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01 April 2004 Military News

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Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 01 Apr 2004 [PDF]

  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 01 Apr 2004 -- Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, Deputy Director for Coalition Operations and Dan Senor, Senior Adviser, CPA
  • IRAQ WRAP VOA 01 Apr 2004 -- U-S officials in Iraq says Wednesday's gruesome attacks on four American civilians whose burned bodies were put on display in the town of Fallujah will not go unpunished. The U-S military is threatening to deliver an overwhelming military response.
  • Coalition Vows 'Deliberate' Response to Attacks AFPS 01 Apr 2004 -- A "deliberate, precise, overwhelming" response awaits the insurgents who killed four American contractors and five U.S. soldiers March 31, the coalition's military spokesman said at a Baghdad news conference today.
  • Roadside Bomb Injures 3, Disables Humvee in Anbar Region AFPS 01 Apr 2004 -- Three U.S. military personnel were injured today when a roadside bomb disabled their humvee in Iraq's Anbar region, the coalition's military spokesman said at a Baghdad news conference today.

  • Afghanistan Donors' Conference Produces $8 Billion in Pledges Washington FIle 01 Apr 2004 -- Afghan officials reached their goal of obtaining $4.4 billion in pledges to help meet their expenses for the new fiscal year at the International Afghanistan donors' conference in Berlin.
  • AFGHANISTAN CONFERENCE VOA 01 Apr 2004 -- At a just-completed international donors' conference, Afghanistan got much of what it asked for in funds for reconstruction of that battered country. The Afghan government also won some intangible backing as well.
  • AFGHAN AID VOA 01 Apr 2004 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai declared an international meeting on development aid a success Thursday, but warned Afghanistan's battle against the illegal drug trade was a long-term struggle.
  • AFGHAN AID VOA 01 Apr 2004 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai declared an international meeting on development aid a success Thursday, but warned Afghanistan's battle against the illegal drug trade was a long-term struggle.
  • Afghanistan: Donors Conference Focuses On Security RFE/RL 01 Apr 2004 -- The second and closing day of the Berlin donors conference on Afghanistan is focusing today on security issues.
  • AFGHANISTAN: Berlin conference could yield up to US $9 billion IRIN 01 Apr 2004 -- Afghan officials met donors and international organisations in Berlin on Wednesday and Thursday in a landmark attempt to boost Afghanistan's fragile reconstruction effort. Improving security ahead of elections and clamping down on the burgeoning opium trade are also top priorities for the high-profile meeting.
  • RFE/RL Afghanistan Report, Vol 3, Number 13 01 Apr 2004 -- U.S. COORDINATOR FOR AFGHANISTAN DISCUSSES BERLIN DONORS CONFERENCE / KARZAI CONFIRMS ELECTIONS WILL BE DELAYED... / ...WHICH WOULD ALLOW TIME FOR DEMOBILIZATION PROCESS, ACCORDING TO UN... / ...BUT IS HAILED AS A VICTORY BY NEO-TALIBAN / ICG WARNS THAT AFGHAN ELECTIONS ARE IN JEOPARDY / KABUL CALLS FOR INCREASED AID / HIGH AFGHAN EXPECTATIONS FROM BERLIN CONFERENCE / JAPAN PLEDGES MORE AID / AFGHAN LEADER WANTS GERMAN INVESTMENT / THREE CONFESS TO KILLING AVIATION MINISTER... / ...AS WESTERN GOVERNOR APPOINTS MILITARY CHIEF... / ...WHILE KABUL DENIES APPROVING CHANGE OF COMMAND / HERAT FIGHTING HIGHLIGHTS NEED TO DISARM MILITIAS, STRENGTHEN NATIONAL ARMY / PAKISTANI PUBLICATION CLAIMS TALIBAN LEADER IS INJURED... / ...AS PURPORTED NEO-TALIBAN SPOKESMAN DENIES REPORT / TALIBAN MILITANTS CLAIM TO HAVE KILLED 20 AFGHAN SOLDIERS / U.S. STARTS KHOST RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT / GERMANY HAS NO PLANS TO SEND FURTHER TROOPS TO AFGHANISTAN / NEW PROVINCE ESTABLISHED IN CENTRAL AFGHANISTAN / AMERICAN-AFGHAN RETURNS HOME TO A DIFFERENT COUNTRY AS A DIFFERENT MAN / THIS WEEK IN AFGHANISTAN'S HISTORY

  • Situation Report for Media: Multinational Interim Force SOUTHCOM Release [PDF] 01 Apr 2004-- The following are recent significant events and activities of the Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF) - Haiti and associated agencies supporting Operation Secure Tomorrow
  • Navy Deploys Medical Teams to Haiti Navy Newsstand 01 Apr 2004-- More than 70 medical and support personnel from Camp Lejeune, N.C., deployed to Haiti March 29. They will set up a trauma unit for U.S. and allied forces serving in the region.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • PENTAGON/DARFUR VOA 01 Apr 2004 -- U-S defense officials are closely monitoring developments in Sudan's troubled Darfur region but say there are no plans at present for any military response to the humanitarian crisis there.

  • Army tests flight ops from high-speed water vessel Army News Service 01 Apr 2004-- More than 30 years have passed since the last Army helicopter landed onboard an Army ship, but Army aviators began a new chapter in history March 25 when they landed two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters aboard a new test vessel in the Yellow Sea.
  • Preston reassures Soldiers that the war is making a difference Army News Service 01 Apr 2004-- The sergeant major of the Army explained to junior Soldiers that as the Army transforms to be more lethal, it is also going to put policies in place to keep them more informed and their families stable.
  • USS Higgins to Return from Sea Swap Deployment Navy Newsstand 01 Apr 2004-- USS Higgins (DDG 76) will return to its homeport in San Diego April 4--after more than 16 months at sea--with the last of three rotating crews that served aboard in six-month deployments in the Navy's Sea Swap program.
  • NMCB 5 Celebrates Halfway Point of Deployment Navy Newsstand 01 Apr 2004-- Seabees assigned to "The Professionals" of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5 celebrated their first 90 days on deployment March 13 with a party traditionally known as the "over the hump" (OTH) party.
  • Firebolt's Commanding Officer Relieved Navy Newsstand 01 Apr 2004-- Lt. Cmdr. Michael T. Sullivan, commanding officer for the forward-deployed patrol coastal ship (PC) USS Firebolt (PC 10), was relieved of command April 1 by Capt. Kurt W. Tidd, commander, Destroyer Squadron 50/commander, Task Force 55.
  • Georgian President Visits GTEP Marine Corps News 01 Apr 2004-- Georgian President, Mikheil Saakashvili, observed the first Georgian combined mechanized infantry training exercise to take place in his country since the late 1990's on Wednesday, March 24, at the Vasiani Training Area.
  • HMM-166 Marines gear up for future deployments Marine Corps News 01 Apr 2004-- Marines of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 166 (Reinforced) "Sea Elk" packed up their gear and boarded the USS Belleau Wood before departing on an 11-day training mission with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit March 23-24.
  • MCABWA CG, team to return from Iraq Marine Corps News 01 Apr 2004-- Maj. Gen. Jon A. Gallinetti, commander, Marine Corps Air Bases Western Area, and commanding general, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, and his team return Saturday after completing a six-month deployment in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
  • Marines droppin' in unannounced Marine Corps News 01 Apr 2004-- Jumping out of a perfectly good airplane at 25,000 feet while traveling 120 mph in freezing temperatures with 100 pounds of gear attached to your body in the pitch-black night is not sane or rational. But that's just what some members of 1st Force Reconnaissance Company, I Marine Expeditionary Force are training to do at this airfield 100 miles east of San Diego.
  • Skirmishes, a few large battles mark speedy advance Marine Corps News 01 Apr 2004-- Editor's note: Second in a series. Information for this story was gleaned entirely from command chronologies and interviews with Marines who fought the battles. Refueled and ready to fight, 8,000 vehicles passed over bridges east and west of An Nasariyah on March 23, 2003. Within 12 hours, I MEF forces were poised for the next operational maneuver toward Baghdad.
  • Marines help deliver $810,000 in medical supplies to Iraqis Marine Corps News 01 Apr 2004-- The 1st Force Service Support Group's medical logistics section here helped to put more than $800,000 worth of medical supplies into the hands of Iraqis in the Al Anbar province April 1, 2004.
  • Compass Call crew details mission, OIF success stories AFPN 01 Apr 2004-- At the onset of Operation Iraqi Freedom, dozens of Iraqi soldiers waited patiently near the al Faw Peninsula for instructions being transmitted from higher headquarters to blow up key oil fields there.
  • Air Force conducts network-defense exercise AFPN 01 Apr 2004-- Air Force officials finished a two-week computer network-defense exercise March 26, which validated and strengthened the Air Force's ability to defend its network against a wide range of attacks.
  • U.S. Plan to Shift Korea Forces Still a 'Go' AFPS 01 Apr 2004 -- The U.S. military's top officer in South Korea says plans are in motion to move 2nd Infantry Division troops away from the north- south border region and most other forces out of the capital city of Seoul.
  • PACOM Commander Outlines Concerns, Priorities AFPS 01 Apr 2004 -- Calling transformation his primary concern, Navy Adm. Thomas B. Fargo told the House Armed Services Committee March 31 that sustaining and supporting the war on terrorism is the U.S. Pacific Command's highest priority.
  • Navy May Play Lead Transformation Role, DoD Official Says AFPS 01 Apr 2004 -- Naval services have the opportunity to play leading roles in the transformation of the U.S. military, the Defense Department's director of force transformation said here March 31.
  • Sea Basing Key Element of Navy 2020 AFPS 01 Apr 2004 -- The Navy of 2020 will have unmanned underwater reconnaissance vehicles, the service's deputy chief of naval operations for resources, requirements and assessments, said here March 31.
  • White House, State Welcome Senate Action on Safeguards Protocol Washington FIle 01 Apr 2004 -- The White House and the State Department issued statements April 1 welcoming Senate action providing its advice and consent to the Additional Protocol between the United States and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) regarding nuclear safeguards.

  • NATO ENLARGEMENT VOA 01 Apr 2004 -- NATO -- the Atlantic Alliance -- will stage a welcoming ceremony for its seven new members Friday at its Brussels headquarters, raising their flags and playing their national anthems. But the festivities will be followed by serious business as NATO foreign ministers deal with Russian anger at alliance expansion and discuss its involvement in the Balkans, Afghanistan, and the war against terrorism.

  • Pakistan may sign frigate deal with China in June - Navy IRNA 01 Apr 2004 -- Pakistan Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Shahid Karimullah has said Pakistan would sign a deal with China for supply of four frigates in June, local press quoted him saying.
  • Indian Army opens new battle training school for J&K troops IRNA 01 Apr 2004 -- Faced with charges of human rights violations, the Indian Army on Wednesday opened a new battle training school in Doda, Jammu and Kashmir, which will aim to sensitize soldiers on humanitarian issues and preventing collateral damages.

  • MISSILE COMMAND INAUGURATED CNA 01 Apr 2004 -- A new missile command was inaugurated Thursday under the Ministry of National Defense (MND), according to a statement released that day by the MND.
  • U.S. APPROVES SALES OF LONG-RANGE EARLY WARNING RADAR TO TAIWAN CNA 01 Apr 2004 -- The Pentagon has notified the U.S. Congress of the sale to Taiwan of two long-range early warning radar systems capable of detecting ballistic and cruise missiles, even though the Legislative Yuan has only approved the budget for one of the items.
  • DEFENSE MINISTRY DENIES DEVELOPING OFFENSIVE MISSILES CNA 01 Apr 2004 -- A spokesman for the Ministry of National Defense (MNA) denied Thursday that the country is developing mid-range missiles capable of hitting targets in mainland China.

  • New U.N. Iraq Resolution Likely by July 1, Powell tells German TV Washington FIle 01 Apr 2004 -- In an April 1 interview with ZDF German Television focused largely on Iraq and Afghanistan, Secretary of State Colin Powell said he thinks the United Nations will pass a new resolution on Iraq "as we move closer to the first of July."

  • State Department Noon Briefing, April 1, 2004 Washington File 01 Apr 2004 -- Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cyprus, Iraq, Israel/Palestinians, countries with major non-NATO ally designation, Powell/phone calls, Powell/April 2 NATO meeting, North Korea, China/Taiwan, Mexico, terrorism
  • White House Daily Briefing, April 1, 2004 Washington FIle 01 Apr 2004 -- Presidential phone calls, presidential press conference, tax cuts, Rice 9/11 speech, pre 9/11 terrorism strategy, Iraq violence, OPEC, Uzbekistan bombing, North Korea, president and vice president testifying, new U.N. resolution, Taiwan, Unborn Victim's Act, International Court of Justice ruling, military Options in al Qaeda plan

Defense Industry

  • Boeing Opens Norfolk Office to Support Navy, Marines and Joint Forces Command Boeing 01 Apr 2004 -- Boeing (NYSE:BA) officials have announced the opening of an Integrated Defense Systems field office in Norfolk, Va. A result of increased customer activity in the Greater Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and Suffolk areas, the office will support Naval and Joint customer activities in Virginia, Rhode Island and Europe.
  • Boeing Awarded Australian Harpoon Upgrade Program Boeing 01 Apr 2004 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] has been awarded a contract worth approximately $20 million to provide Harpoon Block II missile retrofit kits for the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
  • General Dynamics Receives $35 Million in Orders on Common Hardware/Software Contracts General Dynamics 01 Apr 2004 -- General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has received $23 million in modifications to its multiyear Common Hardware/Software II (CHS-2) contract for common hardware and software items for the Project Manager Army Tactical Operations Centers/Air and Missile Defense Command and Control Systems. The U.S. Army Communications Electronics Command is the contracting authority. The contract modifications raise the total value of the CHS-2 contract since award in 1995 to $944.9 million.
  • Elta Systems, a Subsidiary of Israel Aircraft Industries Completed Acquisition of Nice System's COMINT/DF Military Intelligence Business Assets sold for $4 Million Israel Aerospace Industries 01 Apr 2004 -- Elta Systems, a Group and Subsidiary of Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI), has completed the acquisition of Nice Systems' COMINT/DF military intelligence business assets.
  • Boeing Awarded Contract to Produce Components for Israeli Arrow Interceptor Boeing 01 Apr 2004 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] was recently awarded a $78 million contract by Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) to produce Arrow II interceptor components. The contract, effective immediately, runs through 2006 with options for additional production until second quarter 2008. The total contract value could exceed $225 million if all options are exercised.
  • Boeing Forms International GPS III Team Boeing 01 Apr 2004 -- Boeing [BA: NYSE:] announced the formation of a Global Positioning System (GPS) III best of industry team that includes two European Union companies. The Boeing team is pursuing the U.S. Air Force's next generation GPS III development contract slated for award in early 2006.

Other Conflicts

  • DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 01 Apr 2004
  • U-S / BOSNIA RAID VOA 01 Apr 2004 -- The United States scolded the Bosnian Serb Republic Thursday for failing to live up to obligations to help apprehend indicted Balkans war crimes suspects. The comments followed a failed raid by NATO forces seeking to capture fugitive former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic that wounded two civilians.
  • U-S / CYPRUS PLAN VOA 01 Apr 2004 -- The United States Thursday began a top-level diplomatic campaign on behalf of U-N Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Cyprus settlement plan, which will be put before the voters of the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities April 24th.
  • Uzbekistan: Standoff Ends When Suspects Blows Himself Up; Police Continue Sweep RFE/RL 01 Apr 2004 -- Police and security forces in the Uzbek capital, Tashkent, are conducting sweeps of the city in an effort to track down suspects following a series of bombings and violent clashes that have left at least 43 people dead.
  • Uzbekistan: After Days Of Bombings And Armed Clashes, Citizens Remain Wary RFE/RL 01 Apr 2004 -- More than 40 people are reported to have been killed in Uzbekistan since 28 March in a wave of bombings and clashes that authorities are blaming on Islamic militants. What is the mood in the capital, Tashkent, and how are ordinary Uzbeks reacting to the violence?
  • Cyprus: UN To Proceed With Referendums After Talks Fail RFE/RL 01 Apr 2004 -- A dual referendum on a UN reunification plan for Cyprus will be presented directly to Greek and Turkish Cypriot voters on 24 April after officials from the two sides failed to bridge their differences.
  • SUDAN: Government says arrested officers plotted coup since 2002 IRIN 01 Apr 2004 -- The Sudanese government has confirmed that 10 military officers and a senior opposition leader, Hasan Abdullah al-Turabi, have been detained. The officers, it said in an official statement, had been planning a coup since 2002.
  • SRI LANKA TAMIL TENSIONS VOA 01 Apr 2004 -- Two factions of the Tamil Tiger rebel group are staring each other down across a river in eastern Sri Lanka, threatening to fight after an unprecedented split in the rebel group. The tension comes as Sri Lankans prepare to vote in an election largely aimed at getting the country's peace process back on track.
  • THAILAND ATTACKS VOA 01 Apr 2004 -- Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra says he will visit Malaysia next week to meet with Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. The talks will try to end months of violence in the Muslim-dominated southern part of Thailand.
  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS / US VOA 01 Apr 2004 -- American Middle East envoys hold separate talks today (Thursday) with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and his Palestinian counterpart, Ahmed Qureia. At issue are the Israeli leader's plans for unilateral disengagement from the Palestinians and overall prospects for resuming peace efforts.

  • EU/CYPRUS VOA 01 Apr 2004 -- The senior European Union official in charge of the organization's expansion has urged Cypriot leaders to support the reunification plan announced Wednesday night so the entire island can join the EU on May first.
  • CYPRUS REACT VOA 01 Apr 2004 -- The fate of the final U-N plan to reunify Cyprus is now in the hands of the Greek and Turkish Cypriot people, who will vote in a referendum on the plan April 24th. Their leaders do not like the plan, but the people will have the final say. Along the Green Line that divides Cyprus, in the town of Pyla (PRON: PEE' luh) - the only one where ethnic-Greek and -Turkish Cypriots live side-by-side - Nathan Morley spoke to people about what they think of the plan.
  • UN/CYPRUS WRAP VOA 01 Apr 2004 -- Leaders of the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities have failed to sign on to a United Nations plan for reunifying their divided island. Cyprus' two ethnic communities will be asked to vote on the U-N plan in separate referendums on April 24, four days later than originally envisioned.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 01 Apr 2004 -- Greece declares that Olympic security preparations advancing 'smoothly' / Karadzic eludes NATO raid, two wounded / Donors pledge more than US$8 billion for Afghanistan reconstruction, look for solutions to security problems / NATO slammed for half-hearted job in Afghanistan / UN and local government unveil detailed policy plan for Kosovo / U.S. and Armenia strengthen military ties
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 01 Apr 2004 -- Official: NATO to focus on Afghan challenge after enlargement / NATO envoy defends Alliance's achievements in Afghanistan / Afghanistan neighbors sign deal to fight drug trade / Bosnian Serbs protest NATO operation to nab Karadzic



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