29 July 2004 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 29 Jul 2004 [PDF]
- TWO DIE IN AL ANBAR PROVINCE
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- DoD Identifies Marine Casuality
- FIRST INFANTRY DIVISION SOLDIER DIES OF WOUNDS RECEIVED IN ACTION
- Polish soldier killed, 8 wounded in IED attack MNF-I/MNC-I
- U.S. Soldier Killed; Dozens of Anti-Iraqi Fighters Captured AFPS 29 Jul 2004 -- A U.S. soldier from the 1st Infantry Division was killed by small-arms fire today near Hawija, Iraq, and 39 members of an "anti- Iraqi forces" cell were captured during a combined U.S.-Iraqi raid near Ar Rawashi, according to Multinational Force Iraq officials.
- IRAQ SECURITY FORCES LEAD OPERATION NEAR AS SUWAYRAH CENTCOM 29 Jul 2004 -- Two hundred eighty Iraqi National Guard soldiers and Iraqi police officers in the Wassit Province led an operation Wednesday that resulted in 35 anti-Iraqi insurgents killed, 45 insurgents detained and more than 50 mortar and artillery rounds and other munitions captured.
- Afghanistan: Doctors Without Borders Pulls Out Of War-Torn Country RFE/RL 29 Jul 2004 -- The international aid group Doctors Without Borders (Medicins Sans Frontieres) has been in Afghanistan since 1980. It has braved the Soviet occupation from 1979 to 1989, the civil war in the 1990s, and the rule of the hard-line Taliban. The medical charity has now decided to pull out of Afghanistan, becoming the first major aid agency to quit the war-ravaged country since the ouster of the Taliban in late 2001.
- UN Regrets Aid Group's Decision To Leave Afghanistan RFE/RL 29 Jul 2004 -- The United Nations says it regrets the decision by the Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) aid agency to leave Afghanistan due to security fears.
Defense Policy / Programs
- DoD Approves Army Plan to Reach Out to Sailors, Airmen 29 Jul 2004 -- The Department of Defense announced today that sailors and airmen are now able to "Go Army" under a new program intended to rebalance the size of the military.
- Powell Praises Saudi Fight Against Terror Washington File 29 Jul 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell congratulated Saudi Arabia on its recent successes in combating terrorism and thanked the Saudi leaders for their support of U.S. efforts around the world during his July 28 visit to the kingdom.
- A multinational exercise kicks off in Delhi IRNA 29 Jul 2004 -- The eight-day multinational exercises, jointly being co-hosted by US and India on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief which is provided under UN mandated Peace Keeping Operations, kicked off here in South Delhi Thursday.
- Navy Announces Christening of Submarine Texas Navy Newsstand 29 Jul 2004 -- The Navy's newest attack submarine Texas (SSN 775) will be christened Saturday during an 11 a.m. EDT ceremony at the Northrop Grumman Newport News facility in Newport News, Va.
- Air Force Experiment Tests Future Concepts AFPS 29 Jul 2004 -- The Air Force is hosting an experiment at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., through Aug. 5 to test capabilities that may help win the war on terrorism.
- U.S., Bulgarian Troops Conduct Joint Training Exercise AFPS 29 Jul 2004 -- American and Bulgarian soldiers are training together as part of a first-of-its-kind joint military exercise held on Bulgarian soil.
- Powell to Visit Greenland to Sign Updated Defense Accord Washington File 29 Jul 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell will travel to Greenland August 6 to sign agreements that will pave the way for an upgrade of radar facilities at Thule Air Base.
- NATO Deploys Task Force to Assist with Olympic Security Washington File 29 Jul 2004 -- NATO has begun deploying personnel, vehicles and equipment from Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Poland and Spain to assist the government of Greece in ensuring the security of the 2004 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
- White House Daily Briefing: July 29 Washington File 29 Jul 2004 -- President's schedule/ teleconference with National Security Council on 9/11 Commission's recommendations, campaign speech
- State Department Noon Briefing, July 29 Washington File 29 Jul 2004 -- Powell's travels to Greenland/Bosnia/Poland, Iraq, Sudan, Mexico, Iran, China, Kosovo, Greece
- Joint Harrier Team Slashes Cottesmore Turnaround Times BAE Systems 29 Jul 2004 -- Reductions of up to 75 per cent in Harrier repair turnaround times, plus average cost savings of 25 per cent, are resulting from the work of a joint BAE SYSTEMS/Defence Logistics Organisation maintenance and repairs team.
- Lockheed Martin's LOSAT Successfully Completes Limited User Testing With Soldiers From Fort Bragg Lockheed Martin 29 Jul 2004 -- Lockheed Martin’s [NYSE: LMT] Line-of-Sight Antitank (LOSAT) Weapons System successfully completed Limited User Testing (LUT) recently with soldiers from the A/511 Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), 82nd Airborne Division successfully firing seven LOSAT Kinetic Energy Missiles.
- Raytheon Systems Limited Selected for the United Kingdom's Joint Effects Tactical Targeting System Assessment Phase Raytheon 29 Jul 2004 -- The U.K. Ministry of Defence (MoD) has selected Raytheon Systems Limited (RSL), the United Kingdom-based subsidiary of Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), to conduct the assessment phase of the British Army's Joint Effects Tactical Targeting System (JETTS) digitization requirement.
- CACI Corrects False Information About Chain of Command in Iraq CACI 29 Jul 2004 -- CACI International Inc (NYSE:CAI) today issued the following statement: In accordance with the Army's Statement of Work (SOW) and the Army's Delivery Orders (DO's), CACI personnel were never in charge of military personnel in Iraq. Civilian contractors do not give orders to military personnel. The CACI personnel serving in Iraq at all times have been under the operational control and direction of the U.S. military.
- Arrow Anti-Ballistic Missile System Completes Successful Interception at Point Mugu in a Joint U.S- Israel Test Program Israel Aerospace Industries 29 Jul 2004 -- An Arrow anti-ballistic missile successfully intercepted and destroyed a target today during a joint United States-Israel test program.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 29 Jul 2004
- USAID Official Believes Darfur is Site of Ethnic Cleansing Washington File 29 Jul 2004 -- One of the U.S. government's foremost authorities on humanitarian relief and refugee matters, who has made numerous trips to war-torn Sudan, says he still believes the Khartoum regime is conducting a campaign that amounts to ethnic cleansing in the western province of Darfur.
- U.N. Security Council Schedules Vote on Darfur Washington File 29 Jul 2004 -- The Security Council has scheduled a vote for July 30 on a resolution that threatens actions against Sudan if the government does not move to protect the people of Darfur within the next 30 days, U.S. Ambassador John Danforth said July 29.
- Mandate of UN force in Lebanon extended another 6 months UN News Centre 29 Jul 2004 -- The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping operation in Lebanon, backing the mission's efforts to maintain a ceasefire along the line of withdrawal where Hezbollah and Israeli military forces have been engaging in a recent flurry of deadly exchanges.
- As Security Council readies text on Sudan, Annan sounds alarm on Darfur rapes UN News Centre 29 Jul 2004 -- Citing reports of rapes and other attacks by militiamen against villagers in Sudan's Darfur region, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on the Government to protect civilians, while the Security Council prepared to vote tomorrow on a resolution threatening measures against Khartoum if it does not disarm the militias and bring the leaders to justice.
- SUDAN/WRAP VOA 29 Jul 2004 -- The United States is increasing pressure on Sudan to disarm Arab militias accused of committing atrocities in the country's western Darfur region. The U.N. Security Council is scheduled to vote Friday on a U.S.-sponsored resolution on Sudan.
- SUDAN / DARFUR VOA 29 Jul 2004 -- The Sudanese government has charged that the 16-month-old rebellion in Darfur is aimed at toppling the government. The rebel Justice and Equality Movement has implied as much, telling that a regime change in Khartoum would be the best and the quickest way to end conflicts in war-torn Sudan.
- Spain, Morocco to Supplement U.N. Stabilization Force in Haiti Washington File 29 Jul 2004 -- The governments of Spain and Morocco have announced that they will send a joint troop force to Haiti in support of a United Nations stabilization mission in the Caribbean country.
- Security Council extends UN observer mission in Georgia through January 2005 UN News Centre 29 Jul 2004 -- With peace talks between authorities in separatist Abkhazia and the Government of Georgia at a near standstill, the Security Council today unanimously extended the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) until the end of January 2005 to maintain stability along the ceasefire lines.
- Security Council extends UN peacekeeping mission in DR Congo until October UN News Centre 29 Jul 2004 -- With the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) posing a threat to international peace and security in the region, the United Nations Security Council today extended the peacekeeping mission in the Great Lakes country until the beginning of October.
- CONGO / DISPLACED VOA 29 Jul 2004 -- U-N aid workers say that up to 30-thousand civilians have been driven out of their homes and are in need of food and shelter following fighting between rebel and government forces in Congo's lawless east.
- UGANDA / KONY VOA 29 Jul 2004 -- Uganda's most wanted rebel leader narrowly escaped capture during an army raid on his stronghold in southern Sudan, according to a spokesman for the Ugandan military.
- UGANDA: Army raids LRA headquarters in southern Sudan IRIN 29 Jul 2004 -- The Ugandan army said on Thursday it had killed over 120 fighters of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) during a surprise attack on the rebel headquarters in southern Sudan, but the LRA leader, Joseph Kony, who was in the camp, survived the raid.
- U.N./ SUDAN RESOLUTION VOA 29 Jul 2004 -- The Security Council is deliberating a resolution that could impose sanction on Sudan if the government does not act quickly to disarm the government-backed Arab militias who are accused of killing tens of thousands of Sudanese people. The U.S. ambassador is pressing for a vote this week.
- SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 29 Jul 2004 -- NATO struggles for consensus on Iraqi mission but faces French opposition / Bosnian commision says NATO-led troops used excessive force in hunt for Karadzic / Bomb kills at least two at Afghan voter registration site, officials say / Al-Qaeda-linked group vows "bloody war" in Europe
- SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 29 Jul 2004 -- Greek Navy on Olympic patrols for "suspicious" ships / France still blocking NATO accord on Iraq mission / Balkan states claim progress towards EU membership / UN and U.S. in urgent appeals to help refugees in Sudan
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