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24 March 2004 Military News

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Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 24 Mar 2004 [PDF]

  • British Soldiers Hurt in Basra Demonstration AFPS 24 Mar 2004 -- Thirteen British soldiers were wounded by a grenade attack and one was injured by the crowd during March 22 protests in Basra, Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force 7 officials announced in a news release.
  • OPERATION IRON PROMISE DAY FIVE CENTCOM Release 24 Mar 2004-- Task Force 1st Armored Division soldiers captured 12 individuals suspected of planning attacks on Coalition forces March 22, day five of Operation Iron Promise.
  • Big Apple of Kuwait reopens Army News Service 24 Mar 2004-- After three months of not having any visitors, Camp New York is starting to fill its vacancies again
  • I MEF takes responsibility for western Iraq Marine Corps News 24 Mar 2004-- "General Sanchez, the I Marine Expeditionary Force is ready for duty."

  • PENTAGON / AFRICA TERROR VOA 24 Mar 2004 -- The Pentagon does not believe a key Algerian terrorist suspect was killed in a shoot-out with government forces in Chad earlier this month.

  • AFGHANISTAN: At Berlin, Kabul to seek longer-term commitment from doors IRIN 24 Mar 2004 -- Two years after the Tokyo conference, Afghanistan is preparing to participate in a two-day international donor meeting in Berlin next week. The Afghan government will ask donor nations to make a longer-term commitment by appealing for upwards of US $30 billion over the next 10 years, enabling the country to move into a sustainable development phase.
  • New Provincial Reconstruction Team to Open in Afghanistan AFPS 24 Mar 2004 -- A new provincial reconstruction team in Khowst opens March 25, bringing the total of PRTs in the country to 12.
  • Annan recommends UN mission stay another year in Afghanistan UN News Centre 24 Mar 2004 -- Peace and security remain elusive for many Afghans, especially in rural areas, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says as he calls for another 12-month extension to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).
  • U-N/AFGHANISTAN VOA 24 Mar 2004 -- A senior U-N official has delivered a grim assessment of the chances for early elections in Afghanistan. Security is the main concern, particularly in outlying areas where government control is weak.
  • AFGHANISTAN / U-S / PAKISTAN VOA 24 Mar 2004 -- An accidental explosion during a training exercise in Afghanistan has killed four Afghan soldiers and wounded nine other people, including several Americans.
  • COMBINED FORCES COMMAND AFGHANISTAN RELEASE CENTCOM Release 24 Mar 2004-- Weapons caches were found on Monday near Bagram and Shkin. Tuesday, near Gardez, an Afghan citizen turned in a cache with more than 400 recoilless rifle rounds and 100 mortar rounds.

  • Pakistan: Clashes Continue As Islamabad Maintains Offensive Against Suspected Militants RFE/RL 24 Mar 2004 -- Pakistani forces are continuing to fight suspected Al-Qaeda militants and their supporters in the country's tribal area near the Afghan border, while internal opposition to the offensive appears to be growing.

  • Situation Report for the Media: Multinational Interim Force SOUTHCOM Release 24 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)
  • U.S. Forces Helping to Stabilize Parts of Haiti Beyond Port-au-Prince Washington File 24 Mar 2004 -- The U.S.-led Multinational Interim Force in Haiti is helping to stabilize parts of the country beyond the national capital of Port-au-Prince, says the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD).
  • Haiti requires long-term global commitment for stability to take root - UN official UN News Centre 24 Mar 2004 -- The circumstances in which the United Nations must now aid Haiti are more complex and difficult and need a longer commitment than they did nearly a decade ago when a previous UN mission was launched, according to UN Assistant Secretary-General Danilo Turk.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Dov S. Zakheim to Resign 24 Mar 2004 -- The Department of Defense announced today that Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and Chief Financial Officer for the Department of Defense Dov S. Zakheim will resign from government on April 15, 2004.
  • Defense Department Report Cites Need for More Base Cuts AFPS 24 Mar 2004 -- The U.S. military still has too many bases and other infrastructure, a senior Defense Department official said here March 23.
  • NSA-PC Brings SWARMEX to Successful Close Navy Newsstand 24 Mar 2004-- The second interagency Swarming Exercise (SWARMEX) wrapped up March 12 and its players, Naval Support Activity, Panama City (NSA-PC), Fla., members of the USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 67) Carrier Strike Group and U.S. Customs, all said the training was "very valuable."
  • U-S / COLOMBIA VOA 24 Mar 2004 -- The top Senate Democrat says he supports a Bush Administration proposal to double America's military presence in Colombia. Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle spoke with reporters after meeting with Colombia's president on Capitol Hill.
  • Wasp Starts Deployment Off Right With Liberty in Malta Navy Newsstand 24 Mar 2004-- USS Wasp (LHD 1) made history again in Malta, as Sailors and Marines of Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 2 enjoyed their first liberty ports of their 2004 deployment in early March.
  • Coronado arrives to serve as Seventh Fleet command ship 7th Fleet release 24 Mar 2004-- U.S. Seventh Fleet welcomed its temporary home March 24, when USS Coronado (AGF 11) arrived at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, 40 miles south of Tokyo.
  • Ohio Army National Guard begins nine-month tour at RAF Lakenheath USAFE News 24 Mar 2004-- Soldiers from the 1-134th Field Artillery, Ohio Army National Guard, arrived recently to begin a nine-month tour at RAF Lakenheath working with the 48th Security Forces Squadron.
  • Liberty warriors participate in riot training exercise USAFE News 24 Mar 2004-- More than 40 Airmen and U.S. Army National Guard soldiers from here participated in a riot training exercise on an airfield near RAF Alconbury Wednesday.
  • Army farm helping in fight against bioterrorism Army News Service 24 Mar 2004-- The farm runs like most agrarian ventures: its workers muck stalls, feed animals, grow hay and bale it when the weather cooperates. But this farm, dubbed the Large Animal Research Facility, is home to valuable assets in the fight against bioterrorism.
  • Hood replaces Miller at JTF-GTMO SOUTHCOM Release 24 Mar 2004-- U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Jay W. Hood will assume command of Joint Task Force-Guantanamo from Maj. Gen. Geoffrey D. Miller in a ceremony today at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
  • Transformation on track, Army leaders tell Senators Army News Service 24 Mar 2004-- Senior Army leaders gave emphatic assurances that efforts to transform the Army and properly equip the current force fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan are at top speed during their recent testimony to the Senate Armed Services' Subcommittee on Airland.

  • White House Daily Briefing, March 24, 2004 Washington File 24 Mar 2004 -- Announcement of presidential travel to Paris, Clarke/administration war strategy, Medicare, 9/11 Commission, Quotes from Richard Clarke, Hamas, Pledge of Allegiance case
  • State Department Noon Briefing, March 24, 2004 Washington File 24 Mar 2004 -- United Arab Emirates/Closure of Embassy Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates/Closure of Consulate General Dubai, Saudi Arabia/Status of Embassy Riyadh, Bahrain/Demonstration/Status of Embassy Manama, Mauritius/Closure of Embassy Port Louis, Mauritania/Status of Embassy Nouakchott, Visa Waiver Program, Deputy Secretary Armitage to Testify to the 9/11 Commission, Israel/Palestinians, Libya, China, Japan/China

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • BRITAIN / HAMAS VOA 24 Mar 2004 -- Britain has ordered the freezing of bank accounts of five senior members the Palestinian militant group, Hamas, including its new leader in Gaza, Abdel Aziz Rantisi.
  • Middle East: Policy Of 'Targeted Assassinations' Raises Difficult Questions In Age Of Terrorism RFE/RL 24 Mar 2004 -- Despite international condemnation, Israel says it intends to continue its policy of assassinating the leaders of the militant Islamic organization Hamas. The announcement follows the killing this week of Hamas spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin. Can a country eliminate its opponents by the bullet, where no formal state of war exists? Has the "war on terrorism" uniquely changed the ground rules?
  • Middle East: Rantisi, Mashal Chosen To Lead Hamas After Yassin Assassination RFE/RL 24 Mar 2004 -- Word of Israel's assassination of Hamas spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin flashed around the world on 22 March. Observers wondered how the killing would affect the militant Palestinian group.
  • U-N/PALESTINIANS VOA 24 Mar 2004 -- The U-N Human Rights Commission has adopted a resolution condemning Israel for the assassination of Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin. The vote was 31 in favor, two against and 18 abstentions.
  • ABDELAZIZ RANTISSI VOA 24 Mar 2004 -- The Palestinian militant Islamic group Hamas has chosen its main spokesman, Abdelaziz Rantissi, as its new leader in Gaza. The choice was made late Tuesday, following the assassination early Monday of the group's spiritual leader and co-founder Sheik Ahmed Yassin in an Israeli missile strike
  • ISRAEL / YASSIN REPERCUSSIONS VOA 24 Mar 2004 -- Repercussions of the assassination of Hamas founder and spiritual leader Ahmed Yassin are reverberating throughout the Middle East. The United States has warned its citizens in Gaza to leave, and has advised against travel to Israel and the West Bank. The Israeli Foreign Ministry ordered its diplomats and their families home from missions in Qatar and Mauritania. In Israel, tension is evident

  • D-R-C / WAR CRIMES VOA 24 Mar 2004 -- A former colonel in the army of Zaire went on trial Wednesday in a Dutch court for crimes against humanity allegedly committed during the rule of former dictator Mubutu Sese Seko in the 1990s. It is the first trial in the Netherlands of a foreign national for crimes said to have been committed abroad.
  • DRC: 9,775 fighters and dependents repatriated to date, says MONUC IRIN 24 Mar 2004 -- A total of 9,775 Rwandan, Ugandan and Burundian combatants and their dependents have been repatriated so far through the disarmament, demobilisation, repatriation, reintegration and resettlement (DDRRR) programme in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Hamadoun Toure, spokesman for the UN Mission in the country, MONUC, told IRIN on Wednesday.
  • DRC: 6,000 IDPs ready to leave Bunia camps to return home IRIN 24 Mar 2004 -- At least 6,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in camps around Bunia, the main town of Ituri District in northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), are preparing to return to their villages of origin, Hamadoun Toure, the spokesman for the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC) said on Wednesday.

  • Cyprus talks tops agenda of Annan's trip to Europe UN News Centre 24 Mar 2004 -- Resolving the Cyprus problem will top the agenda as United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan travels to Europe and North Africa this weekend for a two-week, four-nation visit.
  • U-N/CYPRUS VOA 24 Mar 2004 -- United Nations mediated talks aimed at ending the decades-long dispute over the divided Mediterranean island of Cyprus have opened at the Swiss lakeside resort of Buergenstock. Negotiators hope to reach a reunification deal before Cyprus enters the European Union on May first.

  • Saakashvili Says Abashidze Considered Mercenaries RFE/RL 24 Mar 2004 -- Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili today accused the leader of Georgia's autonomous Adjaria republic of considering hiring mercenaries to defend his Black Sea region.
  • SUDAN: Gov't stresses commitment to just and peaceful solution to Darfur conflict IRIN 24 Mar 2004 -- The government of Sudan has said it is committed to a just and peaceful solution to the conflict in Darfur through political dialogue. "Through political dialogue a final agreement can be reached in the region," said a statement issued by the Sudanese embassy in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, on Wednesday.
  • IVORY COAST / PROTEST VOA 24 Mar 2004 -- Ghana's President John Kufuor has traveled to Abidjan in an effort to defuse tensions in Ivory Coast ahead of a planned opposition protest.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 24 MAr 2004 -- President Bush plans ceremonies, meetings marking NATO expansion / Sheikh Yassin letter urged Arabs to resist Israel and the U.S. in Iraq / German president warned of assassination plot / Serbia rows back on Kosovo "cantons" as EU scowls

  • Eutelsat W3A, the first Eurostar E3000 satellite, reaches geostationary orbit EADS 24 Mar 2004 -- After its launch from Baikonur by a Proton launch vehicle, the satellite’s perigee altitude was raised in several burns of its own engine until it reached geostationary orbit. Its solar arrays were successfully deployed as were the antenna reflectors, and the satellite is now accurately pointing to Earth. All systems are behaving nominally. As planned the satellite is slowly drifting round to its orbital position where it will be thoroughly tested before the payload can be brought into full operational service.
  • Israel Aircraft Industries Delivers AMOS 2 Communications Satellite to Spacecom Following Successful Post Launch Tests Israel Aerospace Industries 24 Mar 2004 -- Following a series of successful post-launch tests of the AMOS 2 communications satellite, which was launched December 28, 2003, Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI)'s MBT Space Division, officially delivered the $130 million operational satellite to Spacecom Satellite Communications Ltd. on March 24, 2004.

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