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02 January 2005 Military News

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  • Suicide Car Bomb Kills 21 In Iraq RFE/RL 02 Jan 2005 -- At least 21 people were killed when two suicide bombers rammed a car into a bus carrying Iraqi National Guards today.
  • Suicide Car Bomb Kills 18 Iraqis RFE/RL 02 Jan 2005 -- A suicide car bomber today killed 18 Iraqi National Guards and a civilian riding in a bus outside a U.S. military base north of Baghdad.
  • Daily Operations Summary for January 01, 2005 MNF-I/MNC-I 02 Jan 2005 -- Iraq Forces discovered and cleared 17 improvised explosive devices, discovered and cleared eight weapons caches, conducted 12 cordons and searches of suspected anti-Iraqi Forces facilities, conducted three raids on suspected anti-Iraqi Forces facilities and detained 116 suspected AIF
  • Elements of 82nd Airborne Division Arrive in Mosul MNF-I/MNC-I 02 Jan 2005 -- Elements of the 82nd Airborne Division arrived in Mosul on Jan. 1 in an effort to provide enhanced security and stability for the Jan. 30 elections.
  • Attack on Police Station Results in Defeat for Insurgents MNF-I/MNC-I 02 Jan 2005 -- Iraqi Security Forces decisively defeated another attack by anti-Iraqi insurgents as they attempted to seize a police station in southeast Mosul on Jan. 1. Also, Multi-National Forces from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), detained 14 people for anti-Iraqi activities during operations Saturday in northern Iraq.
  • Signal Battalions Transfer Authority MNF-I/MNC-I 02 Jan 2005 -- Two Army signal battalions rang in the New Year by passing the responsibility of command and control of communications support during a transfer of authority ceremony here on Jan. 1.
  • Soldiers Wounded in VBIED Attack MNF-I/MNC-I 02 Jan 2005 -- Task Force Baghdad Soldiers were attacked today in southwestern Baghdad, at approximately 5 p.m. when a patrol was struck by a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device. Two Soldiers were wounded in the attack.
  • Soldiers Detain Two in Attack in Baghdad MNF-I/MNC-I 02 Jan 2005 -- Task Force Baghdad Soldiers took enemy fire in western Baghdad at approximately 12:45 on Sunday, Dec 2.
  • Sweeping Operations Net More Weapons Caches MNF-I/MNC-I 02 Jan 2005 -- Reconnaissance Marines from the 1st Marine Division of the I Marine Expeditionary Force discovered weapons caches Jan. 1 and 2 during sweeping operations near Abu Ghraib.
  • IEDs Explode During Patrol in North Babil MNF-I/MNC-I 02 Jan 2005 -- Task Force Baghdad Soldiers were attacked today in North Babil at approximately 5 p.m. when four improvised explosive devices detonated near their patrol.
  • Soldiers Detain 13 Suspected Insurgents MNF-I/MNC-I 02 Jan 2005 -- Thirteen suspected insurgents were detained by Soldiers from Company C, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, during a late-night raid Jan. 1.
  • Stepping up the Pressure on the Insurgents MNF-I/MNC-I 02 Jan 2005 -- In pre-dawn hours of Jan. 2, several thousand Soldiers and Marines from the 1st Cavalry Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team initiated Operation River Walk, increasing the pressure on insurgents who intimidate the residents in Northern Babil and threaten to disrupt fair elections scheduled later this month.
  • Raids Net Setainees; Soldiers of the 1st Marine Division Keep Insurgents MNF-I/MNC-I 02 Jan 2005 -- Soldiers of the 1st Marine Division of the I Marine Expeditionary Force detained 63 individuals during the course of several raids Jan. 1 in the vicinity of Khalidiyah.
  • US fighters violate Iranian air space: report IRNA 02 Jan 2005 -- A US warplane has violated Iranian air space, this time a border edge near Afghanistan in the eastern province of Razavi Khorassan, in the latest spate of such overflights reported by the press.
  • 1/8 Marines provide security, military presence around Fallujah USMC News 02 Jan 2005 -- The idling 7-ton trucks rattle the Marines mounted up in the bed. Their half-closed and tired eyes stare off into the distance of this bitterly cold and dark December morning. They wait for their convoy to start rolling in the direction of their observation post to begin their mission.

  • Transcript: U.S. Military Relief Efforts for Tsunami Victims U.S. Pacific Command 02 Jan 2005 -- Captain Rodger Welch, USN, Tsunami Relief Spokeperson, U. S. Pacific Command
  • HA Planning continues as 15th MEU (SOC) nears affected regions USMC News 02 Jan 2005 -- In the wake of the recent tsunami that swept across the Indian Ocean and claimed more than 100,000 lives, the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) has begun gearing up for one of the largest Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Operations in history.

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  • Transcript: Press conference on tsunami disaster, sunday, 2 january United Nations 01 Jan 2005
  • Officials Say Tsunami Disaster Will Change in Size, Shape AFPS 02 Jan 2005 -- The response to the disaster that struck Indian Ocean nations "is multinational and will grow in size and shape" as more information comes to light, officials at U.S. Pacific Command in Hawaii said today.
  • Powell Says Tsunami Disaster Requires Massive International Response Washington File 02 Jan 2005 -- Bound for a visit to several nations ravaged by the December 26 earthquake and tsunami in the Indian Ocean, Secretary of State Colin Powell stressed America's determination to do all it can in the relief efforts.
  • TSUNAMI WRAP VOA 02 Jan 2005 -- World leaders will meet in Indonesia Thursday to discuss aid for victims of last week's earthquake and tsunami disasters. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Colin Powell has left for Asia to visit some of the stricken areas in Thailand and Indonesia before going to the Jakarta conference.
  • UN/TSUNAMI RELIEF VOA 02 Jan 2005 -- United Nations officials say the world is rising to the challenge of providing assistance to victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami. One-point-eight-million people are in need of food aid, a million of them in Indonesia.
  • ACEH/AID VOA 02 Jan 2005 -- Tens-of-thousands of refugees still are waiting for food, medicine and shelter, as relief efforts are being established in Indian Ocean countries devastated by last week's earthquake and tsunami. Some relief workers and refugees say the aid is taking too long to reach those who are most in need.
  • QUAKE - SIT-REP VOA 02 Jan 2005 -- A week after southern Asia was hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami wave, aid and assistance is making it through to communities battered by the disaster. The death toll continues to climb and has topped 120-thousand. Governments now are making plans for long-term aid and recovery work.
  • INDONESIA/REFUGEES VOA 02 Jan 2005 -- Tens-of-thousands of refugees from Indonesia's tsunami-devastated Aceh region are wandering in search of food, shelter and medicine. Although international aid is beginning to reach the region, for people who have lost their families, homes and way of life, the trauma is likely to live on long after the last aid truck has gone
  • Asia: Some Tsunami Relief Efforts Delayed By 'Bottlenecks' RFE/RL 02 Jan 2005 --The United Nations says governments around the world have pledged some $2 billion dollars in emergency aid to help the survivors of last week's cataclysmic tsunamis. But even as new pledges are being made, authorities in the disaster-struck region face a logistical nightmare that is delaying the disbursement of aid to some survivors. UN officials now say they fear the eventual death toll will top 150,000. Thousands more people are still listed as missing.

  • CROATIA / ELECTION UPDATE VOA 02 Jan 2005 -- Croatia's incumbent President Stjepan Mesic has narrowly failed to win an outright victory in Sunday's election. Mr. Mesic will face a cabinet minister in a run-off ballot in two weeks time.
  • CROATIA/ELECTION VOA 02 Jan 2005 -- Croatians are voting to pick a president to lead their country into the European Union and improve relations with the West. Incumbent Stjepan Mesic is expected to be re-elected at a time when the former Yugoslav republic is under pressure to increase cooperation with the U.N. War Crimes Tribunal.

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