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06 April 2005 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • Army to 'Aggressively Attack' Potential Recruiting Shortfalls AFPS 06 Apr 2005 -- The Army fell short of its recruiting goals for the first part of this year, but the service is working to improve the situation, the Defense Department's top personnel official said here April 5.
  • Adaptability Was Key to Success, 1st Cav Commander Says AFPS 06 Apr 2005 -- Combat operations and training security forces were what was expected of the 1st Cavalry Division during the division's year-plus in Baghdad, Iraq, the division's commander said here today.
  • Civil engineers improving Uzbek base AFPN 06 Apr 2005 -- From digging to designing, Airmen with the 416th Expeditionary Mission Support Squadron's civil engineer flight have been busy making improvements here.
  • CVW-7 Arrives Aboard Ike Navy NewsStand 06 Apr 2005 -- For the first time since 2001, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 personnel began to embark aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (Ike) (CVN 69) March 28 for the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier's flight deck certification, following a four-year mid-life overhaul.
  • 'Fighting Checkmates' Soar With Super Hornet Navy NewsStand 06 Apr 2005 -- The "Fighting Checkmates" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 211 arrived at Naval Air Station Oceana April 1 after seven months of training at Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif., with their new aircraft.
  • Little Rock receives second C-130J AFPN 06 Apr 2005 -- The Air Force's second active-duty J-model C-130 Hercules joined the other in the 314th Airlift Wing fleet here April 5.
  • Nimitz Strike Group Completes JTFEX 05-03 Navy NewsStand 06 Apr 2005 -- USS Nimitz (CVN 68) arrived at Naval Air Station North Island March 24 after completing Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) 05-03 off the coast of Southern California with Carrier Strike Group 11.

  • RUMSFELD / SPAIN / VENEZUELA VOA 06 Apr 2005 -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has criticized Spain for offering to sell military planes and patrol boats to Venezuela. The secretary spoke from the Pentagon in an interview with the Miami Herald newspaper, following up on his visit to Latin America last month.

  • Indo-US joint fighter exercise in November IRNA 06 Apr 2005 -- Indian Air Force's frontline Sukhoi, Mirage 2000 and upgraded Mig Bisons would cross swords with the United States Air Force F-16 fighting falcons in the second series of joint fighter exercises in November this year, reports Press Trust of India.

  • RUSSIAN, AMERICAN BASES GETTING ON IN KYRGYZSTAN RIA Novosti 06 Apr 2005 -- The command-and-staff exercise Rubezh-2005 has nothing to do with revolutions, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov has said.

  • COUNTER-TERRORIST EXERCISE "RUBEZH-2005" TO END IN TAJIKISTAN SOON RIA Novosti 06 Apr 2005 -- The Rubezh-2005 joint counter-terrorist headquarters exercise that involves permanent working bodies of the Collective Security Treaty Organization and the Armed Forces of member-countries (namely, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan) is to end in Tajikistan today.

  • FRANCE / CHINA / US VOA 06 Apr 2005 -- French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier has defended a European effort to lift an arms embargo against China, despite criticism from Washington. Mr. Barnier made his remarks in a wide-ranging interview with reporters in Paris, which also touched on Iran's nuclear program.
  • CONGRESS / CHINA VOA 06 Apr 2005 -- China has come under scrutiny again in the U.S. Congress. Congressional committees (Wednesday) examined growing Chinese involvement, and competition for resources in, the Western hemisphere, as well as China's intentions toward Taiwan
  • EU/CHINA EMBARGO VOA 06 Apr 2005 -- The European Union is coming under increasing pressure from the United States not to lift an arms embargo on China, amidst concerns that Beijing will acquire hi-tech weaponry and alter the military power balance in Asia. The European Parliament is expected to pass a resolution next week calling for the ban to be kept in place.

  • State Department Briefing, April 6 Washington File 06 Apr 2005 -- Department statement on attack on the Kashmir bus route, Secretary Rice travels/meetings with the Israelis, North American Travel Initiative/cooperation with Homeland Security, Visa/system, Israel/Palestinians, North Korea, Zimbabwe, Lebanon, Turkey
  • White House Daily Briefing, April 6 Washington File 06 Apr 2005 -- President's schedule, Bush/phone calls, Afghanistan/helicopter crash, Iraq/election, Pontiff's funeral, Bush's visit to President Ciampi, Israel/Palestinian Authority, Bush/Sharon's upcoming meeting in Crawford, Texas

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • COTE D IVOIRE: Factions agree to end hostilities, but no deal on presidential election IRIN 06 Apr 2005 -- The government and rebels of Cote d'Ivoire declared an immediate and definitive end to hostilities on Wednesday after three days of talks in South Africa, but the key issue of whether opposition leader Alassane Ouattara would be allowed to contest presidential elections due later this year remained unresolved.
  • Secretary-General welcomes decision of Ivorian parties to end hostilities and disarm UN News Centre 06 Apr 2005 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today hailed the agreement reached by Cte d'Ivoire's political leadership, meeting in South Africa, to stop fighting and start disarmament.
  • SAF / IVORY COAST VOA 06 Apr 2005 -- Political leaders in the Ivory Coast have agreed to stop hostilities at talks in Pretoria.
  • IVORY COAST / REACT VOA 06 Apr 2005 -- Rebels, the army, militias, and supporters of Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo are all hopeful a new peace deal struck in South Africa will finally end two-and-half years of on again, off again war.

  • KASHMIR ATTACK VOA 06 Apr 2005 -- Islamic militants have claimed responsibility for an attack on a government guesthouse being used to shelter passengers on the first bus in 50 years to cross between the Indian and Pakistani sides of Kashmir. But authorities say the bus will depart as scheduled Thursday
  • KASHMIR ATTACK VOA 06 Apr 2005 -- Passengers on the inaugural bus trip between the Indian and Pakistani sides of Kashmir were in protective custody, preparing them for the historic ride Thursday, when suspected Muslim militants attacked their shelter in the Indian city of Srinigar.

  • RUSSIA INTERESTED IN SOONEST SETTLEMENT OF TRANSDNIESTRIAN CONFLICT RIA Novosti 06 Apr 2005 -- Russia is interested in the soonest settlement of the Transdniestrian conflict as an intermediary in this process alongside with Ukraine and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday.
  • BAKU CALLS ON MOSCOW TO TACKLE KARABAKH PROBLEM RIA Novosti 06 Apr 2005 -- Speaker of Azerbaijan's parliament Murtuz Aleskerov comes out for Russia's proactive participation in the Nagorny Karabakh settlement.
  • KILLER OF 4 FOREIGNERS DETAINED IN CHECHNYA RIA Novosti 06 Apr 2005 -- Adam Dzhabrailov involved in the kidnapping and murder of one New Zealander and three British citizens has been detained in Chechnya, a spokesman for the regional operative headquarters for the counter-terrorist operation in the North Caucasus reported.
  • SEPARATISM IN CHECHNYA HAS NO FUTURE RIA Novosti 06 Apr 2005 -- An overwhelming majority of the people of Chechnya - 90% - want to live within Russia, while less than 10% of the Chechens support separatist trends, Konstantin Kosachyov, chairman of the State Duma's foreign affairs committee, said on Tuesday in Washington.
  • United States Welcomes Sinn Fein Call for IRA To Abandon Violence Washington File 06 Apr 2005 -- The United States welcomes the April 6 statement issued by Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams calling for the Irish Republican Army (IRA) "to renounce violence and rely on purely political and democratic means," according to State Department spokesman Richard Boucher.
  • UN: Annan Gives International Court List Of Accused In Darfur RFE/RL 06 Apr 2005 -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has given the International Criminal Court a list of people suspected of slaughter, rape, and pillaging in Sudan's Darfur region. The move is the first step toward war-crimes prosecutions. Meanwhile in Sudan, tens of thousands of people marched through the capital Khartoum to protest a UN resolution referring war-crimes suspects to the international court in The Hague.
  • ISRAEL SETTLEMENTS VOA 06 Apr 2005 -- A senior Israeli official says there are serious differences between Israel and the United States over the expansion of Jewish settlements in Palestinian areas.

News Reports

  • UN/TSUNAMI VOA 06 Apr 2005 -- The United Nations is appealing for an additional 110-million dollars to cover rehabilitation operations for Indian Ocean tsunami victims until the end of the year. Lisa Schlein in Geneva reports for VOA the United Nations says it now is entering the difficult transition period from emergency relief activities to longer-term recovery and reconstruction needs.

  • UN envoy wraps up visit with Syrian agreement to withdraw from Lebanon UN News Centre 06 Apr 2005 -- The United Nations envoy seeking the withdrawal of thousands of Syrian troops from Lebanon wrapped up his latest visit to the region today after securing Syria's agreement to withdraw all its forces, military assets and intelligence apparatus from its smaller neighbour by 30 April.

  • TOGO/PROTESTS VOA 06 Apr 2005 -- Supporters of Togo's main opposition candidate in the upcoming presidential election have clashed with security forces and pro-government activists on the streets of the capital, Lome. They accuse the authorities of trying to rig the poll and are demanding the vote be delayed.

  • PUTIN HOPES FOR SOONEST STABILIZATION IN KYRGYZSTAN RIA Novosti 06 Apr 2005 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin hopes for the soonest stabilization in Kyrgyzstan and legitimization of the new government.
  • KYRGYZSTAN TO STAY FULL-FLEDGED SHANGHAI ORGANIZATION MEMBER RIA Novosti 06 Apr 2005 -- Kyrgyzstan will carry on work in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in full scope, reassured Kurmanbek Bakiev, Kyrgyz Prime Minister and acting President, as he and Zhang Deguang, SCO Executive Secretary, met in Bishkek today.
  • KYRGYZSTAN: SUPREME COURT ACQUITS KULOV RIA Novosti 06 Apr 2005 -- Kyrgyzstan's Supreme Court acquitted Felix Kulov today.
  • KYRGYZ PARLIAMENT TO DISCUSS AKAYEV'S RESIGNATION APRIL 7 RIA Novosti 06 Apr 2005 -- The Parliament of Kyrgyzstan will not discuss president Askar Akayev's resignation statement today.
  • Kyrgyz Lawmakers Again Postpone Presidential Debate RFE/RL 06 Apr 2005 -- Kyrgyzstan's parliament has again postponed a formal discussion on the resignation of ousted President Askar Akaev, citing "technical" obstacles but raising fears that political forces in the country are having difficulty reaching a consensus.


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