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10 March 2004 Military News

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Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 10 Mar 2004 [PDF]

  • Transcript: 82nd Airborne Division Commanding General's Briefing from Iraq 10 Mar 2004 -- Army Maj. Gen. Charles H. Swannack, Jr.
  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing from Iraq 10 Mar 2004 -- Army Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt and Dan Senor
  • IRAQ WRAP VOA 10 Mar 2004 -- In Iraq, two American civilians working for the U-S Defense Department have been shot dead, along with their Iraqi translator, in a roadblock ambush.
  • 3 Killed in Iraq; Coalition Continues Offensive Operations AFPS 10 Mar 2004 -- Two Defense Department civilians and an Iraqi translator were killed in a March 9 attack in Hillah, Iraq, coalition officials said today.
  • Western Iraq Insurgents in Disarray, Says 82nd Commander AFPS 10 Mar 2004 -- Anti-coalition forces in western Iraq are "pretty much in disarray," Army Maj. Gen. Charles H. Swannack Jr., commander of the U.S. 82nd Airborne Division, told journalists today during a Baghdad press conference.
  • MORTAR ROUND STRIKES HOUSE IN EJBA CENTCOM Release 10 Mar 2004-- A mortar round from elements of Task Force Olympia struck a building in the southeast side of Ejba, killing one citizen and injuring another Monday.
  • COALITION DETAINEE DIES IN CUSTODY CENTCOM Release 10 Mar 2004-- Palestinian terrorist Abu Abbas, also known as Mohammed Abbas, died on March 8, 2004.
  • STRYKER BRIGADE CAPTURES THREE, COLLECTS WEAPONS CENTCOM Release 10 Mar 2004-- Soldiers from Task Force Olympia detained one suspect and conducted ongoing weapons collection operations in northern Iraq Sunday and Monday.

  • Afghanistan: U.S. Investigates Taliban 'Night Letters' Threatening Villagers RFE/RL 10 Mar 2004 -- The U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan is investigating claims that Taliban leaflets are being posted overnight on the mud walls of some village compounds near the Afghan-Pakistani border ahead of a planned U.S. military offensive. The so-called "night letters" threaten villagers who cooperate with U.S.-led coalition forces.
  • COMBINED FORCES COMMAND - AFGHANISTAN RELEASE CENTCOM Release 10 Mar 2004-- Yesterday, weapons caches were found and destroyed in the vicinity of Khowst, Ghazni and Gardez. These caches included more than 200 122mm artillery shells, 250 107mm rockets, 175 82mm mortar rounds, tens of mines, grenades, rocket propelled grenades, large and small caliber ammunition, a 23 mm anti-aircraft gun, a DSHKA 12.7mm machine gun, an 82 mm mortar with base plate and spare bipod.
  • Task force after Taliban target Army News Service 10 Mar 2004-- The word came in. An intelligence report said a possible Taliban commander was nearby and task force leaders quickly formulated a plan to seal off the village.

  • First members of UN humanitarian mission leave for Haiti UN News Centre 10 Mar 2004 -- With United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan saying the international commitment to Haiti could be needed for "10 years or more," the first group from a UN multidisciplinary team went to the troubled Caribbean country today as humanitarian assessment missions resumed in its provinces.
  • Airlifters haul forces to Haiti AFPN 10 Mar 2004-- On Feb. 29, President George W. Bush ordered U.S. Marines into the Republic of Haiti as the leading element of a multinational peacekeeping force sanctioned by the United Nations.
  • PENTAGON/HAITI VOA 10 Mar 2004 -- A senior U-S military commander says the U-S-led multi-national force in Haiti will attempt to seize illegal weapons from armed groups, in what he calls "a nation of violence," where there are many guns.
  • CONGRESS - HAITI VOA 10 Mar 2004 -- In Washington, U-S Senate Democrats stepped up their criticism of the Bush administration's policy toward Haiti at a hearing on Capitol Hill.
  • Multinational Force to Help Haitian Police Disarm Populace AFPS 10 Mar 2004 -- Multinational troops in Haiti will assist national police in maintaining the peace and to disarm citizens bearing arms illegally, the U.S. officer in charge of the nine-day-old operation said here today.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Roche Requests Withdrawal of Nomination 10 Mar 2004 -- Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld today announced that secretary of the Air Force James Roche has requested that his nomination for secretary of the Army be withdrawn.
  • Rumsfeld Says Full Funding Needed to Continue Terror War AFPS 10 Mar 2004 -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld warned March 9 here that progress toward democracy in Iraq should not be interpreted as a sign that the terrorist threat is under control and that the military can now endure budget cuts.
  • USS Ticonderoga to Make Final Deployment Before Decommissioning Navy Newsstand 10 Mar 2004-- USS Ticonderoga (CG 47) will depart its homeport at Naval Station Pascagoula for its final deployment March 10. The ship is scheduled to be decommissioned Sept. 30.
  • USS Thomas S. Gates Set for Deployment Navy Newsstand 10 Mar 2004-- USS Thomas S. Gates (CG 51) will leave its homeport at Naval Station Pascagoula, Pascagoula, Miss., for a five-month deployment March 10. The deployment will cover a variety of missions, including a circumnavigation of the South American continent.
  • Small unit takes on big test AFPN 10 Mar 2004-- The responsibility for testing the airworthiness of modified KC-135 Stratotankers rests with a small unit here.
  • Pilots land safely after midair collision AFPN 10 Mar 2004-- Two F-16 Fighting Falcons landed here safely after a midair collision over the Atlantic Ocean on March 9. Neither pilot was injured.
  • Casualty drill storms Balikatan Marine Corps News 10 Mar 2004-- A mass casualty evacuation drill took place Feb. 25 here, on the airfield.
  • Airmen return from deep freeze AFPN 10 Mar 2004-- The last C-141 Starlifter from the 445th Airlift Wing returned March 4 from Christchurch, New Zealand, after completing its role in Operation Deep Freeze.

  • White House Daily Briefing, March 10, 2004 Washington File 10 Mar 2004 -- President's schedule, economy, free trade, Canada/prescription drugs, 9/11 Memorial Foundation event, Campaign 2004

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • UN agency project aims to clear landmines from Bosnia and Herzegovina UN News Centre 10 Mar 2004 -- The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today announced a multimillion dollar project to help Bosnia and Herzegovina - Europe's most heavily landmine-affected country - eliminate the deadly threat posed by those weapons.
  • Senior UN envoy in Washington for talks on Middle East peace UN News Centre 10 Mar 2004 -- A senior United Nations envoy is in Washington today for a meeting with United States National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice on the situation in the Middle East, including issues related to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's proposals concerning a withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, according to a UN spokesman in New York.
  • EQUATORIAL GUINEA / COUP VOA 10 Mar 2004 -- A man identified as the leader of suspected mercenaries arrested in Equatorial Guinea this week has appeared on television there, amid government claims of a planned coup.
  • NIGERIA: Several die as troops and Delta gunmen exchange fire IRIN 10 Mar 2004 -- At least five people died on Tuesday in Warri, southern Nigeria, in a shootout between troops and unidentified gunmen, military officials said.
  • SUDAN: Vice-president returning to Kenya to rejoin talks IRIN 10 Mar 2004 -- Sudanese Vice-President Ali Uthman Muhammad Taha is to return to the peace talks in Naivasha, Kenya, on Thursday, following three days of consultations in Khartoum.
  • SOMALIA: Faction leaders warn of possible peace talks collapse IRIN 10 Mar 2004 -- Over a dozen faction leaders participating in the Somali peace talks in Kenya have warned the organisers that the launching of an interim charter next week could lead to the failure of the talks, claiming that unresolved issues remain.
  • SUDAN: Militias ravage Darfur in gangs of hundreds IRIN 10 Mar 2004 -- A total breakdown of law and order is reported in Darfur, western Sudan, as militias roam the region in gangs of hundreds, attacking one village after another.
  • SIERRA LEONE / WAR CRIMES VOA 10 Mar 2004 -- The U-N-backed war crimes tribunal in Sierra Leone has opened a new courthouse in the capital, Freetown, amid calls for the extradition of former Liberian President Charles Taylor to face multiple charges before the court.
  • TIBET ANNIVERSARY VOA 10 Mar 2004 -- Scores of demonstrators marched on the Indian parliament in New Delhi Wednesday to demand international support for the people of Tibet. The march comes on the 45th anniversary of the flight into exile of Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.
  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 10 Mar 2004 -- Israeli and Palestinian officials say their prime ministers could meet as early as next week.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 10 Mar 2004 -- NATO may take patrols into Black Sea / Olympic security drill includes 'dirty bomb' scenario / Algerian group moves to establish stronger al-Qaeda ties / NATO general says Afghan fighters close to defeat / Top Ansar al-Islam member arrested in Iraq / Macedonian (sic) police arrest former rebel sought for firearms possession / Vukovar trial will test Serb war crimes justice / Iran moves uranium enrichment to secret plants / Head of China-backed security group says it has no plans to become military alliance against the West
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 10 Mar 2004 -- Gen. Jones appeals for more troops to expand Afghan mission / Bosnia to send troops to Iraq

  • SAF/MERCENARIES VOA 10 Mar 2004 -- The South African government has confirmed that 20 of the passengers on a plane detained in Zimbabwe are South Africans. The company that owns the plane says they and others on the aircraft are security guards, but the Zimbabwe government believes that the men are mercenaries. South Africa has been trying to crack down on the country's notorious mercenary industry.
  • ILS' ATLAS III LAUNCH OF MBSAT SATELLITE POSTPONED FOR 24 HOURS Lockheed Martin 10 Mar 2004 -- International Launch Services has rescheduled the launch of the MBSAT satellite on an Atlas III rocket, AC-202, to 12:40 a.m. EST Saturday. The one-day extension was granted at the request of Space Systems/Loral for administrative purposes.

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