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19 May 2004 Military News

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Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 19 May 2004 [PDF]
  • MARINE DIES IN AL ANBAR PROVINCE
  • TWO FIRST INFANTRY DIVISION SOLDIERS DIE IN SEPARATE INCIDENTS
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualty
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualty

  • IRAQ WRAP VOA 19 May 2004 -- U-S military officials say more than 40 Iraqis may have been killed in a firefight in the desert of western Iraq, but there are conflicting accounts about whether those killed were insurgents or civilians attending a wedding party. Meanwhile, in Baghdad, an American soldier who pleaded guilty to abusing Iraqi detainees has been sentenced to a year in prison and will be discharged from the Army. He is the first soldier to be convicted in connection with the scandal.
  • PENTAGON / IRAQ UPDATE VOA 19 May 2004 -- Defense officials are challenging news reports claiming U-S aircraft fired on a wedding party in western Iraq early Wednesday, killing more than 40 people.
  • PENTAGON/IRAQ VOA 19 May 2004 -- Defense officials are challenging news reports claiming U-S aircraft allegedly fired on a wedding party in western Iraq early Wednesday, killing more than 40 people.
  • COALITION FORCES RAID SUSPECTED FOREIGN FIGHTER SAFE HOUSE NEAR SYRIAN BORDER CENTCOM Release 19 May 2004-- At 3 a.m. May 19, Coalition forces conducted a military operation against a suspected foreign fighter safe house in the open desert, 85 km SW of Husaybah, and 25 km from the Syrian border.
  • UPDATE FROM COURT-MARTIAL OF SOLDIER CENTCOM Release 19 May 2004-- Statement by Col. Jill Morganthaler, Multi-National Force-Iraq Public Affairs Officer:
  • ARRAIGNMENT OF THREE SOLDIERS CENTCOM Release 19 May 2004-- Statement by Col. Jill Morgenthaler, Multi-National Force-Iraq Public Affairs Officer:

  • COMBINED FORCES COMMAND AFGHANISTAN CENTCOM Release 19 May 2004-- LTG David Barno, Combined Forces Command - Afghanistan, commander, has directed a "top to bottom" general officer led review and assessment of all coalition detention and holding operations in Afghanistan.
  • AFGHANISTAN/US/PRISONS VOA 19 May 2004 -- The commander of U-S forces in Afghanistan has ordered "a top to bottom" review and assessment of coalition's detention centers across the country.
  • RFE/RL Afghanistan Report, Vol 3, Number 18 19 May 2004 -- CAN THE U.S. ENSURE SECURITY FOR AFGHAN ELECTIONS? / U.S.-BASED HUMAN RIGHTS GROUP SAYS ABUSE OF AFGHAN PRISONERS IS SYSTEMIC... / ...AND ACCUSATION IS SUPPORTED BY AFGHAN HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATION... / IRAQI PRISONER SCANDAL SHINES LIGHT ON TREATMENT OF AFGHAN DETAINEES / MILITIA DISARMAMENT PROCESS ENTERS FINAL PHASE... / ...BUT UN CALLS INITIAL RESULTS OF DISARMAMENT IN AFGHANISTAN 'UNCONVINCING.' / AFGHAN WARLORD DEMANDS APOLOGY FROM UNAMA / AFGHAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE QUESTIONS KARZAI'S LEGITIMACY / AFGHAN POLITICAL PARTY IS REGISTERED UNDER NEW NAME... / ...AS IS NATIONALIST POLITICAL PARTY / MEMBERS OF RADICAL AFGHAN GROUP OBTAIN VOTING CARDS / JOINT FRANCO-GERMAN BRIGADE TO ASSUME COMMAND OF ISAF / GERMAN ISAF SOLDIER INJURED IN KABUL ATTACK / U.S. MARINE KILLED IN SOUTHERN AFGHANISTAN... / ...LEADING TO THE ARREST OF FOUR SUSPECTED NEO-TALIBAN / U.S. FORCES KILL FIVE INSURGENTS IN SOUTHERN AFGHANISTAN / NEO-TALIBAN KILL TWO SOLDIERS IN SOUTHERN AFGHANISTAN / TWO AFGHAN POLICE OFFICERS KILLED IN KABUL / SOUTHERN AFGHAN PROVINCE REPORTEDLY UNDER SIEGE / AFGHAN SECURITY FORCES FREE IRANIAN HOSTAGES / CONSTRUCTION ON EASTERN AFGHAN ROAD BEGINS / CONFERENCE ON RECONSTRUCTION ENDS WITH CALL FROM REGIONAL UNITY / THIS WEEK IN AFGHANISTAN'S HISTORY

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Background Briefing - Uniform Code of Military Justice and Court Martial Procedures 19 May 2004

  • CONGRESS / DEFENSE VOA 19 May 2004 -- Congress is considering legislation that would authorize more than 400-billion dollars in defense spending for 2005, including 25-billion dollars in additional money for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan through the end of the year.
  • Officials Set Up Review Procedure for Guantanamo Detainees AFPS 19 May 2004 -- Nearly 600 enemy combatants being held at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will now have an annual opportunity to petition for their release.
  • HMH-465 lifts F-7 in TRAP training Marine Corps News 19 May 2004-- Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 465, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, and a helicopter support team from Combat Service Support Company 117, Combat Service Support Battalion 7, Combat Service Support Group 11, 1st Force Service Support Group, joined forces to show there's no limit to what they can deliver on the battlefield.
  • U.S. 2nd Fleet/Striking Fleet, Mount Whitney Visit Halifax Navy Newsstand 19 May 2004-- The Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet/Striking Fleet Atlantic staff and the crew of USS Mount Whitney (LCC/JCC 20) reinforced the spirit of cooperation with their Canadian neighbors during a port visit May 13-17.
  • AIM-9X Sidewinder Approved For Full-Rate Production Navy Newsstand 19 May 2004-- The Naval Air Systems Command Air-to-Air Missile Program Office announced May 17 that the AIM-9X Sidewinder has been approved for Full-Rate Production.
  • Flint Leaves Its Mark in U.S. 7th Fleet Navy Newsstand 19 May 2004-- The ammunition ship USNS Flint (T-AE 32) departed U.S. 7th Fleet's area of responsibility (AOR) May 16, following a 20-month deployment.
  • E-2 Program Prototypes COTS Navigation System Providing Fleet With New Capabilities NAVAIR Release 19 May 2004-- The Naval Air Systems Command has successfully prototyped a commercial navigation system currently installed in two of the U.S. Navy's E-2C Hawkeye aircraft. The GNS-530, originally produced for commercial aviation applications by Garmin International of Olathe, Kansas, will bring dual utility to the Hawkeye cockpit by simultaneously satisfying Communication, Navigation and Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) enhanced display requirements while also providing precision approach to the E-2C Fleet.

  • Iran's navy to launch 5 war games in territorial waters IRNA 19 May 2004 -- The Islamic Republic of Iran`s Navy will launch five war games in various parts of the country to mark the liberation anniversary of southwestern city of Khorramshahr on May 23.

  • White House Daily Briefing, May 19 Washington File 19 May 2004 -- President's call with President Ghazi, Israel/killing of Palestinians, Iraq/security/new government, budget, Iraq/biological labs, U.N. resolution, China/Taiwan, treatment of Cuba versus treatment of Israel, prisoner abuse/sentences, additional photos of abuse in Iraq, additional troops in Iraq
  • State Department Noon Briefing, May 19 Washington File 19 May 2004 -- Israel/Palestinians, Cyprus, Greece, Iraq, Taiwan, North Korea, South Korea, Cuba, Sudan/Kenya, India

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 19 May 2004
  • Security Council calls on Israel to stop demolition of Palestinian homes UN News Centre 19 May 2004 -- Concerned by the recent demolition of homes in the Rafah refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, the United Nations Security Council today called on Israel to respect its obligations under international humanitarian law and insisted on its obligation not to destroy homes contrary to that law.
  • Powell Says Israeli Actions in Gaza Make Peace More Difficult Washington File 19 May 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell described Israel's May 19 military action in Gaza as a "tragic incident" that made peace efforts with the Palestinians more difficult.
  • BUSH / MIDEAST VOA 19 May 2004 -- President Bush is urging Israel and the Palestinians to show restraint, as his administration voices concern over escalating violence in the Gaza Strip.
  • U-N / MIDEAST VOA 19 May 2004 -- The U-N Security Council has adopted a resolution condemning the killing of Palestinian civilians at the Rafah refugee camp. The United States -- which has vetoed similar measures in the past -- abstained.
  • Annan strongly condemns killing of Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza UN News Centre 19 May 2004 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today strongly condemned the killing and injury of Palestinian demonstrators in southern Gaza, and called on Israel to immediately end its military operations there.
  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 19 May 2004 -- Israel's Army expressed sadness Wednesday for the killing of at least 10 Palestinians in southern Gaza. All the dead are reported to be under 18. More than 50 were wounded after an Israeli tank and a helicopter fired towards a crowd of Palestinian demonstrators in Rafah. The death toll has risen to more than 30 since Israel launched a military incursion in the area to destroy weapons smuggling tunnels and arrest Palestinian militants.
  • BUSH MIDEAST VOA 19 May 2004 -- President Bush is urging restraint on the part of both Israelis and Palestinians amid escalating violence in the Gaza Strip. The president says he wants to get "clarification" on what occurred during an attack on Palestinian demonstrators by Israeli military forces.
  • Middle East: U.S. Sends Mixed Messages As Israel Intensifies Gaza Raids RFE/RL 19 May 2004 -- First, Secretary of State Colin Powell warned Israel that the United States opposes the destruction of Palestinian homes. Then, a few days later, President George W. Bush softened the message, emphasizing Israel's right to self-defense as it continues a deadly operation in Gaza it says is targeted at stopping the smuggling of arms.
  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS UPDATE VOA 19 May 2004 -- At least ten Palestinians were killed in Gaza Wednesday when an Israeli tank, and possibly a helicopter, fired on a crowd of demonstrators. All of the dead are reported to be under 18. More than 50 people have been wounded. The death toll has risen to more than 30 since Israel launched a military incursion into the Rafah area in southern Gaza to destroy weapons smuggling tunnels and arrest or kill Palestinian militants.
  • ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS VOA 19 May 2004 -- Israeli troops began moving into the heart of the southern Gaza town of Rafah, one day after fighting in the adjacent refugee camp left at least 20 Palestinians dead. The Israeli Army says it shot and killed two more Palestinian gunmen. The military says it expects to meet intense resistance as it continues a major operation to destroy weapons smuggling tunnels and arrest or kill Palestinian militants.

  • CHAD: Army mutineers surrender - government IRIN 19 May 2004 -- A group of rebel soldiers who staged an abortive mutiny at the weekend have finally surrendered following two days of negotiations at a barracks on the outskirts of the capital N'djamena where they had barricaded themselves in, the government said on Wednesday.
  • UN hands over all policing and defence authority to Timor-Leste Government UN News Centre 19 May 2004 -- In another landmark of progress for Timor-Leste, the United Nations mission in the southeast Asian country today handed over all official responsibility for policing and external security to the government of the world body's youngest member.
  • Georgia: Having Secured Adjara, Tbilisi Turns To Abkhazia With An Eye On Russia RFE/RL 19 May 2004 -- The peaceful outcome of the Adjar crisis in early May has shown that Russia is now eager to preserve peace and stability in neighboring Georgia. Regional experts believe the warming of bilateral ties that followed the recent change of leadership in Tbilisi could also have a positive impact on Georgia's so-called "frozen conflicts."
  • SUDAN: Conflict in the south escalates ahead of peace deal IRIN 19 May 2004 -- A number of conflicts in the lakes area of Bahr al-Ghazal, southern Sudan, escalated this year in advance of a likely peace agreement between the government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A), according to an NGO organising peace initiatives in the region.
  • UGANDA: Rebels abduct Kitgum Bishop from church compound IRIN 19 May 2004 -- Rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) on Wednesday abducted an Anglican Bishop and 11 other people in the northern town of Kitgum, 460 km north of the capital, Kampala, in an attack on a church compound, the Ugandan army spokesman said.
  • U-N / SUDAN VOA 18 May 2004 -- The United Nation's top refugee official says he welcomes an anticipated peace accord for Sudan -- but notes that bloodshed has yet to be quelled in the region.
  • ACEH ANNIVERSARY VOA 19 May 2004 -- Military rule has ended in the restive Indonesian province of Aceh (Ah-chay). As Tim Johnston reports from Jakarta, some observers say the change to a civilian administration could be a chance to work for a longer-term peace, but they are skeptical about the government's willingness to make the necessary sacrifices.
  • EAST TIMOR TROOPS VOA 19 May 2004 -- Australia is scaling back its peacekeeping duties in East Timor as the fledgling nation prepares to mark the second anniversary of independence from Indonesia. But as Phil Mercer reports from Darwin, there are still concerns about looming threats to East Timor's long-term security.

News Reports

  • ZIMBABWE: Alleged mercenaries take SA govt to court IRIN 19 May 2004 -- The 70 suspected mercenaries arrested in Zimbabwe on charges of conspiring to topple the president of Equatorial Guinea are taking the South African government to court, a lawyer told IRIN on Wednesday.
  • Lockheed Martin-Built AMC-11 Satellite Launched Successfully From Cape Canaveral Lockheed Martin 19 May 2004 -- The AMC-11 telecommunications satellite, designed and built by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] for SES AMERICOM, was successfully launched today from Cape Canaveral aboard a Lockheed Martin-built Atlas IIAS rocket provided by International Launch Services (ILS). Initial contact with the satellite, called acquisition of signal, was confirmed at 7:26 p.m. EDT from the Lockheed Martin satellite tracking station in Uralla Australia.
  • ILS Successfully Launches AMC-11 Satellite; Celebrates 5 Missions In 5 Months Lockheed Martin 19 May 2004 -- International Launch Services (ILS) marked another successful mission tonight, after its Atlas IIAS rocket placed the AMC-11 satellite into orbit for SES AMERICOM.



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