28 July 2005 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 28 Jul 2005 [PDF]
- TWO TASK FORCE BAGHDAD SOLDIERS KILLED BY IED
- ONE TASK FORCE LIBERTY SOLDIER KILLED, FIVE WOUNDED BY IED
- SOLDIER DIES FOLLOWING ACCIDENT AT CAMP TAQADDUM
- Troop Reductions to Be Conditions-Based, Coalition Spokesman Says AFPS 28 Jul 2005 -- Any reduction of U.S. troops in Iraq will be based strictly on security conditions in the country and the readiness of Iraqi forces to conduct independent operations, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman in Baghdad said today.
- Two Soldiers Killed by IED, One Dies in Accident AFPS 28 Jul 2005 -- Two Task Force Baghdad soldiers were killed July 27 when their patrol struck an improvised explosive device in northern Baghdad, military officials in Baghdad announced today.
- Army reimburses more than $1 million to Iraq reconstruction Army News 28 Jul 2005 -- To provide fiscal reconstruction support in Iraq, the Army presented its first reimbursement payment July 25.
- Task Force Freedom detains 29 terror suspects MNF-I 28 Jul 2005 -- Task Force Freedom Soldiers detained 29 suspected terrorists during operations in northern Iraq July 27 and 28.
- Detainee dies at Camp Bucca MNF-I 28 Jul 2005 -- A 30-year-old male security detainee at Camp Bucca died July 27 as a result of renal failure and other organ failure due to chronic malaria.
- Officials Report to Congress on Funding for Iraqi Insurgents Washington File 28 Jul 2005 -- A senior U.S. intelligence officer says that some terrorist and insurgent groups in Iraq have enough financing to continue "indefinitely" their current level of anti-Coalition violence.
- INVESTIGATION OF APRIL 6 CH-47 CRASH COMPLETED CENTCOM 28 Jul 2005 -- An investigation of the April 6 CH-47D helicopter crash near Ghazni that killed 18 is complete and the results have been provided to family members of the deceased.
- Afghan Rebels Killed, Others Captured RFE/RL 28 Jul 2005 -- The U.S. military says Afghan and U.S. forces killed three suspected rebels and captured another 15 during a clash today in central Afghanistan.
- Officials Report on Chinook Incidents in Afghanistan AFPS 28 Jul 2005 -- A coalition CH-47 Chinook helicopter made a "hard landing" due to "brown-out conditions" as the crew was attempting to insert forces southwest of the city of Spin Buldak on the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan late on July 27, military officials reported today.
- Insurgents Killed, Captured in Afghanistan AFPS 28 Jul 2005 -- Afghan and U.S. forces killed three insurgents and captured 15 others in combat west of Tarin Kowt in Afghanistan's Oruzgan province today, U.S. military officials reported.
- Ronald Neumann Sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Washington File 28 Jul 2005 -- The United States will continue to work toward long-term security and democracy in Afghanistan, says new U.S. Ambassador to Kabul Ronald Neumann. Neumann was sworn-in by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in a ceremony at the State Department on July 27.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Navy to Commission New Guided Missile Destroyer Halsey 28 Jul 2005 -- The Navy will commission the newest Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer, Halsey, Saturday, July 30, 2005, during an 11 a.m. PDT ceremony at Pier J, Naval Air Station, Coronado, Calif.
- US Ship Promotes Security in Gulf of Guinea VOA 28 Jul 2005 -- The U.S. Coast Guard has a ship operating off the coast of West Africa, working with countries in the Gulf of Guinea and elsewhere in the region to improve control of their coastal waters
- Officials Report Progress, Challenges in Treating Combat Stress AFPS 28 Jul 2005 -- Recognizing the link between combat and mental health symptoms, the Defense Department is working to improve the way it prevents, identifies and treats mental illness among troops who are serving or have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, Army officials told Congress July 27.
- White House Daily Briefing, July 28 Washington File 28 Jul 2005 -- Congressional accomplishments, President Saca phone call, Energy bill, North Korea, Bolton nomination, Roberts nomination, Immigration bill, NASA, Iranian President/hostages, CAFTA vote, Leak investigation, Iran, Highway bill, Representative Tancredo statement, IRA, London bombings, Cyprus ambassador, Kurds in Iraq
- State Department Briefing, July 28 Washington File 28 Jul 2005 -- Iraq, Korea/Six-Party Talks, Islam/public statements by Muslim scholars/clerics, Northern Ireland/IRA, Department/announcement of Cuba transition coordinator, Bolton/Grand Jury testimony
- BAE Systems awarded contract to update ADAWS BAE Systems 28 Jul 2005 -- The UK Ministry of Defence has awarded at £7.6m contract to BAE Systems to upgrade the (Action Data Automation Weapons System) ADAWS Command System's IFF tracking and Link 16 functionality. The contract will run until July 2007.
- BAE SYSTEMS Agrees New Availability Contract For Harrier Mechanicals BAE Systems 28 Jul 2005 -- BAE Systems has received a contract valued in excess of 30 million from the UK Ministry of Defence for the provision of Harrier mechanical support on an availability basis.
- BAE Systems awarded advanced demonstration phase of SHAMAN BAE Systems 28 Jul 2005 -- BAE Systems has been awarded the contract for the Advanced Demonstration Phase of SHAMAN. This is the first stage of the £140m ISTAR programme to provide the Royal Navy with its next generation Communications Electronic Support Measures (CESM) capability. The programme encompasses the supply of the CESM systems, their installation on multiple platforms, along with the training and through life support over a 20+year period.
- Javelin Enters Service Four Months Early Lockheed Martin 28 Jul 2005 -- UK Javelin, developed and produced by the Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin Joint Venture for the UK’s Light Forces Anti-Tank Guided Weapon (LFATGW) program, has been declared operational four months ahead of schedule.
- Rheinmetall and the Bundeswehr – Profile of a 50-year Partnership Rheinmetall Defence 28 Jul 2005 -- The Bundeswehr turns 50 this year. For Rheinmetall – Germany's premier supplier of equipment for ground forces – the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the German Armed Forces represents five decades of close and fruitful cooperation.
- Sagem Défense Sécurité to supply 17 third-generation infrared search and track systems to Australian navy Sagem (Safran group) 28 Jul 2005 -- Sagem Défense Sécurité today announces it has won a contract following an international tender to supply 17 infrared search and track (IRST) systems to the Australian navy. The systems will be used for the country’s ANZAC frigates anti-ship missile defences (ASMD) program.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 28 Jul 2005
- Bush Welcomes IRA Pledge to End Violence VOA 28 Jul 2005 -- The Irish Republican Army says it is ending its armed campaign against British rule and will instead pursue greater autonomy through peaceful means
- U.S. Praises IRA's "Potentially Historic" Disarmament Pledge Washington File 28 Jul 2005 -- The United States has called the pledge of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) to end its armed campaign and resume disarmament an "important and potentially historic" move toward peace in the region.
- Rwanda Set to Free 36,000 Inmates, Including Genocide Suspects VOA 28 Jul 2005 -- Rwanda's cabinet approved the release of thousands of prisoners starting Friday, including those who have confessed to taking part in that country's 1994 genocide
- UN Disputes Reports of Killings In Ivory Coast Town; Opposition Asks For Mediation VOA 28 Jul 2005 -- The U.N. peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast has said it could find no signs of fighting in a city in government-held territory that was reportedly the scene of attacks Sunday
- GREAT LAKES : Rwanda, Uganda refute report on arms to DRC IRIN 28 Jul 2005 -- Uganda and Rwanda have denied statements contained in a report issued on Wednesday by the UN Security Council that the two countries had delayed to give information to officials monitoring arms sanctions in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
- LTTE vetoes recasting ceasefire IRNA 28 Jul 2005 -- The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LTTE) has rejected Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga's proposal to renegotiate the Ceasefire Agreement (CFA) signed on February 23, 2002, reports 'The Hindustan Times'.
- Russia: RFE/RL Interviews Chechen Field Commander Umarov RFE/RL 28 Jul 2005 -- In mid-June, RFE/RL correspondent Andrei Babitskii travelled to Chechnya where he established contact with field commander Doku Umarov, one of only two commanders who have fought with the Chechen resistance since 1995, throughout both wars
- Mission in Haiti needs capacity for urban operations, UN peacekeeping chief says UN News Centre 28 Jul 2005 -- The United Nations mission in Haiti is making slow headway on the many challenges it faces, but lacks specialized capabilities for the urban confrontations it experiences daily, the head of UN peacekeeping said today.
- Indonesia Asks Europe and ASEAN to Monitor Peace Agreement in Aceh VOA 28 Jul 2005 -- The government of Indonesia has asked European and Southeast Asian nations to monitor an approaching peace agreement in the northern province of Aceh. The request came during ministerial meetings in Laos
- Israeli Police Ban Mass Protest against Gaza Pullout VOA 28 Jul 2005 -- Israeli police have banned the latest settler protest against next month's planned pullout from the Gaza Strip. The move comes amid a political storm over a so-called "death curse" declared against the prime minister
- SUDAN-UGANDA: Suspected LRA rebels kill nine in southern Sudan camp IRIN 28 Jul 2005 -- At least nine internally displaced people were killed on Monday night when suspected Ugandan insurgents of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) attacked their camp near the southern Sudanese town of Juba, a UN official said.
- COTE D IVOIRE: Gbagbo's reforms fail to match promises, opposition says IRIN 28 Jul 2005 -- Crucial reforms implemented by President Laurent Gbagbo fall short of what he promised in a South African-brokered deal that is due to pave the way for presidential elections in October, the opposition and rebels occupying the north of Cote d'Ivoire said on Wednesday.
- Balkans: Karadzic And Mladic Are 'Everywhere But In The Hague' RFE/RL 28 Jul 2005 -- Ten years have passed since former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic and his former military commander General Ratko Mladic were indicted by the Hague-based war crimes tribunal for genocide and other war crimes.
- GUINEA-BISSAU: Vieira scores narrow victory over Bacai Sanha in presidential election IRIN 28 Jul 2005 -- Joao Bernardo "Nino" Vieira, the former military ruler of Guinea-Bissau, scored a narrow victory over Malam Bacai Sanha, the candidate of the ruling PAIGC party, in the second round of the country's presidential election, according to provisional results released on Thursday.
- Georgia: Tbilisi's Moves Raise Fears In South Ossetia RFE/RL 28 Jul 2005 -- The authorities of the unrecognized breakaway Republic of South Ossetia have rejected three times, most recently earlier this month, successive offers by Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili to grant the region "the broadest autonomy" within a unitary Georgian state.
- Land Launch Receives First Order with PanAmSat Boeing 28 Jul 2005 -- Sea Launch has signed a multiple launch agreement with PanAmSat(NYSE: PA) that provides for the first commercial Land Launch mission and several Land Launch options. In connection with this new agreement, PanAmSat has designated the payloads for two previously exercised options for launches on the Sea Launch system. More information about the Sea Launch missions is being issued in a separate announcement.
- Sea Launch wins Multiple Launch Award with PanAmSat - Agreement includes first Land Launch mission Boeing 28 Jul 2005 -- The Sea Launch Company announces that PanAmSat (NYSE:PA) has selected the Sea Launch system for the launch of two new spacecraft in 2006 and 2007. Sea Launch and PanAmSat have also signed an agreement providing for the first mission with a new Land Launch offering plus options for additional Land Launch missions. More information about the Land Launch missions is being issued in a separate announcement.
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