31 May 2004 Military News
- FIRST ARMORED DIVISION SOLDIER KILLED, TWO OTHERS WOUNDED IN IED ATTACK
- TWO FIRST ARMORED DIVISION SOLDIERS KILLED IN SEPARATE ENGAGEMENTS
- TASK FORCE OLYMPIA SOLDIER DIES OF WOUNDS
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
- Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 31 May 2004 -- Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt and DanSenor, CPA Spokesman
- Bomb in Baghdad Kills Two Coalition Soldiers AFPS 31 May 2004 -- Two Task Force 1st Armored Division soldiers died today in separate engagements south of Kufa, U.S. Central Command officials announced in a news release.
- Covering Sixes: Mobile infantry force a cavalry to convoys under fire Marine Corps News 31 May 2004--Keep the foot on the gas. That's the mission of the logisticians of the 1st Force Service Support Group who brave highways littered with roadside bombs and flanked by trigger-happy insurgents daily in order to haul supplies across western Iraq to Marines who need them.
- BTL 1/6's Raider 3 finally gets into the fight in Afghanistan Marine Corps News 31 May 2004-- For nearly a month, the Marines of 3d Platoon (call sign - Raider 3), Bravo Co., Battalion Landing Team 1st Bn., 6th Marines watched in frustration as their comrades-in-arms scoured the hills of south-central Afghanistan hunting for Taliban insurgents and anti-coalition militia.
- Defanging the Taliban one arms cache at a time Marine Corps News 31 May 2004--The discovery of large caches of arms and ammunition in rural Afghanistan always seem to grab headlines, but according to Marines and Sailors fighting Taliban and anti-coalition militia, a greater danger lies in smaller, much more prolific stockpiles.
- Marine snipers spend Memorial Day honing skills Marine Corps News 31 May 04 -- As the sounds from several sniper rifles echo off the mountainous Djiboutian landscape, Marines and soldiers supporting Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa familiarize themselves with French sniper weapons systems here May 31.
Defense Policy / Programs
- US delivers helicopters to Pakistan for border security IRNA 31 May 2004 -- The US government has delivered three HUEY II helicopters to Pakistan for use by the Ministry of Interior Air Wing, said a US Embassy news release received here on Monday.
- PENTAGON/WEST AFRICA VOA 31 May 2004 -- The U-S Navy is expected to deploy an aircraft carrier strike group for exercises in the Gulf of Guinea off West Africa for the first time later this year.
- Pratt & Whitney Receives Production Contract for F119 Engines from U.S. Air Force Pratt & Whitney 31 May 2004 -- Pratt & Whitney (P&W) received a $481 million supplement to its U.S. Air Force contract to produce F119-PW-100 engines that power the F/A-22 Raptor fighter aircraft. The supplement represents the third production contract for F119 engines. It covers 40 engines for delivery in 2004, along with associated spares and support services to be delivered in 2003. The supplement was added to an existing $150 million long lead production contract issued in January 2002, making the overall contract value more than $631 million.
- DRC-RWANDA: Bukavu crisis task force set up IRIN 31 May 2004 -- The UN Relief/Humanitarian Coordinator in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Herbert M'Cleod, has set up an inter-agency Crisis Task Force for the eastern town of Bukavu where fighting between rival factions of the Congolese army erupted on Wednesday, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported.
- SUDAN/CONFLICT VOA 31 May 2004 -- The African Union is preparing to send a mission into the war-torn Darfur region of western Sudan to oversee a cease-fire between the Sudanese government and warring rebels.
- SIERRA LEONE / TAYLOR VOA 31 May 2004 -- The special war crimes court in Sierra Leone has rejected an appeal by lawyers for former Liberian leader Charles Taylor that he be immune from the court's powers. Mr. Taylor is accused of numerous war crimes for his involvement in Sierra Leone's civil war.
- CONGO/UNREST VOA 31 May 2004 -- The United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo is trying to ease renewed tensions involving the new national army and former rebels in the east of the country.
- SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 31 May 2004 -- Gen. Jones interviewed by Italian daily, visits Allied Action 2004 / First Greek military chemical specialists arrive in Prague for training / NATO takes over running of Kabul airport from Germany / NATO assembly chief warns against failure of Afghan mission / NATO chief ties partnership with Bosnia to progress over war crimes
- SAF ARISTIDE VOA 31 May 2004 -- Former Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide has been officially welcomed to South Africa by President Thabo Mbeki for what is expected to be a lengthy exile. Mr. Aristide said he plans to return to Haiti, once the political situation there returns to normal.
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