30 May 2005 Military News
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- Two Suicide Bombings in Iraq Kill at Least 25 VOA 30 May 2005 -- U.S. troops arrested the head of a largely Sunni political party, but released him soon after and admitted to a mistake. Mohsen Abdul-Hamid, leader of the Iraqi Islamic Party, who once held the rotating presidency of the former U.S.-appointed Iraqi Governing Council. Meanwhile, a pair of deadly bomb blasts have struck public buildings.
- Suicide Bombings In Al-Hillah Kill At Least 20 RFE/RL 30 May 2005 -- Police say bomb explosions in the Iraqi town of Al-Hillah today killed up to 20 people and injured some 35 others.
- Iraq: Domestic Security Forces Hunt Insurgents In Baghdad RFE/RL 30 May 2005 -- An estimated 40,000 Iraqi soldiers and police officers have launched a massive security sweep in the capital Baghdad. They are setting up checkpoints and searching homes in an effort to root out insurgents. Dubbed "Operation Lightning," the crackdown comes following a wave of insurgent attacks that have killed more than 720 people since Iraq's new Shi'ite-led government was announced on 28 April.
- Coalition forces raids in Rahwah and Karabilah net key anti-Iraqi terrorists MNF-I 30 May 2005 -- Acting on intelligence sources and tips provided by Iraqi citizens, Multi-National forces conducted simultaneous raids in the Rahwah and Karabilah regions to capture or kill terrorists within the Abu Musab al-Zarqawi network.
- Terrorists dead following attack on Security Forces MNF-I 30 May 2005 -- Soldiers from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team) killed several terrorists and captured four people suspected of anti-Iraqi activities in northern Iraq Sunday in combined operations with Iraqi Security Forces.
- Operation New Market ends in Haditha MNF-I 30 May 2005 -- Coalition troops from Regimental Combat Team-2 and Iraqi Security Forces and completed Operation New Market May 29.
- Coalition forces detain, release Mr. Muhsin Abdul Hamid MNF-I 30 May 2005 -- This morning Coalition forces detained and interviewed Muhsin Abdul Hamid.
- Iraqi Air Force aircraft crashes MNF-I 30 May 2005 -- An Iraqi Air Force aircraft crashed May 30 in eastern Diyala province during an operational mission with four U.S. personnel and one Iraqi on board.
- MSD 22 to Return From 5th Fleet Navy NewsStand 30 May 2005 -- Mobile Security Detachment (MSD) 22 returned home during the Memorial Day weekend in May from a successful six-month deployment after providing force protection for Iraqi oil terminals in the Northern Persian Gulf.
- Cobras strike in support of border fight USMC News 30 May 2005 -- The quiet air of the camp is broken as the whoop-whoop of two AH-1W Super Cobras taking to the sky fills the area.
- Force Protection Company watches Camp Fallujah's back USMC News 30 May 2005 -- With the security of Camp Fallujah and II Marine Expeditionary Force, Headquarters Group, II MEF (FWD), area of operations in its hands, many lives depend on the Marines and sailors of Force Protection Company.
- ISF, 1/6 sprout new roots outside Saqlawiyah USMC News 30 May 2005 -- The morning sun's rays had not even touched the farmers' unadorned concrete houses as a group of figures approached their lands.
- 2nd LAR searches village for insurgents USMC News 30 May 2005 -- Marines from 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion raided a small Bedouin village near Akashat in search of insurgents and anti-Iraqi forces.
- AFGHANISTAN: Life one year after disarmament IRIN 30 May 2005 -- Once a combatant, 34-year-old Abdul Ghafour wakes each day to begin his new life as the sole carpenter in the tiny village of Janat Bagh.
- AFGHANISTAN: Further progress toward parliamentary elections IRIN 30 May 2005 -- The nomination process for candidates in Afghanistan's forthcoming parliamentary elections has met with enormous enthusiasm.
- New Attacks Strike in Afghanistan VOA 30 May 2005 -- A roadside bomb outside the Afghan capital, Kabul, wounded at least five people Monday, and insurgents fired a missile at NATO's security force compound in the capital.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Russia Agrees To Pull Troops From Georgia By 2008 RFE/RL 30 May 2005 -- Russia and Georgia have signed an agreement on the withdrawal of Russian military bases from Georgia by 2008. The presence of the troops has bedeviled Russian-Georgian relations for the most part of the last decade. The agreement was signed in Moscow by Georgian Foreign Minister Salome Zourabichvili and her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.
- DRC-RWANDA: Kagame says no to negotiations with Congo-based rebels IRIN 30 May 2005 -- Rwandan President Paul Kagame said on Friday that his government welcomes a recent conciliatory declaration by a Rwandan Hutu rebel group based in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
- DRC: Thousands flee following attack IRIN 30 May 2005 -- At least 6,000 civilians have fled following an attack last week in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where 19 civilians were killed and scores of others wounded and taken hostage by Rwandan Hutu rebels.
- US Congress Team Arrives in Northern Cyprus Despite Protests From Nicosia VOA 30 May 2005 -- A U.S. congressional delegation has arrived in the Turkish controlled sector of Cyprus, entering the unrecognized state via Turkey in direct defiance of the Greek Cypriot government. Since the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus, only two congressmen have entered the island through the north's Tymbou Airport.
- Factions Clash in Southern Somalia VOA 30 May 2005 -- More than a dozen people were killed Monday when rival factions fought in the southern Somali town of Baidoa.
- Military Seizes Record Arms From Rebels VOA 30 May 2005 -- The Colombian military has made the largest seizure of ammunition and other explosives in the country's history.
- Divisions Deepen After France Rejects EU Constitution VOA 30 May 2005 -- The rejection by French voters of the European Constitution Sunday has plunged France into a political crisis. The no vote has hurt both the ruling conservative party of French President Jacques Chirac and the opposition Socialists.
- EU: Leaders Fight To Salvage Union Constitution After French 'Non' RFE/RL 30 May 2005 -- The European Union was thrown into yet another -- and unprecedented -- crisis last night when the news came through that a little less than 55 percent of the French electorate had said "No" to the new EU constitution. Although the outcome was anticipated by many, the margin of the defeat appeared to come as a surprise.
- EU: After French Referendum, Europe Seen As Changed Forever RFE/RL 30 May 2005 -- France has voted "no" in a referendum to approve the European Union's proposed constitution. The shock waves are still reverberating around Europe, but it seems clear that things will never be quite the same again. Among the policies cast into doubt is the continued expansion of the EU eastwards, particularly as regards Turkey.
- Kyrgyz President: Corruption Still Widespread VOA 30 May 2005 -- Acting President of the Central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan, Kurmanbek Bakiev, assured the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe that the upcoming presidential elections will meet international standards. But he added much still needs to be done to rid the country of corruption so there can be no return to the old authoritarian system.
- Hariri Bloc Sweeps Beirut Parliamentary Elections VOA 30 May 2005 -- The Interior Ministry in charge of parliamentary elections in Lebanon announced a landslide victory for the son of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in the Beirut district.
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