19 July 2005 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 19 Jul 2005 [PDF]
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- Task Force Baghdad patrols detain 10 terrorists MNF-I 19 Jul 2005 -- In combat operations July 15, Task Force Baghdad Soldiers detained six suspected terrorists after stopping a white Land Cruiser at 1:30 a.m. in the Thawra district of north Baghdad.
- Operations south of Mosul detain 20, net weapons cache MNF-I 19 Jul 2005 -- Task Force Freedom detained 20 suspected terrorists and seized a weapons cache during operations in northern Iraq July 18.
- Turkey Says U.S. Orders PKK Arrests In Iraq RFE/RL 19 Jul 2005 -- Turkish General Ilker Basbug said today that the United States has ordered the arrest of top Kurdish rebels of the PKK movement in Iraq.
- 15 Dead In Fresh Iraq Violence RFE/RL 19 Jul 2005 -- At least 15 people are reported to have been killed today in two separate attacks in northern Iraq.
- Sunni Members of Iraq's Constitutional Drafting Committee Killed in Drive-by Shooting VOA 19 Jul 2005 -- In Iraq, three Sunni Arab members of a team drafting the country's constitution, were shot and killed Tuesday in Baghdad.
- Forces Capture Dozens of Insurgents, Uncover Weapons Caches AFPS 19 Jul 2005 -- Joint raids by Iraqi and coalition forces have rounded up dozens of suspected terrorists and uncovered thousands of weapons and ammunition, according to military reports.
- Sunnis Drafting Constitution Gunned Down In Iraq RFE/RL 19 Jul 2005 -- Three Sunni men connected to the Iraqi National Assembly's constitutional drafting committee were gunned down outside a Baghdad restaurant today
- Airmen keep mission rolling AFPN 19 Jul 2005 -- Every day, dozens of C-130 Hercules aircraft at this forward-deployed location fly to Iraq with their bellies full of critical supplies and people to support the war on terrorism.
- AFGHANISTAN: New report documents worst atrocities in three decades IRIN 19 Jul 2005 -- new report by the Afghanistan Justice Project (AJP) attempts to document the worst atrocities, human rights abuses and war crimes committed during three decades of conflict.
- U.K./Afghanistan: Afghan Warlord Verdict Sets Precedent RFE/RL 19 Jul 2005 -- A former Afghan warlord convicted of a heinous campaign of torture and hostage taking in his homeland was sentenced in Britain today to 20 years in jail. Faryadi Zardad, 42, was found guilty at a retrial yesterday of pursuing a reign of fear and brutalizing Afghans at checkpoints between 1991 and 1996. Zardad, who moved to Britain in 1998, denied the charges.
- British Court Issues Historic Sentence To Afghan Warlord RFE/RL 19 Jul 2005 -- A British court has sentenced a former Afghan warlord to 20 years in prison for his actions during the Afghan civil war of the 1990s.
- Suspected Suicide Bomber Strikes In Afghanistan RFE/RL 19 Jul 2005 -- A suspected suicide bomber has blown himself up in the western Afghan city of Herat in what is thought to have been an attempt to kill a local police chief.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Transcript: Defense Department Special Briefing on Military Commissions 19 Jul 2005 -- Presenter: Legal Advisor for Military Commissions Brig. Gen. Thomas L. Hemingway
- Officer Describes Military Commissions Procedures AFPS 19 Jul 2005 -- A senior officer involved with military commissions this morning gave an overview of the military commissions hearings likely to resume soon in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
- US Reports China at 'Strategic Crossroads' as Military Capability Grows VOA 19 Jul 2005 -- A report issued Tuesday by the office U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says China is at a "strategic crossroads" as it works intensively to increase and modernize its military capabilities. The annual report on China's military, required by congress, was delayed for several weeks as officials from several U.S. government departments worked to consolidate their views in the document.
- Small Arms Weapons Program Reviewed for Joint Service Potential 19 Jul 2005 -- The Army announced today it temporarily suspended the Request for Proposal (RFP) for the acquisition of a new family of small weapons - Objective Individual Combat Weapon Increment 1 (OICW-1) - in order to incorporate joint requirements.
- New tourniquet aids deployed Soldiers Army News 19 Jul 2005 -- The Army is now providing troops with a new tool designed to save life and limb.
- USAFE helps Rwandan troops deploy to Darfur AFPN 19 Jul 2005 -- A C-17 Globemaster III departed here July 18 carrying 95 Rwandan troops deploying to help ease the humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan.
- USAFE supports Royal International Air Tattoo AFPN 19 Jul 2005 -- More than 150,000 people attended the 2005 Royal International Air Tattoo here July 16 and 17, air show officials said.
- Milwaukee C-130 crew earns flying award AFPN 19 Jul 2005 -- Six reservists earned the 2004 Air Force Association Outstanding Reserve Aircrew Award for safely landing their C-130 Hercules after it was damaged by enemy ground fire, officials announced July 13.
- Rumsfeld Thanks Polish Defense Leader for Terror War Support AFPS 19 Jul 2005 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld thanked Polish Minister of Defense Jerzy Szmajdzinski today for his country's support and leadership in the global war on terror.
- Recruiting, Retention On Track, Official Says AFPS 19 Jul 2005 -- Although the Army is experiencing recruiting challenges, overall retention and recruiting in the armed forces remain solid, a top defense official said today.
- Boxer has MIG-29 Encounter at Sea Navy NewsStand 19 Jul 2005 -- While taking part in the at-sea phase of exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness Training (CARAT) Malaysia July 12, operations specialists aboard Boxer received a rare opportunity to control aircraft that most Sailors in their rating won't even come across in their careers.
- House Considers Foreign Relations Bill VOA 19 Jul 2005 -- House lawmakers are considering a 22-billion dollar spending bill to fund the State Department, and other foreign relations spending needs over the next two years. Key portions aim to help protect U.S. diplomatic interests abroad, strengthen efforts to prevent nuclear and missile technology from falling into the hands of terrorists, and promote democracy around the world.
- Georgia: Why Should The Country Need A Larger Army? RFE/RL 19 Jul 2005 -- In the late 1990s, faced with budget constraints and acting on the advice of expert Western advisers, the Georgian leadership resolved to slash the size of the armed forces to create a small, mobile army that would meet NATO standards
- State Department Briefing, July 19 Washington File 19 Jul 2005 -- Lebanon, Cyprus, Iraq, Israel/Palestinians, Secretary Rice Travel, Japan, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, India
- Boeing Awarded $31.2 Million C-17 Globemaster III Upgrade Contract Boeing 19 Jul 2005 -- The U.S. Air Force awarded Boeing [NYSE:BA] a $31.2 million contract modification to upgrade 25 additional C-17s Globemaster IIIs with the Northrop Grumman Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures, or LAIRCM, defensive system.
- EADS: Today’s Greek fighter procurement is not against Eurofighter EADS 19 Jul 2005 -- Today the Greek government decided to procure 30 fighter aircraft of the U.S. type F-16, which is already in the Hellenic Air Force’s (HAF) inventory. Such a procurement plus an option for ten more aircraft calls for filling the gap in the HAF jet fighter fleet due to attrition and to satisfy an interim need of third-generation aircraft.
- Lockheed Martin Receives $79 Million Contract for Production of Unitary Army Tactical Missiles Lockheed Martin 19 Jul 2005 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] received a contract valued at $79 million from the U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Command for the purchase of 106 Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) Block 1A Quick Reaction Unitary missiles. These missiles will include the recently qualified new guidance, control and fuze systems.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 19 Jul 2005
- PRESS CONFERENCE ON CIVIL SOCIETY’S ROLE IN CONFLICT PREVENTION United Nations 19 Jul 2005
- MIDDLE EAST: 'DANGEROUS AND DESTRUCTIVE' CLASHES AMONG PALESTINIANS US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 19 Jul 2005
- Israeli Forces on Highest Alert in Standoff with Disengagement Protesters VOA 19 Jul 2005 -- Israeli security forces have been put on a high level of alert as they continue their standoff with thousands of rightwing opponents of the government's plan to pull out of Gaza
- Israel: Police Face Protesters Over Gaza Disengagement RFE/RL 19 Jul 2005 -- Israeli police were put on emergency alert today as thousands of Israeli protesters entrenched in the farming community of Kfar Maimon prepared to continue a banned march to the Gaza Strip. The march is part of a nationwide protest aimed at obstructing Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to disengage Israel from occupied Gaza.
- SREBRENICA: WORLD LOOKS BACK ON EUROPEAN 'TRAGEDY' US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 19 Jul 2005
- International Mission in Haiti To Get 200 More Philippine Troops Washington File 19 Jul 2005 -- An international peacekeeping mission seeking to restore order in Haiti will receive 200 more soldiers from the Philippines, more than doubling that nation's 150-member force already stationed in the troubled Caribbean nation.
- Sixteen Defendants On Trial For Killing 353 In Congo VOA 19 Jul 2005 -- A trial has begun for 16 defendants in the Republic of Congo for their alleged role in the massacre of more than 300 Congolese refugees in 1999. But the trial is being boycotted by three human-rights groups that first brought the case to light in France.
- UN ad hoc Advisory Groups on post-conflict countries urge continued global cooperation UN News Centre 19 Jul 2005 -- The heads of United Nations groups advocating and promoting long-term support for countries emerging from war have urged the international community to stay the course so that Haiti, Burundi and Guinea-Bissau can all complete their delicate and complex transitions from post-conflict to development.
- Thailand Invokes Emergency Law to Deal with Southern Violence VOA 19 Jul 2005 -- The government of Thailand has imposed new emergency powers in three Muslim-dominated provinces in the South to deal with 18 months of violence there.
- ETHIOPIA: Ogaden rebel group offers to end war IRIN 19 Jul 2005 -- An armed rebel group waging a bloody guerrilla war in lawless eastern Ethiopia on Tuesday offered a truce to end its decade-old fight against the government.
- United States Welcomes Agreement on New Lebanese Cabinet Washington File 19 Jul 2005 -- The United States welcomes the agreement between Lebanese President Emile Lahoud and Prime Minister-designate Fouad Siniora on a list of ministers to fill the 24 cabinet posts in Lebanon's new government, according to a State Department statement issued July 19.
- US Senate Renews Import Ban on Burma VOA 19 Jul 2005 -- The U.S. Senate Tuesday overwhelmingly voted (97 to one) to renew a ban on the import of Burmese products to the United States. The measure, which the House of Representatives passed last month, now goes to President Bush for his signature.
- US Won't Deal with Hezbollah Cabinet Member in Lebanon VOA 19 Jul 2005 -- The United States Tuesday welcomed the formation of Lebanon's new government, the first cabinet there free of dominant Syrian influence in three decades. However, the State Department said it will have no dealings with the one cabinet official described as an active member of Hezbollah.
- Terrorism Dominates Blair-Karzai Talks VOA 19 Jul 2005 -- The leaders of Britain and Afghanistan have pledged long-term cooperation in a meeting that was overshadowed by the recent London bombings, and a rise in terrorist activity in Afghanistan.
- Philippine President Forms "Truth Commission" to Investigate Charges Against Her VOA 19 Jul 2005 -- Philippine President Gloria Arroyo has agreed to form a "truth commission" to investigate allegations that she cheated in last year's presidential election
- NASA's Northrop Grumman-built Aura Satellite Marks First Anniversary on Orbit Northrop Grumman 19 Jul 2005 -- NASA's Aura Earth Observing System (EOS) satellite, built by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), has successfully completed its first year on orbit. Aura was launched on July 15, 2004 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Calif. on a mission to study the Earth's ozone, air quality and climate.
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