12 July 2005 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 12 Jul 2005 [PDF]
- TASK FORCE BAGHDAD SOLDIER DIES
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- Iraqi, Coalition forces thwart attacks, discover weapons cache Army News 12 Jul 2005 -- Coalition forces captured terrorists and thwarted attacks, discovered a weapons cache and assisted injured worshippers in and around Baghdad July 10.
- Security Forces kill 14 terrorists, detain five suspects MNF-I 12 Jul 2005 -- Multi-National Forces from Task Force Freedom killed 14 terrorists and detained five suspected terrorists during operations in northern Iraq July 10 and 11.
- Coalition Forces capture terror targets; thwart attacks MNF-I 12 Jul 2005 -- Task Force Baghdad Soldiers conducted a precision raid against a terrorist safe-house just west of Abu Ghraib July 10.
- Car Bomb Kills At Least Two In Kirkuk RFE/RL 12 Jul 2005 -- Police in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk say a car bomb exploded there today killing at least two civilians.
- AFGHANISTAN: Progress on disbandment of illegal armed groups IRIN 12 Jul 2005 -- More than 200 local commanders have been disarmed and tens of thousands of arms and ammunitions collected in Afghanistan since the government-led Disbanding of Illegal Armed Groups (DIAG) started early June
- Afghanistan: Manhunt Continues For Four Suspected Al-Qaeda Fighters RFE/RL 12 Jul 2005 -- Hundreds of U.S. and Afghan troops are continuing a hunt for four suspected Arab Al-Qaeda militants who escaped yesterday from the U.S. military detention center at Bagram Air Field north of Kabul. Authorities say they think the escapees are hiding near the airfield -- which is on an open expanse of land on the Shomali Plain.
Defense Policy / Programs
- US and Singapore Sign Strategic Agreement VOA 12 Jul 2005 -- The United States and Singapore have signed a new agreement that President Bush says takes their relationship "beyond just economics."
- Singapore, U.S. Reaffirm, Strengthen Relationship AFPS 12 Jul 2005 -- Singapore and the United States strengthened their bilateral relationship when President Bush and Prime Minister Leong Hsien Lee signed a Strategic Framework Agreement today.
- Bush, Singapore's Lee To Sign Defense Partnership Agreement Washington File 12 Jul 2005 -- President Bush and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore released a joint statement July 12 announcing that they would sign an agreement to expand bilateral cooperation on defense and security matters.
- HC-85 Sailors Briefed On Sea Warrior Initiative Navy NewStand 12 Jul 2005 -- Members from Task Force Warrior briefed the Golden Gaters of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron (HC) 85 June 22 about the Sea Warrior initiative at Naval Air Station North Island, Coronado, Calif.
- USS Blue Ridge, 7th Fleet Visit New Caledonia Navy NewStand 12 Jul 2005 -- USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) and the embarked U.S. 7th Fleet staff took a break to enjoy the breathtaking coral, marine life and beaches, French ambiance and Kanak culture of Noumea, New Caledonia
- Malaysia Phase of 11th Annual CARAT Exercise Begins Navy NewStand 12 Jul 2005 -- third phase of the 2005 Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise series officially began here July 9 when 200 U.S. and Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) exercise participants gathered at a local resort for an opening ceremony that included a taste of the local cuisine and Malaysian hospitality.
- LCS Crew to be Hybrid Sailors Navy NewStand 12 Jul 2005 -- Four Naval Personnel Development Command Learning Centers have been working since November to build a training program for the first crew members of the Navy's first Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), USS Freedom, who started arriving for duty in January.
- Sea Warrior: Transforming for Efficiency, Effectiveness, Agility Navy NewStand 12 Jul 2005 -- Sea Warrior took a step closer to delivering the right skills to the right people at the right time July 1 when the leadership functions of the Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education (MPT&E) commands were aligned to more efficiently drive the Sea Warrior programs for which they are responsible.
- Force Shaping Phase II evolves for fiscal 2006 AFPN 12 Jul 2005 -- The Air Force achieved its congressionally mandated active-duty end strength of 359,700 Airmen for fiscal 2005. The Air Force had exceeded that ceiling until now.
- Italy Reaffirms Stance with U.S. Against Terror AFPS 12 Jul 2005 -- Terrorists will not terrorize Italy, Italian Defense Minister Antonio Martino said during a press conference with Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld today.
- U.S. Has No Comment On Future Of Kyrgyzstan Base RFE/RL 12 Jul 2005 -- The United States has offered no immediate reaction to the comment by Kyrgyzstan's newly elected president urging a review of the presence of U.S. forces at an air base in Kyrgyzstan.
- White House Daily Briefing, July 12 Washington File 12 Jul 2005 -- Schedule of the President, Supreme Court nominee, Leak investigation/Karl Rove, North Korea, President's speech to Indiana Black Expo, Aid to Palestinian Authority, Israel/bombing in Natanya, Eminent domain/Justice Souter, White House credibility problem, London attack, War in Iraq/terrorism attacks
- State Department Briefing, July 12 Washington File 12 Jul 2005 -- Israel/Palestinians, Cyprus, UK, Lebanon, Cuba, North Korea, Embassy Security, Uzbekistan, China/Taiwan, Bosnia and Herzogovina
- ATK and Lockheed Martin to Develop Conventional Ballistic Missile for U.S. Navy ATK 12 Jul 2005 -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) have been awarded a $9.2 million contract by the U.S. Navy’s Strategic Systems Program (SSP) office to demonstrate and validate solid rocket motor technologies suitable for a Submarine Launched Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (SLIRBM).
- U.S. Army Orders 31 Additional Helicopter Refuelling Systems from BAE Systems BAE Systems 12 Jul 2005 -- ONTARIO, California -- BAE Systems has received a $7.6 million order for 31 additional portable combat helicopter refuelling systems from the US Army. This order is part of a multi-year contract expected to be worth more than $100 million.
- LOCKHEED MARTIN DELIVERS FIRST UPDATE II.5 P-3C AIRCRAFT WITH AIP UPGRADES Lockheed Martin 12 Jul 2005 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has delivered to the U.S. Navy the first Update II.5 P-3C aircraft modified under the Anti-Surface Warfare Improvement Program (AIP). Under contracts received in 2004 and 2005, Lockheed Martin will install the AIP upgrade kits on five of the service's Update II.5 aircraft.
- Northrop Grumman to Help NASA Define Requirements for Quiet Sonic Boom Research Aircraft Northrop Grumman 12 Jul 2005 -- A Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC)-led team has been selected by NASA to help define requirements for a new aircraft that would be used to test theories about how to reduce the disruptive, window-rattling effects of an aircraft's sonic boom.
- Thales UK selected for the FALCON programme Thales 12 Jul 2005 -- Thales UK is a key partner in the BAE Systems team that has been down-selected as preferred supplier for the first increment of the FALCON information infrastructure programme.
- U.S. NAVY AWARDS LOCKHEED MARTIN-LED TEAM MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR CONTRACT TO DEMONSTRATE KEY TECHNOLOGIES FOR BALLISTIC MISSILE SYSTEM Lockheed Martin 12 Jul 2005 -- The U.S. Navy’s Strategic Systems Programs (SSP) office has awarded a team of Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] and Alliant Techsystems [NYSE: ATK] a $9.2 million contract to demonstrate and validate solid rocket motor technologies suitable for developing an affordable Submarine Launched Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile System (SLIRBM).
- Korean LPX launched Thales 12 Jul 2005 -- On Tuesday 12 July, South Korea launched the first LPX amphibious landing ship at the shipyard of Hanjin Heavy Industries & Constructions Co. in Busan.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 12 Jul 2005
- UN's task is to prevent human suffering, Annan tells Security Council UN News Centre 12 Jul 2005 -- The Security Council's caseload of war-torn countries has spotlighted the need for the United Nations to pre-empt crises and to ensure that its peace-building efforts include long-term engagement and ways to help strengthen institutions that provide security and justice based on the rule of law, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today.
- Several Killed, Dozens Injured in Israel Suicide Bombing VOA 12 Jul 2005 -- A suicide bomber set off an explosion in the Israeli coastal city of Netanya, killing himself and at least two people and injuring around 30 more. The extremist group Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.
- US Condemns Suicide Bombing in Israel, Urges Palestinian Crackdown VOA 12 Jul 2005 -- The United States is strongly condemning Tuesday's suicide bombing in Israel, which State Department officials say appeared aimed at torpedoing the planned Israeli withdrawal from Gaza and parts of the West Bank. Officials also say U.S. and Israeli officials are discussing new U.S. financial support for the disengagement process.
- Several Killed, Dozens Injured in Israel Suicide Bombing VOA 12 Jul 2005 -- A suicide bomber has killed at least two people and injured about 30 more in the Israeli coastal city of Netanya.
- Israel Issues Warning to Disengagement Opponents VOA 12 Jul 2005 -- Israeli officials issued stern warnings to those seeking to disrupt the upcoming evacuation from Gaza, saying some are crossing the line between protest and terror.
- UN mission reports slaying of 39 by unknown assailants in eastern DR of Congo UN News Centre 12 Jul 2005 -- Armed men attacked a village in the eastern South Kivu region of the country last weekend, locking people in their homes before burning them down and killing nearly 40 villagers, mainly women and children, the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) said today.
- UN Confirms Massacre in Congo VOA 12 Jul 2005 -- United Nations peacekeepers late Monday night confirmed rumors of another massacre in Congo's lawless east over the weekend. They arrived in a remote village to find nothing but ashes and two mass graves that survivors say contain 39 people, mainly women and children who had been burned alive by Rwandan rebels.
- KENYA: Civilians killed in raid on remote northern villages IRIN 12 Jul 2005 -- Armed raiders attacked two remote villages in Marsabit district of northern Kenya on Tuesday, killing at least 19 people and wounding dozens, including children, a police spokesman said.
- Hope Seen For Nagorno-Karabakh Settlement RFE/RL 12 Jul 2005 -- International mediators involved in the territorial dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan said today there is hope for a settlement.
- Ivory Coast UN Head Has Hope For Future, But Little Patience VOA 12 Jul 2005 -- A new timetable for disarmament of rebels, militias and armed forces in Ivory Coast has brought the country one step closer to elections planned for later this year. But with much that can still go wrong and derail the polls, the head of the United Nations mission in the war-divided country says there is no longer time to tolerate stalling.
- Tamil Tiger Rebels Warn They Could Resume War VOA 12 Jul 2005 -- In Sri Lanka, Tamil Tiger rebels say recent violence in the east of the country poses a threat to the country's fragile truce. The government is also facing protests from the political opposition.
- 10 Servicemen Killed In Chechnya RFE/RL 12 Jul 2005 -- Reports say 10 pro-Russian police officers were killed and 14 injured in attacks in Chechnya since yesterday.
- Kazakhstan: Constitutional Council Looks At Presidential Election Date RFE/RL 12 Jul 2005 -- Kazakhstan's next presidential elections are scheduled for the first Sunday of December 2006, or are they? That is what the country's Constitutional Council is now considering.
- Massive New US Embassy Opens in Ivory Coast VOA 12 Jul 2005 -- A massive new American embassy compound has opened in Ivory Coast, despite an ongoing civil war there. But many Ivorians welcome the event, and some say it could also signal an end to the prevalence of the former colonial power France.
- A Senior UN Official Calls for Probe of Mass Killings In Uzbekistan VOA 12 Jul 2005 -- A new report by the UN Human Rights Office says there is evidence that military and security forces committed grave human rights violations during protests last May in Andijan, Uzbekistan.
- UN Says Higher Andijon Death Toll Possible RFE/RL 12 Jul 2005 -- United Nations human rights investigators today reiterated that the death toll from an Uzbek military crackdown in May could be higher by several hundred more people than Uzbek officials say.
- Embattled Philippine President Promises Political Reform VOA 12 Jul 2005 -- Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has promised a major overhaul of the country's political system (on Tuesday), as she continues to fight calls for her resignation.
- Lebanese Defense Minister Wounded In Blast RFE/RL 12 Jul 2005 -- A bomb blast in a suburb of Beirut early today wounded Lebanese Defense Minister Elias Al-Murr.
- BENIN-NIGER: International Court rules that main disputed island belongs to Niger not Benin IRIN 12 Jul 2005 -- The International Court of Justice (ICJ) gave its ruling in a border row between Benin and Niger on Tuesday, awarding the majority of 25 disputed islands in the Niger River, to Niger, including the largest one, which was at the heart of the dispute.
- Kyrgyzstan: What Will Be New Government's Domestic, Foreign Policies? RFE/RL 12 Jul 2005 -- Kyrgyzstan's newly elected president, Kurmanbek Bakiev, faces a wide range of domestic issues like corruption and poverty.
- Kyrgyz Election a "Significant Step" Toward Democracy, U.S. Says Washington File 12 Jul 2005 -- The United States congratulated the winner of the July 10 elections in Kyrgyzstan, acting President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, as well as the people of Kyrgyzstan.
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