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05 May 2004 Military News

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  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 05 May 2004 [PDF]

  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 05 May 2004 -- "My Army's been embarrassed by this. My Army's been shamed by this. And on behalf of my Army, I apologize for what those soldiers did to your citizens. It was reprehensible and it was unacceptable. And it is more than just words, that we have to take those words into action and ensure that never happens again. And we will make a full- faith effort to ensure that never happens again."

  • Coalition Operations Focus on Stability AFPS 05 May 2004 -- The coalition continues offensive and support operations aimed at restoring a stable environment in Iraq, Army Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt said today at a Baghdad briefing.
  • V CORPS' TASK FORCE 1-37TH ARMOR SCOUTS NEW CONVOY ROUTE AS IT CHANGES BASE CAMPS IN IRAQ V Corps Release 05 May 2004-- Many of the Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 37th Armor Regiment of V Corps' 1st Armored Division are closing in on their first year supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. With that anniversary comes a change in scenery and new missions for the Soldiers of the "Bandit" battalion.
  • Rapid Runway Repairmen pave the way in Iraq Marine Corps News 05 May 2004-- With an assortment of air operations being conducted on a non-stop basis here, the ability to take off and land 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing planes and helicopters is paramount.
  • TASK FORCE DANGER SOLDERS SEIZ WEAPONS CACHES CENTCOM Release 05 May 2004-- Task Force Danger Soldiers seized two weapons caches in northeastern Iraq May 4.
  • MARINES, SOLDIERS PROPOSE INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADES TO SHEIKS CENTCOM Release 05 May 2004-- Marines and Soldiers with the 1st Marine Division met with Iraqi sheiks May 4 to propose several projects to improve water distribution, roads, and school and building repairs.
  • Officials address Iraqi detainee abuse issue Army News Service 05 May 2004-- Senior Department of Defense officials publicly denounced the alleged abuse of Iraqi detainees in the past year by a number of military police Soldiers at Abu Ghraib prison west of Baghdad, during several media opportunities in Washington, D.C., May 4.

  • States need help to report on Al-Qaida, Taliban sanctions - UN panel chair UN News Centre 05 May 2004 -- Countries are committed to the international sanctions against Al-Qaida, the Taliban and their associates but some lack adequate resources to fulfil their reporting obligations, according to the Chairman of the Security Council committee dealing with the issues.
  • AFGHANISTAN PRISONERS VOA 05 May 2004 -- U-S forces in Afghanistan say they are not mistreating prisoners, despite the concerns of human-rights groups.
  • AFGHANISTAN PRISONERS VOA 05 Apr 2004 -- U-S forces in Afghanistan say they are not mistreating prisoners, despite the concerns of human-rights groups.
  • Afghanistan: As Kabul Appeals To Opponents, Radical Faction Makes Peace Gesture RFE/RL 05 May 2004 -- A breakaway faction of Hizb-e Islami -- a radical Islamic group linked to guerrilla attacks in Afghanistan -- has come out in favor of peace and playing a role in the Kabul government. The move comes as Afghan Transitional Administration Chairman Hamid Karzai, seeking to exert his power in the provinces, has appealed to rank-and-file members of the Taliban to help the country.

  • PAKISTAN/U-S/MILITARY VOA 05 May 2004 -- Pakistan says it has lodged a protest with the United States over what it says is an incursion into its territory by U-S troops hunting fighters linked to the al-Qaida terror network. The U-S military has not commented.
  • Coalition forces intrude into Pak territory: reports IRNA 05 May 2004 -- US-led coalition forces intruded into Pakistani territory and searched a number of shops before moving back to Afghanistan on Monday evening, press reports said Wednesday.

  • U.S.: Scandal Over Abuse Of Prisoners In Iraq, Afghanistan Growing RFE/RL 05 May 2004 -- Revelations about the abuse of prisoners in Iraq by U.S. forces continue to enrage Arabs, Muslims, and others around the world, and are growing into a major scandal in the United States, as well. A U.S. Senate committee plans hearings on how the practice could have gone unchecked. Six U.S. military prison guards in Iraq have so far been charged, and seven officers have been disciplined. Meanwhile, the U.S. Army says it has conducted investigations into the deaths of 25 prisoners held by U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan since December 2002.

  • POWELL / HAITI VOA 05 May 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell Wednesday promised continuing U-S economic help for Haiti after hearing an appeal from the country's interim Prime Minister Gerard Latortue. The Haitian official said the political violence there earlier this year nearly destroyed the impoverished country's economic infrastructure.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • USS McCampbell Departs on Maiden Voyage Navy Newsstand 05 May 2004-- USS McCampbell (DDG 85) departed May 5 for its first deployment.
  • First Iraqi Coastal Defense Forces Ships Delivered Navy Newsstand 05 May 2004-- Two patrol craft departed Bahrain April 30 en route to Umm Qasr, Iraq, where coalition forces will begin training the newly created Iraqi Coastal Defense Force (ICDF).
  • Enterprise Wraps up Successful Fleet Week Navy Newsstand 05 May 2004-- USS Enterprise (Big E) (CVN 65) concluded a successful port visit to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., April 30, as guests of South Florida Fleet Week USA.
  • USS Cowpens Completes Sea Trials Navy Newsstand 05 May 2004-- USS Cowpens (CG 63) returned to Yokosuka, Japan, April 14 after almost two weeks of sea trials.
  • 1st Air Force looks inward to keep America safe AFPN 05 May 2004-- It was the day the screens went black.

  • NATO SATCOM POST 2000 05 May 2004 -- The NATO C3 Agency has now completed the source selection for NATO's new Satellite Capability in the SHF and UHF frequency bands. Proposals were submitted by the U.S. and a Joint Consortium of France, Italy and the United Kingdom and assessed in accordance with the standard NATO procedure for International Competitive Bidding.

  • White House Daily Briefing, May 5 Washington File 05 May 2004 -- Bush Meeting with Singapore Prime Minister Goh, Iraq/prisoner abuse

Defense Industry

  • BAE SYSTEMS receives U.S. army contract for Black Hawk helicopter fuel systems BAE Systems 05 May 2004 -- BAE Systems has received a contract from the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command for delivery of 160 Auxiliary Fuel Management Systems (AFMS) to be installed on UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, including those used in Iraq and Afghanistan. The $3.7 million contract also calls for the delivery of 60 auxiliary fuel management panels that also will be installed on Black Hawk helicopters.
  • U.S. Army, Raytheon Win Top Software Award for AFATDS Raytheon 05 May 2004 -- The U.S. Army Program Management Intelligence and Effects and Raytheon Company accepted one of five awards given by CrossTalk, The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, for high quality in government software development. The Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System (AFATDS), jointly developed by the Army, Marine Corps and Raytheon, is one of the winning software programs.
  • MH-60S Testing New Mine Sensor Gear Sikorsky 05 May 2004 -- The MH-60S Airborne Mine Countermeasures (AMCM) Program for the U.S. Navy has achieved an important milestone by beginning flight test of one of five sensor systems.
  • CACI Responds to Allegations in the Media About Its Employees in Iraq and to Financial Community Interests CACI 05 May 2004 -- CACI International Inc (NYSE:CAI) announced that its Chairman, President, and CEO Dr. J.P. (Jack) London issued the following statement in a conference call to the investment community earlier today:

Other Conflicts

  • Adjar Leader's Exit Allows Georgia To Avert Crisis RFE/RL 05 May 2004 -- Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili announced early today that Adjar leader Aslan Abashidze had left the rebellious region following late-night scrambling to avoid a potentially bloody confrontation in Georgia's Adjar Autonomous Republic.
  • GEORGIA / PROTESTS VOA 05 May 2004 -- The leader of Georgia's autonomous Ajaria region says he has no plans to leave Ajaria, despite massive public calls for his resignation and an offer of safe passage from Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili.
  • U-S / GEORGIA / AJARIA VOA 05 May 2004 -- The United States renewed its appeal Wednesday for a political solution to a simmering crisis in Georgia between the central government in Tbilisi and authorities in the rebel Ajaria region on the Black Sea coast. The United States and Russia have held senior discussions on the issue.
  • GEORGIA / PROTESTS VOA 05 May 2004 -- The leader of Georgia's autonomous region of Ajaria and the government of Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili were in talks Wednesday as street protests against the provincial leader in Batumi intensified. There are reports some members of the police and the government have joined the demonstrators, and more protesters are reported to be on their way to the capital.
  • Georgia Delivers Ultimatum To Adjar Leader RFE/RL 05 May 2004 -- Georgia has given the leader of the Autonomous Republic of Adjaria, Aslan Abashidze, and his allies an ultimatum to end their rebellion against the central authorities immediately -- or face possible attack.

  • Powell-Mideast VOA 05 May 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell says the U-S embrace of Israeli Prime Minister Sharon's Gaza withdrawal plan was not a wasted effort even though it was rejected by the Israeli leader's Likud Party. Mr. Powell says he thinks the Sharon plan will eventually go forward.
  • UN envoy calls for halt to Israeli violations of withdrawal line, Lebanese retaliatory fire UN News Centre 05 May 2004 -- A United Nations envoy today called on Israel to end its overflights of the region and for the Lebanese side to stop its retaliatory anti-aircraft fire, reminding the parties that one violation cannot justify another.
  • U.S.: Former Diplomats Criticize Bush's Mideast Policies RFE/RL 05 May 2004 -- Can the United States function as an impartial mediator in efforts to help resolve a decades-long dispute between Israel and the Palestinians? Some retired U.S. diplomats say no. In a letter to President George W. Bush, they say Washington has lost its right to arbitrate the Mideast dispute because of recent decisions backing one side at the expense of the other.
  • Middle East: 'Quartet' Sees Opportunity In Gaza Pullout Plan RFE/RL 05 May 2004 -- The international group seeking to guide the Mideast peace process says the proposed Israeli pullout of settlements in Gaza should be seen as an opportunity for progress. But the group, known as the "Quartet," also called on Israel to adhere to previous commitments toward a negotiated final solution. The Quartet, seeking to reassert its role, also announced new plans to engage Palestinian leaders in reforms and in improving conditions in the occupied territories.

  • U-N/IVORY COAST VOA 05 May 2004 -- Ivory Coast's United Nations ambassador is accusing the world body of trying to destabilize the country by leaking a report accusing the government of orchestrating the killing of innocent civilians. The matter is likely to come before the Security Council next week.

  • LIBERIA: UN launches recruitment drive for new police force IRIN 05 May 2004 -- Liberia's transitional government and the United Nations launched a drive on Wednesday to recruit and train a new police force, whose 3,500 officers would be untainted by accusations of human rights abuse.
  • LIBERIA: UN seeks to repatriate foreign combatants IRIN 05 May 2004 -- Ruud Lubbers, the head of the United Nation's refugee agency UNHCR, said on Wednesday that he would seek to repatriate foreigners from several West African countries who became combatants in Liberia's civil war.
  • UN mission disarms over 18,000 ex-rebels in Liberia UN News Centre 05 May 2004 -- With more than 10,000 weapons collected from over 18,000 ex-fighters, the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) is winding down the first phase of its programme to demobilize and disarm the war-torn West African country's three main warring factions.

  • NEPAL / OPPOSITION PROTESTS VOA 05 Apr 2004 -- For the first time in a month, Kathmandu is peaceful, after the government allowed opposition parties to hold a protest march. But the country's political impasse remains, with opposition parties refusing to talk with the king, until the current government is dismissed.
  • NEPAL/POLITICS VOA 05 Apr 2004 -- International donors meeting in Nepal are warning that failure to resolve a political conflict and a communist insurgency in the country could spell the government's downfall. The warning comes as Nepal is gripped by growing protests demanding that King Gyanedra restore elected rule.

  • 25,000 displaced as DR of Congo fighters confront Rwandan rebels, UN says UN News Centre 05 May 2004 -- Clashes between forces from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and long-time Rwandan rebels, known as the Interahamwe and accused of taking a major part in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, have uprooted about 25,000 people in South Kivu in the eastern DRC, the United Nations said today.
  • NIGERIA / CLASHES VOA 05 Apr 2004 -- Nigerian security forces are restoring order in remote areas of central Plateau State, where recent sectarian violence has left scores of people dead.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 04 May 2004 -- Quartet says Israeli withdrawal from Gaza would provide a "rare" opportunity to promote peace / Afghan opium boom spreads to traditional farmers / Taliban kill 14 Afghan troops and police / UN tribunal president: Serbia and Montenegro failing to cooperate / Bombs rock central Athens police station
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 04 May 2004 -- Report: "Finland to send more troops to ISAF" / British workers killed in Afghan attack / Boeing signs $542 million NATO AWACS deal / UNESCO calls for urgent action to protect Serbian heritage in Kosovo / Georgian Batumi oil port mined, says minister

  • INDONESIA ELEX VOA 05 Apr 2004 -- Indonesia, the General Election Commission has announced the final results of last month's parliamentary vote. The big established nationalist-secular parties have won the most seats, but newer parties have made gains on anti-corruption agendas, which challenge the old political ways.
  • EQUATORIAL GUINEA / ELECTIONS VOA 05 Apr 2004 -- The ruling party in Equatorial Guinea and its allies have won nearly a total victory in last month's parliamentary and local elections. Outside observers say the elections were not free.
  • Lockheed Martin Considers Mixed Fleet Of Launch Alternatives For National Space Exploration Vision Lockheed Martin 05 May 2004 -- John Karas, Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] vice president for Space Exploration, said today that incremental, evolutionary development of the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) family that began in the 1960s is a vital lesson that can yield important dividends well into the future.

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