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25 February 2005 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

Defense Industry

  • General Dynamics Awarded $10 Million Modification for Virginia-class Submarine Photonics Mast Workstations General Dynamics 25 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 million firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for fabrication, integration, test and delivery of seven photonics mast workstations (PMWs) for installation on Virginia-class submarines. The PMWs are used to control and display imaging sensor data from the AN/BVS-1 Photonics Mast System.

Other Conflicts

  • Suicide Bomber Strikes Tel Aviv Nightclub, Several Dead VOQ News 25 Feb 2005 -- Shortly before midnight a suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd of young Israelis waiting to get into a beachfront nightclub in Tel Aviv.
  • Rice To Attend International Meeting on Supporting Palestinians Washington File 25 Feb 2005 -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will participate in an international conference in London March 1 aimed at supporting the Palestinian Authority.

  • U.S. Officials in Sudan Will Support Peace Agreement Washington File 25 Feb 2005 -- The United States is stepping up support of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Sudan, State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said in a statement February 25.
  • UN/SUDAN REFUGEES VOA 25 Feb 2005 -- The U.N. Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees, Wendy Chamberlin, says Sudanese refugees are reluctant to go home because they face an uncertain future upon their return. Ms. Chamberlin recently returned to UNHCR headquarters in Geneva after visiting her agency's operations in south Sudan and refugee camps in neighboring countries.
  • BRITAIN / BLAIR VOA 25 Feb 2005 -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair says the world community needs to support a bigger African Union intervention in Sudan's Darfur region. Mr. Blair also discussed Syria and the threat of Islamic terrorism in Britain during his monthly news conference

  • ONLY 26% OF RUSSIANS SEE IMPROVEMENTS IN CHECHNYA RIA Novosti 25 Feb 2005 -- About 49% of Russians believe that the situation in Chechnya has not been changing recently while 26% believe it is changing for the better and 8% think it is growing worse.
  • HEAD OF CHECHEN STATE COUNCIL TO SEEK CLOSING OF SEPARATIST WEB SITES RIA Novosti 25 Feb 2005 -- Chairman of the Chechen State Council Taus Dzhabrailov will seek closing of separatist web sites.

  • Annan condemns murder of nine UN peacekeepers in DR of Congo UN News Centre 25 Feb 2005 -- Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to help the United Nations track down the unidentified militia members who ambushed and murdered nine Bangladeshi peacekeepers serving in the country's remote northeast - the worst-ever attack against the UN's forces in the DRC.
  • DRC: Several UN peacekeepers wounded in militia ambush IRIN 25 Feb 2005 -- Unidentified gunmen shot and wounded several UN peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo in an ambush on Friday in the village of Kafe, in the northeastern district of Ituri.
  • CONGO/AMBUSH VOA 25 Feb 2005 -- The UN has said 9 of its peacekeepers were killed in an ambush in the volatile northeastern Congolese district of Ituri on Friday morning. A spokesman for the mission said they were ambushed by unknown gunmen as they were on patrol. The losses are the heaviest the UN mission has suffered since it was set up there in 1999.

  • Political parties demand restoration of democracy in Nepal IRNA 25 Feb 2005 -- A convention of major political parties, barring the NDA constituents, came together Thursday to demand restoration of democracy in Nepal and condemn the "authoritarian" action of King Gyanendra in seizing power.
  • NEPAL POLITICS VOA 25 Feb 2005 -- With Nepal facing a military aid embargo, King Gyanendra has called on the international community to continue supporting his government's struggle against Maoist insurgents. The king has also defended his recent power grab.

  • SOMALIA / POL VOA 25 Feb 2005 -- For the first time since taking office last October in neighboring Kenya, the leaders of Somalia's government in exile are visiting their homeland, assessing conditions for moving the government to the Somali capital of Mogadishu.
  • LEBANON/SYRIA VOA 25 Feb 2005 -- Lebanese are watching for signs of Syria's announced troop redeployment. But the latest reports indicate Syrian forces have yet to move from their current positions.

News Reports

  • UN team starts probe into assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister UN News Centre 25 Feb 2005 -- The United Nations Mission of Inquiry into last week's assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri began its work today with a meeting with top local officials and a pledge to work "with absolute impartiality and professionalism."

  • Former Presidents' Visit to Tsunami-Affected Countries a Success Washington File 25 Feb 2005 -- Bush administration officials described the visit of former presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton to four countries affected by the Indian Ocean tsunami as "a tremendous success."

  • TOGO 2ND UPDATE VOA 25 Feb 2005 -- Togo's military-appointed president, the son of the country's late, long-ruling leader, has resigned, after mounting international pressure. But he says he will run in presidential elections scheduled for mid-April.
  • UN/WEST AFRICA VOA 25 Feb 2005 -- Secretary-General Kofi Annan says Togo represents the failure of west African countries to accept democratic principles on the transfer of power.
  • TOGO POLITICS VOA 25 Feb 2005 -- A top official of Togo's ruling party says the country's military-appointed leader, the son of the late long-ruling president, must step down. The statement comes as African leaders are considering further sanctions to restore constitutional order in the small West African nation.

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