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03 January 2005 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
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Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 03 Jan 2005 [PDF]
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualty
  • DoD Identifies Marine Casualties
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualty
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualty

  • IRAQ / BOMBING VOA 03 Jan 2005 -- Pressing in their daily effort to disrupt this month's elections in Iraq, insurgents tried to blow up the party headquarters of the Iraqi interim prime minister on Monday. Prime Minister Iyad Allawi was not inside the building, but the blast killed three people and wounded more than two dozen others.
  • Insurgents Step Up Attacks As Iraq Vote Looms RFE/RL 03 Jan 2005 -- Iraq's national election is on schedule for the end of this month, but security problems in the Sunni-populated center of the country raise serious questions about the extent to which polling can take place there.
  • Daily Operations Summary for January 2, 2005 MNF-I/MNC-I 03 Jan 2005 -- Iraq forces discovered and cleared six improvised explosive devices, discovered and cleared 16 weapons caches, conducted five cordons and searches of suspected anti-Iraqi forces facilities, conducted four raids on suspected anti-Iraqi forces facilities and detained 117 suspected AIF
  • One Detained Following Rocket Attack on Multi-National Force Base Near Balad MNF-I/MNC-I 03 Jan 2005 -- One anti-Iraqi force suspect is in custody following a rocket attack on a Multi-National base near Balad at about 5:56 p.m. on January 2.
  • First Infantry Division Soldiers Detain Five in Raid MNF-I/MNC-I 03 Jan 2005 -- First Infantry Division Soldiers captured five individuals in a raid near Ad Duluiyah at about 2:00 a.m. on January 3.
  • Multi-National Forces Detain Two MNF-I/MNC-I 03 Jan 2005 -- Multi-National Forces from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team) detained two people suspected of anti-Iraqi activities during operations Sunday in northern Iraq.
  • Doctor's Tip Leads to Arrest of Two Terrorists MNF-I/MNC-I 03 Jan 2005 -- A tip from a concerned citizen prevented two terrorist cell members from carrying out further attacks against Iraqi civilians and security forces Sunday.
  • Elements of the 25th Infantry Division Arrive in Mosul MNF-I/MNC-I 03 Jan 2005 -- Additional elements of the 25th Infantry Division arrived in Mosul today to provide enhanced security and stability for the January 30 elections.
  • Elements of the 81st Enhanced Separate Brigade Arrive in Mosul MNF-I/MNC-I 03 Jan 2005 -- Elements of the 81st Enhanced Separate Brigade arrived in Mosul today to provide enhanced security and stability for the January 30 elections.
  • 6th Brigade Iraqi Police Commandos Arrive in Mosul MNF-I/MNC-I 03 Jan 2005 -- Elements of the 6th Brigade Iraqi Special Police Commandos arrived in Mosul today to provide enhanced security and stability for the January 30 elections.
  • Soldiers Uncover Cache South of Baghdad MNF-I/MNC-I 03 Jan 2005 -- Members of the 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment from the 1st Cavalry Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team uncovered a significant weapons cache New Year's Day in Salman Pak, a small town roughly 12 miles south of Baghdad.
  • Terrorist Attack Fails Against Iraqi Police MNF-I/MNC-I 03 Jan 2005 -- Iraqi police officers thwarted another attack on Iraqi Security Forces near Tal Afar Sunday.
  • Roadside Bomb Wounds Two Soldiers in Northern Baghdad MNF-I/MNC-I 03 Jan 2005 -- Two Task Force Baghdad Soldiers were wounded by an improvised explosive device detonation at approximately 10:30 a.m. in northern Baghdad today.
  • 11th MEU breaks HAO record USMC News 03 Jan 2005 -- Marines and sailors of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit broke their own record Dec. 31, processing more than 870 Iraqis during a humanitarian assistance operation on the outskirts of the holy Shi'a city of Kufa.
  • 1st Cavalry Division begins operation south of Iraqi Capital Army News 03 Jan 2005 -- Soldiers and Marines of Task Force Baghdad began offensive combat and civil-military operations in Southern Baghdad and North Babil this week, aimed at rooting out insurgents.
  • Near Fallujah, Marine metal workers weld life-saving vehicle armor USMC News 03 Jan 2005 -- Standing on top of a Humvee, blowtorch in hand in the middle of Iraq, Cpl. Ray C. Rollins contemplates why he joined the Marine Corps nearly four years ago.

  • Commander Reports Steady Progress in Eastern Afghanistan AFPS 03 Jan 2005 -- Winter conditions might be a problem for enemies of democracy in Afghanistan -- but not for coalition forces committed to killing or capturing them and promoting economic growth and prosperity, the commander of Combined Task Force Thunder told reporters in Kabul, Afghanistan, today.
  • Marines Track Down Insurgents in Afghan Valley AFPS 03 Jan 2005 -- U.S. Marines have been operating at the forward edge of Operation Enduring Freedom, often in isolated areas where support for insurgency against the Afghan government and coalition forces remains.
  • PAKISTAN/US PROTEST VOA 03 Jan 2005 -- Pakistan has lodged a protest with U.S.-led coalition forces in Afghanistan responsible for border security, after one of Pakistan's soldiers was killed and three injured in a cross-border clash. However, the Pakistanis are not blaming coalition soldiers for the casualties, but suspect militants or others are responsible for the clash.
  • Interpreters aid 3/3 in war on terrorism USMC News 03 Jan 2005 -- In eastern Afghanistan, where mutual understanding and communication between vastly different cultures is the cornerstone of Operation Enduring Freedom, the Marines of 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, are making sure that they are able to bridge the lingual and cultural barriers between Afghans and Marines with a new breed of "warrior-interpreters."
  • 3/3 Marines track down insurgents in Korangal Valley USMC News 03 Jan 2005 -- Marines of I Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, have been operating at the forward edge of Operation Enduring Freedom, often in isolated areas where support for insurgency against the Afghan government and Coalition Forces remains.
  • 3rd Battalion trains with Afghan Security Forces USMC News 03 Jan 2005 -- The Marines and sailors 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, have been training side-by-side with Afghan Security Forces near the Pakistan border since the battalion arrived in Afghanistan early last month.

  • Transcript: U.S. Military Relief Efforts for Tsunami Victims U.S. Pacific Command 03 Jan 2005 -- Captain Rodger Welch, USN, Tsunami Relief Spokeperson, U. S. Pacific Command

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Yokota Airmen keep steady pace in providing relief AFPN 03 Jan 2005 -- About 170 Airmen from here have arrived in Thailand to assist in relief efforts for the countries in southeast Asia struck by tsunamis after a devastating 9.0 magnitude earthquake occurred in the Indian Ocean Dec. 26.
  • Predators help TACP Airmen with mission AFPN 03 Jan 2005 -- If mentioned at all, tactical air control party Airmen are usually linked with a group of special forces on the front lines.
  • Army safely destroys one third of nation's chemical agent Army News 03 Jan 2005 -- The U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency announced that by the end of the year it had safely destroyed one third of the nation's stored chemical agent.
  • USS Bonhomme Richard Deploys with MH-60S Navy NewsStand 03 Jan 2005 -- The multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) (BHR) got under way in support of the global war on terrorism Dec. 6.
  • U.S. Bans Use of Nondetectable Landmines Washington File 03 Jan 2005 -- The United States will no longer use landmines -- including both anti-personnel and anti-vehicle mines -- that cannot be detected with standard metal detectors commonly used by military and humanitarian deminers, the State Department said January 3.

  • Chinese frigates deal in final stages - Pak Navy IRNA 30 Dec 2004 -- Pakistan`s negotiations with China and the United States for the procurement of new frigates and aircraft for the Pakistan Navy are in final states.

  • White House Daily Briefing, January 3 Washington File 03 Jan 2005 -- Bush visits embassies/signs condolence books, tsunami relief efforts, detainees, immigration, Iraq/election, tax reform panel
  • State Department Noon Briefing, January 3 Washington File 03 Jan 2005 -- United Nations, Asia/tsunami efforts, detainees at Guantanamo facility, Armitage's meetings in Turkey/Damascus/Syria, Iraq, Palestinian Authority, Turkey, China/Taiwan, Croatia/elections

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • CONGO / KABILA VOA 03 Jan 2005 -- Congo's president, Joseph Kabila, is visiting the eastern Congolese city of Kisangani, a strategic position formerly controlled by rebels and now under the control of Congo's transitional government. Mr. Kabila visits an army post, which is due to restore state authority after years of chaos.
  • SUDAN: Ceasefire agreed ahead of final southern peace deal IRIN 03 Jan 2005 -- A permanent ceasefire agreement signed between the Sudanese government and the southern Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) on Friday spells out how a final peace accord between the two parties will be implemented, officials said.
  • ISRAEL SETTLERS VOA 03 Jan 2005 -- Israeli settler leaders have warned that thousands of soldiers could refuse to obey orders to evacuate Gaza Strip settlements if the government goes ahead with its plan to withdraw from the area later this year. The warning comes a day after top Israeli army leaders said the military must prepare for that very possibility and that such behavior could seriously damage Israeli society.

News Reports

  • Daily Press Briefing - Adam Ereli, Deputy Spokesman January 3, 2005 -- Since December 26th, in this crisis, the onset of this crisis, the State Department has received, either through its embassy or through the task force or through our call center, which you all know is 1-888-407-4747, about 20,000 inquiries. These were basically inquiries about loved ones or acquaintances who people have believed may or may not be in the region, or inquires about areas affected and that sort of thing. We have been able to satisfactorily respond to three quarters of those inquiries, or about 15,000. That leaves us within the neighborhood of 5,000 inquiries that we have not been able to nail down.
  • Transcript: Press briefing on tsunami disaster on monday, 3 january United Nations 03 Jan 2005
  • BUSH / TSUNAMI RELIEF VOA 03 Jan 2005 -- President Bush has launched a nationwide fundraising effort to encourage private contributions for relief groups helping those affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami in the Indian Ocean.
  • TSUNAMI WRAP VOA 03 Jan 2005 -- Across south Asia, the massive effort to get humanitarian aid to the millions of people affected by last week's killer tsunami is having mixed success. In some cases, the aid is already more than enough, while in other countries, relief workers as well as survivors say the devastation in some regions is complicating efforts to reach those in dire need.
  • UN/ TSUNAMI RELIEF VOA 03 Jan 2005 -- The United Nations' top emergency relief official, Jan Egeland, says the death toll from the December 26th tsunami may rise much higher as more information becomes available from the isolated western coast of Sumatra.
  • Bush, Clinton to Head Relief Fund; Tsunami Aid Continues AFPS 03 Jan 2005 -- Former Presidents Bush and Clinton will head a fundraising effort to get Americans to donate money to reliable charities to aid tsunami victims in the Indian Ocean area, President Bush announced today.
  • India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Thailand: Earthquake and Tsunami OCHA Situation Report No. 10 UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs 03 Jan 2005
  • U.S. Officials in Sri Lanka Focus on Organizing Tsunami Relief Washington File 03 Jan 2005 -- Coordinating the movement of relief personnel and equipment across the region devastated by the December 26 tsunami is a key challenge as relief efforts move forward, according to U.S. government officials briefing reporters in Colombo, Sri Lanka, January 1.
  • Assessment, Transport, Distribution Focus of U.S. Relief Effort Washington File 03 Jan 2005 -- U.S. humanitarian tsunami relief efforts are now focusing on three requirements -- continued assessment, getting resources into the affected region, and ensuring resources are distributed effectively to neediest areas, says a senior U.S. development official.
  • Furthering Relief Efforts for Victims Is Aim of Powell Visit Washington File 03 Jan 2005 -- The U.S. delegation en route to several countries hurt by the December 26 earthquake and tsunami will be assessing the situation in the region and looking for ways the United States can further help relief efforts, according to Secretary of State Colin Powell.
  • Military Will support Tsunami-Stricken Nations as Long as Needed Washington File 03 Jan 2005 -- U.S. Navy Captain Roger Welch says the massive U.S. military assistance effort to foster recovery from the 2004 tsunami disaster will continue until all the host-nations no longer need U.S. help
  • U.N.'s Annan To Make Appeal for Tsunami Disaster Aid from Jakarta Washington File 03 Jan 2005 -- U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan will travel to Jakarta to join the region's leaders in making a plea for aid to tsunami victims.
  • U.S. Role in Tsunami Relief Expands: An Overview Washington File 03 Jan 2005 -- As the Asian death toll from the Indian Ocean tsunami approached 150,000, President Bush has enlisted his two predecessors to solicit private U.S. contributions for relief.
  • President Asks Bush and Clinton to Help Raise Funds for Tsunami Relief The White House 03 Jan 2005
  • BUSH / TSUNAMI RELIEF VOA 03 Jan 2005 -- President Bush has begun a nationwide fundraising effort to encourage private contributions for relief groups helping those affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami in the Indian Ocean.
  • INDONESIA AID EFFORT VOA 03 Jan 2005 -- Indonesian Red Cross workers are battling to save lives and deliver aid to refugees in remote regions of Aceh Province. More than 100-thousand people may have perished in Aceh after a massive earthquake triggered tsunami waves that destroyed dozens of communities.
  • QUAKE - SIT-REP VOA 03 Jan 2005 -- International relief efforts to reach millions of survivors of southern Asia's earthquake and tsunami are gaining pace. The improving aid flow comes as the death toll from the devastation nears 140-thousand.

  • YUSHCHENKO HOLIDAY VOA 03 Jan 2005 -- Ukrainians began their traditional holiday week without officially knowing who will be their next president. Even the apparent winner of the election -- opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko -- is taking some time off, during this week between New Years Eve and Orthodox Christmas on January 7th.
  • Ukraine: 'Orange Revolution' Is Over -- Time To Form A Cabinet RFE/RL 03 Jan 2005 -- The winner of the Ukrainian presidential election, Viktor Yushchenko, must now form a new cabinet to push forward his promised agenda of economic and political reforms. But he faces some difficult decisions, and he has promised his Our Ukraine bloc's two main allies a quarter of the cabinet posts.

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