28 December 2004 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 28 Dec 2004 [PDF]
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- Task Force Danger Soldiers detain four in raid near Ad Dwar MNF-I/MNC-I 28 Dec 2004 -- Task Force Danger Soldiers captured two individuals in a raid near As Sindiyah about 6:33 p.m., on December 27.
- Task Force Danger Soldiers Detain Four after Attack in Ad Duluiyah MNF-I/MNC-I 28 Dec 2004 -- Task Force Danger Soldiers detained three individuals in a raid of three houses near Ad Duluiyah at about 6:50 p.m., Dec. 27.
- Stability Attained; Black Jack Returns to Baghdad MNF-I/MNC-I 28 Dec 2004 -- The 2nd Brigade Combat Team (BCT), of the 1st Cavalry Division recently returned to their usual area of operations in Baghdad after assisting the 1st Marine Division in their efforts to restore peace and stability to former insurgent stronghold Fallujah and the surrounding townships.
- Iraqi Security Forces, Multi-National Forces Perform Joint Operation MNF-I/MNC-I 28 Dec 2004 -- Soldiers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the Multinational Division Central - South, the 403 Iraqi National Guard Battalion and Iraqi Police in Al Kut conducted a joint operation, searching for illegal storages of weapons and ammunition, northeast of Badrah in the Wasit Province, on Dec. 27.
- Deadly Attacks Reported On Iraqi Police Stations RFE/RL 28 Dec 2004 -- There are reports today of attacks on several police stations in the Iraqi cities of Baghdad, Tikrit, and Samarra resulting in the deaths of around 20 police officers.
- Hotline Succeeding In Foiling Iraqi Insurgents AFPS 28 Dec 2004 -- Leads generated through a hotline to report insurgent activity in Iraq demonstrate that the Iraqi people want to bring an end to the violence against innocent civilians and critical infrastructure, a top officer in the Army's 1st Cavalry Division told reporters in Baghdad today.
- Multi-National Forces, Iraqi Security Forces Attacked from Mosque MNF-I/MNC-I 28 Dec 2004 -- Multi-National Forces and Iraqi Security Forces conducting a joint patrol here on Dec. 28 were attacked with small arms fire by anti-Iraqi insurgents from a mosque. A Iraqi National Guard soldier was wounded in the attack.
- Iraqi Children Lead 1st Infantry Division Soldiers to Cache MNF-I/MNC-I 28 Dec 2004 -- Two Iraqi children led 1st Infantry Division Soldiers from Task Force Trailblazer to a weapons cache near Bayji on December 28 at about 9:15 a.m.
- Iraqi citizen Reports cache to 1st Infantry Division Soldiers MNF-I/MNC-I 28 Dec 2004 -- An Iraqi citizen reported a weapons cache to 1st Infantry Division Soldiers near Ad Duluiyah at about 6:00 p.m. on Dec 28.
- Five VBIED's Detained in Babil Province MNF-I/MNC-I 28 Dec 2004 -- In the afternoon of Dec 28, five VBIED's (vehicle-borne improvised explosive device) were detained by Iraqi Police (IP) and Polish soldiers from 1st Battle Group of Multi-national Division Central-South (MND CS) from Camp Charlie.
- US Forces Discover Car Bomb Near Hospital MNF-I/MNC-I 28 Dec 2004 -- Marines of the 1st Marine Division of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force conducted a controlled detonation of a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device at approximately 9 a.m. on Dec. 28 near the Ramadi Hospital in downtown Ramadi.
- Marine Expeditionary Unit Pressures Insurgents MNF-I/MNC-I 28 Dec 2004 -- Elements of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit continue to apply pressure on the insurgency in western Iraq and Al Anbar Province. The MEU shows no sign of slowing the pace in advance of the upcoming elections in January 2005.
- 3/5 Marines help Fallujans return home USMC News 28 Dec 2004 -- The Marines of 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, began facilitating the reoccupation Fallujah Dec. 23 after the order was issued from the Interim Iraqi Government, allowing the residents to return.
- NCIS has distinct mission in Iraq's Al Anbar province USMC News 28 Dec 2004 -- Marines and Sailors deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom have a guardian angel: the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.
- Afghanistan: New Cabinet Faces Major Challenges RFE/RL 28 Dec 2004 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai presided over the first meeting of his new cabinet yesterday. Karzai urged the 27 ministers, including two women, to avoid intrigue and work together for the future of Afghanistan. Karzai swore in the cabinet on 24 December, leaving out some rivals and warlords in favor of professionals. Analysts have hailed that move as a step in the right direction, but the government faces major challenges. It must still win approval from parliament next spring as well as find a way to wean the Afghan economy off the drug business and improve the rights of women.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Warming things up around Manas AFPN 28 Dec 2004 -- Everyone know that the song says, "Oh, the weather outside is frightful and the fire is so delightful," but fires are not allowed in tents here; thankfully heaters are.
- U.S. Military Assistance to Tsunami Victims Already Under Way Washington File 28 Dec 2004 -- Two American ships, their support vessels, approximately 15,000 U.S. military forces, and relief supplies are steaming toward the area of the world devastated by the December 26 Asian tsunamis to provide humanitarian assistance.
- U.S. Military Support to Tsunami Relief Efforts 28 Dec 2004 -- U.S. Pacific Command is sending a forward command element (FCE) to Utapao, Thailand, to establish the command, control and communication structure for Joint Task Force 536 (JTF 536).
- Airmen bringing tsunami-relief supplies to Thailand AFPN 28 Dec 2004 -- Airmen from Yokota Air Base, Japan, are among those bringing the first wave of relief for people on the coastlines of Southeast Asia and Eastern Africa. The area was devastated by a massive 9.0 magnitude earthquake and equally powerful tsunamis.
- HORN OF AFRICA/SUMMIT VOA 28 Dec 2004 -- The leaders of Yemen, Sudan, and Ethiopia, with Somalia as an observer, wrapped up their summit in Sudan with pledges to establish peace and security in the area.
- White House Daily Briefing, December 28 Washington File 28 Dec 2004 -- Asian earthquake disaster, U.S. relief efforts, Ukrainian election
- State Department Daily Briefing, December 28 Washington File 28 Dec 2004 -- Asian earthquake, U.S. aid, Iraq, Middle East, Turkey, Syria, Ukraine
- ATK Test Demonstrates Pulse-capable Solid Divert and Attitude Control System Design ATK 28 Dec 2004 -- ATK (NYSE: ATK) and Honeywell (NYSE: HON) successfully completed a hot-fire test of a Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Solid Divert and Attitude Control System (SDACS) incorporating design features to improve performance and reliability. The hot fire test, conducted on November 30 at ATK facilities in Elkton, Md., marked a major milestone in the evolutionary enhancement of this proven system design.
- DR of Congo: UN peacekeepers dismantle three militia camps in country's east UN News Centre 28 Dec 2004 -- the third operation if its kind this month, MONUC, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), has destroyed three camps belonging to the rebel Integrationist Nationalist Front (FNI) in the north-eastern Orientale province, the UN spokesman said today.
- COTE D IVOIRE: Lingering crisis still threatens regional stability IRIN 28 Dec 2004 -- Cote d'Ivoire almost relapsed into all-out civil war during 2004, raising fears that a fresh outbreak of full-scale hostilities could undermine security and stunt economic growth in several neighbouring countries.
- PALESTINIAN ELECTIONS VOA 28 Dec 2004 -- A senior Palestinian minister is calling for American monitors to observe the January 9th presidential election. The appeal comes as one of the candidates ran into trouble with Israeli authorities as he tried to get his message out.
- PROLIFERATION: SMALL ARMS / AFRICA / CONFLICTS VOA 28 Dec 2004 -- Many hot spots in sub-Saharan Africa are awash with light weapons in the hands of unemployed, dispossessed youths, making the continent a perpetual tinderbox. Experts agree the often-ignored problem of small arms is getting bigger and harder to stop, while criminal networks and corrupt authorities are profiting.
- USAID Fact Sheet on South Asia Earthquake and Tsunami Washington File 28 Dec 2004 -- The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released on December 28 a fact sheet detailing U.S. humanitarian assistance following the massive December 26 earthquake in the Indian Ocean and subsequent tsunami. The United States has pledged an initial $35 million for relief efforts.
- U.S. / EARTHQUAKE RELIEF VOA 28 Dec 2004 -- The United States has dramatically increased efforts to provide emergency aid and relief for South Asia in the wake of Sunday's earthquake and tidal wave in the Indian Ocean.
- EARTHQUAKE WRAP VOA 28 Dec 2004 -- The world is mounting a massive relief effort to respond to the escalating death toll from the tidal waves that raced across the Indian Ocean Sunday, triggered by one of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded. In just the past 24 hours, the death toll from the devastation across a dozen or so countries from Thailand to Somalia has more than doubled, with the number now believed to top 50 thousand. Millions more have been left homeless as a result of what is now being described as one of the worst natural disasters in recent history.
- UN/TSUNAMI RELIEF VOA 28 Dec 2004 -- A senior U.N. official has backed away from earlier comments that wealthy nations had been "stingy" in responding to humanitarian aid appeals.
- UN/DISASTER AID VOA 28 Dec 2004 -- A senior U.N. official has described the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami as among the worst-ever natural disasters. Some small islands appear to have been completely washed away.
- POWELL/TSUNAMI AID VOA 28 Dec 2004 -- The United States further increased its aid commitment to South and East Asian countries affected by Sunday's earthquake and tsunami disaster to 35 million dollars. Secretary of State Colin Powell says the ultimate response by donor countries will run into billions of dollars.
- India, Indonesia, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Somalia Earthquake and Tsunami: OCHA Situation Report No. 5 UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs28 Dec 2004
- U.N. Health Agency Sends Medical Supplies to South Asia Washington File 28 Dec 2004 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) is sending medical supplies to meet the needs of 40,000 persons December 28, with more shipments planned in the days ahead in response to the devastating tsunamis in the Indian Ocean that struck eight nations December 26.
- Powell Outlines U.S. Help to Tsunami Victims Washington File 28 Dec 2004 -- The United States is providing funds, disaster assistance experts, and relief supplies to help victims of the earthquake and subsequent tsunamis that occurred in the Indian Ocean December 26, according to Secretary of State Colin Powell.
- U.N., U.S. Meet To Bring Relief to Tsunami Victims in Africa Washington File 28 Dec 2004 -- The United States and other international donors met with U.N. officials in Nairobi, Kenya, December 28 to discuss relief efforts for East Africans affected by the earthquake-provoked tsunami that struck South Asia, killing thousands in Indonesia, Thailand and other nations.
- U.S. Energy Department Database Locates Tsunami Victims Washington File 28 Dec 2004 -- Relief agencies working to help victims of the December 26 tsunamis in the Indian Ocean are using a demographic database developed at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee.
- Tidal wave death toll in Sri Lanka over 10,000 Sri Lanka Government Information Department 28 Dec 2004 -- As the nation took a temporary breather from Sunday's cataclysmic disaster a clearer picture of the extent and enormity of the catastrophe began to gradually emerge as the country went into mourning for the unprecedented number of victims, dead and displaced in the worst natural disaster to hit Sri Lanka in living memory.
- POWELL-TSUNAMI AID VOA 28 Dec 2004 -- U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell says he expects international contributions to countries hit by the earthquake and tsunami disaster to be in the billions of dollars. Mr. Powell, in morning T-V interviews Tuesday, rejected a U-N official's comment that the response of the United States and other Western nations thus far has been "stingy."
- SOMALIA-KENYA/TIDAL WAVE VOA 28 Dec 2004 -- Somalia's new government plans by the end of the week to visit areas of Somalia most affected by the recent Asian tidal wave, while the International Committee of the Red Cross is sending out a relief shipment from Kenya to Sri Lanka to help victims there.
- Asia: With Tsunami Death Count Rising, Aid Agencies Struggle To Help Survivors RFE/RL 28 Dec 2004 -- Two days after massive waves called tsunamis struck coastal villages bordering the Indian Ocean, the death count stands at some 30,000 and is expected to grow as high as 50,000. The disaster poses a staggering challenge for aid agencies racing to deliver food and fresh water to the region. The United Nations has warned that survivors face their greatest danger in the days ahead, as contaminated drinking water and putrefying bodies could cause epidemics of intestinal and lung infections.
- QUAKE AFTERMATH VOA 28 Dec 2004 -- Around the Indian Ocean, assistance is starting to arrive for the millions of people whose lives were shattered by Sunday's huge earthquake and the tsunamis it spawned. More than 25-thousand people are confirmed dead, but more bodies are being found all the time and that death toll could double.
- TANZANIA/TIDAL WAVE VOA 28 Dec 2004 -- At least 10 people have drowned off Tanzania's coast as a result of Sunday's tidal wave.
- TSUNAMI RELIEF EFFORT VOA 28 Dec 2004 -- Indian Ocean countries and international aid agencies are putting together what the United Nations says may be the largest relief operation the world has ever seen in response to Sunday's earthquake and tsunamis. The task is especially challenging in smaller countries such as Sri Lanka where the gigantic waves claimed the most victims.
- UKRAINE / POL ONITE VOA 28 Dec 2004 -- The apparent winner of Ukraine's presidential run-off election, Viktor Yushchenko, said Tuesday the struggle to bring democracy to the country is not over and urged his supporters to renew a government blockade to prevent his rival from convening a government meeting.
- Ukraine: Yushchenko Wins, But Country Does Not Have A New President Yet RFE/RL 28 Dec 2004 -- Ukrainian opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko has won the 26 December presidential election -- defeating rival Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych 52 percent to 44 percent. But a final certification of the results might still be days away. Yanukovych has lodged a complaint to contest the result in court, alleging widespread infringements of the election law.
- Yanukovych Pledges To Challenge Ukraine's Vote Results RFE/RL 28 Dec 2004 -- Prime Minister and presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko vowed last night to mount a legal challenge to the results of the 26 December election as returns showed his reformist opponent with an insurmountable lead.
- Ukrainian Authorities Declare Yushchenko Winner RFE/RL 28 Dec 2004 -- The Central Election Commission announced in Kyiv today that opposition candidate Viktor Yuschenko was the official winner in Ukraine's repeat presidential vote on 26 December.
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