23 February 2005 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 23 Feb 2005 [PDF]
- TASK FORCE LIBERTY SOLDIER KILLED BY IED
- DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
- DoD Identifies Army Casualties
- Abizaid Contrasts Situations in Iraq, Afghanistan AFPS 23 Feb 2005 -- Having visited both Iraq and Afghanistan during the past couple of weeks, Army Gen. John Abizaid said there are both similarities and differences in the current situation in both countries.
- Extended deployments affect only 200 AFPN 23 Feb 2005 -- Air Force officials are designating some positions in U.S. Central Command's area of responsibility as 365-day extended deployments in an effort to provide stability and allow for long-term relationship building with host governments
- ARMY DETAINEES VOA 23 Feb 2005 -- The U.S. military says it has implemented new procedures to ensure that detainees are not abused, as they were at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad and allegedly at other U.S. military detention facilities. Officials say allegations of abuse by army soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan have resulted in 308 criminal investigations.
- RED CROSS / KABUL VOA 23 Feb 2005 -- The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is appealing for nearly 700-thousand dollars to assist 17-thousand-500 victims of severe snowfalls and bitterly cold weather in the Afghan capital, Kabul. This cold snap also is affecting tens of thousands of families in northern and western Afghanistan.
- Afghanistan: How Would Permanent U.S. Bases Impact Regional Interests? RFE/RL 23 Feb 2005 -- U.S. Senator John McCain told reporters in Kabul on 22 February that America's strategic partnership with Afghanistan should include "permanent bases" for U.S. military forces. The Afghan government says it wants a long-term military, economic and political partnership with the United States. But a spokesman for the Afghan president says establishing permanent U.S. bases requires approval from the yet-to-be created Afghan parliament. McCain did not elaborate about what form 'permanent bases' might take.
- PSYOP teams give Marines another voice on battlefield USMC News 23 Feb 2005 -- The crowd grew in the afternoon fog, eager eyes waiting to see what the soldiers, Marines and Afghan Police were posting on the sign-board they had just set up in front of the most popular radio station in town.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Lincoln CSG Returns Home from Southeast Asia Navy NewsStand 23 Feb 2005 -- The USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Carrier Strike Group (ALCSG), including Abraham Lincoln and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, returns home next week after an extended deployment to the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean.
- VFA-82 Plans Homecoming Navy NewsStand 23 Feb 2005 -- The Sailors of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 82 and their families are putting the finishing touches on homecoming celebration plans for March 1.
- USS Scranton Brings Submarine's Perspective to MBGIE Exercise Navy NewsStand 23 Feb 2005 -- The fast-attack submarine USS Scranton (SSN 756) demonstrated that submarines are an integral part of the Navy's strike and battle group framework during its participation in the Multi-Battle Group Inport Exercise (MBGIE), Feb. 7-11.
- Bonhomme Richard, 15th MEU Conduct Amphibious Landings in Kuwait Navy NewsStand 23 Feb 2005 -- The multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) (BHR) and 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit conducted amphibious landings in the Persian Gulf region Feb. 14-16.
- Shiloh, Benfold Return from Tsunami Aid in Indonesia Navy NewsStand 23 Feb 2005 -- The San Diego-based guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) and San Diego-based guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) will return from deployment March 1.
- MWSS-171 gets 'the lights on' at airfield exercise USMC News 23 Feb 2005 -- Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 aircraft recovery expeditionary airfield services exercised the use of the Minimum Operating Strip Lighting System, Feb. 16, on the Southside airfield.
- United States Seeks Continued Destruction of Nicaraguan Missiles Washington File 23 Feb 2005 -- A U.S. delegation is in Nicaragua to seek continued cooperation on that country's efforts to destroy its arsenal of shoulder-fired missiles, the State Department says.
- RUSSIA, U.S. WILL SIGN AGREEMENT ON STRICTER CONTROL OVER PORTABLE AIR DEFENSE SYSTEMS RIA Novosti 23 Feb 2005 -- Sergei Prikhodko, the Russian president's aide, has said an agreement on stricter control over portable air defense systems will be signed at the Russian-American summit meeting in Bratislava.
- LAW ENFORCERS CONTINUE SEARCH FOR STOLEN ANTI-AIR DEFENSE SYSTEM RIA Novosti 23 Feb 2005 -- Law enforcers are continuing searching for the stolen Strela 3M anti-air defense complex and 2 missiles in Ukraine, the press service of the country's emergencies ministry told RIA Novosti.
- BUSH - GERMANY WRAP VOA 23 Feb 2005 -- President Bush and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder say they are putting their differences aside and focusing on areas where they agree. One issue where they are in strong agreement is Iran.
- BUSH VISIT WARMS EUROPEAN TIES BUT 'DIVISIONS RUN DEEP' US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 23 Feb 2005
- REMARKS BY PRESIDENT BUSH AND GERMAN CHANCELLOR SCHRÖDER IN PRESS AVAILABILITY Washington File 23 Feb 2005 -- President Bush and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder called on Iran February 23 to give up its nuclear weapons program.
- PRESS BRIEFING BY NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR STEPHEN HADLEY ON THE PRESIDENT'S VISIT TO GERMANY Washington File 23 Feb 2005 -- A free and democratic Russia "is better for Russia; it's better for us," and both Europe and the United States should place democratic reform "at the heart of their dialogue with Russia," U.S. National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley said February 23 in Mainz, Germany.
- State Department Briefing, February 23 Washington File 23 Feb 2005 -- Canada, Venezuela, Sudan, Togo, Kenya/Somalia, Lebanon/Syria, Egypt/Syria/Lebanon, Slovakia/Russia/Lebanon/Syria/region, Israel, Israel/Palestinians
- PRESS GAGGLE WITH SCOTT McCLELLAN AND BACKGROUND BRIEFING BY A SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL ON THE PRESIDENT'S VISIT TO GERMANY Washington File 23 Feb 2005 -- The United States and Europe have "set the stage" for productive discussions over the European Union's proposal to lift an embargo on arms sales to China imposed after the 1989 crackdown by Chinese authorities on pro-democracy activists in Beijing's Tiananmen Square.
- General Dynamics, Portugal Finalize $482 Million Armored Vehicle Contract General Dynamics 23 Feb 2005 -- General Dynamics European Land Combat Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has completed negotiations with the Government of Portugal on a $482 million (€365 million) contract to produce 260 Pandur II eight-wheeled, all-wheel-drive (8x8) armored combat vehicles. Steyr-Daimler-Puch Spezialfahrzeug GmbH, a General Dynamics company, of Vienna, Austria, will be the program manager and system integrator, with participation from other General Dynamics European Land Combat Systems elements in Europe and vehicle co-production in Portugal.
- General Dynamics Awarded $11 Million Modification for Submarine Multi-Purpose Processor Production General Dynamics 23 Feb 2005 -- The U.S. Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command has awarded General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), a $10.7 million contract modification for production of equipment in support of the Multi-Purpose Processor (MPP) program for submarines.
- Lockheed Martin Takes Delivery of Critical New Laser for JSF Electro-Optical Targeting System Lockheed Martin 23 Feb 2005 -- Lockheed Martin’s [NYSE: LMT] F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) team received the first laser system for the aircraft’s Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS) from BAE Systems Avionics, at a special event in Edinburgh, Scotland today. BAE Systems Avionics, a subcontractor to Lockheed Martin on the JSF program, presented the high-powered laser on schedule.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 23 Feb 2005
- UN / CHILD SOLDIERS VOA 23 Feb 2005 -- The United Nations reports slow but significant progress in the campaign to protect children exposed to war. The Security Council is being urged to impose targeted sanctions on governments, armed groups and individuals involved in the use of child soldiers.
- CONGO / KILLINGS VOA 23 Feb 2005 -- The United Nations mission in Congo confirmed Wednesday that former Rwandan-backed rebels killed at least sixty civilians and raped dozens more during an attack on an eastern Congolese town in December last year. The abuses were part of a series of violations carried out by army factions in recent months, highlighting instability ahead of elections, due in just four months time.
- DRC: Sixth disarmament centre opens in Ituri - UNDP IRIN 23 Feb 2005 -- Another disarmament transit centre has opened in Bunia, northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where at least 3,300 ex-combatants have been disarmed, demobilised and prepared for reintegration into the national army, according to the UN Development Programme (UNDP).
- ACEH PEACE TALKS VOA 23 Feb 2005 -- Three days of peace talks between the Indonesian government and separatist rebels from the Free Aceh Movement have ended on a positive note in Helsinki, with both sides agreeing to further negotiations.
- STRASBOURG TO HOST ROUNDTABLE ON CHECHEN PROBLEMS RIA Novosti 23 Feb 2005 -- A roundtable on Chechen problems organized by the political commission of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe will take place in the Council of Europe's headquarters in Strasbourg on March 21, spokesmen for the Palace of Europe in Strasbourg told RIA Novosti.
- BEIRUT / SYRIA VOA 23 Feb 2005 -- Lebanon's pro-Syrian prime minister signaling he is ready to resign to help restore order in the country. Many Lebanese blame Syria for a huge bomb attack that killed former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and 17 others last week. Syria has denied a role in the Hariri assassination, but tensions are running high.
- NEPAL MILITARY AID VOA 23 Feb 2005 -- Some Nepalese officials have voiced defiance in the wake of Britain and India's decisions to cut military aid to the kingdom, in reaction to King Gyanendra's dismissal of the government more than three weeks ago. While military leaders have said the suspension will hurt the battle against the Maoist insurgency, the officials say Nepal can fight the rebels without international assistance.
- Bosnian Army Commander To Surrender To Hague RFE/RL 23 Feb 2005 -- A wartime commander of the Muslim-dominated Bosnian Army has announced he will surrender to the United Nations tribunal in The Hague to face charges of war crimes against ethnic Serbs.
- SOMALIA/TSUNAMI-ENVIRONMENT VOA 23 Feb 2005 -- A United Nations' report released this week says nuclear and hazardous wastes dumped on Somalia's shores had been scattered by the recent Asian tsunami and are now infecting Somalis in coastal areas.
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