26 July 2004 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 26 Jul 2004 [PDF]
- DoD Identifies Army Casualties 26 Jul 2004
- Marine battalion defeats attackers in Ar Ramadi again Marine Corps News 26 Jul 2004 -- Marines with 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment - along with elements of the Army's 1st Brigade Combat Team - battled back anti- Iraqi fighters in Ar Ramadi July 21. It was the latest in a series of street battles in which Marines responded to ambushes in the city.
- 11th MEU arrives in Iraq Marine Corps News 26 Jul 2004 -- Marines and sailors of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) arrived here and in other forward operating bases recently to conduct Security and Stability Operations in the An Najaf and Al Qadasiyah provinces.
- IRAQ WRAP VOA 26 Jul 2004 -- Iraqi insurgents killed a top Interior Ministry official Monday and kidnapped another two Jordanian drivers. But late Monday, Eygptian authorities said an Egyptian diplomat abducted on Friday has been released. In the midst of unrelenting violence, about one-thousand Iraqi politicians are preparing to open a national conference later in the week to determine the make-up of the interim assembly.
- Mosul Bombing Kills 3 Civilians, Wounds 6 Coalition Troops AFPS 26 Jul 2004 -- A pickup truck exploded early today near the Iraqi city of Mosul, killing three Iraqi civilians and wounding six coalition troops, according to a U.S. military press release.
- Senior Interior Ministry Official Shot Dead In Baghdad RFE/RL 26 Jul 2004 -- Attackers shot and killed a senior Interior Ministry official in Baghdad today.
- Suicide Bombing In Mosul Kills Three RFE/RL 26 Jul 2004 -- Three people were killed today in a suicide bombing outside a U.S. military base in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.
- AFGHANISTAN/POLITICS VOA 26 Jul 2004 -- A key ally of Afghanistan's transitional president, Hamid Karzai, is defecting from the government to run against the Afghan leader in the upcoming presidential election.
- Unexpected Candidate Emerges In Afghanistan RFE/RL 26 Jul 2004 -- The final day for presidential candidates to register for Afghanistan's 9 October elections was marked by the unexpected emergence of a possible rival to incumbent Hamid Karzai, the longtime favorite.
- Afghan voter registration to begin winding down - UN mission UN News Centre 26 Jul 2004 -- With almost 8 million people now registered to vote in Afghanistan, and the pace of enrolment increasing in the south, the United Nations mission to the country (UNAMA) has announced that the long-running registration process is set to wind down.
- Afghanistan: Registration Ends With Karzai Facing Unexpected Rival In Qanooni RFE/RL 26 Jul 2004 -- Today was the final day for presidential candidates to register for Afghanistan's 9 October elections. The day was marked by the unexpected emergence of a possible rival to incumbent Hamid Karzai, the longtime favorite. Yunus Qanuni, the education minister and a key figure in the Northern Alliance, also announced his intention to run for the country's top post. In a further surprise, Karzai did not pick Defense Minister Mohammad Fahim, one of the country's most powerful warlords, as one of his two running mates. This has raised speculation that Fahim may put his support behind fellow Northern Alliance member Qanuni.
- Afghanistan: NATO Mission Bears Signs Of Continuing U.S.-French Tensions RFE/RL 26 Jul 2004 -- On 26 July, NATO announced the deployment of two battalions to Afghanistan to provide additional security for the 9 October presidential elections. NATO sources say the decision was overshadowed by a disagreement between the French and U.S. delegations, with Paris keen to decrease the formal level of NATO involvement. The standoff reflects a second dispute within the military alliance about whether NATO as a whole can provide training to Iraqi troops.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Kearsarge Transits Suez Canal Navy Newsstand 26 Jul 2004 -- USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) passed another milestone in the homeward leg of its current mission July 20, when it transited the Suez Canal.
- Coalition Forces Continue Search For Sunken Dhow Navy Newsstand 26 Jul 2004 -- Mine Countermeasures Ship USS Dextrous (MCM 13) joined British Multi-Role Hydrographic and Oceanographic Survey Vessel HMS Echo (H 87) in the effort to locate a dhow sunk in the Arabian Gulf as a result of a collision with USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67), at approximately 10:20 p.m., July 22.
- Defense Department Special Briefing on U.S. Army Transformation 26 Jul 2004 -- General Peter Schoomaker, Chief Of Staff, U.S. Army
- Defense Department Provides Convention Support AFPS 26 Jul 2004 -- Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard representatives are on the ground in Boston or on alert, ready to respond if called on for support at the Democratic National Convention.
- Malaysia Phase of CARAT Closes With At-sea Ceremony Navy Newsstand 26 Jul 2004 -- The Malaysia phase of exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) ended July 22 aboard the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) support ship KD Mahawangsa (AOR 1504), anchored off the tiny island of Tioman in the South China Sea.
- Stennis Wraps Up RIMPAC, Pulses Forward to Western Pacific Navy Newsstand 26 Jul 2004 -- After two weeks of intense multinational war games in the Pacific, the six ships and more than 60 aircraft of USS John C. Stennis Carrier (CVN 74) Strike Group (JCS CSG) pulled into Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, July 22, successfully completing the biannual Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise.
- USS George Washington, CVW-7 Return to Norfolk Navy Newsstand 26 Jul 2004 -- After traveling more than 51,000 nautical miles and spending six months at sea, USS George Washington (CVN 73) (GW) completed its sixth Mediterranean and Persian Gulf deployment and returned home to Norfolk, Va., July 26.
- Truman Returns from Summer Pulse '04 Navy Newsstand 26 Jul 2004 -- USS Harry S. Truman returned to its homeport of Norfolk, Va., July 25 after helping to validate the U.S. Navy's Fleet Response Plan to the world.
- Army posts to grow with BCT (UA) positioning Army News Service 26 Jul 2004 -- A number of Army installations will grow by several thousand Soldiers in the next few years as a result of decisions on where new brigade combat teams (units of action) will be temporarily based, according to senior Army officials.
- War on Terror Gives Impetus to Army Transformation AFPS 26 Jul 2004 -- With the nation at war, it is more crucial than ever for the U.S. Army to restructure. And the pressure of war is giving the service the means and -- more importantly -- the will to transform, said Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Schoomaker.
- Congress Sends $416.2 Billion Budget to President AFPS 26 Jul 2004 -- A 3.5 percent pay raise, elimination of out-of- pocket housing expenses and continued funding for military transformation are all parts of the Defense Appropriations Act that Congress has sent to President Bush.
- 'City in a Box' Strives to Improve Quality of Life for Deployed Troops AFPS 26 Jul 2004 -- Hot meals, hot showers and a comfortable place to sleep are some everyday things that Force Provider, the Army's premier base camp, strives to offer troops in the field.
- Defense Department Report, July 26: Landmine policy; Army growth Washington File 26 Jul 2004 -- U.S. OPPOSES PERSISTENT LANDMINES / ARMY GROWTH PROJECTED
- White House Daily Briefing, July 26 Washington File 26 Jul 2004 -- Sudan/humanitarian situation in Darfur, National Security Council meeting/9-11 Commission report/intelligence reform/calls for national intelligence director, Iraq, president's schedule
- State Department Noon Briefing, July 26 Washington File 26 Jul 2004 -- Iraq, China, Middle East, Greece, Bangladesh, terrorism, Sudan, Azerbaijan, Macedonia
- BAE SYSTEMS Receives Contract For Stryker Thermal Imaging Module BAE Systems 26 Jul 2004 -- BAE Systems has been selected by Kongsberg Protech of Norway to supply the upgraded Thermal Imaging Module (TIM1500) for the Remote Weapon Station (RWS) on the U.S. Armys Tank Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) Stryker vehicle. The contract is estimated at $28 million.
- BAE SYSTEMS Lightweight Howitzer Completes Airlift Tests BAE Systems 26 Jul 2004 -- BAE Systems Lightweight Howitzer (M777E1) has completed a series of airlift tests with the U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 tiltrotor aircraft. The tests were conducted at the U.S. Armys Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., June 25 and Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C., June 30.
- Sea Trials Begin On Romanian Type 22 Frigate BAE Systems 26 Jul 2004 -- Regele Ferdinand, one of two ex-Royal Navy Type 22 frigates being regenerated and updated for the Romanian Navy, has begun its sea demonstration period out of HM Naval Base, Portsmouth. BAE Systems is conducting the demonstrations as part of a 116 million contract with the UKs MoD, which covers the regeneration and update of the two frigates, as well as crew training and the provision of spares. The Romanian ship Regele Ferdinand will be officially named and commissioned at Portsmouth on 9th September 2004.
- New Success for the NH 90 Helicopter through a Major Defence Contract in the Sultanate of Oman EADS 26 Jul 2004 -- Eurocopter welcomes the confirmation of the Sultanate of Oman with the signature on 24th July 2004 in Muscat of the contract for the acquisition of 20 leading edge technology NH 90 Battlefield helicopters between the Ministry of Defence of the Sultanate and NHIndustries of France.
- CACI Clarifies Information About Its Interrogation Services for U.S. Army CACI 26 Jul 2004 -- CACI International Inc (NYSE:CAI) today issued the following statement:
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 26 Jul 2004
- SUDAN: IN DARFUR, TIME IS RUNNING OUT US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 26 Jul 2004
- UN/SUDAN-CONGRESS VOA 26 Jul 2004 -- Two members of the U.S. House of Representatives are pressing the United Nations to take swifter action to halt violence against civilians in the western Darfur region of Sudan.
- EU / SUDAN VOA 26 Jul 2004 -- European Union foreign ministers have called for the United Nations to consider imposing sanctions on Sudan if it does not rein in pro-government militias responsible for violence against civilians in the western Sudanese region of Darfur. The ministers have not yet decided on the nature of such sanctions, but say they will monitor events in Darfur closely over the next few weeks.
- SUDAN: Darfur rebels agree to start talks IRIN 26 Jul 2004 -- Leaders of two rebel movements in the Darfur region of western Sudan have agreed to start peace talks with the Sudanese government to end conflict in the region, UN News reported on Friday.
- SUDAN-UGANDA: Dozens killed as LRA rebels raid Sudanese villages IRIN 26 Jul 2004 -- Dozens of people were killed and homes burnt or looted on Friday when Ugandan Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels raided villages in southern Sudan, religious and Sudanese rebel sources told IRIN on Monday.
- EU: European Union Threatens Sanctions Against Sudanese Government RFE/RL 26 Jul 2004 -- EU foreign ministers today raised the threat of sanctions against the Sudanese government unless it takes immediate measures to end large-scale human rights violations in its western province of Darfur. Officials said a push by Germany, Britain, Sweden, and others for immediate measures had been blocked by France. An EU statement says the decision to impose sanctions rests with the United Nations Security Council.
- BRITAIN / SUDAN VOA 26 Jul 2004 -- The international medical relief agency Doctors Without Borders (Medecins San Frontieres) says the food crisis in Sudan's Darfur region continues, despite more aid flowing in.
- SUDAN / DARFUR VOA 26 Jul 2004 -- Sudanese government officials are warning that the country will resist attempts to deploy Western peacekeepers in the war-torn Darfur region. An Islamic militant group is calling for all Muslims to fight Western forces if they are sent to intervene in what the United Nations says is the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
- PRESS CONFERENCE BY COTE D’IVOIRE United Nations 26 Jul 2004
- DR of Congo: 20,000 fleeing fighting in east in 'critical humanitarian state' - UN UN News Centre 26 Jul 2004 -- Nearly 20,000 people are in a "critical humanitarian state" in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after fleeing renewed fighting between central government forces and dissident troops around Lake Kivu, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
- NIGERIA / TAYLOR VOA 26 Jul 2004 -- A Nigerian high court has resumed preliminary hearings in a case brought against former Liberian president Charles Taylor, who has been living in exile in southeastern Nigeria since last year.
- ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS VOA 26 Jul 2004 -- An armed wing of Palestinian President Yasser Arafat's Fatah faction has vowed to launch attacks to avenge Israel's killing of six Palestinian militants.
- SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 26 Jul 2004 -- NATO agrees on deployment of extra troops to help secure Afghan elections / Two Serbs said "ready to surrender" to Hague / NATO peacekeepers seize Mladic's wartime secretary / NATO leaves door open for US troops on Greek soil / Morocco lost track of 400 al Qaeda suspects / EU joins U.S. in raising threat of sanctions against Sudan over Darfur violence
- SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 26 Jul 2004 -- U.S. hunts Islamic militants in Bosnia / France urges Baltic involvement in EU defense on Estonia visit / Britain's plan to send 5,000 troops
- ASIA/PIRACY VOA 26 Jul 2004 -- Murder on the high seas reached a record high during the first half of 2004. A leading maritime security agency says that while the overall number of attacks has actually declined, the fatality rate has risen and some of the hardest hit areas are in Southeast Asia.
- Second "Double Star" Completes Satellite Fleet for Exploration of the Earth's Magnetosphere EADS 26 Jul 2004 -- The second "Double Star" research satellite was placed into orbit on Sunday morning (25 July), carrying European instruments built by EADS Astrium’s satellite specialists in Friedrichshafen. The launch with a Long March 2C/SM booster occurred at 9:05:18 h (CEST) from the Tai Yuan Launch Centre in China’s Shanxi Province.
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