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28 April 2004 Military News

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Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 28 Apr 2004 [PDF]
  • One Ukrainian Soldier was Killed [CJTF-7 News Release] April 28, 2004
  • Task Force Olympia Soldier Dies from Injuries Following Grenade Attack [CJTF-7 News Release] April 28, 2004
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualty
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualty
  • DoD Identifies Marine Casualty

  • Transcript: Central Command Operations Briefing 28 Apr 2004 -- Maj. Gen. John Sattler, USMC, Director of Central Command Operations
  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 28 Apr 2004 -- Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, Deputy Director For Coalition Operations, Gareth Bayley, CPA Spokesperson
  • PENTAGON/FALLUJAH VOA 28 Apr 2004 -- A top U-S military official says insurgent forces holed up in the Iraqi city of Fallujah should surrender but he predicts they will take what he calls a "severe beating" if they refuse.
  • IRAQ SITREP VOA 28 Apr 2004 -- There has been another day of intense fighting in the Iraqi town of Fallujah, with American Marines using aircraft and heavy weapons to strike at Sunni insurgents, who the U-S military command says continue to attack instead of turning in weapons.
  • Coalition Provisional Authority Report, April 28: Iraq Update Washington File 28 Apr 2004 -- Coalition forces in Iraq are prepared to give "a little more time" to talks inside Fallujah, in spite of continuing cease-fire violations there, a U.S. Army general says.
  • Resolution in Fallujah 'Will Resonate Throughout Iraq' AFPS 28 AFPS 2004 -- The way the stalemate in Fallujah, Iraq, is ultimately resolved - either through a negotiated agreement or through military force - "will resonate throughout Iraq" and "deal a blow to all the insurgents across the country," the operations chief for U.S. Central Command told Pentagon reporters today.
  • Fallujah Cease-Fire Honored, But Coalition Responds to Attacks AFPS 28 AFPS 2004 -- Coalition forces continue to "rigidly adhere" to the cease-fire that took effect in Fallujah, Iraq, April 9, despite graphic televised images that coalition officials called "a series of defensive responses" to attacks by insurgents within the city.
  • IRAQ SITREP VOA 28 Apr 2004 -- There has been another day of intense fighting in the Iraqi town of Fallujah, with American Marines using aircraft and heavy weapons to strike at Sunni insurgents, who the U-S military command says continue to attack instead of turning in weapons.
  • U.S. Forces Renew Assault On Al-Fallujah RFE/RL 28 Apr 2004 -- U.S. Marines have launched more air and ground attacks against suspected Sunni insurgent positions in the besieged Iraqi city of Al-Fallujah.
  • Talks Continue in Al-Fallujah RFE/RL 28 Apr 2004 -- A U.S. general today described the situation in Al-Fallujah as "fiercely tense," but said negotiations are continuing between U.S. forces and local leaders in the Iraqi Sunni stronghold.
  • Truck Company keeps 1st Marine Division rolling Marine Corps News 28 Apr 2004-- They've got diesel running through their veins. Their language is as raw as the throaty rumble of the huge engines on which they turn wrenches. Skinned knuckles and faces smeared with grease are testament to the work that keeps the 1st Marine Division rolling.
  • Abu Ghurayb prisoners killed by fellow insurgents in Iraq Marine Corps News 28 Apr 2004-- Insurgents fired 18 mortar rounds into the Abu Ghurayb prison April 20, killing 14 detainees and wounding nearly 100.
  • MARINE DEFENSES ATTACKED DURING THE NIGHT IN FALLUJAH CENTCOM Release 28 Apr 2004-- Anti-Coalition forces attacked Marines in defensive positions in Fallujah shortly after 10 p.m. yesterday (April 27), again violating the current cease-fire. After receiving rocket-propelled grenades and direct fire in their defensive positions, Marines called in close air support.
  • ICDC CATCHES COUNTERFEITERS CENTCOM Release 28 Apr 2004-- Iraqi Civil Defense Corps soldiers conducted three cordon and search missions in the Qayyarah area April 27, resulting in the detention of two known counterfeiters and the confiscation of counterfeiting material supporting anti-Coalition activities.
  • CFLCC moving from Doha to Arifjan Army News Service 28 Apr 2004-- Coalition Forces Land Component Command is wrapping up its stay at Camp Doha and nearly one thousand servicemembers are scheduled to complete the move to Camp Arifjan by the end of April.

  • COMBINED FORCES COMMAND AFGHANISTAN RELEASE CENTCOM Release 28 Apr 2004-- In coordination with the Islamic Transitional Government of Afghanistan, Combined Forces Command-Afghanistan continues to train the Afghan National Army, provide civil affairs support, and disrupt, deny, and destroy terrorist and anti-ITGA forces in order to establish a stable and secure Afghanistan.
  • RFE/RL Afghanistan Report, Vol 3, Number 16 28 Apr 2004 -- KARZAI CALLS ON TALIBAN TO PARTICIPATE IN ELECTIONS / NATO DELEGATION PROMISES INCREASED PRESENCE IN AFGHANISTAN... / ...AS U.S. CALLS FOR GREATER CONTRIBUTION FROM NATO MEMBERS... / ...WHILE MADRID CONSIDERS INCREASED FORCES / FIGHTING BETWEEN RIVAL COMMANDERS IN CENTRAL AFGHANISTAN... / ...AS RESIDENTS PROTEST RE-DESIGNATION OF DISTRICT AS PROVINCE / NORTHERN COMMANDERS CONDEMN CLASHES IN FARYAB PROVINCE... / ...AS DEMONSTRATORS IN KABUL DENOUNCE KARZAI AND HIS AIDES OVER HANDLING OF CRISIS IN FARYAB... / ...AND DOSTUM ARRIVES IN KABUL TO MEET KARZAI / KARZAI REPORTEDLY TARGETED BY ATTACK IN KANDAHAR / NEO-TALIBAN KILL PROVINCIAL INTELLIGENCE CHIEF... / ...AND KIDNAP TEACHERS IN SOUTHEAST / NEO-TALIBAN PRISONERS ESCAPE / TWO SUSPECTED NEO-TALIBAN KILLED IN SOUTH / THREE AFGHAN TROOPS KILLED IN EASTERN PROVINCE / BLAST IN SOUTH INJURES SECURITY CHIEF / GUNMEN ATTACK CHECKPOINT IN SOUTHWEST / EXPLOSION IN SOUTHERN PROVINCE KILLS TWO / GUERILLAS ROCKET U.S. BASE / AFGHAN AND ISAF FORCES CAPTURE COMMANDER LINKED TO HIZB-E ISLAMI... / ...AND MEMBERS OF A SUSPECTED TERROR CELL IN KABUL / MILITANTS THREATEN VOTERS, WOMEN AHEAD OF ELECTIONS / AFGHANISTAN GETS TONS OF ELECTION MATERIALS / KARZAI SAYS COUNTRY NEEDS FOREIGN TROOPS FOR NEXT DECADE / NEW PRT ESTABLISHED IN SOUTHEASTERN PROVINCE / KARZAI PLANS CABINET SHAKEUP... / ...AS KABUL DAILY CALLS GOVERNMENT DOWNSIZING A NECESSITY / KARZAI CALLS ON WARLORDS TO DISARM... / ...A CALL ECHOED BY U.S. AMBASSADOR / AFGHAN, KAZAKH LEADERS VOW TO STRENGTHEN TIES / AFGHANISTAN HOSTS REGIONAL ECONOMIC CONFERENCE / GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTER VISITS AFGHANISTAN / UN REFUGEE CHIEF VISITS AFGHANISTAN... / ...AND CALLS FOR CLOSING OF REFUGEE CAMPS / PANJSHER DISTRICT ELEVATED TO PROVINCE / AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PROTESTS KABUL EXECUTION / GUIDE TO AFGHAN GOVERNMENT INTRODUCED / THIS WEEK IN AFGHANISTAN'S HISTORY

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Transcript: Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz Joint Press Conference with the Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Homeland Security 28 Apr 2004 -- Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz. Also participating Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson; Department of Homeland Defense Secretary Tom Ridge

  • Surface Strike Group Ships To Deploy From Norfolk Navy Newsstand 28 Apr 2004-- More than 1,000 Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyers USS Ramage (DDG 61) and USS Ross (DDG 71), and the guided-missile frigate USS Elrod (FFG 55) will deploy from Naval Station Norfolk April 30, in support of the global war on terrorism.
  • Patrol Coastal Ships To Deploy Navy Newsstand 28 Apr 2004-- Patrol Coastal ships USS Typhoon (PC 5) and USS Sirocco (PC 6) are set to deploy from Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek April 30.
  • Kitty Hawk Says "G'Day" to Successful Australia Visit Navy Newsstand 28 Apr 2004-- More than 5,000 Sailors assigned to the USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) Strike Group departed the port of Fremantle, Australia, April 27, after a five-day visit.
  • 11th MEU SOC qualified a month early Marine Corps News 28 Apr 2004-- The 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit returned Wednesday from its second period at sea with its "Special Operations Capable" certification, a month ahead of schedule.
  • Ohio-based company 'Steel' behind troop protection Marine Corps News 28 Apr 2004-- Mike Cooper, vice president of Clifton Steel, an Ohio-based company, toured Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, April 15.
  • Missing Black Hawk found in river Army News Service 28 Apr 2004-- A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter assigned to 1st Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment, at Fort Bragg, was found at approximately 7:55 p.m. April 27, crashed in water near the Great Pee Dee River Bridge off of Interstate 95 near Dillon, S.C.
  • 'Freedom Salute' welcomes D.C. Guard unit home Army News Service 28 Apr 2004-- Mixed emotions ebbed and flowed through a 'Freedom Salute' ceremony commemorating the return of the D.C. National Guard's 547th Transportation Company from a yearlong tour in Iraq.
  • Web site allows Soldiers to volunteer for 'units of action' Army News Service 28 Apr 2004-- A new online feature will allow Soldiers to volunteer for "units of action" at Fort Campbell, Ky., and Fort Drum, N.Y., for at least three years beginning May 1.
  • New High Power Ramp Anchors Harrier Maintenance Marine Corps News 28 Apr 2004-- Harrier pilots of the 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) can now have the assurance that their aircraft are in top flying condition, even in Afghanistan's challenging environment.
  • 24th MEU Marines conduct Enhanced NBC training Marine Corps News 28 Apr 2004-- In an effort to greatly improve their ability to handle a dangerous chemical attack, Marines from all major subordinate elements of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit completed several Enhanced Nuclear, Biological and Chemical training exercises at Combat Town April 26-27.
  • Kennedy Combat Ready After Ammunition Onload Navy Newsstand 28 Apr 2004-- USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) completed its final preparation for deployment April 21 during a massive weapons onload with two other Navy vessels.
  • Fitzgerald to replace O'Brien 7th Fleet Release 28 Apr 2004-- The U.S. Navy announced today that the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) will be forward-deployed here in late July 2004.

  • India, UK defense consultations begin in Delhi IRNA 28 Apr 2004 -- The two-day meeting of the Indo-UK Defense Consultative Group (DCG) began here Tuesday.

  • PAKISTAN/MILITARY CUTS VOA 28 Apr 2004 -- Pakistan plans to cut 50-thousand soldiers from the army as part of a restructuring plan to save money and make its forces more "hard-hitting." This is the first military reduction in Pakistan, one of Asia's poorest countries.

  • White House Daily Briefing, April 28, 2004 Washington File 28 Apr 2004 -- U.N. Security Council vote/WMD, Cheney/Senator Kerry's voting record, Senator Kerry/president's guard duty, president's community service, 9/11 Commission/meeting with the president, Swedish prisoner, Brahimi proposal, Iran/involvement in Iraq, Syria/American Embassy closing, Antimissile interceptors in Alaska, highway bill
  • State Department Noon Briefing, April 28, 2004 Washington File 28 Apr 2004 -- Iraq, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, Cyprus, OSCE, Jordan, North Korea, Sudan, USAID/Global Health Council meeting, Saudi Arabic/Foreign Minister meeting, release of Global Terrorism Report, Powell/Qatari Foreign Minister meeting

Defense Industry

  • RAFAEL's UAV gets a New Name Rafael 28 Apr 2004 -- Due to the great level of interest exhibited by potential customers in Rafael's revolutionary concept of its canister-launched mini-UAV, and in an effort to avoid further confusion, with an aim to distinguish the product from a product with the same name belonging to another company, RAFAEL Armament Development Authority Ltd announces the change in name of its unique mini-UAV from Skylark to Skylite.
  • Raytheon Team Confident in MUOS Technical Solution Raytheon 28 Apr 2004 -- At a media briefing held today, Raytheon Company and its Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) team members described the anticipated benefits that derive from its MUOS technical solution. The Team's MUOS proposal, which was recently sent to the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), offers significant advantages to mobile warfighters and substantial savings to the U.S. Government.

Other Conflicts

  • CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Bozize honours payment deal for former rebels IRIN 28 Apr 2004 -- Former rebels who fought alongside Central African Republic (CAR) leader Francois Bozize during his October 2002-March 2003 rebellion have received payment following a meeting with Bozize, and some of them have already left for Chad, state-owned Radio Centrafrique reported on Monday.
  • LIBERIA: All weapons will be turned over, warlords promise IRIN 28 Apr 2004 -- Leaders of Liberia's three former warring parties announced on Wednesday that all of their weapons, including heavy artillery, would be turned over to UN peacekeepers in the on-going disarmament process.
  • WESTERN SAHARA: 13 years and $600 million later, peace nowhere in sight IRIN 28 Apr 2004 -- The United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has warned that UN peacekeepers will be pulled out of the Western Sahara next February unless the Moroccan government and the Polisario Front can come to some agreement on how to bring peace to the troubled desert territory.
  • UGANDA: Government to allocate emergency funds for IDPs IRIN 28 Apr 2004 -- The Ugandan cabinet has approved an emergency allocation of 1.2 billion shillings (about US $630,000) to aid civilians displaced by an 18-year rebel war in the north and east, a senior government official has said.
  • THAILAND VIOLENCE VOA 28 Apr 2004 -- Thai officials say 112 people have been killed in clashes between security forces and militants who attacked more than a dozen security posts in three southern provinces.
  • SRI LANKA POLITICS VOA 28 Apr 2004 -- Norwegian peace mediators are returning to Sri Lanka after nearly six months - in a bid to revive stalled peace talks between the government and Tamil rebels. As Anjana Pasricha reports, efforts to resolve the country's long-running civil conflict began more than two-years ago.
  • ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS VOA 28 Apr 2004 -- Israeli police have arrested and briefly detained prominent Palestinian peace activist Sari Nusseibeh, the president of al-Quds University in Jerusalem. Mr. Nusseibeh was charged with hiring undocumented workers at the university.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 28 Apr 2004 -- French Interior Minister de Villepin ponders laws to combat terrorism / Peace shattered in Syria as terrorists attack UN building / Al-Qaida warning by Saudi Arabia's most wanted man / Insurgents in Iraq show signs of acting as a network / New flag is dismissed in Baghdad as 'Israeli look-alike' / Iran may be running nuke programs, the U.S. says
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 28 Apr 2004 -- NATO and Greek security forces to hold three-day exercise / Afghans, peacekeepers foil plots to attack Kabul / KFOR troops in Kosovo detain former rebel over March riots / NATO rejects Bosnia army candidates over alleged war crimes / Algerian officer discusses country's cooperation with NATO

  • S-A-F / POLITICS VOA 28 Apr 2004 -- South African President Thabo Mbeki named his new cabinet on Wednesday, the day after he was sworn in for a second term on the 10th anniversary of the end of apartheid.
  • ZIMBABWE/MERCENARIES VOA 28 Apr 2004 -- The Zimbabwe government has issued a document allowing extradition to Equatorial Guinea. The move is apparently related to the detention in Zimbabwe of 70 men, mostly South Africans, for allegedly plotting a coup d'etat in Equatorial Guinea.
  • EADS Astrium awarded a second Anik satellite by Telesat. EADS 28 Apr 2004 -- “For thirty-five years, quality and reliability have been the hallmarks of Telesat’s services to its customers, and that’s what we look for every time we plan a new satellite,” said Larry Boisvert, Telesat’s president and CEO. “Anik F3 will be the second EADS Astrium-built satellite in Telesat’s fleet, and we look forward to continuing this productive and successful collaboration.”
  • Telesat Chooses ILS to Launch Anik F3; 4th Canadian Satellite to Use Proton Rocket Lockheed Martin 28 Apr 2004 -- International Launch Services (ILS) of the United States and Telesat, one of the world's leading satellite operators, are teaming up once again to launch a satellite on a Russian rocket. Telesat announced today that it has chosen an ILS Proton/Breeze M launch vehicle for the Anik F3 mission in 2006. Financial terms were not disclosed.



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