18 April 2004 Military News
- Marines Battle Enemy Forces Near Iraqi Border Town [CJTF-7 News Release] April 18, 2004
- Soldier Dies, Two Injured in Rollover [CJTF-7 News Release] April 18, 2004
- Three Soldiers Killed in Convoy Attack [CJTF-7 News Release] April 18, 2004
- Soldier Killed in Al Anbar Province [CJTF-7 News Release] April 18, 2004
- First Infantry Division Soldier Electrocuted [CJTF-7 News Release] April 18, 2004
- Task Force Baghdad Soldier Dies in IED Strike [CJTF-7 News Release] April 18, 2004
- Rocket Attacks Hit Camp Victory; 2 Dead, 7 Wounded [CJTF-7 News Release] April 18, 2004
- 10 US Troops, Dozens of Iraqi Insurgents Killed in Fighting VOA News 18 Apr 2004 -- Ten U.S. troops and dozens of insurgents have been killed in combat across Iraq, including five U.S. Marines killed in a day-long battle near the Syrian border.
- U.S. Troops Poised Against Al-Sadr Near Al-Najaf RFE/RL 18 Apr 2004 -- About 2,500 U.S. combat troops were poised today on the outskirts of the southern Iraqi city of Al-Najaf. Radical militia leader and Shi'a cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and thousands of his militia fighters were sheltering in the city, and tensions were high.
- AFGHANISTAN / U-N-H-C-R VOA 18 Apr 2004 -- The head of the United Nations' refugee agency says security in Afghanistan is still inadequate and is asking the international community to increase its presence in the country. The official says better security will encourage refugees to return.
- Economic Conference Opens In Afghan Capital RFE/RL 18 Apr 2004 -- A two-day regional economic conference on trade and development opened today in Afghanistan.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Boeing Unmanned Combat Aircraft Makes Aviation History Boeing 18 Apr 2004 -- Target confirmation, arm and release consent. With those three commands from its human operator, a Boeing [NYSE: BA] X-45A unmanned combat aircraft made aviation history by releasing an inert (non-explosive) Global Positioning System-guided Small Smart Bomb and hitting a ground target today at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Range, China Lake, Calif.
- Rice Says U.S. Had No Knowledge of Israel's Plans to Kill Rantisi Washington File 18 Apr 2004 -- In several talk show appearances April 18, National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice denied that the United States had any prior knowledge of Israel's plans to kill Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi.
- U-S / MIDEAST VOA 18 Apr 2004 -- The Bush Administration says it had no advance knowledge of Israel's killing of the leader of the militant Palestinian group Hamas in Gaza and did not endorse the attack.
- ISRAEL-HAMAS VOA 18 Apr 2004 -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon says he will continue to hunt down all leaders of Hamas and will push ahead with his plan to disengage from some Palestinian areas. His pledge followed Israel's killing on Saturday of Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi.
- ARAB REACT/RANTISI VOA 18 Apr 2004 -- Arab leaders are harshly condemning the Israeli assassination of Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi, saying Israel's policy of targeted killings threatens peace and security in the entire region.
- RANTISI-OBIT VOA 18 Apr 2004 -- Tens of thousands of Palestinians took part Sunday in the funeral for the Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip, Abdel Aziz Rantisi, killed Saturday in an Israeli air strike. His death is another formidable blow to Hamas, whose founder and spiritual head was assassinated only three-weeks ago by Israel.
- BURKINA FASO/TRIAL VERDICT VOA 18 Apr 2004 -- Seven of the 13 defendants in Burkina Faso have been found guilty of plotting a coup to remove President Blaise Campaore from office last year.
- IVORY COAST/RECONCILIATION VOA 18 Apr 2004 -- The U-N commission set up to investigate the deadly clashes between military and civilians during a pro-peace demonstration in Ivory Coast last month has met with President Laurent Gbagbo.
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