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12 January 2005 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 12 Jan 2005 [PDF]
  • I MEF Soldier Killed in Al Anbar Province

  • Iraqi Police Colonel Rescued by Cavalry Unit MNF-I/MNC-I 12 Jan 2005 -- The Soldiers of Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Cavalry Regiment, rescued an Iraqi police colonel and his wife Jan. 8 after anti-Iraqi insurgents attacked the two on Baghdad's notorious Haifa Street.
  • Daily MNF-I Operations Summary for January 11, 2005 MNF-I/MNC-I 12 Jan 2005 -- Multi-National Force - Iraq and Iraqi Security forces discovered and cleared 13 improvised explosive devices and cleared 13 weapons caches.
  • Iraqi, U.S. soldiers Attacked by Insurgents Firing from Mosque MNF-I/MNC-I 12 Jan 2005 -- Soldiers of the Iraqi National Guard and Multi-National Forces came under attack while on a mission to deliver much needed supplies to a school in northern Iraq, Jan.11.
  • Task Force Danger Soldiers Detain Individual MNF-I/MNC-I 12 Jan 2005 -- First Infantry Division Soldiers detained one individual after finding a weapons cache in a house near Samarra on Jan. 11 at about 5:30 p.m.
  • Wanted Individual Detained in Raid near Ad Dujayl MNF-I/MNC-I 12 Jan 2005 -- Task Force Danger Soldiers detained a wanted individual during a raid near Ad Dujayl at about 10:59 p.m., Jan. 11.
  • Three Detained in Joint Raid MNF-I/MNC-I 12 Jan 2005 -- Three individuals were detained during a joint raid near Tuz on Jan. 12 at about 2:08 a.m.
  • Airborne Troops Discover Large Weapons Cache MNF-I/MNC-I 12 Jan 2005 -- Multi-National Forces from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), discovered a cache of weapons and munitions in northern Iraq on Jan. 11.
  • Troops Detain 6 Suspected in Baghdad Governor Slaying MNF-I/MNC-I 12 Jan 2005 -- An early morning raid on Jan. 11 netted Task Force Baghdad Soldiers six possible insurgents suspected of involvement in the assassination of the governor of Baghdad province.
  • 1st Infantry Division Soldiers Find Two Caches MNF-I/MNC-I 12 Jan 2005 -- First Infantry Division Soldiers from 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, conducting a patrol near Samarra, found a cache of weapons on Jan. 12.
  • Multi-National Forces Kill Insurgent, Detain Four Others MNF-I/MNC-I 12 Jan 2005 -- Multi-National Forces from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), killed an anti-Iraqi insurgent and detained four others during operations in northern Iraq on Jan. 11.
  • Iraqi Boy Helps Lead Troops to Roadside Bomb MNF-I/MNC-I 12 Jan 2005 -- Multi-National Forces from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), were able to defuse a roadside bomb after an Iraqi boy provided them with information about it in northern Iraq on Jan. 10.
  • Soldiers Capture Insurgents, Weapons as Crackdown Continues AFPS 12 Jan 2005 -- With Iraq's national assembly election less than three weeks away, Multinational Force Iraq and Iraqi security forces continue to kill and capture insurgents and get weapons off the streets.
  • Marines Uncover Weapons Cache South of Baghdad MNF-I/MNC-I 12 Jan 2005 -- Marines attached to Task Force Baghdad conducted a cordon and search operation in the town of Lutayfiyah on Jan. 12, capturing a weapons cache from the residence of suspected insurgents.
  • Joint Patrol Discovers Weapons Cache MNF-I/MNC-I 12 Jan 2005 -- A weapons cache was discovered in eastern Baghdad by a joint patrol at approximately 2:30 a.m. on January 12.
  • Roadside Bomb Discovered in North Babil MNF-I/MNC-I 12 Jan 2005 -- U.S. Marines attached to Task Force Baghdad found a roadside bomb while on patrol at approximately 2:50 p.m. on Jan. 12, in northern Babil.
  • U.S. Soldiers Near Ramadi Assist Injured civilians; Iraqi citizens in Fallujah Assist U.S. Marines MNF-I/MNC-I 12 Jan 2005 -- Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division currently assigned to the 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, provided medical assistance to Iraqi civilians, who were involved in a two-vehicle accident on a main thoroughfare near Ramadi at approximately 6:45 a.m., Jan. 12.
  • Cavalry Unit Finds Four Weapons caches in Central Baghdad Raids MNF-I/MNC-I 12 Jan 2005 -- Task Force Baghdad Soldiers conducted a series of raids in Central Baghdad, finding four separate weapons caches and detaining four suspected insurgents during the five hour mission.
  • Horse Detachment Returns to Fort Hood MNF-I/MNC-I 12 Jan 2005 -- Soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division's Horse Cavalry Detachment returned home from Iraq on Jan. 5 to a crowd of family, friends and well-wishers.
  • Soldiers Detain Iraqi Selling Pistols MNF-I/MNC-I 12 Jan 2005 -- Task Force Baghdad Soldiers, while on dismounted patrol at approximately 1:20 p.m. on Jan.12, detained an Iraqi civilian who was selling pistols in a market in southern Baghdad.
  • Soldiers Detain Suspect at Baghdad Checkpoint MNF-I/MNC-I 12 Jan 2005 -- Task Force Baghdad Soldiers found two rifles, ammunition, explosives and a large amount of U.S. money in one vehicle, at approximately 10:50 a.m., Jan 12, at a checkpoint in northern Baghdad.
  • Soldiers Find Rocket Launcher, Detain Two MNF-I/MNC-I 12 Jan 2005 -- One rocket launcher and two rockets were found by Task Force Baghdad Soldiers outside of a home in northern Babil at approximately 2:50 p.m. on Jan. 12. The Soldiers searched the home and detained two Iraqi civilians. An explosive ordnance team was called to the site, and the explosives were destroyed.

  • AFGHANISTAN-IRAN: UNHCR concerned over wave of refugee arrests IRIN 13 Jan 2005 -- Hundreds of Afghans have been arrested by Iranian police in a crackdown against illegal migrants, according to press reports. The Iranian daily, Iran Emrooz, said on Sunday that legal Afghan refugees have also been arrested and that the arrests have been taking place in the eastern cities of Zahedan, Zabol, Mashad and Kerman over the last two weeks.
  • More Weapons Caches Turn Up in Afghanistan AFPS 12 Jan 2005 -- Coalition forces continue to discover and confiscate or destroy a significant number of weapons caches - 10 more since Jan. 8, a military spokeswoman said today at a news conference in the Afghan capital of Kabul.

  • Squadron Brings Relief to Tsunami-Devastated Region AFPS 12 Jan 2005 -- The 8th Airlift Squadron from McChord Air Force Base, Wash., continued its vital role in the disaster relief effort today. Equipment, supplies and personnel were loaded onto one of the squadron's huge C-17 Globemaster III cargo jets for transport from here to Banda Aceh, Indonesia.
  • Pacific Fleet Seabees Deploy in Support of Unified Assistance Navy NewsStand 12 Jan 2005 -- Elements of several U.S. Pacific Fleet Seabee commands are gearing up to deploy to Asia in support of Operation Unified Assistance.
  • Bonhomme Richard Exploits Sea-Based Support to Provide Relief to Tsunami Stricken Sumatra Navy NewsStand 12 Jan 2005 -- By using its airlift and sealift capabilities for replenishment at sea and delivery ashore, multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) (BHR) is assisting tsunami victims from the maritime maneuver area around the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
  • NMCB 7 Deploys to Sri Lanka in Support of Disaster-Relief Efforts Navy NewsStand 12 Jan 2005 -- Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 7 forward deployed to Guam are headed to the tsunami-ravaged region in Sri Lanka to aid in disaster recovery efforts.
  • 15TH MEU (SOC) continues providing humanitarian aid to Indonesia USMC News 12 Jan 2005 -- As the Indonesia continues to make progress recovering from the recent disaster, the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) is heavily involved the robust relief effort at Sultan Iskandar Muda Airbase here and along 150 miles of the Sumatra's western coastline.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Navy Christens Amphibious Transport Dock Ship 12 Jan 2005 -- The Navy will christen the newest San Antonio class amphibious ship Mesa Verde Saturday, Jan. 15, 2005, during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems - Ingalls Operations in Pascagoula, Miss.
  • F-15E crew uses new targeting pod AFPN 12 Jan 2005 -- An F-15E Strike Eagle aircrew from the 494th Fighter Squadron took part in a flight that marked an evolution in weapons technology when it used a Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod on the aircraft Jan. 7.
  • Changing the way deployments flow AFPN 12 Jan 2005 -- Airmen deploying to the U.S. Central Command theater in the past knew where they were going to land when boarding Air Mobility Command rotator flights in the United States, but what most of them did not know was exactly how they were going to be routed to their final destination.
  • Reliant Mermaid Kicks Off with USS O'Bannon, Israeli and Turkish Navies Navy NewsStand 12 Jan 2005 -- Sailors of USS O'Bannon (DD 987) joined Israeli and Turkish Sailors off the coast of Israel Jan. 12 in the annual search and rescue (SAR) exercise named Reliant Mermaid.

  • Russian Defense Minister Cites Importance of Controlling WMDs AFPS 12 Jan 2005 -- The fight to prevent proliferation of weapons of mass destruction tops the list of issues Russian and U.S. defense officials are working together to solve, Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said here Jan. 11.

  • State Department Briefing, January 12 Washington File 12 Jan 2005 -- Iraq, Syria/Russia, Russia, Ukraine, Asian tsunami update, China/EU, Kuwait
  • White House Daily Briefing, January 12 Washington File 12 Jan 2005 -- Iraq, Homeland Security/Chertoff nomination, Social Security, Iraq/weapons supply to insurgents, Indonesia, budget, death benefits to military personnel, temporary worker program

Defense Industry

  • Boeing Signs $549 Million Chinook Contract Boeing 12 Jan 2005 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and the U.S. Army signed a $549 million contract Dec. 21, 2004, for 17 new-build CH-47F Chinook helicopters.
  • EADS NORTH AMERICA TO SELECT A U.S. SITE FOR AERIAL REFUELING TANKER PRODUCTION EADS 12 Jan 2005 -- EADS North America will select a site for a Military Modification and Assembly Line (MMAL) for the production of aerial refueling aircraft in the United States. This site would be the center of industrial activity for the KC-330 advanced tanker aircraft, which the company plans to offer the U.S. Air Force. It also will be the location of a new Airbus Long-Range Aircraft Engineering Center in the United States, with operation beginning in early 2006.
  • Thales and EADS appointed co-prime contractors for SIC Terre programme Thales 12 Jan 2005 -- The French defence procurement agency (DGA) has appointed Thales and EADS DCS as joint industrial prime contractors on the MOIE* SIC Terre programme for the French Army's information and communication systems. The overall contract is worth 230 million euros. Thales will assume a 70% share of the contract, while the EADS workshare will be 30%, with Thales as lead contractor. As a key battlefield digitisation programme, MOIE SIC Terre will increase combat effectiveness by networking all players in the battlespace and speeding up the operational tempo through:
  • General Dynamics Demonstrates First Wideband, Vehicle-Mounted SATCOM Unit for U.S. Army Soldiers on the Move General Dynamics 12 Jan 2005 -- General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has successfully demonstrated its SATCOM-On-The-Move ™ (SOTM) terminal, the military’s first vehicle-mounted terminal for satellite communications using the Ku-band, during field trials for the U.S. Army. The SOTM terminal, the first such system to be licensed by the FCC for use in the United States, is ruggedized for use by military forces and can be mounted on a wide variety of vehicles to provide reliable, high-bandwidth voice and data communications over satellite.

Other Conflicts

  • US / MIDEAST PEACE VOA 12 Jan 2005 -- The recent election of Mahmoud Abbas as the new Palestinian president is raising hopes that the long-stalled peace process with Israel may soon be revived. While continuing violence has repeatedly derailed the process in the past, some analysts are expressing optimism that there is now a new opportunity to end the bloodshed and improve the lives of Israelis and Palestinians.
  • ISRAEL POLITICS / BUDGET VOA 12 Jan 2005 -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's government survived a crucial no-confidence vote in parliament today (Wednesday) when lawmakers approved his national budget for 2005. But today's vote is only the first of several crucial tests for the government in the months to come.
  • ISRAEL / GAZA ATTACK VOA 12 Jan 2005 -- Palestinian militants carried out a deadly attack in the Israeli-occupied Gaza Strip, Wednesday morning, killing at least one civilian and wounding three soldiers. At least one of the militants was reported killed in the ensuing gun battle

  • UN / HAITI VOA 12 Jan 2005 -- The U.N. Security Council has appealed to international donors to renew their commitment to Haiti as the flood-ravaged Caribbean nation prepares for elections later this year. The western hemisphere's poorest nation was the subject of a day-long Council debate.
  • Peace in Darfur 2005 Goal, U.N. Envoys Say Washington File 12 Jan 2005 -- Pressing for peace in Darfur, U.N. Security Council members said January 11 that sanctions against Sudan are still an option even though a peace agreement was signed ending the 20-year-old North-South civil war.
  • SAF / THATCHER VOA 12 Jan 2005 -- Reports from Cape Town say Mark Thatcher, the son of the former British prime minister, is preparing to plead guilty on Thursday to violating South Africa's anti-mercenary laws in connection with an alleged coup plot in Equatorial Guinea.
  • CONGO / POLITICS VOA 12 Jan 2005 -- In the Democratic Republic of Congo, former rebels backed by the Ugandan government threatened late Wednesday to pull out of the country's fragile transitional government. The threats came as South Africa's president, Thabo Mbeki, spent the day in Kinshasa speaking with Congo's political leaders to seek a breakthrough in the stalling peace process.
  • Nagorno-Karabakh: No Breakthrough Reported In Talks Between Armenians, Azerbaijanis RFE/RL 12 Jan 2005 -- Armenian Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian met yesterday in Prague with his Azerbaijani counterpart to discuss the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Officially, the discussions achieved no breakthroughs, but both men agreed to meet again in the near future.
  • IVORY COAST / TALKS VOA 12 Jan 2005 -- South African President Thabo Mbeki has failed to bring together President Laurent Gbagbo and northern rebels during his latest mediation visit to divided Ivory Coast. Mr. Mbeki called on the former colonial power France to be more supportive of his efforts.

News Reports

  • Colombia Admits Paying Bounty Hunters to Capture Rebel VOA 12 Jan 2005 -- Colombia's defense minister has acknowledged his government paid bounty hunters to capture a leftist rebel leader from neighboring Venezuela.

  • WORLD BANK / TSUNAMI VOA 12 Jan 2005 -- World Bank President James Wolfensohn says it will take several weeks to assess the reconstruction needs stemming from the December 26th tsunami in southern Asia. Mr. Wolfensohn spoke to reporters Wednesday following his return from an inspection visit to the hardest hit countries.
  • Indonesia, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Thailand: Earthquake and Tsunami OCHA Situation Report No. 17 UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs 12 Jan 2005
  • Transcript: PRESS BRIEFING ON TSUNAMI RELIEF EFFORT United Nations 12 Jan 2005
  • Time is of the essence as UN rushes in tsunami aid, both palliative and preventive UN News Centre 12 Jan 2005 -- In a multitasking race against time to confront the impact of last month's devastating Indian Ocean tsunami, United Nations agencies are moving on numerous fronts, from the palliative to the preventive, from finding injured survivors in need of urgent treatment to saving coral reefs before irreparable damage takes its toll.
  • UN hails tsunami appeal response, seeks clarification on Indonesian restrictions UN News Centre 12 Jan 2005 -- Fresh from the "signal success" of a donors' meeting that funded more than three quarters of its flash appeal for the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami, the United Nations today sought clarification from Indonesia that new security restrictions would not hamper its operations in the most ravaged of all the dozen affected nations.
  • Indian Ocean Warning System Rises on International Agenda Washington File 12 Jan 2005 -- The need for an Indian Ocean tsunami early warning system and the importance of disaster reduction have soared on the international agenda in the weeks since the catastrophic tsunami that claimed more than 150,000 victims.
  • South Asia: Central Asians Join World Aid Effort To Tsunami-Struck Region RFE/RL 12 Jan 2005 -- The United Nations has asked donor nations to contribute nearly $1 billion by the end of the month to address the immediate needs of victims of the South Asian tsunami disaster. The world body says it has already secured concrete commitments for about two-thirds of that amount. Meanwhile, relief supplies continue to arrive in the region.
  • South Asia: Plans Gaining Ground For Tsunami Warning System RFE/RL 12 Jan 2005 -- Plans are gaining momentum for a global early warning system to avert another tragedy on the scale of the Asian tsunami disaster. The issue is under discussion at a meeting of the world's small islands in the Mauritius Islands. UNESCO, the UN education and scientific agency, will take the lead in coordinating the effort. UNESCO helped set up an early warning system in the Pacific in 1968. The agency says it is ready to put its experience and expertise to work for a global system.
  • THAILAND/DISASTER FORENSICS VOA 12 Jan 2005 -- In the haste to bury the dead after the December 26th tsunami, many governments simply buried thousands of victims in mass graves. Now, Thai authorities are digging up many of those bodies for forensic tests to help identify them.
  • INDONESIA TSUNAMI RELIEF VOA 12 Jan 2005 -- More than two weeks after Southern Asia's devastating earthquake and tsunami, aid in significant amounts is beginning to reach isolated groups of survivors in Indonesia's Aceh province. The first land shipment of supplies has arrived in the town of Meulaboh, as the relief distribution machine moves into high gear.

  • BURMA POLITICS VOA 12 Jan 2005 -- Burma's military government says it will reconvene the constitutional convention in mid-February. Critics maintain the convention will do little to produce true political reform in Burma as long as opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, remains under house arrest.

  • Yanukovych Takes Election Protest To Supreme Court RFE/RL 12 Jan 2005 -- Viktor Yanukovych is expected to file an appeal with the Ukrainian Supreme Court today challenging the official results of the country's rerun presidential election.

  • Boeing Delta II Sends NASA Spacecraft on a Rendezvous with a Comet Boeing 12 Jan 2005 -- A Boeing [NYSE: BA] Delta II rocket launched a NASA spacecraft today that will collide with a comet, causing a crater that will enable scientists to learn more about comets and their role in the formation of the Universe.
  • NSAB AWARDS LOCKHEED MARTIN CONTRACT FOR SIRIUS 4 Lockheed Martin 12 Jan 2005 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has been awarded a contract by Nordic Satellite AB (NSAB) to build their next geostationary direct broadcast satellite, designated SIRIUS 4. NSAB is 75%-owned by SES ASTRA, an SES GLOBAL company (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG).

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