17 September 2005 Military News
- Raids in Iraq Net Suspected Terrorists, Weapons AFPS 17 Sep 2005 -- Early morning raids today resulted in the detention of five suspected terrorists and the confiscation or destruction of multiple weapons caches, military officials in Iraq reported.
- At Least 14 Dead in Blast at Iraqi Market VOA 17 Sep 2005 -- Insurgents pressing a campaign of violence against Iraq's Shi'ite Muslims struck again Saturday, detonating a car bomb at a market on the outskirts of Baghdad, killing at least 14 people.
- Coalition Forces raid foreign fighter safe house MNF-I 17 Sep 2005 -- Coalition Forces raided two suspected al-Qaida in Iraq foreign fighter safe houses in the town of Ubaydi, located in northern Iraq and discovered a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device and other terror weapons Sept. 17 at 4:14 am.
- Multi-National forces capture key terror leaders in Mosul MNF-I 17 Sep 2005 -- Multi-National forces, acting on multiple intelligence sources and tips from local citizens, raided a suspected al-Qaida in Iraq terrorist location in southwest Mosul, Sept. 5, capturing the top al-Qaida leaders in the city.
- Joint raid nets suspects, weapons, VBIEDs MNF-I 17 Sep 2005 -- Based on information gathered from Iraqi civilians, a joint raid in Samarra at about 3:30 a.m. on Sept. 17 detained three suspected terrorists, one of whom tested positive for explosive residue at the scene.
- Joint raid in Baqubah nets two detainees, weapons MNF-I 17 Sep 2005 -- Task Force Liberty and Iraqi Army Soldiers detained two individuals and seized a number of weapons during a joint raid in Baqubah at 5 a.m. Sept. 17.
- AFGHANISTAN: Electorate urged to vote despite risks IRIN 17 Sep 2005 -- Electoral authorities in Afghanistan urged the voters to cast fears aside and get out and participate in Sunday's historic poll. Another candidate standing for parliament was killed on Friday in the southern province of Helmand.
- Afghanistan: UN envoy says extremists cannot stop polls or new political culture UN News Centre 17 Sep 2005 -- Hailing the "unmistakable confirmation" that a new political culture is emerging in Afghanistan, which holds landmark legislative elections tomorrow, the senior United Nations envoy to the country said today he was confident that extremists have failed in their attempts to derail the polls.
- Violence Flares Ahead Of Afghan Vote RFE/RL 17 Sep 2005 -- Afghanistan's Interior Ministry today said that suspected Taliban rebels killed three policemen, including a district police chief, in an ambush ahead of key parliamentary elections.
- Taliban Calls For Boycott Of Afghan Polls RFE/RL 17 Sep 2005 -- Taliban rebels urged Afghans yesterday to boycott the upcoming parliamentary elections.
- Afghanistan: Amid Violence, U.S. Commander Predicts High Voter Turnout RFE/RL 17 Sep 2005 -- The commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan said today that he expects high turnout in tomorrow's landmark parliamentary and provincial elections in that country.
- Former Warlords Defend Right to Participate in Afghanistan Elections VOA 17 Sep 2005 -- In Afghanistan, Sunday's elections for parliament and provincial councils are being hailed as historic.
- Violence Intensifies on Eve of Afghan Parliamentary Election VOA 17 Sep 2005 -- Three policemen were killed and two wounded in an ambush south of Kabul Friday night, while seven guerillas were killed after they ambushed a police convoy in southern Afghanistan.
- FDPMU East Works to Control Insect-Borne Disease in New Orleans Navy NewsStand 17 Sep 2005 -- Forward Deployable Preventive Medicine Unit (FDPMU) East, currently deployed here in support of Joint Task Force (JTF) Katrina, is assisting the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Louisiana Department of Public Health to eliminate vector-borne disease and other insect-related problems associated with Louisiana's mosquito population.
- VR-58 Surges to Aid Hurricane Relief Efforts Navy NewsStand 17 Sep 2005 -- The "Sunseekers" of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VR) 58 rapidly mobilized in preparation for recovery operations following the impact of Hurricane Katrina Aug. 29.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Desert Ducks of Bahrain Bid Farewell After 33 Years of Service Navy NewsStand 17 Sep 2005 -- The Desert Hawks of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 26 took over the combat logistics mission in the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) area of responsibility from the Desert Ducks of Helicopter Support Squadron (HC) 2 in a change of detachment ceremony in Manama, Bahrain, Sept. 14.
- Palestinian Police Clash with Crowds on Gaza-Egypt Border VOA 17 Sep 2005 -- Palestinian security forces have clashed with protesters as they made their strongest effort yet to seal the volatile border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt.
- Security Council should lift arms embargo against Somalia, its Transitional President says UN News Centre 17 Sep 2005 -- The President of Somalia's Transitional Federal Government today urged a lifting of the arms embargo against his country, arguing before the General Assembly that sanctions targeted at individuals would do more to foster peace and stability in the war-ravaged nation.
- Upsurge in Attacks in Regions Near Chechnya, Separatist Leader Killed VOA 17 Sep 2005 -- There has been an upsurge of violent attacks in Russia's southern region of Chechnya and surrounding areas in the past week.
- Sharon Vows to Hinder Palestinian Elections if Hamas Runs VOA 17 Sep 2005 -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon says his government will make every effort to impede upcoming Palestinian parliamentary elections if the militant group Hamas is allowed to participate.
- Six Police, Top Rebel Commander Killed In Chechnya RFE/RL 17 Sep 2005 -- Seven police officers were killed and five wounded over a 24 period in Chechnya and a rebel website posted information that a leading commander was killed.
- Chavez Says US Has Plans to Invade Venezuela VOA 17 Sep 2005 -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he has evidence of a U.S. plan to invade his country.
- Nearly 400 pro-democracy activists arrested in Nepal IRNA 17 Sep 2005 -- In a massive crackdown, Nepal police Friday arrested nearly 400 people, including 81 journalists, for staging demonstrations demanding restoration of democracy in the kingdom, reported the Press Trust of India (PTI).
- Arrest fears prompts Sharon not to visit UK IRNA 17 Sep 2005 -- Israeli leader Ariel Sharon has declined an invitation from Prime Minister Tony Blair to visit Britain because of fears that he may be arrested for war crimes, according to press reports.
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