27 April 2004 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 27 Apr 2004 [PDF]
- Soldier Killed by Anti-Coalition Gunmen [CJTF-7 News Release] April 27, 2004
- One Marine Killed in Action [CJTF-7 News Release] April 27, 2004
- DoD Identifies Army Casualties
- Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 27 Apr 2004 -- Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, Deputy Director for Coalition Operations; and Dan Senor, Senior Adviser, CPA
- Transcript: Defense Department Operational Briefing 27 Apr 2004 -- Secretary Of Defense Donald Rumsfeld; General Richard Myers, Chairman Of The Joint Chiefs Of Staff
- Coalition Responds to Enemy Attack in Fallujah AFPS 27 AFPS 2004 -- A U.S. military AC-130 Spectre gunship fired on suspected insurgent positions in Fallujah today, attacking weapons storage sites used by anti-coalition forces.
- Negotiating in Fallujah 'Worth a Try,' Leaders Say AFPS 27 AFPS 2004 -- Negotiating with Fallujans to try to defuse the situation in the Iraqi city is "worth a try," defense leaders said during a press conference today.
- Anti-Coalition Forces Fire on Marines from Fallujah Mosque CJTF-7 27 Apr 2004 -- Anti-Coalition forces fired on Marines from a Fallujah mosque Monday with small arms fire and rocket propelled grenades. (...) A short time later, insurgents re-entered the mosque and again fired on Marines. Marines responded with tank fire against the minaret, silencing the attackers.
- IRAQ SITREP VOA 27 Apr 2004 -- In Iraq, explosions have erupted in the Sunni stronghold of Fallujah with huge blasts lighting up the nighttime sky. They came just minutes after Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, at a Pentagon news conference, said negotiations to avoid a full scale military assault would be given more time.
- PENTAGON / IRAQ VOA 27 Apr 2004 -- Despite what a top U-S military commander describes as "very challenging" situations in Iraqi insurgent strongholds like Fallujah and Najaf, the Pentagon is denying that security conditions in Iraq are spiraling out of control.
- Coalition Officials Defend Attack on Iraqi Minaret AFPS 27 Apr 2004 -- Coalition officials in Baghdad today defended the U.S. Marines' decision to call in a strike on a minaret in Fallujah April 26 after determining that insurgents were using it to launch attacks with small- arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades.
- Bombs Fall on Fallujah VOA News 27 Apr 2004 -- Heavy shelling is reported in the volatile city of Fallujah, where an extended coalition cease-fire expired Tuesday.
- Iraq: U.S. Forming Elite Defense Corps to Help Fight Insurgency RFE/RL 27 Apr 2004 -- The United States says it is forming an elite Iraqi force to help fight insurgents. The move comes as U.S. military officials plan joint patrols of Al-Fallujah by U.S. Marines and Iraqi security forces, despite recent indications that the Iraqis are reluctant to engage their countrymen.
- 43 Insurgents Killed Near Al-Najaf RFE/RL 27 Apr 2004 -- The U.S. military says 43 guerrillas were killed near the Iraqi Shi'ite holy city of Al-Najaf yesterday.
- 1st FSSG support company mends roads for Iraqi civil defense troops, citizens while keeping front lines stocked Marine Corps News 27 Apr 2004-- Helping to pave the way for a self-governing Iraq, Marines armed with dump trucks and other construction equipment recently repaired rough roads around an infantry outpost on the edge of Fallujah, Iraq, that will soon be home to a battalion of the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps.
- 'They fought like lions' Marine Corps News 27 Apr 2004-- Marines in Fallujah repulsed a sustained enemy attack Monday. The attack came just a day after Coalition Forces announced joint Marine and Iraqi patrols were to begin in the city.
- ICDC trains with Marines for Fallujah patrols Marine Corps News 27 Apr 2004-- Teams of Iraqi Civil Defense Corps soldiers and Marines began practicing patrols here Monday in what is shaping up to be the shining hope for decayed security situation in Fallujah.
- Afghanistan Celebrates National Day RFE/RL 27 Apr 2004 -- Afghan Defense Minister Mohammad Qasim Fahim today called on militiamen to lay down their arms and acknowledge the authority of the central government.
- AFGHAN/ELECTION CONCERNS VOA 27 Apr 2004 -- Afghan human rights activists rallied outside the U-N offices in neighboring Pakistan Tuesday, expressing concerns about the current government and the coming elections. The protesters want Islamic fundamentalist leaders out of any powerful office.
- 22d MEU (SOC) gets its marching orders Marine Corps News 27 Apr 2004-- The MEU commander, standing in front of a giant map nearly two-stories high, looked out into the tri-color wave of Marines, Soldiers, and Sailors and broke the morning silence by telling them that the next few months would be vitally important to the future of Afghanistan.
- Stability Returns to Haiti, Force Plans for Successors AFPS 27 Apr 2004 -- The Multinational Interim Force in Haiti has begun planning for a follow-on force June 1 no matter what form it takes, officials in Haiti said.
- Old Guard helps with flood recovery in Djibouti Army News Service 27 Apr 2004-- In the aftermath of floods that left substantial damage and more than 50 fatalities, Old Guard soldiers joined troops from the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa in providing assistance to the Djibouti City area.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Soldiers extended in Iraq get extra $1K monthly Army News Service 27 Apr 2004-- About 20,000 Soldiers who have been involuntarily extended beyond their expected 12 months of duty in Iraq or Kuwait will be eligible for extra pay of $1,000 a month.
- SMA: Fight against terrorism extends to Korea Army News Service 27 Apr 2004-- Soldiers in Korea may not be in a desert combat zone, but they are nonetheless battling against global terrorism, said Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston.
- Fort Hood welcomes 4th ID Soldiers home Army News Service 27 Apr 2004-- The mother of all celebrations heralded the return home of Task Force Ironhorse, a diverse collection of Soldiers that included those involved in unearthing deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
- Guard well equipped in field Army News Service 27 Apr 2004-- A few hundred Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers, who are preparing to serve in Afghanistan, would like to set the record straight.
- JFK Sailors Help Student Aviators Complete CQs Navy Newsstand 27 Apr 2004-- Student aviators from Naval Training Command (TRACOM) finished their carrier qualifications on the flight deck of USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) April 18.
- ROK TO ASSUME GREATER ROLE IN JSA SECURITY AND SUPPORT US Forces Korea 27 Apr 2004 -- United Nations Command (UNC) announced changes in the security and base support responsibilities at the Joint Security Area (JSA) near Panmunjom. These changes, effective Oct 31, 2004, result from close consultation and mutual agreement between the Republic of Korea and the United States.
- State Department Noon Briefing, April 27, 2004 Washington File 27 Apr 2004 -- Secretary Powell's Travel to Germany/Denmark, Secretary Powell's Participation in Israeli National Day Reception, Qatar, Iraq, United Kingdom, Cyprus, Libya, Saudi Arabia, North Korea, Taiwan
- White House Daily Briefing, April 27, 2004 Washington File 27 Apr 2004 -- President's phone call to Thailand's Prime Minister, Iraq/coalition troops/sovereignty, 9/11 Commission, John Negroponte, Cheney energy task force case, Cotton, Transportation bill
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 27 Apr 2004
- PRESS CONFERENCE BY SWEDEN’S PRIME MINISTER United Nations 27 Apr 2004
- DRC-RWANDA: Army kills 39 Rwandan Hutu rebels in east IRIN 27 Apr 2004 -- Congolese government troops killed 39 Rwandan Hutu rebels recently in three to four days of fighting in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Maj Abou Thiam, spokesman for the UN Mission in the DRC said on Tuesday in the nation's capital, Kinshasa.
- NIGERIA: Ethnic clashes claim 20 lives in Plateau State IRIN 27 Apr 2004 -- At least 20 people died in three days of clashes between rival ethnic militias in central Plateau State, residents and officials said on Tuesday.
- $600 million UN expenditure leaves two options on Western Sahara, Annan says UN News Centre 27 Apr 2004 -- After 13 years of peace negotiations and $600 million in United Nations expenditure, the choices facing Morocco and Western Sahara are to end peacekeeping operations and return their problem to the General Assembly or to continue working towards implementing the UN peace plan, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says.
- Annan cites 'slow progress' but 'cautious optimism' on Georgian-Abkhaz conflict UN News Centre 27 Apr 2004 -- Although progress in resolving the Georgian-Abkhaz separatist conflict in northwestern Georgia remains "painfully slow" 10 years after the United Nations established a mission there, Secretary-General Kofi Annan cites "reason for cautious optimism in the longer term" in his latest report on the issue.
- U-N/WESTERN SAHARA VOA 27 Apr 2004 -- U-N Secretary General Kofi Annan has warned that a 13-year peacemaking effort in the Western Sahara is near collapse. From U-N headquarters, Peter Heinlein reports Mr. Annan is asking the Security Council whether the initiative should be terminated altogether.
- Middle East: Washington Facing 'Hatred Like Never Before' In Arab World RFE/RL 27 Apr 2004 -- The United States is facing rising animosity in many parts of the Arab world because of its policies on Israel and Iraq. Far from winning over hearts and minds, analysts say U.S. foreign policy may actually be turning more Muslims against America.
- BRITAIN / DIPLOMATIC DISSENT VOA 27 Apr 2004 -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair is fending off a harsh critique of his policies on Iraq and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from some leading figures in Britain's foreign affairs establishment.
- POWELL / QATAR VOA 27 Apr 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell said Tuesday that President Bush has not pre-judged any final-status issues in Middle East peace negotiations despite his commitments this month to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Mr. Powell held talks with Qatar's foreign minister at which he raised U-S concerns about news coverage by the Qatar-based Arabic T-V network al-Jazeera.
- Sudan: Ethnic Cleansing in Darfur USDOS 27 Apr 2004 -- The U.S. distributed material on "Sudan: Ethnic Cleansing in Darfur" during the 60th Session of the UN Commission on Human Rights.
- SUDAN / DARFUR VOA 27 Apr 2004 -- Officials in Sudan say President Omar al-Bashir traveled to the troubled western province of Darfur on Tuesday to assess the region's humanitarian and security needs. Rebel groups in Darfur are denying the government's claim that they have agreed to participate in a conference to discuss the brutal, 14-month conflict.
- RWANDA / D-R-C/ TROOPS VOA 27 Apr 2004 -- The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo says the recent buildup of troops by Rwanda along the borders of Rwanda, Burundi and Congo poses a threat to peace efforts in the area.
- ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS VOA 27 Apr 2004 -- Israeli forces shot and killed two Palestinians and wounded another in an early morning raid Tuesday on a Palestinian refugee camp in the West Bank town of Tulkarem.
- INDONESIA VIOLENCE VOA 27 Apr 2004 -- Violence continues for a third day in the Indonesian province of Maluku, where clashes between Christian and Muslim gangs have killed 24 people. Some of the latest victims were members of the security forces sent to bring the situation under control.
- SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 27 Apr 2004 -- NATO sees no Iraq role unless many conditions met / NATO secretary general says only a "legitimate" Iraqi government can seek alliance's help / Jordan airs confessions of al-Qaida / suspects who allegedly planned bomb and poison gas attacks / U.S. circulates resolution to keep weapons from terrorists, calls for vote possibly Wednesday / Athens says Olympic security will help fight Balkan crime
- SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 27 Apr 2004 -- NATO discusses expanding role of peacekeepers with Afghan leaders / EU Bosnia plan gets green light
- AFRICA/W-M-D THREAT VOA 27 Apr 2004 -- The African Union is expressing deep concern about the possibility of some uranium-rich, but economically impoverished African countries selling the raw materials needed to manufacture weapons of mass destruction. The founder of Pakistan's nuclear program may have made numerous trips to Africa, seeking to obtain and traffic nuclear material.
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