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05 March 2004 Military News

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Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 05 Mar 2004 [PDF]

  • 4th ID and Task Force Ironhorse operations CENTCOM Release 05 Mar 2004-- 4th Infantry Division and Task Force Ironhorse conducted 207 patrols and four raids and captured 10 individuals Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
  • 1st Armored Division tower guards keep watch over city, comrades CENTCOM Release 05 Mar 2004-- From afar, the tower looks simple, quiet and safe.
  • Stryker Brigade detains subjects, collects weapons CENTCOM Release 05 Mar 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 conducted ongoing weapons collection operations in northern Iraq Thursday.
  • 4th ID and Task Force Ironhorse operations CENTCOM Release 05 Mar 2004-- 4th Infantry Division and Task Force Ironhorse conducted 207 patrols and three raids and captured 38 individuals Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Al Anbar leaders hold, plan rallies to denounce terrorist attacks CENTCOM Release 05 Mar 2004-- Local leaders held a peaceful demonstration outside the government center here Wednesday to denounce the recent terrorist attacks in Baghdad and Karbala.
  • Karbala road repairs near completion CENTCOM Release 05 Mar 2004-- Task Force All American personnel conducted road-repair quality-assurance checks on a project here designed to provide travelers with safe, dependable roads.
  • Afghanistan: Mission Prepares Romanian Soldiers For NATO RFE/RL 05 Mar 2004 -- More than 400 Romanian troops are working together with U.S. forces at the Kandahar airfield in Afghanistan.
  • Afghanistan: PRTs Go Beyond Humanitarian Issues Into Security Realm RFE/RL 05 Mar 2004 -- A civil affairs program led by the U.S. military has become a mechanism for expanding the presence of international troops across Afghanistan. While much has been written about the humanitarian projects of the Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs), little has been reported about the security elements linked to the program.
  • AFGHANISTAN/STRAW VOA 05 Mar 2004 -- British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw says Afghanistan is making a strong effort to combat drug production, amid reports of a massive surge in opium cultivation.

  • U-N/HAITI AID VOA 05 Mar 2004 -- The United Nations humanitarian aid coordinator says Haiti remains too dangerous for his staff to operate freely. The world body is planning an emergency appeal for assistance for the embattled country.
  • HAITI UNREST VOA 05 Mar 2004 -- Thousands of supporters of former Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide demonstrated peacefully, on Friday protesting what they say was his forceful removal from power. The protests came as a seven-member council was named which will have the task of selecting a new prime minister for Haiti.
  • Security Council calls for access to humanitarian aid throughout Haiti UN News Centre 05 mar 2004 -- The United Nations Security Council called today for "safe and unimpeded humanitarian access" to vulnerable people in Haiti after the breakdown in law and order there necessitated emergency international assistance to help stabilize the volatile country.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Transcript: Defense Department Background Briefing 25 Mar 2004 -- "This will be a background briefing for a -- just so you understand who you have here, but I just want to reiterate Defense -- senior Defense official only. (Names and positions of briefers not transcribed.) All are here to talk about the DOD process of evaluation of capabilities; the process overall."
  • Airships May Play Key Homeland Defense Role, Officials Say AFPS 05 Mar 2004 -- The dirigible, or airship, may be employed as a tool to detect potential attacks against the United States, DoD officials told House subcommittee members March 4.
  • Proposed Budget Boosts DoD Housing Program AFPS 05 Mar 2004 -- The Defense Department is set to replace all of its substandard military family housing units by 2009, a senior DoD official told a congressional committee March 3.
  • Battle Cat Shows Off Sparrows Navy Newsstand 05 Mar 2004-- USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) successfully completed its annual missile exercise (MISSILEX) Feb. 29.
  • USS Santa Fe returns from Western Pacific deployment SUBPAC Release 05 Mar 2004-- USS Santa Fe (SSN 763) returned home to Pearl Harbor on Mar. 9, following a six-month deployment in the Western Pacific.
  • "Guardian Angels" ready for Iraq Marine Corps News 05 Mar 2004-- Personal Security Detachment, I Marine Expeditionary Force is preparing for upcoming missions in Iraq by honing their force protection skills at Camp Victory.
  • Kennedy Strike Group Conducts Composite Training Unit Exercise Navy Newsstand 05 Mar 2004-- Ships and aircraft of the USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) are in the midst of their Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX).
  • SSGN 726 Class Conversion - "One Shipyard" in Action NAVSEA News Wire 05 Mar 2004-- The conversion of Ballistic-Missile Submarines (SSBN) to Nuclear-Powered Guided-Missile Submarines (SSGN) involves many pieces of our nation's 'One Naval Shipyard.' Each piece brings to the table important core capabilities and resources.
  • Shipyard builds 'Super Sailors' NAVSEA News Wire 05 Mar 2004-- CAPT Clarke Orzalli gives the thumbs-up to PSNS & IMF workers, talking with them on how Transformation efforts provide increased responsiveness to Fleet readiness and the opportunity to contribute to recapitalization.
  • CSSG-3 gears up for another deployment Marine Corps News 05 Mar 2004-- A detachment of Marines and Sailors from Combat Service Support Group 3 are preparing for another deployment - this time to Freedom Banner, destination: Republic of Korea.
  • SMALL V CORPS SURGICAL TEAM RETURNS HOME FROM BIG MISSION IN SOUTHWEST ASIA V Corps Release 05 Mar 2004-- They may be the smallest element of V Corps' 212th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, but the 160th Forward Surgical Team got a big welcome as its final members returned here from Southwest Asia March 3.
  • Indian Army drafts new war doctrine IRNA 05 Mar 2004 -- Indian Army has drafted a new war doctrine and it would be finalised after receiving suggestions from all quarters, said the Chief of Indian Army Staff, N.C. Vij, at a seminar here.

  • State Department Noon Briefing, March 5, 2004 Washington File 05 Mar 2004 -- Powell's trip to India/Pakistan/Afghanistan, Israel/Palestinians, Iraq, United Arab Emirates, Russia, China/Hong Kong, South Africa/Haiti, Liberia, Guantanamo Bay/detainees, Ukraine, Middle East, Venezuela

  • NATO-Russia Council Theatre Missile Defence Command Post Exercise (TMD CPX) NATO 05 Mar 2004 -- Under the aegis of the NATO-Russia Council (NRC), the Theatre Missile Defence Ad Hoc Working Group will conduct the first joint NATO-Russia TMD Command Post Exercise from 8-12 March 2004 at the United States Joint National Integration Center (JNIC) (1) in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • U-S / LIBERIA / TAYLOR VOA 05 Mar 2004 -- The United States Friday introduced a U-N Security Council resolution that would freeze the assets of former Liberian President Charles Taylor, his family members and close associates. Mr. Taylor is reported to have taken millions of dollars in government funds when he left Liberia for exile in Nigeria last year.
  • POWELL / SOUTH ASIA VOA 05 Mar 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell will visit India, Pakistan and Afghanistan on a week-long South Asian trip later this month. He'll lend support to revived peace talks between India and Pakistan and discuss reconstruction and counter-terrorism efforts in Afghanistan.
  • COTE D IVOIRE: PDCI walks out of cabinet, more die in ethnic clashes IRIN 05 Mar 2004 -- One of Cote d'Ivoire's two main opposition parties has suspended its participation in a broad-based government of national reconciliation, accusing President Laurent Gbagbo of sabotaging the country's peace process.
  • UNHCR / WESTERN SAHARA VOA 05 Mar 2004 -- The United Nations refugee agency, U-N-H-C-R, says it has started family visits between Western Saharan refugees in Algeria and relatives they haven't seen for nearly 30 years.
  • SUDAN: Southern militia merges with SPLM/A, agree to fight LRA together IRIN 05 Mar 2004 -- A government-backed militia, the Equatoria Defence Forces (EDF) on Friday officially merged with the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A), stating that they would fight the Ugandan Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebel group together.
  • SUDAN: More violence reported in Darfur IRIN 05 Mar 2004 -- Armed horsemen and the Sudanese army killed at least 67 people, abducted 16 schoolgirls and raped others in front of their families during an attack in Northern Darfur, according to the UN.
  • LIBERIA / US VOA 05 Mar 2004 -- A top State Department official says the United States is committed to making sure Liberia fully recovers from 14 years of civil war. The United States is complementing efforts led by the United Nations.
  • ETHIOPIA / LANDMINES VOA 05 Mar 2004 -- The Ethiopian government is under increasing pressure to ratify an international convention banning the manufacture and use of land-mines.
  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 05 Mar 2004 -- Israel's security forces are on high alert to guard against possible attacks by Palestinian militants over the Jewish holiday of Purim. Israel has also imposed a total closure on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip until at least next Tuesday.
  • ISRAEL / SHARON VOA 05 Mar 2004 -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's popularity has dropped to a three-year low, according to an opinion poll published on Friday. The results come as the prime minister is embroiled in another potential scandal -- this time over negotiating a prisoner swap with Lebanese guerrillas earlier this year.
  • NIGERIA / CAMEROON BORDER VOA 05 Mar 2004 -- A delegation from Cameroon, Nigeria and the United Nations Friday embarked on a week-long tour of western countries to drum up financial backing for a commission set up to mark the disputed border between Nigeria and Cameroon.
  • SRI LANKA REBELS VOA 05 Mar 2004 -- The Sri Lankan government has rejected a call for a separate truce with a breakaway faction of Tamil Tiger rebels. The recent rift in the rebel group poses a new challenge to solving the country's two-decade long ethnic conflict.
  • Middle East: U.S. Official In Europe To Promote Greater Regional Initiative RFE/RL 05 Mar 2004 -- The United States has stepped up its efforts to explain and promote its reform plans for what it calls the Greater Middle East. Today, U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Marc Grossman met with NATO and European Union officials in Brussels, having just returned from a tour of the region. There was little in Grossman's remarks to suggest that Washington is yielding to EU pressure to win recognition of its own concerns about the U.S. initiative.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 05 Mar 2004 -- Italian and Irish defense minister reaffirm plans for European Defense Agency by end of year / Mr. Rumsfeld says deadly Iraq attacks cannot be halted / U.S. provincial team boosts Afghan security / U.S. urges Bosnia Serbs to arrest Karadzic and Mladic New Serb government sacks indicted general / Chechen rebels acknowledge warlord death
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 05 Mar 2004 -- Daily urges nations to provide troops, hardware for ISAF / Belgrade facing Kosovo pressure / U.S. official: Russia must remove Moldova troops for treaty / Mideast reform plan "does not replace peace process," says U.S. envoy

  • HAITI AND VENEZUELA: DEMOCRACY IN 'FRAGILE HEALTH' US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 05 Mar 2004

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