20 June 2005 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 20 Jun 2005 [PDF]
- MARINE KILLED IN KARABILAH
- 1ST COSCOM SOLDIER KILLED BY IED
- DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
- DoD Identifies Army Casualties
- Predator provides close-air support to embattled Marines in Iraq AFPN 20 Jun 2005 -- An MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle destroyed an anti-Iraqi forces mortar launch site near Al Qaim on June 18 while assisting Marines under enemy fire.
- Soldier, Marine Killed in Iraq; Soldiers Capture 24 Terror Suspects AFPS 20 Jun 2005 -- Two U.S. servicemembers died in recent days in operations in Iraq, military officials in Baghdad said.
- Iraqi, Coalition Forces Kill, Capture Terrorists, Seize Weapons AFPS 20 Jun 2005 -- Iraqi security forces and multinational forces killed two terrorists, detained 17 terror suspects, and seized a large cache of weapons in northern Iraq June 19, military officials said today.
- CENTCOM Report, June 20: Iraq Update Washington File 20 Jun 2005 -- Iraqi security forces have been working alongside U.S. counterparts to carry out two major anti-insurgency operations.
- Attacks In Iraq Kill Over 30 RFE/RL 20 Jun 2005 -- More than 30 people have been reported killed in the latest series of insurgent attacks in Iraq.
- CROWS keeps gunners out of harms way Army News 20 Jun 2005 -- Soldiers of Forward Operating Base O'Ryan, Troop K, Task Force 1-128 have instituted new measures to ensure the safety of their gunners from enemy combatants during vehicle-led patrols.
- Task Force Baghdad nabs weapons, suspected terrorists Army News 20 Jun 2005 -- Three Iraqi citizens helped save countless lives when they reported information to Iraqi Security Forces and Task Force Baghdad Soldiers regarding large weapons caches and three men allegedly planning a terrorist attack in the capital.
- Iraqi judge killed, 45 detained over weekend in Mosul Army News 20 Jun 2005 -- An Iraqi judge was killed this weekend in Mosul, Iraq, and Coalition Forces detained 45 individuals and confiscated 7 weapons caches.
- U.S. Soldiers capture terrorists in north and south Baghdad MNF-I 20 Jun 2005 -- Task Force Baghdad Soldiers captured 23 terror suspects during early-morning combat operations in the capitol June 20.
- Sixty-year conflict ends with UN-brokered peace between two Afghan tribes UN News Centre 20 Jun 2005 -- A conflict which has raged between neighbouring tribes in eastern Afghanistan for six decades, resulting in 60 deaths in the last year alone, has been resolved through the mediation of the United Nations mission in the country, a mission spokesman said today.
- Pakistan for probe into US envoy's murder plot IRNA 20 Jun 2005 -- Pakistan on Monday called for probe into reports that Afghan security forces have arrested three Pakistanis for allegedly planning to assassinate the US ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad.
- Afghanistan Arrests Pakistanis in Alleged Plot to Kill US Ambassador VOA 20 Jun 2005 -- Afghan officials have arrested three Pakistani men they say were plotting to assassinate the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan. The arrests come just hours after the U.S. military announced that increasing numbers of foreign militants have entered Afghanistan, apparently to help Taleban insurgents fight the central government.
- U.S. Launches Air Strikes In Afghanistan RFE/RL 20 Jun 2005 -- The U.S. military says it believes between 15 and 20 suspected militants have been killed in air strikes in Afghanistan's southern Helmand Province.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Coast Guard Ready to Meet Security Requirements, Commandant Says AFPS 20 Jun 2005 -- To meet post-Sept. 11 security responsibilities, the United States Coast Guard has crafted and is implementing a transformation policy to ensure America's coastlines and waterways are safe, the Coast Guard's top official said June 17.
- Fort Leonard Wood Communities Prepare for Growth AFPS 20 Jun 2005 -- The communities surrounding Fort Leonard Wood are preparing for the growth anticipated due to upcoming base realignments and the return of forces from Europe and Korea to stateside bases -- and applying important lessons they learned from the past.
- Pak, US navies to conduct joint wargames from 22 IRNA 20 Jun 2005 -- Pakistan and US navies will conduct a joint exercise in the North Arabian Sea from June 22, it was announced here on Monday by US and Pakistani naval officials.
- Weather forecasters provide support in Kosovo AFPN 20 Jun 2005 -- The forecasters, who are deployed from California and Kentucky Air National Guard units, provide weather support as "force multipliers" to allow the brigade to accomplish its missions safely, effectively and in a timely manner.
- Granite Thunder 2005 rocks New Boston AFPN 20 Jun 2005 -- A van lies on its side at the edge of a road where two men sprint from the scene into the nearby woods.
- Indian Springs renamed Creech Air Force Base AFPN 20 Jun 2005 -- Nearby Indian Springs Air Force Auxiliary Air Field officially changed its name to Creech Air Force Base on June 20 in honor of Gen. Wilbur L. "Bill" Creech.
- Premier air mobility competition kicks off AFPN 20 Jun 2005 -- Brig. Gen. David S. "Scott" Gray kicked off the Rodeo 2005 competition with those words June 19 when Rodeo participants and observers gathered on the flightline here for the opening ceremony.
- Army, Navy Team Up on Boxer Navy NewsStand 20 Jun 2005 -- The Australian army and the U.S. Navy are working side by side for four intensive weeks during Exercise Talisman Saber 2005 in June.
- Swedish Submarine Expected To Enhance Navy's Antisubmarine Warfare Primacy Navy NewsStand 20 Jun 2005 -- The Swedish attack submarine HMS Gotland arrives in San Diego June 23 and will begin a one-year bilateral training effort with the U.S. Navy's antisubmarine warfare (ASW) forces.
- Bonhomme Richard Sailors, Marines Enjoy Hawaii Port Visit Navy NewsStand 20 Jun 2005 -- USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) (BHR) pulled into Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, May 25 for a three-day port visit on the return leg of its 2004-2005 Western Pacific deployment.
- NCIS Director Recognizes Special Agents in Bahrain Navy NewsStand 20 Jun 2005 -- The director of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) recognized several special agents and an investigator from the NCIS Middle East Field Office June 15, for their achievements in Iraq.
- Boxer, JPJ Visit Townsville Navy NewsStand 20 Jun 2005 -- USS Boxer (LHD 4), USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) and USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) arrived June 8 in the heart of North Queensland, Australia, for a four-day port visit in the city of Townsville, where the ships made preparations for their involvement in Exercise Talisman Saber 2005.
- Vinson Strike Group Responds to Distress Call Navy NewsStand 20 Jun 2005 -- While conducting maritime security operations in the Persian Gulf June 11, USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) received a distress call over bridge-to-bridge radio from the Iranian-flagged fishing dhow Henif at approximately 8:20 a.m. requesting medical assistance for a crew member.
- US Senate to Vote on UN Ambassador Nominee VOA 20 Jun 2005 -- President Bush is urging Senate Democrats to stop blocking the nomination of John Bolton to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and allow an up-or-down vote on the Senate floor later Monday.
- State Department Briefing, June 20 Washington File 20 Jun 2005 -- Afghanistan, Burma, Iran, Syria, Department/Rice's schedule, Lebanon, Israel/China, Vietnam, North Korea, Nepal, Middle East, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Mexico, Zimbabwe
- White House Daily Briefing, June 20 Washington File 20 Jun 2005 -- European Union, John Bolton/nomination, Iraq, Vietnam, second term agenda, Osama bin Laden, Pakistan, detainees, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, North Korea, Downing Street Memo, tax reform
- General Dynamics Awarded $141 Million to Upgrade Abrams Tanks General Dynamics 20 Jun 2005 -- The U.S. Army TACOM Lifecycle Management Command has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), a $141 million contract to upgrade 60 M1A2 Abrams tanks to the latest System Enhancement Package (SEP) configuration (M1A2 SEP).
- General Dynamics Awarded $5 Million to Develop Automated Storage and Retrieval System for U.S. Navy General Dynamics 20 Jun 2005 -- General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), was awarded a $4.8 million contract from the Advanced Technology Institute (Charleston, S.C.) through the Office of Naval Research (Arlington, Va.) to develop a land-based demonstrator of technology for the Automated Storage and Retrieval System, an automatic warehouse system designed to be used aboard ships.
- Raytheon and U.K. Ministry of Defence Sign $16.5 Million RaPID Contracts Raytheon 20 Jun 2005 -- Raytheon Company and the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence, Defence Logistics Organisation, today signed a series of contracts for Raytheon Partnering in Defence (RaPID) that over the next 13 years will reduce the cost of ownership of Raytheon munitions used in the Royal Air Force inventory.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 20 Jun 2005
- Mideast Peace Efforts Get Boost, but Violence Continues VOA 20 Jun 2005 -- Middle East peace efforts are getting a boost with a visit to the region by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and Tuesday's (tomorrow's) planned meeting between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
- Secretary Rice Calls for Liberty and Democracy in the Middle East VOA 20 Jun 2005 -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has issued a strong call for liberty and democracy in the Middle East.
- COTE D IVOIRE: Mbeki calls another summit to try to salvage peace process IRIN 20 Jun 2005 -- With the peace process in Cote d'Ivoire running into fresh difficulties and the rebels once more resisting pressure to disarm, international mediator and South African president Thabo Mbeki has called the warring factions to a new summit.
- Sudan: UN Mission takes over military operations in Nuba Mountains UN News Centre 20 Jun 2005 -- The United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) gathered momentum today, taking over operations from the multinational force monitoring a ceasefire agreement between the Sudanese Government and rebels in the Nuba Mountains region.
- Burundi: Security Council asks Annan to begin talks on truth commission, special court UN News Centre 20 Jun 2005 -- With a peace deal starting to take hold in Burundi, the United Nations Security Council today asked Secretary-General Kofi Annan to begin negotiations with the Government and consultations with all Burundian parties on how to implement his recommendations for a truth commission and a special court to prosecute war crimes and human rights violations after decades of ethnic fighting.
- Lebanon: Analyst Says Elections Will Have International Significance RFE/RL 20 Jun 2005 -- After a month of balloting in Lebanon's four-phase general elections, the alliance that opposed the presence of Syrian troops in the country appears set to control a majority in the new parliament.
- Anti-Syrian Alliance Wins Majority in New Lebanese Parliament VOA 20 Jun 2005 -- The anti-Syrian opposition coalition swept the fourth and final round of parliamentary elections in Lebanon and has secured a majority in the new parliament.
- U.S.: Administration Gives Mixed Message On Uzbek Policy RFE/RL 20 Jun 2005 -- The administration of U.S. President George W. Bush is giving mixed signals on its Uzbekistan policy. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has called for an independent international investigation of the 13 May bloodshed in Andijon.
- United States Dismayed at Return of Uzbek Refugees by Kyrgyzstan Washington File 20 Jun 2005 -- The United States expressed disappointment and concern June 16 at the decision of the government of Kyrgyzstan to return four asylum-seeking Uzbek refugees to Uzbek authorities without consulting with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
- Sea Launch Begins Countdown for Intelsat Americas™-8 Launch Boeing 20 Jun 2005 -- The Sea Launch team has initiated a 72-hour countdown in preparation for the launch of the Intelsat Americas™-8 (IA-8) satellite on Thursday, June 23, at the opening of a two-hour launch window at 5:58:00 am PDT (12:58:00 GMT). All systems are proceeding on schedule.
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