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19 March 2004 Military News

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Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 19 Mar 2004 [PDF]

  • 'TF Ironhorse' hands Tikrit area over to 1ID Army News Service 19 Mar 2004-- A transfer of authority ceremony between the 4th Infantry Division and the "Big Red One" took place at Forward Base Danger March 16 near Tikrit.
  • HEIDELBERG CEREMONY OFFICIALLY WELCOMES V CORPS HOME FROM SOUTHWEST ASIA V Corps Release 19 Mar 2004-- One year to the day after U.S. forces first crossed from Kuwait into Iraq, the deafening sound of artillery resonated throughout Campbell Barracks here as hundreds of Soldiers in desert uniform -- now war veterans -- participated in the official ceremony to welcome the Soldiers and units of V Corps home from Operation Iraqi Freedom.
  • 16th Engineer Bn. helps community help itself ARCENT Release 19 Mar 2004-- For decades, Iraqi civilians living on the outskirts of Baghdad have had no representation in the Baghdad Governance. Many of the residents were considered squatters and denied all government services, such as power and water.

  • PAKISTAN / AL-QAIDA VOA 19 Mar 2004 -- Pakistan says its forces have surrounded as many as 400 foreign and local militants in a remote tribal region near the Afghan border. As Ayaz Gul reports from Islamabad, officials say the gunmen possibly include a top member of the al-Qaida terror network.
  • Rice Adopts 'Wait and See' Mode Toward Action in Pakistan AFPS 19 Mar 2004 -- Whether al Qaeda's second-in-command is, indeed, surrounded in a firefight near the Afghanistan border in Pakistan remains unknown, the president's national security advisor said in television interviews today.
  • Pak military: 2 `foreigners` killed, 8 arrested in operation IRNA 19 Mar 2004 -- At least two "foreigners", apparently Arab and Chechen, were killed as Pakistani troops used gunship helicopters and artillery on the fourth day of operations in tribal regions against al-Qaeda suspects and local tribesmen whom the government says have given shelter to suspected militants, a military spokesman said.
  • PAKISTAN/AL-QAIDA VOA 19 Mar 2004 -- Pakistan's military forces have continued to pound suspected hideouts of the al-Qaida terror network near the Afghan border. The militants are said to be putting up fierce resistance, leading to suggestions they may be trying to protect a senior al-Qaida leader.

  • AFGHANISTAN: Japan announces further contribution for disarmament IRIN 19 Mar 2004 -- With Afghanistan's disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DDR) programme still in its pilot phase with only a few thousand ex-soldiers disarmed to date, Tokyo announced on Thursday another US $24.5 million contribution to the process.

  • Situation Report for Media: Multinational Interim Force-Haiti SOUTHCOM Release 19 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:
  • Haiti: UN Special Adviser and assessment mission chief meet officials UN News Centre 19 Mar 2004 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Adviser on Haiti and the head of the UN assessment mission today continued their round of meetings to gather information on the situation in the Caribbean country after the departure of one president and the swearing-in of a new interim president, prime minister and cabinet.

  • Ramstein sends aircraft to Kosovo USAFE News 19 Mar 2004-- Four aircraft assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron flew to Kosovo yesterday to provide airlift support in response to recent ethnic clashes taking place in the region.
  • NATO resolved to help bring Kosovo violence under control NATO 19 Mar 2004 -- The NATO Council has met again today to assess the security situation in Kosovo.
  • Kosovo situation calming down after extra troops deployed, says UN mission UN News Centre 19 Mar 2004 -- The deployment of extra international troops has helped to calm the situation in Kosovo after the recent deadly violence, but there are still reports of looting and unrest, the United Nations mission to the province reported today.
  • KOSOVO/UNREST VOA 19 Mar 2004 -- Reinforcements of NATO peacekeepers are arriving in Kosovo, but there is still sporadic violence and looting across the ethnically divided province. Ethnic Albanians have set Serb homes and churches on fire, and Serbian nationalists have retaliated by torching mosques. Harry de Quetteville reports from Mitrovice, the town where the violence started earlier this week, when ethnic Albanians blamed Serbs for the drowning of two children.
  • Kosovo: Violence Threatens Prospects For Multiethnic Society RFE/RL 19 Mar 2004 -- Kosovo this week has been rocked by the worst violence since the end of the war in the province in 1999. The rioting, which began on 17 March and quickly spread to all the major cities in the province, was followed by violent protests in Serbia. It is the latest evidence that interethnic tensions persist in the United Nations protectorate and could jeopardize the UN's vision of a multiethnic Kosovo.
  • EUROPE / KOSOVO VOA 19 Mar 2004 -- The eruption of violence in Kosovo is overshadowing a meeting of European leaders to discuss the expansion of the European Union and NATO. The host country is urging NATO not to walk away from the Balkans, despite the renewed bloodshed.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Navy automates Mission Packages NAVSEA News Wire 19 Mar 2004-- Arriving at specific GPS coordinates initiates a series of robotic tasks inside a U.S. Navy "Smart Container" carried by a U.S. Air Force C-130 cargo plane. Sandbags are automatically conveyed toward and ejected from the aft of the plane and parachuted downward where relief work is underway at a flooded Mississippi basin - a scenario of fast and efficient unmanned and automated Navy equipment performing disaster relief.
  • Virginia (SSN-774), lead Submarine of New Class, Successfully completes testing of Torpedo NAVSEA News Wire 19 Mar 2004-- The Virginia (SSN-774) has successfully completed a test of its torpedo tubes at General Dynamics Electric Boat's shipyard, firing a dozen dummy torpedoes into the Thames River last week. The two-day evolution brings the submarine, the first in a new class of fast-attack boats, closer to its sea trials, which are slated for this spring.
  • CSSD-77 offloads in Korea Marine Corps News 19 Mar 2004-- More than 300 Marines from Combat Service Support Detachment 77 assisted with a Maritime Prepositioning Force (MPF) offload of the Military Sealift Command ship MV 1st. Lt. Jack Lummus at Pyongtaek Port, here, March 8 - 9 in support of Freedom Banner/Foal Eagle '04.
  • LAR hits the beach to learn raids Marine Corps News 19 Mar 2004-- Marines from Light Armored Reconnaissance Company C, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, stormed the beaches of Camp Pendleton recently in search of imaginary al-Qaida leaders in two raids during Special Operations Training Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force's Light Armored Reconnaissance Course.
  • Hawaii's "Easy Riders" fly back from Iraq Marine Corps News 19 Mar 2004-- After six months of being the "Eagle in the Sky" for the tactical defense of Expeditionary Strike Group 1, 25 Sailors and two SH-60B Seahawks that make-up Detachment 1 of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 37 returned home, March 11.
  • AWACS voice recognition may enhance accuracy AFPN 19 Mar 2004-- The Airborne Warning and Control System program office is developing software that could make the mouse an endangered species on the E-3 Sentry.
  • Transforming Training Not Easy, Officials Tell House Committee AFPS 19 Mar 2004 -- Transforming the military's joint training capabilities sounds simple, but the task is not easy, Pentagon officials told the House Armed Services Committee here March 18.

  • U-S ELECTION/SECURITY VOA 19 Mar 2004 -- The one-year anniversary of the U-S-led invasion of Iraq serves as a reminder that foreign policy and national security issues are expected to remain front and center in the U-S presidential election campaign.

  • Pakistan: U.S. Rewards Islamabad For Antiterrorism Alliance RFE/RL 19 Mar 2004 -- U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell gave Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf an unexpected sweetener during his visit to Islamabad yesterday. He said that the United States will recognize Pakistan a "a major non-NATO ally."

  • State Department Noon Briefing, March 19, 2004 Washington File 19 Mar 2004 -- Taiwan, Iraq, South Korea/Iraq, Serbia/Montenegro/Kosovo, Belarus, Syria, Sudan

Defense Industry

  • BAE SYSTEMS Hawk Trainer - India Implementation MoU Signed BAE Systems 19 Mar 2004 -- The Government of India today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the British High Commissioner to India in New Delhi for the effective and uninterrupted implementation of the contracts regarding acquisition of 66 HAWK Advanced Jet Trainers (AJTs). This underpins the supply of 66 aircraft, with associated support and interim pilot training.
  • Boeing X-45A Begins Testing New Software Build Boeing 19 Mar 2004 -- The Boeing [NYSE: BA] X-45A unmanned aircraft completed two critical flights last week at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
  • General Dynamics Selected by M/A-COM to Deploy Land Mobile Radio System for the National Capital Region General Dynamics 19 Mar 2004 -- General Dynamics Network Systems’ Wireless Services unit has been selected by M/A-COM, Inc., to deploy a turnkey, completely integrated, land mobile radio system that will link 10 U.S. Army installations in the National Capital Region (NCR). General Dynamics Network Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD). M/A-COM, Inc., is a business unit of Tyco Electronics.
  • U.S. AIR FORCE PREPARES TO LAUNCH ADVANCED GPS SATELLITE Lockheed Martin 19 Mar 2004 -- The U.S. Air Force is ready to launch an upgraded Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite built by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] aboard a Delta II rocket on March 20, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Improved satellite features include an advanced antenna panel, which will deliver greater performance and power for GPS receivers.

Other Conflicts

  • SUDAN/PEACE TALKS VOA 19 Mar 2004 -- The U-S special envoy on Sudan is in the Kenyan town of Naivasha to urge the Sudanese government and the country's main rebel group to reach a peace agreement as soon as possible.
  • SUDAN: Fighting escalating in Shilluk Kingdom IRIN 19 Mar 2004 -- Clashes involving a number of government-backed militias and government forces in the Shilluk Kingdom region of southern Sudan are resulting in an increasing number of deaths and displacements.
  • SUDAN/CONFLICT VOA 19 Mar 2004 -- A senior United Nations official says attacks against civilians in Sudan's Darfur region have created the worst humanitarian and human rights crisis in the world today. The official is urging the international community to take bold steps to end the conflict.

  • ISRAEL/JORDAN VOA 19 Mar 2004 -- Jordan's King Abdullah has made a surprise visit to Israel for talks with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on the controversial West Bank security barrier and other issues. Senior Israeli officials say the Jordanian monarch sought assurances that the barrier project will not cause Palestinians to flee across the border into his country.
  • ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS VOA 19 Mar 2004 -- Israeli troops launched new raids into Gaza and the West Bank against suspected Palestinian militants on Friday, as part of efforts to prevent more suicide bombings.

  • UGANDA: Scores reported killed in cattle raids near Sudan border IRIN 19 Mar 2004 -- Scores of people have been killed near Uganda's northeastern border with Sudan by heavily armed Karamojong cattle raiders in three separate attacks on villages near the Kidepo Valley National Park.
  • ANGOLA: Plan to disarm civilians IRIN 19 Mar 2004 -- The Angolan government is considering a three-phase voluntary plan to disarm civilians, local media reported on Thursday.
  • DRC-RWANDA: Rwandan militias accused of killing 12 farmers in South Kivu IRIN 19 Mar 2004 -- Rwandan militias have been accused of killing a dozen farmers in Walungu, 25 km southwest of Bukavu, capital of South Kivu Province in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Mayi-Mayi militiamen in the region told IRIN on Friday.
  • THAILAND VIOLENCE VOA 19 Mar 2004 -- Violence in Thailand's southern provinces is continuing, with arson attacks on 30 buildings on Thursday night. The violence continues, despite stepped up security and government promises of financial assistance.
  • GEORGIA/SEPARATISTS VOA 19 Mar 2004 -- Georgia has lifted an economic blockade of the separatist Adzharia province, following its decision to take part in parliamentary elections.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 19 Mar 2004 -- Germany says NATO too overstretched to go to Iraq / Kosovo clashes deal blow to Balkan stability / Kosovo violence sets back independence hopes / Report urges U.S. and Europe to repair alliance crisis / Pakistan says bin Laden deputy may be cornered
  • News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 19 Mar 2004 -- NATO sends reinforcements to Kosovo as violence continues / UN pulls out of Mitrovica / Czech to reconsider withdrawing troops from Kosovo / New UN resolution on Iraq could satisfy Spain

  • EUROPE / SUMMIT VOA 19 Mar 2004 -- The prime ministers of nine former Communist countries are urging NATO and the European Union to open their doors to the rest of Europe, including Turkey.

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