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25 March 2004 Military News

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  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 24 Mar 2004 -- Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, Deputy Director for Coalition Operations and dan Senor, Senior Adviser, CPA
  • Transcript: Defense Department Operational Briefing 24 Mar 2004 -- Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Gen. Richard Myers, U.S. Air Force Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Soldier Killed Investigating Bomb Near Baqubah AFPS 25 Mar 2004 -- A 1st Infantry Division soldier was killed and two others were wounded today by an improvised explosive device near Baqubah, Iraq, according to a Combined Joint Task Force 7 news release.

  • Pakistan Says More Than 50 'Terrorists' Killed In Waziristan RFE/RL 25 Mar 2004 -- Pakistan's Interior Ministry today said more than 50 "terrorists" have been killed in Pakistan's ongoing military operation against suspected Al-Qaeda fighters in a remote tribal region bordering Afg

  • Afghanistan: UN Says Security Concerns Cloud Crucial Election Phase RFE/RL 25 Mar 2004 -- A top UN peacekeeping official says the recent outbreak of violence in Herat again points to the need for an expanded security presence in Afghanistan as election preparations enter a crucial phase.
  • Afghanistan: Herat Fighting Highlights Need to Disarm Militias, Strengthen National Army RFE/RL 25 Mar 2004 -- This week's fighting in the western Afghan city of Herat has increased pressure for speedier reforms on at least two security fronts -- the disarming of the country's rival militia factions and the strengthening of the Afghan National Army.
  • Deadly clashes in Cte d'Ivoire prompt Annan to urge reconciliation UN News Centre 25 Mar 2004 -- Following clashes at protests in Cte d'Ivoire that reportedly left up to two dozen people dead, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called for calm and dialogue.
  • NEW PROVINCIAL RECONSTRUCTION TEAM OPENS IN KHOWST CENTCOM Release 25 Mar 2004-- The newest Coalition-led Provincial Reconstruction Team officially opened its doors in Khowst today following a ceremony at the site.
  • PENTAGON/AFGHANISTAN VOA 25 Mar 2004 -- Elements of a 22-hundred-strong Marine expeditionary unit currently aboard ships in the Gulf will be sent into Afghanistan to participate in operations there.
  • Marines Ready for Deployment to Afghanistan AFPS 25 Mar 2004 -- Some 2,200 Marines and sailors of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit will follow long-established plans and deploy shortly to Afghanistan, Joint Staff officials said here today.
  • RFE/RL Afghanistan Report, Vol 3, Number 12 25 Mar 2004 -- MINISTER'S DEATH THREATENS TO PLUNGE WESTERN AFGHANISTAN INTO CHAOS / WESTERN AFGHAN WARLORD ESCAPES ASSASSINATION... / ...BUT LOSES SON, AFGHAN GOVERNMENT MINISTER, IN ENSUING VIOLENCE... / ...AS BATTLE SPILLS INTO STREETS OF HERAT... / ...AND KABUL SENDS DELEGATION TO HERAT... / ANA TROOPS REACH TENSE WESTERN PROVINCE... / ...AS DEMONSTRATORS TAKE TO HERAT'S STREETS... / ...AND MISSING AFGHAN COMMANDER RESURFACES / AFGHAN DEFENSE MINISTER SAYS HERAT SITUATION IS UNDER CONTROL... / ...WITH 1,500 AFGHAN ARMY PERSONNEL IN THE CITY / THOUSANDS PAY LAST RESPECTS TO SLAIN AVIATION MINISTER / KABUL REPORTEDLY SEEKING TO DISMISS HERAT GOVERNOR / SEVEN SUSPECTED NEO-TALIBAN KILLED IN SOUTHERN AFGHANISTAN / TWO U.S. SOLDIERS KILLED IN CENTRAL AFGHANISTAN... / ...LEADING TO U.S. BOMBING IN WHICH FOUR AFGHANS ARE KILLED / TROUBLED PROVINCE GETS NEW DEPUTY GOVERNOR / REPORT SUGGESTS PAKISTAN HAS AL-QAEDA NO. 2 SURROUNDED NEAR AFGHAN BORDER... / ...WHILE NEO-TALIBAN SOURCES CLAIM AL-ZAWAHIRI IS IN AFGHANISTAN / AFGHAN LEADER HINTS THAT ELECTIONS MIGHT BE DELAYED / AFGHAN REPUBLICAN PARTY'S LEADER BACKS ELECTIONS... / ...AND AFGHAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE COMPLAINS OF FLAWS IN REGISTRATION PROCESS / NEW ANA BASES PLANNED IN FOUR PROVINCES / U.S. PUSHES NATO FOR GREATER INVOLVEMENT IN AFGHANISTAN / THIS WEEK IN AFGHANISTAN'S HISTORY

  • Situation Report for Media: Multinational Interim Force SOUTHCOM Release 25 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 is in bold characters:)

Defense Policy / Programs

  • ARMY ANNOUNCES RESULTS OF MENTAL HEALTH ADVISORY TEAM SURVEY Dept. of the Army 25 Mar 2004 -- The Department of the Army announced today the results of the Army's Mental Health Advisory Team (MHAT). At the request of the commanding general, Combined Joint Task Force-7, U.S. Central Command, the Army surgeon general established and dispatched the Mental Health Advisory Team to assess and provide recommendations on Operation Iraqi Freedom-related mental health services, soldier access to those services in theater and after evacuation, and effective suicide prevention measures for Soldiers in active combat.

  • Rumsfeld: Future U.S. Military Posture Won't Disadvantage Allies Washington File 25 Mar 2004 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says any future changes made to the U.S. force posture will be made in consultation with allies and will not be detrimental to allied interests.
  • PENTAGON/BASES VOA 25 Mar 2004 -- The Pentagon says it has made no final decisions on how to realign U-S forces around the world.
  • Land Warrior System to Improve Soldier's Ability on Battlefield AFPS 25 Mar 2004 -- Although the complete Land Warrior System -- a modular, integrated fighting system that includes everything an infantry soldier wears or carries on the battlefield -- is not due to be fielded until 2007, troops in the field already benefit from several of its components.
  • Marine Team Tests Enduring Freedom Communications Equipment AFPS 25 Mar 2004 -- The communications platoon from Headquarters Company, 6th Marine Regiment, held a two-day communications exercise, or CommEx, recently at Camp Bulldog here.
  • Troop Level Reports: Nothing but Speculation, Rumsfeld Says AFPS 25 Mar 2004 -- Any report on specific changes to U.S. troop levels based in various parts of the world is speculation, because the department still is working with friends and allies around the world on those levels, senior Defense Department officials said at a Pentagon news conference today.
  • SOLDIERS OF V CORPS' 2/6TH INFANTRY GET EMOTIONAL WELCOME HOME FROM IRAQ V Corps Release 25 Mar 2004-- Faces covered with anxious looks filled the Hall of Champions Gymnasium in Baumholder, Germany as family members and friends waited for their Soldiers from V Corps' Company C, 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment to march into the gym March 19, home from their yearlong deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
  • Army releases findings of first-ever Soldier well-being study in combat arena Army News Service 25 Mar 2004-- A mental health advisory team sent to Iraq and Kuwait last year to study the well-being of Soldiers, amidst concern over the increasing number of suicides, concluded the Army's behavioral health care system works overall but can be improved, officials said.
  • With war behind them, Soldiers reflect on a year in Iraq Army News Service 25 Mar 2004-- They're back now. The Soldiers from the Florida Army National Guard's three infantry battalions are home and the sands of a Southwest Asia desert are rapidly becoming a distant memory.
  • Commentary: The American Soldier -- one year into OIF Army News Service 25 Mar 2004-- When I was asked to write an editorial reflecting on the one-year anniversary of Operation Iraqi Freedom, initially I thought it would be too easy to transfer my thoughts to my fingers -- yet this piece was a struggle.
  • BASE CAMP NORTH OF BAGHDAD RENAMED IN HONOR OF RESPECTED V CORPS SENIOR ENLISTED LEADER V Corps Release 25 Mar 2004-- V Corps' 1st Armored Division has ensured that the service and sacrifice of one of its most respected senior enlisted leaders will live on at one of the Army's enduring base camps here.
  • V CORPS TEAM HELPS TRAIN NEW IRAQI ARMY TO 'CRAWL, WALK, RUN' V Corps Release 25 Mar 2004-- A small contingent of V Corps and Australian soldiers is teaching a new Iraqi army the tactics and skills necessary to defend their country.
  • PORTIONS OF BAGHDAD'S "FREEDOM REST" NOW MEMORIALIZE SOLDIERS KILLED IN LINE OF DUTY V Corps Release 25 Mar 2004-- With the dedication of a plaque bearing the name of V Corps' Pfc. Rachel Bosveld, "Freedom Rest" here became something more than an R&R stop for U.S. troops. It's now also a memorial to fallen Soldiers.
  • Hornet Crashes off South Carolina; Pilot Rescued Navy Newsstand 25 Mar 2004-- A U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet aircraft on a routine training mission crashed at about 12:30 p.m. EST March 24 off the coast of South Carolina.
  • Marines bunker down for Korea Marine Corps News 25 Mar 2004-- Debarking from a United States Army high speed vehicle, 131 Marines and Sailors from Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 arrived here, March 6.
  • Fighting Vikings invade Iwakuni Marine Corps News 25 Mar 2004-- Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 225 returned to Iwakuni after a two-year hiatus March 10.
  • Four-legged Marines provide protection Marine Corps News 25 Mar 2004-- "Halt! Halt!" cries the authoritative voice. "Halt! -Or I'll release my dog!" Seconds later the lean, muscular form of a Marine working dog is freed to race after a suspect. Powerful jaws and aggressive force pins the struggling figure to the ground. The dog handler, full of praise for his charge, approaches cautiously and handcuffs the delinquent.
  • Standing shoulder to shoulder in Philippines Marine Corps News 25 Mar 2004-- For over 300 years, the Kintai Bridge has stood, fallen and been rebuilt again and again. Located in Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, the five-arched bridge stands at 22 feet high, 16 feet wide and is approximately 230 yards in length.
  • Marines inspect M16A4s bound for Iraq Marine Corps News 25 Mar 2004-- Reservists and active duty service members from the Marine Forces Reserve headquarters, located in New Orleans, La., and 2nd Battalion, 24th Marines, headquartered in Chicago, Ill., converged on MCLB Barstow recently to inspect 850 M16A4 rifles, supplied by Fleet Support Division, they will be accepting in preparation of their departure to Operation Iraqi Freedom II.
  • Marine Prepositioning Force sets the table for OIF II Marine Corps News 25 Mar 2004-- The overall concept of the Maritime Prepositioning Force revolves around one thing - the rapid deployment of equipment and supplies to decrease the time it takes to insert Marines into a contingency or combat environment.

  • Russia: Nuclear Warship Docked After Navy Chief Voices Safety Concerns RFE/RL 25 Mar 2004 -- One of Russia's leading warships, the nuclear-powered "Peter the Great" missile cruiser, has been temporarily docked following critical remarks by the Russian navy chief regarding the ship's maintenance. Vladimir Kuroyedov said the cruiser was in such poor condition that the possibility of a nuclear accident could not be ruled out. He later retracted the statement, prompting some observers to speculate his comments were motivated more by politics than safety concerns.

  • White House Daily Briefing, March 25, 2004 Washington File 25 Mar 2004 -- White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan briefed reporters on Air Force One March 25 as they accompanied President Bush on a trip to Nashua, New Hampshire

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 25 Mar 2004
  • SHEIKH YASSIN ASSASSINATION: A 'NEW EXPLOSION OF VIOLENCE' LOOMS US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 25 Mar 2004
  • U.S. Vetoes U.N. Attempt to Condemn Israeli Killing of Sheikh Yassin Washington File 25 Mar 2004 -- The United States March 25 blocked a U.N. Security Council condemnation of Israel's assassination of Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin because the Arab-sponsored draft resolution did not include a condemnation of Hamas terrorist attacks on Israeli civilians.
  • UN / MIDEAST RESOLUTION VOA 25 Mar 2004 -- The United States has used its veto power to block a Security Council resolution presented by Arab states (today/Thursday) condemning Israel's killing (Monday) of Hamas founder Sheikh Ahmed Yassin in the Gaza Strip.
  • POWELL-MIDDLE EAST VOA 25 Mar 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell defended the Bush administration's efforts in Middle East peace-making Thursday in the face of criticism from a ranking Senate Democrat that its preoccupation with Iraq has allowed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to slide into chaos. Mr. Powell blamed the current impasse on Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and his failure to curb terrorism.
  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 25 Mar 2004 -- Tensions remain high in the Middle East, where the Palestinian militant organization Hamas has vowed to target Israeli political leaders for assassination. The warning follows Israel's assassination of Hamas founder and spiritual leader, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin on Monday.

  • WEST AFRICA: UN to consider regional security IRIN 25 Mar 2004 -- The United Nations Security Council meets in New York headquarters on Thursday to look at ways to tackle cross-border security issues in the troubled West Africa region.
  • PRESS CONFERENCE ON WEST AFRICA United Nations 25 Mar 2004
  • UN/WEST AFRICA VOA 25 Mar 2004 -- U-N Secretary General Kofi Annan has appealed for calm in the Ivory Coast. From U-N headquarters, Peter Heinlein reports the appeal came as the Security Council took up the issue of cross-border problems in West Africa.
  • IVORY COAST / PROTEST VOA 25 Mar 2004 -- Rebels in Ivory Coast and a main opposition party have pulled out of the power-sharing government after a violent crackdown by security forces against opposition protesters. At least six people were killed in clashes with government forces. The protesters say there were many more deaths as well as 100 people injured.
  • French Peacekeepers In Kosovo Injured In Grenade Attack RFE/RL 25 Mar 2004 -- United Nations officials in Kosovo say two French peacekeepers have been wounded in a grenade attack at the bridge linking the ethnically divided town of Kosovska Mitrovica. hanistan.
  • COTE D IVOIRE: Violence flares up as protest goes on IRIN 25 Mar 2004 -- Suburbs across Cote d'Ivoire's main city were plagued by violence on Thursday after security forces shot at crowds in an attempt to disperse a banned opposition protest, residents said.

  • Cyprus talks 'on schedule,' UN envoy says UN News Centre 25 Mar 2004 -- Negotiations on a plan to reunify Cyprus before its entry into the European Union on 1 May are on schedule, even though the parties are not always in face-to-face discussions, the United Nations envoy at the talks said today.
  • BURUNDI/CONFLICT VOA 25 Mar 2004 -- The human-rights organization Amnesty International is calling for Burundi's government and rebel groups to stop recruiting and using child soldiers.
  • WAR CRIMES / MILOSEVIC VOA 25 Mar 2004 -- Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic is refusing to consent to a new judge for his war crimes trial. The judge who presided in the case during the past two years resigned last month due to ill health. The trial at the U-N war crimes tribunal in The Hague will most likely go on.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 25 Mar 2004 -- U.S. may cut by half its forces in Germany / NATO surprised by Kosovo clashes, had no warning / We will arrest Kosovo ringleaders, says Javier Solana / NATO offers security back-up for Afghan elections / Mr. Bremer to set up Iraq defence ministry this week / U.S. presents UN draft to keep arms from terrorists
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 25 Mar 2004 -- Serbia presses for "decentralization" in Kosovo after riots / Russia to confront NATO chief over warplanes in Baltic states / EU set to agree sweeping counter-terror policies / U.S. calls for Sunni and Kurdish rights after turnover

  • Burma Sanctions VOA 25 Mar 2004 -- Bush administration officials, members of Congress and human rights activists say Burma's military government has done little to move toward democracy in recent months. They are calling for the renewal of stricter economic sanctions put in place last year after opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was re-detained.



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