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17 April 2004 Military News

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Current Operations

  • First Infantry Division Soldier Killed, Two Wounded [CJTF-7 News Release] April 17, 2004
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualty

  • IRAQ/WRAP VOA 17 Apr 2004 -- A U-S coalition official says an American soldier who was taken hostage by Iraqis appears to be in good health. Two Japanese hostages were released Saturday. In Fallujah, local leaders and U-S officials are meeting for their second day of direct discussions to end two weeks of violence in the town.
  • Situation in Fallujah Unchanged; Delegation Seeks Resolution AFPS 17 Apr 2004 -- A week after coalition forces unilaterally suspended offensive military operations in Fallujah, the overall situation in and around the city remains unchanged, a coalition spokesman said today at a Baghdad news conference.
  • Tense Talks Reopen In Central Iraq RFE/RL 17 Apr 2004 -- Senior U.S. military commanders and coalition officials opened a second day of talks with Iraqi community leaders in the embattled city of Al-Fallujah today.
  • Iraq: Militants Parade Captured U.S. Soldier RFE/RL 17 Apr 2004 -- Iraqi militants have captured and paraded their first U.S. soldier.
  • US Soldier Captured by Iraqi Guerrillas VOA News 17 Apr 2004 -- Iraqi guerrillas have paraded a captured American soldier before television cameras in a fresh show of defiance against the U.S. -led occupation in Iraq.
  • U.S. Forces Close Highways Around Baghdad RFE/RL 17 Apr 2004 -- The U.S. military today closed highways north and south of Baghdad, saying continued guerrilla attacks have made them unsafe for civilian use.

  • KOSOVO/SHOOTING VOA 17 Apr 2004 -- United Nations officials in Kosovo expressed shock over an unprecedented shoot-out between members of the U.N. police force in Kosovo, which killed two Americans and a Jordanian and injured at least 11 others. Stefan Bos in Budapest is monitoring the incident which took place in the northern town of Kosovska Mitrovica.

  • Foreign troops to stay in Afghanistan for 10 years: Karzai IRNA 17 Apr 2004 -- Foreign soldiers have to remain in Afghanistan for 10 years in in order to ensure success of the peace and reconstruction process in the war-torn country, the online site of the weekly Der Spiegel magazine quoted Afghan President Hamid Karzai as saying on Saturday.
  • AFGHANISTAN/INCOME TAX VOA 17 Apr 2004 -- This year, many Afghans will experience something they have never seen before - an income tax. V-O-A's Michael Kitchen reports from neighboring Pakistan on Afghanistan's efforts to collect revenue not only from its citizens, but foreign aid workers as well.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Peru City New Site for Infectious Disease Research Navy Newsstand 17 Apr 2004-- Naval Medicine researchers in Peru established three clinical infectious disease research sites at local health centers in Puerto Maldonado, April 7.

  • Pak Navy to join US-led coalition plan IRNA 17 Apr 2004 -- The Pakistan Navy will join the US-led Coalition Maritime Campaign Plan (CMCP) next week in line with the country`s general policy of participation in international peacekeeping/peace enforcing efforts.

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS VOA 17 Apr 2004 -- Palestinian suicide bomber has injured at least four people after blowing himself up at a crossing point on the border between Gaza and Israel. The bombing on Saturday was the first such attack since President Bush endorsed an Israeli plan to withdraw troops and Jewish settlements from the territory.
  • Middle East: Bush Sees New Opportunity For Peace RFE/RL 17 Apr 2004 -- U.S. President George W. Bush said in Washington yesterday that plans by Israel to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and to remove some -- but not all -- settlements in the West Bank provide an opportunity for peace.
  • EU: Mixed Response To Israel's U.S.-Backed Plan RFE/RL 17 Apr 2004 -- There's been a mixed European response to Israel's unilateral peace plan that received U.S. support this week.
  • ISRAEL-HAMAS VOA 17 Apr 2004 -- There has been passionate reaction in the Middle East to Israel's killing of a top Hamas leader and two of his body guards in the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian prime minister blamed the U-S administration for encouraging Israel to assassinate the leader, Abdel Aziz Rantisi, in a military helicopter strike. Israel says its actions are justified against a man it says was a "mastermind of terror".

  • IVORY COAST / RECONCILIATION VOA 17 Apr 2004 -- The president of Ivory Coast has lifted a ban on public demonstrations and agreed to give opposition groups equal access to the media, as demanded by the opposition to restart negotiations.
  • BRITAIN / BLAIR VOA 17 Apr 2004 -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair says Palestinians will miss an opportunity to begin building their own state, if they continue to reject the Israeli prime minister's plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank. Mr. Blair also discussed the challenges in Iraq in a wide-ranging interview broadcast Saturday.

News Reports

  • SPAIN/ZAPATERO VOA 17 Apr 2004 -- Jose Luis Rodrguez Zapatero has been sworn as Spain's new prime minister. For the first time, women make up half of the new Spanish Cabinet.
  • BURMA/OPPOSITION VOA 17 Apr 2004 -- Burma's pro-democracy National League for Democracy has been allowed to reopen its Rangoon headquarters nearly a year after the government closed it down. However, the two leading members of the party are still under detention.

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