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29 March 2004 Military News

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  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 29 Mar 2004 -- Paul Bremer, U.S. Presidential Envoy to Iraq, and Admiral David Nash (Retired), Director CPA Program Management Office
  • MPs Kill Four Drive-by Shooting Suspects in Mosul AFPS 29 Mar 2004 -- Military police killed four anti-coalition suspects in Mosul, Iraq, March 28 after stopping a car matching the description of a vehicle used in a drive-by shooting earlier in the day, Combined Joint Task Force 7 officials said in a news release.
  • Troopers Hit Baghdad's Streets in Operation Iron Promise AFPS 29 Mar 2004 -- In what has become almost a nightly ritual, soldiers from A Troop, 1st Squadron, 5th Cavalry Regiment, lined up their vehicles on a quiet side street in the sleepy town of Abu Ghuraib, Iraq, just before initiating a cordon-and-search mission March 17.

  • A-10 Friendly Fire Investigation Completed CENTCOM 29 Mar 2004 -- "The investigation into a March 23, 2003 friendly fire incident between U.S. forces is complete. (...) The investigation, ordered by U.S. Central Command and conducted by U.S. Air Forces, Central Command, thoroughly examined the circumstances surrounding an incident involving a U.S. A-10 aircraft firing on a company of U.S. Marines in An Nasiriyah, Iraq."
  • A-10 Friendly Fire Investigation Report CENTCOM 29 Mar 2004
  • 545 MP Co. Soldier, Mom serve together at Camp Victory ARCENT Release 29 Mar 2004-- For most Soldiers serving in Iraq, the only contact they have with their families is to write letters and e-mails or go to the phone center.
  • 'Ready First' Brigade artillerymen adapting to new missions ARCENT Release 29 Mar 2004-- Force protection, information operations and information delivery are not the sort of tasks one typically thinks of when considering the mission of a Brigade Fire Support Element.

  • PENTAGON / HORN OF AFRICA VOA 29 Mar 2004 -- The commander of the U-S led military task force fighting terrorism in the Horn of Africa is reporting what he calls "good successes" but provides no details.

  • White House Report March 29: Afghanistan Washington File 29 Mar 2004 -- White House spokesman Scott McClellan told reporters March 29 that the United States supports Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai's decision to postpone elections in that country until September.
  • AFGHANISTAN / CONFERENCE VOA 29 Mar 2004 -- A two-day international donors' conference on Afghanistan is set to open in Berlin Wednesday. The Afghan interim government is looking for new pledges of aid as it struggles to rebuild a shattered nation. Some of Afghanistan's toughest tests yet still lie ahead as it tries to become a functioning, democratic state.
  • Afghanistan: UN official hails Karzai's announcement of September elections UN News Centre 28 Mar 2004 -- The senior United Nations envoy to Afghanistan today hailed an announcement by President Hamid Karzai indicating that elections are now scheduled for September.
  • Afghan Militia Members Turn in Weapons at Kandahar Ceremony AFPS 29 Mar 2004 -- Civilian militia members were scheduled to lay down their arms today in a ceremony in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
  • Afghanistan: U.S. Coordinator Discusses Berlin Donors' Conference RFE/RL 29 Mar 2004 -- Ambassador William Taylor, the U.S. coordinator for Afghanistan, spoke today at a news conference ahead of an important Afghanistan donors' conference in Berlin on 31 March. He said the United States expects the conference to provide major new funds for Afghanistan, address the burgeoning drug production and cement the security situation.
  • Afghanistan: Disarming Militias Seen As Critical To Success Of Peace Process RFE/RL 29 Mar 2004 -- The United Nations says security-sector reform in Afghanistan is critical to the success of the Bonn peace process. But a vital project aimed at disarming and demobilizing factional militias has so far fallen short of expectations.
  • COMBINED FORCES COMMAND AFGHANISTAN RELEASE CENTCOM Release 29 Mar 2004-- Coalition forces near Khowst, while on patrols Saturday, discovered three weapons caches consisting of approximately 1000 large and 1500 small caliber machine gun rounds and various other munitions.
  • Afghanistan: President Announces Postponement Of Elections RFE/RL 29 Mar 2004 -- Afghan Transitional Administration Chairman Hamid Karzai has announced that presidential and parliamentary elections will take place in September, three months later than originally planned.

  • Pak forces achieve "major objectives" in tribal area operation IRNA 29 Mar 2004 -- The Pakistan government has wounded up its operation in Kaloosha South Waziristan region, saying it has achieved its "major objectives."
  • Al-Qaeda intelligence chief killed in tribal operation: Pak spokesman IRNA 29 Mar 2004 -- A key member of al-Qaeda was killed during the 12-day operation in tribal region, bordering Afghanistan, a military spokesman said Monday.
  • PAKISTAN/AL-QAIDA VOA 29 Mar 2004 -- Pakistan says its troops have killed the spy chief of the al-Qaida terror network in the recently concluded military operation near the Afghan border.

  • Situation Report for Media: Multinational Interim Force SOUTHCOM Release [PDF] 29 Mar 2004-- The following are recent significant events and activities of the Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF) - Haiti and associated agencies supporting Operation Secure Tomorrow

Defense Policy / Programs

  • ARTILLERY SOLDIERS FROM V CORPS' 1ST ARMORED DIVISION 'ADJUST FIRE' FOR UNORTHODOX MISSION IN IRAQ V Corps Release 29 Mar 2004-- Force protection, information operations and information delivery are not the sort of tasks one typically thinks of when considering the mission of a brigade Fire Support Element.
  • DoD Official Updates Congress on Special Ops Transformation AFPS 29 Mar 2004 -- With the help of special operations forces, the United States has made significant progress in the war on terrorism a Defense Department official told the Senate Armed Services Committee March 25.
  • Scientific Innovations Serve Troops Today, Tomorrow AFPS 29 Mar 2004 -- Scientific innovations developed by the Defense Department and in the private sector are helping to prosecute the war on terrorism in Afghanistan and Iraq while helping DoD to realize its transformation goals for tomorrow.
  • Exercise New Horizons 2004 Kicks Off in Guatemala AFPS 29 Mar 2004 -- Exercise New Horizons 2004 kicked off here March 27 during a ceremony attended by Guatemalan President Oscar Berger, U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala John Hamilton and other Guatemalan and U.S. dignitaries.
  • A-10 Friendly Fire Investigation Completed CENTCOM Release 29 Mar 2004-- The investigation into a March 23, 2003 friendly fire incident between U.S. forces is complete. The investigation was thorough and deliberate, and has the concurrence of the CENTCOM leadership.
  • Wasp Transits Suez Canal, Enters 5th Fleet AOR Navy Newsstand 29 Mar 2004-- The amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1), and the Sailors and Marines of Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 2 entered the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations March 17 as they made their way through the Suez Canal.
  • LCS Mission Modules Teams with Maritime Surveillance Systems Navy Newsstand 29 Mar 2004-- Taking a page out of industry's playbook, the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Mission Module Program Office and Maritime Surveillance Systems are teaming to tackle the off-board active capability of the LCS.

  • International Interest in Missile Defense Rising, Kadish Says Washington File 29 Mar 2004 -- The director of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) says governments and companies around the world are expressing greater interest in participating in the widening effort to develop defenses against ballistic missiles.

  • Transcript: On-The-Record Briefing: NATO Enlargement VOA 29 Mar 2004 -- arks at Special Briefing by Robert Bradtke, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs
  • Amb. Burns Looks at NATO's New Members, New Missions Washington File 29 Mar 2004 -- This column by R. Nicholas Burns, who is U.S. Ambassador to NATO, was published in the Wall Street Journal March 29 and is in the public domain.
  • Powell Welcomes Seven New East European Members to NATO Washington File 29 Mar 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell formally welcomed Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia into the 55-year-old North Atlantic Alliance during March 29 accession ceremonies in Washington.
  • NATO ENLARGEMENT WRAP VOA 29 Mar 2004 -- Seven Eastern European leaders have hailed their countries' new membership in NATO, and pledged to share the alliance's burdens and responsibilities. The leaders of Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia addressed reporters after taking part in a NATO expansion ceremony at the White House.
  • BUSH / NATO EXPANSION VOA 29 Mar 2004 -- NATO has seven new members, expanding the alliance across Northern and Central Europe to the Russian border. President Bush welcomed the countries as full and equal partners in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
  • U-S-NATO ENLARGEMENT VOA 29 Mar 2004 -- Seven formerly-communist European countries of central and northern Europe have officially become members of NATO in ceremonies in Washington. U-S Secretary of State Colin Powell said the new members - Romania, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Slovenia, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia - will bring a "new vigor" to the alliance.
  • BULGARIA/NATO VOA 29 Mar 2004 -- Bulgaria is among several former communist countries that are to join NATO later this week, in the western defense alliance's second eastward expansion since the end of the cold war. There is broad public support for joining NATO, and perhaps in three years the European Union.

  • Ukraine: Kyiv Says Hundreds Of Soviet-Era Missiles Are Missing, But Not Necessarily Lost RFE/RL 29 Mar 2004 -- Ukraine says it is looking for hundreds of Soviet-built missiles. Ukrainian prosecutors are investigating after the country's minister of defense told the media that the missiles are unaccounted for in the country's military arsenal.

  • India`s test fires surface to air Akash missile twice IRNA 29 Mar 2004 -- India`s indigenously built medium range multi-target surface-to-air missile `Akash` was test-fired on Monday from the Interim Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur-on-sea, about 13 km in Balasore in the eastern Indian state of Orissa, official sources said.

  • State Department Noon Briefing, March 29, 2004 Washington File 29 Mar 2004 -- Middle East/Arab summit/regional efforts, terrorism, Israel/Palestinian, Syria, Uzbekistan, Georgia, Iraq, UN/World Food Program, Pakistan, North Korea, Iran, Haiti, Serbia-Montenegro, NATO, Afghanistan, Cyprus
  • White House Daily Briefing, March 29, 2004 Washington File 29 Mar 2004 -- White House ceremony for NATO members, Richard Clarke, Afghanistan, Iraq/U.N./ Ambassador Bremer, Condoleezza Rice/9-11 Commission, Israel

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Other Conflicts

  • UN peacekeeping chief tells of major challenges ahead as missions expand UN News Centre 29 Mar 2004 -- With the Security Council set to create or expand its peacekeeping missions "on an almost unprecedented scale," the United Nations faces considerable political, logistical, recruitment and security challenges, the UN's most senior peacekeeping official said today.

  • Uzbek Official Says At Least 19 Killed, 26 Injured In Blasts RFE/RL 29 Mar 2004 -- Uzbek officials say a series of terrorist attacks -- including bombings and shootings -- killed some 19 people and injured at least 26 others.
  • UZBEK/VIOLENCE VOA 29 Mar 2004 -- Authorities in Uzbekistan say at least 19 people have been killed and 26 injured in series of terrorist explosions throughout the country. One of the blasts occurred at an alleged terrorist bomb-making factory.
  • UZBEK/VIOLENCE VOA 29 Mar 2004 -- At least two people were killed and up to 20 injured in an explosion that ripped through a marketplace in Uzbekistan's capital, Tashkent. The Uzbek Foreign Ministry is blaming terrorists for the bombing.

  • The "Annan Plan" For Cyprus United Nations 26 Feb 2003 -- "The plan was first presented on 11 November 2002, revised on 10 December 2002, and then revised again on 26 February 2003. The leaders are negotiating on the basis of the 26 February 2003 text. (...) The plan begins with a three-page "Commitment to submit the Foundation Agreement to approval at separate simultaneous referenda in order to achieve a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem". "
  • Parties receive text of comprehensive UN plan to resolve Cyprus problem UN News Centre 29 Mar 2004 -- Just days ahead of a deadline to finalize a plan to reunify Cyprus before its entry 1 May into the European Union, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today handed over to the Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders a draft of the settlement proposal and urged them to seize the moment to settle the decades-old problem "once and for all."

  • U-S / MIDEAST TALKS VOA 29 Mar 2004 -- Three senior Bush administration officials left for the Middle East Monday for more talks on Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plans for "disengagement" from the Palestinians starting with removal of Israeli settlements from Gaza. The mission precedes U-S visits in April by Mr. Sharon, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Jordan's King Abdullah.
  • COTE D IVOIRE: Peacekeeping deployment on track despite fatal crushing of demo IRIN 29 Mar 2004 -- The scheduled deployment of United Nations peacekeepers in Cote d'Ivoire will not be hampered by a rise in tension after the security forces killed dozens and possibly hundreds of civilians who attempted to stage a banned demonstration against President Laurent Gbagbo, a spokesman of the United Nations Mission in Cote d'Ivoire (MINUCI) said on Monday.
  • DRC: Government united and in control, minister says IRIN 29 Mar 2004 -- Congolese Interior Minister Theophile Mbemba said on Monday the government remained united and in complete control despite attacks by assailants on several military and civilian installations in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • Cyprus: Annan Presents Changed Peace Plan In Switzerland RFE/RL 29 Mar 2004 -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan today presented his latest -- and likely final -- plan for the reunification of Cyprus. It's a last-minute attempt to strike a deal between Turkish and Greek Cypriots to allow a unified Cyprus into the European Union on 1 May.
  • ISRAEL/GAZA VOA 29 Mar 2004 -- Israel's prime minister, Ariel Sharon, says he will seek cabinet and parliamentary approval next month for his planned withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. He says the plan will be put to the vote immediately after he returns from talks with President Bush in Washington.
  • Indian forces called out after ethnic clashes in Assam IRNA 29 Mar 2004 -- Federal soldiers were called out Sunday in India`s restive northeastern state of Assam where 34 people were killed in a string of ethnic clashes during the past five days, officials said.
  • IVORY COAST/PROTESTS VOA 29 Mar 2004 -- Opposition activists in Ivory Coast are refusing calls by their parties for fresh protests against President Laurent Gbagbo, saying they are afraid of a renewed military crackdown.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 29 Mar 2004 -- African Islamic fighter threat grows / U.S. commander says anti-U.S. group dealt severe blow in North Africa / Serbian parliament declares Kosovo 'inseparable' from rest of Serbia / Serbia to rely on NATO in solving Kosovo's future / Afghanistan to delay landmark elections until September / Afghans to demobilise 40,000 militia before polls / Russian and Italian navies to conduct exercises in September / Ukraine's defense minister says hundreds of missiles missing
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 29 Mar 2004 -- U.S. daily carries interview with General Jones / NATO's enlargement causes concern in Moscow

  • ZIMBABWE/POLITICS VOA 29 Mar 2004 -- Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu P-F party has won a crucial by-election in an opposition stronghold, amid reports from independent observers that the poll was neither free nor fair.
  • Middle East: Egypt Seeks To Rescue Canceled Arab League Summit RFE/RL 29 Mar 2004 -- Egypt has offered to host the Arab League summit meeting that was to have been held today and tomorrow in Tunis. In a surprise last-minute announcement, Tunisia said it was postponing the summit indefinitely because a preparatory ministerial meeting could not agree on an agenda.
  • GEORGIA/ELECTIONS VOA 29 Mar 2004 -- International election observers have commended Georgia for making progress toward the holding of democratic elections, but the observers also say accusations of violations in Adjaria cast a shadow over Sunday's poll.
  • GUINEA BISSAU / ELECTIONS VOA 29 Mar 2004 -- Voters in Guinea-Bissau may have another chance to go to the polls to select members of a new parliament, after a series of problems at polling stations on Sunday and Monday.
  • ARAB LEAGUE/REACT VOA 29 Mar 2004 -- Many Tunisians say they fully support the government's decision to postpone the Arab League summit because, when it came to the issue of reform, other Arab countries were unwilling to follow Tunisia's lead in key areas of democracy and civil society. Residents in the capital, Tunis, say that even if the summit is rescheduled and takes place in Egypt, it is doomed to fail.
  • ISRAEL/SHARON SCANDAL VOA 29 Mar 2004 -- Israel's Supreme Court has ordered Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's son to turn over documents in corruption scandals that loom as major threats to the Israeli leader. The ruling comes a day after Israel's chief prosecutor recommended that the prime minister be indicted in one of the cases.
  • FRANCE/ELECTIONS VOA 29 Mar 2004 -- France's ruling party suffered a major setback in regional and local elections Sunday, and it is seen by some as a personal defeat for French President Jacques Chirac. Analysts expect a government reorganization. But the sizable voter discontent may push the government to consider bigger changes.
  • Northrop Grumman's AstroMesh Reflector Successfully Deployed on MBSAT Satellite Northrop Grumman 29 Mar 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) AstroMesh deployable reflector system successfully deployed aboard the MBSAT satellite early today. The MBSAT satellite was manufactured by Space Systems/Loral for Mobile Broadcasting Corporation (MBCO) of Japan and SK Telecom (SKT) of Korea.

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