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20 January 2005 Military News

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  • DoD Identifies Army Casualty
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualty

  • AIF Ambush Foiled MNF-I/MNC-I 20 Jan 2005 -- First Infantry Division Soldiers killed one insurgent and wounded two others when they were ambushed near Balad at about 8:30 p.m. on January 19.
  • One Insurgent Killed; 7 Individuals Detained at IED Site MNF-I/MNC-I 20 Jan 2005 -- Task Force Danger Soldiers killed one of two insurgents who intended to fire an RPG at their patrol while conducting route clearance missions near Muqdadiyah at about 3:30 p.m., January 19.
  • AIF Ambush Foiled MNF-I/MNC-I 20 Jan 2005 -- The Ba'qubah Joint Coordination Center quick reaction force and Iraqi Police killed two insurgents and wounded one when approximately 30 individuals attacked the Mufrek police station at about 4:55 p.m., January 19.
  • Two Insurgents Killed; 7 Individuals Detained at IED Site MNF-I/MNC-I 20 Jan 2005 -- Two insurgents were killed when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated prematurely at about 2:00 p.m. on January 19 near Balad Ruz.
  • Task Force Danger Soldiers Detain One MNF-I/MNC-I 20 Jan 2005 -- Task Force Danger Soldiers detained one individual and confiscated several weapons during a weapons compliance check in Hiaf Village, near Kirkuk on January 19 at about 10:45 a.m.
  • Three Detained in Joint Raid MNF-I/MNC-I 20 Jan 2005 -- Three anti-Iraqi force members were detained in a joint raid near Kirkuk at about 11:30 p.m., January 19.
  • Roughriders Nab Latifiyah IED Maker Cell MNF-I/MNC-I 20 Jan 2005 -- Continuing operations in the Latifiyah area of north Babil, the 3rd Platoon Roughriders of Company A, Task Force 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, conducted a search in a farming village on Jan. 16 and discovered an improvised explosive device manufacturing cell.
  • Multi-National Forces Capture 9 Suspected Insurgents MNF-I/MNC-I 20 Jan 2005 -- Multi-National Forces from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), detained nine people during operations in northern Iraq on Jan. 19.
  • Insurgents Attack Hospital in Mosul MNF-I/MNC-I 20 Jan 2005 -- Anti-Iraqi insurgents attacked a hospital in northern Iraq Thursday.
  • Cavalry Assists in Police Recruiting Effort MNF-I/MNC-I 20 Jan 2005 -- An Iraqi Police candidate screening session took place on Jan. 11 at the Baghdad Convention Center in the International Zone to screen Iraqis applying to join the Iraqi Police Force.
  • Unearthed munitions end with big bang in Latifiyah MNF-I/MNC-I 20 Jan 2005 -- Task Force 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, Soldiers moved in on an anti-Iraqi insurgent in the Latifiyah area of north Babil on Jan. 18. They detained their target without a hitch.
  • Commandos Welcome New Digs MNF-I/MNC-I 20 Jan 2005 -- The 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, command and staff officially relocated to a new tactical operations center on Jan. 8.
  • MNF Patrol Defends Against Attack MNF-I/MNC-I 20 Jan 2005 -- Multi-National Forces from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team) engaged insurgents when their convoy was attacked in northern Iraq Jan. 19.
  • 1st CD Troops Destroy Insurgent 'Slaughterhouses' MNF-I/MNC-I 20 Jan 2005 -- Task Force Baghdad Soldiers destroyed two buildings in the north Babil region south of the Iraqi capital, reputed to have been used by insurgents to intimidate, torture and kill members of the local populace.
  • Insurgents Launch Indirect Fire Attacks in Ramadi MNF-I/MNC-I 20 Jan 2005 -- Insurgents launched a series of indirect fire attacks on several civilian population centers in and around Ramadi about 1 p.m. on Jan. 20.
  • Marine Expeditionary Unit catches bomb-maker MNF-I/MNC-I 20 Jan 2005 -- A successful limited-scale raid conducted in Karabilah on January by elements of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) netted an improvised explosive device (IED) maker, who proudly admitted to attacking and killing Multi-National Forces.
  • U.S. Marines, Soldiers Detain 36 Suspected Insurgents MNF-I/MNC-I 20 Jan 2005 -- Marines and Soldiers from the 1st Marine Division of the I Marine Expeditionary Force detained 36 suspected insurgents and discovered several weapons caches during operations throughout Al Anbar Province during the last 48 hours.
  • Lackland medics support OIF evacuation mission AFPN 20 Jan 2005 -- The medical mission in Iraq is complex, made up of a variety of Air Force and Army units that provide care for servicemembers and Defense Department civilians and contractors who need help with various ailments -- ranging from minor scorpion stings to serious combat injuries.

  • No talks with U.S, says Taliban chief Mulla Omar IRNA 20 Jan 2005 -- Taliban Chief Mulla Mohmmad Omar on Thursday rejected any possibility of talks with the United States and said that no talks will be held with Americans unless a single foreign soldier is present in Afghanistan.
  • Powerful Afghan Warlord Escapes Suicide Attack RFE/RL 20 Jan 2005 -- A suicide bomber blew himself up today outside a northern Afghan mosque in an apparent assassination attempt against powerful ethnic Uzbek warlord General Abdul Rashid Dostum that reportedly left the powerful ethnic Uzbek warlord unhurt but injured 20 others.
  • NATO /AFGHANISTAN VOA 20 Jan 2005 -- Afghanistan's new minister for counter-narcotics, Habibullah Qaderi, says his government is determined to fight the booming drug trade, but must proceed very cautiously in eradicating the country's poppy fields so as not to alienate farmers who depend on the crop.

  • Rainier Playing Key Disaster Relief Role Navy NewsStand 20 Jan 2005 -- USNS Ranier (T-AOE 7) continues to provide afloat support in January for Navy ships and aircraft underway in the Indian Ocean supporting Operation Unified Assistance, while providing direct relief in Sumatra.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • U.S.: Bush Starts Second Term Focused On Iraq, Iran, And 'Promoting Freedom' RFE/RL 20 Jan 2005 -- Much of the world will be watching anxiously today as George W. Bush is inaugurated to a second term as president of the United States. During his first four years in office, Bush polarized international opinion by leading Washington into a widely unpopular war with Iraq and pursuing a conflict with Islamic militants around the globe. What can the world expect from Bush in the four years ahead?
  • BUSH / INAUGURATION WRAP VOA 20 Jan 2005 -- President Bush has begun his second term in office with a vow to promote freedom around the world.
  • INAUGURATION / EUROPE VOA 20 Jan 2005 -- European governments are hoping for a new relationship with the United States during President Bush's second term and say trans-Atlantic ties will be closely linked to what Washington does to advance peace between Israelis and Palestinians. As Europeans reconcile themselves to four more years of the Bush presidency, they are emphasizing that relations should be based on mutual respect.
  • CONGRESS / RICE / POL VOA 20 Jan 2005 -- U.S. Senate leaders have postponed a confirmation vote on Secretary of State-designate Condoleezza Rice until next week, after Democrats demanded more time to debate the nomination.
  • U.S.: Senate Confirmation Of Rice As Secretary Of State Delayed RFE/RL 20 Jan 2005 -- The confirmation by the U.S. Senate of Condoleezza Rice as secretary of state -- expected to take place today -- has been delayed. The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted yesterday to recommend that the full Senate approve Condoleezza Rice's nomination as secretary of state. But opposition Democrats have asked for more time to debate her nomination. Two days of committee hearings showed that not all senators are comfortable with the idea of Rice being the nation's top diplomat.

  • Boom operators provide fuel for warfighters AFPN 20 Jan 2005 -- Some Airmen spend their work days in office cubicles, but a select group of enlisted fliers work in an "office" 25,000 feet in the air while traveling 500 mph.
  • Dragon Eye provides quick, reliable intel USMC News 20 Jan 2005 -- In 2003, the Marine Corps adopted the smallest functioning unmanned aerial vehicle called the Dragon Eye in 2003, in an effort to minimize friendly casualties and maximize pre-movement surveillance.

  • EU: Row With U.S., Japan, Looms As Union Seeks To Lift Arms Embargo On China RFE/RL 20 Jan 2005 -- British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw is starting a visit to China amid a brewing row between the European Union, the United States and Japan over arms sales to China. Straw has said the EU's arms embargo on China could be lifted within six months. EU leaders last month agreed to work toward lifting the embargo, which the union imposed 15 years ago after China's crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square. Washington is pushing for the EU not to lift the ban, fearing an escalation of tension between China and Taiwan. Tokyo is also worried about regional stability.

Defense Industry

  • U.S. Marines Demonstrate Lightweight Howitzer BAE Systems 20 Jan 2005 -- U.S. Marines today demonstrated the M777 lightweight howitzer to local officials at Fort Sill, Okla. The M777 is a lightweight 155mm howitzer and a critical fire support component of Marine Air Ground Task Forces and Army Brigade Combat Teams and light divisions.
  • Front-Line Benefits From Mod's New Harrier Support Programme BAE Systems 20 Jan 2005 -- The Ministry of Defence (MOD) today launched a new aircraft support programme for its Joint Force Harrier Fleet at RAF Cottesmore, Rutland that will reduce costs by 44 million over four years and significantly improve aircraft availability to the Front Line.
  • U.S. Navy Awards General Dynamics $14 Million Contract Modification for Submarine Combat Control System General Dynamics 20 Jan 2005 -- The U.S. Navy awarded General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), a $14 million contract modification for procurement and engineering activities supporting the AN/BYG-1 Submarine Combat Control System. Work will be performed in Fairfax, Va., and is expected to be completed by Dec. 2005.
  • General Dynamics Awarded $5.5 Million Contract Modification for U.S. Navy Nuclear Work General Dynamics 20 Jan 2005 -- The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $5.5 million modification to a previously awarded contract to manage and support nuclear-maintenance work for submarines homeported at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
  • Lockheed Martin Canada Awarded Second Phase of Canadian Forces Health Information System Project Lockheed Martin 20 Jan 2005 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] today announced it has been awarded the second phase of a multiyear contract to deliver a fully integrated electronic health management system for the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND).
  • Northrop Grumman Begins Testing in New X-47B J-UCAS Systems Integration Laboratory Northrop Grumman 20 Jan 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has begun acceptance testing the first of four new workstations that will allow it to reduce the time and cost to develop operational flight software for the Department of Defense's Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems (J-UCAS) program.
  • German government signs €488 million private finance initiative programme for NH90 helicopter training Rheinmetall Defence 20 Jan 2005 -- The German government has approved a major private finance initiative (PFI) programme for the German Armed Forces by awarding a contract to Helicopter Flight Training Services GmbH (HFTS) to provide NH90 helicopter training in industry-owned training centres. HFTS, based in Hallbergmoos, Germany, was founded by an industrial consortium consisting of CAE, Eurocopter, Rheinmetall Defence Electronics and Thales, each owning a 25 percent share. The industry consortium will design, build, and operate three NH90 training centres.
  • German government signs €488 million PFI programme for NH90 helicopter training Thales 20 Jan 2005 -- The German government has approved a major private finance initiative (PFI) programme for the German Armed Forces by awarding a contract to Helicopter Flight Training Services GmbH (HFTS) to provide NH90 helicopter training in industry-owned training centres.
  • Boeing awarded a study contract to Alcatel in the frame of the GPS III System Preliminary Definition Thales 20 Jan 2005 -- In the frame of the US Air Force's GPS III System Preliminary Definition phase, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems awarded a study contract to Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA). This contract concretises last year's discussions between Boeing and Alcatel Space to develop cooperation in Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). This is also the first ever contractual ties for GPS III between the European Union and the United States industry leaders in Satellite Navigation which materialise the EU-US high level agreement signed in June 2004.

Other Conflicts

News Reports

  • Asia: Kobe Conference Discusses Tsunami Warning System RFE/RL 20 Jan 2005 -- Experts from around the world have gathered in Kobe, Japan, to discuss how to prevent a repeat of the massive loss of life in last month's Indian Ocean tsunami tragedy through an early-warning system. United Nations officials have pledged to set up an tsunami-alert system in the Indian Ocean within a year and a half. Country representatives attending the five-day Kobe conference have pledged millions of dollars toward the project.
  • DISASTER / SMALL ISLANDS VOA 20 Jan 2005 -- While global attention is focused on the death toll from last month's earthquake and tsunami that swept across the Indian Ocean, some of the world's smallest states hope the disaster will cast light on the unique challenges they face.
  • DISASTER CONFERENCE-DEATHS VOA 20 Jan 2005 -- United Nations officials at the World Conference on Disaster Reduction are vowing to make sure the devastation caused by December's Asian tsunami will never be repeated. The pledge came as the regional death toll topped 200-thousand people after Indonesia revised its casualty figures upwards.

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