26 May 2005 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 26 May 2005 [PDF]
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- MARINE KILLED IN HADITHAH
- Transcript: DoD News Briefing - Operational Update 26 May 2005 -- Presenter: Lawrence Di Rita, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs and Army Brigadier General Carter Ham, Deputy Director Regional Operations, J-3
- Iraqi and Coalition Troops to Seal Baghdad VOA 26 May 2005 -- Iraqi security officials have promised to seal off the capital next week in an aggressive operation to root out insurgents and halt the wave of car bombs that has plagued the country during the past month.
- Operations Disrupt Enemy, Give Iraqi Forces Experience AFPS 26 May 2005 -- Current operations in Iraq are serving two important purposes, the Joint Staff's deputy director for regional operations said today during a Pentagon press briefing.
- U.S. Military Attempting To Verify Reports About Zarqawi Washington File 26 May 2005 -- Army Brigadier General Carter Hamm says the U.S. military has no independent corroboration that the Jordanian terrorist in Iraq linked to al-Qaida, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, has been wounded or spirited out of the country.
- Child killed in exchange of fire MNF-I 26 May 2005 -- An Iraqi child was killed as terrorists and Multi-National Forces exchanged fire in northern Iraq May 26.
- Operation New Market continues in Al Anbar Province MNF-I 26 May 2005 -- Marines and Sailors from Regimental Combat Team -2 and members of the Iraqi Security Forces continue Operation New Market in and around the city of Haditha .
- U.S. and Iraqi Forces begin conducting operations around Haditha MNF-I 26 May 2005 -- Marines and Sailors from Regimental Combat Team - 2 and members of the Iraqi Security Forces are conducting operations in and around the city of Haditha .
- Task Force Liberty Soldiers find two caches MNF-I 26 May 2005 -- Task Force Liberty Soldiers found two munitions caches southwest of Bayji at about 11:50 a.m. May 26.
- Three detainees escape from Abu Ghraib MNF-I 26 May 2005 -- Three detainees escaped from the Abu Ghraib theater internment facility before sunrise on May 26.
- Stryker Brigade continues to pressure terrorists in northern Iraq MNF-I 26 May 2005 -- Multi-National Forces from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team) detained one suspected terrorist and seized a cache during operations in northern Iraqi May 25.
- 14 terrorists arrested, Iraqi's turn in bomb-makers MNF-I 26 May 2005 -- At a forward operating base in southern Baghdad , two masked terrorists fired at a U.S. soldier manning a gate, then fled in a vehicle.
- Operations continue in Haditha MNF-I 26 May 2005 -- Marines and Sailors from Regimental Combat Team -2 and members of the Iraqi Security Forces continues operations in and around the city of Haditha May 26.
- Convoy Airmen protect supply lines AFPN 26 May 2005 -- More than 150 Airmen assigned to Det. 2632 provide convoy protection to civilian contractors and Army units delivering supplies throughout the area.
- CLB-8 Supply turns no one away USMC News 26 May 2005 -- The Supply section of Combat Logistics Battalion 8, 2d Force Service Support Group (Forward) has become the "go to" Supply section, according to Sgt. Ross Eisenberg, supply administration chief.
- Amb. Khalilzad Says Afghanistan Making Progress but Facing Significant Challenges VOA 26 May 2005 -- The outgoing U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, says the nation has made huge progress since he arrived there 17 months ago, but still faces significant challenges before it can become a normal, prosperous and secure country.
- Afghan Foreign Minister Urges Continued U.S. Engagement VOA 26 May 2005 -- Afghanistan's foreign minister says his nation has emerged from a dark era and stands ready to embrace a hopeful future, with continued U.S. military and economic assistance.
- Asefi: Long-term US presence in Afghanistan detrimental IRNA 26 May 2005 -- Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said here Wednesday that the long-term presence of the US in Afghanistan and establishment of military bases in the country would cause instability and be a threat to regional security.
- Afghanistan: Karzai Explains Kabul's Economic Goals During U.S. Visit RFE/RL 26 May 2005 -- Much of Afghan President Hamid Karzai's four-day visit to the United States this week was dominated by talk about security issues and Kabul's strategic partnership with America.
Defense Policy / Programs
- FIRST HOUSE VOTE ON EXITING FROM IRAQ WAR Council for a Liveable World 26 May 2005 -- On May 25, 2005, the House of Representatives voted on an amendment that has launched the debate in Congress over the American presence in Iraq.
- Transcript: DoD News Briefing on Koran Mishandling Allegations 26 May 2005 -- Presenter: Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Lawrence Di Rita and Joint Task Force - Guantanamo Commander Brig. Gen. Jay W. Hood
- Pentagon Says No Evidence Koran Placed in Toilet VOA 26 May 2005 -- Brigadier General Jay Hood, the military commander at Guantanamo Bay, says U.S. officials have substantiated five cases of mishandling of the Koran by the military, but found no credible evidence that a Koran was placed in a toilet and flushed.
- Defense Department Report, May 26: Quran Treatment Washington File 26 May 2005 -- The U.S. commander of forces in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, says a preliminary investigation has found "no credible evidence" that any military service member there ever flushed a Quran down the toilet.
- U.S. Suspends Efforts to Recover Remains of Missing Korean War Soldiers in North VOA 26 May 2005 -- The United States military has suspended efforts to recover the remains of U.S. soldiers killed in the Korean War from North Korea.
- US Eases Curbs on Ties with Indonesian Military VOA 26 May 2005 -- The Bush administration has taken another step toward resuming full military-to-military relations with Indonesia. The decision was announced a day after a White House visit by Indonesian President Suslio Bambang Yudhoyono.
- Taking second step: BRAC commissioner visits Pope AFB AFPN 26 May 2005 -- A Base Realignment and Closure commissioner met with base leaders here May 24 to discuss the base's inclusion on the 2005 BRAC list, the units that could potentially be affected and the land that comprises the base.
- HS-8 Detachment Trades Sea for Desert Navy NewsStand 26 May 2005 -- Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 8, "The Eightballers," from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9, currently deployed with USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), have expanded their role in setting the conditions for security and stability by patrolling the skies above Southeastern Iraq and the Northern Persian Gulf.
- BHR Sailors, Marines Become Golden Shellbacks Navy NewsStand 26 May 2005 -- Sailors and Marines aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (BHR) (LHD 6) joined the ranks of Golden Shellbacks May 21, as the ship crossed the international dateline and equator while sailing back into the Northern and Western hemispheres.
- Ike, French Carrier Work Together During Multinational Maritime Exercise Navy NewsStand 26 May 2005 -- USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) opened her flight deck to the French navy May 25 during Multi-National Maritime Exercise (MNME) 05-1.
- Camden's Sunset Cruise Supplies 5th Fleet Navy NewsStand 26 May 2005 -- USS Camden (AOE 2) is currently halfway through its final deployment, supplying U.S. 5th Fleet operations.
- Lessons learned conference shapes tomorrow's battlefield USMC News 26 May 2005 -- The Marine Corps Center for Lessons Learned held a three-day battalion commanders conference Monday through Wednesday at the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory.
- 2nd Intelligence prepares for deployment USMC News 26 May 2005 -- Less than two months after completing an Iraq combat tour, 2nd Intelligence Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force, prepared for deployment to that part of the world.
- Senate Democrats block confirmation of U.N. ambassador nominee VOA 26 May 2005 -- Senate Democrats have blocked a confirmation vote on the nomination of John Bolton to be US ambassador to the United Nations in a major setback for President Bush.
- U.S.: Senate Prepares To End Emotional Debate On UN Envoy RFE/RL 26 May 2005 -- The U.S. Senate is expected to vote today to approve the nomination of John Bolton to be the country's ambassador to the United Nations. The move would end nearly three months of stormy debate, mostly pitting majority Republicans against minority Democrats, over Bolton's demeanor and suitability for the post. Bolton's supporters say he is the ideal choice to lead a UN reform initiative, while his detractors say his blunt style would undermine U.S. goals at the world body.
- NGO PRESS BRIEFING ON NPT REVIEW CONFERENCE United Nations 26 May 2005
- State Department Briefing, May 26 Washington File 26 May 2005 -- Department/Islamic Jihad Group designated as terrorist group, Bolton nomination, Sudan, Ethiopia, United Nations, Israel/Palestinian Authority, Haiti, Indonesia, Iran
- White House Daily Briefing, May 26 Washington File 26 May 2005 -- Economic data, Bush meeting with President Abbas, Israeli security fence, Israeli settlements, aid to Palestinian Authority, U.S.-Syria relations, Afghanistan, Bush/commencement speech at Naval Academy
- Major Milestone Completed on Turkey's First Peace Eagle Aircraft Boeing 26 May 2005 -- Boeing workers in Seattle, Wash. have installed a reinforced upper section of the fuselage on the first 737 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft (foreground) for Turkey's Peace Eagle program. The aircraft's main MESA radar antenna will be attached to that section later this year.
- General Dynamics Awarded $21 Million For Submarine-Technology Development General Dynamics 26 May 2005 -- General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded three contracts worth a total of $20.5 million to develop submarine technology for a joint Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)/U.S. Navy program. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
- General Dynamics Awarded $5 Million Contract for Submarine Work General Dynamics 26 May 2005 -- The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $5.1 million contract modification for nuclear-submarine work. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
- General Dynamics Awarded $129 Million Order for Production of 2.75-Inch Rockets General Dynamics 26 May 2005 -- General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), was awarded a $129 million order from the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., for the production of 2.75-inch Hydra-70 rockets, motors and warheads for the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and foreign military sales. This delivery order was awarded under a five-year contract signed on May 5 which has a potential value of $900 million.
- Lockheed Martin, Responding to U.S. Marine Corps Needs, Converts Anti-Tank Missile for Urban Assault Lockheed Martin 26 May 2005 -- Responding to an urgent request from warfighters, Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] expanded the capabilities of its Predator anti-tank weapon and delivered 400 rounds to the U.S. Marine Corps.
- Lockheed Martin Delivers First Lot of Guided MLRS Unitary Rockets to The U.S. Army Lockheed Martin 26 May 2005 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has delivered the first 72 Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) Unitary rockets to the U.S. Army, satisfying a request for an immediate capability as part of an Urgent Need Statement from the U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Command (AMCOM), Redstone Arsenal, AL, in January 2005.
- Hawker de Havilland Awarded F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Work by Northrop Grumman Northrop Grumman 26 May 2005 -- Australian firm Hawker de Havilland has signed a $70 million, long-term agreement with Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) to produce composite parts and subassemblies for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter center fuselage, a major section of the aircraft being developed by Northrop Grumman's Integrated Systems sector.
- Northrop Grumman Selected to Provide Link Middleware Software for Navy MH-60 Helicopters Northrop Grumman 26 May 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been selected by Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) to provide communications software for the U.S. Navy's new MH-60R and MH-60S multimission helicopters.
- Northrop Grumman Helps U.S. Air Force Develop Technologies for More Efficient Supersonic Flight Northrop Grumman 26 May 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) is helping the U.S. Air Force develop propulsion technologies that could enable aircraft to routinely fly more than 1,500 miles per hour -- more than twice the speed of sound -- without the traditional drawbacks of supersonic flight.
- U.S. Navy Awards $3 Billion DD(X) Ship System Integration and Detail Design Contract to Raytheon Raytheon 26 May 2005 -- The U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) a $3 billion DD(X) Ship System Integration and Detail Design contract to continue the seamless advancement of mission equipment for the Navy's DD(X) Destroyer. (The contract was originally announced by the Department of Defense on May 23, 2005.)
- Northrop Grumman Statement on Decision to No-Bid Los Alamos National Laboratory Management Contract Northrop Grumman 26 May 2005 -- Based upon its evaluation of the Los Alamos National Laboratory request for proposal, Northrop Grumman Corporation (NOC) has decided not to pursue the contract. The company continues to be committed to helping the U.S. Department of Energy achieve its overall objectives, but has determined that it can best provide that support through other key programs. The company is currently evaluating other future opportunities with the Department of Energy and looks forward to applying its world-class capabilities to meet the agency's specialized requirements.
- Boeing ScanEagle UAV Surpasses 3000 Combat Flight Hours in Iraq; Provides Real-Time Imagery for Tactical Commanders Boeing 26 May 2005 -- ScanEagle, a long-endurance fully autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by Boeing [NYSE:BA] and The Insitu Group, has surpassed 3,000 combat flight hours during operations in Iraq in just ten months.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 26 May 2005
- Security Council discusses improving post-conflict peacebuilding UN News Centre 26 May 2005 -- While acknowledging that it is only one of the parties to long-term restoration of peace in post-conflict countries, the United Nations Security Council today said it "considers post-conflict peacebuilding closely linked to its primary responsibilities."
- UN and African Union rally for global support to prevent further suffering in Darfur UN News Centre 26 May 2005 -- Rallying worldwide support for a pan-African peacekeeping operation in Sudan's troubled Darfur region, the leaders of the United Nations and the African Union (AU) today jointly called for urgent action to help bolster their campaign to save millions of lives.
- Annan urges donors to bolster expanded African Union efforts in Darfur UN News Centre 26 May 2005 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged donors to provide the financing, equipment and political backing to help an expanded African Union (AU) mission bring an end to what he called one of the most pressing and destructive crises on the African continent - the conflict in Sudan's Darfur region.
- Sudan: African Union Appeals For More Money For Darfur Mission RFE/RL 26 May 2005 -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan was in Ethiopia today to chair a one-day conference of leading international diplomats on the emergency in Darfur, Sudan.
- Donors Pledge $200-million for Sudan's Darfur Region VOA 26 May 2005 -- Donor nations have pledged an additional 200-million dollars to support an expanded African Union mission in Sudan's western Darfur region. An appeal for more support was answered during a meeting of donor nations in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capital.
- NIGERIA-SUDAN: Darfur peace talks set to resume in Abuja on 10 June IRIN 26 May 2005 -- Peace talks between the Sudanese government and rebels from the western region of Darfur are set to resume in Nigeria in June, after a six-month gap, a spokesman for the African Union (AU) said on Thursday.
- SUDAN: Annan calls for support to AU mission in Darfur IRIN 26 May 2005 -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned on Thursday that the world was facing a race against time to resolve the crisis in the war-torn Darfur region of western Sudan.
- Bush Pledges $50 Million To Aid Palestinians in Gaza Washington File 26 May 2005 -- President Bush announced that the United States will provide $50 million for new housing and infrastructure projects in Gaza following Israel's withdrawal, an action expected this summer.
- President Bush Meets Palestinian Leader at White House VOA 26 May 2005 -- President Bush says that for the first time, the United States will provide direct aid to the Palestinian people through their own government.
- Group of Israelis Agree to Move from Gaza Settlement VOA 26 May 2005 -- The majority of Israeli settlers in the Gaza Strip have agreed to move voluntarily to new homes inside Israel ahead of the planned evacuation of all Gaza settlements in August.
- DRC: Two militiamen die in Kisangani fighting IRIN 26 May 2005 -- Two militiamen died on Tuesday during fighting between local Mayi-Mayi militiamen recently integrated into the new national army and members of the Presidential Guard in Kisangani, the provincial capital Orientale, according to the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, MONUC.
- DRC: Latest killings in South Kivu part of long-standing abuses IRIN 26 May 2005 -- An armed group of mostly Rwandan Hutus in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is accused of killing 18 civilians, mutilating 11 others and taking around 50 hostages on Monday.
- India and Nepal Maoists deny mutual ties IRNA 26 May 2005 -- India and Nepal Maoists on Wednesday denied they have nothing to do with each other.
- NAMIBIA: Caprivi separatists still defiant IRIN 26 May 2005 -- A group of Caprivi separatists accused of treason sang protest songs and waved placards demanding independence for Namibia's remote northeastern region when they arrived in court on Thursday.
- GUINEA-BISSAU: Government accuses Yala of coup attempt, sticks to election date IRIN 26 May 2005 -- The government of Guinea-Bissau has accused former president Kumba Yala of trying to stage a coup by briefly occupying the presidential palace with a group of soldiers and has threatened to put him on trial.
- SOUTHERN AFRICA: Regional peacekeeping brigade ready by June, SA govt IRIN 26 May 2005 -- The Southern African Development Community (SADC) peacekeeping brigade could be operational by 30 June, the South African ministry of defence has confirmed.
- ANGOLA: Renewed clashes between govt and Cabindan separatists IRIN 26 May 2005 -- Civil society groups in Angola's oil-rich Cabinda province have again called on the government to enter serious negotiations with separatists, following reports of fresh clashes.
- Indonesian Government and Aceh Rebels Start New Round of Talks VOA 26 May 2005 -- A new round of peace talks between the Indonesian government and separatist rebels from Aceh Province has opened in Helsinki.
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