03 July 2004 Military News
- Marine dies after action in Al Anbar Province
- DoD Identifies Marine Casualties
- IRAQ / MARINE VOA 03 Jul 2004 -- A militant group Saturday claimed it killed a U.S. Marine who was believed taken hostage around the 20th of June.
- U.S. Troops Uncover Baghdad Bomb Factory, Weapons Caches AFPS 03 Jul 2004 -- U.S. soldiers in Iraq discovered an apparent bomb- making facility and several weapons caches, senior U.S. military officials announced today at a Baghdad news briefing.
- Soldiers uncover VBIED production site and large weapons cache CENTCOM 03 Jul 2004 -- 1st Cavalry Division soldiers recently uncovered a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device production site as well as a large weapons cache in southern Baghdad.
- U.S. Troops Uncover Car-Bomb Facility In Iraq RFE/RL 03 Jul 2004 -- The U.S. Army says it has dealt a blow to Iraqi insurgents by raiding a bomb factory in Baghdad and arresting the financier and operators.
- Insurgents Kill 7 Iraqi National Guard Soldiers VOA News 03 Jul 2004 -- Meanwhile, U.S. military officials in Iraq say troops searching for illegal weapons have discovered a car-bomb "factory" in southern Baghdad.
- AFGHAN/ELECTION VOA 03 Jul 2004 -- Election officials in Afghanistan are consulting with the government and political parties to fix a final date for historic parliamentary and presidential elections, which are set for September. The officials are calling reports that the polls will again be delayed mere speculation.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Redtails Still Ready As They Prepare for Decommissioning Navy Newsstand 03 Jul 2004 -- After 59 years of service and after returning in May from a successful deployment as part of the USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) Strike Group, the Fighting Redtails of Sea Control Squadron (VS) 21 are preparing for their decommissioning in January 2005.
- AU's African Peacekeeping Comes Under Scrutiny VOA News 03 Jul 2004 -- The African Union is expected to update member states on the creation of its pan-African peace and security force at the AU summit this coming week. Analysts have mixed views on whether the initiative will be a success.
- SUDAN: Gov't commits to immediate disarmament of Janjawid and outlaws in Darfur IRIN 03 Jul 2004 -- In a joint communiqué with the United Nations, the Sudanese government on Saturday formally committed to the immediate disarmament of Janjawid militias and other outlaws operating in the western Darfur region.
- KENYA/UNREAST VOA 03 Jul 2004 -- The Kenyan capital, Nairobi, was rocked by violence Saturday when police fired tear gas and water cannons on angry crowds protesting the government's failure to implement constitutional changes. Frustration with the government has been building for some time.
- SUDAN / ANNAN VOA 03 Jul 2004 -- U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan says he has received assurances from the Sudanese government that it will disarm Arab militias, blamed for the violence in the western region of Darfur. More than a million people who have been forced from their homes in Darfur now face hunger and disease in what the U.N. describes as the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
- INDIA/KASHMIR VOA 03 Jul 2004 -- In Indian Kashmir, a string of attacks by suspected Islamic militants has claimed eight lives and wounded dozens of people. Anjana Pasricha reports, violence swept the region just days after India and Pakistan held peace talks aimed at ending their dispute over the divided region.
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