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17 January 2005 Military News

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Current Operations

  • Vehicle Accident Claims Life of Soldier
  • Sunday Accident Takes second TFB Soldier
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualty

  • Sixteen Killed In Attacks Around Iraq RFE/RL 17 Jan 2005 -- Gunmen today killed eight Iraqi National Guard soldiers, 11 people died in suicide bombings and four bodies -- three civilians and one Iraqi soldier -- were found in Al-Ramadi.
  • Iraqi Soldiers Killed Near Ba'qubah RFE/RL 17 Jan 2005 -- At least seven Iraqi soldiers were killed today when armed men opened fire on them at a checkpoint in central Iraq.
  • Attacks In Iraq Target Police, Soldiers, Polling Stations RFE/RL 17 Jan 2005 -- Insurgents set off another suicide car bomb at a police station in Iraq -- this one killing at least eight people -- and they shot dead eight Iraqi soldiers at a checkpoint.
  • Marines Support Fallujah's "First Responders" MNF-I/MNC-I 17 Jan 2005 -- The 4th Civil Affairs Group of the I Marine Expeditionary Force, in coordination with the Fallujah City Fire Chief and the Al Anbar Regional Fire Chief, recently awarded a $150,000 contract to a Fallujan company.
  • 2nd MOI Battalion Soldier Injured Near Samarra MNF-I/MNC-I 17 Jan 2005 -- One Soldier from the 2nd Iraqi Ministry of the Interior Commando Battalion was injured when his patrol vehicle struck a land mine near Samarra at 8:48 p.m., January 16.
  • Three Detained Near Ad Dujayl MNF-I/MNC-I 17 Jan 2005 -- Three individuals were detained after aerial observation of possible black-marketing of fuel near Ad Dujayl on January 16 at 12:28 p.m.
  • Mulit-National Forces Detain AIF Suspect MNF-I/MNC-I 17 Jan 2005 -- Multi-National Forces detained one suspected anti-Iraqi forces insurgent during a search at a business establishment in Balad Ruz on Jan. 16.
  • Civilian Trucks Attacked by AIF MNF-I/MNC-I 17 Jan 2005 -- Three civilian trucks were damaged and the drivers report that one of the drivers is missing after Anti-Iraqi forces attacked their vehicles with rocket propelled grenade and small arms fire northeast of Baqubah on Jan. 16.
  • Attack Kills Seven Iraqi Army Soldiers, Civilian MNF-I/MNC-I 17 Jan 2005 -- Seven Iraqi Army Soldiers and a civilian were killed when anti-Iraqi forces attacked their vehicle using rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire south of Baqubah about 6:50 a.m. on Jan. 17.
  • Two Separate Attacks Lead to Death of Three Insurgents MNF-I/MNC-I 17 Jan 2005 -- Multi-National Forces from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), were attacked in two separate incidents by anti-Iraqi insurgents that left three insurgents dead, one wounded and another detained yesterday in northern Iraq.
  • Seven IP Officers Killed, 28 Wounded in Attack in Bayji MNF-I/MNC-I 17 Jan 2005 -- Seven Iraqi police officers were killed and 28 others were wounded when anti-Iraqi forces detonated a vehicle borne improvised explosive near a police checkpoint outside the Bayji Police Station on Jan. 17.
  • Multi-National Force Soldiers Detain 23 MNF-I/MNC-I 17 Jan 2005 -- Multi-National Forces from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), detained 23 individuals during operations in northern Iraq on Jan. 16.
  • Multi-National Forces Find Weapons Cache MNF-I/MNC-I 17 Jan 2005 -- Multi-National Forces from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), discovered a weapons and munitions cache in northern Iraq on Jan. 16.
  • Iraqi Security Forces Find Illicit Weapons MNF-I/MNC-I 17 Jan 2005 -- Iraqi soldiers from the 2nd Brigade, 3rd Battalion, working with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force near Fallujah completed two patrols and found a weapons cache and grenades, and detained two people on Jan. 16.
  • Ten Weapons Caches Found in the Last Week MNF-I/MNC-I 17 Jan 2005 -- Iraqi Security Forces and Multi-National Forces continue to discover, confiscate, and destroy weapons caches throughout northern Iraq.
  • Soldiers Uncover Explosive Devices in North Babil MNF-I/MNC-I 17 Jan 2005 -- Task Force Baghdad Soldiers uncovered an improvised explosive device (IED) while patrolling in the north Babil region, south of Baghdad, at 8:45 a.m., Jan. 17.
  • Weapons Cache found; Destroyed by Soldiers MNF-I/MNC-I 17 Jan 2005 -- Task Force Baghdad Soldiers uncovered a weapons cache in western Baghdad, taking more than 100 explosive rounds out of the hands of anti-Iraqi insurgents.
  • U.S. Marines, Soldiers Detain 81 Suspected Insurgents MNF-I/MNC-I 17 Jan 2005 -- Marines and Soldiers from the 1st Marine Division of the I Marine Expeditionary Force detained 81 suspected insurgents and seized several weapons caches during operations throughout Al Anbar Province over the last 72 hours.
  • Marines, Iraqi Leaders Meet to Discuss Security for Upcoming Elections MNF-I/MNC-I 17 Jan 2005 -- As Iraq's first free elections draw near, the Civil Affairs Detachment of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit hosted a Governance Conference, Jan. 12, for Iraqi leaders of western Al Anbar Province.
  • Ten Insurgent Suspects Detained at Traffic Control Point in Eastern Baghdad MNF-I/MNC-I 17 Jan 2005 -- Task Force Baghdad Soldiers detained 10 suspected insurgents at 2 p.m., Jan. 17, as they maintained a traffic control checkpoint in eastern Baghdad.

  • Afghanistan: Release Of Taliban Suspects Could Bolster Amnesty Talks RFE/RL 17 Jan 2005 -- More than 80 suspected Taliban supporters were released from U.S. military detention centers across Afghanistan yesterday ahead of the three-day Muslim festival Eid Al-Adha. U.S. military officials say none was considered a high-level security threat. Some observers say the Afghan government appears to have asked for releases in cases where there was no evidence against the detainees. Others say it could encourage moderate Taliban supporters to accept a government amnesty offer.
  • Iranian Official Rejects Charges Of Afghan Expulsions RFE/RL 17 Jan 2005 -- A senior Iranian official today rejected UN accusations that his country is expelling Afghan refugees and suggested that Teheran might rethink its cooperation with United Nations.

  • USS Bonhomme Richard Takes Lead Role In Disaster Relief AFPS 17 Jan 2005 -- Off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, floats the USS Bonhomme Richard.
  • Singapore Logistics Commands Keep Humanitarian Relief Flowing Navy NewsStand 17 Jan 2005 -- Millions of pounds of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) supplies are being processed here, in what has become the key logistics staging point in support of Operation Unified Assistance.
  • Essex to relieve Bonhomme Richard USMC News 17 Jan 2005 -- The USS Essex (LHD 2) will relieve USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) on station Jan. 18 off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Statement from Pentagon Spokesman Lawrence DiRita on Latest Seymour Hersh Article 17 Jan 2005 -- The Iranian regime's apparent nuclear ambitions and its demonstrated support for terrorist organizations is a global challenge that deserves much more serious treatment than Seymour Hersh provides in the New Yorker article titled "The Coming Wars."

  • Navy Supply Centers Contribute to Tsunami Relief Effort Navy NewsStand 17 Jan 2005 -- Three Fleet and Industrial Supply Centers (FISCs) in the Pacific area of operations are providing logistics support to the international humanitarian relief effort in the areas affected by the tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia in December.

  • CONGO: Government starts to count soldiers IRIN 17 Jan 2005 -- In an effort to clamp down on widespread abuses associated with security forces in the Republic of Congo's, President Denis Sassou-Nguesso has ordered top military commanders to count and verify all security personnel under their command by March, after which new military identity cards will be issued.

Defense Industry

  • Boeing Small Diameter Bombs Hit the Mark in First Live Test Boeing 17 Jan 2005 -- For the first time, on December 13 and 15, two "live"; Boeing [NYSE: BA] Small Diameter Bombs (SDB), were launched for the first time by the U.S. Air Force at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., scoring direct hits on each target.
  • EADS NORTH AMERICA EXTENDS OPERATIONS INTO ALABAMA WITH NEW AIRCRAFT SUPPORT CENTER EADS 17 Jan 2005 -- EADS North America underscored its commitment to U.S. industrial investment and expansion with an official cornerstone ceremony today at its new EADS CASA North America aircraft support center headquarters, which is being built adjacent to Alabama’s Mobile Regional Airport.
  • Northrop Grumman-built Mesa Verde (LPD 19) Called `Most Advanced Expeditionary Ship Ever' Northrop Grumman 17 Jan 2005 -- In a traditional naval ceremony blended with Native American traditions and symbolism, the amphibious transport dock ship LPD 19 was christened Mesa Verde here today in front of more than 1,000 guests. LPD 19 is the third San Antonio (LPD 17)-class ship being built by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) for the U.S. Navy/Marine Corps team.
  • Lockheed Martin Delivers Interim Ground STation to Air Force Combat Command Lockheed Martin 17 Jan 2005 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] announced today that it has successfully delivered the Common Imagery Exploitation Segment (CIES) -- an interim upgrade to the U.S. Air Force Distributed Common Ground System (USAF DCGS) -- to ground stations at Beale Air Force Base (AFB) in California and Langley AFB in Virginia. CIES provides the USAF Air Combat Command with an interim ground station capability until the next generation DCGS Block 10.2 provides a complete replacement in late 2005.
  • Northrop Grumman Develops Technologies to Deliver Better Real-Time Reconnaissance Information to Soldiers in Urban Battle Zones Northrop Grumman 17 Jan 2005 -- Soldiers in urban battle zones could receive more timely and complete information about enemy forces from low-flying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) with technologies being developed by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) under a U.S. Department of Defense contract.

Other Conflicts

  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 17 Jan 2005 -- Palestinian Cabinet ministers say security forces have been told to prevent militant attacks against Israel. Meanwhile, the Israeli government is weighing its own military options to halt such attacks.
  • Middle East: Peace Hopes Sink As Israel, Palestinians At Loggerheads Again RFE/RL 17 Jan 2005 -- The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has again flared just as signs seemed to point toward a chance for peace. Only a week ago, Mahmud Abbas (aka Abu Mazen) was elected Palestinian Authority president on pledges of renewed dialogue with Israel. But the goodwill between the two sides has already broken down, with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon freezing all contacts following a bloody attack by Palestinian militants.

  • RUSSIA/DAGESTAN MILITANTS VOA 17 Jan 2005 -- Russian security forces claim they prevented a new hostage-taking incident by pro-Chechen fighters in the southern Russian republic of Dagestan, after two gun battles that left at least ten people dead. But at least one analyst questions the claim.

News Reports

  • Chavez Ready to Discuss Dispute with Colombia VOA 17 Jan 2005 -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he is prepared to meet with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe to defuse tensions over the seizure of a top Colombian rebel leader in Venezuela last month.

  • UN/STAFF SHAKEUP VOA 17 Jan 2005 -- U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan is planning a large-scale staff reorganization as he braces for the release of a report outlining management failures in the Iraq oil-for-food program. Several senior staffers have already resigned, and more will be leaving soon.

  • SRI LANKA/US EFFORTS VOA 17 Jan 2005 -- Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz has visited the southern Sri Lankan city of Galle, where U.S. military personnel are providing assistance in areas devastated by last month's tsunami.
  • SOMALIA/TSUNAMI VOA 17 Jan 2005 -- In Africa, Somalia was hardest hit by the tsunami waves, killing as many as 200 people, injuring more than 150, and displacing thousands. About 30-thousand people are in urgent need of food and other aid.

  • BRITAIN / AFRICA VOA 17 Jan 2005 -- Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, is meeting African Finance Ministers in Cape Town to develop a major financial initiative to boost development on the continent. Mr. Brown is characterizing it as a modern day "Marshall Plan" for Africa.

  • WEST AFRICA / MONEY VOA 17 Jan 2005 -- The Central Bank of West African States has started a one-month extension to complete replacing old currency with a new series. The operation follows bank robberies in the rebel-held north of Ivory Coast, where the currency swap has been the most difficult.

  • UKRAINE POL MONDAY VOA 17 Jan 2005 -- Ukraine's Supreme Court has begun hearing Viktor Yanukovych's last legal appeal contesting the results of the December 26th re-run presidential election. The process could take the better part of the week, as the first day was devoted to procedural matters.

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