26 August 2005 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 26 Aug 2005 [PDF]
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- Transcript: Defense Department Briefing on Ongoing Security Operations in North-Central Iraq26 Aug 2005 -- Presenter: Maj. Gen. Joseph Taluto, commander of Multinational Division North-Central, Task Force Liberty and U.S. 42nd Infantry Division
- Top US General: Sunni Political Involvement in Iraq Can Help Stop Insurgency VOA News 26 Aug 2005 -- The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Richard Myers, says it is important that the Sunni population in Iraq be brought into the political process to help defeat the violent insurgency and rebuild the country.
- Defense Department Report, August 26: Iraq Update Washington File 26 Aug 2005 -- A U.S. Army official based in north-central Iraq says that Iraqi voter registration continues in the region even as Iraqi and coalition forces maintain pressure on insurgency forces there.
- Convoy escorts continue proud heritage of Tuskegee Airmen AFPN 26 Aug 2005 -- The 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing is steeped in the rich history of its predecessors, the Tuskegee Airmen of the 332nd Fighter Group.
- Airmen control sky over Iraq AFPN 26 Aug 2005 -- With more than 270,000 square miles of playing field, Airmen with the 727th Expeditionary Air Control Squadron have their game faces on, providing command and control of joint air operations supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
- Election Preparations Not Disrupted in North-Central Iraq AFPS 26 Aug 2005 -- Despite continued efforts, insurgents have been unable impact preparations for elections in the north-central region of Iraq, and that region has a strong plan in place for security during elections scheduled in Iraq in October and December, the commander of U.S. operations in the area said today.
- Iraqi, U.S. Forces Capture Terrorists, Suspected Insurgents AFPS 26 Aug 2005 -- U.S. soldiers from Task Force Liberty and Iraqi army soldiers captured six terrorists during a joint raid in Barwannah, Iraq, military officials said today.
- Joint raid captures terrorists, weapons in Diyala Province MNF-I 27 Aug 2005 -- Task Force Liberty and Iraqi army Soldiers captured six terrorists during a joint raid in Barwannah, northeast of Baqubah in Diyala Province, Aug. 26.
- Task Force Liberty Soldiers capture two key terrorists MNF-I 27 Aug 2005 -- Task Force Liberty Soldiers captured two known terrorists suspected of financing and enabling terrorist acts in North-Central Iraq in a pair of overnight raids Aug. 25 and 26.
- Successes this week in Iraq (19-25 Aug., 2005) MNF-I 27 Aug 2005 -- Coalition forces continued to help Iraqi citizens with humanitarian missions and to help train Iraqi security forces to bring stability to the country.
- Iraqi security forces, Coalition forces detain 16 in Mosul MNF-I 27 Aug 2005 -- Iraqi security forces and Coalition forces from Task Force Freedom detained 16 suspected terrorists Aug. 25 and 26.
- TWO KILLED DURING INCIDENT AT ALI BASE CENTCOM 26 Aug 2005 -- At 11:59 a.m. on Aug. 26, three unidentified individuals drove a truck the wrong way into the outbound lane and broke through the first entry control point barrier on Base Camp Adder.
- Women Candidates Face Cash Hurdle In Afghan Polls RFE/RL 26 Aug 2005 -- A former candidate for the Afghan presidency and the country's women's affairs minister said today that many women in Afghanistan have been put off from competing in next month's elections because they cannot afford to campaign.
- Afghans Prepare To Elect First Parliament in Decades Washington File 26 Aug 2005 -- Afghan voters will head to the polls September 18 to cast their ballots for the final component of Afghanistan’s first entirely democratically elected government.
- Guardsmen make combat airdrop in Afghanistan AFPN 26 Aug 2005 -- Six Airmen from the North Carolina Air National Guard's 156th Airlift Squadron traveled more than 7,000 miles recently to perform an airdrop mission over Afghanistan.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Commission Makes More BRAC Decisions AFPS 26 Aug 2005 -- The Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission voted today to keep open Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., rejecting a Pentagon proposal to close the base and consolidate the Air Force's B-1B Lancer long-ranger bomber aircraft fleet at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas.
- Lawsuit Challenges BRAC Air Guard Recommendations AFPS 26 Aug 2005 -- A federal judge handed down a decision today that the Defense Department has no authority to eliminate a Pennsylvania Air National Guard fighter wing without the state governor's okay.
- 1st Air Force transitions to warfighting headquarters AFPN 26 Aug 2005 -- First Air Force and Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region are making structural changes to transition into one of 10 warfighting headquarters to better support geographic and functional combatant commanders worldwide.
- Cooperative Key 05 kicks off AFPN 26 Aug 2005 -- More than 140 Airmen have joined servicemembers from 14 NATO and seven partner nations to participate in Cooperative Key 05, a NATO Air Force exercise.
- Officials release Predator accident report AFPN 26 Aug 2005 -- An engine fire on an MQ-l Predator remotely piloted aircraft resulted in a March 27 crash at a forward-deployed location in Southwest Asia
- Commander sees AEF working from deployed perspective AFPN 26 Aug 2005 -- The Air and Space Expeditionary Force Center commander recently visited his largest customer in theater -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces.
- Commander Details Progress on Reshaping Combined Forces in Korea AFPS 26 Aug 2005 -- Military transformation on the Korean Peninsula is not just a U.S. program; the South Koreans are also very involved, the top military commander of combined forces here said this week.
- Pace Selects Army Tanker as First JCS Senior Enlisted Adviser AFPS 26 Aug 2005 -- Incoming Joint Chiefs Chairman Marine Gen. Peter Pace has selected an Army armor leader as the first senior enlisted adviser to the chairman.
- Commander Assesses North Korea's Conventional Threat AFPS 26 Aug 2005 -- Even as negotiations continue over North Korea's nuclear posture, U.S. and South Korean officials keep close track of the country's conventional capabilities.
- Army begins Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter initiative with Aug. 29 ceremony Army News Release 26 Aug 2005 -- The U.S. Army and representatives of Bell Helicopter Textron will participate in a contract-signing ceremony at Fort Worth, Texas, on Monday, Aug. 29, for the Army's new Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter.
- Joint training tests response to nuclear disaster Army News 26 Aug 2005 -- A military training exercise last week, Sudden Response 2005, had Charleston, S.C., as the setting of a nuclear disaster to improve the nation's readiness if such an event should ever occur.
- Transcript: Special Defense Department Briefing26 Aug 2005 -- Presenter: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Richard B. Myers, USAF
- Ogden Sailors Spend Liberty in Two Alaskan Ports Navy NewsStand 26 Aug 2005 -- The crew of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Ogden (LPD 5) visited Kodiak Island and Ketchikan, Alaska, during the Alaska Shield/Northern Edge 2005 exercise conducted Aug. 15-19.
- U.S. Warships Complete Exercise in Alaska Navy NewsStand 26 Aug 2005 -- Three U.S. warships, along with more than 5,000 Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen, Coast Guardsmen, and personnel from various federal, state, and local agencies, successfully concluded exercise Alaska Shield/Northern Edge 2005 Aug. 15-19, bringing an end to Alaska's premier emergency readiness training exercise.
- CNO: Sea Power a Force for Good Navy NewsStand 26 Aug 2005 -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Mullen defined his vision of sea power as a "force for good" while speaking at the Worldwide Commandants' Conference Aug. 23 in Arlington, Va.
- Surged Ships Return to Norfolk Navy NewsStand 26 Aug 2005 -- USS Saipan (LHA 2), USS Nashville (LPD 13) and USS Nicholas (FFG 47) returned to Naval Station Norfolk Aug. 25 from a three-month "surge" deployment.
- USS Antietam Returns From Deployment Navy NewsStand 26 Aug 2005 -- USS Antietam (CG 54) returned home to San Diego Aug. 19 after an extended seven-month global tour, which included areas such as the Northern Persian Gulf, Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Oceans, as well as the Suez and Panama canals.
- Pascagoula Ships Sortie to Evade Hurricane Katrina Navy NewsStand 26 Aug 2005 -- The frigates USS Stephen W. Groves (FFG 29) and USS John L. Hall (FFG 32) got underway from Naval Station Pascagoula, Miss., Aug. 26 in order to evade approaching Hurricane Katrina.
- Uzbekistan Formally Evicts U.S. Military RFE/RL 26 Aug 2005 -- Uzbekistan's Senate today voted to evict U.S. military forces from Uzbekistan.
- Uzbek Senate Approves US Military Withdrawal VOA News 26 Aug 2005 -- Uzbekistan's Senate has given final approval to a government order for the withdrawal of U.S. military forces from the country.
- NATO Supports Landmine Destruction in Serbia and Montenegro Washington File 26 Aug 2005 -- A special facility that will be used to destroy 1.3 million landmines was opened in Kragujevac, Serbia and Montenegro, August 17 as part of the NATO's Partnership for Peace Trust Fund initiative.
- Four Boeing Small Diameter Bombs Dropped in Final Development Test Boeing 26 Aug 2005 -- Four Boeing [NYSE:BA] Small Diameter Bombs (SDB) were released on Aug. 25 from two separate carriages on a U.S. Air Force F-15E, testing the full capabilities of the SDB guided-weapon system.
- Northrop Grumman Participates on Flagship Team for U.S. Navy and U.S. Department of Defense Northrop Grumman 26 Aug 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has announced its participation in Flagship Team, a consortium of five high-performance companies that will pursue work to provide industry human-capital-management best practices and processes to the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Department of Defense at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center in New Orleans.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 26 Aug 2005
- COTE D IVOIRE: All eyes on mediators after rebels withdraw backing for October polls IRIN 26 Aug 2005 -- Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo on Friday declined to react to the rebels' effective withdrawal from the peace process, saying it was up to the South African mediators to decided what happened next.
- DR of Congo: UN mission launches new military operation in troubled east UN News Centre 26 Aug 2005 -- The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has launched a new military operation in the troubled eastern Ituri region of the vast country, deploying five fighting companies with aerial support to force a rebel Rwandan militia to fulfil its pledges to disarm and return home.
- 5 Nepalese Troops Killed in Clash with Maoists VOA News 26 Aug 2005 -- The Nepalese military says a fierce battle between government troops and Maoist rebels has left at least five soldiers and an unknown number of guerillas dead.
- ETHIOPIA: Rampant inter-communal clashes in the south and east IRIN 26 Aug 2005 -- Clashes between communities in southern and eastern Ethiopia have so far killed 73 people this year and forced more than 85,000 to flee their homes, a human rights group said on Wednesday.
- U.S. Urges Azerbaijan, Armenia To Settle Karabakh Dispute RFE/RL 26 Aug 2005 -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is urging the leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia to reach a settlement of the dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh.
- Former Rebel Leader Sworn in as Burundi's President VOA News 26 Aug 2005 -- Burundi's former rebel leader, Pierre Nkurunziza, has been sworn in as the country's first elected leader, marking the end of 12 years of civil war.
- UNHCR Chief: Sudan Too Dangerous for Refugees to Return VOA News 26 Aug 2005 -- The head of the United Nations agency for refugees, winding up a tour of Sudan's western Darfur region and eastern Chad, says Sudanese refugees want to go home, but it is too risky.
- Chechen Guerrilla Leader Basayev Named to Separatist Government Post VOA News 26 Aug 2005 -- A Chechen militant website says Shamil Basayev, who is wanted in Russia for leading numerous terrorist attacks, has been named second-in-command of the separatist Chechen government
- PRESS CONFERENCE BY UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL FOR HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS United Nations 26 Aug 2005
- Sri Lanka to Hold Presidential Election by Year's End VOA News 26 Aug 2005 -- Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has ruled that presidential elections must be held this year, putting an end to President Chandrika Kumaratunga's hopes of remaining in power for another year.
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