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16 April 2004 Military News

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Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 16 Apr 2004 [PDF]
  • Iraqi Civilians Killed, Wounded by Insurgent Attacks in Northern Iraq [CJTF-7 News Release] April 16, 2004
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualty

  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 16 Apr 2004 -- Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt, Deputy Director for Coalition Operation, Dan Senor, Senior Advisor, CPA
  • Transcript: Central Command Operations Briefing 16 Apr 2004 -- Maj. Gen. John Sattler, Director of Operations, Central Command
  • MARINES UNCOVER SIGNIFICANT WEAPONS CACHE CENTCOM Release 16 Apr 2004-- Marines in Fallujah April 16 discovered a significant weapons cache and engaged enemy forces after coming under fire.
  • US Troops in Fallujah to Be Repositioned VOA News 16 Apr 2004 -- The U.S. military has agreed to reposition troops in the Iraqi city of Fallujah following direct talks with city officials aimed at ending two weeks of violence in the city.
  • Fallujah Standoff Can't Continue, CPA Official Says APFS 16 Apr 2004 -- The standoff between U.S. and coalition forces and insurgents at the Iraqi city of Fallujah can't continue much longer, the Coalition Provisional Authority's chief spokesman said today in Baghdad.
  • Military Force May Be Next Option In Fallujah, Myers Says APFS 16 Apr 2004 -- Further military action may be necessary in the city of Fallujah, where despite a cease-fire and strained negotiations, insurgents still are shooting at Marines, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during an April 15 news conference in Baghdad.
  • General: Marines Not Hampered by Rules of Engagement APFS 16 Apr 2004 -- Marines surrounding the volatile Iraqi town of Fallujah may be in an offensive operational pause, but that doesn't affect their ability to defend themselves, a top U.S. Central Command officer said today in Doha, Qatar.
  • Iraq: Rumsfeld Extends Duty For U.S. Troops RFE/RL 16 Apr 2004 -- The recent surge of violence in Iraq has killed nearly 90 U.S. troops since the beginning of April, making it the bloodiest month for Americans since the start of the U.S.-led invasion a year ago. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has admitted he did not foresee such heavy casualties. He is responding to the violence by extending duty for thousands of soldiers already in Iraq. But some politicians say that alone will not be enough to bring order to the country.
  • Flashpoint Areas In Iraq Remain Tense But Relatively Calm RFE/RL 16 Apr 2004 -- The head of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Richard Myers, said before departing Iraq today that chief U.S. civil administrator in Iraq L. Paul Bremer is using "multiple channels" in negotiations with groups in the restive cities of Al-Najaf and Al-Fallujah.
  • Intelligence discoveries paint picture of enemy in Fallujah Marine Corps News 16 Apr 2004-- Marines operating in Fallujah are gaining a clearer picture of the enemy they face. Intelligence gathered from enemy dead, daily patrols and documents is proving links between terrorists and former regime elements loyal to deposed dictator Saddam Hussein.
  • Constant movement, contact for Marines in Fallujah Marine Corps News 16 Apr 2004-- The afternoons bring the heat here in this Iraqi city. When the Marines have a chance, they take off their boots and socks to air out their feet. The flies come out and latch themselves to the Marines - feeding on their filthy sweaty feet.
  • 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment in Fallujah's fray Marine Corps News 16 Apr 2004-- Their faces are sunburned and grimy from gun battles throughout the week. Their eyes, though, are bright.

  • Terrorists Between Rock, Hard Place in Afghanistan APFS 16 Apr 2004 -- The Pakistani offensive on their side of the Afghan border is having a "disruptive effect" on terrorist operations in Afghanistan, said the commander of the Combined Forces Command, Afghanistan, today.
  • HMM-266 (Rein) deploys in support of OEF Marine Corps News 16 Apr 2004-- An entire reinforced helicopter squadron self-deployed from amphibious ships in the Arabian Sea approximately 450 miles inland April 11-14, to support operations in southern Afghanistan.

  • Coalition Achieving Success in Horn of Africa APFS 16 Apr 2004 -- Intelligence successes in U.S. Central Command have led to the capture of suspected terrorists and interdictions of drug shipments off the Horn of Africa, a senior CENTCOM official said today.
  • PENTAGON / HORN OF AFRICA VOA 16 Apr 2004 -- A senior U-S military commander says the United States and its coalition partners in the Horn of Africa region have been "quite successful" in tackling the terrorist threat.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • U.S. National Security Interests in Africa Outlined Washington File 16 Apr 2004 -- The United States has real national security interests in Africa and ignores them "at its peril," a State Department official cautioned a conference on U.S. national security interests in Africa, held at a Washington think tank April 13.
  • DoD Policy Official Explains Terror War Strategy APFS 16 Apr 2004 -- The U.S. strategy in the global war on terror boils down to changing the way terrorists live, rather than changing the way U.S. citizens live, the undersecretary of defense for policy said in an April 14 speech in Chicago.
  • Strike group trains together for first time Marine Corps News 16 Apr 2004-- The 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, part of Expeditionary Strike Group 3, returned from its first ever Expeditionary Strike Group Exercise April 3.
  • Across America, Soldiers arrive home to rousing welcomes Army News Service 16 Apr 2004-- In a gymnasium festooned with welcome-home signs, banners, buntings and balloons of every size and color, Sandy Hanke teetered on the edge of a bleacher seat, locking her eyes on a set of double doors and muttering.
  • NMCB 1 Returns From Historic Worldwide Deployment Navy Newsstand 16 Apr 2004-- "The First and The Finest" Seabees returned to Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport, Miss., April 16 after a deployment that spread around the world, making a mark in history and demonstrating once again the Seabees' "Can Do" spirit.
  • Portsmouth Naval Medical Team Takes Command in Kuwait Navy Newsstand 16 Apr 2004-- Sailors from Navy Expeditionary Medical Facility (EMF) Portsmouth, Va., relieved the Army 801st Combat Support Hospital in a Transition of Authority Ceremony April 1.
  • Stanchions improve Submarine access to Dry Dock 4 at Pearl Harbor NAVSEA News Wire 16 Apr 2004-- Last summer, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PHNSY & IMF) leased Dry Dock 4 to Honolulu Shipyard, Inc. (HSI) so the contractor could repair the containership SS Matsonia. That public-private partnership benefited the Shipyard in January when the Yard wanted stanchions installed along 500 feet of ledge in Dry Dock 4. The job did not require additional Shipyard funding since HSI did the work as a partial repayment for the leasing of the dry dock.
  • Chlorination System reduces Bio-Fouling of Sub Equipment in Littoral Water NAVSEA News Wire 16 Apr 2004-- As the submarine force's focus turns increasingly from blue water to littoral areas, the challenges presented are not limited to operational issues. With subs increasingly deployed in warmer, shallower waters, the new environment is rich in nutrients that support varied families of marine organisms. As a result, the ship's cooling systems can clog with biological creatures -- such as sea grass, barnacles and the like-- while at sea. When this occurs, it can mean curtailing operations until the sub's seawater systems can be cleaned.
  • NSWC PHD enables Crew of USS Kauffman to participate in Unique Training Opportunity NAVSEA News Wire 16 Apr 2004-- While it is not unusual for the engineers, technicians, and logisticians at Port Hueneme to provide timely "In-Service Engineering"(ISEA) support, it's not as common that their tireless efforts would result in a rare and unique training opportunity for a ship's crew. On March 10, when USS Kauffman (FFG 59) experienced a problem within its MK 75 Gun, a search of the supply system was initiated to acquire the inner cranks needed to return the gun to operational status. When it was determined that the part was not available via this means, it became apparent that Kauffman would not be able to participate in the live fire sink-exercise (SINKEX) the following week, involving Ex-Portland.
  • Navy/Army Team delivers Ship Force Protection NAVSEA News Wire 16 Apr 2004-- In response to Admiral Ulrich's (OPNAV N76) "Task Force Hip Pocket Initiative" to provide U.S. Navy Force Protection systems, the Navy/Army Team is delivering two 5-inch Force Protection projectiles for use within the current "layered-defense" approach. The High Explosive - Electronic Time (HE-ET, MK 179) and Kinetic Energy - Electronic Time (KE-ET, MK 182) 5-inch rounds are being pursued as Product Improvement Programs (PIP). The Navy turned to the Naval Surface Warfare Centers, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) and Dahlgren Division (NSWC Dahlgren) for the know-how, technology, and teaming experience to accomplish the task. The objective was to quickly qualify and deliver 5-inch projectiles that demonstrated improved effectiveness over current 5-inch projectiles against a high speed maneuverable surface target threat. The Navy believed it was realistic to field the capability within two years from program inception.

  • NATO takes major step forward towards putting Eyes in the Sky NATO 16 Apr 2004 -- In an important decision for NATO, the Conference of National Armaments Directors today endorsed an earlier decision of the Alliance Ground Surveillance Steering Committee to move forward expeditiously towards the signing of a contract, by Spring 2005, with the Transatlantic Industrial Proposed Solution (TIPS) consortium (made up of EADS, Galileo Avionica, General Dynamics Canada, Indra, Northrop Grumman and Thales) for the Design and Development of a NATO-owned and operated AGS core, based on the solution offered by TIPS for a mix of manned and unmanned air platforms, with their interoperable ground stations.

  • White House Daily Briefing, April 16, 2004 Washington File 16 Apr 2004 -- U.S. intelligence/ 9-11 Commission, Iraq/U.N./Lakhdar Brahimi, Middle East/Ariel Sharon's plan/Palestinians/Yassir Arafat, Presidential Daily Briefing
  • State Department Noon Briefing, April 16, 2004 Washington File 16 Apr 2004 -- South Korea, Israel/Palestinians, Middle East, Syria, Iraq, Human Rights, Libya, Sudan, Israel

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT AND UNITED KINGDOM PRIME MINISTER TONY BLAIR IN PRESS AVAILABILITY Washington File 16 Apr 2004 -- Bush, Blair Welcome U.N. Special Envoy Proposals on Iraq / Bush calls on Palestinian leaders to "rise to the challenge"
  • U.S. Pledges $400 Million for Cyprus Reconciliation Washington File 16 Apr 2004 -- The United States has pledged $400 million to support reconciliation in Cyprus.
  • NIGERIA: Soldiers kill two gunmen in attack on Shell base IRIN 16 Apr 2004 -- Nigerian soldiers killed two gunmen who tried to launch a speedboat-attack on the main base of the oil giant Shell in southern oil town of Warri, an army spokesman said on Friday.
  • Commander of UN force in DR of Congo visits Kivus and neighbouring Burundi UN News Centre 16 Apr 2004 -- The commander of United Nations forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) visited the troubled eastern regions of the Great Lakes country and held talks with officials in neighbouring Burundi on enforcing the arms embargo against the Kivu Provinces in the DRC.
  • Security Council ready to help implement Cyprus plan if it is approved - President UN News Centre 16 Apr 2004 -- Members of the United Nations Security Council today said they were ready to help Cyprus implement a plan to reunify the island nation ahead of its entry into the European Union on 1 May should the referendums on that blueprint be approved next week.
  • Annan welcomes Ugandan President's offer to hold peace talks with rebel group UN News Centre 16 Apr 2004 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the offer of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to negotiate with the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) to try to peacefully resolve their conflict in the country's north and east, two days after the Security Council condemned the rebel group's atrocities against civilians.
  • BUSH/BLAIR/MIDEAST VOA 16 Apr 2004 -- President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair are backing the Israeli prime minister's plan to withdraw from some occupied territories, while leaving Jewish settlements in others. The two leaders met at the White House Friday.
  • U-S/SUDAN/DARFUR VOA 16 Apr 2004 -- The United States expressed concern Friday that the Sudanese government is not living up to obligations under the cease-fire agreement reached last week in the conflict in the western Darfur region.
  • UGANDA: Museveni offers to negotiate with LRA rebels IRIN 16 Apr 2004 -- President Yoweri Museveni on Thursday repeated an offer to negotiate with the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels who are fighting his government in the north, but warned at the same time that military strikes against them would continue.
  • DRC: Belgian military aid arrives IRIN 16 Apr 2004 -- Belgium has delivered medical supplies and military vehicles to the new unified army of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the press attach at the Belgian embassy, Bernard Quintin, said on Friday.
  • ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS VOA 16 Apr 2004 -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon arrived home Friday to face what shapes up as a tough political battle to win backing for his plan for disengagement from Palestinian areas, despite the support he received from President Bush during their White House meeting. Mr. Sharon's son, Omri, says the prime minister could resign if he fails to win a referendum of the ruling Likud party on the plan early next month.
  • Ten Russian Soldiers Killed In Chechnya RFE/RL 16 Apr 2004 -- An official in the Kremlin-backed Chechen administration said on condition of anonymity that 10 Russian soldiers died in rebel attacks throughout Chechnya over the past 24 hours.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 16 Apr 2004 -- Commander says NATO still faces "collective attack" / German chancellor calls for European unity in fight against terrorism / Bin Laden message may suggest attacks planned / French ambassador says French-U.S. relations must move forward / Belgrade says Mladic last seen in Serbia in 2002 / IRAQ Text
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 16 Apr 2004 -- Media viewed accession ceremony at SHAPE / U.S. open to a proposal that supplants Council in Iraq / Bosnia to hold local elections in October / Norway threatens to revoke support for strike fighter

  • SPAIN/SOCIALISTS VOA 16 Apr 2004 -- Spain's parliament on Friday voted in the new Socialist prime minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, as the country prepares to re-define its role in the international fight against terrorism.
  • S-A-F/ELECTION VOA 16 Apr 2004 -- With more than 96 percent of the results in from South Africa's third democratic general election, the African National Congress is celebrating its largest victory ever. The party has won more than two-thirds of the seats in parliament, giving it the power to amend the constitution. But President Thabo Mbeki says his party has no intention of doing that.
  • ATK Rocket Motors Help Launch Japan’s Superbird-6 Satellite Aboard Atlas IIAS Vehicle ATK 16 Apr 2004 -- ATK (Alliant Techsystems, NYSE: ATK) rocket motors helped successfully launch a Lockheed Martin Atlas IIAS vehicle from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. yesterday. The Atlas IIAS used four ATK CASTOR® IVA strap-on solid rocket motors produced by ATK and carried a satellite into orbit for Space Communications Corporation of Japan.

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