23 March 2004 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 23 Mar 2004 [PDF]
- OPERATION IRON PROMISE DAY FOUR CENTCOM Release 23 Mar 2004-- IRON PROMISE is a Task Force 1st Armored Division operation targeting former regime elements and other extremists who pose a threat to the Iraqi people and stand in the way of a new Iraq.
- KOREAN COALITION PARTNERS OPEN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CENTER CENTCOM Release 23 Mar 2004-- The 1100th Construction & Engineering Support Group, Republic of Korea, will host an opening ceremony of the new Information Technology Center for Dhi Qar University in An Nasiriyah Thursday, March 25.
- 3 Pak troops killed, 4 wounded in missile attack IRNA 23 Mar 2004 -- At least three Pakistan Army troops have been killed and four others injured when unidentified gunmen attacked their check-post with rockets in tribal belt, raising the number of soldiers, casualties to 15 in less than 24 hours.
- AFGHANISTAN: Government confirms troop deployment following deadly violence in Herat IRIN 23 Mar 2004 -- The Afghan government has deployed a substantial number of troops to the troubled western province of Herat following Sunday's violence that claimed the life of Aviation and Tourism Minister Mirwais Sadiq, among others.
- A-10 pilot takes aim on terrorism AFPN 23 Mar 2004-- Talk to almost anyone in the 455th Expeditionary Operations Group, and a recurring theme is the desire to provide the best support possible for friendly forces on the ground.
- Situation Report for Media: Multinational Interim Force SOUTHCOM Release [PDF] 23 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 Interim Force Rises to 3,300; Confiscates Arms AFPS 23 Mar 2004 -- The troop level in Haiti has risen to 3,300, and members of the Multinational Interim Force now are stabilizing parts of the troubled country beyond the capital of Port-au-Prince, Defense Department officials said here today.
- U-S / HAITI / DRUGS VOA 23 Mar 2004 -- U-S officials have detained a senior aide to former Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide on drug trafficking charges. U-S officials say more arrests are likely in the wide ranging investigation into drug trafficking in Haiti.
- U.S. Arrests Aide to Haitian Ex-President Aristide on Drug Charges Washington File 23 Mar 2004 -- An aide to former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide has been arrested by the United States on drug trafficking charges and is being held in a federal detention center in Miami.
- Kosovo Violence Unacceptable, Says NATO Secretary General Washington File 23 Mar 2004 -- During a visit to Kosovo March 22, NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said "the recent violence was unacceptable and would not help the Albanian majority achieve its political aims," according to a statement issued by NATO the same day.
- Rioters attack Allied Soldiers in Kosovo Army News Service 23 Mar 2004-- One soldier with the Greek 525th Mechanized Infantry Battalion received second-degree burns to his face and neck during the attack March 17. One U.S. Soldier and 16 other Greek soldiers received minor injuries from items the crowd was throwing.
- UN mission urges calm on fifth anniversary of NATO's intervention in Kosovo UN News Centre 23 Mar 2004 -- The United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) has called for calm during tomorrow's expected celebrations to mark the fifth anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) intervention to stop the killings in the province.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Stennis Strike Group Begins Final Exercises Before Deploying Navy Newsstand 23 Mar 2004-- The USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Strike Group departed from its homeport in San Diego in March for a three-week exercise off the coast of California in preparation to deploy later this summer.
- Naval Oceanographic Office/DoD Supercomputer Expands Capability Navy Newsstand 23 Mar 2004-- The Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO)/Department of Defense (DoD) Major Shared Resource Center (MSRC) at Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, Miss., was selected in March to receive new supercomputer systems that will triple the computing capability of the Center, and secure its place as one of the most capable high performance computing centers in the world.
- New parts can cost less than old ones AFPN 23 Mar 2004-- C-5 Galaxy mechanics here recently found that making new aircraft floorboards rather than repairing used ones saves nearly $5.5 million per year and reduces work-flow days from 42 to nine.
- Paratroopers remember the jump into Iraq US Army Europe Release 23 Mar 2004-- It has almost been a year since about one thousand paratroopers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade parachuted into war, opening up the northern front in the effort to liberate Iraq. The March 26, 2003 jump was recently classified as a combat jump and the paratroopers who participated in it will now be able to stick their chests out with pride showing off the gold star, or "mustard stain," that crowns their parachutist wings.
- Roberts Completes Record-Breaking Counter-Drug Deployment Navy Newsstand 23 Mar 2004-- USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) returned to Mayport, Fla., March 19 after completing a six-month deployment to the U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command Area of Responsibility.
- MEU Exercise II intensifies training for upcoming deployment Marine Corps News 23 Mar 2004-- The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) recently completed MEU Exercise II (MEUEX), moving a step closer to reaching its Special Operations Capable (SOC) certification
- MACS-4 Marines return from Afghanistan Marine Corps News 23 Mar 2004-- After nearly two years deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, the final 17 Marines of Marine Air Control Squadron-4 returned to Okinawa March 11.
- 1st Marine Division colors fly again in Iraq Marine Corps News 23 Mar 2004-- The scarlet and gold of 1st Marine Division's colors was unfurled and a new page in the history book was begun as the Camp Pendleton, California-based unit relieved the Army's 82nd Airborne Division during a relief-in-place ceremony here March 20, 2004.
- Four units combine to complete mission Marine Corps News 23 Mar 2004-- The cold wind blew strong as the rain struck the ground making sounds comparable to a symphony orchestra reaching the climax of its performance. The trees violently moved side to side and the tarps fastened to the HUMVEES appeared to be dancing away from their restraints.
- Army focuses on getting equipment to deployed troops faster Army News Service 23 Mar 2004-- This is the eleventh article in a weekly series on the 17 Army focus areas. This one focuses on "Resource Processes."
- SecArmy praises troops in Afghanistan Army News Service 23 Mar 2004-- Acting Secretary of the Army Les Brownlee visited senior U.S. civilian and military leaders in Afghanistan, March 20-21, as part of his latest Southeast Asia military tour.
- Chinese Defence Minister for furthering Pak-China ties IRNA 23 Mar 2004 -- The Defence Minister of China, General Cao Gangchuan, has said that Beijing wants to further enhance and strengthen its relations with Islamabad in all areas concerning the three services, it was officially announced Tuesday.
- State Department Noon Briefing, March 23, 2004 Washington File 23 Mar 2004 -- India, Libya, Israel/Palestinians, China/Taiwan, Cyprus, Turkey, Nigeria, Haiti, Pakistan, terrorism
- White House Daily Briefing, March 23, 2004 Washington File 23 Mar 2004 -- Readout on President's phone calls, NATO, Colombia, Portugal, Israel/Hamas, 9/11 Commission hearings, Richard Clarke assertions
- EADS Systems House is called for C3I System for the French Army EADS 23 Mar 2004 -- EADS Defence and Communications Systems has signed a contract with the French armaments procurement agency (DGA) to supply additional SIR (regimental information system) command and communication system order worth € 200 million.
- Team US101 Comments on U.S. Navy Decision to Delay Marine One Selection Lockheed Martin 23 Mar 2004 -- The following is a statement from Stephen D. Ramsey, Lockheed Martin's US101 vice president and general manager:
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 23 Mar 2004
- U.S. Urges Maximum Restraint Following Death of Hamas Leader Washington File 23 Mar 2004 -- State Department Spokesman Richard Boucher called upon Israelis and Palestinians to "maintain maximum restraint" and refrain from further steps that could escalate tensions following the killing of Hamas leader and founder Sheikh Ahmed Yassin on March 22.
- U-N/Middle East VOA 23 Mar 2004 -- Dozens of countries have heaped condemnation on Israel at the U-N Security Council for the killing of Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin. But the Israeli representative lashed back, accusing the Council of hypocrisy, and describing Sheik Yassin as the godfather of terrorism.
- ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 23 Mar 2004 -- A new leader has emerged to head the Palestinian militant group Hamas in Gaza, replacing Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, who was killed in an Israeli missile strike on Monday. Former Hamas spokesman Abdul Aziz Rantisi has been named to serve in the role.
- BUSH / MIDDLE EAST VOA 23 Mar 2004 -- President Bush says he is still pursuing a two-state solution to Middle East violence following Israel's assassination of Hamas founder Sheik Ahmed Yassin. Mr. Bush says he may send a diplomatic team back to the region next week.
- Middle East: Will Israel's Killing Of Hamas Leader Affect U.S. Policy? RFE/RL 23 Mar 2004 -- Israel's assassination yesterday of Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin has been widely condemned by European leaders, while the U.S. has taken a somewhat softer approach.
- SHEIK YASSIN'S KILLING VOA 23 Mar 2004 -- The U-S press is filled with foreboding as regards the killing of Sheik Ahmed Yassin, founder of the Palestinian organization Hamas.
- ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS / HAMAS VOA 23 Mar 2004 -- One day after the assassination of Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin in an Israeli missile strike, Israel is vowing to target all Palestinian militant leaders and Palestinians are vowing revenge.
- ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 23 Mar 2004 -- Israeli leaders are signaling a stepped up campaign to get rid of Palestinian militant leaders while at the same time bracing for more violence following the assassination of Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin on Monday.
- COTE D IVOIRE: Army mobilised as tensions rise ahead of demo IRIN 23 MAr 2004 -- The army has been ordered to help maintain public order by presidential decree in what is the latest sign of rising political tensions. Opposition and rebel politicians are planning to stage a demonstration for peace regardless of an official ban on such protests.
- Annan appeals for end to fighting between government and communists in Nepal UN News Centre 23 Mar 2004 -- Voicing concern at the escalation of fighting in Nepal with its mounting toll of civilian casualties and human rights abuses, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called on the government and communists to end their conflict and offered his good offices in helping to reach a solution.
- U.S.: Washington's 'Greater Middle East Initiative' Stumbles Amid Charges It Imposes Change RFE/RL 23 Mar 2004 -- A major U.S. proposal to foster democracy in the Mideast, Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan has run aground amid angry criticism from key Arab rulers and doubts in Europe. Now, Washington is reported to be revising its approach in hopes of still finding a way to unveil some version of its Greater Middle East Initiative at the G-8 summit in June.
- E-U / SERBIA VOA 23 Mar 2004 -- The European Union has told Serbia that, if it wants to eventually join the E-U and NATO, it will have to cooperate fully with the international war crimes tribunal in The Hague.
- NEPAL/BOMBING VOA 23 Mar 2004 -- In Nepal, bombs apparently set by suspected Maoist rebels have injured three people. Officials say the rebels also took dozens of government personnel as hostages during a fierce weekend battle.
- IVORY COAST / PROTEST VOA 23 Mar 2004 -- Opposition political parties and rebels in Ivory Coast insist a planned march on Thursday against President Laurent Gbagbo will be peaceful, despite calls from the United Nations for its cancellation.
- INDONESIA UN TIMOR VOA 23 Mar 2004 -- United Nations investigators are pushing for the arrest of an Indonesian presidential candidate for his role during the violence in East Timor five years ago. However, East Timor officials are reluctant to issue an arrest warrant.
- SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 23 Mar 2004 -- Greece will seek to provide security without robbing Olympics of celebration / NATO says Albanians must denounce Kosovo violence / Kosovo independence forced onto West's agenda / Dutch to contribute 135 soldiers and six Apache helicopters¨ Defense minister says French troops helping locate bin Laden / U.S. State Department adds Ansar al-Islam to terror list / Alleged Qaeda letter threatens U.S. over Sheikh Yassin's death
- SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 23 Mar 2004 -- President Bush thanks NATO chief for decisive action / Putin sends minister to Kosovo / Russia concerned about NATO deploying forces in the Baltics
- PRESS CONFERENCE ON HAITI HUMANITARIAN AID United Nations 23 Mar 2004
- ZIMBABWE/ MERCENARIES VOA 23 Mar 2004 -- The 70 suspected mercenaries arrested in Zimbabwe earlier this month appeared in a special courtroom at a maximum security prison Tuesday. The suspects have been ordered to remain in custody.
- THAILAND / BURMA VOA 23 Mar 2004 -- Thailand's Foreign Minister says Burma's military government will need to release Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from house detention before holding a planned constitutional convention. Aung San Suu Kyi's participation at the convention is seen as crucial to ensure international support for political reform in Burma.
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