16 May 2005 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 16 May 2005 [PDF]
- Coalition jets support troops in Operation Matador MNF-I/MNC-I 16 May 2005 -- Coalition aircraft provided close air support and intelligence to Coalition troops in western Iraq as part of Operation Matador May 7 - 15.
- Insurgent Rampage Kills at Least 13 in Iraq VOA 16 May 2005 -- At least 13 people, including two journalists, have been killed in Iraq, as insurgents renewed attacks across Baghdad and beyond.
- Iraqi, U.S Soldiers nab terror suspects, seize weapons MNF-I/MNC-I 16 May 2005 -- Iraqi Army and Task Force Baghdad units conducted a series of independent and joint operations here May 15 to crack down on terrorists and root out weapons caches.
- Task Force Danger Welcomed Back to Germany AFPS 16 May 2005 -- Army leaders recognized the Iraq service and sacrifice of members of Task Force Danger at a ceremony in Kitzingen, Germany, today.
- Iraqi, U.S Soldiers nab terror suspects, seize weapons Army News 16 May 2005 -- Iraqi Army and Task Force Baghdad units conducted a series of independent and joint operations May 15 to crack down on terrorists and root out weapons caches.
- U.S. forces continue training Iraq's future USMC News 16 May 2005 -- Fathal Jabbar and his 19 comrades sit together atop stone bleachers, proudly clutching red folders tightly in their hands as they swap stories about their experiences over the past few days.
- Upgraded equipment gets first use during combat operations USMC News 16 May 2005 -- Marines with 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment received training May, 11, covering the operation and preventive maintenance of newly upgraded optics.
- 8th ESB Marines establish gate to the future USMC News 16 May 2005 -- Ten Marines from Heavy Equipment Platoon, Support Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2d Force Service Support Group (Forward), recently enhanced force protection for Coalition and Iraqi Security Forces alike by establishing a new Entry Control Point on Camp Habbaniyah.
- 'Tomcats' finish deployment, return home to Yuma USMC News 16 May 2005 -- Two hundred Marines with Marine Attack Squadron 311 are returning to their home base, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., May 17 after completing a six-month tour.
- India, 3/2's stand against insurgency USMC News 16 May 2005 -- Since arriving at this bunker-enforced, secluded base on the edge of the Iraqi-Syrian boarder, Marines of India Company, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team-2 have experienced mortar-fire from the insurgency on a regular basis.
- DoD Official Calls Story 'False' on Koran Desecration AFPS 16 May 2005 -- There's no evidence to support a recent Newsweek magazine article accusing U.S. personnel at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, of desecrating the Muslim holy book, the Koran, a senior Pentagon official noted.
- White House Report, May 16: Newsweek Report Washington File 16 May 2005 -- Newsweek report of Quran is wrong, White House says
- Afghanistan: The Significance Of The Koran RFE/RL 16 May 2005 -- Demonstrations, some of them violent, have recently rocked Afghanistan as well as several other countries with Muslim majorities. In Afghanistan, these demonstrations, led initially by students, have claimed at least 13 lives.
- World: 'Newsweek' Apologizes For Errors In Koran-Desecration Report RFE/RL 16 May 2005 -- The magazine "Newsweek" yesterday apologized for errors in a report that said interrogators desecrated the Koran at a U.S. military detention center for suspected terrorists.
- New Counterterrorism Initiative to Focus on Saharan Africa AFPS 16 May 2005 -- A new program to begin this summer will galvanize an interagency effort to prevent terrorists from establishing a foothold in Africa.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Transcript: Media Availability Following Testimony at a Hearing of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC 17 May 2005 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Richard Myers
- BRAC 2005: Rumsfeld, Myers State Their Case to Commission AFPS 16 May 2005 -- As the military confronts the "new demands of the war against extremism and other evolving challenges in the world," the Defense Department's recommendations for base realignments and closures are necessary, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld today told the commission considering DoD's proposals.
- Rumsfeld: Base-Closing Concept Incorporates Strategic Thinking Washington File 16 May 2005 -- Myers says BRAC accounts for post-9/11 security environment
- General Moseley nominated for CSAF AFPN 16 May 2005 -- The president announced May 16 his nomination of Gen. T. Michael Moseley as chief of staff of the Air Force to succeed Gen. John P. Jumper who has served in the position since September 2001.
- 15-month enlistment option available Army News 16 May 2005 -- 15-month-plus Army enlistment option is now available nationwide for 59 occupational specialties, allowing recruits a choice of following military duty with service in a program such as AmeriCorps or the Peace Corps.
- USS Paul Hamilton Deploys Navy NewsStand 16 May 2005 -- Family and friends said goodbye to more than 300 officers and crew members of the Pearl Harbor-based guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) May 9 at pier Bravo 24.
- Ready for War- MALS-14 praised by Lt. Gen. Amos USMC News 16 May 2005 -- Lt. Gen. James Amos, commanding general, II MEF, spoke these words May 10, in a hangar on Cherry Point's flight line, as he awarded the Marines of MALS-14 the Chesty Puller Award.
- Marines show off guns during Cobra Gold USMC News 16 May 2005 -- More than 100 Marines with 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, Combined Marine Forces, Cobra Gold, participated in a live-fire training exercise held here May 5 as part of Exercise Cobra Gold 2005.
- White House Briefing, May 16 Washington File 16 May 2005 -- Newsweek report on alleged Quran desecration
- State Department Briefing, May 16 Washington File 16 May 2005 -- Kuwait, Iran, Iraq, Syria/Lebanon, Cuba, Uzbekistan, Russia, North Korea, Mexico, Ethiopia, Additional Information for Bolton Confirmation Process, Secretary's Travel to Iraq/On-going Dialogue, United Nations, China, Cyprus
- New Boeing Center in Philadelphia Offers Military Customers Comprehensive Network-Centric Analysis Boeing 16 May 2005 -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) today announced the opening of a new $4.5 million expansion of its Modeling Simulation and Analysis Center (MSAC) in Philadelphia that will provide military customers with a state-of-the-art simulation environment supporting design and product integration decisions.
- Lockheed Martin Completes Delivery of First Low-Rate Production Guided MLRS Rockets to the U.S. Army Lockheed Martin 16 May 2005 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has delivered the final 170 Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) rockets produced under the Low-Rate Initial Production-1 (LRIP-1) contract from the U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Command (AMCOM), at Redstone Arsenal, AL. Work on the contract was performed at Lockheed Martin facilities in Dallas, TX, and Camden, AR. A total of 860 rockets have been delivered to date.
- Australian Army Takes First Delivery of Aircraft Equipped With Lockheed Martin Hellfire II Missiles and M299 Launcher Lockheed Martin 16 May 2005 -- The Australian Army has taken delivery of its first two Tiger armed reconnaissance helicopters (ARHs), equipped with Lockheed Martin’s [NYSE: LMT] HELLFIRE II missiles and M299 “smart” launchers. The helicopters, manufactured by Eurocopter in France, were delivered by its subsidiary, Australian Aerospace.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 16 May 2005
- COTE D IVOIRE: Start of disarmament put back to 27 June, rebels remain guarded IRIN 16 May 2005 -- Army and rebel chiefs in Cote d'Ivoire have set 27 June as the start date for a long-delayed disarmament programme, which is designed to pave the way for national reunification and presidential elections in October.
- Côte d'Ivoire: Annan welcomes disarmament pact, urges further action UN News Centre 16 May 2005 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed a weekend agreement by the Government and armed opposition in Côte d'Ivoire to undertake a disarmament, demobilization and reintegration process (DDR) and called on them to implement other aspects of the comprehensive accord negotiated by the African Union (AU).
- Suspected Mercenaries to be Charged in South Africa VOA 16 May 2005 -- South Africa will charge a total of 64 men who were arrested and jailed last year in Zimbabwe, while apparently enroute to Equatorial Guinea to participate in a botched coup.
- ZIMBABWE: Alleged mercenaries back in South Africa IRIN 16 May 2005 -- Sixty-two alleged mercenaries, who were jailed by Zimbabwean authorities for violating immigration, aviation, security and firearms regulations, were deported to South Africa over the weekend, amid tight security.
- SUDAN: Thousands flee food shortages and Ugandan rebel attacks in the south IRIN 16 May 2005 -- At least 5,000 people in southern Sudan have fled food shortages and attacks by the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and sought refuge in northwestern Uganda since January, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said.
- BURUNDI: Government, rebel group agree to end hostilities IRIN 16 May 2005 -- Burundian President Domitien Ndayizeye and Agathon Rwasa, the leader of the country's remaining rebel group, the Forces nationales de libération (FNL), agreed on Sunday to end hostilities and to work for lasting and sustainable peace in the country.
- Sri Lanka Plans to Work with Tamil Tigers Thwarted by Politics VOA News 16 May 2005 -- International donors are meeting in Sri Lanka to assess reconstruction efforts since December's deadly tsunami.
- GUINEA: Gunfire linked to jailbreak, not mutiny - Governor IRIN 16 May 2005 -- Heavy gunfire erupted in the centre of the Guinean capital Conakry on Sunday, but a senior government official said it was linked to a breakout of prisoners from the city's main jail. He denied suggestions that it was connected to an army mutiny.
- KYRGYZSTAN-UZBEKISTAN: Camp established as refugees flee Uzbek violence IRIN 16 May 2005 -- The United Nations in Kyrgyzstan has launched an assessment mission to the south of the country and the goverment has opened a refugee camp, after more than 1,000 Uzbeks crossed into the country following three days of violence in eastern Uzbekistan. Human rights groups in Uzbekistan estimate the clashes left 600 people dead.
- Uzbekistan: Where Does Crisis Go From Here? RFE/RL 16 May 2005 -- Dozens of questions surround the recent events in Uzbekistan, from who was behind the violent 13 May protest in Andijon, to why security forces opened fire, to how many people were killed.
- Uzbekistan: Regional, Western Reaction To Crackdown Varies From Support To Condemnation RFE/RL 16 May 2005 -- World reaction to the weekend's bloody events in the eastern Uzbek city of Andijon has varied widely. Uzbek President Islam Karimov has accused a faction of Hizb ut-Tahrir -- a banned movement seeking to create an Islamic state in Central Asia -- of orchestrating the uprising.
- Uzbek Interior Ministry Says 70 Detained Over Clashes RFE/RL 16 May 2005 -- Tensions remain high in eastern Uzbekistan following deadly clashes between government troops and protesters.
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