14 April 2005 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 14 Apr 2005 [PDF]
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- IRAQ WRAP VOA 14 Apr 2005 -- Insurgents detonated twin car bombs near Iraq's Interior Ministry in Baghdad today, killing at least 15 people and injuring dozens of others. Insurgents have carried out a series of attacks this week on Iraqi police and security forces.
- VBIED detonates near Coalition base in Tikrit MNF-I/MNC-I 14 Apr 2005 -- A vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated outside a Coalition base in Tikrit at about 6:50 a.m. April 14.
- Iraqi Police, Task Force Baghdad respond to car bombs MNF-I/MNC-I 14 Apr 2005 -- Task Force Baghdad has determined the source of two mid-morning explosions that killed dozens of Iraqi citizens April 14.
- Suicide Car Bombers Kill 15 In Baghdad RFE/RL 14 Apr 2005 -- Two suicide car bombers killed at least 15 people in the Iraqi capital Baghdad today.
- Tallil joint security force upholds law, order AFPN 14 Apr 2005 -- Airmen of the 407th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron have joined forces with military policemen of the Texas Army National Guard's 36th Infantry Division to uphold law and order here.
- Seahawk maintainers keep Q-4 on the prowl USMC News 14 Apr 2005 -- When an EA-6B Prowler flies overhead, the unique resonance of the air ripping apart drowns out all other ambient sounds.
- Carrier Air Wing 3 Returns from War on Terrorism Navy NewsStand 14 Apr 2005 -- Nearly 40 aircraft and their air crews will return to the Norfolk area April 16-17 following a six-month deployment to the Persian Gulf aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).
- ANA Detains Possible Terror Cell Leader During Sweep AFPS 14 Apr 2005 -- Afghan National Army and coalition forces uncovered more than just mines during Operation Minesweeper in western Afghanistan on April 13. It netted a person believed to be involved in anti-coalition attacks.
Defense Policy / Programs
- England Briefs Senate on New Civilian Personnel System AFPS 14 Apr 2005 -- The Civil Service system came into being in the 1880s to foster a professional federal workforce, and the National Security Personnel System continues that spirit, Navy Secretary Gordon R. England told the Senate Armed Services Committee here today.
- Despite Challenges, DoD Meeting Retention, Recruiting Goals AFPS 14 Apr 2005 -- America's all-volunteer military is performing well in its first protracted warfighting challenge, and recruiting and retention remain solid, a top Defense Department official told a House Appropriations defense subcommittee here today.
- HSV 2 SWIFTly Delivers Marines to Rota Navy NewsStand 14 Apr 2005 -- High Speed Vessel (HSV) 2 Swift, with a compliment of more than 240 Marines, pulled into Naval Station Rota April 11.
- South American Submarines Enhance U.S. Navy's Fleet Readiness Navy NewsStand 14 Apr 2005 -- In a joint agreement with Colombia and Peru, one diesel-electric submarine from each of these two countries is deploying to the United States in April to enhance fleet readiness by participating in a number of naval exercises.
- Guardsmen charged with smuggling Ecstasy on C-5 AFPN 14 Apr 2005 -- Two Airmen from the New York Air National Guard's 105th Airlift Wing have been charged with importing narcotics from Germany to the United States after being arrested April 12 on federal narcotics charges, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney's office for the southern district of New York.
- NATO DELEGATES TO VISIT RUSSIAN PEACEKEEPERS IN SAMARA RIA Novosti 14 Apr 2005 -- A NATO delegation will appear in Russia, April 17 through 21, to see the routine of the 15th Detached Peacekeeping Motorized Infantry Brigade, stationed in Samara on the Volga, German Zhitenev, senior officer of the Russian Landed Troops press service, said to Novosti.
- Trafficking in Small Arms Destabilizing, Official Says Washington File 14 Apr 2005 -- The Organization of American States (OAS) is making significant contributions toward reducing the spread of illicit small arms and light weapons, a State Department official says.
- PAKISTAN/RUMSFELD VOA 14 Apr 2005 -- Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has wrapped up a tour of South Asia with a pledge that the United States would help Pakistan meet its defense needs. Mr. Rumsfeld also had praise for Pakistan's role in the war on terror.
- CHINA / EU ARMS VOA 14 Apr 2005 -- U.S. lawmakers have stepped up criticism of the European Union for considering lifting the 16-year embargo on arms shipments to China. A joint hearing (Thursday) of two House (of Representatives) committees focused on the security implications of such a decision for the United States, while U.S. officials reiterated Washington's concerns.
- EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT URGES E.U. TO MAINTAIN ARMS SALES BAN ON CHINA CNA 14 Apr 2005 -- The European Parliament passed a resolution Wednesday again insisting that the European Union arms sales embargo on China be maintained.
- White House Daily Briefing, April 14 Washington File 14 Apr 2005 -- Social Security, FDA, India/Pakistan, Ukraine/missile sales, Afghanistan, tracking of sexual predators, Ex-Im Bank/loan guarantees to China, border enforcement, Jim Wolfensohn/new appointment, Middle East, North Korea
- State Department Briefing, April 14 Washington File 14 Apr 2005 -- Israel/Palestinians, Italy/Iraq, Egypt, China, China/Japan, North Korea, Western Hemisphere
- General Dynamics Awarded $5.5 Million Contract Modification for Navy Nuclear Work General Dynamics 14 Apr 2005 -- The U. S. Navy has awarded a $5.5 million modification to a previously awarded contract under which General Dynamics Electric Boat will manage and support nuclear-maintenance work for submarines homeported at Submarine Base New London, Conn. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
- Chile's Minister of Defense and Air Force Commander View Country's First F-16 Aircraft at Lockheed Martin Lockheed Martin 14 Apr 2005 -- Chile’s Minister of National Defense, Mr. Jaime Ravinet, joined other Chilean and U.S. officials today in celebrating completion of the first F-16 produced for the Chilean Air Force, or Fuerza Aérea de Chile (FACH).
- Northrop Grumman Delivers Key Test Equipment for Testing of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Engine Northrop Grumman 14 Apr 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) delivered four pieces of test equipment to Pratt & Whitney (NYSE:UTX) that will enable the aircraft-engine manufacturer to test key subsystems with the new propulsion system it is developing for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
- Raytheon Awarded Contract for CVN 78, Expanding Support to Navy's Family of Ships Raytheon 14 Apr 2005 -- Raytheon Company has been awarded a task order for CVN 78, the lead ship in the U.S. Navy's next generation of aircraft carriers, extending the company's leadership role as the mission systems integrator for the Navy's family of ships. Financial terms were not disclosed.
- HANOVER FAIR: ROSOBORONEXPORT EXHIBITS CUTTING-EDGE ITEMS RIA Novosti 14 Apr 2005 -- Rosoboronexport Co. made a public introduction of leading-edge projects during today's Techno Exchange forum-part of the exposition, Russia Germany's Partner Country, at the Hanover industrial fair, the corporate press service said to Novosti.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 14 Apr 2005
- COTE D IVOIRE: Country hangs on Gbagbo's response to Mbeki ruling IRIN 14 Apr 2005 -- War-torn Cote d'Ivoire on Thursday awaited to see whether President Laurent Gbagbo caves in to an international demand that he use his special powers as head of state to clear the way for his main rival to stand in presidential elections this year.
- IVORY COAST DISARMAMENT VOA 14 Apr 2005 -- Warring parties in Ivory Coast are trying to resume their often stalled disarmament process, while opposition leaders are reacting positively to a letter by South African mediator Thabo Mbeki on who should be allowed to run in October presidential elections.
- MIDDLE EAST: 'DISAGREEMENTS' EVIDENT IN BUSH-SHARON MEETING US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 14 Apr 2005
- WOLFENSOHN / MIDDLE EAST VOA 14 Apr 2005 -- The United States and its partners in the Middle East diplomatic quartet, Russia, the European Union, and the United Nations, have named outgoing World Bank President James Wolfensohn to be a special envoy to help facilitate Israel's withdrawal from Gaza. He will focus on non-military aspects of the pullout including the disposition of vacated Israeli settlements.
- DRC: Key Ituri militia group declares end to war IRIN 14 Apr 2005 -- The Union des patriotes Congolais (UPC), one of the major militia groups in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, announced on Wednesday an end to its insurrection in the district of Ituri.
- DRC: Militia group dismantled as 416 fighters surrender guns IRIN 14 Apr 2005 -- The remaining 416 militiamen of the Forces armees du peuple congolais (FAPC) surrendered their guns to UN troops on Wednesday, effectively dismantling the movement and boosting efforts to pacify the troubled Ituri District in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
- NIGERIA / NIGER DELTA VOA 14 Apr 2005 -- Activists and academics at a conference in Lagos, Nigeria, say chronic poverty is the main reason behind the cycle of violence in the Niger Delta, the country's major oil-producing region. Participants insist addressing poverty is key to bringing stability to the region.
- SUDAN / ZOELLICK VOA 14 Apr 2005 -- Sudanese officials have told Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick they are doing all they can to stop the bloodshed in the war-ravaged Darfur region of western Sudan. Mr. Zoellick arrived in Sudan to begin a two-day visit aimed at pressuring Khartoum to end the conflict in Darfur and to begin implementing an accord which ended a separate war in the south.
- RWANDA: Government destroys 6,000 small arms IRIN 14 Apr 2005 -- Rwanda has, for the first time, destroyed 6,000 small arms as part of a regional initiative to check the flow of illicit guns that have fuelled conflict in Africa's Great Lakes region, an official told IRIN on Thursday.
- RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR URGES KYRGYZSTAN TO PUNISH SPONSORS OF ANTI-RUSSIAN PROVOCATIONS RIA Novosti 14 Apr 2005 -- Russian ambassador to Kyrgyzstan Yevgeni Shmagin has invited the Kyrgyz authorities to take measures concerning sponsors of provocations against the Russian-speaking population.
- KYRGYZ MP BELIEVES BERMET AKAYEVA'S APPEARANCE IS A MISTAKE RIA Novosti 14 Apr 2005 -- MP of the Kyrgyz parliament Adakhan Madumarov called Bermet Akayeva's appearance a mistake.
- STATE DUMA SPEAKER ON SETTLEMENT IN KYRGYZSTAN RIA Novosti 14 Apr 2005 -- The situation in Kyrgyzstan is gradually calming down, Russian State Duma Boris Gryzlov said after the session of the Inter-parliamentary Assembly of the Eurasian Economic Community (EurAsEC) on Thursday.
- WILL THE KYRGYZ "REVOLUTION" TRIGGER CHANGE IN OTHER CENTRAL ASIAN REPUBLICS? RIA Novosti 14 Apr 2005 -- The events in Kyrgyzstan surrounding the parliamentary election and the subsequent resignation of President Askar Akayev are being interpreted as the result of "the domino effect."
- BERMET AKAYEVA'S ARRIVAL IN KYRGYZSTAN REGARDED AS PROVOCATION RIA Novosti 14 Apr 2005 -- The coalition For Democracy and Civil Society regards Bermet Akayeva's arrival in Kyrgyzstan as a provocation aimed to destabilize the situation in the republic. The coalition issued a statement to this effect in Bishkek on Thursday.
- KYRGYZ AUTHORITIES NOT TO THWART AKAYEVS' BUSINESS IN KYRGYZSTAN RIA Novosti 14 Apr 2005 -- The Kyrgyz authorities will not thwart the Akayevs' business in Kyrgyzstan, Kurmanbek Bakiyev, the country's Prime Minister and Acting President, stated.
- KYRGYZ PREMIER DOUBTS NECESSITY TO INVOLVE EXTRA FOREIGN FORCES RIA Novosti 14 Apr 2005 -- Kurmanbek Bakiyev, Prime Minister and Acting President of Kyrgyzstan, does not think it is necessary to deploy extra foreign forces in the country.
- AKAYEV'S DAUGHTER RETURNS TO BISHKEK RIA Novosti 14 Apr 2005 -- Askar Akayev's daughter Bermet Akayeva returned to Bishkek, subsequently attending the Kyrgyz Parliament's session.
- OSCE/KYRGYZSTAN VOA 14 Apr 2005 -- A special envoy for Central Asia from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe says there is a major lack of confidence of the people in state institutions in Kyrgyzstan, despite recent improvements.
- Israel and France Signed Agreement for Development and Launch of Scientific Micro-Satellite Israel Aerospace Industries 14 Apr 2005 -- An Israeli mission headed by the Israel Space Agency (ISA) and representatives of the Israeli aeronautics industries, headed by Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI), has signed an agreement for the development and launch of a new commercial scientific micro-satellite, dubbed "Venus". The project will be financed by both Israel and France. The satellite will use a multi-spectral camera and will be used to monitor ground features, mainly vegetation condition and water quality. France and Israel plan to launch Venus into space by 2008.
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