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12 May 2005 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 12 May 2005 [PDF]
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualty
  • DoD Identifies Marine Casualty

  • Coalition forces foil attacks; net 23 terrorists, weapons MNF-I/MNC-I 12 May 2005 -- Coalition forces stepped up combat operations throughout Baghdad May 10, foiling three terrorist attacks, taking 23 suspected terrorists off city streets and confiscating two weapons caches.
  • Iraq: Suicide Bombers Sow Death And Fear RFE/RL 12 May 2005 -- Suicide bombers set off a wave of blasts in Iraq yesterday, killing at least 71 people and injuring more than 100. The blasts highlight a growing trend in which such attacks are becoming commonplace at Iraqi Army sites, police-recruitment centers, marketplaces, and crowded city streets. Most of those killed in the suicide bombings are innocent civilians, who live in constant fear of their lives and who increasingly distrust the new authorities' ability to cope with the situation.
  • In Iraq Insurgents Use Hospital Patients as Human Shields, Children as Spies VOA 12 May 2005 -- Two incidents this past Saturday (May 7) in western Iraq illustrated for U.S. forces in the area the difficulty of fighting the insurgency. While U.S. marines in the area were launching a large-scale offensive against insurgents, other U.S. forces continued to deal with smaller scale, but also potentially deadly, insurgent operations.
  • USS Mustin Rescues 27 in Persian Gulf Navy NewsStand 12 May 2005 -- The crew of USS Mustin (DDG 89) rescued 27 people from Motor Vessel Olympias when an engine-room fire engulfed the vessel at 11 p.m. local time, May 11, in the Northern Persian Gulf.
  • MTACS-28 keeps tactical operations up and running USMC News 12 May 2005 -- The aim of Marine aviation is simple - support the Marines on the ground from the air.

  • DoD Announces Recruiting Effort for Afghanistan 12 May 2005 -- The Department of Defense announced today the establishment of an Internet site to support recruiting efforts for civilians to work in the Afghanistan Reconstruction Group, a joint program with the State Department that assists officials at the highest levels of the Afghan government.
  • UN To Increase Anti-Drug Cooperation With Pakistan VOA 12 May 2005 -- The United Nations says it will increase its cooperation with Pakistan to try to stem the flow of narcotics from neighboring Afghanistan, which produces up to 90-percent of the world's heroin.
  • Marines Confirm 15 Insurgents Killed in May 8 Afghanistan Battle AFPS 12 May 2005 -- U.S. Marine officials in Afghanistan confirmed today that 15 insurgents were killed May 8 in a five-hour gun battle in Laghman province.
  • Pentagon Says No Abuse of Koran, Afghan Protests Unrelated VOA 12 May 2005 -- The U.S. Defense Department says an inquiry has so far not confirmed an incident reported by Newsweek magazine, in which an interrogator at the Guantanamo detention facility allegedly put a Koran into a toilet in order to upset some prisoners.
  • Afghan Riots Not Tied to Report on Quran Handling, General Says Washington File 12 May 2005 -- The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff says a report from Afghanistan suggests that rioting in Jalalabad on May 11 was not necessarily connected to press reports that the Quran might have been desecrated in the presence of Muslim prisoners held in U.S. custody at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
  • Anti-US Demonstrations Spread in Afghanistan VOA 12 May 2005 -- Violent anti-American protests continue to roil Afghanistan, days after a magazine report alleged U.S. soldiers in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba desecrated copies of the Koran. U.S. officials have expressed outrage over the possible misconduct in Cuba
  • Afghanistan: Changing Taliban Tactics Reflect Success Of Coalition Forces RFE/RL 12 May 2005 -- Taliban who continue to fight U.S. forces in Afghanistan are using different tactics this spring than in the past three years. During several recent battles in southern and eastern Afghanistan, militants have concentrated their forces and have tried to hold on to strategic positions. This is a shift away from classic Afghan guerilla-warfare tactics in which a small number of fighters carry out a hit-and-run attack and then disperse into the mountains or among the civilian population.
  • Afghanistan: Karzai Visits Brussels As European Union Releases More Aid RFE/RL 12 May 2005 -- The European Commission has announced the final EU aid installment for Afghanistan under the five-year, 1 billion-euro ($1.27 billion) program announced at the Tokyo donors conference in 2002. After meeting Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Brussels, commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said 376 million euros will be released for 2005 and 2006 -- the final two years of the program. He also indicated the EU will in future be especially interested in supporting rural development in Afghanistan in order to discourage poppy cultivation, which supplies most of the heroin that reaches Europe.
  • Three More Killed As Afghan Riots Continue RFE/RL 12 May 2005 -- Reports say three more people have been killed in continuing protests in Afghanistan over claims that U.S. interrogators at the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba desecrated the Koran, bring to seven the number of fatalities reported in three days of disturbances.

  • Bush Approves $82 Billion in Supplemental Funding AFPS 12 May 2005 -- President Bush signed into law on May 11 legislation that provides $82 billion in supplemental funding, most of it to help cover the cost of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Myers Addresses Violence in Iraq, Afghanistan AFPS 12 May 2005 -- The recent spike in violence in Iraq represents an attempt to discredit the new Iraqi government and cabinet, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told Pentagon reporters here today.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Transcript: DoD News Briefing 12 May 2005 -- Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld and Air Force General Richard Myers, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • BRAC 2005: Service Leaders Support DoD Recommendations AFPS 12 May 2005 -- Senior service leaders expressed confidence today in the base realignment and closure process and acknowledged that it's a critical part of the Defense Department's transformation to make the military more effective to meet 21st-century threats.
  • BRAC 2005: Rumsfeld Recommends 5 to 11 Percent Cut in Infrastructure AFPS 12 May 2005 -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's recommendations to the Base Realignment and Closure Commission would cut excess military infrastructure between 5 and 11 percent, Rumsfeld said during a Pentagon news conference today.
  • USAFE activates new wing at Mildenhall AFPN 12 May 2005 -- U.S. Air Forces in Europe activated a new wing here May 12 enhancing the command's ability to provide support to its geographically separated units in the United Kingdom.
  • Officials focus on needs with BRAC recommendations AFPN 12 May 2005 -- Comprehensive and impartial is the assessment of Air Force officials on the process used in determining the secretary of defense's recommendations of installations sent to the independent Defense Base Realignment and Closure commission.
  • Airmen get Stryker vehicles, prep to deploy with Army Army News 12 May 2005 -- An Air Force squadron gained operational control of five Army Strykers May 6 in a ceremony at the Army's Joint Readiness Training Center during an exercise to ready the crews for Iraq.
  • Ike Returns from Shakedown Navy NewsStand 12 May 2005 -- USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (Ike) (CVN 69) returned to Naval Station Norfolk, Va., May 9 after completing her shakedown underway period - 10 days at sea where the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier took another step toward becoming combat ready.
  • Big E Sailors Gear Up for INSURV Navy NewsStand 12 May 2005 -- Sailors aboard USS Enterprise (Big E) (CVN 65) are currently working day and night, preparing for the upcoming Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) scheduled for Aug. 21-26.
  • Mobile Security Detachment 25 Deploys to U.S. 5th Fleet Navy NewsStand 12 May 2005 -- Mobile Security Detachment (MSD) 25, comprised of approximately 80 service members based at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Va., is departing on its maiden deployment May 14.
  • Small Arms COE delivers search engine for the information age war fighter USMC News 12 May 2005 -- The Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory Wargaming Division has unveiled a totally revamped Small Wars Center of Excellence, a critical online resource for the expeditionary war fighter in the information age.
  • Corps: recalled armor passed ultimate test -- combat USMC News 12 May 2005 -- More than 5,000 units of body armor issued last year to Marines deploying to Operation Iraqi Freedom were indeed substandard -- but were combat-worthy enough to save lives on the battlefield, according to Marine Corps statements issued in the past week.
  • 1st Recon Battalion retraces techniques before returning to Iraq USMC News 12 May 2005 -- There are "100 different ways to skin a cat" -- or to get the jump on insurgents -- says Gunnery Sgt. Daniel J. Griego.
  • MARCORSYSCOM builds new air defense system with off-the-shelf parts USMC News 12 May 2005 -- Despite an ever-tightening budget, Marine Corps Systems Command is updating the Man-Portable Air Defense System by repackaging technologies already in our supply pipeline.
  • Marine Corps responds to demand for Arabic linguists USMC News 12 May 2005 -- With continuing operations in Iraq and other Arabic speaking countries of the Middle East, the need for properly trained linguists and translators is greater than ever, which is why Headquarters Marine Corps has approved an Arabic linguist re-enlistment incentive program.

  • Senate Panel Sends Bolton's Nomination to Full Chamber VOA 12 May 2005 -- The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Thursday voted to send the nomination of John Bolton to be United Nations ambassador to the full Senate, but without the customary endorsement.

  • Bolton Nomination to U.N. Post Sent to Full Senate Washington File 12 May 2005 -- In a straight party-line vote May 12, the Senate Foreign Relations committee voted 10-8 to send John Bolton's nomination as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations to the full Senate for a vote but without a recommendation.
  • White House Daily Briefing, May 12 Washington File 12 May 2005 -- World leader visits, Darfur/funding increases, plane incident, Bolton nomination, Iran, Russia, immigration reform, women in the military, United Airlines pension reform, China/Taiwan

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • Rwanda Rejects Calls to Help Repatriate Hutu Rebels VOA 12 May 2005 -- Rwanda is flatly rejecting calls by an international conflict resolution group to provide benefits to returning Hutu rebels who fled into the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo after the 1994 massacre of ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus. The group has urged Rwanda to bring the fighters back home with generous resettlement packages.
  • DRC-RWANDA: Hutu rebel leader talks to fighters on ending war IRIN 12 May 2005 -- The leader of thousands of Rwandan Hutu militiamen based in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ignace Murwanashyaka, arrived in the eastern town of Bukavu on Wednesday, a month and half after he signed a declaration vowing to end the armed struggle against the government of Rwanda.
  • UNHCR Concerned About Thousands of Rwandans on Burundi Border VOA 12 May 2005 -- The UN Refugee Agency says five-thousand Rwandan refugees are living in precarious conditions on the border with Burundi and must be moved to a safer location inland. It says the refugees fled Rwanda and the threat of violence arising from village tribunals looking into the 1994 genocide.

  • Security Council welcomes African Union's peacekeeping role in Darfur, Sudan UN News Centre 12 May 2005 -- The United Nations Security Council today applauded the African Union (AU) for the peacemaking leadership role it has taken in the troubled Darfur region of western Sudan, especially its decision to expand its small peacekeeping mission there to over 7,000 persons, and pledged to facilitate aid to the continental organization.
  • Brutal Attacks Still Occurring in Darfur, United Nations Reports Washington File 12 May 2005 -- Because Jingaweit militia continue to attack civilians in Darfur and thus perpetuate a lack of security in the region, bringing short-term stability to the area will require considerable strengthening of the African Union (AU) mission in Sudan, a senior U.N. official said May 12.
  • UN Warns Violence in Darfur Increasing VOA 12 May 2005 -- A senior U.N. official has warned that attacks by Sudanese Arab militias against civilians in Darfur are on the rise.
  • SUDAN: 75 killed, thousands displaced as southern clans fight IRIN 12 May 2005 -- At least 75 people have been reported killed and thousands more displaced in southern Sudan's Lakes State since interclan violence, sparked by cattle rustling and disputes over pasture and water, erupted on 24 April, aid workers said on Wednesday.

  • Nepal opposition parties criticized India's decision on arms supply IRNA 12 May 2005 -- Opposition parties in Nepal have criticized India's decision to resume military aid to Nepal as 'ill-timed' and said it raised questions about New Delhi's commitment to democracy.
  • U.S. Urges Nepal To Respect Human Rights While Combating Rebels Washington File 12 May 2005 -- The United States urges the Nepalese government to release all political detainees, restore civil liberties and reach out to legitimate political leaders in an effort to fight Maoist insurgents and build peace and prosperity, according to Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Christina Rocca.

  • Somali Government Split Over Relocation From Kenya to Somalia VOA 12 May 2005 -- A group of Somali parliament members say they plan to return to the capital Mogadishu this weekend from the government's base in Kenya, widening a growing rift between those who want to return to Somalia immediately and those who want to stay in Kenya or other parts of Somalia for security reasons.

News Reports

  • Former US Presidents Appeal for Continuing Aid for Tsunami Victims VOA 12 May 2005 -- Former Presidents Clinton and Bush are urging the world to keep up interest in recovery and rehabilitation efforts following December's massive tsunami that hit south east Asia the hardest. Meanwhile, officials say they are taking precautions to ensure that the unprecedented amount of contributions following the natural disaster will not be lost to corruption.
  • European Court Rules Turkey's Trial of Ocalan was Unfair VOA 12 May 2005 -- The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that the 1999 trial in Turkey of Kurdish separatist-leader Abdullah Ocalan was unfair.

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