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15 July 2004 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 15 Jul 2004 [PDF]

  • Iraq: Upsurge In Violence Underscores Dangers Facing Interim Government RFE/RL 15 Jul 2004 -- The recent upsurge of violence in Iraq is continuing. At least 10 people died in attacks on 15 July, after violence the previous day killed some 20 people. The attacks have ended the relative calm following the transfer of sovereignty to a new interim government at the end of June. The renewed violence is challenging officials to prove they can end the insurgency that dogged the U.S. occupation. The problem is it's still not clear -- some 15 months after the start of the war -- who the insurgents are and what they want.
  • Blast In Iraqi Town Kills 10 RFE/RL 15 Jul 2004 -- A car bomb exploded near police and government buildings in the western Iraqi city of Al-Hadithah today, killing 10 people and wounding some 30 others
  • Tongan Marines join U.S. Marines in Iraq Marine Corps News 15 Jul 2004 -- Forty-five Tongan Royal Marines traveled from their tiny South Pacific island in order to support the division's security and stabilization mission in Iraq. They arrived earlier this month and are currently planning to stay for a six-month tour before heading home.

  • 'Operation Blue Candle' aids Mizan Army News Service 15 Jul 2004 -- During the seven days of "Operation Blue Candle," Soldiers conducted combat and presence patrols, air assault operations, and cordon and search operations in the Mizan District of Afghanistan.
  • Security Council calls for speedier disarmament of ex-fighters in Afghanistan UN News Centre 15 Jul 2004 -- The United Nations Security Council today called on Afghanistan's authorities to accelerate the disarmament of ex-combatants, strengthen the country's army and police and do more to cut opium production ahead of the scheduled presidential and parliamentary elections.
  • U.N. Security Council Supports Timetable for Afghan Elections Washington File 15 Jul 2004 -- The U.N. Security Council July 15 expressed its unanimous support for the decision by the Afghan government to hold that country's presidential election in October.
  • Afghanistan: Karzai Signs Decree Against Uncooperative Warlords RFE/RL 15 Jul 2004 -- Afghan leader Hamid Karzai has signed a decree that threatens tough measures against warlords who resist a nationwide disarmament drive. The decree says militia commanders who do not take part in disarmament will be regarded as renegades and rebels and will be harshly punished.
  • Newest National Army Volunteer Center Opens in Sar-e-Pul CENTCOM 15 Jul 2004 -- "This area was a desert before building the NAVC," said Sal-e-Pul Province Governor Alahj Taaj Mohammad, "but today it is a productive place for the Afghan National Army."

Defense Policy / Programs

  • GW Transits Suez Canal, Enters U.S. 6th Fleet Navy Newsstand 15 Jul 2004 -- USS George Washington (CVN 73) (GW) transited the Suez Canal and entered the Mediterranean Sea and U.S. 6th Fleet's area of operation July 11.
  • New Program Allows Separating Sailors to Join Army Navy Newsstand 15 Jul 2004 -- Navy personnel officials are working side by side with their counterparts in the Army on a program designed to facilitate the transfer of qualified naval officers and Sailors to active duty in the Army.

  • Congressional Report, July 15: Senate Seeks More DOD Detainee Data Washington File 15 Jul 2004 -- Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John Warner (Republican of Virginia) told reporters July 15 that steps have been taken so that no additional incidents of abuse of detainees in U.S. custody will occur.

  • Defense Department Report, July 15: Former Bin Laden Driver Charged Washington File 15 Jul 2004 -- The Department of Defense (DOD) is pressing charges against Salim Ahmed Hamdan of Yemen, accusing him of being a personal driver and bodyguard for Osama bin Laden.

  • Iraqi Freedom Taking Jointness to 'Graduate Level' AFPS 15 Jul 2004 -- The degree of multiservice cooperation in Operation Iraqi Freedom is taking the concept of jointness to what the Army's new vice chief called "the graduate level."
  • Demands Not Hurting Army, Marine Recruiting, Retention AFPS 15 Jul 2004 -- The increased demands of the war on terrorism aren't hurting recruiting and retention for America's combat forces, Army and Marine leaders said here today.
  • Treatment Available to Troops Suffering From Combat Stress AFPS 15 Jul 2004 -- The military member who goes to combat and the one who comes back are never the same person, the Defense Department's director of mental health policy said today.
  • 'Sea Flyer' Heads to San Diego Navy Newsstand 15 Jul 2004 -- Office of Naval Research (ONR) and Navatek Ltd. completed the first phase of a technology demonstrator known as the "Sea Flyer," July 9.
  • 1/3 strikes from the sea with 31st MEU Marine Corps News 15 Jul 2004 -- More than 1,000 Marines and sailors with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment from Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, arrived Okinawa for a six-month Unit Deployment Program tour as the battalion landing team for the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.

  • US to buy small arms from Islamabad - Pak daily IRNA 15 Jul 2004 -- The United States will buy from Pakistan small arms and ammunition for Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • US to consider supply of necessary weapons to Pakistan: Armitage IRNA 15 Jul 2004 -- The United States will consider providing weapons to Pakistan to alleviate any security gap to deal with terrorism, visiting US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage said on Thursday.

  • State Department Noon Briefing, July 15 Washington File 15 Jul 2004 -- Secretary Powell to Speak at U.S. Institute for Peace, Report on UN Population Funds, Egypt, Japan/Indonesia, Israel/Palestinians, Saudi Arabia, Philippines, Greece, Macedonia
  • White House Daily Briefing, July 15 Washington File 15 Jul 2004 -- U.S. delegation to Olympics, Philippine troop withdrawal from Iraq, NAACP/civil rights, Vice President Cheney, Iraq security, Budget, Marriage, Taiwan, Detainees, Joe Wilson/WMD/CIA Report/Niger trip

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • UN condemns fighting in eastern DR Congo UN News Centre 15 Jul 2004 -- The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has condemned the continued fighting which recently claimed nearly 50 lives in the troubled eastern region of the country.
  • SOMALIA: UN Security Council condemns those who obstruct peace process IRIN 15 Jul 2004 -- The UN Security Council has condemned those who, it says, are obstructing Somalia's peace process, and warned that anyone persisting on the path of confrontation and conflict will be held accountable.
  • Georgia: Moscow Talks On South Ossetia Continue Amid Moderate Optimism RFE/RL 15 Jul 2004 -- Members of the four-party Joint Control Commission on South Ossetia are continuing talks in Moscow today in a bid to ease tension in the small South Caucasus separatist republic.
  • IVORY COAST / UN COMMISSION VOA 15 Jul 2004 -- A United Nations commission is arriving (has arrived) in Ivory Coast Thursday (scheduled to arrive appx 19 UTC) to investigate violations of human rights and international humanitarian law since a failed coup attempt in September 2002. The commission, made up of lawyers and judges, is expected to spend three months visiting Ivory Coast, as well as neighboring countries.
  • RWANDA/JUSTICE VOA 15 Jul 2004 -- The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda has found the country's former finance minister guilty of war crimes for his role in the 1994 genocide, and sent him to prison for life.
  • UGANDA: Senior LRA commander captured by the army IRIN 15 Jul 2004 -- Anti-government rebels in Uganda suffered a setback on Tuesday when a senior commander whom the Ugandan military described as the "heart and spirit" of the rebellion ravaging the north of the country was captured in the northern district of Gulu.
  • SUDAN/DARFUR VOA 15 Jul 2004 -- The Sudanese government and two rebel groups operating in the Darfur region have opened talks to end their long-standing conflict in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 15 Jul 2004 -- Ethnic groups in Macedonia (sic) reach key agreement on decentralization / Kosovo leaders unite on ministry for refugees / Poland seeks to boost EU intelligence sharing / Georgia urges West to help resolve regional crisis / Diego Garcia plays important part in British security / U.S. decision to cut aid to Uzbekistan may push it toward Russia and China / President Putin orders reorganization of KGB successor agency
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 15 Jul 2004 -- NATO, EU foreign policy chiefs visit Bosnia ahead of handover of peacekeeping mission / Afghan election office ransacked after clash

  • Annan, Thai officials conferred on possibility of international talks on Myanmar UN News Centre 15 Jul 2004 -- United Nations Secretary-General has discussed with senior Thai officials the possibility of holding international consultations on Myanmar, a UN spokesman said today.
  • ATK Supports Successful Launch of NASA Earth Observing Satellite ATK 15 Jul 2004 -- ATK (NYSE: ATK) solid propulsion and composite technologies supported the successful launch of a Boeing Delta II rocket earlier today from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The launch placed NASA’s Aura satellite into orbit.
  • Northrop Grumman-built Aura Satellite Launched Successfully Northrop Grumman 15 Jul 2004 -- NASA's Aura Earth Observing System (EOS) spacecraft, built by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) was successfully launched this morning at 3:01:59 a.m. PDT. Aura will provide the most comprehensive space-based measurements of atmospheric gases ever taken, revolutionizing the way scientists study and understand changes in the Earth's climate, air quality and ozone layer.

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