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11 February 2005 Military News

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Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 11 Feb 2005 [PDF]
  • TASK FORCE BAGHDAD SOLDIER DEATH NOT BATTLE RELATED
  • SOLDIER KILLED IN WESTERN BAGHDAD BLAST
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualty
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualty

  • Department of Defense Announces OIF Rotational Units 11 Feb 2005 -- The Department of Defense announced today that the Headquarters, V Corps, Heidelberg, Germany, and major subordinate units of the Corps will deploy to Iraq in support of the Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).
  • Truck Bomb At Iraqi Mosque Kills 13 RFE/RL 11 Feb 2005 -- A truck bomb killed at least 13 people today outside a Shi'a mosque northeast of Baghdad.
  • Transfer of authority to build new Iraq MNF-I/MNC-I 11 Feb 2005 -- Military leaders from around the world converged near Baghdad to watch Lt. Gen. Thomas Metz, III Corps and Fort Hood, Texas, commander, relinquish command of the Multi-National Corps-Iraq to Lt. Gen. John R. Vines, XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, N.C. commander, during a transfer of authority ceremony Feb. 10 at Camp Victory's Al-Faw Palace.
  • Task Force Danger Soldier wounded near Hawija MNF-I/MNC-I 11 Feb 2005 -- A Task Force Danger Soldier was wounded by small-arms fire in Kirkuk Province near Hawija about 11 a.m., Feb. 11.
  • TF Danger Soldiers crack down on illegal weapons MNF-I/MNC-I 11 Feb 2005 -- As the war in Iraq continues, efforts are being made to reduce the amount of available weapons used for terrorist attacks on both the Multi-National Forces and Iraqi civilians through frequent searches of civilian homes.
  • Iraqi National Guard, U.S. Marines repel attack by insurgents MNF-I/MNC-I 11 Feb 2005 -- Elements of Regimental Combat Team 7, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, and Iraqi Soldiers with the 504th Iraqi National Guard Battalion repelled attacks by insurgents this evening near the city of Husaybah.
  • XVIII Airborne takes lead role in Iraq Army News 11 Feb 2005 -- Lt. Gen. John R. Vines of XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, N.C., took command of Multi-National Corps-Iraq Feb. 10 in a transfer of authority ceremony Feb. 10 at Camp Victory's Al-Faw Palace near Baghdad.

  • Airmen drop vital supplies to troops in Afghan mountains AFPN 11 Feb 2005 -- Packed with more than 13,000 pounds of food, medicine and other humanitarian supplies, an Ohio Air National Guard C-130 Hercules crew deployed here flew over the Afghan mountainous region Feb. 10, successfully dropping critically needed cargo to the remote area.
  • RFE/RL Afghanistan Report, Vol 4, Number 6 11 Feb 2005 -- AFGHAN HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT SPARKS INTERNAL DEBATE / ELECTION SPECIAL / CLAIMS OF AERIAL SPRAYING OF POPPY FIELDS IN SOUTH REJECTED... / ...AS EASTERN PROVINCE CLAIMS TO BE POPPY FREE / AIRLINER CRASHES NEAR KABUL, KILLING ALL ABOARD... / ...AS NEO-TALIBAN DENIES ANY LINK TO DISASTER / NATO PROMISES TO UPGRADE KABUL AIRPORT'S RADAR SYSTEM / ATTACK ON WARLORD INVOLVED TWO BOMBERS, SOURCES CLAIM / CANADA SUPPORTS AFGHAN HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT / VETERAN POLITICIAN WILL RESIGN AS PARTY LEADER / NORTHERN TELEVISION STATION EXPANDS COVERAGE AREA... / ...AS NEW LOCAL RADIO GOES ON AIR IN SOUTHERN PROVINCE / KABUL GOVERNOR WANTS MORE AUTHORITY / AFGHAN WASHINGTON ENVOY HAILS BUSH'S MESSAGE / ISLAMABAD REJECTS U.S. MILITARY CLAIMS ON DIRECTING FIRE FROM AFGHANISTAN / NEW DELHI GIVES APPROVAL FOR TALKS ON GAS PIPELINE / THIS WEEK IN AFGHANISTAN'S HISTORY

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Fallujah Battle Highlights Marine, Joint Capabilities AFPS 11 Feb 2005 -- Nothing highlights the importance of flexibility and joint capabilities better than the recent battle of Fallujah, the commandant of the Marine Corps told the Senate Armed Services Committee Feb. 10.
  • Air Force Fleet Experiencing Pains of Age AFPS 11 Feb 2005 -- Today's Air Force is a deployed force, the service chief of staff told the Senate Armed Services Committee Feb. 10.
  • Army Strength Adequate for War, Transformation AFPS 11 Feb 2005 -- The Army chief of staff is confident that with the plus-up in numbers, the service will be able to transform and fight the global war on terrorism.
  • Navy Performing Well, Keeps Eye on Future Force AFPS 11 Feb 2005 -- The Navy is performing magnificently around the world, but there are concerns that need to be addressed to assure the long-term future of the force, the chief of naval operations told the Senate Armed Services Committee Feb. 10.
  • General Jumper testifies on 2006 Air Force posture, budget AFPN 11 Feb 2005 -- Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. John P. Jumper testified Feb. 10 before the Senate Committee on Armed Services on the defense authorization request for fiscal 2006.
  • New system to streamline Guard orders process AFPN 11 Feb 2005 -- Beginning Oct. 1, Air National Guard officials will implement a new system for issuing orders.
  • Medical Personnel Didn't Commit Widespread Detainee Abuse, Say Officials AFPS 11 Feb 2005 -- Senior DoD officials told reporters Feb. 9 they reject media allegations that military doctors, nurses and medics participated in widespread abuse of detainees held at U.S. detention faculties at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and in Afghanistan and Iraq.
  • Navy Extends Early Transition Program for FY-05 Navy NewsStand 11 Feb 2005 -- The Navy has extended the opportunity for eligible Sailors interested in leaving the Navy before the end of their active obligated service (EAOS) this fiscal year under another installment of the Early Transition Program.
  • Super Stallions get 'user friendly' USMC News 11 Feb 2005 -- Thanks to a few Marines, engineers and logisticians here and at Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C., naval aviation's most maintenance-hungry bird is about to get downright user friendly.

  • TBILISI WANTS INTERNATIONAL MILITARY COOPERATION RIA Novosti 11 Feb 2005 -- Tbilisi will not agree that the framework treaty with Russia limited Georgia's military cooperation with other countries, according to Chairwoman of the Georgian Parliament Nino Burdzhanadze, who commented on the prolonged treaty process between the two countries in an interview with RIA Novosti.

  • SECURITY CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS ARRIVE IN MUNICH RIA Novosti 11 Feb 2005 -- Participants in the 41st Munich Security Conference will start arriving in Munich, the capital of Bavaria, on Friday. Officially, the forum is opening on Saturday and will last two days. Friday will be wholly devoted to the gathering of participants and their getting acquainted.

  • TIMEFRAME FOR RUSSIA'S WITHDRAWAL FROM GEORGIA NOT SET RIA Novosti 11 Feb 2005 -- The Russian Foreign Ministry's Ambassador at Large Igor Savolsky has not specified the timeframe for the pullout of Russian military bases from Georgia.
  • RUSSIAN AIR FORCE COMMANDER TO TEST NEW YAK 130 RIA Novosti 11 Feb 2005 -- Head of the Russian Air Force press service Alexander Drobyshevsky announced Friday that the Russian Air Force Commander would personally test pilot the Yak 130 new combat trainer.
  • COULD RUSSIA END UP WITHOUT AMMUNITION? RIA Novosti 11 Feb 2005 -- The world's largest arms fair, IDEX-2005, is to open on February 2 in the United Arab Emirates. The Russian exposition will, as usual, be interesting, but the munitions industry will not be the leader it once was, Rossiiskaya Gazeta informs its readers.
  • KIEV RAISES MOSCOW AIR DEFENSE TARIFFS RIA Novosti 11 Feb 2005 -- Yesterday, Moscow hosted a session of the CIS coordinating committee for air-defense issues, where Ukraine demanded that Russia pay more for information received by its early-warning stations, writes Kommersant.
  • RUSSIA AND GEORGIA TO TALK MILITARY ISSUES IN GEORGIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY RIA Novosti 11 Feb 2005 -- Russia and Georgia will hold negotiations Friday on military issues in the Georgian Foreign Ministry, with Georgian Deputy Defense Minister Merab Antadze heading the Georgian delegation, and the Russian Foreign Ministry's Ambassador at Large Igor Savolsky spearheading the Russian team.
  • C-130s grounded AFPN 11 Feb 2005 -- Thirty E-model C-130 Hercules were grounded Feb. 10, and 60 other models including some E, H, H1 and HC-130P/N were placed on restricted flight status.
  • Officials clear C-130J container delivery system AFPN 11 Feb 2005 -- Eight back-to-back flights flown in five days on a stretch C-130J Hercules tested it for the container delivery system's ability to carry about 40,000 pounds of bundled equipment.

  • U.S.: Rice Visit Saw Change In Style, But Not In Substance RFE/RL 11 Feb 2005 -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's visit to Europe, which concluded yesterday, gave European Union leaders their first opportunity to assess the priorities of President George W. Bush as he begins his second term. Rice adopted a conciliatory tone on previously divisive issues like Iraq and the Middle East. But most observers agree the U.S. stance will only become clear once Bush himself arrives in Europe later this month. They say while Rice's visit was a victory for diplomacy, it will depend on developments in Iran and China -- among other issues -- to determine how substantial the present thaw in trans-Atlantic relations will be.

  • White House Daily Briefing, February 11 Washington File 11 Feb 2005 -- North Korea, budget, 9/11 Commission Report, Medicare, Iran, Social Security, immigration, Medicaid
  • State Department Briefing, February 11 Washington File 11 Feb 2005 -- North Korea, Israel/Palestinians, Libya, Egypt, Cuba, DR-Congo, China, Turkey, NATO, Iraq, Pakistan

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 11 Feb 2005
  • RUSSIA READY TO SEND PEACEKEEPERS TO SUDAN RIA Novosti 11 Feb 2005 -- Russia is ready to make its contribution to the UN peacekeeping operation aimed at normalizing the situation in Sudan.
  • SUDAN: Security Council agrees to peace mission IRIN 11 Feb 2005 -- The UN Security Council has started working on a resolution to establish a peacekeeping operation in Sudan to support the peace process, the Council's President, Ambassador Joel Adechi, of Benin, said.

  • UN/CONGO/FIGHTING VOA 11 Feb 2005 -- The United Nations Children's Fund reports the situation is worsening in the conflict-ridden province of Ituri in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The number of civilians fleeing fighting to UN-protected zones has risen from 50-thousand to more than 80-thousand.
  • SRI LANKA/REBEL DEATH VOA 11 Feb 2005 -- human rights group is asking Sri Lanka's government to investigate the killing of a senior Tamil Tiger rebel earlier this week. The rebels say the latest violence will hurt efforts to put an end to a two-decade-long civil conflict in the country.
  • PHILIPPINES FIGHTING VOA 11 Feb 2005 -- The Philippine military is sending reinforcements to the restive southern Island of Jolo, where fighting between government troops and Muslim rebels has been raging all week.
  • PALESTINIANS / SECURITY VOA 11 Feb 2005 -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas heads to Gaza today (Friday) to meet with leaders of militant groups and demand they observe the truce he has agreed upon with Israel. The talks come after Mr. Abbas fired three of his senior security chiefs for a cease-fire violation by Hamas militants a day earlier.

News Reports

  • TOGO: ECOWAS mission cancelled as government tries to close radio and TV stations IRIN 11 Feb 2005 -- Five West African presidents cancelled their planned visit to Togo on Friday to press the country's new leader Faure Gnassingbe to hold a free presidential election after he refused to meet them in the capital Lome, insisting instead that they fly to the northern town of Kara.
  • TOGO / PROTEST VOA 11 Feb 2005 -- West African leaders are refusing to go to the stronghold of Togo's late leader to convince his son, the new president, to step down. Togolese authorities were insisting on holding the talks in Kara.
  • TOGO / PROTEST VOA 11 Feb 2005 -- Security forces in Togo's capital Lome have prevented a protest against the appointment of the son of the late long serving leader as new president. The unrest came as West African leaders encountered logistical difficulties in trying to convince the new disputed leader to step down and allow elections.

  • NEPAL / US REACTION VOA 11 Feb 2005 -- The United States says millions of aid dollars could be suspended unless Nepal's King Gyanendra ends his crackdown on the country's democratic institutions within 100 days. The U.S. ambassador to Nepal issued the warning after the king took over the government last week.
  • NEPAL: Peace rally ends abruptly IRIN 11 Feb 2005 -- A much anticipated peace rally scheduled for Thursday in the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, ended in silence when the main organisers of the demonstration were arrested soon after their arrival.

  • U.S. AND EUROPE 'ON SPEAKING TERMS' AGAIN AFTER RICE VISIT US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 11 Feb 2005

  • Ariane 5 ECA heading for launch EADS 11 Feb 2005 -- The new European launcher Ariane 5 ECA is to be launched from the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guyana. This new version is equipped with the Vulcain 2 main engine and with a new cryogenic upper stage, dubbed ESC-A.



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