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21 January 2005 Military News

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Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 21 Jan 2005 [PDF]
  • 1 Soldier Killed, 1 Injured in Accident

  • IRAQ / BOMBING VOA 21 Jan 2005 -- A car filled with explosives blew up in front of a Shiite Mosque in Baghdad Friday, killing at least 14 worshippers and wounding more than 40 others. Sectarian tension between Shiite and Sunni Muslims has been rising steadily ahead of Iraqi elections.
  • Bomb Kills 14 Near Baghdad Shi'a Mosque RFE/RL 21 Jan 2005 -- Reports say at least 14 people were killed and 40 wounded today when a car bomb exploded near a Shi'a Muslim mosque in Baghdad before Friday prayers.
  • Body found near Ghalibiyah MNF-I/MNC-I 21 Jan 2005 -- 204th Iraqi Army Soldiers found a body near Ghalibiyah at about 12:54 p.m. on January 20. The body was found with hands tied and throat cut. The remains were taken to the Khalis hospital for identification.
  • 201st Iraqi Army Soldiers Detain AIF Suspect MNF-I/MNC-I 21 Jan 2005 -- 201st Iraqi Army Soldiers detained an anti-Iraqi force suspect at a traffic control point in northern Tikrit at about 11:10 a.m., January 20.
  • Task Force Danger Soldiers Detain One With Weapons MNF-I/MNC-I 21 Jan 2005 -- First Infantry Division Soldiers detained one individual and confiscated weapons found in his home during a raid at about 10 a.m., January 20th, near Bayji.
  • Task Force Danger Soldiers Detain one During Attack MNF-I/MNC-I 21 Jan 2005 -- Task Force Danger Soldiers detained one individual after their combat patrol encountered small arms fire near Mandeli at about 8:47 p.m., January 20.
  • One 1st ID Soldier Killed, One Wounded in Operation near Ad Duluiyah MNF-I/MNC-I 21 Jan 2005 -- One 1st Infantry Division Soldier was killed and one was wounded in an operation near Ad Duluiyah on Jan. 21 at about 2:10 a.m.
  • Iraqi Army's 306th Battalion Takes Over a Portion of Sadr City MNF-I/MNC-I 21 Jan 2005 -- The Iraqi Army's 306th Battalion, 40th Brigade, an element of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, assumed responsibility for security operations in a portion of the Sadr City area.
  • Insurgent Crackdown Continues in Preparation for Elections MNF-I/MNC-I 21 Jan 2005 -- Multi-National Forces from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), detained one person during operations in northern Iraq on Jan. 20.
  • Operation aimed at taking weapons off the streets in central Baghdad MNF-I/MNC-I 21 Jan 2005 -- In their quest to bring peace and stability to the volatile Al-Karkh district of Baghdad, Task Force 1st Battalion, 9th Cavalry Regiment, kicked off Operation Copperas Cove on the morning of Jan. 12.
  • Crackdown on Insurgents Continues in Preparation for Elections MNF-I/MNC-I 21 Jan 2005 -- Multi-National Forces from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), detained one individual during operations in northern Iraq on Jan. 20.
  • A new contingent in Multi-National Division Central -South MNF-I-MNC-I 21 Jan 2005 -- Today in the afternoon, a 46-Solider contingent from the Republic of Armenia joined Multi-National Division Central - South.
  • Insurgents attack from Mosque, one Detained MNF-I-MNC-I 21 Jan 2005 -- Multi-National Forces from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Striker Combat Team), and Iraqi Security Forces were fired upon by anti-Iraqi insurgents from a mosque in northern Iraq on Jan. 21.
  • IIF Patrols Find Mines and Rockets MNF-I-MNC-I 21 Jan 2005 -- Two battalions from the Iraqi Army's 7th Brigade, Iraqi Intervention Force (IIF), working with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force near Fallujah Jan. 20, found mines and rockets while on a security patrol.
  • Iraqi Civilian Provides IED Information MNF-I-MNC-I 21 Jan 2005 -- A local civilian provided information about a suspected improvised explosive device (IED) to Iraqi soldiers from the 2nd Brigade, 3rd Battalion of the Iraqi Intervention Force (IIF) working with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force near Fallujah, Jan. 20.
  • Marines Capture Two, Uncover Weapons Cache South of Baghdad MNF-I-MNC-I 21 Jan 2005 -- Elements of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit captured two suspected militants and uncovered a weapons stockpile south of Baghdad January 21, the third day of the latest anti-insurgent operation in northern Babil Province.
  • Oregon unit first in 116th BCT to assume authority in Iraq MNF-I-MNC-I 21 Jan 2005 -- The Oregon Army National Guard's Task Force 3-116 officially assumed authority for the security and stability of the southern sector of the 116th Brigade Combat Team's (BTC) area of responsibility in Iraq in a ceremony held here December 27.
  • MNF-I Update 21 Jan MNF-I-MNC-I 21 Jan 2005 -- Coalition and Iraqi security forces are cementing security conditions for elections.
  • Nineteen Detained in Joint Raid Near Balad MNF-I-MNC-I 21 Jan 2005 -- Task Force Danger and Iraqi Army soldiers detained 19 individuals in a raid near Balad at about 12 p.m., January 21.
  • Election Rehearsal conducted in Diyala Province MNF-I-MNC-I 21 Jan 2005 -- Leaders from the 1st Infantry Division and Iraqi Security Forces gathered here Jan. 20 to prepare for and set the conditions for a successful election process in Diyala Province.
  • Multinational Security Command Trains, Equips Iraqi Forces AFPS 21 Jan 2005 -- "It's like building an airplane while you are already in flight" is how one official at Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq describes building the Iraqi security forces.
  • First Cav team screens Iraqi Police applicants Army News 21 Jan 2005 -- Hundreds of candidates showed up for the monthly Iraqi Police screening session Jan. 11 held by the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.
  • VMA-311's training pays off in combat USMC News 21 Jan 2005 -- The main goal of most military training exercises is to improve combat effectiveness and efficiency in specific areas. Quite often, the skills learned during training are combat-tested in places such as Iraq or Afghanistan shortly after the exercises are complete.
  • Civil Affairs Group works with local government to promote voting in Iraq USMC News 21 Jan 2005 -- Marines from the 4th Civil Affairs Group met with the mayor of the local city of Al Qa'im Jan. 15 to discuss the upcoming vote and future of Iraq's government.
  • 3rd MAW provides air support to infantry along Syrian border USMC News 21 Jan 2005 -- At a base along the Syrian border, Marines with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing are going above and beyond to support the infantry in keeping Iraq safe.

  • Deployed fuels technicians keep OEF airlift rolling AFPN 21 Jan 2005 -- On a busy morning here, fuels technicians in the 416th Expeditionary Mission Support Squadron fuels management flight could have between three and five fuel trucks on the airfield topping off a C-130 Hercules or a C-17 Globemaster III.
  • Afghanistan: Probe Launched Into Failed Attack Against Commander RFE/RL 21 Jan 2005 -- Afghan authorities have launched an investigation into an assassination attempt on 20 January against Abdul Rashid Dostum, one of the country's most powerful military commanders. Dostum emerged unscathed, but his brother and several others were injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up during Muslim celebrations. Through a spokesman, the Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack. But Afghan officials say it is still too early to assign blame.
  • Afghanistan: Antidrug Minister Vows Action But Says Farmers Need Aid, Alternative Incomes RFE/RL 21 Jan 2005 -- Afghanistan's newly appointed "counternarcotics minister," Habibullah Qaderi, was in Brussels this week to attend a NATO seminar on the challenges facing his country. Although NATO and Afghan authorities agree that poppy cultivation and opium smuggling are among the biggest challenges facing Afghanistan, both sides admit there are no easy or quick solutions. NATO is unwilling to commit troops to enforce a poppy eradication drive, while Afghanistan's new government says its farmers -- many of whom are heavily dependent on poppy cultivation -- cannot be robbed of their livelihoods without hefty Western subsidies.
  • Taliban Blamed For Dostum Assassination Attempt RFE/RL 21 Jan 2005 -- The Chinese government says it has told its embassy in Baghdad to work hard to save the lives of eight Chinese nationals who have been kidnapped in Iraq.

  • Element Keeps Cargo, Personnel Moving Into Indonesia AFPS 21 Jan 2005 -- Since Jan. 1, the U.S. Air Force's Tanker Airlift Control Element here has been making sure that what comes into the Royal Thai Navy Airfield gets out.
  • NMCB 7 Aids Tsunami-wrecked Sri Lanka Navy NewsStand 21 Jan 2005 -- Since their arrival Jan. 13, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 7 has been a hard-hitting force in the effort to salvage tsunami-damaged areas in southern Sri Lanka in support of Operation Unified Assistance.
  • BHR, 15th MEU Deliver More Than 1 Million Pounds of Aid During Operation Unified Assistance Navy NewsStand 21 Jan 2005 -- During their nine days of humanitarian assistance operations in support of Operation Unified Assistance, the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (BHR) (LHD 6) and the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) delivered more than a million pounds of humanitarian aid to tsunami survivors on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Navy Funds Contract Option for Construction of Destroyer 21 Jan 2005 -- The Department of Defense announced today that Bath Iron Works, a unit of General Dynamics, received a $562.1 million modification to its FY02-05 DDG 51 Class multi-year contract to build the final ship of the Arleigh Burke Class.
  • Defense Department Report, January 21: Tsunami Relief, Detainees Washington File 21 Jan 2005 -- .S. MILITARY EXPECTED TO LEAVE TSUNAMI AREA IN 60 DAYS / MORE GUANTANAMO DETAINEES' CASES REVIEWED
  • Stennis Enters Dry Dock Navy NewsStand 21 Jan 2005 -- USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) was carefully placed in dry dock at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Jan. 19 in Bremerton, Wash., for a routine Docking Planned Incremental Availability (DPIA).
  • Mount Whitney Deploys for U.S. 6th Fleet Navy NewsStand 21 Jan 2005 -- The amphibious command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC/JCC 20) departed Naval Station Norfolk Jan. 14 en route to Gaeta, Italy, where she will serve as the U.S. 6th Fleet flagship.
  • USS Oklahoma City Returns from Six-month Deployment Navy NewsStand 21 Jan 2005 -- The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Oklahoma City (OKC) (SSN 723) returned to Norfolk Naval Station in Norfolk, Va., Jan. 20 after completing a six-month deployment that circumnavigated North America.
  • Paladins - Have guns, can travel Army News 21 Jan 2005 -- At 32 tons with the ability to fire up to four rounds per minute, the M109A6 Paladin 155mm self propelled Howitzer is the most technologically advanced cannon system in the US Army's vast field artillery arsenal.
  • Airmen test new security forces vehicle AFPN 21 Jan 2005 -- Airmen with the 91st Security Forces Group here are testing a new armored personnel vehicle which may someday replace the ones Minot cops currently use in the missile field.
  • Aircrew error caused for F-15 midair collision AFPN 21 Jan 2005 -- Aircrew error caused a midair collision of two F-15 Eagles off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, according to an accident investigation report released Jan. 20.
  • Guard unit keeps cargo helicopters on the move Army News 21 Jan 2005 -- Near the flight line at Kandahar Air Field, the main operating base for Afghanistan's Southeast region, Capt. David Crenshaw, executive and maintenance officer for F Co., 131st Aviation, observes mechanics repairing a leaky starter in the engine of one of fourteen CH-47s his unit flies and maintains.
  • New vest, plates save lives USMC News 21 Jan 2005 -- With the face of war constantly changing, the Marine Corps continues to adapt in order to properly equip and protect its Marines.

  • State Department Noon Briefing, January 21 Washington File 21 Jan 2005 -- Ukraine, Deputy Secretary's Travel to Brussels for Sri Lanka Reconstruction Conference, Deputy Secretary Armitage's StatusSecretary Powell's Travel Record, U.S. Commitment to Democracy and Human Rights/Inaugural Address, U.S. Relationship with China and Saudi Arabia/World Standards on Human Rights, Greater Middle East Initiative Progress/Middle East Partnership, Confirmation of Secretary Designate Rice/Possible Travel, Secretary Powell's Work as Secretary of StateSecretary Designate Rice's Testimony/Preparation, Asia/Department, United Kingdom, Israel/Palestinians, Sudan, Cyprus, Terrorism
  • Congressional Report, January 21: Vote on Rice Delayed Washington File 21 Jan 2005 -- The U.S. Senate will debate President Bush's nomination for secretary of state - National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice - on January 25, with a roll call vote scheduled the next day.
  • BUSH INAUGURATION: SECOND TERM VISION VS. FIRST TERM LEGACY US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 21 Jan 2005

Defense Industry

  • ATK Matrix System Selected by Army for Accelerated Deployment to Iraq ATK 21 Jan 2005 -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) has been notified that the U.S. Army will accelerate fielding of the Matrix remote munitions control system. Twenty-five Matrix systems will be delivered to U.S. forces in Iraq by June 2005. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
  • General Dynamics Awarded $562 Million in Funding for Navy Destroyer General Dynamics 21 Jan 2005 -- The U.S. Navy today announced that Bath Iron Works, a General Dynamics company, will receive $562 million in funding to construct an ARLEIGH BURKE Class AEGIS guided missile destroyer. The ship was part of the Navy’s Fiscal Year 2002 – 2005 Multi-Year Procurement contract awarded to Bath Iron Works in September 2002. DDG 112, which has yet to be named, will be the 34th AEGIS destroyer to be built at Bath Iron Works. The shipyard expects to deliver the ship in 2010 in accordance with the requirements of the contract.
  • Republic of Singapore Navy Acquires Six New Naval Helicopters Sikorsky 21 Jan 2005 -- The Singapore Ministry of Defense has signed a contract with Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation of the United States to acquire six new Sikorsky S-70B naval helicopters which will operate off the Republic of Singapore Navy's (RSN) new frigates.

Other Conflicts

  • SUDAN: International community prepares for peace in the south IRIN 21 Jan 2005 -- Following the recent signing of a comprehensive peace accord between the government of Sudan and the southern Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A), the international community has begun preparing the ground for the implementation of the agreement.
  • SUDAN / PEACE VOA 21 Jan 2005 -- The head of a cease-fire monitoring mission in northern Sudan's Nuba Mountains says the mandate of the international monitoring mission of been renewed.

  • U.S.-Mideast VOA 21 Jan 2005 -- The United States Friday welcomed steps ordered by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to curb attacks against Israel from the Gaza strip. A senior U.S. envoy will visit to the region next week.
  • PALESTINIANS / ISRAEL SECURITY VOA 21 Jan 2005 -- Hundreds of Palestinian security forces took up position across northern Gaza Friday to prevent militant attacks against Israeli citizens. The move, coordinated with the Israeli military, could help ease tensions between Israel and the Palestinian Authority and clear the way for a return to negotiations.

  • COTE D IVOIRE: Tension rises between residents of Abidjan suburb and pro-Gbagbo militia IRIN 21 Jan 2005 -- Tension has risen in the Abidjan suburb of Adjame following skirmishes this week between a pro-government militia group which has requisitioned a local school as a military training camp and local residents who accuse the militia men of extortion and bullying.
  • UN: Annan Expresses Hope For Georgian-Abkhaz Dialogue RFE/RL 21 Jan 2005 -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has expressed hope for a revived dialogue between Georgian and Abkhaz leaders now that the separatist region's presidential election has been resolved. In a new report on the situation in Abkhazia, Annan also asks the UN Security Council to extend the UN peacekeeping mission by another six months. He raises concern about instability in parts of Abkhazia caused by uncertainty over the political situation in the region. Meanwhile, the UN Development Program has launched an initiative in a border area aimed at reconstruction and reconciliation.
  • Over 900 Paramilitaries in Colombia Demobilized Washington File 21 Jan 2005 -- The Organization of American States (OAS) applauds the January 18 demobilization of 925 fighters from the Sinu-San Jorge faction of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC), according to acting Secretary-General Luigi R. Einaudi.
  • CAMBODIA / KHMER ROUGE VOA 21 Jan 2005 -- A former prison warden who presided over the murders of thousands of Cambodians during the Khmer Rouge regime has been hospitalized in the nation's capital. Legal experts are concerned many of the aging leaders of the brutal Khmer Rouge government could die before Cambodians bring them to justice.
  • RWANDA / GENOCIDE / JUSTICE VOA 21 Jan 2005 -- In Rwanda this week, preparations are underway to begin the first batch of genocide trials under a modified traditional communal court system known as "Gacaca." As Cathy Majtenyi reports from Nairobi, the system is proving to be controversial for some.

News Reports

  • Tsunami's damage to Indonesia's environment pegged at $675 million, UN agency reports UN News Centre 21 Jan 2005 -- Beyond the horrific loss of human life, the recent Indian Ocean tsunami extensively damaged Indonesia's coastal environment, causing $675 million in losses to natural habitats and important ecosystem functions, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) reported today.
  • TSUNAMI/INDONESIA ISLAM VOA 21 Jan 2005 -- northern Indonesia, victims of the earthquake and tsunami have celebrated the Muslim holy day of Eid al Adha, when they remember Ibrahim's willingness to submit to the will of God by sacrificing his son. Eid al Adha has struck a particularly strong chord with the tens of thousands of men and women who have lost loved ones in the disaster.
  • DISASTER CONFERENCE / GOVERNANCE VOA 21 Jan 2005 -- Donor nations have responded to the appeal for tsunami aid with unprecedented generosity, sending troops, helicopters, food, medical supplies and even water tankers. But United Nations officials are lamenting the lack of necessary funds for governance, which they say is a vital component for implementing recovery efforts.
  • CHINA / TSUNAMI AID VOA 21 Jan 2005 -- China this month pledged a total of 83 million dollars in aid to Asian nations devastated by last month's tsunami, embarking on what Beijing says is its largest foreign relief operation ever. The amount is small when compared to that contributed by richer nations such as Australia, Japan, and the United States. But the package highlights China's growing profile in Southeast Asia.

  • Ukraine: Yushchenko Making First Foreign Trip As President To Moscow RFE/RL 21 Jan 2005 -- Ukraine's President-elect Viktor Yushchenko, who is due to be sworn in on 23 January, will make his first official visit abroad to Moscow, before continuing on a tour of Europe. Despite vowing to bring his country closer to the European Union and Western institutions, Yushchenko appears keen to repair the rift with Russia.
  • UKRAINE INAUGURAL PREVIEW VOA 21 Jan 2005 -- Opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko is scheduled to be sworn in as the next president of Ukraine Sunday, capping nearly three months of political unrest that threatened to divide the nation and derail relations with Moscow.

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