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08 March 2004 Military News

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Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 08 Mar 2004 [PDF]

  • Rockets Hit Baghdad Hotel; Iraqi Forces Nab Weapons AFPS 08 Mar 2004 -- The Al Rasheed Hotel in Baghdad absorbed multiple hits from an insurgent rocket attack March 7, while Iraqi Civil Defense Corps forces seized an arms cache in Duluiyah the same day, according to Combined Joint Task Force 7 press releases.
  • ROCKETS FIRED AT GREEN ZONE CENTCOM Release 08 Mar 2004-- As many as seven rockets were fired in the direction of the Al Rasheed Hotel in Baghdad's Green Zone at about 7:25 p.m. Mar. 7.

  • COMBINED FORCES COMMAND - AFGHANISTAN RELEASE CENTCOM Release 08 Mar 2004-- In cooperation with the people of Afghanistan, Coalition forces continue to remove dangerous munitions from the countryside.
  • Women's Rights, Military Ops Draw Spotlight in Afghanistan AFPS 08 Mar 2004 -- The Afghan government and coalition officials are working together over the coming week to promote women's rights, while coalition forces continue to round up more munitions in the country.
  • Afghanistan: PRTs Fight Taliban With Bridges, Roads, And Schools RFE/RL 08 Mar 2004 -- U.S. officials in Afghanistan say they are fighting the Taliban not only with guns but with infrastructure -- building roads, bridges, wells, schools, and power plants as a way to sap the extremist militia of the power it once held.
  • Afghanistan: Rights Group Criticizes U.S. Military Conduct RFE/RL 08 Mar 2004 -- The U.S. administration maintains it follows the laws of war in Afghanistan. But a new report is questioning how the U.S. military is treating detainees in that country.

  • UN multi-disciplinary assessment team scheduled to arrive in Haiti on Tuesday UN News Centre 08 Mar 2004 -- A United Nations multi-disciplinary team is scheduled to start arriving in Haiti tomorrow to assess what is needed for the stabilization force that the Security Council wants deployed within three months in the volatile Caribbean country, a UN spokesman said today.
  • U.S. State Department Says Progress Being Made in Haiti Washington File 08 Mar 2004 -- Although sporadic incidents of violence continue in Haiti's capital city of Port-au-Prince, the situation there is slowly returning to normal, according to U.S. State Department spokesman Richard Boucher.
  • White House Dismisses Claims By Aristide Washington File 08 Mar 2004 -- White House spokesman Trent Duffy declined to respond to questions from reporters about comments Jean-Bertrand Aristide made March 8 at a press conference in the Central African Republic.
  • HAITI UNREST VOA 08 Mar 2004 -- U-S marines confirmed Monday they had shot and killed a suspected pro-Aristide militant who was part of group of militants who fired on a demonstration Sunday, in which six people were killed. Among the dead was Spanish television journalist, Ricardo Ortega. Multinational forces in Haiti say their mission will not change as a result of Sunday's violence.
  • Aristide Calls for Peaceful Resistance Against 'Occupation' of Haiti VOA 08 Mar 2004 -- Ousted Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide insisted Monday he is still the leader of Haiti, and called for peaceful resistance against what he described as occupation of his homeland.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • 2002 Survey of Health Related Behaviors 08 Mar 2004 -- The Department of Defense today announced the final results of its 2002 Survey of Health Related Behaviors Among Military Personnel. The report shows substantially lower rates in the use of tobacco and illegal drugs since the surveys began measuring certain health-related behaviors in 1980. In addition, there are improvements in certain preventive health measures since 1998. The most recent survey, however, conducted in 2002, showed the first increase in smoking among DoD personnel in the past 20 years.
  • Special Forces Support Pan Sahel Initiative in Africa AFPS 08 Mar 2004 -- Soldiers assigned to the 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Stuttgart, Germany, are training African soldiers along the outer reaches of the Sahara Desert in support of the global war on terrorism.
  • UDP Marines train in JWTC's hazardous jungle Marine Corps News 08 Mar 2004-- Images of exotic plant life, Bengal tigers, savage baboons, and poisonous snakes come to mind, when drawing a mental picture of the world’s jungles. But the jungle also contains a beast many are unaware of, a beast capable of serious bodily harm. This beast is known to the world as the U.S. Marine.
  • Marines demonstrate NEO for Japanese soldiers Marine Corps News 08 Mar 2004-- Marines attached to F Company, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, currently assigned to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, conducted a Non-combatant Evacuation Operation, Feb. 7 to show the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force how they handle certain high-risk situations.
  • Philippine, U.S. militaries conduct mass casualty drills Marine Corps News 08 Mar 2004-- Philippine and U.S. Armed Forces medical personnel practice their cooperative techniques in varied simulated medical emergency drills here in the beginning days of Exercise Balikatan 2004.
  • U.S. and P.I. train `blow for blow' Marine Corps News 08 Mar 2004-- The U.S. Marines with E Company, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, and Combat Engineer Company, Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, conducted Marine Corps Martial Arts Program training with their Philippine Marine counterparts here.
  • UDP battalion Iraq-bound for second tour Marine Corps News 08 Mar 2004-- Marines and Sailors from 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment recently departed Okinawa on a six-month deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II.
  • “Buddy Wing” program combines training skills PACAF News 08 Mar 2004-- Three 25th Fighter Squadron A-10 pilots, 10 25th Aircraft Maintenance Unit maintainers and five 51st Security Forces Squadron members took part in 7th Air Force’s “Buddy Wing” program in late February.
  • USS Coronado Deploys to Japan Navy Newsstand 08 Mar 2004-- USS Coronado (AGF 11) sailed out of San Diego March 5 for its first major deployment to the Western Pacific since 1997.
  • Hybrids on the High Seas: Fuel Cells for Future Ships Navy Newsstand 08 Mar 2004-- As hybrid electric cars become more commonplace on America’s highways, the Navy is working to bring hybrid electric ships to the high seas. The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is developing innovative propulsion systems based on new fuel-cell technology for efficient generation of electrical power and greater design flexibility for future ships.
  • Naval Reservists Bid Farewell to the T-2 Buckeye Navy Newsstand 08 Mar 2004-- After more than 40 years of service, the venerable T-2 Buckeye training aircraft is retiring from the Navy after one last hurrah in Key West, Fla.
  • Navy Workforce to Get Smaller but Capability to Grow, CNP Tells Senators Navy Newsstand 08 Mar 2004-- The Navy may be getting smaller in terms of manpower over the next several years, but its combat capability will actually grow as a result.
  • ‘Dependable trainers’ prepare Reserve Soldiers for Iraq duty Army News Service 08 Mar 2004-- A blinding snowstorm and bitterly cold temperatures did not stop a task force of dependable trainers from performing their mission of mobilizing and validating Army Reserve Soldiers for Operation Iraqi Freedom.
  • HML/A-269 responds to nation's call Marine Corps News 08 Mar 2004-- At a moment’s notice, warfighters from Marine Light/Attack Helicopter Squadron-269 were called on the alert and deployed to Haiti in support of a contingency operation March 3.
  • Marines Return to Iraq Marine Corps News 08 Mar 2004-- The Marine Corps is answering the call to duty overseas as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom II. From March 2004 to March 2005, Marines and sailors will conduct Security and Stability Operations (SASO) in Western Iraq to help the Iraqi people establish an Iraq that is unified, stable and at peace with itself and its neighbors. For many of the Marines and Sailors the terrain will be familiar, owing to their involvement in Operation Iraqi Freedom last year. Other Marines and sailors, however, will be entering the Middle-Eastern country for the first time.

  • BRITAIN/GUANTANAMO VOA 08 Mar 2004 -- In an exclusive interview in Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper, senior U-S officials say the four British citizens who will not be released this week from Guantanamo Bay are far too dangerous to be set free.

  • White House Daily Briefing, March 8, 2004 Washington File 08 Mar 2004 -- White House spokesman Trent Duffy briefed reporters March 8 on Air Force One as they accompanied President Bush to Dallas, Texas.
  • State Department Noon Briefing, March 8, 2004 Washington File 08 Mar 2004 -- Zimbabwe, India/Pakistan, Greece, South Korea/Iraq, Powell's meeting with Bronfman, Israel/Palestinians, Canada, Jordan/Middle East, Syria, Haiti, Guantanamo Bay/detainees, Middle East, Iraq, North Korea, Austria, Burma, Afghanistan

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • Annan invites NATO support for anticipated African peacekeeping missions UN News Centre 08 Mar 2004 -- If the United Nations undertakes new peacekeeping operations in Africa and Haiti this year as expected, stronger support from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) would be "tremendously helpful," Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today.
  • UNHCR/AFRICAN REPATRIATION VOA 08 Mar 2004 -- The United Nations Refugee Agency has announced a plan to repatriate two million refugees to nine African countries. The U-N-H-C-R says the plan also includes long-term development and reconstruction in these countries.
  • ZIMBABWE: Cargo plane detained in Harare IRIN 08 Mar 2004 -- Authorities in Zimbabwe have seized a cargo plane allegedly registered in the United States carrying 64 "suspected mercenaries", according to news reports on Monday.
  • LIBERIA: Sierra Leonean war crimes investigators begin searching Taylor’s properties IRIN 08 Mar 2004 -- The UN-backed Special Court set up to try those considered most responsible for war crimes in Sierra Leone has begun carrying out investigations in Liberia: a team of investigators began searching residences of ex-president Charles Taylor on Friday.
  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 08 Mar 2004 -- Palestinian militants are vowing revenge for Sunday's Israeli raids on two refugee camps in the Gaza Strip, which left 15 Palestinians dead, including four children. Hospital sources say dozens of Palestinians were injured in the raids.
  • CHAD / SUDAN REFUGEES VOA 08 Mar 2004 -- Sudanese refugees in Chad say Arab militiamen backed by the Sudanese government continue to attack their villages in what they describe as a campaign of ethnic cleansing in western Sudan.
  • Croatian Generals Agree To Face War Crimes Court RFE/RL 08 Mar 2004 -- Two retired Croatian Army generals who have been indicted by the UN war crimes court have agreed to give themselves up for trial.
  • SOMALIA: Final phase of talks to be launched on 13 March IRIN 08 Mar 2004 -- Kenyan Foreign Minister Kalonzo Musyoka, who is also the chairman of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) ministerial facilitation committee for the Somali peace talks, has announced that Somalia's interim charter will be launched on 13 March by the IGAD Council of Ministers.
  • ERITREA: Government denies soliciting for Nigerian mediation IRIN 08 Mar 2004 -- The Eritrean government has denied soliciting for Nigerian mediation in its border conflict with neighbouring Ethiopia.
  • UGANDA: EC gives €6 million, rues criticism of statement on northern war IRIN 08 Mar 2004 -- The EC is to provide €6 million (about US $7.5 million) for northern, central and eastern Uganda, where, it says, about 1.4 million people are displaced, 20,000 child and adult night commuters flee villages to seek refuge in camps and towns, and 10,000 children have been abducted by the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 08 Mar 2004 -- U.S. presses for NATO role in Middle East reform drive / Blair meets President Mubarak amid diplomatic flurry on Middle East / Rockets fired at U.S. headquarters in Baghdad / U.S. and European negotiators struggle to bridge differences over Iran ahead of key UN atomic watchdog agency meeting / Police and NATO find explosive near UN main building in Kosovo
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 08 Mar 2004 -- U.S. expects Taliban offensive but plays down threat / Report: Rumsfeld wants U.S. soldiers off PRTs / Russia: NATO bases in Baltics would be “incomprehensible” / Foreign Minister Fischer proposes new transatlantic relationship / Iraqis receive new constitution / Greeks end Socialist rule

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