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22 March 2004 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
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Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 22 Mar 2004 [PDF]

  • Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 22 Mar 2004 -- Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, Deputy Director for Coalition Operations and Dan Senor, Senior Adviser, CPA
  • More Violence in Iraq as Military Operations Continue AFPS 22 Mar 2004 -- Violence continues in Iraq, and coalition forces continue their efforts to kill or capture enemies of the coalition and the Iraqi people.
  • I MHG completes longest convoy in unit's history Marine Corps News 22 Mar 2004-- The I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group completed the longest convoy in the unit's history March 11, traveling over 800 km from staging areas in Kuwait to Forward Operating Base St. Mere, Iraq.
  • Tennessee reservists ready to protect coalition forces Marine Corps News 22 Mar 2004-- India Company, 3rd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment took control of force protection at Forward Operating Base St. Mere, Iraq from members of the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division March 13.
  • I MEF advance party prepares Iraqi camp for new tenants Marine Corps News 22 Mar 2004-- Surveying the area around the I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group's command post, Master Sgt. Luis Nunez spots a pool of water forming around a manhole cover.
  • TF 1-27 INF dedicates Iraqi elementary school Army News Service 22 Mar 2004-- Villagers began to smile and wave as Company A, Task Force 1-27 Infantry Soldiers rolled up in their tactical vehicles for the Salihia elementary school dedication March 3.
  • 2ACR, Iraqis conduct 'Operation Suicide Kings' Army News Service 22 Mar 2004-- Some people predicted a long night. But for the "War Eagles" of Apache Troop, 1st Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, it was business as usual -- they just had a few new soldiers joining them on a nighttime mission March 17.

  • PAKISTAN / TRIBAL AREAS VOA 22 Mar 2004 -- The border areas where al-Qaida militants are battling Pakistan army troops have long been lawless regions where the central government has no control. In moving troops into the region, the Pakistan government is breaking a mutual understanding with the fiercely independent tribesmen who live there.
  • PAKISTAN/AL-QAIDA VOA 22 Mar 2004 -- Authorities in Pakistan say some suspected members of the al-Qaida terror network may have escaped a weeklong siege near the Afghan border through a series of secret tunnels. Thousands of Pakistani troops have surrounded the heavily armed militants, many of the foreigners, in a remote mountainous tribal region known as South Waziristan.
  • US paying Pakistan $100m monthly for logistics support: report IRNA 22 Mar 2004 -- Pakistan receives almost $100 million per month, on account of logistics support, it provides to the US troops in the war against terrorism, reports said Monday.
  • Pakistan protests airspace violation by US chopper IRNA 22 Mar 2004 -- Pakistan has lodged protest on air space violation by an American chopper across border with Afghanistan in Waziristan tribal region, local media reported Monday.
  • Anti-Al Qaeda tribal operation to continue: Pak Military Spokesman IRNA 22 Mar 2004 -- Pakistan said on Monday the operation in tribal area is going on and will continue till all the terrorists and those giving them refuge surrender voluntarily, apprehended or evicted.

  • PENTAGON/AFRICA TERROR VOA 22 Mar 2004 -- Senior North and West African military leaders are gathering in Germany for unprecedented talks with top U-S commanders on cooperation in the global war on terrorism and other areas.

  • COMBINED FORCES COMMAND AFGHANISTAN RELEASE CENTCOM Release 22 Mar 2004-- Since March 15, there have been over 20 weapons caches found in the vicinities of Bagram, Sharona, Ghazni, and Khowst.
  • Afghan Army Sent To Herat After Battle, Assassination RFE/RL 22 Mar 2004 -- Afghan Defense Ministry officials told RFE/RL today they are sending two battalions of the Afghan National Army to the western city of Herat after a battle linked to a standoff over Governor Ismail Khan's extensive political and military powers.
  • AFGHANISTAN / ASSASSINATION VOA 22 Mar 2004 -- Violent factional clashes that erupted in western Afghanistan on Sunday have ended, leaving at least 100 people dead, including the country's aviation minister.

  • Situation Report for Media: Multinational Interim Force SOUTHCOM Release [PDF] 22 Mar 2004-- Following are significant events and activities of the Multinational Interim Force (MIF) and Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF)- Haiti and associated agencies supporting Operation Secure Tomorrow during the last 24 hours (new or updated information in bold characters:)
  • Haiti Mission: Operation Secure Tomorrow SOUTHCOM Release [PDF] 22 Mar 2004-- The Department of Defense has named the multinational operation in Haiti "Operation Secure Tomorrow." To date, the U.S.-led multinational interim force has about 3,300 personnel from the United States, France, Chile and Canada deployed to Haiti in accordance with U.N. Security Council Resolution 1529.
  • Situation Report for Media: Multinational Interim Force SOUTHCOM Release [PDF] 22 Mar 2004-- Following are significant events and activities of the Multinational Interim Force (MIF) and Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF)- Haiti and associated agencies supporting Operation Secure Tomorrow during the last 24 hours (new or updated information in bold characters:)

Defense Policy / Programs

  • USS Yorktown Aids in Tanker Crew's Rescue Navy Newsstand 22 Mar 2004-- USS Yorktown (CG 48) aided in the recovery of two dozen mariners March 22, after their tanker collided with a fishing vessel and caught fire off the coast of Oman.
  • Blue Ridge, U.S. 7th Fleet Complete Busy Underway Schedule Navy Newsstand 22 Mar 2004-- The U.S. 7th Fleet command and control ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) returned to her forward operating base here March 16 after seven weeks at sea.
  • Task Force Sea Sentry: Making a Difference in the Theater Maritime Picture Navy Newsstand 22 Mar 2004-- For naval forces operating in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations, the establishment of Task Force Sea Sentry in December and the resulting Theater Fusion Center (TFC) is refining the science of strategic information management.
  • Boxer Receives 5th Battle "E" in Nine Years Navy Newsstand 22 Mar 2004-- USS Boxer (LHD 4) was recognized Feb. 27 for all the hard work from the past year and through two deployments, when the ship earned the Battle Efficiency Award (Battle "E"). The award is given annually to the best ships in the fleet.
  • Marines practice security and stability operations Marine Corps News 22 Mar 2004-- Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, participated in Security and Stability Operations (SASO) here, March 8-12.
  • 11th MEU goes to Phoenix for TRUE Marine Corps News 22 Mar 2004-- Approximately 350 Marines from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit conducted urban training during a two-week exercise dubbed "Training in an Urban Environment" (TRUE) at various locations here, from March 1-14.
  • LAR scouts conduct route recon at Fort A.P. Hill Marine Corps News 22 Mar 2004-- As with the rest of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Units' Ground Combat Element, Battalion Landing Team, 1st Bn., 2nd Marines, Marines from Light Armored Reconnaissance Platoon, Weapons Company worked to strengthen their basic skills by conducting route reconnaissance training here March 16.
  • First C-130J arrives for active duty AFPN 22 Mar 2004-- The first C-130J Hercules assigned to an active-duty unit arrived here March 19.
  • Armament summit examines joint weapons communication AFPN 22 Mar 2004-- A global grid where information can be passed from weapons to aircraft to command and control facilities highlighted discussions at the sixth annual air armament summit here March 16 to 17.
  • Luke expands forward air-control program AFPN 22 Mar 2004-- Unconventional warfare can be defined as the absence of a clearly defined enemy and lacking classic lines of battle.
  • Airman serves in mobility division for war ops effort AFPN 22 Mar 2004-- Working in the heart of air mobility operations for operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, and for Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, Lt. Col. Bruce Hendrickson oversees a lot of movement, action and effort in the war on terrorism.
  • 56th RQS aids in rescue USAFE News 22 Mar 2004-- On March 12-13, the 56th Rescue Squadron, along with members of the 85th Maintenance Squadron, put their training to the test as they played a key role in the recovery efforts of a fishing trawler stranded on a sand bar off Iceland's southern coast.

  • NATO: Alliance Planning To Defend Baltic Airspace RFE/RL 22 Mar 2004 -- NATO plans to ensure the protection of the skies over the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia after the three countries join the alliance at the end of the month. Lithuanian officials say this is a clear sign NATO seeks to provide equal security guarantees to all its members. Meanwhile, Russia is keeping a wary eye on NATO's plans.

  • MND TO SUIT ARMS PROCUREMENT PROJECTS TO NATIONAL DEMAND CNA 22 Mar 2004 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) will come up with arms procurement projects best suited to the nation's defense needs, Vice Defense Minister Lin Chong-pin said Monday.
  • Non-NATO US ally status to benefit Pakistan: Spokesman IRNA 22 Mar 2004 -- Pakistan said Monday it would benefit from military sales, training and in research and development programmes after being notified as a non-NATO US military ally.

  • State Department Noon Briefing, March 22, 2004 Washington File 22 Mar 2004 -- Powell/travels to Spain, UNCHR/China resolution, Spain, China/human rights, Israel/Palestinians/Egypt, China/Taiwan, Brazil, Iraq, terrorism, Colombia, Russia, Nepal, Ukraine
  • White House Daily Briefing, March 22, 2004 Washington File 22 Mar 2004 -- Readout of President's phone calls, Israel/killing of Hamas leader, Richard Clarke's comments, al Qaeda/administration strategy, Dr. Rice comments on Clarke, 9/11 Commission/President's testimony

Defense Industry

  • BAE Systems and Finmeccanica achieve an important milestone in the Eurosystems transaction BAE Systems 22 Mar 2004 -- BAE Systems and Finmeccanica are pleased to announce that they have achieved an important milestone in the Eurosystems transaction.
  • BAE SYSTEMS Receives $13 Million Army Order For Helicopter Portable Combat Refuelling System BAE Systems 22 Mar 2004 -- BAE Systems has received a $13 million contract from the U.S. Armys Tank Automotive and Armament Command (TACOM) to deliver 54 additional units of its second-generation Advanced Aviation Forward Area Refuelling System (AAFARS).
  • Taurus KEPD 350 System Verification completed EADS 22 Mar 2004 -- With the final system verification campaign now finished at the Overberg test range in South Africa the Taurus KEPD 350 precision stand-off guided missile system has proven its full system capabilities under operational conditions. Taurus KEPD 350 provides outstanding air power to Tornado, Eurofighter, F/A 18, Gripen and other combat aircraft. Within the framework of the campaign the complete mission sequence from mission planning to high precision combat of a bunker target was successfully demonstrated. The missiles, the mission planning system and the ground equipment were identical to the series configuration.
  • NetFires Limited Liability Company Receives $1.1 Billion Contract for System Development Lockheed Martin 22 Mar 2004 -- NetFires LLC, a limited liability company established by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] and Raytheon Company [NYSE: RTN], has received a $1.1 billion contract for System Design and Development (SDD) for the Non Line-of-Sight - Launch System (NLOS-LS), previously known as NetFires. NLOS-LS is a family of artillery missiles fired from a vertical launcher that can be deployed by ground or air assets throughout a theater and networked to quickly engage an enemy.
  • Thales Raytheon Systems wins major contract in Indonesia Thales 22 Mar 2004 -- After a competitive bidding process, the Indonesian Ministry of Defense & Air forces have awarded ThalesRaytheonSystems a contract to supply a turnkey system that includes a radar, detection and control centre, and communications and power systems. The system will be based in eastern Indonesia.
  • Northrop Grumman Announces Team Members for U.S. Army's and Navy's Aerial Common Sensor Competition Northrop Grumman 22 Mar 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has selected key team members and assigned roles to four of its sectors to create a best-of-industry team in the competition for the Aerial Common Sensor (ACS), the U.S. Army's and Navy's next-generation airborne multi-intelligence collection system.
  • ATK supports launch of Boeing Delta II rocket ATK 22 Mar 2004 -- ATK (Alliant Techsystems, NYSE: ATK) solid propulsion and composite technologies supported Saturday’s successful launch of a Boeing Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. that successfully placed into orbit the 11th Class 2R satellite for the U.S. Air Force’s Global Positioning System (GPS 2R-11) constellation.

Other Conflicts

  • U-N / MIDDLE EAST VOA 22 Mar 2004 -- Palestinian and Arab representatives to the United Nations are asking the Security Council to condemn Israel's killing of Hamas leader Sheik Ahmed Yassin. Secretary General Kofi Annan issued his own strong denunciation of the assassination.
  • YASSIN JORDAN REACT VOA 22 Mar 2004 -- Jordan's King Abdullah has denounced Israel's assassination in Gaza of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, the leader of the radical Palestinian group Hamas, calling it a crime that will only fuel more violence. Protests have been organized following afternoon prayers.
  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS / WRAP VOA 22 Mar 2004 -- Tens of thousands of angry Palestinians have marched through Gaza City, denouncing Israel for killing the leader of Hamas, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin. Israeli officials say Sheikh Yassin was a terrorist responsible for the deaths of hundreds of people in the Jewish state. Arab and European leaders, however, are condemning the attack.
  • Israel/Palestinian/Yassin VOA 22 Mar 2004 -- Tens of thousands of Palestinians joined a funeral procession for Hamas founder and spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin killed by an Israeli air strike in Gaza City today (Monday). Armed fighters of the Palestinian militant group carried the coffin with Sheikh Yassin's remains through the streets of the city, accompanied by angry crowds demanding revenge.
  • YASSIN/ARAB REACT VOA 22 Mar 2004 -- Key diplomats in the Middle East peace process are set to meet Monday in Cairo to discuss Israel's killing of the spiritual leader of the militant Hamas organization.
  • BUSH - MIDEAST VOA 22 Mar 2004 -- The White House says it had no advance knowledge of plans by Israel to kill Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin. U-S officials are now calling on all sides in the region to exercise restraint.
  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS UPDATE VOA 22 Mar 2004 -- Tens of thousands of Palestinians have marked in a funeral procession in Gaza for the founder and spiritual leader of the militant Hamas movement, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin. An Israeli air strike killed the sheikh early Monday morning.
  • HAMAS/ARAB REACT VOA 22 Mar 2004 -- The Arab world is condemning Monday's rocket attack in Gaza that killed the founder of the Palestinian militant group Hamas. Religious and government officials appeared on Arab television stations calling the assassination a crime, saying Israel has chosen a path of escalation and confrontation. Palestinian leaders asked for international protection. V-O-A's Greg LaMotte in Cairo spoke with a top official with Hamas in Beirut a few hours after Monday's killing.
  • YASSIN/ARAB REACT VOA 22 Mar 2004 -- Egyptian leaders say the assassination of Palestinian Hamas leader Ahmed Yassin marks an end to the Middle East peace process. Kerry Sheridan reports from V-O-A's Middle East bureau in Cairo that Arab leaders say the killing will have severe consequences throughout the region.
  • YASSIN/EUROPE VOA 22 Mar 2004 -- European governments have condemned Israel's killing of Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, saying it violates international law and undermines the search for peace in the Middle East. V-O-A's Roger Wilkison reports from Brussels, where European foreign ministers have gathered to discuss how best to fight terrorism.
  • ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS VOA 22 Mar 2004 -- The spiritual leader and founder of Hamas, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, has been killed in an Israeli air strike in Gaza. At least seven others also died in the attack, including two of his bodyguards.
  • ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS VOA 22 Mar 2004 -- The spiritual leader and one of the founders of Hamas, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, has been killed in an Israeli air strike in Gaza. Two of his bodyguards also died in the attack.

  • UN envoy urges Cte d'Ivoire parties to follow peace agreement UN News Centre 22 Mar 2004 -- The United Nations envoy to Cte d'Ivoire today called on the post-conflict West African country to support new negotiations so that problems with key peace accords can be ironed out.
  • Security Council concerned by continued fighting in Burundi UN News Centre 22 Mar 2004 -- Members of the United Nations Security Council today expressed concern about the continued fighting in Burundi and urged all parties to show restraint and finish peace negotiations.
  • UN-backed Cyprus talks set to move to Switzerland UN News Centre 22 Mar 2004 -- United Nations-backed talks on a plan to reunify Cyprus before its entry into the European Union on 1 May are set to move to Switzerland after concluding on the island today.
  • LIBERIA: Violence flares in Buchanan while UN voices concern over disarmament IRIN 22 Mar 2004 -- Violence erupted on Saturday afternoon in Liberia's second city, Buchanan, about 120 kilometers southeast of the capital, Monrovia. According to reports from Buchanan, fighters from the rebel Movement for Democracy in Liberia (MODEL) ran amok, looting properties and harassing civilians. One civilian was later confirmed dead.
  • 500 Maoists, 18 security men killed in Nepal IRNA 22 Mar 2004 -- Altogether 500 Maoists were killed, 200 injured in the Beni Bazaar clashes that saw 18 Nepalese security personnel dead and 13 injured, claims Nepal Army (RNA), local media reported here on Monday.
  • ETHIOPIA-ERITREA: Deadlock over border ruling drags on IRIN 19 Mar 2004 -- Eritrea has reiterated its opposition to the appointment of a UN special envoy tasked to help break the deadlock affecting the peace process with Ethiopia, the United Nations said on Thursday.
  • BURUNDI: UN Security Council to discuss proposal for UN troops IRIN 19 Mar 2004 -- The UN Security Council is scheduled to discuss on Monday a report by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, which calls for a decision on the deployment of UN peacekeeping troops to Burundi, UN News reported.
  • UGANDA: Army says it has killed 60 rebels IRIN 19 Mar 2004 -- The Ugandan army has said it killed over 60 rebels in intense fighting with the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) over the weekend. The army also said it captured a number of weapons.
  • CYPRUS/TALKS VOA 22 Mar 2004 -- Greece and Turkey are joining expanded Cypriot reunification talks in Switzerland this week after direct talks between the leaders of the Greek and Turkish communities in Cyprus failed to show any signs of progress.
  • NEPAL FIGHTING VOA 22 Mar 2004 -- A top rebel commander in Nepal has vowed to keep up attacks on government forces after one of the worst battles between the two sides in recent months. Government forces say they killed about 500 rebels in the west of the country during fierce fighting over the past days.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 22 Mar 2004 -- NATO Secretary General says Kosovo Albanians should not use violence for political means / NATO work to restore order in Kosovo as Serb victims voice despair / Iraq pull-out all but inevitable / Al-Zawahri says Al Qaeda has nuke bombs
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 22 Mar 2004 -- Defense Minister Struck: NATO to stay in Kosovo far beyond 2006 / Russia wants Kosovo discussion at Russia-NATO meeting / UN details scale of Kosovo violence / Fighting ends in western city of Herat

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