigned to the 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Stuttgart, Germany are currently training African soldiers along the outer reaches of the Sahara Desert in support of the continuing global war on terrorism.
- Special Operations Command Europe Trains African Soldiers EUCOM Release 04 Mar 2004-- In direct support of the war on terrorism, units from Special Operations Command Europe are currently training African soldiers along the fringes of the Sahara Desert.
Defense Policy / Programs
- COASTAL WARFARE UNITS DEPLOY TO ARABIAN GULF USCG Release 04 Mar 2004-- Three Bay Area expeditionary Naval Coastal Warfare units are deploying to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Saturday at 5 p.m., from Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, Calif.
- Walter Reed treating 500 cases of leishmaniasis from Iraq Army News Service 04 Mar 2004-- A little-known parasite that causes chronic, festering sores will be returning home with some of Operation Iraqi Freedom's warfighters.
- Expeditionary Strike Group 1 Returns Home from Global War on Terrorism Navy Newsstand 04 Mar 2004-- The seven ships attached to Expeditionary Strike Group One (ESG 1) are returning home this week following a six and a half month deployment in support of the global war on terrorism.
- Fleet Hospital Jacksonville Personnel Deploy to Djibouti Navy Newsstand 04 Mar 2004-- More than 30 doctors, nurses and hospital corpsmen from Fleet Hospital Jacksonville deployed to the African nation of Djibouti Feb. 19.
- FROM BUILDING ROADS TO BUILDING MINDS, NCO WITH V CORPS' 1ST ARMORED DIVISION OVERSEES OPERATION OF BAGHDAD CAMP V Corps Release 04 Mar 2004-- Some say you'd have a better chance of spotting Elvis in Baghdad than seeing Sgt. Maj. Jeff Wells sitting in his office.
- Moonlighters return home Marine Corps News 04 Mar 2004-- Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 332 departed Operation Southern Frontier Feb. 16 after a four-week deployment in Australia.
- Miramar squadron shows support for 1st MarDiv Marine Corps News 04 Mar 2004-- The 1st Marine Division, based out of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., is the oldest and most decorated division-sized unit in the Marine Corps. One of the most recognized battles in the division's history is the Guadalcanal campaign - the first major American offensive of World War II.
- Division's aim is more humvee firepower Marine Corps News 04 Mar 2004-- Heavily armed humvees are in the Marine Corps' future - but will they come soon enough to help Marines in Operation Iraqi Freedom?
- Rhinos charge Kitty Hawk flight deck 7th Fleet Release 04 Mar 2004-- A new chapter in the book of Kitty Hawk Strike Group's history began Feb. 19, with the first landing of an F/A-18F Super Hornet on board USS Kitty Hawk's (CV 63) 4.1-acre flight deck.
- State Department Noon Briefing, March 4, 2004 Washington File 05 Mar 2004 -- Ukraine/closing of radio station, Israel/Palestinians, Egypt/Yemen, South Africa, Haiti, Hong Kong/China, Cyprus/Greece/Albania, Mexico, Serbia/Montenegro, North Korea, Iraq/Syria, Macedonia
- White House Daily Briefing, March 4, 2004 Washington File 04 Mar 2004 -- White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan briefed reporters March 4 on Air Force One as they accompanied President Bush to Bakersfield, Los Angeles.
- "NATO's Transforming Agenda" by NATO Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer NATO 04 Mar 2004
- ASEAN SECURITY VOA 04 Mar 2004 -- ASEAN foreign ministers meeting in Vietnam have given a cool reception to an Indonesian effort to create a regional peacekeeping force. As Tim Johnston reports from Jakarta, other ASEAN members are reluctant to expand the mandate of the group.
- General Dynamics Receives $57.5 Million Order for 70mm Rockets General Dynamics 04 Mar 2004 -- General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has received a $57.5 million order from the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., for the production of unguided Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) 70mm rockets, motors and warheads for the U.S. Army, Navy and Special Operations Command. This order extends deliveries through 2006 on a contract awarded to General Dynamics in 1999. Total contract value to date is $893.3 million.
- Lockheed Martin Highlights C-27J Spartan Airlifter At U.S. Army Symposium Lockheed Martin 04 Mar 2004 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] highlighted its C-27J Spartan airlifter at a press briefing held today during the Association of the United States Army Winter Symposium here. The C-27J is designed to meet current and future airlift needs of both the U.S. Army and the Army National Guard, and will bring new capabilities to the Army's Joint Force Commanders.
- Next-Generation Air and Missile Defense System Moves Forward, Increases Scope Under $41 Million Contract Modification Lockheed Martin 04 Mar 2004 -- MEADS International (MI) has received a contract modification, valued at nearly $41 million, allowing the MEADS industry team to continue to work on the next-generation international air and missile defense system.
- Lockheed Martin Receives $85 Million to Produce 840 Guided MLRS Rockets for the U.S. Army Lockheed Martin 04 Mar 2004 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has received $85 million from the U.S. Army to produce 840 Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) rockets under a Low-Rate Initial Production II (LRIP II) contract.
- The French DGA has notified Sagem of the implementation contract for the FELIN future infantry soldier systems for the French Army Sagem (Safran group) 04 Mar 2004 -- The French procurement agency, DGA (Délégation Générale pour l’Armement) has recently notified Sagem of a one-billion dollar contract for the development, industrialisation and series production of the French future infantry soldier system (the French acronym FELIN stands for Fantassin à Equipements et Liaisons Intégrées).
- ATK Receives Global Hawk Contract in Excess of $6 Million ATK 04 Mar 2004 -- ATK (Alliant Techsystems, NYSE: ATK) has received advanced authorization for a $6 million contract from Vought Aircraft Industries, Inc. to produce the first production lot of composite redesigned wing parts and assemblies for Northrop Grumman’s Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Production of the composite wing structures will take place at ATK facilities in Clearfield, Utah, Iuka, Miss. and Rocket Center, W.Va.
- Lockheed Martin's PAC-3 Missile Successfully Intercepts Tactical Ballistic Missile in Test Lockheed Martin 04 Mar 2004 -- Lockheed Martin's [NYSE: LMT] Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile successfully intercepted and destroyed an incoming tactical ballistic missile (TBM) in a test today at White Sands Missile Range, NM. The battle-proven PAC-3 Missile is the world's only fielded hit-to-kill, kinetic energy air defense missile.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 04 Mar 2004
- UN audit highlights problems in recruiting peacekeeping staff UN News Centre 04 Mar 2004 -- The United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) took an average of 347 days to recruit staff to professional-level and other senior posts in 2002 - almost three times longer than the UN target, according to a report issued today by the UN's internal auditing body.
- NIGERIA: 2,500 displaced in Plateau State violence, says Red Cross IRIN 04 Mar 2004 -- At least 2,500 people have fled Plateau State in central Nigeria following a fortnight of violence between Muslims and Christians that has left 62 dead and more injured, the Red Cross said on Thursday.
- SOMALIA: Faction leaders meet in Jowhar IRIN 04 Mar 2004 -- A group of faction leaders who abandoned the Somali peace talks currently going on in Kenya on Thursday met in Jowhar, 90 km north of the capital, Mogadishu, to discuss how "to save" the Nairobi talks, according to one of the leaders.
- ETHIOPIA-ERITREA: First postwar bilateral meeting of local commanders IRIN 04 Mar 2004 -- Ethiopia and Eritrea held their first-ever local military border talks on Wednesday at a meeting set up by the United Nations to help defuse potential border flashpoints. The talks were also the first occasion since the end of the border war in 2000 on which local military commanders have met face to face to discuss ways of resolving tensions.
- LANKA/REBELS VOA 04 Mar 2004 -- In Sri Lanka, Tamil Tiger rebels have said their group is facing a crisis. The admission follows reports of a split in the group that has waged a two-decade struggle for a separate state. The rift threatens to undermine a fragile ceasefire in the country.
- SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 04 Mar 2004 -- Colin Powell to welcome new NATO partners / NATO aims raise troops for five Afghan cities by June / Middle East peace vital for Arab reform says EU envoy / UN intends to hire security firm to provide services for its global operations / U.S. and Europe at odds on strategy on Iran / Tajiks say little hope to stem flow of Afghan drugs
- SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 04 Mar 2004 -- ISAF troops, police joint forces to prevent terrorists entering Kabul / U.S., Norwegian envoys press NATO to tackle human trafficking / Defense Minister Ivanov on NATO enlargement / NATO arrests ex-Bosnian Serb general over links to Karadzic / Arab leaders seek to counter U.S. plan for Mideast overhaul
- Bosnia-Herzegovina: Ashdown Says Reforms Must Be Sped Up To Reach NATO, EU Goals RFE/RL 04 Mar 2004 -- The international community's high representative for Bosnia, Paddy Ashdown, says the country's rate of reform is too slow to reach key agreements with NATO and the European Union by this summer.
- BURMA / U- VOA 04 Mar 2004 -- U-N special envoy Razali Ismail is ending (eds: has ended) a four-day visit to Burma aimed at reviving talks between the military government and the pro-democracy movement. During his trip the Malaysian diplomat met with Prime Minister Khin Nyunt and National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
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