18 October 2005 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 18 Oct 2005 [PDF]
- TWO MARINES KILLED NEAR AR RUTBAH
- SOLDIER DEATH IN KUWAIT
- DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
- DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
- TASK FORCE FREEDOM SOLDIER KILLED
- U.S. Soldier Dies in Mosul; 15 Insurgents Detained AFPS 18 Oct 2005 -- A Task Force Freedom soldier was killed by small-arms fire in Mosul, Iraq, early today, military officials reported.
- Night raids nab terror suspects in Baghdad Army News 18 Oct 2005 -- Iraqi Army and Coalition Forces captured 15 suspected terrorists in a series of pre-dawn combat operations conducted in and around Baghdad Oct. 18.
- Task Force Liberty Soldiers detain one in Bayji MNF-I 18 Oct 2005 -- Task Force Liberty Soldiers detained the driver of a suspicious vehicle encountered during a combat patrol in Bayji Oct. 17.
- Bombers, weapons dealer caught by Iraqi, U.S. forces MNF-I 18 Oct 2005 -- Iraqi Army and Coalition Forces captured 15 suspected terrorists in a series of pre-dawn combat operations conducted in and around Baghdad Oct. 18.
- Attack On Afghan Police Station Leaves Four Dead RFE/RL 18 Oct 2005 -- The head of the Kandahar Province government says suspected Taliban militants attacked a police checkpoint the southern Afghan region and killed four police officers.
- U.S. Troops Accidentally Kill Afghan Police RFE/RL 18 Oct 2005 -- Afghan officials say four Afghan policemen were killed last night in a "friendly-fire" incident with U.S. troops.
- Afghanistan: Foreign Minister Cautions Against Drawdown At Central Asian Bases RFE/RL 18 Oct 2005 -- Afghanistan's foreign minister is urging members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) not to weaken support for his country's stabilization efforts. Abdullah Abdullah said that, despite a recent communique, the SCO should recognize the importance of maintaining a robust international military presence in Afghanistan
- USAREUR's relief headed toward Pakistan Army News 18 Oct 2005 -- The spearhead element of Task Force 212, U. S. Army Europe's medical response to the Oct. 8 earthquake in Pakistan, left Germany Oct. 17 aboard a Russian cargo plane.
- MASH Unit Arrives in Pakistan; More Aid Flowing AFPS 18 Oct 2005 -- The spearhead element of Task Force 212, U.S. Army, Europe's medical response to the Oct. 8 earthquake in Pakistan, left Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 17 aboard a Russian cargo plane.
- Pearl Harbor Arrives in Pakistan to Assist Earthquake Victims Navy NewsStand 18 Oct 2005 -- The amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) arrived in Karachi, Pakistan, Oct. 18 to offload 13 pieces of heavy machinery to support the Pakistani earthquake relief effort.
- C-17s airlift Qatari mobile hospital to Pakistan AFPN 18 Oct 2005 -- An Air Force C-17 Globemaster III transported a Qatari mobile hospital to Pakistan in support of earthquake relief operations Oct. 15.
- Pacific Command joins Pakistan earthquake relief effort AFPN 18 Oct 2005 -- U.S. Pacific Command Airmen loaded three C-5 Galaxies with helicopters, support equipment and Soldiers bound to help earthquake victims in Pakistan Oct. 16.
- U.S. Military Busy Delivering Relief Aid to Disaster Victims Washington File 18 Oct 2005 -- U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff General Michael Mosely says the reach and mobility of the Air Force allows the United States to provide aid and assistance in the wake of a humanitarian disaster more swiftly than any other nation in the world.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Rumsfeld Questions China's Military Intentions VOA 18 Oct 2005 -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld says he wants to hear from Chinese leaders in Beijing what they plan to do with their fast growing military capability.
- Rumsfeld Arrives in China to Discuss Security Issues, Concerns AFPS 18 Oct 2005 -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld arrived here today to continue building on an evolving relationship between the United States and the People's Republic of China, which he acknowledged has faced "ups and downs" but has become increasingly important to long-term security in the region and the world.
- Army Updates Detainee Operations Information Oct. 18 Army News Release 18 Oct 2005 -- The Army continued efforts to keep the public informed concerning detainee operations by releasing documents Oct. 18 pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
- Force shaping board meeting in 2006 AFPN 18 Oct 2005 -- A force shaping board will convene in 2006 and continue to meet annually to properly shape the officer corps to meet emerging Air Force needs.
- USS Houston Strengthens Warfare Capabilities Navy NewsStand 18 Oct 2005 -- The nuclear-powered attack submarine USS Houston (SSN 713) partnered with the Australian Navy in September to strengthen its warfare capabilities through an annual joint exercise, Lungfish 2005.
- Fitzgerald and Navy One Year Older Navy NewsStand 18 Oct 2005 -- USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) celebrated her 10th birthday Oct. 14, just one day after the U.S. Navy observed its 230th birthday Oct. 13.
- Famous regiment reactivated on eve of deployment Army News 18 Oct 2005 -- The 101st Airborne Division's 4th Brigade Combat Team was officially reactivated as the 506th Regimental Combat Team at the Division Parade Field here Oct. 13.
- Nimitz Strike Group Visits 'Land Down Under' Navy NewsStand 18 Oct 2005 -- The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 and the fast combat support ship USNS Bridge (T-AOE 10) made a visit to the "land down under" Oct. 7-12 when the ships pulled into Fremantle, Western Australia.
- Gunston Hall Sailors Help Moroccan Orphanage Navy NewsStand 18 Oct 2005 -- About 400 Sailors aboard the amphibious ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) had the opportunity in October to participate in a community relations project while in Morocco.
- Forward Deployed ARG to Conduct Work-ups Navy NewsStand 18 Oct 2005 -- Forward Depolyed Amphibious Ready Group (FDARG) arrived in Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 8 to embark the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) in preparation for Blue-Green workups and Amphibious Ready Group Exercises (ARGEX).
- USS Tucson Departs for Training Exercises Navy NewsStand 18 Oct 2005 -- USS Tucson (SSN 770) departed its homeport of Pearl Harbor Oct. 11 to participate in a Combined Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) off the coast of southern California.
- State Department Briefing, October 18 Washington File 18 Oct 2005 -- Rice meets with UN SecGen Kofi Annan, Syria/Lebanon, Japan, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Turkey, United Kingdom, China/Taiwan
- White House Briefing, October 18 Washington File 18 Oct 2005 -- President's schedule, Raid in Iraq/casualties, Saddam Hussein trial, Middle East/President Mahmoud Abbas
- T-50 MAKES ITS DEBUT AT THE KOREA AEROSPACE & DEFENSE EXHIBITION 2005 Lockheed Martin 18 Oct 2005 -- The T-50 Golden Eagle advanced jet trainer made its aerial debut and showcased its versatility today at the Korea Aerospace & Defense Exhibition, also known as the Seoul Air Show. The aircraft was developed and is being marketed worldwide by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) with the assistance of Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT].
- LOCKHEED MARTIN PARTNERS WITH U.S. AND SPANISH NAVIES FOR THREE SHIP INTERNATIONAL JOINT AEGIS WEAPON SYSTEM DEMONSTRATION Lockheed Martin 18 Oct 2005 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) in support of the U.S. Navy and the crews of the U.S. Navy destroyers USS Halsey (DDG-97) and USS Howard (DDG-83) and the Spanish Navy frigate Blas de Lezo (F-103) continued the international Aegis success story by completing a three-ship international joint Combat System Ship Qualification Trials (CSSQT) last week. This CSSQT, conducted off the California coast, is part of a planned series of four joint tests between Spain and the United States.
- ThalesRaytheonSystems Receives $120 Million to Deliver Advanced Command and Control Systems for the Swiss Air Force Raytheon 18 Oct 2005 -- ThalesRaytheonSystems (TRS) has received $120 million in contracts from the Swiss defense procurement agency, armasuisse, to provide the Swiss Air Force with advanced Link-16 connectivity for their fighter aircraft. The funding represents a continuation of work by TRS on the FLORAKO command and control program.
- ThalesRaytheonSystems receives $120 million to deliver advanced command and control systems for the Swiss Air Force Thales 18 Oct 2005 -- ThalesRaytheonSystems (TRS) has received $120 million in contracts from the Swiss defense procurement agency, Armasuisse, to provide the Swiss Air Force with advanced Link-16 connectivity for their fighter aircraft. The funding represents a continuation of work by TRS on the Florako command and control program.
- DARPA Micro Air Vehicle Passes Key Milestone Towards Future Combat System Class I Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Boeing 18 Oct 2005 -- The Future Combat Systems (FCS) program has passed a significant milestone in its progress toward selecting a Class I Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) system. The announcement was made today by Boeing [NYSE: BA] and partner Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), the Lead Systems Integrator team for the U.S. Army's FCS program.
- First National Security Cutter Fabrication Unit Lifted Into Place Since Hurricane Katrina Northrop Grumman 18 Oct 2005 -- The first National Security Cutter (NSC 1) fabrication unit to be lifted into place since Hurricane Katrina swept through the Gulf Coast is pictured here at Northrop Grumman's Pascagoula, Miss., shipyard on Monday, Oct. 17. The National Security Cutter is being developed by Integrated Coast Guard Systems, a joint venture between Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin. It is designed to be the flagship of the Deepwater fleet, capable of meeting all maritime security mission requirements of the U.S. Coast Guard. It will be the largest and most technically advanced class of cutter in the Coast Guard. Construction of the NSC 1 began in September 2004 at Northrop Grumman's Ship Systems sector in Pascagoula, and the ship is expected to be delivered to the Coast Guard in 2008. Eight of these ships are planned to be built for the Coast Guard's fleet by 2017.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT United Nations 18 Oct 2005
- Shooting Reported In Nalchik RFE/RL 18 Oct 2005 -- There are reports of shooting today in Russia's southern city of Nalchik, where police and security forces said they were conducting special operations to detain suspected militants following last week's attacks.
- Russia Continues Hunt For Militants In Nalchik RFE/RL 18 Oct 2005 -- Russian security forces are continuing their hunt today for Islamic militants in Nalchik following last week's attacks in the city.
- Nalchik Residents Urged To Stay Indoors RFE/RL 18 Oct 2005 -- Local television stations in the North Caucasus town of Nalchik today urged residents to remain indoors as security forces continued to hunt for militants still possibly hiding in the town after a series of attacks on 13 October.
- Government Launches Raids in Southern Russia City VOA 18 Oct 2005 -- Security forces have launched raids against suspected Islamic militants in the southern Russian city, Nalchik, where militants attacked government buildings and police station, last week
- Security Council urges Haiti to hold elections this year UN News Centre 18 Oct 2005 -- The Security Council today stressed the primary importance of holding a first round of elections in Haiti this year, and urged the authorities there to undertake a series of measure to achieve this goal.
- BURUNDI-RWANDA: Officials agree to repatriate "asylum seekers" IRIN 18 Oct 2005 -- Burundian and Rwandan government officials agreed on Monday to the eventual repatriation of some 3,225 Rwandans who have sought refuge in northern Burundi.
- CONGO: Ex-Mobutu guards barred from entering Kinshasa IRIN 18 Oct 2005 -- Some 189 former guardsmen of late Zairean President Mobutu Sese Seko, who have been living in the Republic of Congo (ROC), were stopped on Tuesday from disembarking at port in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) because authorities in both countries had not been informed, a port agent said.
- Sudan Foreign Minister Upbeat on Peace Agreement VOA 18 Oct 2005 -- Sudanese Foreign Minister Lam Akol says the implementation of the North-South peace agreement signed in January 2005 is on track
- ETHIOPIA-ERITREA: UN mission to continue work despite flight restrictions IRIN 18 Oct 2005 -- The United Nations said on Tuesday it would not withdraw its peacekeepers from Eritrea and Ethiopia despite their ability to monitor the two countries' tense border being seriously hampered by a recent ban imposed by Eritrea on UN helicopter flights.
- PRESS CONFERENCE BY OFFICE OF INTERNAL OVERSIGHT SERVICES United Nations 18 Oct 2005
- PRESS CONFERENCE ON HUMANITARIAN CRISIS IN UGANDA United Nations 18 Oct 2005
- Rice, Annan Confer in Advance of Key UN Reports on Syria VOA 18 Oct 2005 -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made an unannounced trip to New York to meet U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan Tuesday on Syria and other global issues.
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