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14 April 2004 Military News

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Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 14 Apr 2004 [PDF]
  • 1st Infantry Division Soldiers Kill One ACF After Attack [CJTF-7 News Release] April 14, 2004
  • Four Marines Killed in Al Anbar Province [CJTF-7 News Release] April 14, 2004
  • DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
  • DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualty
  • DoD Identifies Marine Casualties

  • IED doesn't stop 1-8 Cav Army News Service 14 Apr 2004-- April 2 will probably be a day Spc. Timothy Briggs never forgets.
  • ITALY/HOSTAGE KILLED VOA 14 Apr 2004 -- The Italian government has confirmed the execution of one of the Italian hostages in Iraq. Confirmation was given by Foreign Minister Franco Frattini during a late Wednesday night talk show on state television.
  • U.S. Forces Close In On Al-Najaf RFE/RL 14 Apr 2004 -- U.S. forces tightened their grip today around the Iraqi town of Al-Najaf, where they believe Shi'a cleric and militia leader Muqtada al-Sadr is sheltering.
  • IRAQ SITREP UPDATE VOA 14 Apr 2004 -- A build-up of U-S military force continues near the Iraqi city of Najaf, where Shiite militias are being warned to drop their weapons, or risk an assault by the U-S led coalition. Correspondent Nick Simeone reports a top United Nations envoy in Iraq is warning the current level of violence will have to diminish, if elections are going to be held in the country by early next year.
  • Myers, Abizaid Hold Strategy Session in Baghdad AFPS 14 Apr 2004 -- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the commander of U.S. Central Command held discussions about the situation in Iraq here today.
  • Anbar Fighting, Roadside Bomb Near Baghdad Claim American Lives AFPS 14 Apr 2004 -- Four Marines assigned to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force died in recent fighting in Iraq's Anbar province, and a roadside bomb south of Baghdad claimed the life of a 1st Infantry Division soldier.
  • IRAQ SITREP VOA 04 Apr 2004 -- A build-up of U-S military force continues near the Iraqi city of Najaf, where Shiite militias are being warned to drop their weapons, or risk an all out assault by the U-S led coalition. A top United Nations envoy in Iraq is warning the current level of violence will have to diminish, if elections are going to be held in the country by early next year.
  • U.S. Troops Mass Outside Al-Najaf; Truce Extended In Al-Fallujah RFE/RL 14 Apr 2004 -- U.S. forces are gathered on the northern outskirts of Al-Najaf today and are preparing for possible military action against a radical Shi'a militia force whose leader is thought to be sheltering in the city.
  • ATC Marines maintain order in the skies Marine Corps News 14 Apr 2004-- For the air traffic controllers of Detachment Alpha, Marine Air Control Squadron 1, Marine Air Control Group 38, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, a deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II meant a chance for them to put their training and certifications to use.

  • COMBINED FORCES COMMAND AFGHANISTAN RELEASE CENTCOM Release 14 Apr 2004-- In coordination with the Islamic Transitional Government of Afghanistan, Combined Forces Command-Afghanistan continues to train the Afghan National Army, provide civil affairs support, and disrupt, deny, and destroy terrorist and anti-ITGA forces in order to establish a stable and secure Afghanistan.
  • 22d MEU (SOC) arrives in Afghanistan Marine Corps News 14 Apr 2004-- More than 2,200 Marines and Sailors of the Camp Lejeune, N.C.-based 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) have completed their movement into Afghanistan to assist the country in its quest for long-term stability.
  • Long journey into Afghanistan Marine Corps News 14 Apr 2004-- A dry, cool wind greeted Cpl. Robert A. Sturkie as he stepped off the Air Force C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft and onto Afghan soil.
  • More Weapons Found, Seized in Afghanistan AFPS 14 Apr 2004 -- Coalition forces in Afghanistan have found and seized more weapons, officials said at a news conference today in the Afghan capital of Kabul.
  • AFGHAN BOMBING VOA 14 Apr 2004 -- Afghan forces and international peacekeepers say the arrest of six suspected insurgents in the capital Kabul curbed an imminent terror threat. The announcement follows the wounding of three Afghan soldiers and a police chief in a Kandahar bomb attack.
  • RFE/RL Afghanistan Report, Vol 3, Number 15 14 Apr 2004 -- CRISIS IN NORTHERN AFGHANISTAN / FIGHTING REPORTED IN NORTHERN AFGHANISTAN... / ...BETWEEN FORMER ALLIES... / ...FORCING KABUL TO SEND TROOPS... / ...AS RESIDENTS FLEE FIGHTING / NORTHERN AFGHAN PROVINCIAL CAPITAL FALLS TO REBELS... / ...AS KABUL ACCUSES NORTHERN WARLORD OF MISUSE OF NATIONAL ARMY / KABUL ORDERS ROGUE MILITIA TO LEAVE MAYMANA / DOSTUM ACCUSES FARYAB GOVERNOR OF CREATING RIFT BETWEEN KABUL AND NORTHERN AFGHANISTAN... / ...AND CLAIMS FARYAB PROVINCE CRISIS WAS SPONTANEOUS... / ...WHILE DENYING INTERFERENCE IN NORTHERN AFGHAN PROVINCE / AFGHANISTAN'S FORMER PLANNING MINISTER DEFENDS WARLORD / DOSTUM'S SUPPORTERS FACE UNREST IN BALKH PROVINCE / OUSTED FARYAB GOVERNOR ARRIVES IN KABUL / MUSLIM CLERICS ASK AFGHAN LEADER TO ADDRESS 'MORAL CORRUPTION.' / AFGHAN LEADER HIGHLIGHTS DRUG PROBLEM / SENIOR OFFICIALS DISCUSS NATURAL-GAS SUPPLIES TO KABUL / AMBASSADOR DOWNPLAYS CHANCE OF U.S. INVOLVEMENT IN PAKISTAN / THIS WEEK IN AFGHANISTAN'S HISTORY

  • HAITI'S FUTURE VOA 14 Apr 2004 -- The top U-S official for Western Hemisphere Affairs says Washington is committed to helping Haiti as it strives to establish a stable democracy and prosperous economy. The State Department official gave an assessment of Haiti's prospects at a forum in Washington Wednesday.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Navy to Christen New Guided-Missile Destroyer Nitze 14 Apr 2004 -- The newest Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer, Nitze will be christened on Saturday, April 17, 2004, during a 1 p.m. EDT ceremony at Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine.
  • Naval Reservists Play Key Role in European Exercise Navy Newsstand 14 Apr 2004-- Dozens of Naval Reservists played key roles in a joint military exercise in April that stretched across Europe.
  • Pegasus inspires Iwakuni Marine Corps News 14 Apr 2004-- Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 arrived here last week from Marine Corps Base Hawaii and will be staying for six months on a unit deployment program.
  • Blue Force Tracking to expand across force Army News Service 14 Apr 2004-- Military services plan to share unit location data better by installing tens of thousands more of the systems used by the coalition to track forces in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • SDDC shifts Caribbean port to Jacksonville Army News Service 14 Apr 2004-- With the recent move of U.S. Army South from Puerto Rico to Fort Sam Houston, Texas, the Surface Deployment and Distribution Command is shifting its Caribbean port to Florida.
  • CSSB-1 helms mission to unearth sunken tank in northern Fallujah Marine Corps News 14 Apr 2004-- Marines of Combat Service Support Battalion 1 fought fatigue, Mother Nature herself and a lack of necessary equipment and relied on their ingenuity alone to unearth a tank from an irrigation canal in northern Fallujah April 13, 2004.

  • State Department Noon Briefing, April 14, 2004 Washington File 14 Apr 2004 -- Iraq, Middle East, Israel/Palestinians, United Kingdom, Sudan, Human Rights, Secretary Powell's phone calls on Mideast/Cyprus, Cyprus, Pakistan, China/Hong Kong

Defense Industry

  • BAE SYSTEMS Team Achieves Record Digital Circuit Speed BAE Systems 14 Apr 2004 -- A team led by BAE Systems has developed a next-generation transistor technology that improves speed, integration density and power consumption for solid state integrated circuits.
  • Northrop Grumman Breaks Ground on Mississippi Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Production Facility Northrop Grumman 14 Apr 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) expanded its presence in Jackson County, Miss. April 13 by breaking ground on a new Unmanned Systems Center at Trent Lott International Airport in Moss Point. The new facility will be operated by the company's Integrated Systems sector, the fourth Northrop Grumman organization to locate in Jackson County.

Other Conflicts

  • DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 14 Apr 2004
  • Bush Calls Israeli Withdrawal Plan Progress Toward Peace Washington File 14 Apr 2004 -- President Bush welcomed Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan for Israel to unilaterally disengage from some of the territories it occupied in 1967 as a "real contribution toward peace" and "real progress" toward accomplishing the U.S. vision of a two-state solution to the conflict.
  • Israeli Pullback from Palestinian Areas Seen as Strategic Opportunity Washington File 14 Apr 2004 -- A senior official of the Bush administration said the plan by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to withdraw Israeli military installations and settlements from Gaza and parts of the West Bank is a "strategic opportunity" for peace.
  • Bush Letter to Sharon Supports Israeli Withdrawal Plan Washington File 14 Apr 2004 -- President Bush welcomed Israel's plan to withdraw settlements from Gaza and parts of the West Bank and reaffirmed his commitment to the road map as the key to a peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in an April 14 letter to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
  • Bush Welcomes Israeli Plans to Reduce Troops, Settlements in Palestinian Areas Washington File 14 Apr 2004 -- President Bush has welcomed Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plans to begin removing Israeli military installations and settlements from Gaza and the West Bank.
  • BUSH / ARAB REACT VOA 14 Apr 2004 -- Arab analysts say they agree with many principles voiced by President Bush in his news conference Tuesday, and many hope that the president's promises will translate to a smooth transition to Iraqi sovereignty and an end to the violence that has rocked central and southern Iraq in recent weeks.
  • US-ISRAEL/ARAB REACT VOA 14 Apr 2004 -- Senior Arab officials say Israel's unilateral decision to withdraw only from parts of the West Bank would violate international law, and would make peace in the Middle East more difficult to reach. Arab officials say the U-S administration's endorsement of the proposal would undermine the international road map for peace plan.
  • BUSH / SHARON VOA 14 Apr 2004 -- President Bush has endorsed Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to withdraw from some Palestinian areas while keeping Jewish settlements in others. The two leaders met at the White House Wednesday.
  • MIDEAST SUMMIT REACT VOA 14 Apr 2004 -- The Palestinian leadership has reacted strongly to statements by President Bush implying Israel has the right to retain some Jewish settlements in the West Bank. Senior Palestinian officials are also angry about what they see as Mr. Bush's denial of the long-standing claim for Palestinian refugees to return to areas that are now part of Israel.
  • ISRAEL / SETTLERS VOA 04 Apr 2004 -- Israeli cabinet ministers opposed to the Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip have joined forces with Jewish settlers to block the move. Ross Dunn reports from Jerusalem the opponents include two members of Mr. Sharon's Likud Party, which is set to vote on the plan in a referendum early next month.
  • ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS VOA 14 Apr 2004 -- Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia urged President Bush not to make major concessions to Israel, saying this will destroy hopes for peace. Mr. Qureia issued his appeal as Mr. Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon prepared to meet at the White House to discuss the Israeli leader's plan for disengagement from the Palestinian areas.

  • U-N/UGANDA VOA 14 Apr 2004 -- The United Nations says a concerted campaign of atrocities by a Ugandan rebel group has created one of the world's worst humanitarian emergencies. A million and a half people in northern and eastern Uganda are said to have fled their homes and are living in fear. Most of the rebel soldiers - and their victims - are children.
  • CHAD-SUDAN: Political talks to begin next week IRIN 14 Apr 2004 -- Political negotiations to end the rebellion in Sudan's western Darfur region will begin in the Chadian capital N'djamena next week, Ahmad Allami, the spokesman of the Chadian mediation team, said on Wednesday.
  • ETHIOPIA / GENOCIDE VOA 04 Apr 2004 -- The World Organization Against Torture says crimes against humanity and acts of genocide are being perpetrated by the Ethiopian Armed Forces and "highlander" militias against the Anuak ethnic group that lives in a remote part of northern Ethiopia.
  • KASHMIR/ELECTION VIOLENCE VOA 14 Apr 2004 -- In Indian Kashmir, surging violence has killed at least one person and wounded 27 others. Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee is expressing hope that rivals India and Pakistan can work toward a durable peace.
  • IVORY COAST / REBELS VOA 14 Apr 2004 -- Ivory Coast rebels in control of the country's north deny reports they are planning to split from the rest of the country. But the New Forces rebels say they will not hold talks with President Laurent Gbagbo.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 14 Apr 2004 -- UN and Security Council members urge Kosovo's ethnic Albanian leaders to confront extremism in their own ranks / Shadowy Albanian rebels appear at Kosovo funeral / Bush vows on Iraq handover, US troops outside Najaf / U.S. administration approval expected for Gaza pullback by Israel / Senior general: Moscow concerned about NATO's expansion but wants to avoid confrontation
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 14 Apr 2004 -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan says Iraq too violent for UN role / Macedonians (sic) choosing their third president / NATO says top Afghan militant arrested

  • PRESS BRIEFING ON DISASTER-REDUCTION INITIATIVES United Nations 14 Apr 2004



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