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21 April 2004 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 21 Apr 2004 [PDF]
  • Accident Kills One, Injures Two [CJTF-7 News Release] April 21, 2004

  • Tension forms when Soldiers take down posters of Al-Sadr Army News Service 21 Apr 2004-- Engineers from Fort Hood avert a possible riot after taking down posters of anti-coalition cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.
  • IRAQ SITREP VOA 21 Apr 2004 -- At least 68 people have been killed by a series of car bombs in Iraq's southern city of Basra in the deadliest terrorist attack there since the fall of Saddam Hussein. An agreement aimed at ending fighting between insurgents and U-S Marines in the western Iraqi town of Fallujah appears to have been short lived.
  • Basra Car Bombings Kill 38 Civilians, Injure 98 AFPS 21 Apr 2004 -- A series of terror bombings in the southern Iraqi city of Basra today killed 38 civilians while wounding 98, according to a senior U.S. military officer.
  • IRAQ / SECURITY VOA 21 Apr 2004 -- A series of suicide bombings tore through the southern Iraqi city of Basra Wednesday, an area that has been relatively peaceful compared to the more volatile areas around Baghdad. Wednesday's coordinated attack targeted four police stations.
  • IRAQ SITREP VOA 21 Apr 2004 -- At least 68 people have been killed by a series of simultaneous car bombs in Iraq's southern city of Basra in the deadliest terrorist attack there since the fall of Saddam Hussein. An agreement aimed at ending fighting with U-S Marines in the western Iraqi town of Fallujah appears to have been short lived.
  • Apparent Suicide Attacks Kill 68 In Southern Iraq RFE/RL 21 Apr 2004 -- Four explosions have killed at least 68 people in Al-Basrah and a suburb of that city in southern Iraq today.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Army scientists, engineers develop liquid body armor Army News Service 21 Apr 2004-- Liquid armor for Kevlar vests is one of the newest technologies being developed at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory to save Soldiers' lives.
  • Nassau Completes Sea Trials Navy Newsstand 21 Apr 2004-- More than nine months after having entered Norfolk Naval Shipyard for an extended repair availability, USS Nassau (LHA 4) has completed sea trials April 2-4 and is once again berthed at Naval Station Norfolk.
  • NMCB 133 Completes Annual Field Exercise Navy Newsstand 21 Apr 2004-- Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133 completed a 15-day field exercise (FEX) here March 30 in preparation for its upcoming deployment to Asia.
  • Exercise Cobra Gold 2004 Announced 21 Apr 2004 -- The Department of Defense announced today that the armed forces of Thailand, Singapore, Mongolia, Philippines and the United States will conduct exercise Cobra Gold 04 in Thailand May 13-27.

  • JAPAN/MILITARY VOA 21 Apr 2004 -- Japan's military has entered a new era with its dispatch of non-combat troops to Iraq and logistical support for coalition navies in the Persian Gulf region. The expanded role is not without controversy.

  • Singapore Reaffirms Commitment to War on Terror AFPS 21 Apr 2004 -- Singapore's deputy prime minister reaffirmed his county's commitment to the war on terror and vowed to continue working closely with the United States "to uproot this menace to modern society" after a meeting today at the Pentagon.

  • White House Daily Briefing, April 21, 2004 Washington File 21 Apr 2004 -- Cyprus/settlement plan, Iraq/additional costs in war, Fallujah/status of situation, Iraq/coalition, President Mubarak's comments, Iraq/sovereignty June 30

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • U-N/Cyprus VOA 21 Apr 2004 -- Russia has vetoed a draft Security Council resolution aimed at encouraging Greek and Turkish Cypriot voters to approve a plan to unify their divided island. Britain and the United States had sponsored the measure at the urging of Secretary General Kofi Annan.
  • LIBERIA: Fewer than half those disarmed hand in a weapon IRIN 21 Apr 2004 -- The United Nations said on Wednesday nearly 1,800 former combatants reported for demobilisation during the first week of its relaunched disarmament programme in Liberia, but less than half of them handed in a gun.
  • SUDAN: IGAD trying to break peace-talks impasse IRIN 21 Apr 2004 -- Mediators are trying to break an impasse at the Sudanese peace talks currently under way in Naivasha, Kenya, under the auspices of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), an IGAD source involved in the proceedings said.
  • Annan urges voters to consider benefits of saying 'yes' to Cyprus referenda UN News Centre 21 Apr 2004 -- Addressing the people of Cyprus on the eve of Saturday's historic simultaneous referenda on his plan to establish a unified island, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today spelled out the benefits that would follow an affirmative vote.
  • Georgian and Abkhaz representatives meet in Geneva at UN-initiated talks UN News Centre 21 Apr 2004 -- Representatives from Georgia and Abkhazia met in Geneva today in United Nations-initiated talks on international security guarantees in the conflict zone in Abkhazia, where Georgian government and separatist forces fought a war 10 years ago which forced nearly 300,000 refugees to flee.
  • HAMAS/FUTURE VOA 21 Apr 2004 -- The militant Palestinian group Hamas has lost two of its senior leaders in less than a month. Israel says the militant group has been crippled, but Hamas spokesmen have vowed revenge, and say the group is stronger than ever. Meanwhile, there are indications Hamas wants to broaden its targets, at least rhetorically.
  • BUSH / CYPRUS VOA 21 Apr 2004 -- The Bush Administration is urging Cypriots to support a U-N plan to reunify the Mediterranean island. Ethnic Turks and Greeks in Cyprus will vote on the plan Saturday.
  • Western Press Review: Iraq's 30 June Deadline, Al-Jazeera, And The Arab World's View Of U.S. Policies RFE/RL 21 Apr 2004 -- A review of the items up for debate in the major news dailies today finds discussion of Al-Jazeera, the Arab world's premier satellite news channel, and a broader consideration of how the Arab world views the United States and its policies. Some analysts also urge the U.S. administration to face the realities that threaten to scuttle the 30 June deadline for a transfer of power in Iraq.
  • SOMALIA/PEACE TALKS VOA 21 Apr 2004 -- There are signs that rising frustrations may prematurely end the Somali peace process that began in Kenya more than a year-and-a-half ago.
  • CHAD-SUDAN: Sudan government and Darfur rebels start fresh peace talks IRIN 21 Apr 2004 -- Representatives of the Sudanese government and two rebel movements in the western province of Darfur met in Chad on Tuesday to discuss a political solution to the 15-month old conflict that has forced more than 800,000 people to flee their homes.
  • ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS VOA 21 Apr 2004 -- Israeli troops shot and killed at least five Palestinians in a clash in the northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 21 Apr 2004 -- Major rearrangement of U.S. forces in Iraq to deal with holes in coalition, shifting violence / German foreign minister on visit to Afghanistan / Spain charges four Algerians with al Qaeda ties / Moroccan terror group has cells in five Western countries / OTHER NEWS
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 21 Apr 2004 -- Fischer: Reconstruction effort in Afghanistan should serve as model in Iraq / French daily views plans for restructuring of U.S. military presence in Europe / Daily examines progress in European defense building

  • PRESS CONFERENCE BY SOUTH AFRICA United Nations 21 Apr 2004
  • U-N/BURMA VOA 21 Apr 2004 -- The top U-N human-rights forum is calling for the military government in Burma to release pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other opposition leaders.
  • ZIMBABWE/SECURITY VOA 21 Apr 2004 -- The Zimbabwe government has stepped up its intelligence operations, according to human-rights workers, trade unionists, and journalists. The 2004 national budget has tripled funds for the Central Intelligence Organization.

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