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28 July 2004 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
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Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 28 Jul 2004 [PDF]

  • Transcript: Defense Department Operational Update Briefing 28 Jul 2004 -- Lawrence Di Rita, PDASD(PA) and Lieutenant General Norton Schwartz, Director for Operations, JCS
  • U.S. / IRAQ VOA 28 Jul 2004 -- The Pentagon says Wednesday's devastating car bombing in Iraq, at least 68 people were killed in the deadliest attack since last month's handover of power in Baghdad, is another example of how far Iraqis are from being able to safeguard their own country.
  • IRAQ WRAP VOA 28 Jul 2004 -- A suicide car bombing in the central Iraqi city of Baquba has killed at least 68 people and wounded dozens more (Eds: Pls update with latest figures). A terrorist website shows the head of a murdered Bulgarian hostage. Iraq's prime minister shores up support for his government in a swing through the region.
  • Defense Department Report, July 28: Iraq Operations Washington File 28 Jul 2004 -- A car bomb exploded outside a police-recruiting facility in Iraq July 28, killing at least 45 and wounding 94 Iraqis, according to a Defense Department official.
  • Iraq Car Bomb Kills Scores RFE/RL 28 Jul 2004 -- A suicide car bomb attack near an Iraqi police recruiting center has killed nearly 70 people and wounded more than 50 others.
  • IRAQ/BLAST VOA 28 Jul 2004 -- The Iraqi health ministry says a suicide car bombing in the city of Baqubah has killed at least 68 people and wounded many more. The blast is the deadliest attack since the June handover of power to Iraq's interim government.
  • Car Bomb North Of Baghdad Kills At Least 50 RFE/RLA 28 Jul 2004 -- Iraqi Health Ministry officials say at least 51 people were killed and around 40 wounded in a massive car bomb explosion today in the town of Baquba, just north of Baghdad.
  • JOINT IRAQI OPERATION UNCOVERS INSURGENT WEAPONS CACHE CENTCOM 28 Jul 2004 -- A joint Iraqi National Guard and Iraqi Police Service operation uncovered a large insurgent weapons cache, July 24, near As Suwayrah, roughly 30 miles southeast of Baghdad, as Iraqi security forces continue to combat insurgents in the country.
  • 24th MEU arrives in Iraq Marine Corps News 28 Jul 2004 -- Six weeks after the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit dispatched its initial element to the Middle East, the last of the MEU's leathernecks arrived in Iraq this week as the unit prepares to begin operations in the province of North Babil.

  • U.S. Urges Doctors Without Borders to Remain in Afghanistan Washington File 28 Jul 2004 -- The United States regrets the decision by Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres -- MSF) to pull its staff out of Afghanistan and hopes that, despite security concerns, the international community will continue to respond to humanitarian needs in the country, State Department deputy spokesman Adam Ereli said July 28.
  • Six Killed, Including Two U.N. Workers, in Kabul Blast AFPS 28 Jul 2004 -- Two U.N. employees registering voters were among six people killed by an improvised explosive device that went off inside a mosque today in Afghanistan's Ghazni Province.
  • AFGHANISTAN: MSF pulls out of country IRIN 28 Jul 2004 -- The Belgium-based Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) announced on Wednesday that it was withdrawing from Afghanistan after 24 years of independent humanitarian work following the government's failure to mount an adequate investigation into the killing of five MSF workers in June.
  • AFGHANISTAN / ATTACK VOA 28 Jul 2004 -- A bombing at a voter registration site in southeastern Afghanistan has left at least two Afghans dead, including one United Nations staff worker. The attack came as the group Doctors Without Borders announced it was withdrawing its staff from the country because of security concerns.
  • Afghanistan: Analyst Says Karzai's Power Play Just May Work RFE/RL 28 Jul 2004 -- The decision by Afghan Transitional Administration Chairman Hamid Karzai not to keep his first vice president in the October elections is widely seen as a challenge to the supremacy of independent militias in many parts of his country. One analyst says Karzai's move may actually work, especially in the context of the elections.
  • AFGHANISTAN AID VOA 28 Jul 2004 -- A Nobel Prize-winning aid group is pulling its staff out of Afghanistan after two decades of work there, citing security problems. The group, Doctors Without Borders is also criticizing the involvement in humanitarian work by the U.S.-led military coalition in Afghanistan.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Air Force leaders support C-130J program AFPN 28 Jul 2004 -- Air Force officials are standing by the C-130J Hercules as the aircraft prepares to join the fight, despite a recent Department of Defense inspector general report criticizing the program.
  • Infrastructure key to smooth CAOC operations AFPN 28 Jul 2004 -- The room is abuzz with the sounds of operators and technicians. People are either intently staring at the information coming across their monitors or discussing their next move with someone else in the movie theater-sized room.
  • Miami, Albuquerque Return from Summer Pulse '04 Navy Newsstand 28 Jul 2004 -- The crews of USS Miami (SSN 755) and USS Albuquerque (SSN 706) returned to Naval Submarine Base New London July 24 and 26, respectively, after successful deployments in support of Summer Pulse '04, part of the Navy's Fleet Response Plan (FRP).
  • CARAT Task Group Arrives In Philippines For Final Exercise Phase Navy Newsstand 28 Jul 2004 -- The exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Task Group arrived in the Philippines July 27 to begin the fifth and final phase of the 2004 exercise series.
  • Thunderbolts return from Iwakuni Marine Corps News 28 Jul 2004 -- The Marines and Sailors of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 251 came home from their Western Pacific Deployment in Iwakuni, Japan, July 14.
  • USS Curtis Wilbur arrives in Danang 28 Jul 2004 -- USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) arrived here July 28 for a regularly scheduled port visit.
  • Pentagon launches 'Operation Blue to Green' Army News Service 28 Jul 2004 -- Sailors and Airmen may soon be able to "Go Army" under a new Defense Department program intended to rebalance the size of the military. The program is generating new opportunities for continued service and career advancement for those willing to transfer into the Army from other services.
  • Suicides Up 38 Percent In Russian Military RFE/RL 28 Jul 2004 -- Russia's military prosecutor-general yesterday said suicides in the country's armed services increased by nearly 40 percent during the first six months of this year, compared to the same period last year.

  • Navy Announces Christening of Submarine Texas 28 Jul 2004 -- The Navy's newest attack submarine Texas will be christened Saturday during an 11 a.m. EDT ceremony at the Northrop Grumman Newport News facility in Newport News, Va.
  • Powell Praises Hungarian Contributions in Iraq, Afghanistan AFPS 28 Jul 2004 -- Iraqis will secure a better future for themselves "only if the coalition stays together, only if the coalition provides the kind of support that the Iraqi people are asking us for and they need," the top U.S. diplomat said on Hungarian television July 27.
  • U.S. Troop Relocation Shows Strength of U.S.-Korea Alliance Washington File 28 Jul 2004 -- Government representatives from the United States and Republic of Korea (ROK) hailed recent agreements to relocate U.S. troops in South Korea as proof the alliance between the two countries is working well.

  • White House Daily Briefing: July 28 Washington File 28 Jul 2004 -- President's schedule, phone call to Saudi Arabia, 9-11 Commission recommendations, condemnation of Iraq bombing, upcoming report on U.S. deficit
  • State Department Daily Briefing: July 28 Washington File 28 Jul 2004 -- Afghanistan, Japan, China, North Korea, Iran, Sudan

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • U.N./ SUDAN VOA 28 Jul 2004 -- U.N. workers in the troubled Darfur region of Sudan say the Janjaweed militia is continuing to rape and terrorize Sudanese women and is increasing its presence in some areas.
  • SUDAN: African Union observers report continuing atrocities in Darfur IRIN 28 Jul 2004 -- Armed militias have continued to attack civilians in the troubled western Sudanese region of Darfur despite an undertaking by the government to disarm them, the peace and security council of the African Union (AU) has said.
  • Sudanese Refugees in Chad Surviving under Extreme Conditions Washington File 28 Jul 2004 -- Responding to the growing needs of an estimated 200,000 Sudanese refugees who have fled into the desert regions of eastern Chad will require a "tremendous effort" by the international community, according to a top U.S. refugee official.
  • POWELL/EGYPT/SUDAN VOA 28 Jul 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell Wednesday urged Egyptian support for an American draft of a U.N. resolution that would sanction Sudan's government unless it curbs violence in the western Darfur region. Egypt opposes sanctions and says leaders of neighboring Sudan should get more time to fulfill Darfur commitments.
  • Sudan: Government Warns Against Foreign Troop Intervention As Pressure Mounts RFE/RL 28 Jul 2004 -- Sudan has warned it will retaliate against any foreign troops sent to stop violence in the country's western Darfur region, the site of a huge humanitarian crisis.

  • LIBERIA: Where are the weapons? Is disarmament really working? IRIN 28 Jul 2004 -- The United Nations has poured 15,000 peacekeepers into Liberia and more than 54,000 former combatants have been disarmed, but UN officials admit that not everyone is handing in a weapon and vast tracts of the West African country remain inaccessible to UN patrols.
  • ISRAEL / SECURITY BARRIER VOA 28 Jul 2004 -- Israel's military has drawn up a new route for the controversial West Bank security barrier to comply with a ruling by the country's Supreme Court. The changes are in line with the court's decision that the barrier should not cause undue hardship to Palestinians.
  • SOMALIA / POL VOA 28 Jul 2004 -- Mediators in talks to end Somalia's 13 year civil war say efforts to install a new clan-based transitional government are finally making progress. At the same time, the mediators say they remain deeply concerned about the continuing absence of one key factional leader from the talks and reports indicating that he has recently purchased new arms for his militia.
  • IVORY COAST / TALKS VOA 28 Jul 2004 -- Peace talks between the Ivorian government and rebels are to resume in Ghana on Thursday but Ivorians, both in the government-run south and rebel-held north, are skeptical progress can be made. Supporters of President Laurent Gbagbo are threatening to riot if he is forced to make more concessions.
  • POWELL / EGYPT VOA 28 Jul 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell held talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and other senior officials Wednesday, on the crisis in Sudan's Darfur region, Iraq and Israeli withdrawal plans from Gaza. Mr. Powell is due in Saudi Arabia, later in the day.
  • INDIA / KASHMIR VOA 28 Jul 2004 -- Suspected Islamic militants in Indian Kashmir, have attacked a military camp, killing five soldiers and wounding several others. Two gunmen were also killed in the clash, which comes at the height of the tourist season in the Himalayan region, claimed by both India and neighboring Pakistan.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 28 Jul 2004 -- NATO, EU give no timetable for Ukraine's accession, prompting changes in defense doctrine / Milosevic allies call for resolution to retain lawsuit against NATO / No foreign armed escorts for Olympic athletes / Al-Qaida, other terrorists got South African passports through crime syndicates operating inside government
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 28 Jul 2004 -- France resists U.S. pressure to conduct NATO training in Iraq / Hungary sends reinforcements to Afghanistan / Second U.S. draft on Sudan at UN / Anti-terror exercise staged in Tallinn bay

  • ZIMBABWE / MERCENARIES VOA 28 Jul 2004 -- A former British army officer Simon Mann faces up to 10 years in jail in Zimbabwe after he pleaded guilty Wednesday to violating security laws. Peta Thornycroft reports from Harare, all but three of 70 suspected mercenaries accused by the government of plotting against Equatorial Guinea have pleaded guilty to lesser charges.
  • Scientists Explain Mysterious Plasma Jets On The Sun Lockheed Martin 28 Jul 2004 -- Solar physicists from Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] and the Solar Physics and upper-Atmosphere Research Group at the Department of Applied Mathematics of the University of Sheffield, UK have used computer modeling and some of the highest resolution images ever taken of the solar atmosphere to explain the cause of supersonic jets that continuously shoot through the low atmosphere of the Sun.
  • Lockheed Martin Receives $178.5 Million NASA Contract Extension Lockheed Martin 28 Jul 2004 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) today announced that it has been awarded a $178.5 million, two-year contract extension from NASA for Space Shuttle and International Space Station mission operations support work.

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