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26 January 2005 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 26 Jan 2005 [PDF]
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualty
  • Thirty Marines, 1 Sailor Die in Helicopter Crash
  • Task Force Baghdad Soldier killed by IED

  • Transcript: Secretary Rumsfeld Media Availability Following Senate Briefing 25 Jan 2005 -- Chairman, Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator John Warner (R-Va), Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, Commander, U.S. Central Command, General John Abizaid
  • Transcript: Press Stakeout Following Briefing of House Armed Services Committee on Iraq And Afghanistan 26 Jan 2005 -- Secretary Of Defense Donald Rumsfeld; and General John Abizaid, Commander, U.S. Central Command
  • US/IRAQ UPDATE VOA 26 Jan 2005 -- At least 36 U.S. troops died in Iraq Wednesday, making it the deadliest day since the invasion nearly two years ago. Thirty-one of the dead were aboard a U.S. Marine helicopter that crashed during the pre-dawn hours in western Iraq. The commander of coalition forces in that area says 30 of the dead were Marines, and one was a U.S. Navy sailor.
  • Condolences Offered to Families of 31 Crash Victims AFPS 26 Jan 2005 -- The tragic helicopter crash in western Iraq today claimed the lives of 30 Marines and one sailor, confirmed Marine Lt. Gen. John F. Sattler, commanding general of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, in a statement from Iraq.
  • Iraqis Prepare for First Free Election; Forces Increase Patrols Washington File 26 Jan 2005 -- Voting supplies have arrived In Iraq for the January 30 elections as Iraqi security forces and multinational troops step up patrols to make the balloting as safe as possible.
  • IRAQ / GENERAL VOA 26 Jan 2005 -- The American commander of the multi-national forces in Iraq, General George Casey, says after Sunday's landmark elections in the country, the U.S. military will focus much of its efforts on training Iraqi security forces to take over security duties from U.S. troops.
  • US/IRAQ VOA 26 Jan 2005 -- At least 36 U.S. troops died in Iraq Wednesday, making it the deadliest day since the invasion nearly two years ago. Thirty one of the dead are U.S. Marines, who died in a helicopter crash in western Iraq.
  • 31 Marines Die in Helicopter Crash AFPS 26 Jan 2005 -- Thirty-one Marines died today when their helicopter crashed in western Iraq early today.
  • US Marine Helicopter Crashes in Iraq VOA 26 Jan 2005 -- A U.S. military helicopter has crashed in a remote area of western Iraq, and the military confirms there are casualties.
  • U.S. Marine Helicopter Crashes In Western Iraq RFE/RL 26 Jan 2005 -- A U.S. Marine helicopter transporting troops to western Iraq crashed today in the western desert. The U.S. military said there were casualties but gave no figures.
  • Two Car Bombs Explode In Kirkuk RFE/RL 26 Jan 2005 -- Two car bombs exploded in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk today, one near a police station and the other at a market place.
  • Locals Lead Marines to Insurgent, Weapons MNF-I/MNC-I 26 Jan 2005 -- Separate tips from two Iraqi men helped Marines of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit capture a suspected insurgent and uncover a weapons stockpile south of Baghdad on Jan. 25.
  • TF Danger Soldiers Discover Partial Remains Near Kirkuk MNF-I/MNC-I 26 Jan 2005 -- Task Force Danger Soldiers discovered the partial remains of an unidentified individual near Kirkuk about 9:15 p.m. on Jan. 25.
  • Helicopter Crashes in Western Iraq MNF-I/MNC-I 26 Jan 2005 -- A U.S. Marine Corps transport helicopter crashed Jan. 26, at approximately 1:20 a.m. near Ar Rutbah while conducting security and stabilization operations.
  • Six Explosive Devices Discovered by Task Force Baghdad Troops MNF-I/MNC-I 26 Jan 2005 -- Three Task Force Baghdad patrols uncovered six improvised explosive devices in the Iraqi capital Jan. 26, helping to secure the city's streets.
  • Seizures and Detainments on the Rise, Adding to Election Security MNF-I/MNC-I 26 Jan 2005 -- Multi-National Forces from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), continued operations to ensure security for the elections, detaining seven individuals in northern Iraq on Jan. 26.
  • Iraqi Patrols Discover Weapons in Fallujah MNF-I/MNC-I 26 Jan 2005 -- Iraqi soldiers from three battalions of the 7th Brigade working with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force near Fallujah completed stability operation patrols and found an improvised explosive device and mortar rounds on Jan. 25.
  • 19 suspects Detained Outside of Eastern Baghdad Mosque MNF-I/MNC-I 26 Jan 2005 -- A joint operation conducted by Task Force Baghdad Soldiers and Iraqi Army troops last night near the Al Rasoul Mosque in eastern Baghdad netted 19 suspected insurgents and various weapons.
  • Four Troops Wounded by VBIED MNF-I/MNC-I 26 Jan 2005 -- A vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated on the eastbound lane of the airport access road, wounding four Multi-National Force Soldiers at approximately 10:25 on Jan. 26.
  • Second car Bomb on Airport Road Wounds Three Soldiers MNF-I/MNC-I 26 Jan 2005 -- A second vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated Jan. 26 on the road leading to the Baghdad International Airport, damaging one Task Force Baghdad vehicle and wounding three Soldiers.
  • Commandos Break up Attempted Kidnapping Washington File 26 Jan 2005 -- Soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division's 2nd "Commando" Brigade Combat Team prevented an apparent kidnapping of eight Iraqis Jan. 26 in western Baghdad.
  • VMAQ-4 performs unique mission from Al Asad USMC News 26 Jan 2005 -- Joining forces with brethren Marine units and aircraft in Iraq, the first EA-6B Prowlers with Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 4 began arriving here Jan. 20.
  • Bonhomme Richard Arrives On Station in Persian Gulf Navy NewsStand 26 Jan 2005 -- After delivering more than 1 million pounds of humanitarian relief supplies ashore during Operation Unified Assistance, the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) (BHR) arrived on station Jan. 26 in the Persian Gulf.

  • Afghanistan/Iran: Relations Between Tehran, Kabul Growing Stronger RFE/RL 26 Jan 2005 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai arrived in Iran today for a two-day visit during which he will officially inaugurate a road linking the Doqarun border region in northeastern Iran with the western Afghan city of Herat. Karzai's Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Khatami, will also participate in the ceremony. Iran recently completed work on the 122-kilometer road, which both sides hope will be a further boost to bilateral trade. Iran is already one of Afghanistan's main trade partners.
  • Delay Foreseen For Afghan Elections RFE/RL 26 Jan 2005 -- Experts on Afghanistan say it looks increasingly likely that parliamentary elections scheduled to take place by May 20 will be delayed until later this year.
  • AFGHANISTAN/ELECTION SECURITY VOA 26 Jan 2005 -- As Afghanistan prepares to hold its first post-war parliamentary elections, international peacekeepers are looking at ways to improve security. The head of the NATO-led force says additional troops will be deployed for the vote, but adds the country is generally much safer now than it was last year.

  • U.S. Navy Provides Tremendous Sea-Based Capability in Relief Effort Navy NewsStand 26 Jan 2005 -- Deputy Commander Naval Forces, Combined Support Force (CSF) 536, Rear Adm. Victor G. Guillory, hosted a Department of Defense (DoD) briefing on Operation Unified Assistance, the post-tsunami relief effort, Jan. 14.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Transcript: President Holds Press Conference The White House 26 Jan 2005

  • DoD Announces Departure of Undersecretary Douglas Feith 26 Jan 2005 -- Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas J. Feith announced today that he would leave his position this summer. As he has informed Secretary Rumsfeld, Mr. Feith made his decision for personal and family reasons.

  • DoD Expands Health Assessment Program Following Deployments 26 Jan 2005 -- Dr. William Winkenwerder Jr., assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, announced Monday the implementation of a new clinical program to assess the health of service members three to six months after redeployment, focusing on support to those needing assistance with post traumatic stress disorder, psychological and social readjustment issues.
  • USS Emory S. Land Takes Battle "E" for 2004 Navy NewsStand 26 Jan 2005 -- USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) was awarded the Battle Efficiency "E" Jan. 4 from Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet for the sixth consecutive year.
  • TR's Flight Deck Certifications Take Off Navy NewsStand 26 Jan 2005 -- USS Theodore Roosevelt (TR) (CVN 71) and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8 got underway Jan. 12 for flight deck certifications.
  • Air Force gets new lab for testing airborne networking AFPN 26 Jan 2005 -- The Air Force Communications Agency here has received its first aircraft since its flying mission ended in 1987-- at least most of an aircraft. A DC-9 fuselage, minus wings and tail, arrived on a truck Jan. 25 to be permanently parked behind the agency's technology and interoperability facility.
  • MH-53E Crew Survives Helicopter Mishap Navy NewsStand 26 Jan 2005 -- An MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter of the Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 14 Vanguards went down during a routine training mission in the Atlantic Ocean Jan. 25 approximately 28 miles off the coast of Virginia at approximately 3 p.m. with eight people aboard.
  • System of Systems Integration Lab will test Future Combat Systems equipment Army News 26 Jan 2005 -- When Boeing and U.S. Army officials cut the ribbon on the System of Systems integration laboratory in Huntingdon Beach, Calif., on Friday, it will be a sign that Future Combat Systems will be a real part of Soldiers lives in the future, officials say.
  • Parts kit extends service life of F-16 Fighting Falcon AFPN 26 Jan 2005 -- Defense Supply Center Richmond officials are working on a billion-dollar, multiyear project that will extend the service life of the Air Force's F-16 Fighting Falcons.
  • Parts kit extends service life of F-16 Fighting Falcon AFPN 26 Jan 2005 -- Defense Supply Center Richmond officials are working on a billion-dollar, multiyear project that will extend the service life of the Air Force's F-16 Fighting Falcons.

  • CONGRESS / RICE UPDATE VOA 26 Jan 2005 -- The Senate has confirmed (by an 85 to 13 vote) National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice as Secretary of State. She succeeds Colin Powell as the nation's top diplomat.
  • U.S. Senate Confirms Rice's Nomination as Secretary of State Washington File 26 Jan 2005 -- The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly to confirm the nomination of Condoleezza Rice, President Bush's trusted national security advisor, to become the 66th secretary of state.
  • CONGRESS / RICE VOA 26 Jan 2005 -- The Senate has confirmed (by an 85 to 13 vote) National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice as Secretary of State. She succeeds Colin Powell as the nation's top diplomat.

  • State Department Briefing, January 26 MNF-I/MNC-I 26 Jan 2006 -- Iraq, Venezuela/Colombia, Rice/confirmation process, Rice/Middle East, Burns/travel update, Israel/Palestinian, Ukraine, Iraq, tsunami, Africa, Sudan, Georgia

Defense Industry

  • First Production Item for A400M Airframe EADS 26 Jan 2005 -- Airbus Military has today launched production of the first major airframe component for the A400M military airlifter.
  • iNavSat consortium delivers final offer to Galileo Concession Thales 26 Jan 2005 -- The iNavSat consortium today delivered its final offer to the Galileo Joint Undertaking (GJU) to become the Galileo concessionaire, deploying the Galileo satellite constellation, integrating EGNOS and operating all subsequent services. The consortium was chosen in October as one of the two final bidders. The preferred bidder is expected to be announced in February 2005.

Other Conflicts

  • UN: Security Council Urges Resumption Of Georgia-Abkhaz Political Process RFE/RL 26 Jan 2005 -- The UN Security Council has called for new efforts to revive political talks between Georgia and Abkhazia in the aftermath of elections in the separatist republic. The council issued a statement urging a quick resumption of dialogue between the two sides "to prevent instability and to build mutual confidence." UN peacekeeping chief Jean-Marie Guehenno will visit both sides in February, and the council is considering its own visit. UN envoy Heidi Tagliavini said the new Abkhaz leadership presents an opportunity for progress in talks, but she cautioned against expecting any breakthroughs.

  • Fresh wave of deadly clashes in Sudan's Darfur region - UN UN News Centre 26 Jan 2005 -- Dozens of people have been killed or injured during a series of attacks by rebels or armed tribesmen against villages in Sudan's war-scarred Darfur region, the United Nations Advance Mission in Sudan (UNAMIS) reported today.
  • SUDAN/DARFUR VOA 26 Jan 2005 -- The United Nations says fresh fighting in the Darfur region of western Sudan killed at least 100 people and displaced more than nine-thousand.

  • U.S./COLOMBIA/VENEZUELA VOA 26 Jan 2005 -- The U.S. State Department said Wednesday Latin American countries should press Venezuela to end any relationship it might have with left-wing rebels in Colombia. Colombia and Venezuela have been in a diplomatic standoff over the abduction from Venezuela last month of a leader of the Colombian rebel group FARC.
  • Four rebel militia camps in eastern DR of Congo demolished by UN peacekeepers UN News Centre 26 Jan 2005 -- United Nations peacekeepers in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have demolished four camps belonging to armed rebel militias in the Ituri district and seized materials, including women's clothing used for disguises, the UN mission there said today.
  • ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS VOA 26 Jan 2005 -- A meeting between Senior Israeli and Palestinians officials has ended a ban imposed on diplomatic contacts by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon nearly two-weeks ago. There are also reports that Israel has decided to stop targeted killing of Palestinian militants.
  • SRI LANKA / CHILD REBELS VOA 26 Jan 2005 -- Officials with the U.N. Children's Fund in Sri Lanka say they have confirmed 40 cases of children being abducted or recruited as soldiers by the Tamil Tiger rebel group. It is the first major series of such recruitments since the December tsunami affected areas under the rebels' control.
  • THAILAND VIOLENCE/ ARREST VOA 26 Jan 2005 -- Malaysian police have arrested a suspected Thai terrorist, but are still checking his identity to confirm that he is the same man the Thai Prime Minister says is behind a year of deadly violence in Thailand's predominately Muslim south.

News Reports

  • CONGRESS/TSUNAMI VOA 26 Jan 2005 -- Lawmakers in Congress are taking a look at the impact of U.S. assistance to victims of the South Asia tsunami. Three hearings in the House of Representatives (Wednesday) were devoted to tsunami issues

  • ATK, NASA Reach Space Shuttle "Return-to-flight"? Milestone ATK 26 Jan 2005 -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) and NASA have completed the stacking of the twin reusable solid rocket motors (RSRM) that will help launch the orbiter Discovery on its return-to-flight mission, currently scheduled for mid- May, 2005. This is a major milestone in the Space Shuttle’s return-to-flight calendar. The RSRM stacking operation began in late November, 2004 at the Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
  • Alcatel signs a 150 million US dollar contract with Embratel to build the Star One C2 satellite Thales 26 Jan 2005 -- Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) today announced the signature of a new 150 million US dollar contract with Embratel's satellite arm, Star One, the largest satellite solutions company in Latin America, for the construction of the satellite Star One C2 for South America, Mexico and Florida. It is the second satellite that Alcatel will build for the Brazilian operator.
  • Orbital Completes Telkom-2 Commercial Communications Satellite For Indonesia Orbital Sciences Corp. 26 Jan 2005 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) today announced that it has completed the design, manufacturing and testing process for the Telkom-2 C-band satellite that the company is supplying to Indonesia’s state-owned telecommunications company, PT Telkomunikasi Indonesia Tbk (PT Telkom). The Telkom-2 satellite is based on Orbital’s STAR-2 satellite platform, generating approximately three kilowatts of electrical power and carrying 24 C-band transponders. In addition to the satellite platform, Orbital also designed, manufactured and tested the communications payload and is furnishing a complete ground station, including hardware and operations software. At the time of the launch of the Telkom-2 satellite, Orbital engineers will provide launch and mission support services to ensure a smooth transition to the customer’s full operational control of the satellite.

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