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12 May 2004 Military News

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Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 12 May 2004 [PDF]
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualty

  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 12 May 2004 -- Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt, Deputy Director for Coalition Operations; and Dan Senor, Senior Adviser, CPA
  • IRAQ WRAP SECOND UPDATE VOA 12 May 2004 -- U-S troops in Iraq have attacked an area around a Shiite mosque in the southern town of Karbala to root out gunmen loyal to rebel cleric Moqtada al-Sadr who, they say, were using the compound to store weapons. The attack came as the wanted cleric vowed to continue his struggle against U-S forces, but also hinted at the possibility of a peaceful resolution.
  • U.S. Troops Say 25 Insurgents Killed In Karbala RFE/RL 12 May 2004 -- U.S. soldiers backed by tanks and helicopters are continuing to fight supporters of radical Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in the holy Shi'ite city of Karbala today.
  • IRAQ/ WRAP VOA 12 May 2004 -- Fighting continued Wednesday in southern Iraq between coalition forces and Shi'ite militiamen. In the capital Baghdad, there was mixed reaction among Iraqis to the beheading of an American businessman. And, the man in charge of the tribunal that will put former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein on trial now says it is not likely the former dictator will be handed over to Iraqi authorities before June 30th.
  • TASK FORCE DANGER SOLDIERS DETAIN IRAQI ARMY SOLDIER CENTCOM Release 12 May 2004-- Task Force Danger Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 113th Field Artillery, detained an Iraqi Army soldier after finding sketches of a Coalition base in his possession during a shakedown inspection around 2 p.m. May 11.
  • MARINES, MILITARY AGENCIES CONTRIBUTE TO IMPROVEMENT PROJECT CENTCOM Release 12 May 2004-- U.S. Marines and Coalition personnel are participating in numerous developmental projects in Iraqi cities in the Al Anbar Province. One of the projects involves the contracting of crews to clean up a main route through the center of Fallujah.
  • SOLDIERS KILL RPG GUNNERS CENTCOM Release 12 May 2004-- Task Force Baghdad Soldiers killed six anti-Coalition insurgents in the early morning of May 12 during separate engagements spanning an hour's time in east Baghdad.
  • Cavalry clears insurgents from Diwaniya Army News Service 12 May 2004-- In the few weeks since the "Wolfpack" squadron of the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment started patrolling the south-central Iraqi city of Diwaniya along the Euphrates, the Soldiers have been hard at work scattering insurgent forces.
  • THIRD BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM COMPLETES AL-HATHER SCHOOL CENTCOM Release 12 May 2004-- An opening ceremony for the Al-Hather Secondary School in southern Baghdad took place May 7, marking the completion of U.S.-funded renovations to the school.
  • IMPROVEMENTS ON TAP FOR FALLUJAH, AL KHARMA CENTCOM Release 12 May 2004-- Marines will soon start the Fallujah Outreach Center Project designed to train and employ more than 80 young Iraqis in such trades as plumbing, electrical work and construction work.

  • COMBINED FORCES COMMAND AFGHANISTAN RELEASE CENTCOM Release 12 May 2004-- Yesterday, coalition leaders were notified of an allegation of detainee abuse. Upon notification coalition forces launched an immediate investigation into this matter.
  • Afghanistan: Conference On Reconstruction Ends With Call For Regional Unity RFE/RL 12 May 2004 -- On the heels of last month's Berlin conference on Afghan reconstruction, the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek this week hosted a forum for Afghanistan's regional neighbors. The three-day conference, which ended today, explored mutually beneficial ways for Iran, Pakistan, and the countries of Central Asia to contribute to the process of rebuilding the war-torn country.
  • Afghanistan: Iraqi Prisoner Scandal Shines Light On Treatment Of Afghan Detainees RFE/RL 12 May 2004 -- Reports and photographs of Iraqi prisoner abuse by U.S. soldiers have raised concern about the treatment of detainees being held in Afghanistan. Human rights groups long ago expressed such concern to Washington after similar reports of mistreatment began to surface.
  • AFGHANISTAN U-S PRISONERS VOA 12 May 2004 -- U-S forces in Afghanistan say they are starting an investigation into new allegations of abuse of detainees at their main prison facility.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • USS Ronald Reagan Certified Battle Ready Navy Newsstand 12 May 2004-- After a five-month post shakedown availability (PSA), crew members of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) made the grade when the ship received its second flight deck certification May 8.
  • Saipan Crew Conquers New Task Navy Newsstand 12 May 2004-- When USS Saipan (LHA 2) is involved in a refueling at sea, the ship is normally on the receiving end, taking lines and wire from an oiler. But during the ship's most recent underway period in early April, Saipan's crew became the supplier during a refueling at sea with USS Underwood (FFG 36).
  • CVN 76 Launches Last Tomcat Navy Newsstand 12 May 2004-- An F-14 Tomcat from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8's Fighter Squadron (VF) 213 Black Lions, homeported out of Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., launched from USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), May 10, in what was the final Tomcat to leave the deck of the ship.
  • Taguba faults MP leadership for Iraqi detainee abuse Army News Service 12 May 2004-- "Rampant lack of supervision" was among the primary causes that led to a situation where detainee abuse could occur, according to the general charged in late January with investigating the U.S.-controlled Abu Ghraib prison 20 miles west of Baghdad.
  • Marines deploy to Cobra Gold 2004 Marine Corps News 12 May 2004-- Approximately 5,800 Marines from different units throughout Okinawa are heading for Thailand in support of Cobra Gold 2004, scheduled for May 13-27.

  • State Department Noon Briefing, May 12 Washington File 12 May 2004 -- U.S.-Panama ship-boarding initiative, Sudan, Iraq, North Korea, Sri Lanka, Brazil, China, Saudi Arabia
  • White House Daily Briefing, May 12 Washington File 12 May 2004 -- Panama/ship-boarding initiative, murder of Nicholas Berg, prisoner abuse/photos, 9/11 Commission/interview of al Qaeda prisoners, General Miller/Guantanamo Bay interrogations, Geneva Convention/prisoner status, Americans going to Iraq, Iraq/June 30 transfer of power, Arab world response to Berg death/prison abuse, trade deficit, Bush/President of Angola meeting

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • BUSH ANGOLA VOA 12 May 2004 -- President Bush has met with Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos to discuss the fight against terrorism and efforts to promote democracy in Africa.
  • GAZA / ATTACK VOA 12 May 2004 -- A second Israeli armored vehicle has been destroyed in Gaza, one day after six soldiers died when an anti-tank bomb wrecked their personnel carrier. The radical group Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for Wednesday's blast, saying the latest attack had killed five more soldiers.
  • NIGERIA: 30 dead following religious riots in Kano IRIN 12 May 2004 -- Police have imposed a dawn to dusk curfew in Kano, the largest city in northern Nigeria, where about 30 people have been killed in two days of religious violence, sparked off by a Muslim protest demonstration against a massacre committed by Christians.
  • LIBERIA: UNMIL says 26,000 disarmed so far IRIN 12 May 2004 -- The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) said on Wednesday said nearly 26,000 fighters had been disarmed so far by international peacekeepers, but with the disarmament programme yet to extend into rural areas, the total number likely to come forward was still unknown.
  • NIGERIA / VIOLENCE VOA 12 May 2004 -- Nigeria has reinforced security in northern areas, as clashes between Muslims and Christians erupted for a second day in the city of Kano. Health workers say as many as 25 people have been killed.
  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 12 May 2004 -- Israeli helicopters have fired missiles into a neighborhood of Gaza City. Initial reports say at least three Palestinians were killed and more than a dozen others injured. There have been fierce clashes in the neighborhood as Israeli troops try to recover the remains of six soldiers killed Tuesday when their armored personnel carrier was blown up by a roadside bomb.
  • SOMALIA: At least 20 reported killed in heavy fighting in Mogadishu IRIN 12 May 2004 -- Heavy fighting which erupted in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, over the weekend has escalated, leaving an indeterminate number of people dead or wounded, a local journalist told IRIN on Wednesday.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 12 May 2004 -- German says no U.S. base closure decision seen before 2005 / Kosovo Albanians urged to build a multi-ethnic society / Secretary-General says U.N. envoy in Iraq discussing whether to include politicians in interim Iraqi government / Explosion hits election workers' car in eastern Afghanistan, injuring driver / Taliban kill Afghan soldiers, U.S. troops detain suspects in southeastern Afghanistan, commander says
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 12 May 2004 -- Algerian Foreign Minister holds talks with NATO Deputy Secretary General / Denmark to extend its military presence in Iraq / Interview: ICTY President wants Karadzic judged before court shuts

  • ILS Adds 5th Americom Satellite To 2004 Launch Schedule Lockheed Martin 12 May 2004 -- International Launch Services (ILS) is adding the launch of the AMC-16 satellite to its Atlas V manifest for the fourth quarter of 2004, resulting in a total of five planned missions this year for a single customer, SES AMERICOM.
  • NEPAL/POLITICS VOA 12 May 2004 -- A general strike spearheaded by political parties has brought Nepal to a virtual standstill for the second straight day. APressure is mounting on Nepal's King Gyanendra to restore a democratically elected government.

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