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14 May 2005 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
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Other Conflicts
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Current Operations

  • Four Marines declared killed in action

  • US Military Offensive in Iraq Continues Against Insurgents VOA 14 May 2005 -- The U.S. military officials in Iraq have announced that a week-long operation against militants was over as they confirmed the deaths of four more U.S. Marines near the Syrian border on May 11.
  • Operation Matador completed MNF-I/MNC-I 14 May 2005 -- Marines, Sailors and Soldiers from Regimental Combat Team-2, 2nd Marine Division successfully completed Operation Matador May 14, concluding a seven-day operation securing objectives in and around the Euphrates River cities of Karabilah, Ramana and Ubaydi, near the Syrian border.
  • Detainee dies at Camp Bucca MNF-I/MNC-I 14 May 2005 -- A 30-year-old male detainee at Camp Bucca died from an apparent heart attack at approximately 6 p.m., May 14.
  • Multi-National Forces seize weapons cache MNF-I/MNC-I 14 May 2005 -- Multi-National Forces from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team) seized a large weapons cache during an operation in northern Iraq May 12.
  • 1/5 stays on offensive, searches Ramadi USMC News 13 May 2005 -- Continuing an aggressive approach to terrorism in the region, elements of 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment swept through a portion of the city here during the early-evening hours of May 7.
  • Engineers patch Iraqi roadways, make convoys safer USMC News 13 May 2005 -- The Marines of 6th Engineer Support Battalion, augmenting 8th ESB and supporting Combat Logistics Battalion 2, 2nd Force Service Support Group (Forward), have been hard at work repairing the roadways throughout Western Iraq to make conducting convoy operations safer for their fellow service members.
  • Task Force 3/2 restores water to Husaybah USMC News 13 May 2005 -- Many people in the city of Husaybah were without running water for more than a week, bringing the city to a standstill until Task Force 3/2 restored hope.

  • Afghanistan: Authorities On Alert After Days Of Violent Protests RFE/RL 14 May 2005 -- Police and army forces in Afghanistan are on a state of alert after three days of violent anti-American protests that shook several provinces of the country. At least 10 people have died so far in the protests, which were triggered by a U.S. magazine report that said U.S. interrogators at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, had desecrated the Koran.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Proposed military base closures could devastate some communities, help others VOA 14 May 2005 -- The Pentagon announcement of base closings around the United States Friday was met with worry in many communities where military installations make a major contribution to the local economy and there are likely to be many political battles over the list in the months ahead.

  • Bulgaria Offers US Use of 3 Military Bases VOA News 14 May 2005 -- Bulgaria says it is offering the United States the use of three bases as the American military reorganizes and redeploys its forces based abroad.

  • Australia's Papua New Guinea Intervention in "Tatters" VOA 14 May 2005 -- Australia may be forced to withdraw its police contingent from Papua New Guinea after judges there ruled the deployment was unconstitutional. Around 200 Australian police officers and bureaucrats were sent to Papua New Guinea last year as part of a multi-million dollar program to help restore law and order in the South Pacific island nation.

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • Ivory Coast Foes Set Disarmament Date VOA 14 May 2005 -- Ivory Coast's warring rebel and loyalist forces have reached agreement on the rules and a timetable for disarming. The long awaited decision was reached Saturday at a meeting in the administrative capital, Yamoussoukro and helps clear the way for elections in the West African nation.

News Reports

  • Clashes in Uzbekistan City Continue Amid Reports of High Casualties VOA 14 May 2005 -- Large numbers of people have reportedly been killed in the former Soviet republic of Uzbekistan as government troops seek to put down a rebellion that began Friday. The unrest is the most serious challenge to President Islam Karimov, who's ruled the country since Soviet times.
  • Uzbek President Blames Islamist Group For Unrest RFE/RL 14 May 2005 -- Uzbek President Islam Karimov has blamed violence in the eastern city of Andijon on Islamic extremist groups in the region. He said some 30 people were killed in clashes between protesters and security forces in the city yesterday. But witness reports suggest the death toll may be much higher. Meanwhile, unrest is now reported elsewhere east of Andijon.
  • Hundreds Of Uzbeks Crossing Into Kyrgyzstan RFE/RL 14 May 2005 -- At least 1,000 people fleeing violence in Uzbekistan have already crossed into neighboring Kyrgyzstan.
  • Fresh Uzbek Protests After Day Of Violence RFE/RL 14 May 2005 -- Hundreds of protesters have reconvened in the Uzbek city of Andijon, after a day of deadly clashes with security forces. It's unclear how many people died after troops fired on protesters yesterday, with the government saying nine were killed in earlier violence, while reports say the total death toll may be much higher. Meanwhile, reports say hundreds of people have gathered at the border with Kyrgyzstan.
  • Uzbekistan: Bloody Friday In The Ferghana Valley RFE/RL 14 May 2005 -- Uzbekistan's Ferghana Valley, the country's most densely peopled region and the heartland of its discontents, careened into violence on Friday, 13 May, as government forces opened fire on demonstrators in the city of Andijon in a bloody close to a day of unrest. Yet even as Uzbek President Islam Karimov eliminated any doubts about his willingness to use force to crush threats to his rule, he raised the frightening prospect of spiraling retaliatory violence in Central Asia's most populous country.

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