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08 April 2004 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 08 Apr 2004 [PDF]
  • COALITION UPDATE [CJTF-7 News Release] April 8, 2004
  • ATTACK ON MARINES NEAR MOSQUE [CJTF-7 News Release] April 8, 2004
  • C0ALITION UPDATE [CJTF-7 News Release] April 8, 2004
  • DoD Identifies Marine Casualties
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualty
  • DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualty
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualty
  • DoD Identifies Marine Casualty

  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 08 Apr 2004 -- "Coalition and Iraqi security forces are conducting deliberate, precise and robust combat operations to separate, isolate and destroy the enemy wherever we find him on the battlefield. We cannot tolerate acts of violence directed against the Iraqi people and its fundamental governing, religious and security structures. "
  • IRAQ / CASUALTIES VOA 08 Apr 2004 -- The increased fighting in Iraq has led to larger numbers of casualties among U-S forces deployed there. Military personnel back home are doing what they can to ease the pain of family members whose loved ones have either been killed or wounded in combat.
  • Coalition Working to Pacify Fallujah, Destroy Sadr Militia AFPS 08 Apr 2004 -- Coalition forces are working to pacify Fallujah and other parts the Sunni Triangle area, and they are destroying the militia led by Muqtada al-Sadr in the central and southern areas of Iraq, the commander of coalition forces in Iraq said today.
  • IRAQ/SITREP VOA 08 Apr 2004 -- In Iraq, U-S-led coalition forces continue battles to put down a Shiite uprising that has spread to at least a half dozen cities, and a number of foreigners have been kidnapped by insurgents.
  • U.S. Commander Says Shi'ite Militia Controls Two Cities RFE/RL 08 Apr 2004 -- The top U.S. commander in Iraq, Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez, says a Shi'ite Muslim militia has at least partial control of two southern Iraqi cities.
  • Iraq: Insurgency In South Puts Strains On U.S.-Led Coalition RFE/RL 08 Apr 2004 -- The violence in Iraq is testing some members of the U.S.-led coalition. Several, including Ukraine and Japan -- deployed for what they thought would be light peacekeeping or humanitarian missions in southern Iraq -- now find themselves in the midst of an expanding insurgency.
  • Iraq: Though Small In Number, Al-Mahdi Army Posing Challenges To Coalition Troops RFE/RL 08 Apr 2004 -- A militia loyal to radical Shi'a cleric Muqtada al-Sadr -- believed to number several thousand -- is battling coalition forces in Baghdad and other towns in Iraq. The Al-Mahdi Army was formed last summer, when al-Sadr said it would be a nonviolent force used primarily for security. That changed last weekend, however, when al-Sadr issued a call for his followers to "terrorize" the enemy.
  • Iraq: U.S. Plans Temporary Troop Increase To Cope With Insurgency RFE/RL 08 Apr 2004 -- The United States has said it will increase troop levels in Iraq to counter the increased resistance to coalition occupation. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said yesterday at the Pentagon that the U.S. military will take advantage of troop rotations to increase manpower in Iraq, at least temporarily. As more troops enter the country, he said, the troops they were sent to relieve will be retained longer than originally planned.
  • U.S. May Send More Troops To Iraq As Fighting Continues RFE/RL 08 Apr 2004 -- U.S.-led coalition forces in Iraq continued operations against Sunni and Shi'a insurgents today as the U.S. debates its troops strength in the country.
  • U.S. Says It Remains In Control Of Situation In Iraq RFE/RL 08 Apr 2004 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has acknowledged that U.S. troops face a "serious problem" with unrest in Iraq, but he says the United States remains in control of the situation and that American-led forces are on the offensive against the insurgents.

  • Afghan army troops deployed to town where gunfire reported - UN mission UN News Centre 08 Apr 2004 -- Reinforcements from Kabul will join a contingent of Afghan army troops deployed in the northwestern town of Maimana after reports of sporadic gunfire there today, according to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).
  • Afghanistan: Battles Highlight Struggle Between Warlords, Central Government RFE/RL 08 Apr 2004 -- For the second time in a month, troops from the fledgling Afghan National Army are being deployed to quell fighting between a militia backed by the Afghan central government and troops of a powerful regional warlord.
  • AFGHANISTAN/CLASH VOA 08 Apr 2004 -- Afghanistan's transitional government is deploying troops in the country's northwest to stem an outbreak of factional fighting. As V-O-A's Michael Kitchen reports from neighboring Pakistan, the government intends to dislodge a local warlord from the important northern city of Maimana

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Ballistic Vest Search Warrants Served 08 Apr 2004 -- The Department of Defense announced today that agents from the department's Inspector General's Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS) and other military criminal investigative organizations executed search warrants in seven states as part of an ongoing investigation into the illegal sale of stolen military ballistic protective equipment on Internet auction sites.
  • America's Squadron faces unexpected in Fuji Marine Corps News 08 Apr 2004-- Communication between units is a mandatory asset in peacetime as well as combat, but when the radios do not work other means of communication must be established for mission accomplishment.

  • NATO: Secretary-General In Moscow As Two Sides Work Out Evolving Relationship RFE/RL 08 Apr 2004 -- NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, on his first official visit to Russia, held talks in Moscow today with Russian President Vladimir Putin. De Hoop Scheffer said he wants Russia to be NATO's partner in the fight against terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. But Russia is sending mixed signals over its willingness to cooperate with NATO, expressing dissatisfaction over the alliance's just-completed second wave of expansion and other issues.
  • RUSSIA / NATO VOA 08 Apr 2004 -- NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer is calling for closer cooperation with Russia on global problems, such as the fight against terrorism. He has met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is skeptical of NATO's recent expansion eastward, to the Russian border.

  • Pakistan fighter plane crashes, pilot dies IRNA 08 Apr 2004 -- A Pakistan Air Force (PAF) fighter plane crashed in eastern Punjab province on Thursday while on a training mission, killing the pilot, PAF spokesman said.

Defense Industry

  • General Dynamics Awarded $51.7 Million Order for Abrams M1A1 Tank Materials General Dynamics 08 Apr 2004 -- The U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), a $51.7 million delivery order for 120 Abrams M1A1 tank material sets. The order was awarded on April 2.
  • General Dynamics Awarded $9 Million Contract for Air Force Information Extraction Research General Dynamics 08 Apr 2004 -- The U.S. Air Force has awarded General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), a $9 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide advanced information-extraction research, development and transition to the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate. The initial value of the award is $5 million, with a potential value of up to $9 million if all options are exercised. Work under the contract will be completed by Feb. 2010.
  • Northrop Grumman Develops New Capability for Electronic Attack Aircraft Northrop Grumman 08 Apr 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has developed new communication capabilities that could deliver near real-time mission and survivability information from off-board sensors to EA-6B Prowler crews. This critical information is currently not available to the crews in this format or with this precision and speed.
  • Rheinmetall DeTec sells off civilian fireworks component Rheinmetall Defence 08 Apr 2004 -- With the sale of Nico Feuerwerk GmbH of Trittau, Germany, Rheinmetall DeTec AG of Ratingen – Europe's leading supplier of ground forces equipment – has completed the process of removing non-core civil-sector product areas from its portfolio.

Other Conflicts

  • LIBERIA: UN troops extend deployment, ready for disarmament IRIN 08 Apr 2004 -- UN peacekeeping forces in Liberia have deployed troops for the first time inside Lofa county, a former rebel stronghold in the northwest, and in the coastal towns of Greenville and River Cess.
  • LIBERIA-NIGERIA: Exiled Taylor deserted by followers as hard times bite IRIN 08 Apr 2004 -- When former Liberian President Charles Taylor arrived in Nigeria in August 2003 to begin life in exile, it was with great fanfare.
  • UN Cameroon-Nigeria commission sets timetable for solving remaining dispute UN News Centre 08 Apr 2004 -- The Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission, set up by the United Nations to peacefully resolve the two countries' border dispute, concluded its latest meeting today by setting the timetable for the withdrawal of troops and transfer of authority in the remaining two contested areas.
  • BURKINA FASO / COUP TRIAL VOA 08 Apr 2004 -- An officer of Burkina Faso's army, who is on trial for allegedly masterminding a failed coup attempt, has testified he received financial aid from Ivory Coast.
  • SUDAN/CEASE-FIRE VOA 08 Apr 2004 -- Sudan's government says it has reached agreement with rebels to halt fighting in order to deliver humanitarian aid in the volatile western region of Darfur. The government earlier said it had signed a cease-fire deal, but this was denied by one of the two western rebel groups.
  • ISRAEL / CHRISTIANS VOA 08 Apr 2004 -- Israel has sparked a dispute with the Vatican and other Christian institutions by refusing to renew the visas of some members of the clergy and church volunteers. The Vatican's representatives in the Holy Land say it is intolerable that nuns and priests have been detained after their visas expired.
  • PALESTINIANS/GAZA VOA 08 Apr 2004 -- The Palestinian foreign minister says an Israeli pullout from Gaza could set the stage for a cease-fire involving all Palestinian factions, including Hamas. The minister, Nabil Shaath, also says the international community would need to provide massive economic support for the rebuilding of Gaza, following an Israeli withdrawal.
  • INDIA/EXPLOSION VOA 08 Apr 2004 -- In Indian Kashmir, at least four people were killed and two state ministers injured during an attack by suspected Islamic militants on an election rally. The attack follows violence blamed on communist rebels that claimed the lives of at least 26 policemen Wednesday in the eastern part of the country.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 08 Apr 2004 -- Russian defense minister sets combative tone ahead of NATO chief's visit to NATO / Shiite uprising propels coalition partners into Iraq's front lines / Iraq violence tests U.S. allies' resolve / Afghans to rush in troops after province attacked / Greek premier 'guarantees' safe Olympics despite security delays
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 08 Apr 2004 -- Report: "Russian servicemen to work with SHAPE" / NATO chief to Russia: "Let's be partners" / Finland, Sweden discuss making rapid response force available to EU / U.S. seeks new global force to protect the UN in Iraq

  • Powell-Burma-Senate VOA 08 Apr 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell told Senators Thursday he supports a renewal of U-S economic sanctions against Burma despite recent conciliatory political moves by that country's military government
  • BURMA / OPPOSITION VOA 08 Apr 2004 -- Burma's main opposition party has again demanded the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest so she can attend a constitutional convention next month.

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