04 April 2004 Military News
- Two Marines Killed in Action [CJTF-7 News Release] April 4, 2004
- IRAQ/WRAP VOA 04 Apr 2004 -- U-S forces in Iraq say seven American soldiers have been killed and more than two dozen wounded in clashes with Shi'ite Muslim militiamen in Baghdad. In a statement, the U-S military said soldiers fought off militiamen loyal to radical Muslim Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. The latest report comes hours after at least 20 Iraqis and two coalition soldiers were killed near the holy city of Najaf, in southern Iraq.
- 3rd CAG: boots on deck, running in Iraq Marine Corps News 04 Apr 2004-- Marines from the 1st Marine Division aren't the only ones getting their boots dirty these days in Iraq.
- Gunmen Attack Spanish, Salvadoran Troops in Najaf AFPS 04 Apr 2004 -- Spanish and Salvadoran troops in Najaf came under attack from gunmen hiding in a crowd of protesters, coalition officials said in Baghdad today.
- At Least 20 Killed After Clashes In Al-Najaf RFE/RL 04 Apr 2004 -- Some 20 people died and more than 100 were injured in clashes between Iraqi protesters and Spanish-led coalition troops in the holy Shi'a city of Al-Najaf today.
- IRAQ/UNREST VOA 04 Apr 2004 -- Coalition forces and Iraqi police clashed with Shiite protesters near the city of Najaf, and hospital officials say at least 19 people were killed and scores injured in the fighting. Supporters of the radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr have been staging protests in Shiite areas of central and southern Iraq for the past several days.
- Multi-national Interim Force provides security, quick reaction force Marine Corps News 04 Apr 2004-- The sharp tang of diesel fumes mixes with the scent of burning refuse in the morning breeze as Humvees roar through the slowly waking community.
Defense Policy / Programs
- RWANDA / GENOCIDE CONFERENCE VOA 04 Apr 2004 -- In the Rwandan capital, Kigali, a three-day conference, aimed at finding ways to prevent a repeat of the horrific 1994 genocide in that country, opened on Sunday. The conference launches more than a week of official events to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the genocide that left more than 800-thousand people dead in 100 days.
- PALESTINIANS/REFORMS VOA 04 Apr 2004 -- The Palestinian Authority has begun implementing a key financial reform of its security forces to try to prevent a hold-up of much-needed foreign aid. Salaries of the police are now being paid directly into bank accounts, replacing the system of bulk cash payments to commanders, which had led to massive fraud and corruption.
- ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS VOA 04 Apr 2004 -- Israeli security forces have gone on high alert for possible terror attacks before the week-long sacred Jewish Passover holiday, which begins at sunset on Monday. Israel says a closure imposed on the West Bank and Gaza Strip last month is to remain in force for weeks to come.
- SRI LANKA ELECTION VOA 04 Apr 2004 -- Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga's party beat that of her political rival, the prime minister, in a tight race in Friday's parliamentary election. But the president's party failed to win a parliamentary majority - raising concerns Sri Lanka may be stuck with a hung parliament and jeopardizing the country's peace plan with Tamil rebels.
- ERITREA/RETURNEES VOA 04 Apr 2004 -- More than 100-thousand Eritreans have returned home from Sudan, where they fled during Eritrea's 30-year struggle for independence from Ethiopia. But their homecoming has been bittersweet
- GUINEA BISSAU/ELECTIONS VOA 04 Apr 2004 -- Results from last week's elections in Guinea Bissau have yet to be officially released as negotiations between political parties and the interim government continue.
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