08 July 2004 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 08 Jul 2004 [PDF]
- DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- Transcript: Defense Department Operational Update Briefing 08 Jul 2004 -- Lawrence Di Rita, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs; General David Rodriguez, Deputy Director for Operations, J-3, Joint Staff
- Captured Marine Safe at U.S. Embassy in Beirut AFPS 08 Jul 2004 -- Marine Corps Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun arrived safely today at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, according to a defense official.
- U-S MARINE / LEBANON VOA 08 Jul 2004 -- A U.S. Marine reported missing from Iraq more than two weeks ago has surfaced in Lebanon and is undergoing questioning at the American embassy in Beirut. U.S. officials are providing little information about the case of Marine Corporal Wassef Ali Hassoun, who had been earlier reported to have been a prisoner of Iraqi extremists.
- IRAQ WRAP VOA 08 Jul 2004 -- An American Marine missing from duty in Iraq since last month and who had earlier been reported executed has mysteriously surfaced at the U-S embassy in Lebanon. In Iraq itself, at least five American soldiers have been killed in more insurgent attacks just a day after the Baghdad government gave itself new powers to deal with the on-going unrest.
- LEBANON/ U.S. MARINE VOA 08 Jul 2004 -- U.S. Embassy officials in Lebanon say missing U.S. Marine corporal Wassef Ali Hassoun could be in Lebanon.
- U.S. Says Missing Marine Apparently Safe RFE/RL 08 Jul 2004 -- The U.S. Embassy in Beirut says it has "credible information" that a U.S. Marine who went missing in Iraq two weeks ago is safe in his native Lebanon.
- Iraq, Afghanistan Troop-Rotation Plans Announced AFPS 08 Jul 2004 -- Troop levels will stay the same for the next rotations of operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, Defense Department officials said today.
- Afghanistan, Pakistan, U.S. Officials Discuss Partnership AFPS 08 Jul 2004 -- Afghan, Pakistani and U.S. military and diplomatic officials met here today to develop a common understanding of current operations along the border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
- RFE/RL Afghanistan Report, Vol 3, Number 25 09 Jul 2004 -- AFGHAN PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS DELAYED / THIS WEEK ON RADIO FREE AFGHANISTAN / SLIGHT DELAY IN AFGHAN ELECTION SCHEDULE... / ...WHILE PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS TO BE DELAYED LONGER... / ...AS SPAIN PLANS INCREASE IN TROOP DEPLOYMENT DURING AFGHAN ELECTIONS... / ...AND VOTER-REGISTRATION CENTER ATTACKED IN SOUTHERN AFGHANISTAN... / ...ALSO SOUTH OF KABUL / AFGHAN LEADER URGES NATO TO HURRY TROOP DEPLOYMENT... / ...AS CONTROVERSY DEVELOPS OVER NATO RESPONSE FORCE / NATO TO TAKE OVER COMMAND OF SECOND PRT IN NORTHERN AFGHANISTAN / FRENCH SOLDIERS INJURED IN MINE BLAST / EIGHT POLICEMEN KILLED IN SOUTHERN AFGHANISTAN / RELIGIOUS LEADERS CONDEMN KILLING OF CIVILIANS BY NEO-TALIBAN / NEO-TALIBAN CLAIM OF BEHEADING CLERIC DENIED / HERAT GOVERNOR DISMISSES SECURITY CHIEF / NEW BANK OPENED IN KABUL / AMONG NOMADS, VOTER EDUCATION IS A DIFFICULT AND DANGEROUS TASK / IN RADIO-CENTRIC AFGHANISTAN, WESTERN DONORS WORK WITH LOCAL REALITIES / THIS WEEK IN AFGHANISTAN'S HISTORY
Defense Policy / Programs
- Transfer of Swedish Detainee Complete 08 Jul 2004 -- The Department of Defense announced today that it transferred for release one detainee from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.This detainee came from the country of Sweden.
- U.S DETAINEES VOA 08 Jul 2004 -- The U.S. Defense Department is setting up a new legal procedure to allow detainees held in military custody to challenge their detention. The new procedure is a result of a Supreme Court ruling last week allowing the detainees access to a neutral body to review their status. Legal experts say the U-S government is establishing the new process in an effort to head off an expected wave of legal petitions from the detainees.
- DoD to Review Status of All Guantanamo Detainees AFPS 08 Jul 2004 -- Within 10 days, all 594 detainees held at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will be informed of their right to contest their status under new procedures.
- Kyrgyzstan: Russian Troops, Like U.S. Counterparts, Now Enjoy Diplomatic Immunity RFE/RL 08 Jul 2004 -- The upper house of Kyrgyzstan's parliament has voted to give Russian soldiers stationed in the country diplomatic immunity. Soldiers from the U.S.-led coalition stationed in Kyrgyzstan for operations in Afghanistan already enjoy such immunity. But some in Kyrgyzstan question why foreign troops should be exempt from Kyrgyz laws while they are on Kyrgyz soil.
- U.S.-Australia Joint Communiqué Outlines Areas of Cooperation Washington File 08 Jul 2004 -- The United States and Australia are determined to work closely on global security issues such as Iraq, terrorism, nonproliferation, regional cooperation in Asia and bilateral defense relations, according to the Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations 2004 Joint Communiqué.
- USAFE implements new network login - think compliance before connectivity USAFE News Story 08 Jul 2004 -- U. S. Air Forces in Europe Directorate of Communications and Information is implementing a new network login process July 23 to increase network security compliance throughout the command.
- AUSTRALIA / US MISSILE DEFENSE VOA 08 Jul 2004 -- Australia and the United States have signed a pact to develop a controversial missile defense shield. President Bush made the project a priority after the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington in 2001. But critics have questioned its cost, viability, and Australia's need for such a system.
- DoD to Assist Security Efforts for U.S. Political Events AFPS 08 Jul 2004 -- The Defense Department is ready to provide support to safeguard this fall's Democratic and Republican national conventions and the presidential election, a senior U.S. military officer said here today.
- NATO / HUMAN TRAFFICKING VOA 08 Jul 2004 -- The NATO alliance has adopted new guidelines to ensure that its peacekeeping troops do not seek the services of women forced into prostitution. The new policy, approved at last month's NATO summit in Istanbul, is an effort to combat a wave of human trafficking that is especially prevalent in the Balkans.
- White House Daily Briefing, July 8 Washington File 08 Jul 2004 -- President's meeting with King Mohammed, violence in Iraq, indictment of Ken Lay, security threat Iraq-al Qaeda link, status of Corporal Hassoun, vice president's doctor, war on terror, president's values, Time magazine reporter in Iraq, Israel's nuclear facilities, Austrian president death
- State Department Noon Briefing, July 8 Washington File 08 Jul 2004 -- Departmental issues, Lebanon, Georgia, Cyprus, Iraq, Sudan, Israel/Palestinians, Russia, Afghanistan
- Boeing Demonstrates Maintenance Data Downlink on Super Hornet Boeing 08 Jul 2004 -- Boeing (NYSE:BA) officials successfully demonstrated the transmission of a Super Hornet's systems' status data July 7 from an airborne F/A-18F to the ground based Automated Maintenance Environment (AME).
- Raytheon, the FCS Ground Sensor Integrator, Announces Negotiations for $375 Million in Ground Sensor Development Sub-Contracts Raytheon 08 Jul 2004 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), the Ground Sensor Integrator (GSI) for the U.S. Army Future Combat Systems (FCS) program, has selected the companies to fill ground sensor development requirements.
- Rheinmetall to supply high-tech armoured vehicle to the Bundeswehr Rheinmetall Defence 08 Jul 2004 -- Rheinmetall Landsysteme GmbH of Kiel has been awarded a contract to supply the German Army with 32 airportable "Wiesel 2 Mobile Command Post" light armoured vehicles. The contract is worth some €31 million. These high-tech vehicles will be delivered over a two-year period starting mid 2005.
- Boeing Receives Contract From Marines For ScanEagle UAVs Boeing 08 Jul 2004 -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] last week received a contract from the U.S. Marine Corps to provide two ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle "mobile deployment units" for use with the First Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF) in Iraq. ScanEagle is a low-cost, long-endurance fully autonomous UAV developed and built by Boeing and The Insitu Group.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 08 Jul 2004
- POWELL / GEORGIA / RUSSIA VOA 08 Jul 2004 -- U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell is talking to senior Georgian and Russian officials in an effort to ease tensions in Georgia's breakaway South Ossetia region. South Ossetian separatists have taken some 50 Georgian peacekeepers hostage.
- U.S. Will Not Rest Until Darfur Crisis Resolved, Powell Says Washington File 08 Jul 2004 -- The United States will continue to put pressure on the government of Sudan to immediately address the humanitarian crisis in Darfur, Secretary of State Colin Powell told participants at a conference on Africa July 8, adding that "only action, not words" will save the lives of thousands of civilians.
- Kosovo: UN mission criticizes assembly move to change constitution UN News Centre 08 Jul 2004 -- The United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) today criticized the province's parliamentary assembly for debating proposals to amend the constitution, saying any such changes are beyond its powers.
- Georgian Border Not Secure Enough to Remove OSCE Monitors Washington File 08 Jul 2004 -- The United States believes it is still too early to begin making plans to close the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Border Monitoring Operation (BMO) in Georgia when its mandate expires at the end of 2004, as the Russian Federation has suggested, but would be willing to consider "a gradual drawdown of this very important force when the situation is substantially improved."
- SUDAN / DARFUR VOA 08 Jul 2004 -- U.S. and United Nations humanitarian officials are repeating calls for international intervention in the troubled Sudanese region of Darfur. The officials spoke at a VOA-sponsored conference as word came of a decision to send African Union peacekeepers to Darfur.
- DRC-UGANDA: UN agency investigates reports of Congolese refugee influx IRIN 08 Jul 2004 -- The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has sent a mission to northwestern Uganda to assess the situation following an influx of Congolese refugees fleeing renewed fighting in the northeastern district of Ituri in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
- CONGO/FIGHTING VOA 08 Jul 2004 -- Reports of renewed fighting between militia in Congo's troubled northeastern Ituri district have emerged over the last few days. The U.N. says it has been told about 50 fighters have been killed.
- POWELL / SUDAN / DARFUR VOA 08 Jul 2004 -- U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell Thursday renewed warnings of international sanctions against Sudan if there is not immediate action to ease the humanitarian situation in the western Darfur region. He described efforts to help refugees there as a race against death.
- UN: Security Council To Consider Possible Sanctions Against Sudan RFE/RL 08 Jul 2004 -- The United States says Sudan must stop atrocities by Arab militias in the country's western region of Darfur within days or it could face UN sanctions. UN Security Council ambassadors are to meet later today to discuss a U.S.-drafted resolution that calls for a weapons and travel ban on militia leaders accused of uprooting more than 1 million black African villagers in Darfur. The draft also includes a threat to expand sanctions after 30 days to include members of the Sudanese government unless Khartoum immediately reigns in the militias, known as "Janjaweed." The pressure follows visits to Darfur last week by U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
- SUDAN: US threatens sanctions over Janjawid militias IRIN 08 Jul 2004 -- The United States government has threatened to impose sanctions on Sudan very soon, unless it disarms militia blamed for most of the atrocities in the western region of Darfur. "We are talking about days," the US ambassador to the United Nations, John Danforth, told reporters in New York on Wednesday.
- UGANDA-SUDAN: LRA kills over 100 villagers in southern Sudan IRIN 08 Jul 2004 -- More than 100 people were recently killed in southern Sudan by Ugandan rebels belonging to the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in raids on villages around the towns of Torit and Juba, a relief worker in the area said.
- Georgian, South Ossetian Forces Clash RFE/RL 08 Jul 2004 -- Georgian Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania has said that Georgian troops and South Ossetian forces clashed in South Ossetia today, wounding two Georgians.
- SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 08 Jul 2004 -- U.S. official urges Belgrade to extradite Mladic and four Serb generals / Russia's upper house of parliament ratifies adapted Conventional Forces in Europe treaty / China and Russia to hold joint military exercises / EU concerned at Afghan leader's ties to warlords / Joint troop training to boost Australia and U.S. ties / Israel refuses to meet Mideast envoys to discuss Gaza withdrawal plan
- SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 08 Jul 2004 -- Blast kills woman in new attack on Afghan poll / Kosovo Parliament votes to challenge UN authority
- Boeing-Built Anik F2 Satellite Ready for Launch Boeing 08 Jul 2004 -- All preparations have been completed for the July 12 launch of Anik F2, a high-power satellite built by Boeing [NYSE:BA] that will deliver North America's first commercial satellite-based broadband communications service.
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