18 March 2004 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 18 Mar 2004 [PDF]
- Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 18 Mar 2004 -- Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, Deputy Director for Coalition Operations and Dan Senor, Senior Adviser, CPA
- Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 18 Mar 2004 -- Maj. Gen. Martin Dempsey, Commander, 1st Armored Division
- As Threats in Baghdad Shift, Coalition Shifts AFPS 18 Mar 2004 -- As the threats shift in Baghdad, coalition forces are shifting to counter them, said Army Maj. Gen. Martin Dempsey during a press conference today in Baghdad.
- IRAQ WRAP VOA 18 Mar 2004 -- In Iraq, at least six more Iraqi civilians have been killed by suspected insurgents -- three of them when a bomb exploded outside a hotel in the southern city of Basra. It was the second time an Iraqi hotel has been targeted in as many days. The increasing violence against civilians comes as Iraq approaches the one year anniversary of the start of the war that toppled Saddam Hussein.
- Officials Revise Hotel Death Toll Downward AFPS 18 Mar 2004 -- Coalition officials said today that the March 17 bombing of Baghdad's Mount Lebanon Hotel killed only seven people, not 27 as previously believed.
- IRAQ / ATTACKS VOA 18 Mar 2004 -- Mortar attacks and bombings continued in Iraq Thursday as the one-year anniversary of the invasion of Iraq approaches. V-O-A'S Greg LaMotte in Cairo reports military officials are blaming some of the violence on Muslim militants linked to al-Qaida.
- Iraq: Insurgency Increasingly Targeting Foreign Workers, Civilians RFE/RL 18 Mar 2004 -- A massive blast in Baghdad last night destroyed a hotel popular with foreigners, killing at least 17 people and wounding many more. The bombing is the latest in a string of attacks targeting foreign workers in Iraq. Eight Western civilians were recently killed in separate attacks. The attacks appear to mark a shift in the tactics of the Iraqi resistance.
- Iraq: U.S. Overwhelmed Saddam's Army But Struggles With Insurgency RFE/RL 18 Mar 2004 -- The U.S.-led coalition can look back with satisfaction at the ease with which it overwhelmed Saddam Hussein's forces in the first weeks of the Iraq war. But things have not gone so smoothly since.
- SELECTED HIGHLIGHTS FROM OIF: THE FIRST YEAR CENTCOM Release 18 Mar 2004-- Operation Iraqi Freedom Coalition Forces have successfully liberated 25 million Iraqis from the brutal dictatorship of Saddam Hussein.
- 3rd MAW plays pivotal role in success of transfer of authority Marine Corps News 18 Mar 2004-- Third Marine Aircraft Wing Marines and Sailors, who have been in the Al Anbar Province for approximately one month, are assisting the I Marine Expeditionary Force and 1st Marine Division in completing their Transfer of Authority from the Army's 82nd Airborne Division.
- Bulk fuel gases up Marines in Iraq Marine Corps News 18 Mar 2004-- Fuel fumes drift through the air as the warm, Iraqi sun cuts through the rolling dust cloud that precedes the approaching convoy of rumbling vehicles.
- Have gear, will travel: Embark Marines wait for trucks Marine Corps News 18 Mar 2004-- Marines are used to waiting - waiting in line for shots, waiting in line for the computer, waiting in line for a haircut. However, the embarkation Marines from Marine Wing Support Squadron 374 are waiting for the trucks that will take the rest of their equipment north into Iraq.
- Pakistan May Have No. 2 Al Qaeda Leader Surrounded AFPS 18 Mar 2004 -- Pakistani officials believe they have the No. 2 man in al Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, cornered.
- PAKISTAN/AL-QAIDA VOA 18 Mar 2004 -- Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf says government forces may have surrounded "a high value target" in a remote tribal region bordering Afghanistan. Pakistani troops are engaged in a major operation in the region aimed at flushing out suspected
- AL ZAWAHARI / AL QAIDA VOA 18 Mar 2004 -- Senior Pakistani officials say they believe troops may have surrounded a top al-Qaida member in a remote tribal region bordering Afghanistan. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, say troops believe they have cornered Osama bin Laden's deputy Ayman al-Zawahari. President Pervez Musharraf said in a pre-recorded interview with C-N-N today (Thursday) that a high valued target could be among the militants because of the stiff resistance by those fighting government troops. U-S officials have not speculated on the identity of the high value target.
- Pakistani President Says 'High-Value Target' Surrounded RFE/RL 18 Mar 2004 -- Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said in an interview with CNN today that Pakistani forces have a "high-value target surrounded" in a security operation in northern Pakistan.
- Pak forces launch helicopter operation in tribal areas IRNA 18 Mar 2004 -- Pakistani troops have used helicopter gunships in operation in tribal region against al-Qaeda suspects and local tribesmen who the government says have given shelter to foreign militants, military spokesman said.
- Pak military: Anti Al-Qaeda operation progressing smoothly IRNA 18 Mar 2004 -- Pakistan military has said that a major operation launched on Thursday in tribal belt to nab miscreants and foreign elements hiding in the border area is progressing smoothly.
- 2/8 Marines join the Bagram team Marine Corps News 18 Mar 2004-- As the quest to kill, capture and deny sanctuary to al Queda and Taliban militants increases in Afghanistan, so increases the number of the coalition force troops here.
- Keeping OEF mission airborne AFPN 18 Mar 2004-- Back home, when a thirsty Air Force aircraft needs to be gassed up, fuels management flights have a 30-minutes-or-less response time to provide the fuel.
- Two U.S. Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan AFPS 18 Mar 2004 -- Two U.S. soldiers were killed and two were wounded during a firefight in Afghanistan's Oruzgan province today, U.S. Central Command officials announced in a news release.
- Afghanistan: U.S. Pushes NATO Allies For Greater Involvement RFE/RL 18 Mar 2004 -- The United States is increasing pressure on its NATO allies to contribute more troops and equipment to expanding so-called Provincial Reconstruction Teams in Afghanistan.
- RFE/RL Afghanistan Report, Vol 3, Number 11 18 Mar 2004 -- NATO SECRETARY-GENERAL DISCUSSES AFGHANISTAN / AFGHAN DEFENSE MINISTER PROFESSES LOYALTY TO KARZAI / TWO NEW POLITICAL PARTIES REGISTERED... / ...AND AFGHANISTAN NATIONAL PARTY ANNOUNCES GENERAL PLATFORM / EU TO MONITOR AFGHAN ELECTIONS / OUSTED MINISTER'S BACKERS TAKE TO THE STREETS / COMMISSION INSISTS CONSTITUTION WAS NOT 'MANIPULATED' BUT 'IMPROVED.' / U.S. FORCES ANNOUNCE START OF NEW OPERATION IN AFGHANISTAN... / ...AS KARZAI SUGGESTS AFGHANISTAN NEEDS FOREIGN HELP TO 'STAND ON ITS OWN TWO FEET.' / DOZENS KILLED IN PAKISTANI RAID NEAR AFGHAN BORDER... / ...AS U.S. FORCES OPERATE ON AFGHAN SIDE OF BORDER / U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE ARRIVES IN KABUL / 23 AFGHANS RELEASED SO FAR FROM U.S. DETENTION, ONE HAS 'GONE BACK TO FIGHT'. / U.S. INQUIRY EXONERATES TROOPS OVER ERRANT BOMBING / AFGHANS COMPLAIN ABOUT CONDUCT OF COALITION FORCES / PRT'S FIGHT TALIBAN WITH BRIDGES, ROADS, AND SCHOOLS / FOUR CIVILIANS KILLED IN CLASHES BETWEEN RIVAL COMMANDERS / FOUR KILLED IN ATTACK IN SOUTHERN AFGHANISTAN / AFGHAN SOLDIER KILLED IN SOUTH / AFGHAN SOLDIERS REPORTED KILLED IN LAND-MINE BLAST / U.S. MILITARY BASE IN SOUTH COMES UNDER ATTACK / AFGHAN AND PAKISTANI TRIBES CLASH IN BORDER REGION / SIX NEW PROVINCIAL GOVERNORS APPOINTED / RIGHTS ACTIVISTS TEMPER U.S. PICTURE OF PROGRESS FOR WOMEN IN AFGHANISTAN / GENDER TABOOS KEEP WOMEN FROM SEEKING MEDICAL CARE / THIS WEEK IN AFGHANISTAN'S HISTORY
- Situation Report for Media: Multinational Interim Force-Haiti SOUTHCOM Release PDF 18 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:
Defense Policy / Programs
- Stressing Intelligence in War on Terror AFPS 18 Mar 2004 -- In a war on terrorism, intelligence is everything. Knowing the enemy and taking the fight to the enemy is the best way to deal with terrorists, the commander of the Army's 1st Armored Division said during a news conference today in Baghdad.
- Mortar Plt. trains for live-fire shoot Marine Corps News 18 Mar 2004-- In an effort to sharpen their basic mortarmen skills, Marines from 81 mm Mortar Platoon, Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team, 1st Bn., 2nd Marines, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, practiced moving and setting up on a range at Fort A.P. Hill, Va., March 13.
- Sidewinders Return Home Navy Newsstand 18 Mar 2004-- The "Sidewinders" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86 returned to their home base at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., in late February, after a successful deployment as part of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, embarked aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65).
- Tactical Tomahawk Team Awards LRIP III Navy Newsstand 18 Mar 2004-- The U.S. Navy awarded the third low rate initial production (LRIP) contract for Tomahawk Block IV all-up-round missiles to Raytheon Systems Company, Tucson, Ariz., March 4. The $176 million undefinitized contract action will obligate more than $87 million at this time and will procure approximately 225 missiles.
- Monster machines provide more flexibility, speed Marine Corps News 18 Mar 2004-- The Marine Corps has recently begun upgrading the Amphibious Assault Vehicle to take on faster speeds and more demanding loads.
- MSSG-24 conducts Mass Casualty drill at Fort A.P. Hill Marine Corps News 18 Mar 2004-- While conducting training here, Marines had their first opportunity to conduct a fully integrated mass casualty drill the night of March 14.
- VMFA(AW)-121 Reaches 30,000 mishap free hours Marine Corps News 18 Mar 2004-- The 'Green Knights' of Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 121 proudly display numerous citations and awards commemorating their 63 years of unsurpassed excellence.
- Ramona school students welcome home HMM-163 Marines Marine Corps News 18 Mar 2004-- Nine-year-old Carl Steidl could not hold the excitement in too much longer. He had to say something to somebody because what he found out was the best news he had heard in almost five months - dad is finally coming home.
- Green Knights awarded for 100 combat missions Marine Corps News 18 Mar 2004-- Three officers from Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 121 were recognized recently for their accomplishments in the F/A-18 Hornet.
- MH-60S helicopter load validated on C-17 AFPN 18 Mar 2004-- Officials here performed a load validation on a C-17 Globemaster III for the MH-60S Knight Hawk helicopter recently with the help of Navy specialists.
- Leaders discuss future of unmanned aircraft AFPN 18 Mar 2004-- With 10 different unmanned aerial vehicle systems flying over Iraq and Afghanistan, military leaders met with members of Congress to discuss the rapidly changing role of UAVs in military operations.
- Bengals prowl Fightertown Marine Corps News 18 Mar 2004-- Above the skies of Beaufort and over the seas of the Atlantic, Lowcountry residents may hear the roar or witness the sight of an F/A-18 Hornet from Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 224 prowling the Carolina skyline.
- Moonlighters return from WESTPAC Marine Corps News 18 Mar 2004-- The Moonlighters of Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 332 returned to Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort March 14, from a six-month Western Pacific Deployment.
- Alpha Co. hones basics at A.P. Hill Marine Corps News 18 Mar 2004-- In an effort to hone their basic skills as the designated helicopter company for the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Marines from Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team, 1st Bn., 2nd Marines, conducted helicopter interoperability training with helicopters from the MEU's aviation arm, Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 263, at Fort A.P. Hill, Va., March 13.
- U.S. Will Designate Pakistan a Major Non-NATO Ally Washington File 18 Mar 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell said the United States will designate Pakistan as a "major non-NATO ally," signaling closer military relations between the two countries.
- Russia test-fires strategic missiles from submarine PLA Daily 18 Mar 2004 -- Russian Northern Fleet nuclear submarine Novomoskovsky on Wednesday successfully test-fired two RSM-54 ballistic missiles, Interfax news agency reported.
- State Department Noon Briefing, March 18, 2004 Washington File 18 Mar 2004 -- Azerbaijan, Cuba, Haiti, Iraq, Spain, Serbia/Kosovo, Israel/Palestinians, Saudi Arabia, North Korea/China/South Korea, Poland/Iraq, Georgia/Ajara, Cyprus/Greece/Turkey, Pakistan, Syria/Kurds/Iraq
- White House Press Briefing, March 18, 2004 Washington File 18 Mar 2004 -- President's schedule, Greece, Freedom Corps, Iraq, war on terrorism, Iraq/coalition, Kosovo, Afghanistan
- General Dynamics Awarded Potential $240 Million Contract for MK80 Series Bomb Body Production General Dynamics 18 Mar 2004 -- The U.S. Army Joint Munitions Command at Rock Island, Ill., has awarded General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), a $103.9 million modification to a firm-fixed priced contract for the production of MK80 Series bomb bodies. The contract, consisting of a base award and two options, has a total projected value, with all options exercised, of $240 million.
- Lockheed Martin Breaks Ground for New Home of Presidential Helicopter Facility Lockheed Martin 18 Mar 2004 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) joined with state and local government partners today to break ground for the company's new presidential helicopter facility in Owego, NY. Lockheed Martin leads Team US101 that is competing to provide the President of the United States with a new Marine One helicopter fleet.
- Northrop Grumman Submits Bid for WATCHKEEPER Battlefield Intelligence Program Northrop Grumman 18 Mar 2004 -- Northrop Grumman ISS International Inc., a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), today submitted its proposal for the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence's WATCHKEEPER battlefield imagery and intelligence program.
- General Dynamics to Acquire Spectrum Astro, Inc. General Dynamics 18 Mar 2004 -- General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Gilbert, Ariz.-based Spectrum Astro, Inc., a privately held space systems integrator for the U.S. government. The transaction has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies and is subject to normal regulatory approval; it is expected to close within 60 days. The acquisition will be accretive to General Dynamics. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 18 Mar 2004
- Press statement on the situation in Kosovo NATO 18 Mar 2004 -- The North Atlantic Council met today to assess the situation in Kosovo. NATO Allies condemned the upsurge in violence, which has resulted in casualties on all sides and extensive damage to property.
- NATO Beefs Up Forces in Kosovo After 17 Die in Ethnic Riots AFPS 18 Mar 2004 -- Seventeen Kosovars have been killed in the worst outbreak of ethnic violence in that province since NATO forces arrived in 1999, NATO officials said.
- U.S. Deeply Concerned about Violence in Kosovo Washington File 18 Mar 2004 -- "The United States is deeply concerned about the recent incidents of serious violence in Kosovo," U.S. diplomat Douglas Davidson told the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna March 18. "We urge all of Kosovo's citizens to restore calm and to cease disruptive and violent actions."
- Kosovo: NATO Sends Reinforcements Amid Continued Violence RFE/RL 18 Mar 2004 -- New clashes erupted today in Kosovo as NATO began sending reinforcements to the troubled province. Yesterday's outbreak of violence between Kosovar Serbs and ethnic Albanians has left at least 22 people dead. Russia has called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the crisis in the protectorate.
- NATO/KOSOVO VOA 18 Mar 2004 -- NATO is sending about 350 extra troops to Kosovo to help restore order after ethnic clashes in which at least 22 people died and hundreds were injured. Douglas Bakshian reports from Luxembourg, Britain says it is also sending troops to
- DRC: First battalion of national unified army completes training IRIN 18 Mar 2004 -- A unit of the first integrated brigade of the unified national army of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) completed on Thursday a six-week training and orientation course in Kisangani, in the northeastern region of the country, a UN military spokesman said.
- Annan invites Greece and Turkey to help in Cyprus talks UN News Centre 18 Mar 2004 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has invited Greece and Turkey to join in meetings next week in Switzerland to help the Greek and Turkish Cypriots finalize a plan to reunify Cyprus before its entry into the European Union on 1 May.
- GEORGIA / SEPARATISTS VOA 18 Mar 2004 -- Georgian President Mikhail Saakasvili has pledged to lift the economic blockade on the autonomous province of Ajaria on Friday. He made the announcement after meeting with the province's leader on Thursday. The meeting apparently eased tensions that earlier in the week had both sides putting military forces on alert.
- CAMBODIA / U-N TRIBUNAL VOA 18 Mar 2004 -- A U-N delegation has ended a second week-long mission in Cambodia to work out details for setting up a genocide tribunal for leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime. The head of the delegation says progress was made, and he thinks a budget will be released within the next two weeks. the province, where clashes continue.
- ISRAEL / U S VOA 18 Mar 2004 -- Israel's foreign minister left Thursday for the United States, where he will hold talks with senior U-S and U-N officials on Israel's unilateral disengagement plans. His trip is also meant to set the stage for a future meeting between President Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
- FRANCE / RWANDA VOA 18 Mar 2004 -- France's foreign minister, Dominique de Villepin, insisted Thursday that French troops saved hundreds of thousands of lives in Rwanda, during the 1994 genocide. The statement comes as French and Rwandan officials are trading accusations on who was responsible for the genocide.
- CONGO / ARMY VOA 18 Mar 2004 -- The first battalion of the first unified brigade in the new army of Democratic Republic of Congo has completed its training in the eastern city of Kisangani. Congo's power-sharing government wants to send the unit to the troubled northeastern district of Ituri, but the United Nations, which has peacekeepers in the area, has some concerns about the plan.
- IVORY COAST / POL VOA 18 Mar 2004 -- Opposition political parties in divided Ivory Coast say they will defy a presidential ban by organizing a march next week in favor of the country's stalled peace deal.
- SUDAN: Peace talks for Darfur on the horizon IRIN 18 Mar 2004 -- Peace negotiations for Sudan's war-torn Darfur region are on the horizon, with the government reportedly agreeing for the first time to attend talks that are internationally monitored.
- SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 18 Mar 2004 -- NATO to invest US $139 million in Poland in 2004 / Greece "can count on NATO" for Olympics security / After Madrid, NATO asks "what more can we do?" / Portugal to reintroduce border controls as anti-terrorism measure / U.S. commander reports progress in Afghanistan; praises Pakistani action / Peace hopes crumble as Kosovo slides into violence / Serbia criticizes NATO in Kosovo, urges autonomy for Serbs
- SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 18 Mar 2004 -- NATO sending reinforcements to Kosovo after ethnic bloodshed / Karzai: Afghan elections face delay / EU rushes to bring in security measures / FBI mulls NATO-style intelligence alliance with Europe
- E-U / SUMMIT VOA 18 Mar 2004 -- Heads of at least 12 countries that will be joining the European Union and, in some cases, NATO, in coming months, are meeting in the Slovak capital, Bratislava, to stake out their ground in the two institutions. But organizers say the meeting is being overshadowed by the ethnic bloodletting in Kosovo.
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