29 April 2004 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 29 Apr 2004 [PDF]
- UPDATE ON EIGHT SOLDIERS KILLED IN CAR BOMB ATTACK
- Eight Soldiers Killed were Working to Make Roads Safe for Iraqis (Update) [CJTF-7 News Release] April 29, 2004
- Eight Coalition Soldiers Killed in Car Bomb Attack [CJTF-7 News Release] April 29, 2004
- First Infantry Division Soldier Killed, One Wounded [CJTF-7 News Release] April 29, 2004
- Task Force Baghdad Soldier Killed in Attack [CJTF-7 News Release] April 29, 2004
- Soldier Killed in Vehicle Accident [CJTF-7 News Release] April 29, 2004
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- IRAQ WRAP VOA 29 Apr 2004 -- U-S military officials in Iraq say some Marine units are preparing to pull back from positions in the strife-ridden city of Fallujah, to coincide with the arrival of Iraqi security forces commanded by former officers of Saddam Hussein's disbanded army. U-S warplanes mounted strikes in Fallujah for a third consecutive day as 10 U-S servicemen were killed elsewhere in the country.
- 10 U.S. Soldiers Killed In Iraq RFE/RL 29 Apr 2004 -- The U.S. military has confirmed that 10 U.S. soldiers were killed today in three separate incidents in Iraq, Western news agencies and CNN television reported.
- Marines, Iraqi police patrol streets together in western Iraq Marine Corps News 29 Apr 2004-- Iraqi police who were trained by Marines just a couple weeks ago are already walking the beat here.
- Lejeune Marines perform in Fallujah Marine Corps News 29 Apr 2004-- Eighteen-year-old Lance Cpl. Justin Tygart checked and rechecked hi gear as the evening sun set here.
- Marine, chaplains, fellow Muslims reopen mosque Marine Corps News 29 Apr 2004-- A center of Islamic faith here was reopened for Muslims looking for a place to worship April 25.
- TF DANGER SOLDIERS DETAIN SIX, CONFISCATE WEAPON CACHES CENTCOM Release 29 Apr 2004-- Soldiers from Task Force Danger detained six suspects and confiscated several large weapon caches during three raids in north central Iraq April 28.
- Mortar attack gets quick response in Taji Army News Service 29 Apr 2004-- Four Soldiers of the 39th Brigade Combat Team's Support Battalion were killed April 24 when mortars rained down on Camp Cooke, about 15 miles north of Baghdad.
- Carrier Air Wing 7 Continues Air Support of Combat in Iraq Navy Newsstand 29 Apr 2004-- USS George Washington's (GW) (CVN 73) aircraft exerted pressure on anti-Iraqi forces in the Iraqi city of Fallujah April 28, with repeated bombardments from Strike Fighter Squadrons (VFA) 136 and VFA-131, and Fighter Squadrons (VF) 11 and VF-143.
- CG reflects on Iraqi deployment Marine Corps News 29 Apr 2004-- Maj. Gen. Jon Gallinetti, commander of Marine Corps Air Bases Western Area, held an officer and staff noncommissioned officer professional military education seminar at the MCABWA Headquarters April 21 to reflect on his recent deployment to Iraq.
- Civil Affairs Mission Continues to Grow in Iraq, Afghanistan AFPS 29 Apr 2004 -- Winning the hearts and minds of the Iraqi and Afghan people is much more than just a slogan for the 96th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne).
- CONGRESS/AFGHANISTAN VOA 29 Apr 2004 -- U-S officials say efforts to strengthen the government in Afghanistan and build a national army are going well, despite continuing security problems. Their comments came in a congressional hearing looking at progress since the ouster of the Taleban regime in 2001.
- Afghanistan Efforts Paying Off, DoD Official Tells House Committee AFPS 29 Apr 2004 -- U.S. and coalition efforts in Afghanistan are paying off in that formerly Taliban-controlled country, a senior U.S. official told House Armed Services Committee members today.
- AFGHANISTAN VOTE VOA 29 Apr 2004 -- Officials in Afghanistan say a second phase of voter registration for elections in September will begin Saturday. During the two-month drive, election authorities plan to target 30 provinces. Poor security in some areas is preventing registration.
- CJTF-HAITI DELIVERS ASSISTANCE TO THOSE IN NEED Marine Corps News 29 Apr 2004-- Personnel from Combined Joint Task Force - Haiti and Marine Air Ground Task Force-8 delivered more than $23,000 worth of medical supplies to a local hospital here April 28. The Centre de Sante de la Croix Des Missions Hospital was just one of many hospitals that received medical supplies, totaling approximately $850,000, from the U.S. Department of Defense and distributed by multinational interim forces here.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Boxer Returns to San Diego After Supporting OIF Navy Newsstand 29 Apr 2004-- USS Boxer (LHD 4) will be returning to its homeport of San Diego April 29, after completing a three-and-a-half month deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
- White House Daily Briefing, April 29 Washington File 29 Apr 2004 -- 9/11 Commission testimony, Iraq/Gallup poll, Justice Department/document released, North Korea, World War II Memorial, German/Anti-Semitism Conference, U.S.-India club, poll numbers, Bush speech on USS Lincoln
- State Department Noon Briefing, April 29 Washington File 29 Apr 2004 -- USAID/Global Health Council meeting, European Union, Sudan, North Korea, Equatorial Guinea, Qatar
- BAE SYSTEMS Australia Submits Battlespace Communications Bid BAE Systems 29 Apr 2004 -- BAE Systems Australia has submitted its proposal for the Australian Defence Force (ADF)s Battlespace Communications Programme JP2072. BAE Systems is bidding as a vendor independent Prime Systems Integrator (PSI) that will be able to source the most appropriate value-for-money equipment and systems unencumbered by any existing agreements or arrangements.
- General Dynamics to Develop Prototypes for New Ground Sensor Systems General Dynamics 29 Apr 2004 -- General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has received a $2.5 million contract to develop prototypes of a new type of ground sensor called “Massively Deployable Unattended Ground Sensors” (MDUGS). The contract was awarded by the U.S. Army Communications – Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (RDECOM), Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate, in Fort Belvoir, Va.
- Lockheed Martin Awarded $32 Million Contract for Sniper XR Advanced Targeting Pods Lockheed Martin 29 Apr 2004 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] received a $32 million order from the U.S. Air Force for Sniper XRTM (eXtended Range) advanced targeting pods. The seven-year firm-fixed price contract provides options for the Air Force to procure Sniper XR pods, associated equipment and spares. The Sniper XR has potential domestic and international sales of up to several billion dollars over the life of the program.
- Lockheed Martin KC-130J Given Approval After Intensive Testing By Marine Corps Lockheed Martin 29 Apr 2004 -- The U.S. Marine Corps announced today that the commander of Operational Testing and Evaluation (OT&E) has "recommended full fleet introduction of the Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] KC-130J for operational use."
- Lockheed Martin F-16's Capacity For Smart Weapons Is Doubled With New Weapon Rack Lockheed Martin 29 Apr 2004 -- The "smart weapon" capacity of the Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] F-16 has been doubled with the certification of the new BRU-57 multiple weapon rack.
- Keel Laid for Kidd (DDG 100) at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems Northrop Grumman 29 Apr 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) authenticated the keel of Kidd (DDG 100), the U.S. Navy's newest Aegis guided missile destroyer, during a ceremony here today.
- EADS Defence and Communications Systems selected for the CARAPAS demonstrator EADS 29 Apr 2004 -- EADS Defence and Communications Systems (DCS) has been selected by DGA (the French Armament Procurement Agency) for the fast speed UAV (Unmanned Air Vehicle) CARAPAS demonstrator, the results of which will be used for the Requirements Specification for the Multi Sensors Multi Missions Program.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 29 Apr 2004
- CYPRUS: GREEK CYPRIOT REJECTION OF ANNAN PLAN DISAPPOINTS US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 29 Apr 2004
- Security Council supports self-determination plan for Western Sahara UN News Centre 29 Apr 2004 -- The United Nations Security Council today supported a plan that would allow the people of Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony, to determine their own political future, disallowing both Morocco's rejection of the plan and its proposal to give Western Saharans limited autonomy under its rule.
- Georgia committed to peaceful end to Abkhazia conflict, Security Council told UN News Centre 29 Apr 2004 -- Georgia's new Prime Minister, Zurab Zhvania, today told the United Nations Security Council that the main goal of the country's new leadership was to restore the territorial integrity of the State through peaceful means.
- Security Council voices disappointment at Cyprus missing chance at reunification UN News Centre 29 Apr 2004 -- The United Nations Security Council today voiced its disappointment that recent efforts to resolve the Cyprus problem have not succeeded and reiterated its backing for an overall political settlement.
- SOMALIA: Faction leaders plan separate conference in Jowhar IRIN 29 Apr 2004 -- A group of faction leaders who abandoned the current Somali peace talks in Kenya have said they will hold a separate conference inside Somalia to discuss peace in the war-torn country instead of returning to Nairobi as requested by regional mediators.
- NIGERIA: Troops hunting oil workers' killers meet militia resistance IRIN 29 Apr 2004 -- Nigerian troops hunting the killers responsible for the deaths of four oil workers and their three military guards in the troubled Niger Delta oil region last week say they have come under gunfire attack from armed ethnic militants in the region.
- U-N / WESTERN SAHARA VOA 29 Apr 2004 -- The U-N Security Council has given Secretary General Kofi Annan six more months to persuade Morocco to accept a peace plan for the Western Sahara. Council ambassadors indicated their patience is wearing thin as efforts to settle the long-running dispute drag on.
- Thailand: Officials Warn Of Possible Retaliation After Deaths Of Over 100 Muslim Militants RFE/RL 29 Apr 2004 -- Thai officials are warning of possible retaliatory attacks the day after more than 100 Muslim militants died in clashes with security forces in the south of the country. The violence has shocked many, and led some to question whether the actions by the authorities may have been disproportionate.
- CYPRUS / E-U VOA 29 Apr 2004 -- The Mediterranean nation of Cyprus becomes one of 10 new members of the European Union on Saturday. But only the ethnic-Greek southern part of the island will join, and under a cloud of international criticism, after its people voted down a U-N plan for reunification with Turkish Cypriots in the north.
- E-U / TURKISH CYPRIOTS VOA 29 Apr 2004 -- The European Union has approved more than 300-million dollars in aid for the Turkish community in northern Cyprus, and agreed to ease trade restrictions on the enclave. Turkish-Cypriots voted in favor of a U-N plan to reunite the divided island, but Greek-Cypriots rejected it. The ethnic-Greek southern part of the island will join the European Union on Saturday.
- THAILAND / VIOLENCE AFTERMATH VOA 29 Apr 2004 -- One day after the bloody clashes in southern Thailand that killed more than 100 people, grieving families have buried most of the dead and the Thai government is trying to determine who was behind the incident. Meanwhile, in the neighborhood where a standoff at a mosque led to the bloodiest clash, residents are bewildered and angry.
- ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS VOA 29 Apr 2004 -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is defending his plan for unilateral disengagement from the Palestinians. Opinion polls show the majority of members of Mr. Sharon's Likud party are prepared to vote against the controversial plan in a party referendum this Sunday.
- THAILAND VIOLENCE VOA 29 Apr 2004 -- Security in southern Thailand remains extremely tight a day after deadly clashes between Human rights groups are demanding an investigation into Thailand's worst violence in recent years.
- WEST AFRICA/U-N VOA 29 Apr 2004 -- Representatives from the U-N missions in Ivory Coast, Liberia, and Sierra Leone met in Senegal in a bid to strengthen their cross-border operations. x
- SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 29 Apr 2004 -- Iraqis split over whether Iraq is better off / Denmark to discuss expanded role in Iraq with Colin Powell / Macedonian (sic) PM wins presidency, opposition cries foul / International prosecutor clears Serbs in child drowning in Kosovo / Afghan poppy crop up 50 percent this year / UN adopts resolution aimed at keeping weapons of mass destruction from terrorists
- SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 29 Apr 2004 -- Success in northern city highlights NATO shortfalls elsewhere in Afghanistan / Czech NATO envoy describes NATO delegation trip to Afghanistan / Norway sending 100 additional troops to Afghanistan / Poor security disrupting Afghan election plans / NAEW force commander visits Greece for talks on Olympic security
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