09 June 2005 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 09 Jun 2005 [PDF]
- MARINE KILLED IN VEHICLE ACCIDENT NEAR THE TOWN OF HIT
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- Kidnapped Italian Aid Worker Released in Afghanistan VOA 09 Jun 2005 -- An Italian aid worker held hostage in Afghanistan for more than three weeks was released and will return to Italy on Friday. The Afghan government said it did not pay ransom for her release.
- Nearly 60,000 ex-combatants disarmed in Afghanistan - UN UN News Centre 09 Jun 2005 -- Almost 60,000 former Afghan military troops have disarmed, and most of them have entered a programme aimed at helping them to re-join society, the United Nations reported today.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Rumsfeld: Guantanamo Inmates Need Place to Go Before Release VOA 09 Jun 2005 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says the United States would rather have many of the detainees held at the Guantanamo Bay detention center jailed in their home countries, but he has played down the idea of closing the facility.
- Bush Allows For Possibility Of Closing Guantanamo Camp RFE/RL 09 Jun 2005 -- U.S. President George W. Bush yesterday left open the possibility today that the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, could be shut down following mounting criticism.
- Homeland Security Defenses Must Be Active, Layered AFPS 09 Jun 2005 -- Homeland security requires defense in depth and at a distance, the Defense Department's top official for homeland defense said during a speech today at the Heritage Foundation here.
- Government Report: FBI Missed Clues About Terrorists Who Planned 2001 Attacks VOA 10 Jun 2005 -- A new government report says the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the FBI, missed some key clues about some of the terrorists who planned the 2001 attacks on New York and Washington.
- Seabasing to Transform Marine Deployments, Commandant Says AFPS 09 Jun 2005 -- The "seabasing" capability being developed for the Marine Corps will enable the service to deploy 15,000 troops anywhere in the world in as little as 10 to 12 days, according to the commandant of the Marine Corps.
- Talisman Saber Exercises 'Framework for Action' Concepts AFPS 09 Jun 2005 -- Exercise Talisman Saber, the first of a biennial series of exercises aimed at further developing and enhancing the defense relationships between the United States and Australia, began in various locations in eastern Australia on June 8.
- Gallant Fox III brings first responders to Pentagon AFPN 09 Jun 2005 -- A dozen bodies lay strewn on a patch of grass near the bus stop outside the Pentagon on June 8. Some of them cried out for help.
- Air Force Research Lab gives new meaning to 'battlebots' AFPN 09 Jun 2005 -- Officials from the laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, visited here to demonstrate how unmanned systems might conduct security forces missions.
- Multinational Anti-sub Exercise Kicks Off Navy NewsStand 09 Jun 2005 -- Approximately 2,000 Sailors from eight countries began Exercise Shark Hunt 2005 June 7 in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea.
- USS Normandy Becomes CTF 58 Flagship Navy NewsStand 09 Jun 2005 -- Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Commodore Steve Gilmore, commander, Task Force (CTF) 58, transferred his flag and his crew of 15 RAN Sailors from USS Antietam (CG 54) to USS Normandy (CG 60) June 5.
- ACU 5 Supports Talisman Saber Navy NewsStand 09 Jun 2005 -- Members of the "Swift Intruders" of Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5, from Camp Pendleton, Calif., participated in the first wave of loading Australian army vehicles aboard USS Boxer (LHD 4) from May 31 to June 1 in preparation for Exercise Talisman Saber 2005.
- Boxer, John Paul Jones Visit Darwin, Australia Navy NewsStand 09 Jun 2005 -- USS Boxer (LHD 4) and USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) enjoyed a four-day port visit in the "land down under" in the city of Darwin, Australia, May 30-June 3.
- Talisman Saber Exercises Framework for Action Concepts Navy NewsStand 09 Jun 2005 -- Exercise Talisman Saber, the first of a biennial series of exercises aimed at further developing and enhancing the defense relationships between the United States and Australia, began in various locations in eastern Australia June 8.
- Transcript: Secretary Rumsfeld News Conference at the Meeting of NATO Defense Ministers, Brussels, Belgium 09 Jun 2005 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld
- NATO Countries Working Together in More Ways Than Ever AFPS 09 Jun 2005 -- NATO counties are working together in ways they never have before, and the alliance is expanding its membership and global responsibilities, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said at NATO headquarters here today.
- NATO: Alliance Chief Presses Allies For Greater Spending And Faster Reforms RFE/RL 09 Jun 2005 -- The NATO defense ministers meeting in Brussels Thursday (9 June) ended on a sour note with Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer using a news conference to remind member states that greater spending is needed to attain the goals set for the alliance.
- NATO: Defense Ministers Discuss Alliance Reforms, Ongoing Operations RFE/RL 09 Jun 2005 -- Defense ministers from the 26 NATO member states are in Brussels today for their once-yearly formal meeting. They will discuss a range of issues, among them increasing the global reach of the militaries of the member states, NATO support to peacekeeping efforts in Sudan, and how to handle Uzbekistan in the wake of the mass killings in Andijon last month.
- NATO to Assist African Union With Airlift in Darfur AFPS 09 Jun 2005 -- NATO will support the African Union with airlift support into the war-torn region of Darfur, Sudan, alliance officials announced here June 8.
- NATO Defense Ministers Approve Extra African Troops for Darfur VOA 09 Jun 2005 -- NATO defense ministers have approved an operation to airlift extra African troops to Sudan's strife-torn Darfur region, the alliance's first mission to Africa.
- White House Daily Briefing, June 9 Washington File 09 Jun 2005 -- President's schedule, Bush/UN SecGen Annan phone call, Ethiopian elections, Patriot Act/war on terrorism, North Korea/six-party talks, Guantanamo Bay
- State Department Briefing, June 9 Washington File 09 Jun 2005 -- Rice/ElBaradei meeting, U.S. cooperation with IAEA, democracy, Henrietta Holsman Fore/nomination, Iran, North Korea, Uzbekistan, Serbia, Mexico, Ethiopia
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 09 Jun 2005
- NIGERIA: Darfur peace talks back on track in Abuja IRIN 09 Jun 2005 -- Delegates representing Sudan's government and rebels fighting in the country's western Darfur region are set to resume talks in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, on Friday to seek an end to a conflict that has created Africa's worst humanitarian disaster.
- Sudan: UN mission suspends operations in areas of South Darfur UN News Centre 09 Jun 2005 -- The United Nations mission in Sudan (UNMIS) has today declared the town of Muhujariya in South Darfur a "no go" area for UN staff following recent clashes between rebel forces and continued unrest in the area.
- Talks To Resume In Nigeria On Darfur Crisis VOA 09 Jun 2005 -- A fresh round of talks aimed at ending fighting in Sudan's Darfur region is set to begin in Nigeria Friday. African Union leaders say they are optimistic, but an analyst who follows the region, notes that previous AU-brokered negotiations have failed to end the violence that has left tens-of-thousands of people dead and many more displaced.
- MAURITANIA: Government organises anti-terror marches after barracks attack IRIN 09 Jun 2005 -- Tens of thousands of people have taken to the dusty streets of the capital Nouakchott at the behest of the ruling party, with more marches planned across Mauritania to protest a fatal attack on a remote desert military base by an Algerian Islamist group.
- Israel's High Court Gives Green Light for Gaza Pullout VOA 09 Jun 2005 -- Israel's High Court has given a green light to the government's plan to pull out of the Gaza Strip in August.
- SOMALIA: Death toll rises as fighting continues in Beletweyne IRIN 09 Jun 2005 -- At least 30 people have died since inter-clan fighting broke out on Monday in the town of Beletweyne, south-central Somalia.
- U.S. Resumes Aid To Serbia-Montenegro RFE/RL 09 Jun 2005 -- The United States has resumed aid to Serbia and Montenegro that was frozen at the beginning of the year to express dissatisfaction with Belgrade's cooperation with the UN war crimes tribunal.
- EU Officials Want Uzbek Aid Canceled RFE/RL 09 Jun 2005 -- European lawmakers today called for the European Union to cut direct aid to Uzbekistan until it allows an independent inquiry into last month's violence in eastern Uzbekistan.
- UZBEKISTAN: Focus on Andijan following May unrest IRIN 09 Jun 2005 -- One of the central streets of the eastern Uzbek city of Andijan, Navoi Avenue, is deserted these days. One can see only a few idlers on either side of the road.
- MIDDLE EAST: HAMAS 'COULD BENEFIT IN THE END' FROM PA ELECTION DELAY US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 09 Jun 2005
- Washington Ponders UN Action on Uzbekistan VOA 09 Jun 2005 -- The Bush administration said Thursday it may seek action at the United Nations to prod Uzbekistan's government into heeding calls for an international investigation of last month's violence in city of Andijon. Hundreds of people are believed to have been killed by security forces in the May 13th events, which the group Human Rights Watch has labeled a massacre.
- TOGO: President snubs opponents for 'moderate' prime minister IRIN 09 Jun 2005 -- Togo's President Faure Gnassingbe has named 'moderate' Edem Kodjo prime minister, leaving the opposition coalition that rallied against him in April polls wondering what to do next.
- PRESS BRIEFING ON MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS REPORT United Nations 09 Jun 2005
- NASA Selects Northrop Grumman for Software Assurance Services Contract Valued at Up to $200M Northrop Grumman 09 Jun 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a contract to provide National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) with the capability to independently verify and validate mission-critical software that will support the safety requirements and technology needs of the agency.
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