04 July 2005 Military News
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- Iraqi Forces Take Back Baghdad Street from Insurgents VOA 04 Jul 2005 -- For most of last year, a boulevard called Haifa Street in western Baghdad was the scene of daily street battles between U.S. and Iraqi forces and insurgents. The vicious fighting turned the six-kilometer stretch into a long, bloody nightmare for soldiers and residents alike.
- Operation Muthana Strike nets 100 terrorists MNF-I 04 Jul 2005 -- At least 100 suspected terrorists were detained during Operation Muthana Strike, launched by Iraqi Army and Task Force Baghdad Soldiers in the early-morning hours of July 4.
- Search for displaced persons in Al Anbar Province comes up empty MNF-I 04 Jul 2005 -- After an extensive search by Coalition forces and Iraqi Minister of Interior personnel in al Anbar Province, no evidence has been found of large numbers of displaced persons due to current operations in the Al Qaim area.
- Task Force Baghdad finds large weapons cache MNF-I 04 Jul 2005 -- Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd U.S. Infantry Division, found a large weapons and ammunition cache July 4.
- Two Killed In Baghdad Blast RFE/RL 04 Jul 2005 -- Police say two civilians were killed by a car bomb that was detonated by remote control in Baghdad today.
- Troops Track Terrorists, Prevent Attacks Over Holiday Weekend AFPS 04 Jul 2005 -- U.S. military forces spent the Fourth of July holiday weekend hunting down insurgents and stopping deadly bombs attacks throughout Iraq, military officials Baghdad reported.
- 18 Former Rebel Commanders Sign Afghanistan Loyalty Pledges AFPS 04 Jul 2005 -- Eighteen of Gulbiddin Hekmatyar's Hezb-e Islami militia commanders turned themselves over to Paktia province's Gov. Hakim Taniwal last month.
- Officials Express Regret Over Civilian Casualties AFPS 04 Jul 2005 -- The coalition's military command in Afghanistan today released a statement expressing regret over civilian casualties resulting from a July 1 air strike on a terrorist compound in the country's Kunar province.
- Servicemember Located, Rescued in Afghanistan AFPS 04 Jul 2005 -- Coalition forces located a U.S. servicemember whose whereabouts had been unknown since June 28, military officials in Afghanistan reported today.
- Search Intensifies for US Troops Missing in Afghanistan VOA 04 Jul 2005 -- U.S. and Afghan forces have intensified the search for a small team of U.S. troops missing in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan for nearly a week. U.S. military officials in Kabul, however, have declined to confirm reports that one member of the Special Forces team has been rescued.
- U.S. Continues Search For Missing Team In Afghanistan RFE/RL 04 Jul 2005 -- U.S. forces today are continuing a search for members of a small-special forces team that went missing last week in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan.
- Governor Says U.S. Warplanes Killed 17 Afghan Villagers RFE/RL 04 Jul 2005 -- The governor of Afghanistan's Kunar Province says U.S. warplanes killed 17 civilians -- including women and children -- in a recent attack aimed at a suspected Taliban compound.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Moldova: An Insider Looks At The Pasat Case RFE/RL 04 Jul 2005 -- On 27 June, the trial of former Moldovan Defense Minister Valeriu Pasat in connection with the sale by his government in 1997 of 21 MiG-29 jet fighters to the United States got under way.
- Rheinmetall awarded €30 million tank ammunition contract Rheinmetall Defence 04 Jul 2005 -- Germany's Bundeswehr has awarded the Rheinmetall Group with a tank ammunition contract worth approximately €30 million. The ammunition is designed especially for the Leopard 2 main battle tank (MBT). The contract was signed on July 1, 2005 at the Federal Agency for Defence Technology and Procurement (BWB) in Koblenz.
- ACR and Cubic Advanced Tactical Systems LLC Enter Strategic Relationship to Market SkyLite UAV Rafael 04 Jul 2005 -- Advanced Ceramics Research, Inc (ACR) and Cubic Advanced Tactical systems LLC (CATS) have agreed to enter into a strategic partnership to market the SkyLite UAV to US customers. SkyLite was originally developed by Rafael Armament Development Authority Ltd., of Haifa, Israel.
- DRC: Military court investigates Goma killings IRIN 04 Jul 2005 -- senior officer in the 8th Military Region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Col Christophe Bindu, and four of his personal guards, have appeared before a military court in Goma, capital of North Kivu Province, following the death on Friday of at least 10 people, among them two children.
- DRC: Rampaging soldiers kill nine civilians in northwestern town of Mbandaka IRIN 04 Jul 2005 -- Nine people were killed on Sunday when about 100 soldiers went on the rampage to avenge the death of a comrade in Mbandaka, the largest town in Equateur province in the northwest of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a UN spokesman in the country said.
- DRC-RWANDA: Two states begin formal arguments at UN Court IRIN 04 Jul 2005 -- Lawyers and experts representing the government of Rwanda began making oral arguments on Monday before the 15 judges of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, in the first of four days of public hearings concerning armed activities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
- COTE D IVOIRE: Senior officer dies after arrest, Gbagbo tightens army control IRIN 04 Jul 2005 -- Cote d'Ivoire's former army spokesman was beaten up and a senior officer died after both men were detained and questioned by the presidential guard for dining at the French ambassador's residence without permission, officials said on Monday.
- Anti-Disengagement Leaders in Israel Meet to Curtail Violence VOA 04 Jul 2005 -- Leaders of the settlers' movement have called a meeting to formulate a code of conduct to prevent violent confrontations between anti-disengagement protestors and Israel security forces.
- African Union Heads of State Meet To Plan G-8 Strategy VOA 04 Jul 2005 -- The fifth African Union heads-of-state summit has opened in Libya with a call for solidarity in dealing with the rest of the world.
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