31 December 2004 Military News
- Daily Operations Summary for December 30, 2004 MNF-I/MNC-I 31 Dec 2004 -- Iraq forces discovered and cleared 11 improvised explosive devices, discovered and cleared six weapons caches, conducted six cordons and searches of suspected anti-Iraqi Forces facilities, conducted two raids on suspected anti-Iraqi Forces facilities and detained 49 suspected AIF
- 1st ID Soldiers Detain Two After Attack Near Ad Duluiyah MNF-I/MNC-I 31 Dec 2004 -- 1st Infantry Division Soldiers from 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment detained two individuals after anti-Iraqi forces attacked their combat patrol using a pair of improvised explosive devices near Ad Duluiyah at about 5:03 p.m. on Dec. 30.
- 1st ID Soldiers Detain 49 Suspects During Operation Powder River MNF-I/MNC-I 31 Dec 2004 -- 1st Infantry Division Soldiers from 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment detained 49 individuals in a series of raids near Ad Duluiyah on Dec. 31 at about 2:30 a.m.
- ING Detain Two for Threats Against Soldiers MNF-I/MNC-I 31 Dec 2004 -- National Guard soldiers from the 201st ING Battalion, in a joint raid with 1st Infantry Division Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 112th Armor Regiment, detained two individuals near Tikrit on Dec. 31 at about 12:04 a.m.
- US Navy Seabees Build Hardened Galley Facility for Marines MNF-I/MNC-I 31 Dec 2004 -- As news reports depict continuing security concerns for U.S. military camps in Iraq, US Navy Seabees of the I Marine Expeditionary Force Engineer Group recently completed construction on a reinforced dining facility here.
- Transcript: U.S. Military Relief Efforts for Tsunami Victims U.S. Pacific Command 31 Dec 2004 -- Captain Rodger Welch, USN, Tsunami Relief Spokeperson, U. S. Pacific Command
Defense Policy / Programs
- Annan welcomes peace deal to end 21-year civil war in southern Sudan UN News Centre 31 Dec 2004 -- United Nations officials headed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan have welcomed today's initialling of the two final protocols of a comprehensive peace deal to end a 21-year civil war in southern Sudan that has claimed the lives of two million people and displaced up to four million others.
- Annan calls for peacekeeping support for African Union UN News Centre 31 Dec 2004 -- Welcoming the recent decrease in African conflicts, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says the resulting increase in demand for peacekeeping missions on the continent carries challenges to expand the capacity of the African Union (AU), while rejecting mechanisms that limit the participation of non-African UN members.
- Indian and Pakistani troops deploy to troubled Kivus in DR Congo UN News Centre 31 Dec 2004 -- New troops from India and Pakistan are headed to the troubled Kivus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to join the United Nations peacekeeping mission (MONUC) there.
- SENEGAL: Casamance looks forward to more prosperous 2005 after peace deal IRIN 31 Dec 2004 -- The Senegalese government and separatist rebels in Casamance have signed a peace deal to end 22 years of conflict and revive the lush but ravaged southern region which was once the country's bread-basket and top tourist destination.
- ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 31 Dec 2004 -- Israel has been stepping up its military raids in the Gaza Strip with its troops killing 12 Palestinians in the past two days. The action comes as Palestinian presidential contenders campaign for the January 9th elections.
- U.S. Pledges $350M to Relief as Indonesia Missions Begin AFPS 31 Dec 2004 -- As teams assessing the impact of last week's Indian Ocean tsunami report their findings, President Bush has increased U.S. aid to the region to $350 million - 10 times the initial pledge made before the disaster's scope unfolded.
- Tamil Tigers to work with government to help tsunami victims IRNA 31 Dec 2004 -- Sri Lanka`s Tamil Tiger rebels appeared to be willing to join the government in relief work for tsunami victims as President Chandrika Kumarantunga said in Colombo that a war with them was `remoter` now.
- As pledges for tsunami victims top $1.1 billion, Annan says logistics is biggest challenge UN News Centre 31 Dec 2004 -- With governments and international organizations having increased their combined pledges to help the victims of last Sunday's Asian tsunami to between $1.1 billion and $1.2 billion, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned today that the biggest challenge is now overcoming the logistics of distributing aid and relief supplies to the hardest-hit areas.
- Multifaceted UN response to tsunami focuses on both large and small UN News Centre 31 Dec 2004 -- From water storage tanks in India to safe delivery kits for pregnant women in the Maldives to fishery experts in Indonesia, the massive United Nations relief operation for the victims of the Asia's devastating tsunami today continued to address a vast spectrum of needs, both general and specific, giant and small.
- U.S. Tsunami Aid Now to Total $350 Million Washington File 31 Dec 2004 -- President Bush has announced a 10-fold increase - from $35 million to $350 million -- in the United States' commitment to the relief effort for victims of the tsunami that devastated Asian coastal areas bordering the Indian Ocean.
- U.S., International Tsunami Relief Efforts Move Into High Gear Washington File 31 Dec 2004 -- Both the magnitude of aid to the tsunami-stricken nations bordering the Indian Ocean and the number of countries taking part in the humanitarian effort are expanding swiftly even as the disaster assessment phase continues, a U.S. military officer involved in the operation says.
- Powell Reiterates U.S. Pledge of Major Aid to Tsunami Victims Washington File 31 Dec 2004 -- U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell says the United States has made a good start on marshaling assistance to victims of the December 26 tsunami that ravaged the coastlines of more than ten Asian countries bordering the Indian Ocean, and that the amount of aid is bound to increase sharply.
- India, Indonesia, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Seychelles, Somalia: Earthquake and Tsunami OCHA Situation Report No. 8 UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs 31 Dec 2004
- TSUNAMI/US MILITARY ASSISTANCE VOA 31 Dec 2004 -- U.S. military assessment teams are on the ground in Thailand, Indonesia and Sri Lanka, and a U.S. carrier group has begun relief operations in the region hit by Sunday's devastating earthquake and tsunami. U.S. officials briefed reporters Friday by telephone from Hawaii
- UN/POWELL/ANNAN VOA 31 Dec 2004 -- The United States has expressed full confidence in the United Nations as the lead agency providing relief to victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami. As the death toll approached 150 thousand, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell met senior U.N. officials to pledge full support for disaster relief efforts.
- TSUNAMI WRAP VOA 31 Dec 2004 -- Six days after the catastrophic Tsunami struck countries in the Indian Ocean basin, relief agencies are struggling to deliver food, water and medicine to the millions of survivors from the disaster that has killed at least 121 thousand people.
- DISASTER RELIEF/RECOMMENDATIONS VOA 31 Dec 2004 -- With millions of tsunami victims in Southeast Asia living without clean water and proper sanitation, public health experts say the spread of disease is a serious concern. There are some guidelines for people to follow as they struggle to cope without basic necessities.
- QUAKE / MILITARY RELIEF VOA 31 Dec 2004 -- An international armada of military ships and planes is rushing to relieve suffering in parts of southern Asia hard-hit by Sunday's earthquake and tsunami.
- QUAKE SITREP VOA 31 Dec 2004 -- Relief officials are working feverishly to deliver food, water and medical supplies to parts of southern Asia hard-hit by Sunday's earthquake and tsunami. The largest relief effort in history is gearing up as the death toll from the disaster approaches 125-thousand. Regional leaders are planning to meet next week to coordinate efforts.
- QUAKE / HOMELESS VOA 31 Dec 2004 -- Aid agencies estimate that more than three-million people may have been left homeless by the tsunami disaster, with most of them in Indonesia and Sri Lanka.
- TSUNAMI / SOUTHERN AFRICA VOA 31 Dec 2004 -- The effects of the tsunami in Asia are being felt in far corners of the globe. In southern Africa, people are responding generously to calls for assistance to the international relief effort.
- Asia: Relief Efforts Expand, But Tsunami Death Toll Still Rising RFE/RL 31 Dec 2004 -- New Year's celebrations look set to be muted around the world today as the death toll of South Asia's tsunami disaster climbs toward 130,000. Aid and assistance are pouring into the Indian Ocean region in what may be the world's biggest relief effort. But health officials are warning that hundreds of thousands of people still remain at risk from injuries, disease, and lack of food and potable water.
- UKRAINE NEW YEAR VOA 31 Dec 2004 -- Ukraine's outgoing President Leonid Kuchma is calling on the country's 48 million people to put the bitterness of the recent presidential election behind them and rally behind the incoming president. Mr. Kuchma issued the appeal in his last live, televised address to the nation New Year's Eve, just minutes before midnight.
- UKRAINE / PM RESIGNS VOA 31 Dec 2004 -- Ukraine's embattled Prime Minister, Viktor Yanukovych, has stepped down from his post on the last day of 2004.
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