14 March 2005 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 14 Mar 2005 [PDF]
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- Violence In Iraq Kills More Civilians RFE/RL 14 Mar 2005 -- Several people were killed or injured in Iraq in separate attacks around the country.
- Iraqis guide Task Force Liberty Soldiers to launch site MNF-I/MNC-i 14 Mar 2005 -- Iraqi civilians guided Task Force Liberty Soldiers to a rocket-launch site near Hawija, leading to the detention of three suspects found near the area at about 3 p.m. March 14.
- Two Iraqis detained with TNT, blasting caps MNF-I/MNC-i 14 Mar 2005 -- Task Force Liberty Soldiers detained two Iraqi civilians with a large amount of explosives during a raid near Mansuriyah about 11:30 p.m. March 14.
- Seabee Divers Survey Iraqi Piers Navy NewsStand 14 Mar 2005 -- Underwater Construction Team (UCT) 1, Air Det. Alfa Seabees completed a survey of all waterfront facilities at the Iraqi naval base in Umm Qasr March 10.
- General Reflects on Accomplishments in Afghanistan AFPS 14 Mar 2005 -- The general who led Combined Joint Task Force 76 in Afghanistan for the past year reflected on his unit's accomplishments and challenges, even as he prepared to transfer authority to incoming forces on March 15.
- Task Force Lays Foundation for Stability in Afghan West AFPS 14 Mar 2005 -- Coalition forces in western Afghanistan have been working to stabilize the region, support the Afghan government's priorities, and prepare for the upcoming International Security Assistance Force expansion, the coalition's military leader in the region said today.
- THE TALIBAN CLAIM TO BE UNDESTROYED RIA Novosti 14 Mar 2005 -- Mufti Latifullah Hakimi, a spokesman for the Taliban movement, has described as "premature" the statements of the Afghan government and the US commanders in Afghanistan about the Taliban's defeat.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Positive Initial Detection for Anthrax at Pentagon 14 Mar 2005 -- During routine mail operations the Pentagon had a positive detection for the presence of anthrax bacteria at the Remote Delivery Facility (RDF). The RDF was evacuated while tests were conducted to determine if anthrax was present. Subsequent tests have proven negative, however, the Department is taking precautionary measures while further testing is conducted.
- Positive Initial Detection for Anthrax at Pentagon AFPS 14 Mar 2005 -- Defense Department officials confirmed that a positive test for the presence of anthrax bacteria during routine mail operations today led to the evacuation of a Pentagon outbuilding. However, officials stressed, subsequent tests have been negative.
- Hazardous Materials Teams Investigating Alarm on Pentagon Reservation AFPS 14 Mar 2005 -- Hazardous materials teams from the Pentagon and Arlington County, Va., are investigating an alarm that indicated the possible presence of chemical or biological agents in the facility that handles the Pentagon's mail.
- Guard Airmen help drive transformation AFPN 14 Mar 2005 -- A C-5 Galaxy and a prototype of the Army's new general-purpose cargo vehicle arrived here March 12.
- Two deployed KC-135s get rare engine swaps AFPN 14 Mar 2005 -- If a consumer rating service reviewed Air Force aircraft, the KC-135 Stratotanker would most certainly earn a "Best Buy" rating.
- C-130 crew delivers cargo, morale to remote locations AFPN 14 Mar 2005 -- When Soldiers, Sailors or Marines need something moved, C-130 Hercules crews here answer the call, and recently, that request took one 746th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron crew to Africa and beyond.
- USS Blue Ridge, 7th Fleet Enjoy Singapore Visit Navy NewsStand 14 Mar 2005 -- USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) and the embarked U.S. 7th Fleet staff departed Singapore March 11 after a four-day port visit.
- Kitty Hawk Strike Group Visits Republic of Korea Navy NewsStand 14 Mar 2005 -- USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 and elements of the carrier's strike group arrived in Busan, Republic of Korea, March 14 for a port visit on the anniversary of Kitty Hawk's previous visit in March 2004.
- PWC Pearl Disestablishes, Becomes Part of NAVFAC Hawaii Navy NewsStand 14 Mar 2005 -- With a fond "Aloha," the employees of Navy Public Works Center (PWC) Pearl Harbor (PEARL) said goodbye to their command March 10.
- "Cyber Warriors" Guard Against Electronic Attacks Navy NewsStand 14 Mar 2005 -- The Navy Computer Incident Response Team (NAVCIRT) protects the security of the Navy's networks by keeping constant watch for signs of electronic intrusions.
- CONGRESS / IRAQ SPENDING VOA 14 Mar 2005 -- The House of Representatives (Tuesday) begins debating President Bush's request for nearly 82 billion dollars to support U.S. troops and pay for other needs in Iraq and Afghanistan. House action comes as lawmakers ask more questions about the success the United States and its coalition partners have had to date in training Iraqi military and police forces.
- NATO Ships Visit AQABA, JORDAN NATO/JFC Naples 14 Mar 2005 -- NATO ships will visit Aqaba from 16 to 20 March when units from the Standing NATO Response Force Mine Counter Measures Group 2 (SNMCMG2) will be berthed in Aqaba civilian port.
- COMMAND-STAFF EXERCISE OF RUSSIA AND NATO ON ANTI-MISSILE DEFENCE TO BEGIN RIA Novosti 14 Mar 2005 -- The second command-staff exercise on the theatre of operations (TVD) anti-ballistic missile defence (ABM), Collaborative Arrow 2005, will be held at the De Peel air base in the Netherlands under the aegis of the Russia-NATO Council from March 14 to 23.
- MOSCOW EXPECTS HEAD OF NATO MILITARY COUNCIL RIA Novosti 14 Mar 2005 -- Moscow will host a meeting between Thomas Baptiste, the head of the NATO Military Council, and representatives of the Russian Defense Ministry, the Russian Defense Ministry's press service reports.
- State Department Briefing, March 14 Washington File 14 Mar 2005 -- Northern Ireland; State Department Video News Releases/Video Products, Congressional Funding Restrictions/Issues Raised in GAO Report, Hits on State Department Web site, Al Hurra's Impact on Public Opinion/Data, Lebanon/Syria, China/Taiwan/North Korea; Venezuela; Iran; Macedonia; Egypt
- White House Daily Briefing, March 14 Washington File 14 Mar 2005 -- Public diplomacy, Prime Minister Hariri, Syria/Lebanon, Millennium Challenge Account, France, Social Security, North Korea/South Korea, India/Pakistan, King Abdullah's visit, China/Taiwan
- F110-GE-132 Engine Powering Special USAF F-16 Product Support Aircraft GE Aviation 14 Mar 2005 -- The F110-GE-132 engine, the latest generation of GE F110 engines powering F-16 fighters, is supporting the U.S. Air Force's (USAF) Product Support F-16D aircraft used for production line assistance and customer demonstration flights.
- Lockheed Martin Completes Successful Critical Design Review for Advanced Hawkeye Radar Development Lockheed Martin 14 Mar 2005 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] recently completed a successful Critical Design Review (CDR) for the Advanced Hawkeye radar.
- LOCKHEED MARTIN OFFERS NEW SOFTWARE PRODUCT TO SUPPORT DEFENSE DEPARTMENT'S UNIQUE ID REQUIREMENTS Lockheed Martin 14 Mar 2005 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has released I-GUIDESTM Compliancy, a Web-based application that streamlines the management of the Unique Identification (UID) process now required by the Department of Defense (DoD).
- Northrop Grumman to Supply Infrared Countermeasures for Australian Multi-Role Tanker Transport Aircraft Northrop Grumman 14 Mar 2005 -- A directional infrared countermeasures (DIRCM) system produced by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been selected to safeguard the Royal Australian Air Force's next-generation fleet of A330 Multi Role Tanker Transports.
- Long-term partnership contract signed with UK procurement authorities Rheinmetall Defence 14 Mar 2005 -- Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH (RWM) of Ratingen, Germany, has been awarded an ammunition contract by Britain's Defence Logistics Organisation (DLO) worth at least €22.2 million. This order forms part of a partnership contract recently signed with the DLO, which contains an option for a further €14.5 million in procurements.
- ScanEagle UAV Demonstrates New Software; Prepares for Joint Military Demonstration Boeing 14 Mar 2005 -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] and The Insitu Group recently demonstrated new autonomy software aboard ScanEagle, a long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The software, imbedded in ScanEagle's auxiliary processor board, allowed the UAV to autonomously map its route while in flight and complete a series of maneuvers.
- Northrop Grumman Successfully Deploys Smart IT Security Nationwide Northrop Grumman 14 Mar 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) began nationwide deployment of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)'s public key infrastructure (PKI), which provides increased security for its information technology systems.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 14 Mar 2005
- MASKHADOV SECRET HIDEOUT BLASTED RIA Novosti 14 Mar 2005 -- The house in the Tolstoi-Yurt village, Grozny district of Chechnya, in which the leader of Chechen separatists Aslan Maskhadov was hiding, has been blasted for operative considerations.
- DAGHESTAN: FEDERALS KEEP ON FIGHTING BESIEGED BANDITS RIA Novosti 14 Mar 2005 -- Federal rangers are besieging bandits in a private house in the center of Khasavyurt, Daghestani town close to the Chechen border. The operation started seven hours ago.
- TRANSDNIESTRIA CONFLICT TO BE "UNFROZEN"? RIA Novosti 14 Mar 2005 -- The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is going to "unfreeze" the conflict in Transdniestria (the Dniester left-bank territory with polyethnic, mostly Russian-speaking, population.
- DAGHESTAN: RANGERS STORM PARAMILITARY STRONGHOLD RIA Novosti 14 Mar 2005 -- A mobile unit of Russia's Interior Ministry has started storming a private house where a paramilitary gang has found refuge after federal soldiers blocked it in a special operation.
- SPECIAL OPERATION AGAINST JARAKH'S BANDIT GROUP CONDUCTED IN DAGHESTAN RIA Novosti 14 Mar 2005 -- Federal forces conducted a special operation in the village of Batash-Yurt in the Khasavyurt district of Daghestan (a republic in the North Caucasus, neighboring with Chechnya) aimed at elimination of a bandit group led by Arab mercenary Jarakh, officials from the regional operative headquarters of the anti-terrorist operation in the Northern Caucasus (ROH) told RIA Novosti.
- 13 WOUNDED IN ATTACK ON COMMANDANT'S OFFICE IN GROZNY RIA Novosti 14 Mar 2005 -- Thirteen people were wounded in an attack on the Commandant's Office in the Leninsky district in Chechen capital Grozny on Monday morning, an officer on duty at the second Commandant's Office in Grozny told RIA Novosti.
- BESLAN PROBE COMMISSION GETS FILES OF AL-QAEDA EMISSARY RIA Novosti 14 Mar 2005 -- Members of the parliamentary commission probing into the Beslan tragedy, currently working in Vladikavkaz (the capital of North Ossetia, North Caucasus), have got hold of some files from the archive that belonged to Al-Qaeda emissary Abu-Dzeit killed in Ingushetia, Alexander Torshin, the chairman of the commission, has told RIA Novosti.
- Arms traders circumvent Security Council's embargo against Somalia - UN report UN News Centre 14 Mar 2005 -- Despite a weapons embargo against Somali militias, they continue to receive arms and to train fighters, leading to "a seriously elevated level of threat of violence against the peaceful establishment in Somalia of the Transitional Federal Government," the UN Monitoring Group on the Horn of Africa country says.
- DRC: UN envoy gives militiamen ultimatum to disarm IRIN 14 Mar 2005 -- Thead of the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), William Swing, gave a two-week ultimatum on Sunday to militiamen in the embattled northeastern district of Ituri to disarm and be integrated into the country's national army.
- Maoists announce blockade, attacks begin today IRNA 14 Mar 2005 -- The Communist Party of Nepal (CPN-Maoists) announced Sunday that it would intensify attacks on the royal government through a nationwide program of road blockades and that strikes begin Monday.
- SUDAN: Government, rebels hindering progress in Darfur - Annan IRIN 14 Mar 2005 -- Despite a recent decrease in the level of violence, the security situation in the western Sudanese region of Darfur remains fragile, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a report released on Friday.
- KOSOVO / REACT VOA 14 Mar 2005 -- Thousands of Kosovar Albanians Monday morning were riveted to their televisions watching their former prime minister, Ramush Haradinaj, appear before the Hague tribunal and plead not guilty to charges of war crimes.
- ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 14 Mar 2005 -- U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan has discussed reviving peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank town of Ramallah. That meeting comes amid more controversy over Israel's so-called barrier in the West Bank.
- HARADINAJ-HAGUE VOA 14 Mar 2005 -- Facing a string of serious charges, Ramush Haradinaj (rah-MOOSH hah-rah-DEE-n-eye) - the former prime minister of Kosovo - pleaded not guilty Monday to crimes against humanity at the tribunal in The Hague.
- PRESS BRIEFING BY EMERGENCY RELIEF COORDINATOR United Nations 14 Mar 2005
- CAR / ELECTIONS VOA 14 Mar 2005 -- Early results from Sunday's presidential election in the Central African Republic give coup leader turned Interim-President Francois Bozize the early lead. But militants from opposition parties say its impossible he won an outright first round majority and that a second round will be needed.
- MIDDLE EAST TOUR OF RUSSIAN SECURITY COUNCIL SECRETARY RIA Novosti 14 Mar 2005 -- Russian Security Council Secretary Igor Ivanov passed a message of the Russian President to Israeli Premier Ariel Sharon in Jerusalem on Monday, announced the press service of the Security Council.
- UN envoy on Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon to give Annan timetable this week UN News Centre 14 Mar 2005 -- The United Nations envoy seeking the withdrawal of some 14,000 Syrian troops from Lebanon will present further details of the timetable for a complete pullout to Secretary-General Kofi Annan later this week following talks with the leaders of both countries.
- LEBANON SHOULD HANDLE HEZBOLLAH DISARMAMENT INDEPENDENTLY RIA Novosti 14 Mar 2005 -- Lebanon should solve the problem of disarmament of the military wing of the Hezbollah movement and other armed units in Lebanon independently, through a quiet dialog, said official spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry Alexander Yakovenko.
- Middle East: Massive Anti-Syrian Protest In Beirut Follows Pro-Syrian Rallies RFE/RL 14 Mar 2005 -- A rally on 14 March against Syria's military presence in Lebanon was the largest opposition protest in Beirut since the death of former Prime Minister Rafiq Harari one month ago. Correspondents say the demonstration appeared to have been larger than a pro-Syria rally last week that had gathered up to half a million supporters of Lebanon's Hizballah movement.
- LEBANON VOA 14 Mar 2005 -- Hundreds of thousands of Lebanese are holding an anti-Syria demonstration today, exactly one month after the killing of popular former prime minister Rafik Hariri.
- Over Half-Million At Anti-Syria Rallies In Beirut RFE/RL 14 Mar 2005 -- Reports say from 500,000 to 1 million people have gathered in central Beirut for a rally aimed at forcing Syria to withdraw from Lebanon.
- Analysis: Accepting Hizballah As A Legitimate Political Entity RFE/RL 14 Mar 2005 -- Once the poster child for Mideast terrorism, Hizballah (Party of God) is rapidly emerging from the slums of Beirut and the economically depressed southern part of Lebanon to flex its muscles and possibly become a major player in the region and, inter alia, in the war on terrorism.
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