30 March 2004 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 30 Mar 2004 [PDF]
- Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 30 Mar 2004 -- Daniel Senor, Senior Advisor to the CPA and Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, Deupty Director, Coaltion
- Spike in Iraq Violence Results in Two More Deaths AFPS 30 Mar 2004 -- A recent spike in attacks against coalition forces in Iraq has left two more coalition soldiers dead, a coalition military spokesman said today at a Baghdad news conference.
- PAKISTAN / ANTITERRORISM VOA 30 Mar 2004 -- In a just-completed operation, Pakistani army troops launched a massive offensive against suspected terrorist hideouts in a remote border region. Officials have declared the operation a success and the troops have been withdrawn from the area. But expectations may have been too high about the operation.
- Pakistan: Offensive Against Suspected Militants In South Waziristan Ends RFE/RL 30 Mar 2004 -- Pakistan has started withdrawing its troops from the tribal region near the border with Afghanistan after a major offensive. No major Al-Qaeda or Taliban militants appear to have been captured or killed, however, and analysts say the operation cannot be termed a success.
- PAKISTAN/AL-QAIDA VOA 30 Mar 2004 -- Authorities in Pakistan say suspected Islamic militants have shot dead two government hostages in a remote tribal region near the Afghan border. The mountainous area has been the scene of bloody clashes between security forces and armed fighters linked to the al-Qaida terror network for nearly two weeks.
- Afghanistan: NATO Envoy Urges Donors To Pledge Generously RFE/RL 30 Mar 2004 -- Hikmet Cetin, the top civilian NATO representative for Afghanistan, yesterday joined calls for generosity at the Berlin donors conference, which begins tomorrow. Speaking in Brussels last night, Cetin -- a former Turkish foreign minister -- said allowing the Afghan administration to have ample resources at its disposal is the best guarantee that the country will not devolve into fundamentalism and extremism.
- Afghanistan: Berlin Donors Conference To Focus On Reconstruction, Security, And Drugs Trade RFE/RL 30 Mar 2004 -- A two-day donors conference for Afghanistan opens tomorrow in Berlin. Representatives from more than 50 countries and 11 international organizations are due to attend. Afghanistan's political future, security issues and efforts to curb the drug trade will be discussed. The Afghan government also will present a reconstruction plan that includes a request for $4.5 billion in aid this year.
- Situation Report for Media: Multinational Interim Force SOUTHCOM Release [PDF] 30 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:
- U.S. Expresses Optimism About Situation in Haiti Washington File 30 Mar 2004 -- The Bush administration has expressed optimism about the situation in Haiti, saying that after months of armed violence and instability in the Caribbean nation, the atmosphere is apparently "calming down" as the new Haitian government seems to be "getting up and running."
- Annan's adviser recommends long-term UN presence in post-conflict Haiti UN News Centre 30 Mar 2004 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan's special adviser on Haiti today called for a long-term international presence of some 20 years in the Caribbean country as it recovered from a series of reverses, but he said that mission must give ownership of reconstruction programmes to Haitians themselves.
Defense Policy / Programs
- One year into OIF, Guard remembers those who sacrificed all Army News Service 30 Mar 2004-- Jeffrey Wershow became a National Guard icon in March, because that is when the Guard's top leader started sharing his story, including his ultimate sacrifice.
- Atlanta-based Hornet Crashes Navy Newsstand 30 Mar 2004-- Navy Reserve pilot Cmdr. Kevin T. Hagenstad, 36, of Marietta, Ga., was listed in fair condition with a broken leg, at Erlanger Hospital in Chatanooga, Tenn., after safely ejecting from an F/A-18A Hornet when the aircraft crashed during a training mission March 29.
- Air Crew Ejects in Tomcat Crash Navy Newsstand 30 Mar 2004-- At approximately 11 a.m. March 29, a two-seat F-14D Tomcat from Fighter Squadron (VF) 31, based at Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., crashed into the ocean approximately two miles west of Point Loma, Calif.
- Minot B-52 aircrews refine, polish skills in Guam AFPN 30 Mar 2004-- Capt. Jeremiah Baldwin, a B-52 Stratofortress pilot, said he could not wait to get out of the cockpit. He was tired, exhausted and just wanted to lie down and sleep after flying a 20-hour mission.
- 86th CRG pulls Soldiers out of Africa AFPN 30 Mar 2004-- Twenty-seven Airmen and one Soldier traveled down to Africa on March 23 to remove special forces Soldiers from the countries of Mali and Mauritania.
- Bush Welcomes Seven New NATO Members AFPS 30 Mar 2004 -- President Bush welcomed seven new NATO members at a March 29 White House ceremony, noting the alliance "is made stronger by their presence."
- Change Only Constant in European Command, General Says AFPS 30 Mar 2004 -- Change is the only constant in U.S. European Command -- that's the not-so-subtle message of the organization's commander in prepared testimony for the House Armed Services Committee March 24.
- State Department Noon Briefing, March 30, 2004 Washington File 30 Mar 2004 -- Uzbekistan, Belgium/Middle East, Powell/travels to Germany/discussions on NATO/Iraq, Iraq, Bangladesh, China/Taiwan, Burma, Afghanistan, Israel/Palestinians, Serbia/Montenegro, Venezuela, terrorism, Georgia, Nigeria, Kenya/Sudan, Zimbabwe
- White House Daily Briefing, March 30, 2004 Washington File 30 Mar 2004 -- President's schedule, Rice to testify publicly under oath before 9-11 Commission, OPEC/gas prices/energy policy
- PENTAGON/RWANDA GENOCIDE VOA 30 Mar 2004 -- A recent French news report stirred controversy by alleging Rwanda's current president, Paul Kagame, was responsible for a missile attack that marked the start of the 1994 genocide. But as the 10th anniversary of the killing draws near that declassified U-S government documents point at another culprit.
- ATK is System Prime Contractor on X-43A ATK 30 Mar 2004 -- ATK (Alliant Techsystems, NYSE: ATK) served as the system prime contractor on the X-43A program that achieved a world speed record for air-breathing powered flight. The X-43A Supersonic Combustion Ramjet (Scramjet) engine-powered research vehicle demonstrated its world record capability on March 27. The ATK scramjet engine set another historical milestone by accelerating the X-43A vehicle after rocket motor separation, thereby achieving a key program objective.
- ATK Awarded $13 Million Contract for Javelin Anti-Armor Missile System ATK 30 Mar 2004 -- ATK (Alliant Techsystems, NYSE: ATK) has been awarded a $13 million contract by the Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin Joint Venture team to manufacture composite launch tube assemblies for the Javelin anti-armor weapon system. The Javelin launch tube assembly is manufactured at ATK Tactical Systems, Rocket Center, W.Va.
- Operational Firing From Sawari II Frigate Marks Another Milestone For Aster SAAM Naval Self-Defence Systems EADS 30 Mar 2004 -- The Sawari II frigate, one of three scheduled to enter service with the RSNF between 2004 and 2006, employed a complete SAAM system to carry out the firing. Target acquisition and tracking was carried out by the system’s ARABEL MFR (Multi-Function Radar), the centralised fire control system which also controlled the engagement, and an ASTER 15 missile was launched from the SYLVER vertical launch module.
- Northrop Grumman Demonstrates Versatility, Robustness of Proposed E-10 Battle Management Subsystem Northrop Grumman 30 Mar 2004 -- The Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC)-led E-10 aircraft Battle Management Command and Control (BMC2) team continued validating its concepts for a platform-independent BMC2 system with the most demanding and comprehensive demonstration yet of the architecture's real-time command and control capabilities.
- Boeing Selected to Co-Develop and Launch Next DigitalGlobe Imaging Satellite Boeing 30 Mar 2004 -- For the second time, Boeing [NYSE: BA] has been selected to launch another satellite for DigitalGlobe in support of the Colorado-based company's expanding space imaging business.
- Boeing Awarded $189 Million Space-Based Surveillance System Contract Boeing 30 Mar 2004 -- A Boeing [BA: NYSE] and Ball Aerospace team has won a $189 million contract to develop and initially operate the Space-Based Space Surveillance System (SBSS) for the U.S. Air Force.
- Northrop Grumman Successfully Tests New Engine for Next-Generation Space Launch Vehicles Northrop Grumman 30 Mar 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has developed and successfully tested a Reaction Control Subsystem (RCS) engine for next-generation reusable space launch and transportation vehicles. The new engine burns nontoxic propellants, an achievement that enhances safety, reliability and affordability.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 30 Mar 2004
- U-S / UZBEK TERROR VOA 30 Mar 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell telephoned his Uzbek counterpart, Foreign Minister Sadyk Safayev, on Tuesday to offer U-S condolences and assistance in investigating the terrorist attacks that have hit the Central Asian country since Sunday.
- Uzbek Special Forces In Shootout As Violence Enters Third Day RFE/RL 30 Mar 2004 -- At least 20 people were killed today in Uzbekistan as special Interior Ministry forces engaged suspected militants in a gun battle in the capital Tashkent.
- Operation to wipe out armed gang underway in Uzbekistan IRNA 30 Mar 2004 -- The operation to wipe out an armed gang is well underway in the Kibrai district, Tashkent Region, Tass reports from the place of the incident.
- UZBEK / VIOLENCE VOA 30 Mar 2004 -- Uzbek troops Tuesday attacked a hideout of suspected terrorists near the capital, Tashkent, a day after a series of blasts killed at least 19 people in the capital and elsewhere. Local news media say there are casualties on both sides.
- PRESS BRIEFING BY SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR SIERRA LEONE United Nations 30 Mar 2004
- Security Council extends UN mission in Sierra Leone and slows troop withdrawal UN News Centre 30 Mar 2004 -- Extending the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) by another six months, the Security Council today endorsed plans to scale down the size of its peacekeeping force to a residual presence next year to give Government forces time to assert control over the country.
- Annan meets Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders for reaction to settlement plan UN News Centre 30 Mar 2004 -- United Nations Secretary-General met separately today with the Greek and Turkish Cypriot delegations in Switzerland to receive their reactions to the draft plan to reunify the island nation before its entry into the European Union on 1 May.
- CYPRUS / TALKS VOA 30 Mar 2004 -- A U-N official says all four delegations attending the talks on Cyprus reunification have handed in their comments on U-N Secretary-General Kofi Annan's plan for ending years of division on the island. The U-N secretary-general, who is overseeing the negotiations in Buergenstock, Switzerland, says a deal must be concluded by Wednesday.
- Annan disquieted by rising factionalism in DR of Congo Government UN News Centre 30 Mar 2004 -- In a report chronicling regression in the post-conflict Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says the increasing factionalism in the Transitional Government is disquieting, the continuing reports of militia atrocities against civilians causes concern and the slowdown in normalizing relations with the country's neighbours is regrettable.
- CONGO/COUP VOA 30 Mar 2004 -- Calm has returned to the streets of Congo's capital Kinshasa after armed gunmen attacked key military installations in what was an apparent coup attempt on Sunday. The government has identified the attackers as former members of ex-dictator Mobutu Sese Seko's elite bodyguard, but this has caused controversy among former rebel groups that are now part of Congo's power-sharing government
- SOMALIA: Hopes of revitalising peace talks IRIN 30 Mar 2004 -- The facilitators of stalled Somali peace talks are hoping to make progress this week with the start of discussions on Wednesday on the rules of procedure for phase three of the talks, a source close to the negotiations told IRIN.
- U-S / MIDEAST / LUGAR VOA 30 Mar 2004 -- A leading U-S senator on foreign affairs is proposing that the world's major nations start a trust fund to promote economic growth and political reforms in the Middle East. Senator Richard Lugar, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, says his proposal will help promote democracy in the region.
- ETHIOPIA: Parliament votes for independent probe into violence in Gambella IRIN 30 Mar 2004 -- The Ethiopian parliament has decided that an independent body be set up to investigate reports of violence between different ethnic groups in the western Gambella region, in which hundreds of people are believed to have been killed.
- UGANDA: Army rejects reported rebel offer for talks IRIN 30 Mar 2004 -- The Ugandan army has nipped in the bud a move by Joseph Kony, the leader of the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), suggesting that he wants to open up the way for peace talks towards ending the country's 18-year-long war. The army said the offer was insincere.
- SUDAN: Tribal fighting reported in Bahr al-Ghazal IRIN 30 Mar 2004 -- Fighting has broken out between the Dinkas of Aluakluak Payam [location] of Yirol County and those of the Akot and Pacuong payams of Rumbek County, resulting in a number of deaths, injuries and displacements, according to a report issued by the NGO PACT on 24 March.
- SRI LANKA/VIOLENCE VOA 30 Mar 2004 -- In Sri Lanka, unidentified gunmen have shot dead a Tamil candidate for this week's parliamentary elections. The latest violence came as campaigning for the polls draws to a close.
- IVORY COAST / U-N TROOPS VOA 30 Mar 2004 -- The United Nations will begin deploying its peacekeepers in Ivory Coast on schedule despite violent clashes between government forces and political opposition last week.
- SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 30 Mar 2004 -- President Bush welcomes seven former Soviet-bloc nations into NATO / Belgium sends 4 F-16s to Baltics as part of NATO expansion / Britain mulls more troops for NATO's Afghan force / Spain to double Afghanistan contingent / UN team says security is vital for elections to take place by Jan. 31 / UN powers mulling security force for Iraq / Uzbekistan launches probe after 19 killed in wave of violence
- SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 30 Mar 2004 -- Foreign Minister Lavrov to attend meeting of Russia-NATO Council / Hundreds of Afghan forces raid heroin labs in country's east / Russian spokesman says new approach needed for Kosovo / Commentary urged tripartite transatlantic strategy against terrorism
- U-S / BURMA POL VOA 30 Mar 2004 -- The United States says the national political convention being proposed by Burma's military junta cannot succeed without the release and full participation of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other detained members of her party. The Burmese junta said Tuesday the convention will be held in mid-May.
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