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12 September 2005 Military News

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  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 12 Sep 2005 [PDF]

  • Security Forces Airmen prevent attack on Iraqi base AFPN 12 Sep 2005 -- Security forces Airmen on combat patrol interrupted insurgents as they set timers on rockets aimed at the base Sept. 11.
  • Task Force Liberty Soldiers Kill Terrorist Sniper AFPS 12 Sep 2005 -- Task Force Liberty soldiers killed a terrorist sniper during a Sept. 11 small-arms engagement near Samarra, Iraq, military officials reported today.
  • Joint Operation Kills Or Rounds Up Hundreds In Iraq RFE/RL 12 Sep 2005 -- Iraqi troops backed by U.S. forces continued a major operation targeting suspected insurgents in an Iraqi town near the Syrian border today.
  • Task Force Liberty joint operations capture terrorists and weapons MNF-I 12 Sep 2005 -- Across North-Central Iraq this past week, deliberate raids by Iraqi Security Forces and Task Force Liberty Soldiers resulted in the capture of suspected terrorists and weapons, helping secure the region for upcoming elections.
  • Task Force Liberty Troops defeat terrorist sniper team in Samarra MNF-I 12 Sep 2005 -- Task Force Liberty Soldiers near Samarra responded to a sniper attack, killing a terrorist during a small-arms engagement around 4:40 p.m. Sept. 11.
  • Coalition forces detain, release suspected terrorists MNF-I 12 Sep 2005 -- Approximately 2,300 suspected terrorists and insurgents were detained and 1,085 released from brigade and division-level internment facilities during August by Coalition forces assigned to Multi-National Corps - Iraq.
  • U.S. Troops Tighten Grip On Iraqi Town RFE/RL 12 Sep 2005 -- Iraqi and U.S. troops tightened their grip on the insurgent Iraqi town of Tal Afar today as insurgents melted away in the face of the firepower deployed by the 10,000-strong force.

  • Final Preparations Under Way for Afghanistan Election VOA 12 Sep 2005 -- Election officials in Afghanistan say they are "100 percent" confident that all preparations for Sunday's parliamentary and provincial council elections will be completed in time.
  • AFGHANISTAN: Concern about keeping the gun out of Sunday's election IRIN 12 Sep 2005 -- Afghan war criminals, drug barons and regional war lords must be barred from serving in the nation's new parliament, due to be elected on 18 September, human rights bodies warned on Saturday.
  • Afghan Districts Call For Troops RFE/RL 12 Sep 2005 -- A UN official today said that some districts of Afghanistan are still waiting for troops ahead of parliamentary elections on 18 September.
  • Afghanistan Disqualifies 28 Candidates RFE/RL 12 Sep 2005 -- Afghanistan's Electoral Complaints Commission has disqualified today 28 more candidates from the country's 18 September elections.

  • Schriever brings total-force support to Katrina relief AFPN 12 Sep 2005 -- Space experts here are working around the clock to provide space system capabilities to civilian and military agencies, allowing the agencies to save lives and provide food, medicine and clothing to people displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
  • International aid continues to arrive at Little Rock AFPN 12 Sep 2005 -- More than 30 international aid flights have landed here, the hub and clearing house for all international aid going to help Hurricane Katrina victims in Louisiana and Mississippi.
  • Maintainers keep rescue helicopters flying AFPN 12 Sep 2005 -- As Air Force rescue helicopter aircrews plucked survivors from flooded New Orleans and other Gulf Coast areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina, they drew upon adrenaline to keep going during the 10- to 12-hour missions.
  • 97th AEG stands up at Keesler AFPN 12 Sep 2005 -- The 97th Air Expeditionary Group, comprising Airmen from around the United States, began arriving Sept. 6 to focus on humanitarian missions.
  • Keesler commander: Don't count us out AFPN 12 Sep 2005 -- Two weeks after Hurricane Katrina caused $500 million in damages at this training base, it has become a vital staging area for Gulf Coast disaster relief efforts.
  • Memo Seals Support for Center of Excellence-Defense Against Terrorism AFPS 12 Sep 2005 -- A document formalizing the agreement between the U.S. Defense Department and military staffs of Turkey and the other NATO nations providing support to the NATO Center of Excellence-Defense Against Terrorism in Ankara, Turkey, was signed Sept. 8 in Ankara.
  • DoD Adapting Katrina Support to Meet Changing Requirements AFPS< 12 Sep 2005 -- The Defense Department is tailoring its 70,000-member force supporting hurricane relief operations as needed to provide the critical capabilities required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other federal agencies, defense officials said today.
  • Engineers fix breaches, pump New Orleans floodwaters Army News 12 Sep 2005 -- The fourth of four critical breaches in the 17th Street Canal and London Avenue Canal system was closed Sept. 10 and Army Corps of Engineers officials have shortened their estimate on how long it will take to pump floodwaters out of New Orleans.
  • CNO Visits USS Iwo Jima During Support of Hurricane Relief Navy NewsStand 12 Sep 2005 -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Michael Mullen paid a visit to the crew of USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) Sept. 10 during an area tour of the Gulf Coast region, which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
  • President Bush Visits USS Iwo Jima During Hurricane Relief Effort Navy NewsStand 12 Sep 2005 -- President George W. Bush arrived aboard USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) Sept. 11 to visit with Sailors assigned to the multipurpose amphibious assault ship and to visit the hurricane-stricken city of New Orleans.
  • NMCB 1 Seabees Assist with Hurricane Recovery in Pass Christian Navy NewsStand 12 Sep 2005 -- Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1, based in Gulfport, Miss., launched Seabees from Construction Battalion Center (CBC) Gulfport Sept. 9 to neighboring communities throughout Harrison and Stone counties in Mississippi to assist its citizens with disaster recovery in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
  • President Bush Departs Iwo Jima Navy NewsStand 12 Sep 2005 -- President George W. Bush departed USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) Sept. 12 after spending an evening aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship here.
  • NEPMU 2 Establishes Water Supply for Biloxi Residents, Relief Workers Navy NewsStand 12 Sep 2005 -- Nine members of Naval Environmental Preventive Medicine Unit (NEPMU) 2's Forward Deployable Preventive Medicine Unit (FDPMU) East arrived in Biloxi, Miss., Sept. 8 as part of their effort to establish a safe environment for relief workers and residents recovering from the impact of Hurricane Katrina.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • DoD Announces Recruiting and Retention Numbers for August 12 Sep 2005 -- The Department of Defense announced today its recruiting and retention statistics by the active and reserve components for the month of August.

  • Detainee Transfer Announced 12 Sep 2005 -- The Department of Defense announced today that it released one detainee from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to the government of Afghanistan.

  • Center of Excellence-Defense Against Terrorism AFPS 12 Sep 2005 -- A memo formalizing the agreement for the NATO Center of Excellence-Defense Against Terrorism in Ankara, Turkey, was signed Sept. 8
  • COMM ensures information gets to rescuers, Air Force AFPN 12 Sep 2005 -- The safety of those stranded in New Orleans and along the Gulf Coast could hinge upon 450 Airmen deployed here as part of the 347th Expeditionary Rescue Group and their ability to communicate rapidly and effectively across vast distances.
  • Keesler cleanup going well AFPN 12 Sep 2005 -- Cleaning up Keesler, which has been a massive undertaking, is going well.
  • Recruiters' Hard Work Credited With Driving Up Enlistment Rates AFPS 12 Sep 2005 -- Hard work by a reinforced recruiting team that's able to offer more attractive incentives for a wider range of would-be recruits is proving to be the formula for success in attracting new members into the military, a top military official said today.
  • ESG 1 Transits Suez Canal, Ready for "Bright Star" Navy NewsStand 12 Sep 2005 -- Four ships and more than 4,000 Sailors and Marines of Expeditionary Strike Group 1 passed through the Suez Canal Sept. 9.
  • Stout Deploys to Relieve Gonzalez in Sea Swap Navy NewsStand 12 Sep 2005 -- The crew of the Naval Station Norfolk-based guided-missile destroyer USS Stout (DDG 55) deployed Sept. 9 to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR), where they will relieve the crew currently serving aboard the Norfolk-based USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) as part of the Navy's "Sea Swap" initiative.
  • Kearsarge Visits Rhodes for Recreation, COMREL Navy NewsStand 12 Sep 2005 -- Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) visited Rhodes, Greece, Sept 2-5.
  • CNI IT Department and NRL Work to Bring Communications Back Online Navy NewsStand 12 Sep 2005 -- Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNI) and Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) are working together to help bring communications back to installations affected by Hurricane Katrina.
  • Rice Welcomes Completion of Gaza Withdrawal Washington File 12 Sep 2005 -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has welcomed the completion Israel's withdrawal from Gaza and called for cooperation from the entire international community in efforts to restore the Palestinian economy and security forces as the Palestinians lay the foundations for a future state.

  • U.S. Seeks To Broaden Military Contacts with China, Admiral Says Washington File 12 Sep 2005 -- U.S.-China military contacts should match the already strong ties that exist between the two countries in economic and political spheres, says Admiral William Fallon, the commander of all U.S. forces in the Pacific (PACOM).

  • India, US naval exercise begins in Kochi Monday IRNA 12 Sep 2005 -- Indian and US naval personnel will jointly conduct "Salvex", the first combined diving and salvage exercise being conducted between the two navies, off Kochi as of Monday.

  • State Department Briefing, September 12 Washington File 12 Sep 2005 -- Hurricane Katrina/update on international assistance, Israel/Palestinians, Japan, United Nations, Rice/meeting with Pakistani President Musharraf in New York, Iraq, Egypt

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Other Conflicts

News Reports

  • EGYPT: Focus on presidential elections IRIN 12 Sep 2005 -- Egypt’s first contested presidential elections may have been marred by low voter turnout and allegations of fraud, but the polls have set a new precedent in the country’s politics, analysts said.

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