22 April 2005 Military News
- MARINE DIES IN NON-HOSTILE INCIDENT
- Incident investigation team surveys helicopter crash site MNF-I/MNC-I 22 Apr 2005 -- An investigation team surveyed the Mi-8 helicopter crash site north of Baghdad this morning, April 22nd.
- Civilian Helicopter Shot Down Near Baghdad RFE/RL 22 Apr 2005 -- Iraqi insurgents shot down a Bulgarian commercial helicopter near Baghdad on 21 April, killing 11 people.
- Iraq Car Bomb Kills 9, Wounds 20 at Shi'ite Mosque VOA News 22 Apr 2005 -- A car bomb killed at least nine people at a Shi'ite mosque in Baghdad Friday during midday prayers, and wounded at least 20.
- INCIDENT INVESTIGATION TEAM SURVEYS CRASH SITE CENTCOM 22 Apr 2005 -- An investigation team surveyed the MI-8 helicopter crash site north of Baghdad this morning.
- 1/6 Marine nabs insurgents USMC News 22 Apr 2005 -- Iraqi Security Forces and Marines with Company C, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment conducted a raid at a local business here April 17.
- Helicopter mechanics stay faithful to the Corps, return to Iraq USMC News 22 Apr 2005 -- Hundreds of Marines spend the better part of their days here in a hangar or out on the flightline repairing and maintaining aircraft to have them ready for the next mission.
- US Senate Approves $81 Billion for Iraq, Afghanistan Combat and Reconstruction VOA News 22 Apr 2005 -- The U.S. Senate has approved more than $81 billion to sustain combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- Taliban Official Joins Kabul's Reconciliation Program RFE/RL 22 Apr 2005 -- A former provincial governor during the Taliban regime has accepted the Afghan government's reconciliation offer, Peshawar-based Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) reported on 21 April.
- Taliban Says U.S. Forces Won't Find Radio Station RFE/RL 22 Apr 2005 -- Taliban spokesman Hakimi told AIP on 21 April that U.S. forces based in Afghanistan will not be able to locate the Shari'ah Zhagh (Voice of Shari'ah) broadcast station.
- U.S. Forces Kill 12 Insurgents In Afghanistan RFE/RL 22 Apr 2005 -- U.S. forces killed at least 12 neo-Taliban insurgents during a retaliatory mission in Khost Province on 19 April, RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan reported on 21 April.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Bush Nominates Pace, Giambastiani as Chairman, Vice AFPS 22 Apr 2005 -- President Bush today nominated Gen. Peter Pace as the first Marine to serve as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Pace is currently the vice chairman.
- Bush Names Marine General Pace to Become Joint Chiefs Chairman Washington File 22 Apr 2005 -- President Bush announced April 22 his nomination of Marine General Peter Pace to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff when Air Force General Richard Myers retires from that position at the end of September.
- Bush Nominates Pace to Chair Joint Chiefs VOA News 22 Apr 2005 -- President Bush wants Marine Corps General Peter Pace to be the next chairman of the U.S. military Joint Chiefs of Staff.
- Army General: Air Force Helped Logistics Success in Iraq AFPS 22 Apr 2005 -- The U.S. military's task to supply troops serving in Iraq over the past year "was one of the most complex and challenging missions in our history," a senior Army general told Senate members here April 20.
- Coast Guard Changes to Confront 21st-Century Threats AFPS 22 Apr 2005 -- The U.S. Coast Guard has evolved to confront 21st-century security threats to the nation while continuing to perform more traditional duties, the organization's commandant said here April 21.
- Guilty Akbar could face death penalty Army News 22 Apr 2005 -- Sgt. Hasan Akbar, the former 101st Airborne Division Soldier accused of the March 23, 2003 grenade attack on three tents in Kuwait, was found guilty April 21.
- C-130J testers accomplish first five-bundle sequential airdrop AFPN 22 Apr 2005 -- Developmental test and evaluation on the J-model C-130 Hercules came to a head when testers successfully completed the first five-bundle sequential low velocity airdrop here recently.
- Parts storage on the 'rise' in electronics AFPN 22 Apr 2005 -- What do you do when you run out of floor space for storage? If you work in the 402nd Electronics Maintenance Group here, you look up.
- NLOS cannon fires 1,000th test round Army News 22 Apr 2005 -- The Army's newest self-propelled artillery system fired its 1,000th test round on April 14, capping many months of testing that began at Yuma Proving Ground in August 2003.
- New Homes at Camp Pendleton Improve Quality of Life for Service Members, Families Navy NewsStand 22 Apr 2005 -- Marines and Sailors assigned to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and their families received a quality-of-life upgrade April 15, when 528 new housing units were delivered during a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
- Integration Training Exercise Prepares ESG 1 for Deployment Navy NewsStand 22 Apr 2005 -- USS Tarawa (LHA 1) kicked off a pre-deployment training exercise for Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 1, April 14 off the coast of Southern California.
- 4th Medical Battalion tests FRSS USMC News 22 Apr 2005 -- Casualties are a reality in war, but the difference between life and death depends on the abilities of corpsmen and surgeons in the field.
- African Lion storms the Moroccan Desert USMC News 22 Apr 2005 -- More than 60 years after America and allied forces waged large-scale tank battles in Northern Africa during World War II, American ordnance once again exploded over the hot sands of the African Desert.
- 3/7 trains on Yuma's streets USMC News Apr 2005 -- Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 held its Weapons and Tactics Instructor course assault support training exercise April 15 in the Yuma community.
- AAVs brave treacherous surf to carry out their mission USMC News 22 Apr 2005 -- Despite severe weather that halted much of the training during the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit's recent Amphibious Specialty Training, one group pushed through the adversity to accomplish their mission.
- RUSSIA MAY WITHDRAW MILITARY BASES FROM GEORGIA PRIOR TO JANUARY 1, 2009 RIA Novosti 22 Apr 2005 -- Speaker of the upper chamber of Russian parliament Sergei Mironov has said that Russia may withdraw its military bases from Georgia before January 1, 2009.
- RUSSIAN, GEORGIAN FOREIGN MINISTERS TO DISCUSS QUESTIONS OF WITHDRAWAL OF RUSSIAN BASES RIA Novosti 22 Apr 2005 -- Russia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov will discuss with his Georgian counterpart Salome Zurabishvili issues concerning the time of and conditions for withdrawal of the Russian military bases situated on the territory of Georgia, RIA Novosti was told in the information and press department of Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday.
- Speech by NATO Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer at Vilnius University NATO 22 Apr 2005 -- We are very happy to meet you here this morning, my wife and my delegation. As you know, over the last two days, we have held informal meetings of NATO Foreign Ministers here in Vilnius.
- International Journalists Discuss John Bolton's Nomination to be America's U.N. Ambassador VOA News 22 Apr 2005 -- The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has delayed a vote on John Bolton, President Bush's controversial nominee as America's ambassador to the United Nations.
- White House Daily Briefing, April 22 Washington File 22 Apr 2005 -- Earth Day 2005, environment, Bolton/nomination, Social Security, week ahead
- State Department Briefing, April 22 Washington File 22 Apr 2005 -- Togo, Brazil, Venezuela, China, Burma, Lebanon, Iraq, Latin America, Earth Day, Bolton Nomination, Powell Rice Conversations, Patterns of Global Terrorism Report, Director of National Intelligence
- Boeing Small Diameter Bomb Receives $18.5 Million Initial Production Contract Boeing 22 Apr 2005 -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] received an $18.5 million contract today from the U.S. Air Force to begin low-rate initial production of the Small Diameter Bomb (SDB).
- Raytheon Rolls Out International SL-AMRAAM Program Raytheon 22 Apr 2005 -- Raytheon Company made public its International Surface Launched, Advanced Medium Range Air to Air Missile (SL-AMRAAM) program during roll out activities this week in Washington.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 22 Apr 2005
- TERRORIST PREPARING "FIREWORKS" FOR MAY 9 KILLED IN CHECHNYA RIA Novosti 22 Apr 2005 -- On Friday terrorist Suleiman Dakaev, so-called "emir" of the Shelkovskaya and Chervlenaya villages, has been killed in the Chechen capital Grozny.
- RAMZAN KADYROV DREAMING OF KILLING AND NOT CAPTURING BASAYEV RIA Novosti 22 Apr 2005 -- First Vice Premier of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov claims that he intends to kill and not capture Basayev.
- PRESS CONFERENCE ON NEPAL United Nations 22 Apr 2005
- Nepal Releases Some Political Prisoners, Thousands Remain in Detention VOA News 22 Apr 2005 -- In Nepal, authorities have released 60 political prisoners, including a former deputy prime minister.
- Israel to Postpone Gaza Withdrawal Until Mid-August VOA News 22 Apr 2005 -- Israeli security chiefs have agreed to postpone the planned withdrawal of Jewish settlements from Gaza and small portions of the northern West Bank for several weeks - until mid August.
- Burma Rebels Kill 8 in Bus Attack VOA News 22 Apr 2005 -- Burmese officials say ethnic Karen rebels attacked a convoy of trucks and buses on a highway in southern Burma, killing eight people and wounding 15 others.
- Congo Talks Peace with Uganda, Rwanda VOA News 22 Apr 2005 -- Foreign ministers from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Rwanda are meeting with officials from the European Union, the United Nations and the United States in southern Congo to try to quell mounting tension in the region.
- UN Investigates Shootings on Eritrean-Ethiopian Border VOA News 22 Apr 2005 -- The United Nations is investigating two recent shooting incidents along the Eritrean-Ethiopian border, an area wrought with tension arising from the two countries' disagreement on the exact location of the boundary.
- DRC-RWANDA: Thousands of Congolese flee insecurity IRIN 22 Apr 2005 -- At least 3,300 Congolese from North Kivu Province, eastern DRC, have fled into Rwanda since the beginning of April to escape insecurity caused by militiamen, a UN official told IRIN on Friday.
- TOGO: Interior Minister calls for suspension of presidential election to avoid bloody conflict IRIN 22 Apr 2005 -- The holding of presidential elections in Togo appeared to be in doubt on Friday following a surprise call by the interior minister for the controversial poll to be suspended to prevent the country from sliding into bloody conflict.
- Togo Interior Minister Fired VOA News 22 Apr 2005 -- The interim leader in the west African nation of Togo has replaced Interior Minister Francois Boko, after Mr. Boko's sudden call to cancel Sunday's election, amid fears of violence.
- UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT OFFERS SOLUTION FOR TRANSDNIESTRIA PROBLEM RIA Novosti 22 Apr 2005 -- At the GUUAM summit going on in Chisinau, Ukrainian President Victor Yuschenko has advanced the initiative of settling the problem of Transdniestria "through democracy". (Transdniestria is the self-proclaimed republic on Moldova's territory.)
- Sea Launch Prepares for Liftoff of Spaceway Satellite on April 26 Boeing 22 Apr 2005 -- The Sea Launch team has arrived at its equatorial launch site in preparation for the launch of DIRECTV's Spaceway satellite on Tuesday, April 26, at 12:31:30 am PDT ( 07:31:30 GMT), at the opening of a half-hour launch window. All systems are proceeding on schedule.
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