23 December 2004 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 23 Dec 2004 [PDF]
- ONE SOLDIER KILLED, TWO WOUNDED IN BLAST
- Iraq: Pentagon Put On Defensive As Suicide Bomber Found Likely Cause Of Mosul Blast RFE/RL 23 Dec 2004 -- U.S. officials say the 21 December explosion in a dining tent at a military base in Mosul -- an attack that left 22 people dead -- was most likely the work of a suicide bomber. The admission has sparked criticism of security measures at U.S. facilities in Iraq. U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld yesterday defended his commitment to the safety of U.S. troops. Some observers say the Pentagon is doing a sufficient job of keeping U.S. soldiers supplied and secure. But others say attacks like the Mosul bombing show it is time for the United States to rethink its strategy in Iraq.
- 11th MEU (SOC) assumes responsibility of Karbala province USMC News 23 Dec 2004 -- The 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) assumed operational control of Karbala province from the Polish-led Multi-National Division Central South (MND-CS) during a ceremony here, Dec. 21.
- Command Statement on Mosul attack MNF-I/MNC-I 23 Dec 2004 -- A preliminary investigation indicates that the explosion at the U.S. Army dining facility at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Marez in Mosul on Tuesday was likely caused by an improvised explosive device worn by a suicide attacker.
- Marines aiding in Iraqi investigation of Mahmudiyah Blast MNF-I/MNC-I 23 Dec 2004 -- U.S. Marines and Iraqi police are investigating the cause of a large explosion south of Baghdad Wednesday December 22.
- ISF, Marines Capture 44 South of Baghdad MNF-I/MNC-I 23 Dec 2004 -- U.S. Marines and Iraqi Security Forces captured 44 suspected insurgents south of Baghdad on Wednesday, December 22, as an aggressive counter-insurgency that has netted nearly 600 militants in five months showed no signs of letting up.
- Explosive Ordnance Disposal Experts Key to Enhancing Safety in Western Iraq MNF-I/MNC-I 23 Dec 2004 -- Marines and Sailors from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit of the 1st Marine Division continue to conduct operations that result in the seizure and destruction of numerous weapons caches, ammunition supply points, land mines and improvised explosive devices.
- First Infantry Division Soldiers Detain two AIF Suspects Near Balad MNF-I/MNC-I 23 Dec 2004 -- First Infantry Division Soldiers detained two anti-Iraqi force suspects following an improvised explosive device attack near Balad at about 9:05 p.m., December 22.
- IED Emplacer Killed by Own Bomb MNF-I/MNC-I 23 Dec 2004 -- A suspected anti-Iraqi forces member was killed at about 7:35 a.m. on Dec. 23 when the improvised explosive device he was preparing exploded prematurely south of Baqubah.
- AFGHANISTAN: Trial of strength as governors take on warlords IRIN 23 Dec 2004 -- Warlords and their armies in the northwestern province of Faryab continue to harass people and defy local authorities by grabbing land from farmers and locking up those who oppose them in private prisons, human rights activists have told IRIN.
- AFGHANISTAN / CABINET VOA 23 Dec 2004 -- Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai has announced his cabinet, more than two months after winning election.
- Communications Team Keeps Soldiers Connected AFPS 23 Dec 2004 -- Keeping servicemembers across Afghanistan connected is no small task for signal corps soldiers.
- EOD Team Destroys Weapons One Cache at a Time AFPS 23 Dec 2004 -- After nearly 30 years of war, Afghanistan is full of leftover munitions from the Soviet occupation and the unrest that followed until the coalition ousted the Taliban in October 2001.
- Afghanistan: 25 Years Later, Soviet Invasion Remembered As Cold War's Last Gasp RFE/RL 23 Dec 2004 -- The Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan 25 years ago this month -- the first time since World War II that organized Soviet troops had been sent outside the bloc or Cuba. The fighting in Afghanistan -- which lasted 10 years -- devastated the country's infrastructure and left more than 1 million dead. Nearly 5 million refugees fled the fighting, and Afghans are still believed to represent the single largest refugee group in the world.
- RFE/RL Afghanistan Report, Vol 3, Number 45 23 Dec 2004 -- AFGHAN PRESIDENT FACES CHALLENGES IN FORMING CABINET / TALIBAN LEADER'S SECURITY CHIEF ARRESTED / FIGHTING KILLS SEVEN SUSPECTED NEO-TALIBAN IN SOUTHEASTERN AFGHANISTAN / NEO-TALIBAN CLAIM TO HAVE KILLED 10 AFGHAN SOLDIERS / NEO-TALIBAN REPORTEDLY MASSING IN SOUTHERN AFGHANISTAN / KABUL DENIES NEGOTIATING WITH FORMER TALIBAN MINISTER / AFGHAN GOVERNMENT HAS NOT RECEIVED PLANNING MINISTER'S RESIGNATION LETTER / IMAGES OF PROPHET ENRAGE SUPREME COURT / TURKISH ENGINEER KIDNAPPED, KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN... / ...WHILE NEO-TALIBAN DENY GUILT / EIGHT DEAD FOLLOWING KABUL PRISON SIEGE... / ...PROMPTING PAKISTAN TO REQUEST 'TRANSPARENT' PROBE INTO EVENTS / GUNMEN KILL FOUR POLICEMEN IN SOUTHERN AFGHANISTAN... / ...AND EXPLOSION IN EASTERN AFGHANISTAN KILLS ONE SOLDIER, WOUNDS FOUR / RIVAL MILITARY CORPS IN NORTHERN AFGHANISTAN JOIN DDR... / UNICEF SAYS NEARLY 4,000 AFGHAN CHILD SOLDIERS HAVE BEEN DISARMED / SPAIN SAYS NO INCREASED AFGHAN PRESENCE PLANNED / U.S. DENIES SYSTEMIC DETAINEE ABUSE IN AFGHANISTAN... / ...AND INSISTS IT WILL NOT ABANDON AFGHANISTAN / ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK APPROVES $80 MILLION HIGHWAY LOAN FOR AFGHANISTAN / PROGRESS IN AFGHANISTAN HIGHLIGHTS TASKS AHEAD / KANDAHAR GETS NEW IRANIAN CONSUL / TEHRAN FREEZES FORMER AFGHAN LEADER'S ASSETS / THIS WEEK IN AFGHANISTAN'S HISTORY
Defense Policy / Programs
- 'Good thing' when nothing happens AFPN 23 Dec 2004 -- When nothing happens, it is a good thing, said Capt. Mark Martin, 386th Expeditionary Security Forces chief of anti-terrorism and force protection at a forward-deployed location.
- Carson first to up-armor vehicles at installation Army News 23 Dec 2004 -- When the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment deploys to the Middle East in the spring, its Soldiers will have some added protection and confidence going back with them.
- AIMD Continues CVW Support During SRA Navy NewsStand 23 Dec 2004 -- USS Kitty Hawk's (CV 63) current ship's restricted availability (SRA) is a busy time for all of the ship's personnel, but the past few months have been particularly eventful for the aircraft intermediate maintenance department (AIMD).
- Atlantic submarine makes rare Hawaii stop Navy NewsStand 23 Dec 2004 -- USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723) made a rare port visit to Pearl Harbor Dec. 20.
- Purple Foxes tame Desert Talon USMC News 23 Dec 2004 -- Numerous Marine Corps units throughout the world have entered the Iraqi desert since the war first broke out in 2003. Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron-364 from Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton was one of the units to pack up and deploy when Operation Iraqi Freedom began.
- Northrop Grumman Announces $166 Million Award for LPD 22/23 Advance Procurement Northrop Grumman 23 Dec 2004 -- The U.S. Navy has awarded $166 million in additional advance procurement funding to Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), providing long-lead materials for San Diego (LPD 22) and Anchorage (LPD 23), the sixth and seventh San Antonio class amphibious transport dock ships. The funds will be used to purchase major equipment such as the ships' main engines, diesel generators and other long-lead material like steel plates and shapes, pipe, cable and other major equipment.
- Contract for Production of the M51 Weapon System EADS 23 Dec 2004 -- The DGA, the French armament procurement agency and EADS SPACE Transportation have signed a contract for the production of the M51 missile. To be designed and manufactured for the first time under the prime contractorship of EADS SPACE Transportation, this fixed contract covers series production of the M51 weapon system for a period of 10 years. The contract value is in excess of €3 Billion and includes a fixed tranche and several conditional options.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 23 Dec 2004
- UGANDA: LRA rebels not committed to peace - army spokesman IRIN 23 Dec 2004 -- The Ugandan military said on Thursday that the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) had misused a month-long ceasefire declared by the government, and instead of a showing commitment to peace, regrouped to execute more atrocities in the northern region.
- PALESTINIAN MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS VOA 23 Dec 2004 -- Palestinians went to the polls (are going to the polls) in municipal elections today (Thursday), the first such balloting to be held in 28 years.
- THAILAND SOUTHERN VIOLENCE VOA 23 Dec 2004 -- Hundreds of schools in Thailand's restless south have been closed indefinitely after teachers voted to suspend classes until the security in the region is improved. They went on strike after two teachers were shot to death by unknown assailants.
- U.S. / BELARUS TRIAL VOA 24 Dec 2004 -- The United States is accusing the Belarus government of "flagrant abuse" of its judicial system in the prosecution of opposition figure Mikhail Marinich. The former government minister went on trial Thursday on charges including the theft of U.S. embassy computers, an allegation the State Department denies.
- INDIA/RAO DEATH VOA 23 Dec 2004 -- P.V. Narasimha Rao, a former prime minister of India, has died of heart failure. Mr. Rao is best remembered for opening up India's protected economy in 1991.
- INDIA NEPAL KING VOA 23 Dec 2004 -- The king of Nepal is beginning an 11-day visit to India as instability in his country deepens. The Nepalese king is expected to seek more support from its giant neighbor in quelling a Maoist insurgency raging in the country.
- U.S. / UKRAINE ELECTION VOA 23 Dec 2004 -- The United States says it looks forward to a Ukrainian presidential vote Sunday free of fraud, abuse and intimidation. In comments Thursday, the State Department again said the Bush administration has no favorite candidate in the race.
- Ukraine: Marathon Election Heading Toward 26 December Resolution RFE/RL 23 Dec 2004 -- Ukraine's marathon presidential election process has already triggered an "Orange Revolution" and shattered the mould of the country's postcommunist politics. On 26 December it enters its decisive phase with the rerun of an election last month that was declared massively fraudulent by the opposition and international monitors. Ukraine's Supreme Court agreed the vote had been heavily distorted in favor of the government candidate, Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, and ordered a fresh election. The vote pits opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko, who advocates Ukraine's entry into NATO and the European Union, against Yanukovych, openly backed by the Kremlin, to replace the outgoing Leonid Kuchma.
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