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07 April 2004 Military News

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Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 07 Apr 2004 [PDF]
  • TWELVE MARINES KILLED IN AGGRESSIVE OPERATIONS IN AL ANBAR PROVINCE
  • Twelve Marines killed in aggressive operations in Al Anbar Province [CJTF-7 News Release] April 7, 2004
  • DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualty
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualty
  • DoD Identifies Marine Casualties
  • DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
  • DoD Identifies Marine Casualties
  • DoD Identifies Marine Casualties
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualties

  • Transcript: Defense Department Operational Briefing 07 Apr 2004 -- " In the red are what are labeled "former regime elements." Now, this is shorthand for former regime elements and Ba'athists, Iraqi extremists, extremists from outside, the Zarqawi network as well. They're primarily working in areas that they've always worked in out here, and 1 MEF is the primary force that has gone against them, as you're well aware because of the engagements in Fallujah and the engagements in Ar Ramadi. This is Operation -- in Fallujah -- Vigilant Resolve that we refer to. The green arrows depict, as accurately as we can, those thugs and gangs that would associate themselves with Sadr. The number of arrows does not indicate their strength. This is not -- it's not a lot of people. But this is where we think we have to conduct operations, not just the United States, but others conduct operations to deal with this particular issue as well."
  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 07 Apr 2004 -- "Since the outset of violence on Sunday, the coalition has conduced over 4,600 patrols, 58 targeted raids, and captured over 200 enemy. In the west, ongoing operations along the border have significantly impacted the enemy's ability to bring in foreign fighters and equipment. In Fallujah, the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, along with the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps, continues Operation Vigilant Resolve. (...) In Ar Ramadi, forces encountered resistance from a number of attacks, but remain in firm control of the city. (...) In the center and southern regions of Iraq, the coalition and Iraqi security forces are conducting operations to destroy the Mahdi Army. (...) In the south-central region of Iraq, continued attacks by Mahdi Army elements are met by determined coalition response, while offensive operations continue to take the fight to the Mahdi Army fighters, leaders and supporters."
  • IRAQ SITREP VOA 07 Apr 2004 -- U-S Marines battling Iraqi insurgents in the Sunni stronghold of Fallujah have bombed the grounds of a mosque in the city, causing what witnesses say were a number of civilian casualties. The attack came as U-S led coalition forces fought both Sunni and Shiite insurgents across Iraq for a fourth day in battles that have killed at least 35 coalition soldiers and as many as 200 Iraqis.
  • IED NO DETERANT FOR MHG CONVOY Marine Corps News 07 Apr 2004-- Shrapnel tore through his legs, but that didn't stop Pfc. John J. Dawdy from maintaining control of his seven-ton truck -- maneuvering a distance of nearly 100 yards -- before pulling off the side of the road and losing consciousness.
  • Infantry platoon provides security for 3rdMAW gear Marine Corps News 07 Apr 2004-- The Marines of 1st platoon, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, conducted two nights of security [VSJ1]for a convoy of Marines and Soldiers bringing 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing gear from here to Al Asad, April 4 through 6.
  • ATTACK ON MARINES NEAR MOSQUE CENTCOM Release 07 Apr 2004-- U.S. Marines observed anti-Coalition Forces today firing from the Haj Musheen Abdul Aziz Az-Kubaysi mosque complex in Fallujah. In order to gain access to the compound housing the mosque, Marines used air support to breach a wall located several hundred yards away from the actual mosque structure. One anti-Coalition force member was killed in the attack. There is no report of civilian casualties.
  • OPERATION VIGILANT RESOLVE NETS HIGH VALUE TARGETS CENTCOM Release 07 Apr 2004-- I Marine Expeditionary Force continued to execute Operation Vigilant Resolve yesterday throughout the Al Anbar Province and in several cities known to harbor anti-Iraqi forces.
  • Marines Breach Wall to Reach Insurgents Using Mosque as Cover AFPS 07 Apr 2004 -- Marines in Fallujah, Iraq, used air support today to break through the wall of a mosque complex that insurgents were using to fire on them, a U.S. Central Command news release reported.
  • Coalition Vows To Destroy Sadr's 'Mahdi Army' Militia AFPS 07 Apr 2004 -- U.S. officials in Baghdad today vowed to defeat insurgents and restore order in Iraq after a third day of countrywide attacks against Iraqi and coalition forces.
  • U.S. Troops Bomb Mosque Compound In Al-Fallujah RFE/RL 07 Apr 2004 -- U.S. Marines in Al-Fallujah, west of Baghdad, fired rockets and dropped at least one 500-pound bomb on a mosque compound after coming under fire from insurgents inside, as U.S. and coalition troops today battled Iraqi insurgents in a fourth day of violence that left casualties on both sides.
  • Situation in Iraq Not Out of Control, Rumsfeld Says Washington File 07 Apr 2004 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says the current situation in Iraq is not out of control, and coalition forces will not allow oppressors and terrorists to block the path to a democratic and self-governing Iraq.
  • Iraq: Fighting Rages On, Testing Coalition's Resolve RFE/RL 07 Apr 2004 -- A U.S Marine operation against Sunni insurgents continued in Iraq today as the U.S.-led coalition vowed to destroy a Shi'a cleric's rebellious militia. The latest wave of fighting is seen as testing the resolve of coalition troops in Iraq. Ukraine announced it has withdrawn from a flashpoint town in the south, while Bulgaria reaffirmed its determination to continue its engagement in Iraq, despite its troops coming under attack.
  • U.S. Military Vows to 'Destroy' Al-Sadr As It Grapples With Unrest RFE/RL 07 Apr 2004 -- The U.S.-led coalition today vowed to destroy a militia led by radical Shi'a cleric Muqtada al-Sadr as coalition forces throughout Iraq clashed with Sunni and Shi'a insurgents.

  • Foreign forces won`t be allowed to conduct operations: Pak minister IRNA 07 Apr 2004 -- Pakistan on Wednesday declared that no US or allied troops would be allowed to conduct any operation inside the country against Al-Qaeda and Taleban terrorist suspects.

  • Afghanistan Hopes To Be Free of Local Militias by July 2005 Washington File 07 Apr 2004 -- In an effort to extend the reach of Afghanistan's central government and improve security for the country's elections, the Afghan government has embarked upon a program to demobilize regional militias beyond the control of the government in Kabul, said U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad.
  • RFE/RL Afghanistan Report, Vol 3, Number 14 07 Apr 2004 -- BERLIN CONFERENCE FOCUSES ON SECURITY / AFGHAN LEADER PLEADS CASE FOR FURTHER AID... / ...WHILE HIS FINANCE MINISTER CALLS AFGHAN AID 'AN INVESTMENT'... / ...AS AFGHANISTAN GETS INCREASED PLEDGES FOR THE SHORT TERM / AFGHAN LEADER HAILS NEW FINANCIAL PLEDGES... / ...BUT DRAWS ATTENTION TO AFGHANISTAN'S PROBLEMS / RUSSIAN FEDERATION FOCUSES ON SOVIET-ERA LOANS TO AFGHANISTAN / DONORS TO COVER HALF THE COSTS OF AFGHAN ELECTIONS / AFGHANISTAN, NEIGHBORS SIGN ANTIDRUG AGREEMENT / DETAILS RELEASED OF DISARMAMENT PLAN FOR AFGHAN MILITIA / COALITION FORCES ARREST REBEL AFGHAN COMMANDER / COMMANDER INVOLVED IN RECENT WESTERN AFGHAN CRISIS SUMMONED TO KABUL / AFGHAN, COALITION FORCES TO LAUNCH BORDER SWEEP FOR TALIBAN, AL-QAEDA FIGHTERS / AL-QAEDA THREATENS SPAIN ON ISSUE OF TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ / AFGHAN POLICE, ISAF SEIZE WEAPONS AND EXPLOSIVES IN KABUL / PRTS GO BEYOND HUMANITARIAN ISSUES INTO SECURITY REALM / AFGHAN GOVERNMENT AMENDS PRESS LAW / MUSICIANS STRUGGLING TO KEEP COUNTRY'S CLASSICAL TRADITIONS ALIVE / THIS WEEK IN AFGHANISTAN'S HISTORY

  • Secretary Powell and Haitian Prime Minister Discuss Haiti's Future Washington File 07 Apr 2004 -- Declaring that he came to the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince "to demonstrate support for Haiti," Secretary of State Colin Powell met with Haiti's interim Prime Minister Gerard Latortue on April 5 to discuss U.S. and international assistance efforts to help the Caribbean nation recover from its recent political crisis.
  • Lima Company provides medical assistance in Haiti Marine Corps News 07 Apr 2004-- Marines and Sailors here supporting Combined Joint Task Force - Haiti provided medical assistance to residents in the Bel-Air district March 26 and 27.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • DoD Discusses New Supply Tracking System With Vendors AFPS 07 Apr 2004 -- Defense Department officials met this week with hundreds of vendors to discuss plans for implementing technology common among today's retailers to revolutionize the supply chain to the battlefield.
  • INDONESIA US MILITARY VOA 07 Apr 2004 -- Terrorism experts have long feared for the safety of shipping traveling the Malacca Strait between Indonesia and Malaysia. However neither the Indonesians nor the Malaysians are welcoming a U-S suggestion that American troops be used in the area to deter attacks.
  • Engineers build place in Iraq for U.S. Soldiers to worship Army News Service 07 Apr 2004-- From the ground up, a 200-seat chapel in Iraq is being built to give U.S. Soldiers a place to worship.
  • NMCB 4 Chiefs and Officers Get Their FEX Navy Newsstand 07 Apr 2004-- Chief petty officers and officers from U.S. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 4, homeported in Port Hueneme, Calif., travel to U.S. Army Fort Hunter-Liggett in Southern California every year to hone their battle skills and improve their efficiency before the "rubber meets the road" during a battalion-wide Field Exercise (FEX).
  • Combat Assault Battalion Engineers tear up targets at Range Two Marine Corps News 07 Apr 2004-- Marines from Combat Engineer Company, Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, conducted machine gunnery live-fire at Range Two here to hone their combat fighting skills March 24-25.
  • 2/7 ROK Marines host LAR in Nightmare CAX Marine Corps News 07 Apr 2004-- A Light Armored Reconnaissance company from Twentynine Palms, Calif., joined forces under 2nd Battalion, 7th ROK Marine Regiment, to assist in live-fire exercises during the Korean Integrated Training Program here.
  • SeaPort-E Multiple Contracts Awarded NAVSEA News Wire 07 Apr 2004-- The Navy awarded 151 Multiple Award Contracts (MACs), April 5, under the electronic web-based portal SeaPort Enhanced (SeaPort-e). The MACs are for support services for all phases of naval ship and shipboard weapon systems including Research & Development Support, Prototyping, Acquisition Logistics, Modeling, Test & Evaluation Trials, and Engineering Support for Warfare Centers, Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters, field activities, and affiliated Program Executive Offices (PEO). "SeaPort-e reflects a tangible example of the transformation occurring in how our Navy is doing business in the 21st Century. Paperless, reduced administration, harnessing web technology... said Vice Adm. Phillip M. Balisle, Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). "SeaPort-e is a common vehicle to contract more efficiently. It is a consummate win-win effort as it provides a good business process for the Navy while providing ready access for our industry partners."
  • Angels spread wings, fly back to Hawaii Marine Corps News 07 Apr 2004-- Marine Corps Base Hawaii's Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 362 departed back home, Wednesday, after a 6-month unit deployment program here.

  • Russian Defense Minister Criticizes NATO Expansion RFE/RL 07 Apr 2004 -- One week after NATO expanded to the former Soviet Union, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said partnership with the West is not possible because it fails to compromise with Moscow on security issues.

  • EU: Efforts Under Way To Boost Military Muscle RFE/RL 07 Apr 2004 -- A meeting of European Union defense ministers in Brussels this week agreed on a variety of ambitious measures to boost military cooperation within the bloc. They gave a green light to the creation of an embryonic EU headquarters and a central armaments agency; approved the takeover of the NATO-led SFOR deployment in Bosnia by a new EU force; and discussed plans for another EU rapid-reaction force.

  • White House Daily Briefing, April 7, 2004 Washington File 07 Apr 2004 -- Bush videoconference with advisers, Iraq/military operations/Muqtada al-Sadr/Fallujah, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, war on terror, 9/11 Commission/Condoleezza Rice/ Richard Clarke
  • State Department Noon Briefing, April 7, 2004 Washington File 07 Apr 2004 -- Germany, Russia, Iraq, New Zealand, UK, Sudan, Israel/Palestinians, Venezuela, China/Taiwan, Hong Kong/China, Cyprus/Turkey, Turkey, North Korea

Defense Industry

  • EADS NORTH AMERICA TO OPEN NEW EADS CASA FACILITY IN ALABAMA EADS 07 Apr 2004 -- EADS North America announced on Wednesday that it is extending its operations into Alabama with the construction of a new EADS CASA North America facility in Mobile. EADS CASA, which is making an initial investment of $1 million into the new center, will relocate its North America headquarters to Mobile. The new facility will be located at the Mobile Regional Airport.
  • General Dynamics Receives $8.9 Million Contract Modification to Improve Surface Ship Sonar Systems General Dynamics 07 Apr 2004 -- The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), an $8.9 million contract modification to develop improvements to the AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 surface ship sonar system.
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN RECEIVES $73 MILLION TO PROVIDE KC-130J SIMULATORS TO THE U.S. MARINE CORPS Lockheed Martin 07 Apr 2004 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has signed a contract valued at more than $73 million to provide three KC-130J Weapon Systems Trainers (WSTs) to the U.S. Marine Corps. The simulators will support training requirements for aircrews of the KC-130J, a medium-sized transport and tanker used for airlift and aerial refueling operations of both tactical aircraft and helicopters.
  • Lockheed Martin and Titan Announce Amended Merger Agreement Lockheed Martin 07 Apr 2004 -- Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT) and The Titan Corporation (NYSE: TTN) announced today that they have amended their merger agreement. Under the terms of the amended agreement, Titan stockholders will receive $20 in cash in exchange for each Titan share owned.
  • Lockheed Martin Successfully Demonstrates Open Architecture for Aegis Weapons System Lockheed Martin 07 Apr 2004 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has successfully migrated key elements of the Aegis Weapon System to an open architecture environment, a move that will significantly enhance the capabilities and service life of the U.S. Navy's premier surface combat system while also reducing its cost.
  • Northrop Grumman Electronic Attack System To Begin Operational Evaluation Northrop Grumman 07 Apr 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) EA-6B Improved Capability (ICAP) III Airborne Electronic Attack weapon system has been approved to begin its final and most rigorous testing. Having successfully completed the U.S. Navy's developmental technical evaluation (TECHEVAL), ICAP III is now ready to begin operational evaluation (OPEVAL), the final hurdle before a full-production approval.
  • Thales and DCN officially present second SAWARI II frigate to Commander in Chief of Royal Saudi Arabian Navy Thales 07 Apr 2004 -- On Saturday 3 April 2004, Thales and DCN presented the frigate H.M.S Makkah (Mecca) to the Commander in Chief of the Royal Saudi Arabian Navy. This represents a new step in the Sawari II programme signed by France and Saudi Arabia on 19 November 1994. The official ceremony, held in Toulon, was attended by a large number of Saudi Arabian and French officials.
  • Northrop Grumman Announces Mission Suite Solution for U.S. Army's and Navy's Aerial Common Sensor Competition Northrop Grumman 07 Apr 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) today announced its solution to the mission suite for the Aerial Common Sensor (ACS), the U.S. Army's and Navy's next-generation airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) system. By using a modular, service-oriented approach, the Northrop Grumman Team's ACS solution will reduce program risk and total ownership cost by making substantial use of off-the-shelf components and mature subsystems.

Other Conflicts

  • DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 07 Apr 2004
  • Rwanda: UN war crimes tribunal urges States to hand over remaining suspects UN News Centre 07 Apr 2004 -- Calling on the world's States to hand over all remaining indicted suspects, the United Nations war crimes tribunal for Rwanda today marked the tenth anniversary of the start of the 1994 genocide with a special memorial ceremony at its headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania.
  • Marking 10 years since Rwanda genocide, UN officials voice regret and resolve UN News Centre 07 Apr 2004 -- With a minute of mournful silence, the ringing of the Peace Bell, the testimony of a tearful young survivor and expressions of regret and resolve from senior officials, the United Nations today commemorated the deaths of at least 800,000 Rwandans 10 years ago in the world's biggest genocide since the Second World War.
  • 10 years after Rwanda genocide, Annan unveils plan to stop future massacres UN News Centre 07 Apr 2004 -- Ten years after more than 800,000 Rwandan Tutsis and moderate Hutus were slaughtered by their fellow countrymen, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today unveiled a five-point plan for the United Nations to prevent future genocides while calling particular attention to the crisis unfolding now in the Darfur region of Sudan.
  • Rwanda: 10 Years Later -- Leaders Say 'Never Again,' But Struggle With Concept Of Intervention RFE/RL 07 Apr 2004 -- As UN officials mark the 10th anniversary of the start of the Rwanda genocide today, they continue to struggle with feelings of inadequacy about the organization's ability to confront a similar tragedy. Riven over the U.S. intervention in Iraq and alarmed by a humanitarian catastrophe in Sudan, experts are calling for urgent moves toward consensus on protecting individuals in the face of terrible crimes.
  • RWANDA/ANNAN VOA 07 Apr 2004 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan proposed a five-part action plan to help prevent genocide, during a ceremony in Geneva to mark the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide.
  • RWANDA / ANNIVERSARY VOA 07 Apr 2004 -- Rwanda is marking the 10th anniversary of the start of the country's genocide. A somber burial ceremony in the capital, Kigali, launched a nationwide day of commemoration to remember the estimated 800-thousand people killed during 100 days of slaughter.

  • U-S-SUDAN-DARFUR VOA 07 Apr 2004 -- The United States stepped up diplomatic pressure on Sudan Wednesday for an end to violence in the western Darfur region. President Bush said the government in Khartoum cannot expect normal relations with Washington as long as it remains complicit in the brutalization of Darfur.
  • SUDAN / PEACE TALKS VOA 07 Apr 2004 -- senior U-S official says the Sudanese government and the country's main rebel group could sign a framework peace agreement by this weekend.
  • UN peace operation in Burundi projected to cost $418 million for one year UN News Centre 07 Apr 2004 -- A proposed United Nations peacekeeping operation in Burundi aimed at consolidating recent political progress there would cost $418 million for a 12-month period, according to a new UN document released today.
  • BURKINA FASO: Ouali admits wanting to topple President Compaore IRIN 07 Apr 2004 -- The alleged mastermind of a foiled coup plot, army captain Luther Diapagri Ouali, admitted to a military court on Wednesday that he had seriously considered "removing President Blaise Compaore from his seat" in order to bring social justice to Burkina Faso.
  • CHAD-SUDAN: Darfur rebels meet Sudan government delegation IRIN 07 Apr 2004 -- The Sudanese government and two rebel movements in the western Darfur region held their first face-to-face talks in the Chadian capital N'djamena on Tuesday night, hours after Chadian mediators threatened to give up their attempt to establish a dialogue.
  • CONGO / WAR CRIMES VOA 07 Apr 2004 -- A Dutch court sentenced a former Congolese colonel to two and a half years in prison for torture in what is the Netherland's first case against a foreign national convicted for crimes committed abroad.
  • SUDAN / U-N VOA 07 Apr 2004 -- The U-N's top official is warning outside military action may be needed to stop what he calls ethnic cleansing in the strife-torn Darfur region in western Sudan.
  • THAILAND/SOUTHERN VIOLENCE VOA 07 Apr 2004 -- Police in Thailand are warning that Muslim separatists have readied five motorcycle bombs for attacks during the country's three-day new year festival next week. The warning follows a series of violent incidents that have raised tensions in the south of the country.
  • Maoist threat forces Indians out of Nepal IRNA 07 Apr 2004 -- Enraged by the arrest of a top leader by India, Nepal`s Maoist rebels are said to be threatening Indian businessmen in border areas, forcing them to flee, the local press reported here on Wednesday.
  • PALESTINIANS / HAMAS VOA 07 Apr 2004 -- Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has indicated he might include the militant Islamic group Hamas in a government for the Gaza Strip, if and when, Israel withdraws from the territory. The State Department has voiced opposition to such a role for Hamas, but group's popularity makes it difficult for Mr. Arafat to ignore.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 07 Apr 2004 -- NATO hails Russian forces cooperation pact plan / EU bows to NATO push for war crimes role in Bosnia / NATO will continue using force in hunt for Karadzic / No NATO role in Iraq before UN in charge says France / Defence Secretary Rumsfeld says commanders in Iraq will get more troops if requested / Afghanistan's elections threatened unless security improves and fighters are disarmed, UN official warns / Two more countries agree not to prosecute Americans in international court
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 07 Apr 2004 -- EU security hub to be ready this summer / NATO takes hunt for war crimes suspects to Bosn ian Serb television / Daily: KFOR redeploying to prevent new riots / Violence in Iraq viewed

  • SAF / BUTHELEZI VOA 07 Apr 2004 -- There has been a major falling out between the South African president and his controversial home affairs minister, Mangosuthu Buthelezi. Analysts say Mr. Buthelezi's role in the national government could be over.
  • PHILIPPINES/LEFTIST PARTIES VOA 07 Apr 2004 -- The exiled leader of the Philippine communist party is warning that peace talks with the government are being jeopardized by calls to keep some parties away from the May national elections.
  • MALAYSIA / BURMA EMBASSY VOA 07 Apr 2004 -- The Burmese embassy in Malaysia has been destroyed after several men hurled firebombs at the two-story building. Police have arrested three men for the arson attack.



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