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20 July 2004 Military News

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  • Enterprise Heads for Home After Final Summer Pulse Exercise Navy Newsstand 20 Jul 2004 -- USS Enterprise (CVN 65) (Big E) is heading home after successfully completing the multinational maritime exercise MEDSHARK/Majestic Eagle '04 (MS/ME04) July 16, ending the carrier's final major exercise of Summer Pulse '04.
  • WATC 2004 Gets Underway Navy Newsstand 20 Jul 2004 -- More than 60 Reserve members of Naval Reserve Unit Fleet Hospital, Fort Dix and other U.S. Navy personnel met their Senegalese counterparts July 19 at a ceremony to kick off the West African Training Cruise (WATC) 2004, a Medical Humanitarian Assistance Program.
  • UNITAS Task Force Completes Full Speed Work-Up Phase Navy Newsstand 20 Jul 2004 -- A 22-ship multinational task force completed 105 training events during the first week of at sea operations for UNITAS 45-04 Pacific Phase in July.
  • Congress Examines Special Ops Retention Issues AFPS 20 Jul 2004 -- Retaining special operations personnel is crucial to the global war on terrorism, special operations senior enlisted advisers told Congress today.
  • Military Health Officials Make Survey Data Available to Researchers AFPS 20 Jul 2004 -- Defense Department health officials are making anonymous data taken from surveys of active duty service members available to government researchers.
  • Special Ops Workload 'Difficult, but Manageable' AFPS 20 Jul 2004 -- Special operations forces are deployed worldwide, but changes have made the operations tempo for those forces "difficult, but manageable," officials said before Congress today.
  • Kitty Hawk Departs During Summer Pulse '04 Navy Newsstand 20 Jul 2004 -- Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 and USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) Sailors again joined forces and departed July 19 for Summer Pulse '04 after a two-month in port period.
  • Sailors, Marines Simulate Embassy Evacuation Navy Newsstand 20 Jul 2004 -- USS Tarawa (LHA 1) and Marines comprising the Special Marine Air Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) simulated a Non-Combatant Evacuation Operation (NEO) during exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2004 in July 14.

  • Russia: Putin Dismisses Head of General Staff In Military Shake-Up RFE/RL 20 Jul 2004 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday fired the head of the General Staff, General Anatolii Kvashnin, along with three other top military commanders. The move appears to be part of the Kremlin's long-term effort to reorganize Russia's military into an effective 21st-century force.

  • State Department Noon Briefing, July 20 Washington File 20 Jul 2004 -- U.S. Pledges $230 Million for Haiti's Reconstruction, Iraq, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh/Nepal, Lebanon/Israel, Israel/Palestinians, Japan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Philippines/Iraq, Iran/Iraq, Japan, Sudan/Chad, Israel/Palestinians
  • White House Daily Briefing, July 20 Washington File 20 Jul 2004 -- President's schedule, Sandy Berger, Iran/ Halliburton/al Qaeda, Jenna and Barbara Bush, Campaigning standpoint, 9/11 Commission report/ president briefing with Kean and Hamilton, CIA director nomination

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Other Conflicts

  • DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 20 Jul 2004
  • Powell Says US 'Completely Dissatisfied' With Darfur Security Situation VOA News 20 Jul 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell said Tuesday Sudanese authorities are not doing enough to improve security for refugees in the western Darfur region. He says he will consult with U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan this week on possible action by the Security Council.
  • Israeli Warplanes Fly Over Beirut VOA News 20 Jul 2004 -- Israeli warplanes have flown over the Lebanese capital, following a day of clashes between the Israeli army and Hezbollah guerrillas inside south Lebanon.
  • ISRAEL / LEBANON VOA 20 Jul 2004 -- Hezbollah snipers in southern Lebanon killed two Israelis soldiers at a military post along the border. Israel responded by firing into Lebanon at suspected Hezbollah bases and one Hezbollah fighter was reported killed.
  • SAF/BURUNDI TALKS VOA 20 Jul 2004 -- Talks on the Burundi peace process have dragged through a third day in the South African capital, Pretoria. South African President Thabo Mbeki, who is mediating the talks, says progress has been good, but he has also indicated that the timetable for elections could be altered. There are signs that the talks could go into a fourth day.
  • PALESTINIANS/POLITICS VOA 20 Jul 2004 -- Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia has withdrawn his resignation, and agreed to stay on in his post at the urging of Palestinian President Yasser Arafat. The decision appears to signal an easing of the political crisis within the Palestinian Authority.
  • THAILAND - VIOLENCE VOA 20 Jul 2004 -- Thailand has opened informal talks with leaders of Muslim separatist groups aimed at ending months of violence in the country's south. But divisions have appeared within the government over the meeting.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 20 Jul 2004 -- NATO's military committee visits Kosovo / NATO chief says does not know if Mladic in Serbia / Slovak civil defense unit on duty during Olympics Athens ups police presence as Olympics near / Putin fires armed forces chief of staff, other brass after attack near Chechnya / UN General Assembly to try again for vote on Israeli security barrier
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 20 Jul 2004 -- NATO team to work in Iraq / Hand over war crimes suspects, NATO chief tells Serbia-Montenegro / Polish PM calls on NATO troops to step up military presence in Afghanistan / Russia's President Putin signs law adopting European arms treaty

  • EAST TIMOR PROTEST VOA 20 Jul 2004 -- Police in Southeast Asia's newest state, East Timor, used tear gas to break up a demonstration by former members of the guerrilla movement that helped liberate the region from Indonesian rule in 1999. Some East Timorese are unhappy with the way the country has developed since independence.
  • PRESS CONFERENCE BY PRIME MINISTER OF ROMANIA United Nations 20 Jul 2004
  • PRESS CONFERENCE BY PRESIDENT OF CHILE United Nations 20 Jul 2004
  • PRESS BRIEFING BY SPECIAL ADVISER ON AFRICA United Nations 20 Jul 2004



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