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10 January 2005 Military News

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  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 10 Jan 2005 [PDF]
  • U.S. Marine Killed in Al Anbar Province
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualty
  • DoD Identifies Marine Casualty

  • Insurgents Kill Second Iraqi Deputy Police Chief RFE/RL 10 Jan 2005 -- Iraq's Interior Ministry says gunmen have killed one of Baghdad's deputy police chiefs and his son.
  • Task Force Danger Soldiers Detain two AIF Suspects MNF-I/MNC-I 10 Jan 2005 -- Task Force Danger Soldiers captured two individuals, including a wanted individual, near Ad Dujayl at about 10:44 a.m., January 9.
  • Two Captured in Joint Raid MNF-I/MNC-I 10 Jan 2005 -- Two individuals, including a wanted Anti-Iraqi Force member, were captured during a joint raid in Kirkuk at about 10:15 p.m., January 9.
  • Task Force Danger and Iraqi Army Soldiers Detain one at Check Point MNF-I/MNC-I 10 Jan 2005 -- Task Force Danger and Iraqi Army Soldiers detained one individual after finding weapons hidden in the engine compartment of his vehicle.
  • Weekly Operations Summary for January 2 - 9, 2005 MNF-I/MNC-I 10 Jan 2005 -- During operations over the past week, Multi-National Force - Iraq (MNF) forces discovered and cleared 97 improvised explosive devices, discovered and cleared 87 weapons caches, conducted 63 cordon and searches of suspected anti-Iraqi forces facilities, conducted 35 raids on a suspected anti-Iraqi forces facilities and detained 771 suspected AIF.
  • Other events throughout Iraq, Jan. 9, 2005 Two detained in raids near Samarra MNF-I/MNC-I 10 Jan 2005 -- Soldiers from the 2nd Iraqi Ministry of the Interior (MOI) Command Battalion detained two suspected anti-Iraqi force members during two raids near Samarra at about 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 9.
  • Multi-National Forces Detain 14, Confiscate Weapons MNF-I/MNC-I 10 Jan 2005 -- Multi-National Forces from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), detained 14 people wanted for anti-Iraqi activity and confiscated numerous weapons and munitions during operations in northern Iraq.
  • Additional Iraqi Security Forces Arrive in Mosul MNF-I/MNC-I 10 Jan 2005 -- In an effort to provide enhanced security and stability for the Jan. 30 elections, Iraqi Security Forces and Multi-National Forces have increased their forces in northern Iraq.
  • Two Iraqi Army Soldiers Killed, one Wounded in Attack MNF-I/MNC-I 10 Jan 2005 -- Two Iraqi Army Soldiers were killed and one was wounded when their joint combat patrol with 1st Infantry Division Soldiers was attacked by anti-Iraqi forces using an improvised explosive device and small arms fire near Samarra on Jan 10.
  • On the hook: Marine FACs see other side of Corps during OIF 2 USMC News 10 Jan 2005 -- Coordinating critical assets for Marine ground commanders, former 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing pilots serving in Iraq as forward air controllers deliver close air support while sharing the up-close combat experiences of Marines on the ground.
  • Kuwait Central to Coalition Logistics Chain AFPS 10 Jan 2005 -- More than 20,000 American servicemembers and civilians are serving in Kuwait to support the combat effort "up north," as they say here.

  • AFGHANISTAN: Containment of heavy weapons stalled in Panjshir IRIN 13 Jan 2005 -- A UN-backed programme to contain heavy weapons in the northern Panjshir Valley has been temporarily interrupted by local ex-militia groups who threatened to block the valley if the process continued.
  • Afghanistan: UN Envoy Cites Progress In Stabilization Effort RFE/RL 11 Jan 2005 -- The United Nation's special representative in Afghanistan says the country has stabilized considerably since the presidential elections in October. But UN envoy Jean Arnault, has also warned that stronger measures are needed to combat the country's illicit narcotics trade, estimated to account for almost two-thirds of Afghanistan's gross domestic product. He said the country is about to assume a larger role in preparing for spring parliamentary elections and must soon form an independent election commission and set a date for elections.
  • Soldiers in Afghanistan Seize More Weapons Caches AFPS 10 Jan 2005 -- Coalition forces in Afghanistan have confiscated myriad weaponry and munitions as the result of a series of arms cache discoveries made on Jan. 7.
  • Afghan Army Has Made Great Progress, Says U.S. Officer AFPS 10 Jan 2005 -- Progress made by the Afghan National Army over the past year has "enabled Afghan institutions to build enduring local, regional and national security, extended the reach of the national government and assisted in Afghanistan's transition to a democratic nation," a U.S. Army spokesman said today at a Kabul news conference.
  • Afghanistan elections in April or May bring pressing deadlines, UN says UN News Centre 10 Jan 2005 -- With Afghanistan facing parliamentary elections this spring, the United Nations envoy for Afghanistan today called on the international community to prepare to pay between $120 million and $130 million towards the cost, depending on the final dates chosen by the yet-to-be appointed Independent Electoral Commission.

  • Transcript: Press Conference U.S. Pacific Command 10 Jan 2005 -- Admiral Thomas B. Fargo, USN Commander, U. S. Pacific Command
  • WestPac Express supports humanitarian assistance mission USMC News 10 Jan 2005 -- The High Speed Vessel WestPac Express arrived here Jan. 10 after a five-day voyage from Kin Red port in Okinawa, Japan, bearing crew and cargo that will bring additional supplies and personnel to support Operation Unified Assistance in Southeast Asia.
  • Pacific Command Report, January 10: Tsunami Relief Update Washington File 10 Jan 2005 -- U.S. Navy Admiral Thomas Fargo says the United States is committed to a partnership with host nations, non-governmental organizations and private voluntary groups to bring "quick relief for those in need" in South and Southeast Asia.
  • Air Force Team Performs an Unusual Role in Indonesia Washington File 10 Jan 2005 -- Unfamiliar partners from disparate lands have tuned the tools of their humanitarian outreach trade and are working in unison in the wake of one of the world's worst natural disasters.
  • Deployed Airmen support Operation Unified Assistance AFPN 10 Jan 2005 -- The mission was simple: bring a forklift here only to be moved by another unit to Banda Aceh, Indonesia, the next day.
  • Yokota C-130s continue to fly aid to tsunami victims AFPN 10 Jan 2005 -- C-130 Hercules crews from the 36th Airlift Squadron at Yokota Air Base, Japan, continue to fly vital supplies and equipment to tsunami-stricken areas in Southeast Asia.
  • Air Force, partners deliver aid to Indonesia AFPN 10 Jan 2005 -- Unfamiliar partners from disparate lands have tuned the tools of their humanitarian outreach trade and are working in unison in the wake of one of the world's worst natural disasters.
  • Deployed troops send relief to Southeast Asia survivors AFPN 10 Jan 2005 -- Deployed troops at a forward-deployed location here combined forces to send relief items to victims of the tsunamis that swept through Southeast Asia on Dec. 26.
  • Airmen bring aid where needed AFPN 10 Jan 2005 -- The children of Banda Aceh, Indonesia, a province in the northern tip of Sumatra hit hard by the Dec. 26 tsunamis, returned to school Jan. 10. It is not the same school they remember, and the class lists have been revised downward, too often halved. But it is a small step toward recovery -- a path toward recuperation.
  • 374th Air Expeditionary Wing stands up in Thailand AFPN 10 Jan 2005 -- Air Force officials stood up the 374th Air Expeditionary Wing here Jan. 6 to help fly humanitarian supplies to people affected by tsunamis in December that resulted in wide-scale destruction in South Asia.
  • 58th Signal Battalion supporting tsunami relief efforts Army News 10 Jan 2005 -- Soldiers from the U.S. Army, Pacific's 58th Signal Battalion are providing around-the-clock communications support for Combined Support Forces-536, currently conducting tsunami humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts in Asia.
  • Army port team handling incoming tsunami relief supplies Army News 10 Jan 2005 -- An Army transportation team with staff from Korea, Hawaii and Japan is overseeing all operations at the Port of Laem Chabang, Thailand, as six ships from the Maritime Prepositioning Ship Squadron Three begin delivery of relief supplies.
  • USS Bonhomme Richard Delivers More Than 49,000 Pounds of Humanitarian Relief In Sumatra Navy NewsStand 10 Jan 2005 -- The multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (BHR) (LHD 6) delivered more than 49,000 pounds of food, water and medicine to tsunami victims on the Indonesian island of Sumatra Jan. 8 in support of Operation Unified Assistance.
  • Bonhomme Richard LCAC Brings Badly Needed Relief Ashore in Sumatra Navy NewsStand 10 Jan 2005 -- Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) attached to USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) (BHR) were used for the first time Jan. 10 to deliver 34,000 pounds of aid ashore in the hard to reach, tsunami stricken town of Meulabah on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
  • USS Bonhomme Richard, 15th MEU Deliver 75,000 Pounds of Aid Ashore Navy NewsStand 10 Jan 2005 -- During 34 helicopter sorties Jan. 9 that covered more than 800 square miles of Sumatra, multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard's (BHR) (LHD 6) Sailors and Marines delivered 75,000 pounds of humanitarian relief supplies to Indonesian tsunami victims.
  • BHR Medical Department Plays Critical Role In Operation Unified Assistance Navy NewsStand 10 Jan 2005 -- In support of Operation Unified Assistance, USS Bonhomme Richard's (BHR) (LHD 6) medical department prepared enough medical supplies in January to run a clinic for two weeks on the disaster stricken Indonesian island of Sumatra.
  • WestPac Express supports humanitarian assistance mission USMC News 10 Jan 2005 -- The High Speed Vessel WestPac Express arrived here Jan. 10 after a five-day voyage from Kin Red port in Okinawa, Japan, bearing crew and cargo that will bring additional supplies and personnel to support Operation Unified Assistance in Southeast Asia.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • US SUBMARINE VOA 10 Jan 2005 -- A U.S. Navy nuclear-powered attack submarine, under heavy escort, has arrived back at its home port of Guam after a fatal accident at sea. The cause is still unknown.
  • USS San Francisco Arrives Safely in Guam Navy NewsStand 10 Jan 2005 -- The Los Angeles-class submarine USS San Francisco (SSN 711) arrived safely in Guam the afternoon of Jan. 10 Guam time (all following dates Guam time) following a Jan. 7 grounding accident at sea, approximately 350 nautical miles south of Guam.

  • New year brings new missions for Air Force Reserve AFPN 10 Jan 2005 -- This year, citizen Airmen will see some new missions headed their way as they continue their efforts to fight and support the war against terrorism.
  • EOD robots performing tech wonders in Iraq Army News 10 Jan 2005 -- Whenever an Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician heads downrange, one thing is certain: the robot goes first.
  • USS O'Bannon Joins Israeli, Turkish Navies in Search and Rescue Exercise Navy NewsStand 10 Jan 2005 -- Approximately 400 U.S. Sailors from USS O'Bannon (DD 987) and a P-3C Orion detachment based out of Sigonella, Italy, will participate in an annually-scheduled exercise with the navies of Israel and Turkey.

  • White House Daily Briefing, January 10 Washington File 10 Jan 2005 -- Asian tsunami relief update, Middle East/election of Abu Mazen, journalist contracted to administration staff, transfer of prisoners to third countries, tsunami warning system, CBS/President's National Guard service, U.S. aid for tsunami victims through U.N., Oil-for-Food Program, Social Security/President's principles, Sudan peace treaty, Iraq election

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • EUROPE PALESTINIANS VOA 10 Jan 2005 -- European governments, eager for a role in Middle East peacemaking, have welcomed the election of Mahmoud Abbas as the undisputed leader of the Palestinians. Europeans see Mr. Abbas' victory as a sign that Palestinians want to reform their government and find a negotiated solution with Israel.
  • BUSH / MIDEAST VOA 10 Jan 2005 -- President Bush has called Palestinian President-elect Mahmoud Abbas to congratulate him on his victory and invite him to Washington.
  • ISRAEL POLITICS VOA 10 Jan 2005 -- The Israeli parliament has approved Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's new government coalition that brings together his right-of-center Likud Party with the two opposition factions, the left-of-center Labor Party and the right-wing religious party, United Torah Judaism.
  • Middle East: Palestinian Moderate Abbas Wins Election To Succeed Arafat RFE/RL 10 Jan 2005 -- Moderate Mahmud Abbas has won election to succeed the late Yasser Arafat as Palestinian president. Although official results have yet to be released, exit polls show Abbas, the candidate of Arafat's Fatah movement, winning some 65 percent compared to 20 percent for his nearest rival, Mustafa Barghouthi. Abbas's victory has rekindled hopes the peace process can resume after four years of bloodshed.
  • Middle East: Palestinian Winner Abbas Already Under Competing Pressures RFE/RL 10 Jan 2005 -- Moderate Mahmud Abbas has won a landslide victory to succeed the late Yasser Arafat as Palestinian president. The Central Election Commission says final results give Abbas about 62 percent of the vote and his nearest challenger, Mustafa Barghouti, about 20 percent. Official voter turnout was 70 percent.
  • PALESTINIAN ELECTIONS / MONITORS VOA 10 Jan 2005 -- International observers say the Palestinian presidential vote Sunday was both free and fair despite serious problems at a few polling sites. The election is being hailed as a key step toward peace talks with Israel.
  • PALESTINIAN ELECTION RESULTS VOA 10 Jan 2005 -- The official vote count in Sunday's Palestinian presidential elections confirms that Mahmoud Abbas won a landslide victory with 62.3 percent of votes cast with his closest rival, human rights activist Mustafa Barghouti receiving 19.8 percent.
  • Abbas Claims Victory In Palestinian Election RFE/RL 10 Jan 2005 -- Mahmoud Abbas has claimed victory in yesterday's election for president of the Palestinian Authority.

  • Security Council pledges help to implement southern Sudan peace accord UN News Centre 10 Jan 2005 -- The United Nations Security Council today pledged aid, including the deployment of a peace support operation in southern Sudan, after yesterday's signing by the Government and rebels of an accord formally ending two decades of civil war that has killed at least 2 million people, uprooted 4 million more and sent 600,000 into exile.
  • SUDAN: Southern agreement raises hope for nationwide peace IRIN 10 Jan 2005 -- The comprehensive peace agreement signed on Sunday between the Sudanese government and the southern Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) marks a new beginning for peaceful co-existence across Sudan, officials said.

  • COTE D IVOIRE: Mbeki reports on peace mission as opposition accuses Gbagbo of preparing for war IRIN 10 Jan 2005 -- President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa briefed African leaders on Monday on his efforts to prevent Cote d'Ivoire relapsing into full-scale civil war as opposition leaders in the country accused President Laurent Gbagbo of preparing to resume hostilities.
  • CONGO / VIOLENCE VOA 10 Jan 2005 -- Thousands of people took to the streets Monday in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. They were protesting a possible delay in elections, due by the end of June this year. But the marchers were blocked by police using automatic rifles, tear gas and riot shields.
  • KENYA: Twenty-one die in inter-clan violence IRIN 10 Jan 2005 -- Twenty-one people were killed in inter-clan violence in the Mandera district of Kenya's Northeastern Province during the past week, police said on Monday.
  • PHILIPPINES FIGHTING VOA 10 Jan 2005 -- Heavy fighting has broken out in the southern Philippines between government troops and Muslim rebels. At least 21 people have been killed.
  • AFRICAN UNION / SUMMIT VOA 10 Jan 2005 -- African heads of state are meeting in Gabon to discuss conflicts in Sudan's western Darfur region, divided Ivory Coast, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. But expectations that the summit will produce any results are low.

News Reports

  • Colombia Denies Venezuela's Allegation on Rebel Capture VOA 10 Jan 2005 -- A top Colombian official has denied Venezuelan allegations that Colombian police lied about where they captured a leftist rebel leader.

  • Transcript: Press Briefing ON TSUNAMI RELIEF EFFORT United Nations 11 Jan 2005
  • NATSIOS / TSUNAMI CONFERENCE VOA 10 Jan 2005 -- The head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, Andrew Natsios, flew to Geneva late Monday to represent the United States at a two-day international conference opening Tuesday on the Asian earthquake and Tsunami disaster. The meeting brings together some 80 countries, including 12 nations directly affected by the disaster, and aid donors.
  • Bush Renews Commitment to Tsunami Aid After Briefing from Powell Washington File 10 Jan 2005 -- President Bush says the United States is now entering a second phase --one of rehabilitation and reconstruction -- in response to the Indian Ocean tsunami disaster.
  • U.S. Aid to Tsunami Victims Will Be Long-Term, Bush Says Washington File 10 Jan 2005 -- President Bush says the U.S. government and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) will remain committed to helping tsunami victims for the long term.
  • BRITAIN / TSUNAMI VOA 10 Jan 2005 -- Indonesia says it needs more debt relief to give it time to rebuild from the devastating tsunami. Indonesian Foreign Minister Hasan Wirayuda made his appeal during a visit to London.
  • BUSH / TSUNAMI VOA 10 Jan 2005 -- President Bush says America remains committed to helping the victims of the Asian tsunami, as relief efforts evolve from saving lives to rebuilding communities. Mr. Bush indicates the U.S. aid commitment is likely to increase as new needs become clear.
  • As tsunami relief effort moves into third week, UN operation gathers momentum UN News Centre 10 Jan 2005 -- As the death toll from the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami reached 160,000, the largest United Nations relief effort ever mounted for a natural disaster moved into overdrive today, zeroing in on hitherto inaccessible areas, opening a new coordination centre and stepping up efforts to protect vulnerable children from exploitation.
  • Nations to Meet in Geneva to Plan Tsunami Disaster Recovery Washington File 10 Jan 2005 -- Fifteen days after an unprecedented disaster struck nations on the Indian Ocean, an equally unprecedented international effort is providing relief and assistance to millions of victims. An ever-increasing amount of aid is making its way to those who need it, according to a variety of reports.
  • India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Seychelles, Sri Lanka: Earthquake and Tsunami OCHA Situation Report No. 16 UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs 10 Jan 2005
  • Indonesia - Earthquake and Tsunami: OCHA Field Situation Report Update No. 15 UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs 10 Jan 2005
  • Asia: Concern Growing Over Slow Pace Of Tsunami Relief Operations RFE/RL 10 Jan 2005 -- A powerful aftershock today hindered aid efforts for the tsunami-hit Indonesian island of Sumatra, adding to difficulties the relief operations already face. Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan toured the Maldives on the final leg of a three-nation trip to acknowledge firsthand the damage caused by the 26 December tsunami. The visit comes amid mounting concern over the slow pace of relief efforts for the tsunami survivors.
  • INDONESIA ACEH QUAKE VOA 10 Jan 2005 -- An Indonesian official says it hopes separatist rebels in the tsunami-devastated region of Aceh will lay down their arms and join reconstruction efforts.
  • SRI LANKA/TSUNAMI/SCHOOL VOA 10 Jan 2005 -- Schools have opened in Sri Lanka for the start of the new school year, but not for everyone. Two weeks after a deadly tsunami killed more than 30-thousand people in the country, thousands of students from the devastated coastal areas are coping with the loss of friends and family and have no classes to go to.

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