04 August 2005 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 04 Aug 2005 [PDF]
- MARINE KILLED IN AR RAMADI
- DoD Identifies Navy Casualty
- DoD Identifies Marine Casualties
- THREE TASK FORCE BAGHDAD SOLDIERS DIE IN BOMB ATTACK
- DoD Identifies Marine Casualties
- Marine Killed in Iraq; 28 Suspected Terrorists Captured AFPS 04 Aug 2005 -- A U.S. Marine assigned to 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), was killed in action Aug. 3 by small-arms fire during combat operations in Ramadi, Iraq, about 60 miles west of Baghdad, U.S. military officials at Camp Fallujah reported today.
- Chalabi Aide Killed In Baghdad RFE/RL 04 Aug 2005 -- An aide to Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Chalabi was killed in Baghdad today.
- Local Iraqi leads Soldiers to weapons cache MNF-I 04 Aug 2005 -- A tip from an Iraqi citizen led Iraqi and U.S. Soldiers to a weapons cache south of Karbala , Iraq on August 1.
- Task Force Freedom detains 28 in northern Iraq MNF-I 04 Aug 2005 -- Multi-National Forces from Task Force Freedom detained 28 suspected terrorists and responded to an attack against Iraqi Police during operations in northern Iraq Aug. 3 and 4.
- Transcript: Defense Department Operational Update Briefing on Afghanistan 04 Aug 2005 -- Presenter: Brigadier General James G. Champion, U.S. Army, Deputy Commanding General, Operations and Intelligence, Combined Joint Task Force 76
- Defense Department Report, August 4: Afghanistan Update Washington File 04 Aug 2005 -- U.S.-led coalition forces in Afghanistan will maintain aggressive combined offensive operations up to and through Afghan elections for a national legislature, a senior U.S. military official says.
- One U.S. Servicemember Killed, One Injured in Afghanistan AFPS 04 Aug 2005 -- A U.S. servicemember was killed today and another injured when the Humvee they were traveling in was struck by what is believed to be an improvised explosive device near Orgun-E, in Afghanistan's Paktika province.
- Insurgents in Afghanistan Take Aim at Softer Targets AFPS 04 Aug 2005 -- The numbers of attacks on U.S. and coalition troops in Afghanistan "have not significantly increased from this time last year," a senior U.S. military operations officer in Afghanistan reported today.
- US General Says Tough Fight Expected Before Afghan Elections VOA 04 Aug 2005 -- A top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan says the upcoming parliamentary elections will be successful, but he expects a tough fight between coalition forces and remnants of the Taleban regime before the voting begins next month.
- General Says NATO-Led Force Will Take Over Afghan Security by End of 2006 VOA 04 Aug 2005 -- A top NATO commander says international peacekeeping troops under NATO command in Afghanistan will be ready to assume responsibility for security across all of Afghanistan by the end of next year
- Italy Takes Over ISAF Command RFE/RL 04 Aug 2005 -- Turkey today handed over command of the International Security and Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan to Italy.
- Afghanistan: Opposition Leader Assesses Country's Foreign Relations RFE/RL 04 Aug 2005 -- Mohammad Yunos Qanuni, leader of the twelve-party coalition -- National Understanding Front (Jabha-ye Tafahom-e Melli, JTM) -- spoke recently with RFE/RL about Afghan foreign relations, in particular with the United States
- Pakistan: 30,000 Afghans To Be Evicted From Refugee Settlement Near Islamabad RFE/RL 04 Aug 2005 -- Citing security concerns, Pakistan's government is evicting some 30,000 Afghans from an impoverished refugee settlement near Islamabad.
Defense Policy / Programs
- U.S. to Transfer Custody of Afghan Detainees AFPS 04 Aug 2005 -- The United States and the Afghan government have agreed to eventually transfer Afghan citizens now in U.S.-coalition custody to Afghan control, a senior DoD spokesman said here today.
- U.S. Announces Gradual Return of Many Detainees to Afghanistan Washington File 04 Aug 2005 -- The United States will allow the gradual return of many Afghan detainees to Afghanistan as part of the strategic U.S.-Afghan partnership, according to a joint U.S.-Afghan statement released by the State Department August 4.
- Fuels Airmen keep more than planes operational AFPN 04 Aug 2005 -- For 19 years now, Master Sgt. David Chandler's mother proudly tells everyone she meets that her son "passes gas for a living" in the U.S. Air Force.
- Airmen support Soldiers with airdrop AFPN 04 Aug 2005 -- To keep yet another convoy off the road, 386th Air Expeditionary Wing aircrews at this forward-deployed location recently gave a textbook example of what agile combat support is all about.
- Army Updates Detainee-operations Information Aug. 4 Army News Release 04 Aug 2005 -- The Army continued its efforts to keep the public informed concerning detainee operations by releasing additional documents Aug. 4 pursuant to Freedom of Information litigation with the American Civil Liberties Union.
- CNO Tells BRAC Commissioners Navy Needs NAS Oceana Navy NewsStand 04 Aug 2005 -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Mullen told members of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission Aug. 4 that Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana is central to the Navy's current readiness and that he fully supports the Department of Defense's original recommendations for an East Coast master jet base.
- Boxer Returns to Okinawa Navy NewsStand 04 Aug 2005 -- The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), commanded by Capt. Thomas J. Culora, returned to Okinawa July 30 to prepare for the third annual Joint Air and Sea Exercise (JASEX), which emphasizes training to support stability throughout the Asian-Pacific region.
- NATO Supreme Allied Commander for Transformation Bids Farewell Washington File 04 Aug 2005 -- Admiral Edmund P. Giambastiani stepped down as NATO's first Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT) August 1 to take over as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the second highest position in the U.S. military.
- CVW-9 Concludes Successful Deployment with Vinson Strike Group Navy NewsStand 04 Aug 2005 -- Aircraft aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) began their fly off July 30, marking the beginning of the end of the deployment for the squadrons of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9.
- Blue Ridge Completes Engineering Assessment Navy NewsStand 04 Aug 2005 -- USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) successfully conducted Limited Team Training (LTT) July 25-29 to assess engineering and damage control capabilities.
- Asia-Pacific Military Facing New Security Challenges VOA 04 Aug 2005 -- Army commanders from several dozen Asia-Pacific nations say their Armed Forces are expected to take on new tasks, which are straining their normal capabilities
- Bangladesh to get 16 Chinese fighter jets IRNA 04 Aug 2005 -- Bangladesh is set to procure 16 fighter planes from China at a cost of dlrs 118 million under a hastily-signed agreement between the two countries recently
- State Department Briefing, August 4 Washington File 04 Aug 2005 -- North Korea, Iraq, Iran, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Colombia, Mauritania, Balkans, Israel/Palestinians, Sudan
- Boeing Rolls Out First SLAM-ER for Republic of Korea Boeing 04 Aug 2005 -- The first Boeing [NYSE:BA] Standoff Land Attack Missile-Expanded Response (SLAM-ER) for the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) rolled out recently during a ceremony at Boeing's Weapons Enterprise Capability Center in St. Charles, Mo.
- LOCKHEED MARTIN CEREMONY COMMEMORATES FIRST F-16 PRODUCED FOR OMAN Lockheed Martin 04 Aug 2005 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] held ceremonies at its Fort Worth, Tex., facility today to celebrate the delivery of the first F-16 aircraft to the Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO).
- First Production MH-60R Takes Flight Lockheed Martin 04 Aug 2005 -- The first new production MH-60R took to the skies July 28 at the Sikorsky Aircraft facility in Stratford, CT. The aircraft flew a total of 1.5 hours and performed the entire flight acceptance profile, which included flight control checks, vibration measurements and engine power checks, without incident.
- FIRST PRODUCTION MH-60R TAKES FLIGHT Sikorsky 04 Aug 2005 -- The first new production MH-60R took to the skies July 28 at the Sikorsky Aircraft facility in Stratford, CT. The aircraft flew a total of 1.5 hours and performed the entire flight acceptance profile, which included flight control checks, vibration measurements and engine power checks, without incident.
- Meads International Expands Multi-National Management Team for Next-Generation Air and Missile Defense System Lockheed Martin 04 Aug 2005 -- MEADS International (MI) has expanded its Orlando technical management organization to lead development of the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS).
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 04 Aug 2005
- UN establishes disciplinary units to eliminate sexual abuse by peacekeepers UN News Centre 04 Aug 2005 -- Upgrading the drive to eliminate sexual abuse by peacekeepers following reports over the past year and a half of peacekeepers exploiting vulnerable women and girls in their area of deployment, eight United Nations missions have been ordered to immediately establish disciplinary units staffed by senior-level experts on personnel conduct.
- Jewish Gunman Kills Four Israeli Arabs in Bus Attack VOA 04 Aug 2005 -- Four Israeli Arabs have been killed and 10 wounded in a shooting rampage by a Jewish extremist.
- UN rights experts call on Israel to remove barrier on occupied Palestinian territory UN News Centre 04 Aug 2005 -- A group of United Nations human rights experts today called on Israel to dismantle the barrier it is building in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and to make reparation for all damage caused, stressing that continued construction constitutes a violation of the country's human rights obligations.
- Israeli Settlers Suspend March against Gaza Pullout as Palestinians Celebrate VOA 04 Aug 2005 -- Israeli settlers have suspended a march on settlements in the Gaza Strip, after they were blocked by security forces
- Sudan: UN mission reports calm in Khartoum, south, ahead of Garang's funeral AFPS 04 Aug 2005 -- The United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) today reported calm in the capital, Khartoum, and in the south following three days of unrest sparked by the death in helicopter crash last Saturday of first Vice-President and former southern rebel leader John Garang.
- SUDAN: Leaders call for calm as death toll rises to 130 IRIN 04 Aug 2005 -- At least 130 people have been killed in three days of violence in Khartoum and other Sudanese towns following the death of First Vice President John Garang in a helicopter crash, the Sudanese Red Crescent reported on Thursday.
- U.S. Envoy Meets Leaders of Mauritanian Junta VOA 04 Aug 2005 -- The United States Thursday reiterated its call for the restoration of constitutional rule in Mauritania, where a military junta has seized power
- Calling for return to constitutional order, Annan condemns coup in Mauritania UN News Centre 04 Aug 2005 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today condemned the coup d'etat that took place in Mauritania, urging respect for human rights and the rule of law.
- Mauritania Remains Calm After Military Coup VOA 04 Aug 2005 -- Mauritania's capital is relatively calm a day after a bloodless military coup that ousted president President Maaouiya Ould Taya. The palace guard, which took power, ended the president's 21 years of rule
- Calm Returns to Khartoum after Days of Violence VOA 04 Aug 2005 -- Khartoum is calm after days of rioting following the death of Vice President John Garang. At least 130 people were killed and more than 350 injured in the rioting
- Georgia, Abkhazia Hold Talks RFE/RL 04 Aug 2005 -- Officials from Georgia and its breakaway region of Abkhazia meet today for security talks in Tbilisi.
- Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System Readied for Next Year VOA 04 Aug 2005 -- An Indian Ocean tsunami warning system is expected to be fully operational by the middle of next year.
- U.S. Says Colombian Terrorists Getting Refuge in Venezuela VOA 04 Aug 2005 -- The United States Thursday expressed concern that terrorist groups fighting Colombia's government are finding refuge across the border in Venezuela
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