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03 December 2004 Military News

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Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 03 Dec 2004 [PDF]
  • ONE TASK FORCE DANGER SOLDIER KILLED, TWO WOUNDED NEAR KIRKUK
  • DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
  • ONE SOLDIER KILLED, THREE WOUNDED IN IED ATTACK

  • Transcript: Department of Defense Briefing 03 Dec 2004 -- Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Lawrence Di Rita. Also participating was Deputy Director for Regional Operations, Joint Staff Operations Directorate, Brig. Gen. David Rodriguez
  • U-S/IRAQ VOA 03 Dec 2004 -- As U.S. forces in Iraq comb through what they describe as a treasure trove of intelligence left behind by insurgents in Fallujah, military commanders say they are finding more evidence that Sunni rebels had stockpiled enough material to take their battle to other parts of the country.
  • Evidence Aids Coalition in Insurgent Crackdown AFPS 03 Dec 2004 -- Evidence found by coalition and Iraqi forces in Fallujah provides chilling proof that the insurgency there was heavily armed and dug in and prepared to fight, a senior official from the Joint Staff told reporters here today.
  • IRAQI SECURITY FORCES AND MNF-I NAB 53 INSURGENTS IN NORTHERN IRAQ CENTCOM 03 Dec 2004 -- Iraqi Security Forces and Multi-National Forces from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team) detained 53 people suspected of anti-Iraqi activities during operations yesterday in northern Iraq.
  • IRAQ / ATTACKS VOA 03 Dec 2004 -- Scores of Iraqi civilians and police officers were killed in Baghdad Friday in separate attacks on police stations and a mosque. Senior government officials say the attacks are intended to weaken security and ignite a civil war.
  • Insurgent Attacks In Baghdad Kill At Least 26 RFE/RL 03 Dec 2004 -- Two separate attacks today by insurgents in Iraq have killed at least 26 people.
  • Soldiers Detain Five AIF For Attacks Near Khalis; One Detained Near Balad MNF-I/MNC-I 03 Dec 2004 -- First Infantry Division Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment detained five suspected anti-Iraqi force insurgents near Khalis, on Dec. 3 at about 6:00 a.m., for attacks against Multi-National Forces and Iraqi Security Forces.
  • Northern Babil operational update: Marines encouraged by performance of Iraqi National Guard MNF-I/MNC-I 03 Dec 2004 -- A nine-day offensive aimed at flushing out insurgents south of Baghdad ended Dec. 1 with the capture of 21 suspects in a series of raids by Iraqi security forces and U.S. Marines.
  • Fallujah Findings Give Evidence of International Law Violations Washington File 03 Nov 2004 -- Evidence that mosques, hospitals and cemeteries were used by insurgents in Fallujah as battlegrounds from which to attack Iraqi and multinational forces was presented by the Pentagon December 3.

  • RFE/RL Afghanistan Report, Vol 3, Number 42 03 Dec 2004 -- UN SAYS OPIUM PRODUCTION 'CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER' TO AFGHANISTAN'S FUTURE / FOR ABDUCTED GIRL, FEAR OF HONOR KILLING BY RELATIVES FOLLOWS A RAPE / HOSTAGE CRISIS ENDS AMID CONFUSION / AFGHANS PROBE DEATH OF KIDNAPPING SUSPECT / UN REPORTS MAJOR INCREASE IN AFGHAN OPIUM CULTIVATION... / ...AS U.S. ANNOUNCES COUNTERNARCOTICS INITIATIVE FOR AFGHANISTAN / SENIOR AFGHAN COUNTERNARCOTICS OFFICIAL MEETS ISAF COMMANDER / AFGHAN CABINET CONCERNED ABOUT SPRAYING POPPY FIELDS / NGO ADVISES QUICK ACTION TO PREPARE AFGHANISTAN FOR LOCAL AND NATIONAL ELECTIONS... / AFGHAN PUBLICATIONS DISCUSS PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS / UZBEK WARLORD GIVES UP 45 TANKS, AMMUNITION CACHE... / ...WHO MEETS U.S. ENVOY... / ...AND CALLS FOR REWARDS FOR DISARMAMENT / AFGHAN DELEGATION APPEALS FOR $1 BILLION TO RID COUNTRY OF MINES, HELP VICTIMS / SUSPECTED INSURGENTS KILLED IN U.S.-LED ATTACK IN AFGHANISTAN / U.S. FORCES SKIRMISH WITH GUERRILLAS NEAR JALALABAD / COALITION SAYS IT REGRETS DETENTION OF WOMAN IN EASTERN AFGHANISTAN / FOUR KILLED IN SUSPECTED NEO-TALIBAN ATTACK ON NGO IN AFGHANISTAN / PAKISTAN SAYS IT WILL PULL HUNDREDS OF TROOPS FROM TENSE BORDER AREA WITH AFGHANISTAN / FUGITIVE FORMER AFGHAN LEADER AGAIN CALLS FOR INSURGENT ATTACKS / HUNDREDS TURN OUT TO SUPPORT FORMER WESTERN AFGHAN GOVERNOR ISMAIL KHAN / VIGILANTE TERRORIST HUNTERS LAUNCH APPEAL / AFGHAN COMMISSION MEETS OVER CABLE PROGRAMMING / TRANSFER OF POWER IN AFGHANISTAN SET FOR EARLY DECEMBER / THIS WEEK IN AFGHANISTAN'S HISTORY

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Tank Firepower Enhancement Program to reach full production USMC News 03 Dec 2004 -- Recently, Marine Corps Systems Command signed the Milestone C Decision for full rate production of the M1A1 Tank Firepower Enhancement Program (FEP). Installed on the M1A1 Tank, the FEP will bring the MAGTF all weather, thermal, day or night, rapid and accurate target engagement capability.
  • Armed robots soon marching to battle? Army News 03 Dec 2004 -- Soldiers may have armed robots as battle buddies by early next year, according to industry and military officials attending the biennial Army Science Conference.
  • VFA-82 to Disestablish Navy NewsStand 03 Dec 2004 -- Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 82 received official word in November that they will disestablish at the end of Fiscal Year 2005.
  • Truman Takes the Reins in Persian Gulf Navy NewsStand 03 Dec 2004 -- The USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Carrier Strike Group relieved the USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) Carrier Strike Group Nov. 20 in the Persian Gulf, following a vertical ammunition replenishment and official turnover.

  • NATO Head Makes Unannounced Iraq Visit RFE/RL 03 Dec 2004 -- NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer is paying a surprise visit to Iraq today.

  • White House Daily Briefing, December 3 Washington File 03 Dec 2004 -- Ukraine, intelligence reform legislation, Cabinet, Pakistan/Musharraf's US visit, political prisoners, social security, education bill/Senator Kennedy
  • State Department Noon Briefing, December 3 Washington File 03 Dec 2004 -- Senior AFP Correspondent Matt Lee Departure, Congo, Kenya, Ukraine, Pakistan, China, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iraq, Middle East, Anti-Mine Conference in Nairobi/Ottawa Treaty/Decision Not to Join, Ethiopia
  • UN/DANFORTH VOA 03 Dec 2004 -- U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Danforth says he is leaving his post because he wants to go home to Missouri. Ambassador Danforth took a parting shot at the General Assembly, while carefully avoiding any endorsement of Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
  • Danforth Resigns as U.S. Ambassador to United Nations Washington File 03 Dec 2004 -- John Danforth, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, submitted his resignation to President Bush on December 3.

Defense Industry

  • BAE SYSTEMS Awarded $16.6 Million Precision Tracking Radar Contract BAE Systems 03 Dec 2004 -- BAE Systems has been awarded a $16.6 million contract for the Time Space, Position Information (TSPI) Replacement System at the Primrose Lake Evaluation Range (PLER). The contract is to replace the existing cinetheodolite constellation at the Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment (AETE), in Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada, with a modern, automated tracking system capable of testing modern ammunition such as precision guided munitions. The contract was awarded to BAE Systems by Public Works Government Services Canada (PWGSC) for the Department of National Defence, Ottawa, Canada.
  • EADS: “Infantryman of the Future” to be better protected on dangerous missions EADS 03 Dec 2004 -- EADS will be supplying the Bundeswehr with a new Future Soldier System (programme name: Infanterist der Zukunft, IdZ) that aims to decisively improve the protection of individual soldiers on dangerous missions. The company announced on Friday that EADS Defence Electronics (DE) obtained a 70-million euro series order from the Federal Office of Defense Technology and Procurement (BWB) for 196 IdZ Future Soldier basic systems, which are envisaged for around 2,000 soldiers of all services including the NATO Response Force and the German ISAF contingent in Afghanistan. For the latter, the Bundeswehr already obtained 15 systems between July and November for rapid reaction forces in Kundus.
  • Lockheed Martin Completes Acquisition Of Sippican Lockheed Martin 03 Dec 2004 -- Lockheed Martin Corporation [NYSE:LMT] today announced it has completed its acquisition of Sippican Holdings, Inc, a Massachusetts-based supplier of naval electronics systems. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
  • Lockheed Martin Adds Night Vision Goggle Capability to U.S. Air Force's F-16 Mission Training Center Lockheed Martin 03 Dec 2004 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) successfully demonstrated the addition of a night vision goggle capability to the F-16 Mission Training Centers (MTC) it produces for the U.S. Air Force.
  • Boeing Airborne Laser Team Achieves First Flight Boeing 03 Dec 2004 -- The Boeing [NYSE: BA] Airborne Laser (ABL) team flew an aircraft equipped with the integrated battle management and Beam Control/Fire Control (BC/FC)systems for the first time at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., on Dec. 3.

Other Conflicts

  • DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND SPOKESMAN FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT United Nations 03 Dec 2004
  • Annan urges greater efforts to rid world of landmines UN News Centre 03 Dec 2004 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed progress in clearing anti-personnel mines in recent years, but warned that these indiscriminate weapons continue to exact a heavy civilian toll.
  • UN/LANDMINE-BAN VOA 03 Dec 2004 -- An international conference to ban landmines ends Friday in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. Some organizers have called the week-long summit a success, others say there is more to be done.

  • General Who Sieged Sarajevo Surrenders To UN RFE/RL 03 Dec 2004 -- UN war crimes tribunal chief prosecutor Carla Del Ponte said today that a Serbian general indicted for war crimes in the siege of Sarajevo during the 1992-95 Bosnian war has surrendered to the court.

  • PALESTINIAN ELECTIONS: 'GATEWAY' TO PA REFORM, REVIVED ROADMAP? US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 03 Dec 2004
  • United States "Profoundly Concerned" About Eastern Congo Washington File 03 Dec 2004 -- The United States is "profoundly concerned" about the situation in eastern Congo, specifically the reports of Rwandan units operating there, State Department spokesman Richard Boucher announced December 3.
  • UN envoys decry disorder in Cte d'Ivoire, opponents of Liberia's peace process UN News Centre 03 Dec 2004 -- The heads of the five United Nations peacekeeping and political missions in West Africa today decried attempts to derail elections in Liberia and called on the parties in Cte d'Ivoire to break the "perennial impasse" in that country's peace process.
  • COTE D IVOIRE: Mbeki begins second peace mission in as many months IRIN 03 Dec 2004 -- South African President Thabo Mbeki has arrived in Cote d'Ivoire for fresh talks to try to resolve the conflict that has crippled the world's top cocoa producer for more than two years.
  • GREAT LAKES: Threat of regionalisation hangs over Congolese conflict IRIN 03 Dec 2004 -- Whether or not the Rwandan army actually has invaded, or will invade, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), as Rwandan President Paul Kagame said on 24 November it would, remains unclear, but the question may be immaterial.
  • SUDAN: More violence reported in Darfur region IRIN 03 Dec 2004 -- Clashes between government troops, armed militias and suspected rebels were reported on Thursday in the western Sudanese state of South Darfur, two days after attacks were reported in neighbouring North Darfur state, relief workers in the region told IRIN.
  • DRC: 650 troops pulled out of eastern hotbed for training IRIN 03 Dec 2004 -- A senior army officer has said 650 government soldiers left the eastern Congolese town of Goma on Thursday for Kitona, in the western province of Bas-Congo, where they will undergo retraining for inclusion in the country's new unified army.
  • U.S.-Congo-Rwanda VOA 03 Dec 2004 -- The State Department said Friday U.S. officials are "profoundly concerned" about reports that Rwandan troops have entered the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. A senior State Department envoy has been sent to the area for talks in both countries.
  • IVORY COAST / TALKS VOA 03 Dec 2004 -- South African President Thabo Mbeki is meeting all sides in the Ivory Coast conflict trying to break a two-year deadlock in peacemaking efforts. A lot is expected from Mr. Mbeki's four-day visit.
  • THAILAND/SECURITY LAWS VOA 03 Dec 2004 -- Thailand has backed away from introducing tough new security laws as part of efforts to end the on-going violence in the country's mostly Muslim south. Critics - including some government ministers - felt existing laws were sufficient to deal with the situation.
  • CONGO/RWANDA VOA 03 Dec 2004 -- Congo President Joseph Kabila has accused Rwanda of repeatedly trying to use the presence of Rwandan Hutus rebels in eastern Congo as a pretext for maintaining its control and influence in the area. In an address to the nation late Thursday, he reassured the Congolese people he had put the army on high alert, amid reports that Rwandan troops have again crossed into Congo.

News Reports

  • UKRAINE DECISION VOA 03 Dec 2004 -- Ukraine's Supreme Court has ordered a new presidential run-off election, ruling in favor of the opposition's claim that the election was marred by widespread voter manipulation and fraud. The ruling means Ukraine's voters will again have a choice to vote for either Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych or opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko.
  • U.S.-UKRAINE REACT VOA 03 Dec 2004 -- The United States Friday welcomed the Ukrainian Supreme Court decision annulling the results of last month's presidential election and calling for a new vote. U.S. officials are urging all parties, including Russia, to support the process underway.
  • UKRAINE DECISION VOA 03 Dec 2004 -- Ukraine's Supreme Court has ordered a new presidential run-off election, ruling in favor of the opposition's claim that the election was marred by widespread voter manipulation and fraud. The ruling means Ukraine's voters will again have a choice to vote for either Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych or opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko.
  • Ukrainian Court Invalidates Election, Calls For New Polls RFE/RL 03 Dec 2004 -- The Ukrainian Supreme Court today invalidated the official results of the country's disputed presidential elections last month and ruled that a repeat vote must be held. Chairman Anatoliy Yarema, delivering the ruling after five days of deliberations, said new balloting should take place in about three weeks. Significantly, Yarema said the election would be a rerun of the two-man runoff between Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych and opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko.
  • Ukraine: Ethnic Relations Good, But Some Fear Russian Manipulation RFE/RL 03 Dec 2004 -- Some Ukrainians fear that the current political crisis could drive a wedge between their country's ethnic Russian and Ukrainian communities. For now, Ukrainians interviewed on the streets of Kyiv say both groups are getting on fine. But analysts warn that Ukraine's push for greater independence and democracy could encourage Moscow to use Ukrainian Russians as a tool to poison relations between the communities and help keep Kyiv in Moscow's grip.
  • Ukraine: 'Orange' Revolution Leader Yushchenko Does Not Fit Typical Models RFE/RL 03 Dec 2004 -- Ukrainian opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko has become famous around the world, but few outside the country know much about him. Who is the leader of the "orange" revolution, where did he come from, and what makes him such a powerful force?
  • Ukrainian Court Quashes Election Results RFE/RL 03 Dec 2004 -- The Ukrainian Supreme Court has declared the presidential runoff election of 21 November illegal and canceled the results based on an appeal from the country's opposition leadership.
  • UKRAINE / DECISION VOA 03 Dec 2004 -- Ukraine is still waiting for a Supreme Court decision on the issue of fraud in the November 21st presidential runoff election, as the two sides in the dispute continue a battle of wills about how to resolve it. A new election appears likely, but the exact form it will take remains unknown.
  • Ukrainian Court Weighs Vote Challenge RFE/RL 03 Dec 2004 -- Ukraine's Supreme Court is deliberating over the political opposition's allegations of fraud during the country's contested presidential election following a hearing that concluded yesterday.

  • MOZAMBIQUE/ELECTION VOA 03 Dec 2004 -- Ballots are still being counted in Mozambique's general election, but early returns broadcast on state radio show ruling party candidate Armando Guebuza leading his main rival. Opposition contender Afonso Dhlakama says few votes have been counted in his strongholds, and he believes he will emerge victorious. One of the main international observers, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, told a small group of reporters that the two days of voting appear to have been "almost perfect."
  • MOZAMBIQUE / ELECTION VOA 03 Dec 2004 -- Ballots are still being counted in Mozambique's general election, but early returns show ruling party candidate Armando Guebuza leading his main rival. It is not clear how the very low turnout will affect the outcome. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter told a small group of reporters that the two days of voting appear to have been "almost perfect," but he is concerned that election officials may not allow international observers to witness the final vote tally.

  • Boeing Awarded NASA Human and Robotic Technology Development Projects Boeing 03 Dec 2004 -- NASA recently selected Boeing [NYSE: BA] to work on seven technology development projects worth almost $25 million (in the first year) as part of NASA's Human and Robotic Technology (H&RT) program.



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