08 August 2005 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 08 Aug 2005 [PDF]
- DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
- DoD Identifies Army Casualties
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- Defense Department Report, August 8: Iraq Update Washington File 08 Aug 2005 -- Efforts by Iraqi and coalition forces to increase the pressure on indigenous and foreign forces that have been working to disrupt lives and livelihoods in Iraq are having a positive effect, according to U.S. military sources.
- Combined Coalition, Iraqi Operations Disrupt Terrorists AFPS 08 Aug 2005 -- Multinational Corps Iraq operations continue to place pressure on terrorist operations in Iraq, with coalition and Iraqi security forces conducting more than 182 combined and independent offensive operations throughout the country since late July.
- Security forces Airmen keep contraband off Kirkuk AFPN 08 Aug 2005 -- During the lunch-hour rush at a dining facility in Mosul, Iraq, a suicide bomber managed to penetrate base security and kill 22 Americans Dec. 21, 2004. Since then, American bases in Iraq have successfully increased security measures.
- 'Black Ravens' Patrol the Skies Over Iraq Navy NewsStand 08 Aug 2005 -- Four officers from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 had the distinction of being the first air crew from the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Strike Group to fly over Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
- Coalition Forces transfer authority to Iraqi army in Diyala Army News 08 Aug 2005 -- A July 31 ceremony marked the transfer of authority for one fifth of the Diyala province to the Iraqi army.
- Humvees now rolling from new refurb site Army News 08 Aug 2005 -- An Aug. 1 ceremony officially started operations for a new Humvee refurbishment and up-armor facility near Kuwait.
- Coalition and Iraqi security forces combined operations disrupt terrorists MNF-I 08 Aug 2005 -- Multi-National Corps - Iraq operations continue to place pressure on terrorist operations in Iraq with Coalition and Iraqi security forces conducting more than 182 combined and independent offensive operations throughout the country since late July.
- Afghan Militants Fire Rockets At Police Center RFE/RL 08 Aug 2005 -- The NATO-led security forces in Afghanistan say Islamic militants launched a rocket attack on a police training facility in northern Afghanistan.
- Former Taliban Commander Joins Forces With Afghan Government AFPS 08 Aug 2005 -- A former Taliban sub-commander of the Paktika province has renounced violence against the government of Afghanistan, further fragmenting the Taliban command structure in eastern Afghanistan, military officials said.
Defense Policy / Programs
- International Effort Saves Crew of Disabled Russian Submarine Washington File 08 Aug 2005 -- Russia expressed "profound thanks" to Great Britain, the United States and Japan for responding to a call for help in rescuing seven Russian sailors who were trapped in a disabled submarine for three days on the Pacific Ocean floor.
- Russian Mini-sub Crew Rescued Navy NewsStand 08 Aug 2005 -- A Russian mini-sub and its seven crew members were successfully brought to the surface by an international rescue team sent to free them Aug. 7.
- U.S. Moves Rwandan Civilian Police to War-Torn Darfur AFPS 08 Aug 2005 -- A U.S.-contracted commercial aircraft moved 49 Rwandan civilian police officers from Kigali, Rwanda, to El Fashir airfield in the war-torn Darfur region of Sudan Aug. 7.
- Future Total Force in step with PACAF mission AFPN 08 Aug 2005 -- As the Future Total Force initiative integrates with Air Force operations in the Pacific, the transition is looking good, said the Pacific Air Forces commander.
- Warrior Forge trains more than 4,500 cadets Army News 08 Aug 2005 -- The population of Fort Lewis grew by more than 8,000 this summer as Army ROTC cadets, Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers, and ROTC college staff members began participating in Operation Warrior Forge, which runs through Aug. 19.
- MCPON Visits Bataan During PANAMAX 2005 Navy NewsStand 08 Aug 2005 -- Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) (SS/AW) Terry Scott spent the night visiting Sailors aboard USS Bataan (LHD 5) Aug. 4, while the ship was underway in the U.S. Southern Command 's (SOUTHCOM) area of responsibility (AOR) getting ready to participate in PANAMAX 2005.
- NMCB 28 Reservists Train at Camp Robinson Navy NewsStand 08 Aug 2005 -- Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 28 gathered at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock, Ark., to participate in several exhausting days of field and classroom training July 11 through July 19.
- Princeton Delivers Humanitarian Aid to Stranded Dhow Navy NewsStand 08 Aug 2005 -- Sailors from the guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) provided humanitarian aid to an Iranian fishing dhow in distress July 21.
- Brunei Divers Train with Safeguard Navy NewsStand 08 Aug 2005 -- Divers from the Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) received instruction and training from U.S. Navy divers aboard the rescue and salvage ship USS Safeguard (ARS 50) Aug. 8.
- Multinational Exercise Kicks Off for Panama Canal Navy NewsStand 08 Aug 2005 -- Interdependence and cooperation were the dominant themes during the opening ceremonies at Hotel El Panama for FUERZAS ALIADAS PANAMAX 2005, a training exercise in defense of the Panama Canal involving 15 countries from Aug. 4-17.
- LEGISLATIVE SPEAKER SUPPORTS RATIONAL DEBATE ON ARMS PACKAGE CNA 08 Aug 2005 -- Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng said in Los Angeles Sunday that he supports in-depth discussions on a long-stalled arms procurement package to address Taiwan's defense needs and China's mounting military threat.
- White House Briefing, August 8 Washington File 08 Aug 2005 -- Sudan, Iran, Iraq, North Korea
- State Department Briefing, August 8 Washington File 08 Aug 2005 -- Rice/death of Peter Jennings, Iran, Turkey/Iraq, Cyprus, Saudi Arabia, North Korea, Iran/North Korea, Japan, Venezuela, Sudan, China, Israel/Palestinians, Mauritania
- BAE Systems ALE-55 Fibre Optic Towed Decoy Completes Development Testing BAE Systems 08 Aug 2005 -- NASHUA, New Hampshire -- BAE Systems and the U.S. Navy have successfully completed development testing of the AN/ALE-55 Fibre Optic Towed Decoy (FOTD) on the Navys F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet.
- Northrop Grumman's Infrared Countermeasures System Chosen to Protect CV-22 Aircraft Under $125 Million Contract Northrop Grumman 08 Aug 2005 -- The U.S. Special Operations Command awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) a contract worth up to $125 million to supply directional infrared countermeasures (DIRCM) systems to protect the aircrews of its CV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft from infrared-missile attack.
- Raytheon Awarded Defense Threat Reduction Agency Contract Potentially Worth $82.1 Million to Provide Mission Support in the Former Soviet Union Raytheon 08 Aug 2005 -- A subsidiary of Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has been awarded a task order with a potential value of $82.1 million by the United States Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) to provide Mission Support in the former Soviet Union (FSU).
- Orbital Successfully Launches MDA Target Vehicle Orbital Sciences Corp. 08 Aug 2005 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced today that it successfully launched a medium-range target vehicle that supported the U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA) Critical Measurements and Countermeasures Program, Campaign 1 (CMCM-1). The launch of Orbital’s medium-range Castor IVB® target vehicle originated from Kauai Test Facility at the Pacific Missile Range Facility on August 4, 2005. Orbital’s role in the test, which was led by the company’s Launch Systems Group in Chandler, AZ, was to supply the boost vehicle, to integrate the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratories payload deployment module and Sandia National Laboratories reentry system, and to conduct launch operations as contracted by the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 08 Aug 2005
- SOUTHERN AFRICA: Peacekeeper training centre reopens IRIN 08 Aug 2005 -- The reopening of a regional training centre in Zimbabwe means Southern African countries will soon be able to contribute troops to United Nations and African Union peacekeeping missions.
- Pakistan, India vow to continue ceasefire IRNA 08 Aug 2005 -- Pakistan and India have decided to continue ceasefire across the Line of Control (LoC), which divides the two countries in the disputed Kashmir region, Foreign Office Spokesman Naeem Khan said.
- India, Pakistan agree to continue with ceasefire on LoC, IB IRNA 08 Aug 2005 -- India and Pakistan today agreed to continue with the border ceasefire as part of the confidence building measures between the two countries.
- Sudan: envoy promises UN support to keep north-south peace process on track UN News Centre 08 Aug 2005 -- Praising the commitment of the southern-based Sudan Peoples' Liberation Movement (SPLM) to keep the fragile peace process on track following the helicopter crash last weekend that killed ex-rebel leader - and newly-elected Vice-President - John Garang, the top United Nations envoy for Sudan has pledged the world body's support in the days ahead.
- SUDAN: Garang successor set for VP position IRIN 08 Aug 2005 -- The new leader of the southern Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A), Salva Kiir Mayardit, is to be sworn into office as Sudan's First Vice President on Thursday, officials said.
- Annan welcomes DR of Congo's decision to disarm militia forcibly UN News Centre 08 Aug 2005 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan welcomes a decision by the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) Transitional Government to disarm a Rwandan rebel militia on DRC territory by force after it failed to honour its pledges to disarm and return home.
- Annan remains hopeful that political solution will end Western Sahara deadlock UN News Centre 08 Aug 2005 -- Secretary-General Kofi Annan has for the past year kept up the hope that the parties in Western Sahara would break the current deadlock in the peace process so that the 14-year-old United Nations mission organizing a referendum for the territory could help them reach a mutually acceptable political solution, according to a new report.
- BURUNDI: McAskie urges new political leaders to negotiate peace with FNL rebels IRIN 08 Aug 2005 -- The head of the UN Mission in Burundi, Carolyn McAskie, called on politicians on Monday to negotiate a ceasefire with the country's remaining rebel group, the Palipehutu-FNL of Agaton Rwasa, ir order to finalise the current peace process.
- COTE D IVOIRE: South African mediators say laws comply with peace plan, rebels upset IRIN 08 Aug 2005 -- South African mediators have deemed that laws passed by Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo last month do conform to the country's peace plan, dealing a blow to rebels who had refused to start disarming saying the laws were inadequate.
- MAURITANIA: Junta outlines plans for new democracy as ousted president vows to return home IRIN 08 Aug 2005 -- Mauritania's military junta has been outlining its plans for the mainly-desert nation, hoping to shore up the goodwill that has so far greeted it at home, and reassure a displeased international community that it has no intention of clinging on to power indefinitely.
- Netanyahu Resignation Shocks Israel's Body Politic, Will Not Affect Gaza Pullout VOA 08 Aug 2005 -- The resignation of Israeli Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sent shockwaves through Israel's political establishment
- SOMALIA: Hijacked ship to be released - WFP IRIN 08 Aug 2005 -- The Kenyan-registered ship that was hijacked off the northeastern coast of Somalia in June en-route to deliver food aid is to be released with its cargo and crew, the UN World Food Programme (WFP), said.
- Central Asia: Radical Islamists Challenge Governments Efforts At Control RFE/RL 08 Aug 2005 -- Across Central Asia, governments have coped with the Islamic revival by asserting their control over the religious establishment and banning groups that refuse to cooperate
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