30 December 2004 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 30 Dec 2004 [PDF]
- TASK FORCE OLYMPIA SOLDIER DIES OF WOUNDS
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- Mortar Attack Hits Baghdad Oil Refinery VOA News 30 Dec 2004 -- Iraqi insurgents hit the country's infrastructure late Thursday, carrying out a mortar attack on Baghdad's main oil refinery.
- U.S. Forces Counter Insurgent Strikes In Iraq RFE/RL 30 Dec 2004 -- United States forces in Iraq launched offensives against insurgents in the northern city of Mosul and south of the capital Baghdad after coming under attack from car bombs and light-weapons yesterday.
- Aircraft Mishap in Northern Iraq MNF-I/MNC-I 30 Dec 2004 -- A U.S. military C-130 suffered a mishap on landing at an airbase in northern Iraq at 11:50 p.m. on Dec. 29. The aircraft was conducting a regularly scheduled mission when the incident occurred.
- Combined Task Force Bronco Keeps Vehicles Ready to Roll AFPS 30 Dec 2004 -- The broad, relentless terrain of Afghanistan presents a challenge to the soldiers serving in Operating Enduring Freedom. To accomplish their mission, they rely heavily upon wheeled vehicles, but the terrain is unforgiving to these machines, demanding that maintenance specialists ensure the equipment is always ready.
- RFE/RL Afghanistan Report, Vol 3, Number 46 30 Dec 2004 -- AFGHANISTAN'S NEW CABINET FACES MAJOR CHALLENGES / 25 YEARS LATER, SOVIET INVASION REMEMBERED AS COLD WAR'S LAST GASP / AFGHAN PRESIDENT APPOINTS 'RECONSTRUCTION' CABINET AND REALIGNS GOVERNMENT / VARIOUS NEW APPOINTMENTS / FORMER DEFENSE MINISTER GETS SPECIAL PRIVILEGES / KARZAI WELCOMES JUSTICE MINISTER'S DECISION TO DROP HIS PARTY AFFILIATION / AFGHAN PARTY LEADER SAYS CABINET NEEDS PARLIAMENTARY APPROVAL / AFGHANS DEMAND COMPENSATION FROM RUSSIA... / ...AS RUSSIA UNVEILS MONUMENT TO TROOPS WHO INVADED AFGHANISTAN / COMMANDER WEST OF KABUL DISARMS / U.S. CONSTRUCTING FOUR MILITARY BASES FOR AFGHAN ARMY / GEORGIA ENDS MILITARY PRESENCE IN AFGHANISTAN / THIS WEEK IN AFGHANISTAN'S HISTORY
- Transcript: U.S. Military Relief Efforts for Tsunami Victims U.S. Pacific Command 30 Dec 2004 -- Captain Rodger Welch, USN, Tsunami Relief Spokeperson, U. S. Pacific Command
Defense Policy / Programs
- Armor procurement on schedule Army News 30 Dec 2004 -- The Army will meet its requirement of 8,105 up-armored Humvees by March 2005, has equipped all deployed Soldiers and DoD civilians with Interceptor Body Armor, and has also developed a more flexible system for meeting field commander's equipment needs.
- Center for Cryptology Offers Tailored Waterfront Training Navy NewsStand 30 Dec 2004 -- In October, The Center for Cryptology Corry Station initiated a new training program for sea-based cryptologic technicians (CT), specifically tailored to individual strengths and weaknesses, in the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Carrier Strike Group (CSG), homeported in Norfolk, Va., and the USS Boxer (LHD 4) Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) in San Diego.
- U.S. Military Sends Aircraft to Support Relief Efforts Washington File 30 Dec 2004 -- The U.S. Air Force is sending one of its primary cargo planes -- the C-130 Hercules -- to support humanitarian assistance efforts across the tsunami-ravaged Indian Ocean region.
- 7th Fleet Units Help in Relief Operations in Southeast Asia Navy NewsStand 30 Dec 2004 -- As directed by U.S. Pacific Command, Commander U.S. 7th Fleet is preparing to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to the governments of Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and other affected nations to mitigate the effects of the recent earthquakes and tsunamis.
- Report: Fire caused Predator crash AFPN 29 Dec 2004 -- A fire caused an MQ-1 Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicle to crash while supporting operations near Balad Air Base, Iraq, on Aug. 17, according to an Air Force report released Dec. 29.
- State Department Noon Briefing, December 30 Washington File 30 Dec 2004 -- Department/Asian Tsunami, Middle East, Ukraine, Sudan
- White House Briefing, December 30 Washington File 30 Dec 2004 -- Asian Tsunamis, Relief Effort, U.S. Delegation to Tsunami-stricken region
- COTE D IVOIRE: Long queues in last-minute drive to change banknotes in rebel zone IRIN 30 Dec 2004 -- Under the watch of UN peacekeepers and rebel soldiers, people lined up for hours on Thursday in Cote d'Ivoire's rebel capital Bouake to swap old bank-notes for new in a last-minute operation launched by the Central Bank of the States of West Africa (BCEAO).
- U.S./SUDAN PEACE VOA 30 Dec 2004 -- The United States Thursday urged negotiators from Sudan's government and southern rebel movement to complete agreements ending the country's long-running north-south conflict by their New Year's Eve target date. Secretary of State Colin Powell is taking a personal hand in the last-minute diplomacy.
- SENEGAL / CASAMANCE VOA 30 Dec 2004 -- Senegal's government has signed a peace pact with rebels from the southern Casamance region, to end a more than two-decade low-level conflict.
- Imminent peace deal in southern Sudan offers blueprint for Darfur - Annan UN News Centre 30 Dec 2004 -- As reports indicate that the Sudanese Government and rebels are likely to sign a peace deal ending the 21-year civil war in the country's south, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today that an agreement could serve as a blueprint for resolving the separate crisis engulfing Sudan's Darfur region.
- UGANDA: Government, LRA agree to sign ceasefire accord IRIN 30 Dec 2004 -- The Ugandan government and the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) have agreed to sign a general ceasefire agreement to pave the way for formal negotiations to end the 18-year conflict in the north peacefully, sources said.
- ISRAEL PALESTINIANS VOA 30 Dec 2004 -- A senior Israeli official says that more Jewish settlements in the West Bank will be closed after next years initial dismantling of all settlements in the Gaza Strip and four small ones in the West Bank. The official say will come regardless of who emerges as the new Palestinian president following next month's elections.
- Daunting logistical problems confront UN efforts to reach Asian tsunami victims UN News Centre 30 Dec 2004 -- Beyond the enormous effort to raise donations in cash and kind, one of the major challenges confronting the massive United Nations operation to bring relief to the survivors of the devastating Asian tsunami is to ensure that the aid reaches those who need it most despite daunting logistical and access problems.
- Floating Warehouses of Supplies, Equipment Head to Asia Washington File 30 Dec 2004 -- U.S. ships laden with supplies and personnel to assist in the humanitarian response to the tsunami tragedy will begin arriving within two days and all are expected to be in place within two weeks, according to a Pacific Command (PACOM) operations officer.
- Half a Billion Dollars Pledged to Tsunami Relief, Annan Says Washington File 30 Dec 2004 -- The $500 million already pledged or received is a "good response" to tsunami relief needs, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said December 30, but the world community must "remain committed for the longer term" because the effects of the disaster will be felt by the countries in the region for a long time.
- Powell Says Effective Disaster Aid Distribution Systems Critical Washington File 30 Dec 2004 -- The major challenge to the disaster relief efforts in some countries affected by the December 26 earthquake and subsequent tsunami is setting up effective distribution systems to those most in need, according to Secretary of State Colin Powell.
- Bush to Send Delegation to Tsunami-Stricken Region Washington File 30 Dec 2004 -- President Bush will send a delegation January 2, 2005, led by Secretary of State Colin Powell and Governor Jeb Bush of Florida to areas stricken by the December 26 earthquake and tsunami in the Indian Ocean.
- BUSH / TSUNAMI VOA 30 Dec 2004 -- President Bush is sending a high-level delegation to Asia to assess needs in areas most affected by the Indian Ocean tsunami. Secretary of State Colin Powell and the president's brother, Jeb Bush, will lead the group.
- India, Indonesia, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Seychelles, Somalia: Earthquake and Tsunami OCHA Situation Report No. 7 UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs 30 Dec 2004
- UN/ANNAN/TSUNAMI VOA 30 Dec 2004 -- The United Nations has received half-a-billion (500 million) dollars in pledges of assistance for victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami. Half of the total came in one chunk from the World Bank. Secretary-General Kofi Annan expressed satisfaction with the international response, but said no amount will be enough.
- TSUNAMI WRAP VOA 30 Dec 2004 -- New aftershocks from the magnitude nine Asian earthquake sent tens of thousands of people fleeing inland in the hard hit countries of India, Sri Lanka and Thailand Thursday after authorities sounded warnings, false as it turned out, about another tsunami. At the same time, aid workers from around the world are racing to the region as the full impact from one of the most powerful earthquakes in a century continues to unfold.
- U.S./TSUNAMI AID VOA 30 Dec 2004 -- U.S. Military transport planes Thursday began moving relief supplies in large quantities to areas hardest hit by last Sunday's devastating earthquake and tsunami in East and South Asia. Secretary of State Colin Powell discussed the global response to the disaster in a video hookup with U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
- U.S. Agency Scientists Release Timeline of Earthquake Response Washington File 30 Dec 2004 -- NOAA scientists at the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii went to work within minutes of getting a seismic signal that an earthquake occurred off the west coast of Northern Sumatra, Indonesia.
- Up to Five Million Asians Seen at Risk in Tsunami Aftermath Washington File 30 Dec 2004 -- The lack of clean water, food, sanitation and health care in the aftermath of the South Asian tsunami disaster leaves the health of up to 5 million people at risk, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
- U.N.'s Egeland Welcomes Bush's Initiative on Tsunami Relief Washington File 30 Dec 2004 -- Jan Egeland, U.N. under secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, welcomed President Bush's announcement of the formation of a four-nation team (Australia, India, Japan and the United States) to coordinate the relief effort.
- U.S. Help to Tsunami Victims "Long-Term," Powell Says Washington File 30 Dec 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell says the recovery from the effects of the Indian Ocean tsunami "will take time" and that "the U.S. is in for the immediate humanitarian relief part of this and also for long-term reconstruction."
- South Asian Americans Organize Tsunami Relief Efforts Washington File 30 Dec 2004 -- South Asian communities across the United States are mobilizing resources to help fund relief efforts in the wake of the December 26 tsunami that devastated coastal areas of countries throughout the region and to support those who have lost friends and family members in the disaster.
- Environmental Problems Emerging after Tsunami Disaster Washington File 30 Dec 2004 -- Emergency humanitarian assistance is the top priority in areas affected by the Asian earthquake and tsunami, but the U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP) is urging that environmental threats to human health also be addressed.
- U.S. Takes Humanitarian Aid Seriously, Official Says Washington File 30 Dec 2004 -- The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has deployed multi-agency disaster assistance response teams to India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Thailand, and the Washington operations center is active 24 hours a day, according to USAID Administrator Andrew Natsios.
- TSUNAMI: 'EARLY WARNING SYSTEM' NEEDED TO PREVENT 'MASSIVE DISASTERS' US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 30 Dec 2004
- Tsunami Death Toll Soars Over 100,000 RFE/RL 30 Dec 2004 -- The death toll from the Asian tsunami disaster has now risen to over 100,000 people.
- Asia: After Tsunamis, Outbreak Of Epidemics Feared RFE/RL 30 Dec 2004 -- The death toll from the 26 December tsunamis in Southeastern Asia is now more than 100,000 and growing as the bodies of more victims are found. As relief agencies try to cope with the crisis, there are fears that inadequate shelter and sanitation could lead to epidemics in the region as well. The greatest danger is posed by unsanitary drinking water.
- DISASTER SITREP VOA 30 Dec 2004 -- Even as relief efforts begin to provide food and clean water to millions of victims of Sunday's devastating tsunamis, relief officials are saying much more is needed to prevent an even greater loss of life. Officials estimate at least 100-thousand people have already died.
- QUAKE THURSDAY VOA 30 Dec 2004 -- Four days after the massive Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunamis, rescuers are hoping to finally reach the last remaining pockets of devastation. More than 80-thousand people are now known to have died, but that number is still rising as more bodies are pulled from the wreckage in many of the affected countries.
- Aid Slow To Tsunami Victims As Death Toll Tops 80,000 RFE/RL 30 Dec 2004 -- The United Nations says just a fraction of the massive quantities of aid destined for the tsunami-devastated areas in southern Asia has actually reached those who most need it.
- UKRAINE/APPEALS O'NITE VOA 30 Dec 2004 -- Ukraine's prime minister, Viktor Yanukovych, lost important legal challenges Thursday, narrowing the likelihood that he will be able to overturn the results of Sunday's presidential election. Those results, yet to be certified, give pro-western opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko, the win.
- Ukraine: Yanukovych Clings To Office But Is Poised To Build Opposition RFE/RL 30 Dec 2004 -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych has yet to concede defeat in the 26 December presidential election, but his bid to retain power now looks hopeless. Ukraine's Supreme Court today rejected the last three legal challenges lodged by the prime minister aimed at invalidating the vote, which was won by opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko. Yanukovych has further election challenges pending, but analysts said he has already turned his thoughts to a future in opposition.
- Analysis: Forging Political Alliances In The New Ukraine RFE/RL 30 Dec 2004 -- Ukraine's Central Election Commission has announced that Viktor Yushchenko won 52 percent of the vote in the presidential ballot on 26 December versus Viktor Yanukovych's 44 percent, according to its preliminary figures. Yanukovych has contested the results with the Central Election Commission and the Supreme Court, claiming that amendments to the presidential election law introduced between the abortive second-round runoff on 21 November and its repeat on 26 December were unconstitutional and deprived millions of disabled Ukrainians from exercising their right to vote from home.
- Ukrainian Court Rejects Early Vote Challenges RFE/RL 30 Dec 2004 -- Ukraine's Supreme Court today rejected two legal challenges brought by Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych aiming to invalidate the presidential runoff won by his opponent, Viktor Yushchenko, further dimming his hopes of staving off a landmark change in the country's political leadership.
- Ukraine's Opposition Shrugs Off Vote Challenge RFE/RL 30 Dec 2004 -- Allies of Ukrainian opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko say they are confident their side will win any court challenges and that Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych will not be able to overturn Yushchenko's victory in the country's 26 December presidential election.
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