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24 June 2005 Military News

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  • Exercise trains U.S. forces for combat missions AFPN 24 Jun 2005 -- Airmen, Sailors and Marines got a taste of realistic combat during Pacific Air Force's premier combat-air power exercise, Cooperative Cope Thunder, which ended here June 24.
  • Taking fight to the enemy AFPN 24 Jun 2005 -- Once the plane is airborne and the fasten seatbelt light goes off, there is a flurry of activity as crewmembers hustle to get their various tasks done.
  • Potential Recruits List Critical to 'All-Recruited' Force AFPS 24 Jun 2005 -- The term "all-volunteer force" is a misnomer, a senior Defense Department personnel official said here June 23.
  • Environment Gets Kid-Glove Handling During Talisman Saber '05 AFPS 24 Jun 2005 -- As U.S. and Australian military forces participating in Exercise Talisman Saber '05 near the Great Barrier Reef get special instruction on the unique Southern Hemisphere environment.
  • 'Firebolt' connects signal technology to warfighters Army News 24 Jun 2005 -- Flicking a switch on the battlefield to access communications technology can be crucial to the warfighter, and the 311th TSC put this capability to the test in a worldwide signal exercise June 11 to 24.
  • USS Pasadena Deploys to Western Pacific Navy NewsStand 24 Jun 2005 -- USS Pasadena (SSN 752) departed for a Western Pacific deployment from its homeport of Pearl Harbor June 22.
  • Australian Helo Squadron Completes Mission with Boxer Navy NewsStand 24 Jun 2005 -- Pilots and crewmen from Australia's 5th Aviation Regiment completed amphibious landings June 22 along with members of the USS Boxer (LHD 4) Amphibious Ready Group as Exercise Talisman Saber 2005 began to draw to a close.
  • San Diego Unit Takes Part in NATO Exercise Navy NewsStand 24 Jun 2005 -- Deep Submergence Unit (DSU), the U.S. Navy's only submarine rescue team, is taking part in the NATO Exercise Sorbet Royal, an international submarine rescue evolution based out of Taranto, Italy, in June.
  • Engineering Underway Certification Tops Agenda During USS Bulkeley's Underway Navy NewsStand 24 Jun 2005 -- Departments on USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) concentrated on enhancing skill sets during their underway period June 13-17 along the Virginia and North Carolina coasts.

  • NATO Chief in Moscow for Talks with President Putin VOA 24 Jun 2005 -- NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer met with President Vladimir Putin and other top Russian officials in Moscow to discuss the fight against terrorism and other topics.
  • Russia: NATO Chief In Moscow For Talks With Putin RFE/RL 24 Jun 2005 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks today in Moscow with NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer. Discussions focused on joint efforts in fighting terrorism and the drug trade, as well as regional issues, particularly Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Balkans.

  • Indian Defence Minister to travel to the United States tomorrow IRNA 24 Jun 2005 -- Indian Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee will travel to the United States early morning tomorrow for a crucial visit that will pave the way for the upcoming visit to Washington D.C. by the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in mid-July.

  • U.S. Urges Nicaragua Assembly To Support Destruction of Missiles Washington File 24 Jun 2005 -- Shoulder-fired, surface-to-air missiles pose a significant threat to commercial and military aviation, and have become a weapon of choice among international terrorists, says a senior U.S. diplomat.

  • U.S.: Poll Finds Iraq War, Guantanamo Controversy Hurting Image Abroad RFE/RL 24 Jun 2005 -- U.S. President George W. Bush says he pays no attention to polls and other measures of public opinion when formulating policy. He certainly didn't heed the protests in much of Europe when he began the war in Iraq.

  • White House Daily Briefing, June 24 Washington File 24 Jun 2005 -- Visit of the Prime Minister of Kuwait, Visit of the Prime Minister of Australia, Iraq, Supreme Court, Kofi Annan, Afghanistan/Pakistan, Karl Rove, John Bolton, Highway bill, Visit of Chancellor Schröder, United Nations reform, Secretary Rumsfeld
  • State Department Briefing, June 24 Washington File 24 Jun 2005 -- Statement on Intl Whaling Commission/Inter-American TropicalTuna Commission/Shark Fin Conservation, North Korea/South Korea, Iran, Criticism of Dept of State for Granting Agrément to the New Ambassador from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bisera Turkovic/Connections With Terrorism During Balkans Conflict, Sudan, Syria/Lebanon, Equatorial Guinea, Zimbabwe

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Other Conflicts

  • Security Council extends mandate of UN mission in Côte d'Ivoire UN News Centre 24 Jun 2005 -- The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d'Ivoire and boosted its troop strength by less than half of what the head of mission requested.
  • COTE D IVOIRE: Security Council approves 850 extra peacekeepers IRIN 24 Jun 2005 -- The UN Security Council agreed on Friday to send 850 extra troops to war-divided Cote d'Ivoire, but the reinforcements fell short of the 2,000 soldiers that UN officials said were necessary to keep the peace in the run-up to presidential elections.
  • Warring Sides in Ivory Coast Pessimistic Before New Talks VOA 24 Jun 2005 -- The opposing sides in Ivory Coast's civil war are due to meet in South Africa next week for talks aimed at restarting the stalled peace process. But both rebels and supporters of President Laurent Gbagbo are pessimistic any real progress will be made to ensure elections go ahead as scheduled later this year.

  • Chechnya: Does Outrage Over Borozdinovskaya Sweep Presage Change Of Russian Tactics? RFE/RL 24 Jun 2005 -- On one level, the Russian authorities' outraged response to the sweep operation in the village of Borozdinovskaya in northeastern Chechnya on 4 June that triggered the exodus to neighboring Daghestan of several hundred local families appears to be a laudable, if exceptional and somewhat belated, acknowledgement of the arbitrary suffering inflicted on local noncombatants during the past six years of fighting.
  • Chechen Commander Denies Responsibility For Sweep RFE/RL 24 Jun 2005 -- Sulim Yamadaev, whose Eastern Battalion has been accused of launching the 4 June sweep operation in the Chechen village of Borozdinovskaya in which one person was killed and 11 detained, has claimed that his forces were not responsible for those reprisals, according to yufo.ru on 23 June.

  • Sri Lanka signs tsunami aid deal with Tamil Tiger rebels IRNA 24 Jun 2005 -- Sri Lanka's government has signed a controversial tsunami aid sharing deal with Tamil Tiger rebels despite stiff opposition from the Marxists who stalled a Parliamentary debate on the issue, local press reported on Friday.
  • Sri Lanka Signs Tsunami Aid Pact With Tamil Rebels VOA 24 Jun 2005 -- The Sri Lankan government has signed a deal to share three billion dollars in tsunami aid with Tamil Tiger rebels. The agreement is expected to speed up reconstruction of tsunami-hit areas and boost a stalled peace process with the rebels.

  • Nigeria to probe violence in Bakassi Peninsula - UN official UN News Centre 24 Jun 2005 -- The head of the United Nations Office in West Africa (UNOWA) today called for calm and praised Nigeria's decision to conduct a full investigation into the first deadly incident in the disputed Bakassi Pennisula border area in nearly a decade in which one Cameroonian soldier was allegedly killed and another wounded.
  • Liberia: Serious challenges remain to ensure peace process remains on track - Annan UN News Centre 24 Jun 2005 -- Despite tangible signs of progress in Liberia - notably its successful voter registration exercise and gains in strengthening the police force - significant challenges still need to be urgently addressed, including dealing with ex-combatants who are now resorting to violence and threatening to disrupt upcoming elections, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a new report.
  • DRC-RWANDA: EU may support military action against Hutu rebels, Ajello says IRIN 24 Jun 2005 -- The EU special representative to Africa's Great Lakes region, Aldo Ajello, said on Friday the Union might support military action against Rwandan Hutu rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo if they refuse to disarm and return home.
  • BURUNDI: Paramilitary youth in protest over demobilisation payments IRIN 24 Jun 2005 -- Members of a government-supported self-defence paramilitary organisation known as Guardiens de la paix (Guardians of Peace) disrupted activities on Thursday in several provinces in Burundi, demanding payment of demobilisation money they said had been delayed.
  • Sudanese Foreign Minister Urges Lifting of US Sanctions on Khartoum VOA 24 Jun 2005 -- Sudanese Foreign Minister Mustafa Osman Ismail capped a Washington visit Friday with talks with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. He urged the Bush administration to lift sanctions against his government, given the north-south Sudanese peace accord and what he said is progress toward bringing peace to Darfur.
  • GREAT LAKES-HORN OF AFRICA: Centre established to combat illicit arms proliferation IRIN 24 Jun 2005 -- Countries in the Great Lakes and the Horn of Africa regions have signed an agreement setting up a centre on small arms to combat the proliferation and use of illicit light weapons and strengthen cooperation in the region.

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