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17 March 2004 Military News

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Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 17 Mar 2004 [PDF]

  • PENTAGON/IRAQ VOA 17 Mar 2004 -- A powerful explosion has ripped through a hotel in the heart of Baghdad, killing and injuring an unknown number of people. The blast came as a senior U-S military official was warning that insurgents in Iraq are turning more and more to civilian targets.
  • 101st Commander Calls Adaptability Key to Success in Iraq AFPS 17 Mar 2004 -- One year ago today, the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) was at Camp New Jersey, the division's holding area in Kuwait, awaiting orders to move north and cross into Iraq at the onset of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
  • White House Condemns 'Attack on Innocent Civilians' AFPS 17 Mar 2004 -- An explosion at a Baghdad hotel today killed at least 27 people and wounded at least 40, according to news reports citing U.S. military officials at the scene.
  • IRAQ WRAP VOA 17 Mar 2004 -- As many as 28 people have been killed in a car bomb explosion that heavily damaged a hotel in downtown Baghdad Wednesday night, in what appears to be another in a series of attacks by insurgents against civilians.
  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 17 Mar 2004 -- Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, Deputy Director for Coalition Operations; and Dan Senor, Senior Adviser, CPA
  • Explosion Hits Baghdad Hotel VOA News 17 Mar 2004 -- A large explosion has ripped through a hotel in central Baghdad, and witnesses report there are many casualties.
  • IRAQ/CRACKDOWN VOA 17 Mar 2004 -- U-S troops and Iraqi special forces have launched a massive operation in Baghdad to seize illegal weapons and crush insurgents who are targeting coalition forces and civilians working on the country's reconstruction.

  • PENTAGON/AFRICA TERROR VOA 17 Mar 2004 -- The U-S military is wrapping up what appears to have been a highly-successful counter-terrorist training program in Mali and Mauritania. But uncertainty lingers over the next phase of the special initiative set for later this year in Chad and Niger.
  • Airmen Support Pan Sahel Initiative EUCOM Release 17 Mar 2004-- Airmen from bases throughout Europe are supporting Special Operations forces along the fringes of the Sahara Desert in Northwest Africa in the continuing global war on terrorism.

  • Powell Says Pakistanis Cooperating in Search for Taliban Washington File 17 Mar 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell and Afghan President Hamid Karzai say U.S. and Afghan forces are cooperating with Pakistani forces to root out Taliban remnants and terrorists hiding in the mountainous border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
  • Afghanistan: New National Army Bases Planned In Four Provinces RFE/RL 17 Mar 2004 -- U.S military officials and members of the Afghan central government met today with leaders of an Afghan militia force in Kandahar to discuss where to permanently garrison troops from the fledgling Afghan National Army.
  • Iran: Tough New Measure Imposed To Encourage Afghan Refugees To Return Home RFE/RL 17 Mar 2004 -- Iran has announced it is imposing tough new restrictions on hundreds of thousands of Afghan refugees living in the country in an effort to accelerate their repatriation. More than 650,000 Afghans living in Iran have returned home under a voluntary repatriation program launched in 2002. Almost 2 million Afghans are still in Iran, but many are reluctant to return because of poor living conditions.
  • Powell Afghan Aid VOA 17 Mar 2004 -- U-S Secretary of State Colin Powell says the United States will pledge another one billion dollars in Afghan reconstruction aid at an upcoming donors' conference. That will raise U-S aid to Kabul to two-point-two billion dollars this year.
  • AFGHANISTAN: Faction fighting flares up in Oruzgan Province IRIN 17 Mar 2004 -- Following a series of serious human rights abuses in the Daikundi district of the central province of Oruzgan, the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC0) said factional rivalries continue to remain a serious concern.
  • POWELL/PAKISTAN VOA 17 Mar 2004 -- U-S Secretary of State Colin Powell is in Islamabad for talks with President Pervez Musharraf and other officials Thursday on military efforts against Taleban and al-Qaida remnants along the Pakistan-Afghan border. He will also seek more information on the proliferation ring of Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan.
  • PAKISTAN / TERROR VOA 17 Mar 2004 -- Pakistan says fierce clashes between security forces and suspected terrorists near the border with Afghanistan have left at least 40 people dead, including 15 paramilitary troops.
  • POWELL / AFGAN VOA 17 Mar 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell spent much of Wednesday in Kabul for talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai on security issues and preparations for Afghan elections later this year.

  • Situation Report for Media: Multinational Interim Force-Haiti SOUTHCOM Release 17 Mar 2004-- Following are significant events and activities of the Multinational Interim Force (MIF) and Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF) -Haiti and associated agencies during the last 24 hours
  • UN food agencies supply food, aid after Haiti's Agriculture Ministry looted UN News Centre 17 Mar 2004 -- As United Nations agencies reported that Haiti's basic services were being restored, one UN food agency said the Ministry of Agriculture was "totally looted" in the outbursts of violence that surrounded the 29 February departure of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and another distributed tons of food to northern schools.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Transcript: "Protecting Our Military Families in Times of War" John Kerry for President Campaign 17 Mar 2004 -- "We are still bogged down in Iraq - and the Administration stubbornly holds to failed policies that drive potential allies away. (...) We were misled about weapons of mass destruction. We are misled now when the costs of Iraq are not even counted in the President's budget. But having gone to war, we have a responsibility to keep and a national interest to achieve in a stable and peaceful Iraq. (...) At the heart of that force must be a fully prepared, fully equipped, fully staffed, state-of-the-art military ready to face any adversary, anywhere. Four "
  • Transcript: Remarks by the Vice President at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum The White House 17 Mar 2004 -- " We must build and maintain military strength capable of operating in different theaters of action with decisive force. We must not only have that power, but be willing to use it when required to defend our freedom and our security. (...) Against this kind of determined, organized, ruthless enemy, America requires a new strategy - not merely to prosecute a series of crimes, but to fight and win a global campaign against the terror network. (...) The United States will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our country."

  • New Military Commission Order Issued 17 Mar 2004 -- Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld has issued Military Commission Order No. 5 officially delegating appointing authority responsibility to John D. Altenburg Jr. and rescinding the previous delegation in Military Commission Order No. 2.
  • All Nations Affected by Terrorist Attacks, General Says Washington File 17 Mar 2004 -- The world is too intertwined economically for any nation to be unaffected by terrorism, says General Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
  • CHENEY / KERRY / TERRORISM VOA 17 Mar 2004 -- Vice President Dick Cheney says President Bush has achieved important victories in the war on terrorism, despite recent bombings in Madrid and Baghdad. Mr. Cheney spoke at the Reagan Presidential Library in California Wednesday, where he portrayed Democratic presidential contender John Kerry as indecisive. Senator Kerry, for his part, criticized what he called the failed policies of the Bush administration.
  • Cheney Says U.S. Will Never Ask Permission to Defend Itself AFPS 17 Mar 2004 -- Though the United States always will seek cooperation from allies in the global war on terror, there's a difference between leading a coalition of many nations and submitting to the objections of a few, Vice President Dick Cheney said in California today.
  • 2d Infantry Division Soldier Dies US 8th Army Release 17 Mar 2004 [MS WORD]-- A 2nd Infantry Division Soldier was pronounced dead at 121 Hospital in Yongsan at 9:30 a.m. today.
  • Female Soldiers: fighting, dying for their country Army News Service 17 Mar 2004-- Through the course of liberating Iraq, female Soldiers have conducted air missions, kicked down doors, disarmed mines and shed their own blood. Sixteen female Soldiers have died in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
  • LandWarNet equips Soldiers with battlefield information Army News Service 17 Mar 2004-- Just as Soldiers need the best equipment and training to be successful on the battlefield, a steady diet of information is just as vital, Army leaders believe.
  • FIRST GROUP OF SOLDIERS FROM V CORPS' 1ST ARMORED DIVISION RETURNS FROM DEPLOYMENT IN IRAQ V Corps Release 17 Mar 2004-- Open arms, hugs and kisses flourished as friends and family members gathered to welcome home the first small contingent of "Iron Soldiers" from V Corps' 1st Armored Division from their year-long deployment to Iraq.
  • Navy to Stand up Fleet Anti-submarine Warfare Command Navy Newsstand 17 Mar 2004-- The Navy is boosting its antisubmarine warfare capabilities with the creation of the Fleet Antisubmarine Warfare (ASW) Command (FASWC) in San Diego April 8.
  • USS Stephen W. Groves to Return from Deployment Navy Newsstand 17 Mar 2004-- The guided-missile frigate USS Stephen W. Groves (FFG 29) will return to its homeport at Naval Station Pascagoula, March 22, after a six-month deployment in support of counter-drug operations.
  • CVW-7 Completes History-Making Missile Shoot Navy Newsstand 17 Mar 2004-- Launching from USS George Washington's (CVN 73) flight deck on the afternoon of Feb. 25, aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 fired 17 live missiles onto a range over the Arabian Sea in two separate waves.
  • Five killed in Nevada crash AFPN 17 Mar 2004-- Five people were killed when the Air Force aircraft they were traveling in crashed in the Nevada desert about 125 miles northwest of Nellis Air Force Base on March 16.
  • Air Force's newest wing activates at Hurlburt AFPN 17 Mar 2004-- The Air Force activated its newest wing during a ceremony here March 12.
  • Officials release Predator accident report AFPN 17 Mar 2004-- Operator error caused an RQ-1L Predator remotely piloted aircraft to crash Dec. 11 in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, according to Air Force officials.

  • Chinese, French navies hold maritime drill PLA Daily 17 Mar 2004 -- Two Chinese naval warships and two French warships ended a joint maritime drill Tuesday afternoon off the coast of Qingdao, a port city in east China's Shandong province.
  • Iran, Lebanon review expansion of defense cooperation IRNA 17 Mar 2004 -- Iran`s Ambassador to Beirut Massoud Edrisi conferred on Wednesday with the Lebanese Defense Minister Mahmoud Hamud on expansion of defense cooperation between the two countries.

  • Allied Ambassadors Discuss Status of NATO-Ukraine Relations Washington File 17 Mar 2004 -- The NATO-Ukraine Commission met at ambassadorial level in Brussels March 17 to discuss the status of NATO-Ukraine relations.

  • White House Press Briefing, March 17, 2004 Washington File 17 Mar 2004 -- Iraq/bombing, international support for the war, Senator Kerry's remarks, IAEA/intelligence, bin Laden/videotape, Fort Campbell visit, Madrid bombing/intelligence, WMD, ElBaradei/remarks to Congress
  • State Department Noon Briefing, March 17, 2004 Washington File 17 Mar 2004 -- Spain, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, release of Pew poll, current U.S. international relations/diplomacy, Armitage/IAEA ElBaradei meeting, Iran, Israel/Palestinians

Defense Industry

  • First Cut On Next Generation Fighter Jet BAE Systems 17 Mar 2004 -- The production of the first UK components for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the worlds next generation stealth fighter jet, has started at two facilities in the North West of England.
  • ATK Receives $50 Million DHS Maritime Patrol Contract on Day One after MRC Acquisition ATK 17 Mar 2004 -- On the first day after acquiring Mission Research Corporation (MRC), ATK (Alliant Techsystems, NYSE: ATK) received a sensor system integration contract to equip two Bombardier-8 aircraft with advanced sensor suites and mission system operator workstations. The aircraft will serve the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division. The contract value is approximately $50 million, half of which is funded for 2004.
  • Thales wins new Tiger and NH90 helicopter self-protection contracts Thales 17 Mar 2004 -- Thales has signed new contracts worth almost 100 million euros with EADS to supply over 500 Threat Warning Equipment (TWE) self-protection systems for Eurocopter Tiger and NH90 helicopters. These aircraft will be delivered to the armed forces of France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Finland and Australia.

Other Conflicts

  • GEORGIA / SEPARATISTS VOA 17 Mar 2004 -- Georgia's new President Mikhail Saakashvili will meet with the leader of the renegade Adzharia province Thursday in a bid to defuse a crisis over the region's separatist ambitions.
  • NIGER: Government reports clashes with Islamic militants IRIN 17 Mar 2004 -- Government troops and members of an armed Islamic group have clashed in recent weeks in the north of Niger, Defence Minister Hassane Bonto told parliament on Tuesday.
  • UN mission stepping up efforts to stem illegal arms flows to DR of Congo UN News Centre 17 Mar 2004 -- Responding to the Security Council's recent condemnation of illegal arms flows to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the UN mission there today said it will concentrate on helping to control the black market traffic in weapons bound for the Central African country.
  • Nothing heard on Rwanda 'black box' so far links it to fatal plane crash - UN spokesman UN News Centre 17 Mar 2004 -- Nothing heard so far on the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) found last week at the United Nations links it to the 1994 aircraft crash that triggered the Rwanda genocide, a UN spokesman said today.
  • Diplomacy Essential to Keeping Sudan Peace Process on Track Washington File 17 Mar 2004 -- With Sudan in the closing stages of a peace process that has gone on for years, more diplomacy, not less, is needed now to convince both the Khartoum government and rebels to turn away from violence and begin rebuilding a nation devastated by 20 years of civil war, says Stephen Morrison, Africa program director for the Center for International and Strategic Studies (CSIS).
  • Kosovo Serbia VOA 17 Mar 2004 -- On a day (Wednesday) when ethnic conflict again erupted into deadly violence in Kosovo, a leading Kosovar Albanian politician rejected ethnic division of the southern Serbian province and said independence is a pre-condition for stability in the region.
  • NATO Chief Condemns Deadly Inter-ethnic Violence in Kosovo Washington File 17 Mar 2004 -- The NATO Secretary General issued a statement March 17 strongly condemning the new and deadly inter-ethnic violence in Kosovo.
  • U.S. Deplores Outbreak of Violence in Kosovo Washington File 17 Mar 2004 -- The United States deplores the recent incidents of serious violence in Kosovo, State Department Deputy Spokesman J. Adam Ereli said March 17, referring to clashes earlier in the day between Albanian and Serbian communities in which at least six have been reported killed and more than 300 injured.
  • BUSH / IRELAND VOA 17 Mar 2004 -- President Bush is calling for a permanent end to political violence in Northern Ireland. He spoke at a St. Patrick's Day ceremony at the White House.
  • SOMALIA: IGAD and observers dismayed by arms inflow IRIN 17 Mar 2004 -- The members of Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) facilitation committee for the Somali peace talks, and international observers are dismayed by reports of renewed flows of arms into Somalia, according to a joint statement issued on Tuesday.
  • BURUNDI: New national army takes shape IRIN 17 Mar 2004 -- Some 200 former fighters loyal to Pierre Nkurunziza arrived in a training camp in the southwestern province of Bururi on Tuesday, where they are due to undergo training as a unit of the new National Defence Forces of Burundi, the Burundian news agency, ABP, reported.
  • CENTRAL ASIA: Regional conference on arms proliferation underway IRIN 17 Mar 2004 -- A regional conference on small arms proliferation taking place in the Kazakh commercial capital, Almaty, focusing on problems surrounding the illegal trade in weapons in Central Asia, is proceeding as expected, according to a Kazakh government spokesperson.
  • LIBERIA-SIERRA LEONE: Taylor's lawyers file petition against special court IRIN 17 Mar 2004 -- Lawyers representing former Liberian president Charles Taylor said they had filed a petition with the Liberian Supreme Court on Tuesday against the Ministry of Justice and the UN-backed special court in Sierra Leone, which has indicted Taylor for war crimes.
  • NEPAL / MAOISTS VOA 17 Mar 2004 -- The United Nations and other aid agencies in Nepal are accusing Maoist rebels of trying to extort money from them. The aid groups say the rebel activities could jeopardize U-N assisted programs across the country.
  • SUDAN / SECURITY VOA 17 Mar 2004 -- Sudanese refugees fleeing violence in their country have told U-N officials they will not go back home until their safety is assured. The Sudanese government is accused of backing the militias terrorizing civilians in western Sudan.
  • GAZA FIGHTING VOA 17 Mar 2004 -- An Israeli helicopter killed at least one Palestinian in a missile attack in the Gaza Strip Wednesday, bringing to five the number of Palestinians killed in Israeli military action in the past 24 hours.
  • LIBERIA / REFUGEES VOA 17 Mar 2004 -- Thousands of Liberian refugees are going back to their country where a large United Nations peacekeeping mission has been deployed. But many homes and entire villages have been destroyed, so the returnees are flocking to camps in or near the capital, adding to aid agencies' problems.
  • IRAQ ANNIVERSARY/ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS VOA 17 Mar 2004 -- One year after the start of the Iraq war, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is no closer to resolution than it was before the war. In fact, just about the only point of agreement from both sides is that the war helped Israel significantly, and moved Palestinian concerns toward the sidelines.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 17 Mar 2004 -- NATO extends terrorism patrols in Mediterranean / EU governments need to more fully implement anti-terrorism measures / France gets Islamist threat with Chechen link / As terror threat evolves, U.S. forces begin focusing on West and North Africa / Serbs stone Kosovo peacekeepers after shooting / NATO umbrella could keep Spanish troops in Iraq
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 17 Mar 2004 -- German anti-terror mission in Mediterranean to be extended until June / NATO vows solidarity against terror after Madrid bombings / Spain PM-elect firm on Iraq withdrawal / European distrust of U.S. role sharpens / Five persons reported killed as Serbs, Albanians clash in northern Kosovo

  • ZIMBABWE: Suspected soldiers of fortune charged under security law IRIN 17 Mar 2004 -- An additional charge under the Public Order and Security Act (POSA) was brought on Wednesday against the suspected mercenaries held by the Zimbabwean authorities since last week.
  • ZIMBABWE / PLANE VOA 17 Mar 2004 -- In Zimbabwe, police are finalizing charges against 70 South Africans suspected of being mercenaries hired to stage a coup d'etat in Equatorial Guinea.
  • SYRIA/KURDS VOA 17 Mar 2004 -- At least 12 Kurds have been killed in northern Syria, in the latest in a series of clashes with police that began last Friday.

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