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06 January 2005 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 06 Jan 2005 [PDF]
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualties
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualty

  • Daily Operations Summary for January 5, 2005 MNF-I/MNC-I 06 Jan 2005 -- Multi-National Forces (MNF) discovered and cleared nine improvised explosive devices and eight weapons caches. MNF also conducted six cordon and searches of suspected Anti-Iraqi Forces (AIF) facilities and detained 63 suspected AIF.
  • Anti-Iraqi Force Detained Near Ad Dwar MNF-I/MNC-I 06 Jan 2005 -- First Infantry Division Soldiers detained four individuals near Ad Dwar on January 5 at about 8:16 p.m.
  • Iraqi Child Gives Cache of Equipment to Multi-National Force Soldiers MNF-I/MNC-I 06 Jan 2005 -- Multi-National Forces from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team) collected a large cache of military equipment after a child approached Soldiers and turned it in.
  • Car Bomb Attack Leads to the Capture of Terrorists MNF-I/MNC-I 06 Jan 2005 -- Multi-National Force Soldiers from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team) and Iraqi National Guard Soldiers worked together to capture terrorists responsible for carrying out a car bomb attack on an ING checkpoint on Jan. 5.
  • Strong U.S. Military Presence Enhances Iraq Election Security Washington File 06 Jan 2005 -- More than 35,000 U.S. troops will be out in force to enhance security in Baghdad before and during the January 30 Iraqi national elections, a senior U.S. general says.
  • U.S. Assists Efforts to Boost Security for Iraqi Elections AFPS 06 Jan 2005 -- The U.S. military is working with coalition and Iraqi forces to boost security as part of preparations for Jan. 30 nationwide elections, a senior U.S. military officer said today in Baghdad.
  • 629th Forward Surgical Team Transfers Authority MNF-I/MNC-I 06 Jan 2005 -- After one year, 16 surgeries, 61 advanced trauma life support cases and three mass casualty operations, Soldiers from the Blacklick, Ohio-based 629th Forward Surgical Team are headed home.
  • More Weapons Caches Seized, Suspected Insurgents Detained MNF-I/MNC-I 06 Jan 2005 -- Marines from the 1st Marine Division of the I Marine Expeditionary Force detained 15 suspected insurgents and discovered several weapons caches today during operations throughout Al Anbar Province.
  • Marines Provide Ambulances to Western Al Anbar Province MNF-I/MNC-I 06 Jan 2005 -- Marines from the 1st Marine Division of the I Marine Expeditionary Force presented two ambulances to the city of Nukhayb on Jan.6.

  • US forces won`t be deployed in tribal areas: Pakistan IRNA 06 Jan 2005 -- Pakistan has said that there was no possibility of the deployment of the US forces in the tribal areas, an area considered to be the hub of foreign militants.
  • Pak-Afghan border firing a minor incident: army IRNA 06 Jan 2005 -- The military authorities in Pakistan have described the incident of firing on Pakistan-Afghanistan border earlier this week as one of "minor tactical nature".
  • Afghanistan: Northwest Governor Says Foreign Militants Regrouping Near Afghan Border RFE/RL 06 Jan 2005 -- The governor of Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province (NWFP) has expressed fears that what he calls "foreign terrorists" are regrouping in the tribal regions of Pakistan near the border with Afghanistan. Governor Iftikhar Hussain Gillani made the remarks late yesterday after a series of cross-border clashes earlier this week between Afghan and Pakistani troops. Those troops are meant to be cooperating with U.S.-led coalition forces on their respective sides of the border in a hunt for Al-Qaeda fighters who fled to the region after the collapse of the Taliban regime in late 2001.
  • Afghanistan: Media Expand Rapidly But Still Face Intimidation, Violence RFE/RL 06 Jan 2005 -- Since the fall of the Taliban in late 2001, media in Afghanistan have been expanding rapidly. There are now more than 200 publications throughout the country and many private radio and television stations have also been launched. Yet observers say threats and intimidation against journalists are nurturing a culture of self-censorship.

  • Transcript: DoD Briefing on Operation Unified Assistance U.S. Pacific Command 06 Jan 2005 -- Captain Rodger Welch, USN, Tsunami Relief Spokeperson, U. S. Pacific Command
  • AMC aircraft, people support tsunami-relief operations AFPN 06 Jan 2005 -- In the days following the Dec. 26 tsunami disaster around the Indian Ocean, Air Mobility Command aircraft and people have delivered tons of relief equipment and hundreds of servicemembers into the affected region.
  • Hospital Ship Mercy Sails for Indian Ocean Navy NewsStand 06 Jan 2005 -- Hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), based in San Diego, set sail Jan. 5 for the Indian Ocean area as part of relief efforts following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that recently struck the region.
  • BHR's Sailors and Marines Volunteer Time, Fill Water Containers Navy NewsStand 06 Jan 2005 -- Sailors and Marines aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) (BHR) volunteered to fill 1,000 five-gallon containers with fresh water, Jan. 5, on the ship's flight deck.
  • USS Bonhomme Richard Positioned to Help Hardest Hit Areas of Sumatra Navy NewsStand 06 Jan 2005 -- The multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (BHR) (LHD 6) is on station and in position to provide large-scale humanitarian assistance to tsunami victims on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
  • 15th MEU (SOC) gives HA supplies a 'lift' aboard BHR USMC News 06 Jan 2005 -- Shortly after the sun peeked over the horizon, the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable)'s helicopters roared to life on the flight deck of USS Bonhomme Richard for another day of service offering relief and humanitarian assistance to thousands people recently left devastated after the Dec. 26, 2004 earthquake and subsequent tsunamis.
  • Pacific Command Report, January 6: Humanitarian Relief Update Washington File 06 Jan 2005 -- "This is a terrific team effort," Navy Captain Rodger Welch said of the combined efforts of some four-dozen nations that are working to alleviate suffering and prevent further loss of life in South and Southeast Asia.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Air terminal operations center keeps wing rotating AFPN 06 Jan 2005 -- Transportation for people and cargo in and out of theater is made possible by a team of transportation specialists at a forward-deployed location here. This is especially apparent during the changeover from one rotation of Airmen to another.
  • Raptors cleared to fly again AFPN 06 Jan 2005 -- Air Force officials cleared the F/A-22 Raptor to resume flight operations Jan. 6 following a comprehensive review of procedural and engineering data.
  • B-1s return to flight AFPN 06 Jan 2005 -- The B-1B Lancer fleet returned to flight status Jan. 5 following a six-day grounding.
  • Navy's JSOW-C Approved for Full Rate Production Navy NewsStand 06 Jan 2005 -- The Department of the Navy awarded Raytheon Company, Waltham, Mass., a $55.7 million contract to initiate Full Rate Production of the JSOW Unitary (JSOW-C) weapon Dec. 23. The work will be completed by Raytheon Missile Systems located in Tucson, Ariz.

  • Georgia: What's Behind Defense Minister's Fraud Charges? RFE/RL 06 Jan 2005 -- When he acceded to power nearly a year ago, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili pledged to improve his country's defense capabilities and to modernize its armed forces with a view toward integrating with NATO. The Georgian leader has been praising his administration for achieving substantial results in that direction, while also pressing for more speedy reforms. Yet, Georgia's new defense minister claims that, nearly 14 months after the so-called Rose Revolution that toppled President Eduard Shevardnadze, fraud and corruption continue to undermine the army.

  • SOMALIA/SECURITY VOA 06 Jan 2005 -- On the heels of Wednesday's African Union approval in principal of a peace support mission for Somalia, Uganda is already offering troops for the venture.

  • State Department Noon Briefing, January 6 Washington File 06 Jan 2005 -- Asian tsunami/Consular Affairs, Sudan, Ukraine, Israel/Palestinian, Iraq, China/Taiwan
  • White House Daily Briefing, January 6 Washington File 06 Jan 2005 -- Ohio election results, tax reform, Social Security/reform, tsunami response, Chirac, North Korea, Canadian drugs, medical malpractice, Washington state election

Defense Industry

  • U.S. Army Awards General Dynamics $54 Million Tank Ammunition Contract General Dynamics 06 Jan 2005 -- General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), announced today that the U.S. Army Field Support Command at Rock Island, Ill., has awarded it a $54 million modification to an existing multi-year ammunition contract for the production of 120mm M831A1 and M865 Tank Training Ammunition.
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN DELIVERS FIRST WARFIGHTERS' SIMULATION SYSTEM TO U.S. ARMY Lockheed Martin 06 Jan 2005 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) delivered to the U.S. Army its first Warfighters’ Simulation (WARSIM) system, a computer-based simulation tool that supports the training of brigade, joint and coalition level commanders and staffs. The delivery, to the U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Simulation Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI), is the first in a series scheduled through 2006 to help the Army meet its constructive training needs.
  • Sultanate of Oman Agrees to Purchase Raytheon-Lockheed Martin Javelin Anti-Tank Weapon System Lockheed Martin 06 Jan 2005 -- The armed forces of the Sultan of Oman have selected Javelin for Oman’s medium-range anti-tank guided weapon requirement. In October, the Government of Oman signed a Letter of Agreement with the U.S. Government to procure approximately 100 Javelin missiles and a corresponding number of command launch units, along with training and support packages. This selection marks the Raytheon-Lockheed Martin Javelin Joint Venture’s tenth international sale of the advanced anti-tank weapon system.

Other Conflicts

  • DR of Congo moves steadily towards elections in 2005 but challenges are formidable - UN UN News Centre 06 Jan 2005 -- While Rwanda's concerns about its genocidal citizens hiding in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are understandable, Rwanda and the DRC's other neighbours are not promoting the conditions needed to bring peace to the country's troubled eastern region, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says.
  • ETHIOPIA-ERITREA: No sign of military build-up, says UNMEE IRIN 06 Jan 2005 -- The UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) deputy head, Sissel Ekaas, said on Thursday there was no sign of a military build-up in the Horn of Africa.
  • Security forces gun down over 150 rebels in west Nepal: Army IRNA 06 Jan 2005 -- More than 150 Maoist rebels were killed and over 100 injured in a fierce gunbattle with security forces in western Nepal, the Army sources claimed.
  • POWELL / SUDAN VOA 06 Jan 2005 -- U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell will represent the United States at signing ceremonies in Kenya Sunday for accords ending Sudan's long-running north-south civil war. Mr. Powell will go to Nairobi after completing a tour of tsunami-ravaged countries in Asia.
  • IVORY COAST VOA 06 Jan 2005 -- The national unity government in divided Ivory Coast has resumed work but without northern-based rebels. They are refusing to attend saying progress must first be made to ensure their security and to implement successive peace deals.

News Reports

  • UN / EGELAND / TSUNAMI VOA 06 Jan 2005 -- The U.N.-led effort to aid tsunami victims is zeroing in on northwestern Sumatra, where up to a million people are still unaccounted for. Officials say they have only a sketchy picture of the scope of the devastation.
  • Powell Pledges Continued U.S. Support for Tsunami Victims AFPS 06 Jan 2005 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell today pledged continued U.S. support to Asian nations as the relief and reconstruction effort proceeds.
  • Indonesia, Maldives, Seychelles, Somalia, Sri Lanka: Earthquake and Tsunami OCHA Situation Report No. 13 UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs 06 Jan 2005
  • Transcript: PRESS BRIEFING ON TSUNAMI DISASTER United Nations 06 Jan 2005
  • Enormous problems still persist for tsunami relief operations in Indonesia - UN UN News Centre 06 Jan 2005 -- While relief operations after last week's devastating Indian Ocean tsunami are making "phenomenal progress" in areas that can be reached, "enormous problems" still persist in Indonesia, the top United Nations emergency coordinator said today.
  • UN's tsunami relief appeal looks at needs both massive and modest UN News Centre 06 Jan 2005 -- The nearly $1 billion United Nations flash appeal that Secretary-General Kofi Annan launched today for the survivors of the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami ranges from the massive cost of feeding 2 million people for the next six months to relatively more modest pin-point goals such as replacing lost fishing boats.
  • In Jakarta, Annan launches nearly $1 billion appeal for aid to tsunami victims UN News Centre 06 Jan 2005 -- Spearheading the international effort to bring relief to the victims of last week's devastating Indian Ocean tsunami, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Thursday launched a $977 million flash appeal for emergency aid - by far the largest ever for a natural disaster and almost three times the previous record.
  • U.S. Senator Proposes Tsunami Early Warning System Washington File 06 Jan 2005 -- Senator Joseph Lieberman says he will urge Congress to back deployment of a system that will extend warning devices for tsunamis into the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Such a system currently exists only in the earthquake-prone Pacific Ocean.
  • United Nations Seeks $977 Million for Tsunami Victims Washington File 06 Jan 2005 -- The United Nations launched an urgent appeal January 6 for $977 million dollars to provide emergency assistance to more than 5 million people in five countries hit by the Indian Ocean tsunami in late December 2004.
  • Sumatra's People Already Rebuilding, U.N. Health Agency Says Washington File 06 Jan 2005 -- The people in Indonesia's Aceh province have plunged into the task of rebuilding their lives, shattered by the worst natural disaster in living memory. That conclusion arises from a visit by a World Health Organization (WHO) assessment team led by Director-General Dr. Lee Jong-wook.
  • Tsunami Orphans Should Remain in Their Communities, U.S. Says Washington File 06 Jan 2005 -- While acknowledging the goodwill of the many Americans who have offered to adopt children orphaned by the devastating December 26, 2004, tsunami that hit Asia, the U.S. government cautions that adoption by strangers "is not the recommended solution, at least in the short term."
  • Jakarta Meeting Demonstrates World Concern for Tsunami Victims Washington File 06 Jan 2005 -- The January 6 meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia, that brought together world leaders concerned with aiding victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami demonstrated that the international community cares, according to Secretary of State Colin Powell.
  • Leaders Meet on Tsunami Response; Pledges Pass $4 Billion Washington File 06 Jan 2005 -- The greatest natural disaster in living memory and the resulting need for an unprecedented aid effort brought together leaders from 26 nations, U.N. agencies and nongovernmental organizations in Jakarta, Indonesia, January 6 with pledges to coordinate their activities to send relief into the affected nations.
  • Powell Praises International Response to Tsunami Crisis Washington File 06 Jan 2005 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell praised the international response to the tsunami crisis after attending the January 6 leaders' conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, to raise and coordinate aid for the victims.
  • United States Will Support Nations Hit by Tsunami, Powell Says Washington File 06 Jan 2005 -- The United States will stand with the global community in its response to a "human tragedy of immense magnitude," Secretary of State Colin Powell said January 6 as he addressed a special meeting on tsunami relief in Jakarta, Indonesia.
  • INDIAN OCEAN/ENVIRONMENT VOA 06 Jan 2005 -- The United Nations Thursday warned that pollution and natural disasters are degrading the environments of island nations in the Indian Ocean. U.N. officials said the recent tsunami has made existing environmental problems much worse.
  • BRITAIN / TSUNAMI / AFRICA VOA 06 Jan 2005 -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair says the world should not let its focus on assisting Asian countries hit by last week's tsunami divert attention from the need to fight poverty and disease in Africa. Mr. Blair spoke at a London news conference
  • TSUNAMI WRAP VOA 06 Jan 2005 -- The global aid total for tsunami victims continues to grow, but United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan is pressing donor nations to respond quickly to immediate needs of survivors.
  • DPRK Government Decides to Render Emergency Relief Aid KCNA 06 Jan 2005 -- The government of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea decided to render emergency relief aid amounting to 150,000 U.S. dollars as regards the strong quake and tsunami that occurred in the waters off Sumatra Island of Indonesia on December 26 last year, causing huge material losses to Indonesia, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Maldives and other countries.
  • DISASTER CONFERENCE VOA 06 Jan 2005 -- World leaders in Jakarta pledged to closely coordinate relief efforts for the victims of the Indian Ocean disaster, and backed the creation of a tsunami warning system in the region. Part of this cooperation includes a U.S.-led group of core donor countries folding its efforts into the United Nations' operations.
  • ACEH / CHOPPER AID RUN VOA 06 Jan 2005 -- U.S. Navy helicopter crews are flying long hours to bring desperately needed aid to victims of the December 26th earthquake tsunami in Indonesia's Aceh Province.
  • Asia: Tsunami Disaster Stirs Peace Hopes For Sri Lanka, Indonesia RFE/RL 06 Jan 2005 -- The two areas hit hardest by the Indian Ocean tsunamis -- Sri Lanka and Indonesia's Aceh province -- have also been plagued by long civil conflicts. Some initial signs of cooperation between government and rebel sides have prompted UN and U.S. officials this week to express hope for peace breakthroughs amid the recovery efforts. But recent history indicates chances are slim that so-called "disaster diplomacy" can bring about lasting reconciliation between the warring sides.
  • Asia: Tsunami Summit In Jakarta Maps Out Relief Road Ahead RFE/RL 06 Jan 2005 -- World leaders have concluded a summit in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, designed to set out priorities for dealing with Asia's tsunami disaster. Presidents, prime ministers and other senior officials from 26 nations and international organizations attended the one-day meeting. They applauded the world's response in pledging nearly 4 billion dollars in relief aid and urged that nations move rapidly to provide the promised cash. They also set in motion plans to create an international tsunami warning system.

  • Ukrainian Supreme Court Rejects Election Result Appeal RFE/RL 06 Jan 2005 -- Ukraine's Supreme Court today rejected losing presidential candidate Viktor Yanukovych's appeal of last month's presidential revote.
  • Ukraine Supreme Court To Consider Yanukovych Appeal RFE/RL 06 Jan 2005 -- A Ukrainian Supreme Court panel is expected today to consider former Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych's latest appeal challenging the presidential election results.

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