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13 January 2005 Military News

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Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 13 Jan 2005 [PDF]
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualty
  • TWO MARINES KILLED IN AL ANBAR PROVINCE

  • Transcript: Defense Department Operational Update Briefing 13 Jan 2005 -- Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Lawrence Di Rita and Deputy Director for Regional Operations, Joint Staff Operations Directorate, Brig. Gen. David Rodriguez
  • Transcript: Coalition Press Information Center Briefing on Operations in North Central Iraq 13 Jan 2005 -- Major General John Batiste, Commander, 1st Infantry Division
  • Daily MNF-I Operations Summary for January 12, 2005 MNF-I/MNC-I 13 Jan 2005 -- Multi-National Force - Iraq forces discovered and cleared 10 improvised explosive devices and seven weapons caches.
  • Nine Detained in Joint Raid MNF-I/MNC-I 13 Jan 2005 -- Nine individuals were detained during a joint raid near Ad Duluiyah at 5:04 p.m., Jan. 12.
  • 31 Detained in Joint Operation Near Kirkuk MNF-I/MNC-I 13 Jan 2005 -- Thirty-one individuals were detained in a joint operation near Kirkuk on Jan. 12 at about 11:15 p.m.
  • Tikrit ESU, Emergency Responders React to VCIED MNF-I/MNC-I 13 Jan 2005 -- While patrolling the city, Iraqi Police reported to their Joint Coordination Center a suspicious vehicle was parked near the Tikrit Provincial police station about 9:20 a.m. on Jan. 11.
  • 201st Iraqi Army Traffic Control Point Detains Four MNF-I/MNC-I 13 Jan 2005 -- A traffic control point established by the 201st Iraqi Army Battalion along with Soldiers of Task Force 1-18 Infantry captured four insurgents passing through the city of Tikrit from Fallujah on Jan. 8.
  • Iraqi Security Forces, Multi-National Forces Detain 13 MNF-I/MNC-I 13 Jan 2005 -- Multi-National Forces from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), and Iraqi Security Forces detained 13 people wanted for anti-Iraqi activity during operations in northern Iraq on Jan. 12.
  • New Tip Nets 2 More Suspects in Governor Assassination MNF-I/MNC-I 13 Jan 2005 -- Elements of 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, assigned to the 2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division "Commandos," conducted a search of the Al Khashab mosque in western Baghdad on Jan. 12 aimed at capturing insurgents believed responsible for assassinating the governor of Baghdad.
  • Multi-National Forces Confiscate Weapons, Detain 5 MNF-I/MNC-I 13 Jan 2005 -- Multi-National Forces from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), confiscated weapon, ammunition and bomb equipment and detained five people during operations in northern Iraq on Jan. 12.
  • 1st ID Soldiers Detain Suspect in Ash Sharqat MNF-I/MNC-I 13 Jan 2005 -- 1st Infantry Division Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, detained a suspected anti-Iraqi forces insurgent in Ash Sharqat during a raid about 1 p.m. on Jan. 13.
  • 1st ID Soldiers Find Body of IPS Officer MNF-I/MNC-I 13 Jan 2005 -- 1st Infantry Division Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, discovered the body of an Iraqi police officer during a combat patrol near Hib Hib about 3:25 p.m. on Jan. 13.
  • Rainbow Division deploys 'intel snipers' to Iraq Army News 13 Jan 2005 -- The 42nd Infantry Division has deployed to Iraq with what leaders term a powerful, yet subtle, combat-multiplier - the sniper-trained Soldiers of the division's 173rd Long Range Surveillance Detachment, and their newly-issued M-14 rifles.
  • 1/23 Marines patrol Iraqi villages, ensure security prior to elections USMC News 13 Jan 2005 -- Handfuls of Iraqi children greeted the Marine patrol as it wound along muddy farm fields joining a quiet, palm tree-lined village. Handing out candy and a few soccer balls on the windy day, a few Marines traded friendly waves and clowning smiles as they marched along with the movement of their platoon.

  • AFGHANISTAN ELECTION DELAYS VOA 13 Jan 2005 -- While Iraq's interim government is holding to its January 30th election date, Afghanistan's leadership is being flexible about the timetable for that country's parliamentary elections. The already delayed vote may again be pushed back.
  • RFE/RL Afghanistan Report, Vol 4, Number 2 13 Jan 2005 -- AFGHAN MEDIA EXPANDS RAPIDLY BUT STILL FACES INTIMIDATION, VIOLENCE / ELECTION SPECIAL / CALM RETURNS TO AFGHAN-PAKISTANI BORDER FOLLOWING DEADLY EXCHANGE... / ...AS PAKISTANI OFFICIAL SAYS FOREIGN MILITANTS REGROUPING NEAR AFGHAN BORDER / AFGHAN AUTHORITIES REPORTEDLY NEGOTIATE WITH NEO-TALIBAN... / ...AND CLAIM TO HAVE KILLED 1,200 COALITION TROOPS IN 2004... / ...WHILE RENEWING CALL FOR ARMED RESISTANCE... / ...AND REPORTEDLY RECEIVE SUPPORT FROM PAKISTANI MILITANTS / UN SAYS HALF OF AFGHAN FIGHTERS DISARMED... / ...AS DEMOBILIZED COMMANDERS ARE TO RECEIVE SALARIES... / AFGHAN GOVERNMENT BEGINS FINAL PHASE OF PANJSHER PROVINCE DISARMAMENT / U.S. HELPS AFGHAN ARMY RECRUITMENT DRIVE / THREE DIE IN AFGHAN DRUG GUNFIGHT... / ...WHILE AFGHAN TRIBAL LEADERS THREATEN VIGILANTE JUSTICE FOR DRUG TRAFFICKERS... / ...AS AFGHAN GOVERNMENT CONSIDERS AMNESTY FOR DRUG LORDS / TWO CIVILIANS KILLED IN LAND-MINE EXPLOSION / AFGHAN JUDGE ADMITS TO HARBORING BOMBING SUSPECTS / U.S. MILITARY SAYS BIN LADEN MAY BE IN AFGHANISTAN / AID GROUP SAYS AFGHANISTAN HAS SEVERE SHORTAGE OF FEMALE HEALTH-CARE PROVIDERS / TRANS-AFGHAN CORRIDOR COUNCIL STARTS UP IN TASHKENT / UN ENVOY SAYS AFGHANISTAN UNREADY FOR PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS... / ...WHILE CITING PROGRESS IN STABILIZATION EFFORTS / THIS WEEK IN AFGHANISTAN'S HISTORY

  • Navy Region Hawaii Commands Involved in Tsunami Relief Efforts Navy NewsStand 13 Jan 2005 -- Navy commands throughout the Hawaii region are helping with relief efforts in Southern Asia after a tsunami hit the region Dec. 26.
  • Bush Says Military Making "Significant Difference" in Asian Relief Washington File 13 Jan 2005 -- President Bush said that the U.S. military has made a "significant difference" in tsunami relief in Asia.
  • USS Lincoln Sailors Support Relief Effort AFPS 13 Jan 2005 -- While servicemembers are working double-time to get supplies into and help clean up areas devastated by the Dec. 26 earthquake and tsunamis, someone has to hold down the fort -- or, in this case, the aircraft carrier steaming in the Indian Ocean.
  • Lincoln Carrier Group Moves for Operational Reasons AFPS 13 Jan 2005 -- The USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group has moved farther off Indonesian shores so it can safely conduct flight training operations, as Navy carriers typically do wherever they operate in the world, defense officials told Pentagon reporters today.
  • Aid Effort 'Making a Lot of Progress,' Says AF Officer AFPS 13 Jan 2005 -- Servicemembers deployed across south and southeast Asia remain busy "providing literally tons of relief" supplies to impoverished victims of the Dec. 26 tsunami, a U.S. officer reported today from Utapao, Thailand.
  • US / INDONESIA AID VOA 13 Jan 2005 -- The Bush administration Thursday downplayed the notion of friction with Indonesia over the role the U.S. military is playing there in earthquake and tsunami relief. The State Department said Indonesia has set no deadline for the departure of foreign forces.
  • PENTAGON / TSUNAMI VOA 13 Jan 2005 -- The U.S. military says it is not concerned about a statement from the Indonesian vice-president that all foreign forces should leave the country by late March. Officials also say the U.S. aircraft carrier involved in tsunami relief is continuing its work, although it has moved farther from the Indonesian coast.
  • BUSH / TSUNAMI VOA 13 Jan 2005 -- President Bush says U.S. troops are making a significant difference in the lives of those affected by the Indian Ocean tsunami. President Bush got an update on those relief efforts, and the fight against terrorism, during a briefing by military officials at the Pentagon.
  • NMCB 40 Seabees Join Relief Effort in Indonesia Navy NewsStand 13 Jan 2005 -- The first group of Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 40 arrived in Indonesia Jan. 11 to join the ranks of U.S. military troops currently providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in the wake of the massive devastation that has resulted in the deaths of more than 150,000 people and displaced a million more.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • President Visits Pentagon for Operational Updates AFPS 13 Jan 2005 -- President Bush visited the Pentagon today for briefings by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other senior leaders about two major military operations under way and to personally thank about 50 troops for their service.

  • Big E's Crash and Salvage Advance in Training Navy NewsStand 13 Jan 2005 -- Members of USS Enterprise's (Big E) (CVN 65) Air Department V-1 Division completed a crash and salvage flight deck firefighting course in December at the Naval Air Technical Training Center in Pensacola, Fla.
  • 1,000th Stryker rolls out Army News 13 Jan 2005 -- Production of the 1,000th Stryker vehicle was commemorated during a ceremony Jan. 12 at Anniston Army Depot, Ala., 33 months to the day former Army Chief of Staff Eric K. Shinseki signed for the first Stryker there April 12, 2002.
  • Kitty Hawk Sets to Sea Again Navy NewsStand 13 Jan 2005 -- USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), with more than 3,000 Sailors aboard, departed the ship's forward-deployed operating port of Yokosuka, Japan, Jan. 11 to conduct sea trials as the final step of a four-month ship's restricted availability (SRA) maintenance period.
  • Fast Cruise Tradition Prepares Kitty Hawk Navy NewsStand 13 Jan 2005 -- USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) completed a fast cruise Jan. 7-8, one of the Navy's longstanding traditions of simulating an out-to-sea environment while still anchored in port.
  • Kearsarge Starts ESG Exercise Navy NewsStand 13 Jan 2005 -- The amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) and the ships of the Kearsarge Strike Group, along with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), got under way Jan. 10 for their Expeditionary Strike Group Exercise (ESGEX).
  • Combat weather forecasters fight 'fog of war' AFPN 13 Jan 2005 -- It rolls in when it wants to, covers everything in its path and makes visibility so poor you can barely see your hand in front of your face. It is what some here call "the fog of war."
  • Defense Dept. Report, January 13: Iraq, Relief, Missile Defense Washington File 13 Jan 2005 -- NO TIMELINE FOR DURATION OF HIGH LEVEL OF U.S. FORCES IN IRAQ / U.S. COMMANDER IS SATISFIED WITH ACCESS FOR RELIEF OPERATIONS / MISSILE DEFENSE CAPABILITIES CONTINUE TO BE REFINED
  • Guard General Says Steps Now Will Prevent Future Crisis AFPS 13 Jan 2005 -- The United States "should never go to war without its National Guard," the chief of the National Guard Bureau said during an interview today on CNN's "American Morning."
  • ex-Oriskany Arrives in Pensacola Navy NewsStand 13 Jan 2005 -- The 888-foot former aircraft carrier Oriskany (CVA 34) - a combat veteran of Korea and Vietnam - made the transit from its remediation site of Corpus Christi, Texas, and arrived at the Port of Pensacola, Fla., Dec. 20, to undergo final preparations for eventual sinking. A firm sink date has not been established.

  • State Department Briefing, January 13 Washington File 13 Jan 2005 -- Colombia, Indonesia, Asia/Department, Iraq, Human Rights Watch Report, U.S. at Forefront of the Promotion of Human Rights/Annual Report, International Improvement in Human Rights/Afghanistan/Ukraine, Abu Ghraib Scandal/U.S. Prosecutions Against Perpetrators, U.S. Noteworthy Record on Human Rights, Saudi Arabia, Russia, South Africa/United Kingdom, Iran, Israel/Palestinians, China/South Korea
  • White House Daily Briefing, January 13 Washington File 13 Jan 2005 -- President's schedule, tsunami relief, war on terror, U.S. interrogation measures, American morale/relating to Iraq, Indonesia, Iraq/election monitoring, Bush/travels to Florida, presidential inauguration
  • UN / DANFORTH FAREWELL VOA 13 Jan 2005 -- Washington's U.N. ambassador John Danforth has warmly praised the world body in a farewell address to the Security Council. Ambassador Danforth defended the United Nations against U.S. critics, and assured Council members of Washington's commitment to multilateral cooperation.

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 13 Jan 2005


  • THATCHER GUILTY PLEA VOA 13 Jan 2005 -- Briton Mark Thatcher -- the son of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher -- has pleaded guilty to being involved in a failed coup in Equatorial Guinea last year. The plea was part of a deal with the authorities.

  • UN mission reports fresh round of attacks by armed militias in Darfur region of Sudan UN News Centre 13 Jan 2005 -- The security situation in some areas of Sudan's South Darfur state is tense, the United Nations mission to the country reported today, after two attacks by unidentified armed militiamen earlier this week left at least one person dead.
  • CHAD-SUDAN: How credible is Darfur's third rebel movement? IRIN 13 Jan 2005 -- A third rebel movement has appeared in Sudan's troubled Darfur region, but nobody seems to be taking it very seriously, apart from the authorities in Khartoum and the government of neighbouring Chad.
  • SUDAN: UN concerned over continuing violence in Darfur IRIN 13 Jan 2005 -- The western Sudanese region of Darfur could experience more violence unless approaches are adopted to contain the volatile situation there, the UN special envoy to Sudan has warned.

  • DRC: Progress made in disarming armed groups in Ituri IRIN 13 Jan 2005 -- The UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, MONOC, has announced that efforts to disarm combatants in the troubled northeast district of Ituri, are now succeeding.
  • CONGO / AU VOA 13 Jan 2005 -- The African Union has called for African states to put together a force to help the Congolese army forcibly disarm Rwandan rebels in eastern Congo. The African Union also urged the United Nations to bolster its peacekeeping mission in the country where fighting continues, despite numerous peace deals.
  • NEPAL MAOIST DEADLINE VOA 13 Jan 2005 -- Maoist rebels in Nepal have failed to respond to a government offer to resume peace talks. There are fears that the Himalayan country could now be headed for more violence.

News Reports

  • Venezuela Recalls Ambassador to Colombia Over Rebel Capture VOA 13 Jan 2005 -- Venezuela has recalled its ambassador from Colombia following an ongoing dispute over last month's capture of leftist rebel leader.

  • Transcript: Press briefing on tsunami relief effort United Nations 13 Jan 2005
  • Major Creditor Nations Offer Debt Relief to Tsunami Countries Washington File 13 Jan 2005 -- The Paris Club of major creditor nations says that countries affected by the Asian tsunami crises may halt their debt repayments so as to devote all available resources to humanitarian and reconstruction efforts.
  • United Nations Plans Tsunami Early Warning System in 2006 Washington File 13 Jan 2005 -- The United Nations plans to have an Indian Ocean tsunami early warning system, which experts say could have saved tens of thousands of lives in the recent disaster, up and running by June 2006, with a global system operational by June 2007.
  • U.S. Private-Sector Donations for Tsunami Relief Top $360 Million Washington File 13 Jan 2005 -- U.S. private-sector contributions to tsunami relief already have topped $360 million and are expected to reach nearly $700 million when planned fund raising is complete, according to figures released January 11 by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.
  • Tsunami's 'second wave of death' - disease - can now be largely avoided, UN says UN News Centre 13 Jan 2005 -- The top United Nations emergency official said today he believed the relief effort could now avoid the feared "second wave of death" from the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami - the toll taken by epidemic diseases - and he hoped Indonesia would revise its March deadline for the use of foreign military in the operation.
  • UN pushes ahead with plans for global tsunami early warning system UN News Centre 13 Jan 2005 -- The United Nations plans to have an Indian Ocean tsunami early warning system, which experts say could have saved tens of thousands of lives in the current disaster, up and running by June 2006, with a global system operational a year after that.
  • UN / TSUNAMI RELIEF VOA 13 Jan 2005 -- The United Nations' global relief coordinator, Jan Egeland, says no time limits should be put on military aid to the areas affected by the December 26th tsunami. Mr. Egeland's comments follow a U.S. State Department comment that Indonesia has set no deadline for the departure of foreign forces.
  • WHO / TSUNAMI HEALTH VOA 13 Jan 2005 -- The World Health Organization says of Asian countries affected by the tsunami Indonesia is the most vulnerable to disease epidemics. But the agency says there have been no disaster-related disease outbreaks.
  • ASIA / TSUNAMI POVERTY VOA 13 Jan 2005 -- The Asian Development Bank says some two million people will be pushed into poverty because of the Indian Ocean tsunami - which swept through some of Asia's poorest communities. This comes as Western nations offer debt relief to the worst affected countries.
  • ACEH TSUNAMI / SECURITY SITUATION VOA 13 Jan 2005 -- day after Indonesia placed security restrictions on aid workers in its tsunami-hit Aceh Province, rebels have offered new truce talks. International aid agencies and Indonesian officials are downplaying safety concerns and restrictions.
  • THAILAND/BURMESE TSUNAMI VICTIMS VOA 13 Jan 2005 -- At least eight hundred Burmese living in Thailand were killed in last month's tsunami and thousands more may be still missing. Adding to their tragedy, the tsunami disaster seems to have intensified existing tensions between many Thai residents and migrant Burmese workers.

  • UKRAINE / POL VOA 13 Jan 2005 -- Ukraine's former prime minister, Viktor Yanukovych, continues preparations to file yet another appeal with Ukraine's Supreme Court contesting the final official results of the December 26th presidential election, which gave his opponent, Viktor Yushchenko, the win. Supporters of Mr. Yanukovych took to the streets of two cities Thursday in the start of what they say will be a full-scale struggle to have their candidate declared Ukraine's next president.

  • ATK Helps Put Space Probe on Collision Course with Comet ATK 13 Jan 2005 -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) helped launch NASA’s Deep Impact space probe on a journey to intercept the comet Tempel 1. The mission is designed to help uncover secrets about the origin of our universe.



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