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04 April 2005 Military News

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Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 04 Apr 2005 [PDF]
  • DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualty
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualty
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualty
  • ONE TASK FORCE FREEDOM SOLDIER KILLED, ONE INJURED

  • Disturbance at Camp Bucca MNF-I/MNC-I 08 Apr 2005 -- A disturbance occurred at the Camp Bucca internment facility on April 1 at approximately 8 a.m.
  • Evacuated detainee dies at field hospital MNF-I/MNC-I 08 Apr 2005 -- A detainee who was medically evacuated to the 115th Field Hospital died April 4 at approximately 6 p.m. from gunshot wounds he received two weeks ago during an attack on Coalition Forces.
  • Bomb Explodes Near Baghdad Prison RFE/RL 04 Apr 2005 -- Reports say five people were wounded in a bomb blast near Baghdad's Abu Ghurayb prison today, just two days after an insurgent attack on the same facility.
  • UPDATE: U.S. FORCES REPEL TERRORIST ATTACK ON CAMP ABU GHRAIB CENTCOM 04 Mar 2005 -- Soldiers and Marines successfully repelled a well-coordinated attack by 40-60 terrorists on Forward Operating Base Abu Ghraib April 2 at about 7 p.m.

  • President Urges Donors To Speed Up Afghan Recovery RFE/RL 04 Apr 2005 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai said at the beginning of a donors' conference today that his country has made significant process since the fall of the Taliban regime more than three years ago.
  • RFE/RL Afghanistan Report, Vol 4, Number 11 04 Apr 2005 -- MUSICAL CHAIRS WITH AFGHAN SECURITY CHIEFS / UN REPORT FINDS DOWNWARD TREND IN AFGHAN OPIUM CULTIVATION / DISTRICT COUNCILS TO HELP IN FIGHT AGAINST DRUGS / RUSSIAN OFFICIAL SAYS KYRGYZ SITUATION SHOULD NOT EXACERBATE AFGHAN DRUG TRAFFICKING / INSURGENCY BECOMES MORE ACTIVE IN SOUTH AND EAST / FOUR U.S. SOLDIERS KILLED SOUTH OF KABUL / INTERIOR MINISTER EXPLAINS NEW SECURITY ARRANGEMENT / PROTESTERS IN NORTH DEMAND REMOVAL OF OFFICIALS / WATCHDOG URGES PRESIDENT TO CLARIFY STANCE ON MEDIA / DAM BURSTS IN SOUTH-CENTRAL AFGHANISTAN / OPPOSITION FIGURES FORM ALLIANCE / KARZAI INAUGURATES ROAD PROJECT IN WEST / U.S. FIRST LADY TRAVELS TO AFGHANISTAN / PRESIDENT SAYS NO TO POSSIBLE USE OF AFGHAN TERRITORY FOR STRIKES AGAINST IRAN / TRIAL FOR SUSPECTS LINKED TO ASSASSINATION OF AFGHAN COMMANDER OPENS IN PARIS / KARZAI APPOINTS ECONOMIC ADVISER / FIRST FEMALE GOVERNOR TAKES OFFICE / NATIONALIST PASHTUNS IN PAKISTAN DEMAND ABOLITION OF DURAND LINE / THIS WEEK IN AFGHANISTAN'S HISTORY

Defense Policy / Programs

  • White House Moves To Fill Key Defense Positions Washington File 04 Apr 2005 -- The White House moved swiftly to fill key vacancies at the Pentagon, including the nomination of Navy Secretary Gordon England as deputy defense secretary to replace Paul Wolfowitz.
  • Facing the Future: Transformation Means Making New Rules AFPS 02 Apr 2005 -- As the military began transforming to maintain its competitive advantage, it was retired Navy Vice Adm. Arthur K. Cebrowski, who until recently served as director of Force Transformation, who was at the helm working to reshape the system.
  • BUSH / IRAQ MEDAL VOA 04 Apr 2005 -- For the first time, an American who served in Iraq has received the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest award for bravery in battle. The recipient was a soldier who gave his life to save others.
  • Nine Airmen killed in crash AFPN 04 Apr 2005 -- Nine Airmen were killed in an MC-130H Combat Talon II aircraft crash in Albania on March 31, Special Operations Command Europe officials announced April 4.
  • Report: flight control deficiency causes Raptor damage AFPN 04 Apr 2005 -- An accident investigation board determined that a flight control system deficiency caused an F/A-22 Raptor aircraft mishap Sept. 28 near Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
  • CENTCOM Commander Praises USS Bonhomme Richard Navy NewsStand 04 Apr 2005 -- U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) Commander Gen. John Abizaid visited USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) (BHR) March 28.
  • Vincennes' Sailors Make New Friends Navy NewsStand 04 Apr 2005 -- Twenty-four USS Vincennes (CG 49) Sailors made some enthusiastic new friends March 16 during a port visit in Pyongtaek, Republic of Korea.
  • Mine Warfare Ships Deploy to West Coast Navy NewsStand 04 Apr 2005 -- Two mine countermeasures ships departed Naval Station Ingleside April 1 for a five-month deployment that will take them through the Panama Canal to the Pacific Ocean and U.S. West Coast.

  • Iran, Algeria review expansion of defence cooperation IRNA 04 Apr 2005 -- Algerian Army Chief of Staff Brigadier General Ahmad Qaed Saleh along with the commander of air, sea and forces conferred here Monday with the visiting Iranian Defense Minister Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani on expansion of military cooperation between the two countries.
  • Iranian defense minister wraps up visit to Algeria IRNA 04 Apr 2005 -- Iran's Defense Minister Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani left here for home Monday at the end of a three-day official visit to Algeria.

  • WEST AFRICA/SECURITY VOA 04 Apr 2005 -- As the U.S. government plans a possible expansion of its anti-terrorism training program in Africa, an international research group is raising concerns about how money should be spent on these programs. The Brussels-based International Crisis Group says unless military aid is balanced with development money, America risks making matters worse.

  • AUSTRALIA INDONESIA SECURITY VOA 04 Apr 2005 -- Australia and Indonesia have agreed to start work on a new security treaty. Talks in Canberra between Prime Minister John Howard and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono have focused on counter-terrorism efforts, economic development, and the reconstruction of Indonesia's tsunami-ravaged Aceh province.

  • India mulling over US F-16, F-18 proposal IRNA 04 Apr 2005 -- New Delhi-based Times News Network Monday reported that India's decision over the US offer of selling F-16 and F-18 fighter jets to the Indian Air Force would be determined by "hard-nosed geopolitical considerations" and the opinion of the Indian Air Force which so far has flown Russian and other European fighter jets.

  • White House Daily Briefing, April 4 Washington File 04 Apr 2005 -- Funeral of Pope John Paul II, Ukraine, Iran, Israel, Abu Ghraib, Syria/Lebanon, Arizona Minutemen

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 04 Apr 2005
  • PRESS BRIEFING BY SECURITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT United Nations 04 Apr 2005
  • HUMAN RIGHTS: THE KEY BATTLEFIELD IN CHECHNYA RIA Novosti 04 Apr 2005 -- In late March 2005, a jury in Grozny, the capital of once separatist Chechnya, issued a guilty verdict against a Russian serviceman accused of severely beating a local Chechen who later disappeared.
  • THREE MILITANTS DETAINED, ONE KILLED IN CHECHNYA RIA Novosti 04 Apr 2005 -- In a special operation in Chechnya, three militants from Shamil Basaev's and Doku Umarov's gangs have been detained and one was killed, the North Caucasian counterterrorist operation's press service said.
  • MASKHADOV'S DEATH HAS NOT SERIOUSLY CHANGED SITUATION IN CHECHNYA RIA Novosti 04 Apr 2005 -- After the killing of the leader of Chechen separatists, Aslan Maskhasdov, the situation in the Chechen republic has not seriously changed. An adviser to the Russian President, Aslanbek Aslakhanov, spoke about it at the news conference in the capital.

  • UN agency helps some 3,000 children in DR of Congo disarm UN News Centre 04 Apr 2005 -- The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is helping to maintain a separate space for children in disarmament sites in the northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and while nearly 3,000 youngsters associated with armed militias have been attended to at seven sites, not enough have been girls, the agency said today.
  • UN mission searches villages in eastern DR of Congo for rebel holdouts UN News Centre 04 Apr 2005 -- With one rebel group refusing to join the disarmament programme in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), some 800 United Nations peacekeepers looked for militia members in villages in the northeastern Ituri district over the weekend, returning fire and sending some armed people fleeing.

  • Secretary-General to give list of Darfur war crimes suspects to international court tomorrow UN News Centre 04 Apr 2005 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan is expected to transmit to the International Criminal Court (ICC) tomorrow a sealed list of 51 names of people blamed for war crimes and crimes under international law in the conflict between the Sudanese Government, allied militia and rebels in the country's western Darfur region.

  • Security Council extends mandate of UN mission in Cte d'Ivoire for a month UN News Centre 04 Apr 2005 -- The Security Council today extended for one month the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission and the French Licorne forces along Cte d'Ivoire's Zone of Confidence separating Government ruled from rebel-controlled areas.

  • GREAT LAKES: Interview with Ibrahima Fall, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General IRIN 04 Mar 2005 -- Representatives from Africa's Great Lakes region began a five-day meeting in Kenya's coast town of Mombasa on Monday, to work out how to implement the comprehensive declaration on peace, security, democracy and development that heads of state of the region signed in November 2004 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

  • THAILAND UNREST VOA 04 Apr 2005 -- Four Thai soldiers have been wounded in a bomb attack in southern Thailand, less than a day after three other blasts killed two and injured dozens. As Ron Corben reports from VOA's Bangkok bureau, the Thai government is considering stepping up security in the mainly Muslim south.

News Reports

  • Syria agrees to UN-verified troop withdrawal from Lebanon by 30 April UN News Centre 04 Apr 2005 -- Syria has agreed to withdraw all its troops, military assets and intelligence apparatus from Lebanon by 30 April under United Nations verification, in accordance with a Security Council resolution on the issue.
  • Middle East: Syria Pledges Complete Withdrawal From Lebanon By End Of April RFE/RL 04 Apr 2005 -- Syria's president has formally promised that all Syrian troops and intelligence agents will be withdrawn from Lebanon by 30 April. Syria also has agreed to allow UN monitors to verify the withdrawal. By sending its troops home after 29 years in Lebanon, Syria will meet demands by both the United States and the United Nations to end its military presence there.

  • AKAYEV DOESN'T SEEK REFUGE IN TURKEY RIA Novosti 04 Apr 2005 -- Askar Akayev has not applied for political asylum in Turkey, say people close to the overthrown Kyrgyz president.
  • AKAYEV'S RESIGNATION NOT TO AFFECT RUSSIAN-KYRGYZ RELATIONS RIA Novosti 04 Apr 2005 -- Akayev's resignation will not cause deterioration of Russian-Kyrgyz relations, said Tashkul Kereksizov, a representative of the Kyrgyz opposition, who arrived in Moscow to accept Akayev's resignation.
  • KYRGYZ PARLIAMENT TO CONSIDER GUARANTEES OF AKAYEV'S SECURITY ON TUESDAY RIA Novosti 04 Apr 2005 -- The Kyrgyz parliament is to consider guarantees of Askar Akayev's security on Tuesday, Tashkul Kereksizov, a representative of the Kyrgyz opposition, told RIA Novosti.
  • AKAYEV VOLUNTARILY RESIGNED FROM APRIL 5 RIA Novosti 04 Apr 2005 -- Ousted Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev signed a voluntary resignation taking effect Tuesday.
  • BAKIYEV SETS UP COMMISSION TO STABILIZE KYRGYZSTAN RIA Novosti 04 Apr 2005 -- On Monday acting President and Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Kurmanbek Bakiyev signed a resolution setting up a state commission to stabilize the country.
  • RUSSIA DID NOT PLAN TO INTERFERE IN KYRGYZ AFFAIRS RIA Novosti 04 Apr 2005 -- "We did not examine any theoretical plans for interfering in Kyrgyz affairs," Nikolai Bordyuzha, Secretary-General of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, told Rossia TV channel April 3.
  • Kyrgyzstan: New Problems Could Follow Akaev Resignation RFE/RL 04 Apr 2005 -- Ousted Kyrgyz President Askar Akaev submitted his resignation letter today. The move puts an end to the legal uncertainty that emerged after the opposition took power on 24 March. But is Akaev's formal resignation the closure that the new Kyrgyz leadership is looking for?
  • Kyrgyzstan: How Bishkek's Revolution Happened So Fast RFE/RL 04 Apr 2005 -- One thing is clear about the events that took place in Bishkek on 24 March: They ousted President Askar Akaev and sent him across the border at a run. Everything else raises questions. What were the opposition's plans and preparations for 24 March? What caused the confrontation that led to the storming of the presidential administration? And why did police fail to defend the seat of government?
  • Ousted Kyrgyz President Signs Resignation RFE/RL 04 Apr 2005 -- Kyrgyz officials said today that ousted President Askar Akaev signed a resignation agreement earlier in the day to clear the way to solidifying political order in the country.
  • RUSSIA KYRGYZSTAN VOA 04 Apr 2005 -- After more than a decade in power, Kyrgyzstan's long-time leader, Askar Akayev, is resigning. Mr. Akayev signed a resignation agreement Sunday in Moscow, where he fled during an anti-government uprising last month that followed disputed parliamentary elections.

  • Marburg disease outbreak in Angola now worst-ever recorded: UN health agency UN News Centre 08 Apr 2005 -- As the Marburg virus outbreak in Angola became the worst-ever recorded with 163 cases so far, 150 of them fatal, the United Nations health agency said today significant international aid will be needed to control the rare but highly lethal haemorrhagic disease with epidemic potential.
  • WEST AFRICA/MARBURG VIRUS VOA 04 Apr 2005 -- An outbreak of the deadly Marburg virus has intensified in Angola, causing a death toll of about 150. Countries bordering Angola have put in place preventative measures to stop the virus from spreading across the region.

  • Lockheed Martin Delivers Atlas V to Cape Canaveral for NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission Lockheed Martin 04 Apr 2005 -- The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Lockheed Martin mark another significant milestone in the Mars space exploration program as Lockheed Martin delivered the vehicle that will launch the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter mission to Mars. The Atlas V, designated AV-007, arrived at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., where the launch team will now begin preparations for the August 10 liftoff.



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