24 July 2004 Military News
- MARINE DIES OF WOUNDS RECEIVED IN ACTION IN AL ANBAR PROVINCE
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- IRAQ / HOSTAGE VOA 24 Jul 2004 -- An Egyptian diplomat was kidnapped in Iraq in what has become a wave of abductions aimed at U.S. allies and other nations helping Iraq's interim government.
- IRAQ / KIDNAPPINGS VOA 24 Jul 2004 -- An Iraqi construction contractor was abducted in Iraq Saturday, a day after the kidnapping of an Egyptian diplomat. Iraqi officials are urging governments and companies operating in Iraq not to negotiate with kidnappers.
- Iraqi State Company Executive Kidnapped RFE/RL 24 Jul 2004 -- A senior executive of an Iraqi government-owned contracting company was kidnapped at gunpoint today in Baghdad -- the latest in a wave of abductions.
- Wave Of Hostage Takings Continues In Iraq RFE/RL 24 Jul 2004 -- News of the kidnapping today of a senior Iraqi construction official came as Egypt continued efforts to secure the release of a diplomat taken hostage in Baghdad -- and as Iraq's prime minister urged Cairo not to give in to the kidnappers.
- U.S. Warns Against Vigilante Groups In Afghanistan RFE/RL 24 Jul 2004 -- The U.S-led coalition in Afghanistan is warning that there could be more people acting as self-appointed antiterrorism agents in the country.
Defense Policy / Programs
- ISRAEL/TEMPLE MOUNT VOA 24 Jul 2004 -- Israel's Security Minister warned Saturday that right-wing Jews are intending to attack the Temple Mount, the most religiously sensitive site in the Middle East. The area is home to Islam's third holiest shrine and observers fear any harm to the area could provoke a new war in the region.
- SERBIA/WAR CRIMES VOA 24 Jul 2004 -- Serbia is denying that it helped a key war crimes suspect escape arrest, as alleged by prosecutors with the United Nations War Crimes Tribunal.
- PALESTINIANS/GAZA VOA 24 Jul 2004 -- Armed Palestinians, demanding reform of the security forces, on Saturday destroyed one police building in the Gaza Strip, and seized control of a government office block. The violence is the latest in a week of protests against Palestinian President Yasser Arafat's administration.
- ISRAEL / FRANCE VOA 24 Jul 2004 -- French President Jacques Chirac has personally intervened in the diplomatic crisis over Israel's call for all French Jews to move to Israel because of anti-Semitism in France. Mr. Chirac sent a message to Israel saying he wants to put an end to the row, but Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon issued his own statement, refusing to apologize for his remarks.
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