21 October 2005 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 21 Oct 2005 [PDF]
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- DoD Identifies Army Casualties
- Transcript: News Briefing with Maj. Gen. William G. Webster Jr 21 Oct 2005 -- Presenter: Commander of Multinational Division, Baghdad, Maj. Gen. William G. Webster Jr.
- Terrorist Safe House Destroyed; Police Station Attack Thwarted AFPS 21 Oct 2005 -- Coalition forces detained five terrorists and seized a large weapons cache today when they raided a suspected al Qaeda safe house northwest of Qaim, Iraq, military officials reported.
- Team Quickly Turns Old Fort Into Detention Facility AFPS 21 Oct 2005 -- The team got the order to proceed in August, but the challenge began months earlier, when the U.S. military sought to expand the capacity of Iraq's detention facilities
- Baghdad Raids Helped Preempt Referendum-Day Attacks AFPS 21 Oct 2005 -- Preemptive raids conducted by U.S., other coalition and Iraqi forces in and around the Iraqi capital before the Oct. 15 referendum helped limit insurgent attacks on voting day, the U.S. military commander for troops in Baghdad said today.
- Five U.S. Troops Killed in Three Iraq Operations AFPS 21 Oct 2005 -- Three Marines and a soldier assigned to a Marine expeditionary force were killed in Iraq on Oct. 20, military officials reported.
- Task Force Liberty Soldiers find cache, detain suspects in Bayji MNF-I 21 Oct 2005 -- Task Force Liberty Soldiers followed a civilian's tip and found a cache of explosives and weapons buried in several locations at a house in Bayji.
- Female detainee released MNF-I 21 Oct 2005 -- On Oct. 19, based on intelligence and credible reporting, Coalition Forces conducted a raid on suspected terrorist safe house in Fallujah.
- Coalition forces destroy terrorist safe house MNF-I 21 Oct 2005 -- Coalition forces raided a suspected al-Qaeda in Iraq terrorist safe house near the town of al bu Hardan, northwest of Al Qaim on Oct. 21.
- Correction to captured foreign national information MNF-I 21 Oct 2005 -- During the weekly Multi-National Force-Iraq press conference Oct. 20, a slide was shown that incorrectly identified a detainee as a Danish citizen
- U.S. Envoy Vows Thorough Investigation of Alleged Taliban Burning Washington File 21 Oct 2005 -- U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ronald Neumann expressed deep concern at reports that U.S. soldiers might have been involved in burning the bodies of two dead Taliban fighters and said the matter will be investigated thoroughly and dealt with through the judicial process.
- NATO Commander Touts Provincial Reconstruction Teams' Success AFPS 21 Oct 2005 -- The provincial reconstruction teams in Afghanistan have been pivotal in the resurgence of society there, NATO's supreme allied commander for Europe said here Oct. 20.
- Karzai Condemns Alleged Taliban Burning, Demands Inquiry RFE/RL 21 Oct 2005 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai today condemned the alleged burning of the bodies of two suspected Taliban militiamen by U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.
- Afghanistan: U.S. Military Investigates Burning Of Taliban Bodies RFE/RL 21 Oct 2005 -- The U.S. military has described as "repugnant" the alleged burning of the corpses of two Taliban fighters by U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.
- U.S. Helicopters, Personnel Helping Pakistan Recovery AFPS 21 Oct 2005 -- American helicopters are running sorties "from dawn till dusk," the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan said during a news conference Oct. 20.
- Naval Station Rota Plays Role in Delivering Humanitarian Relief Navy NewsStand 21 Oct 2005 -- The Sailors and Airmen of Naval Station (NAVSTA) Rota, along with Spanish nationals, worked to transfer U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopters to Pakistan Oct. 15, to help in supporting earthquake relief efforts there.
- Incirlik moving Pakistan earthquake aid AFPN 21 Oct 2005 -- With the determination of an ant colony, Airmen here are busy moving humanitarian aid cargo bound for Pakistan.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Korea-U.S. Security Meeting Joint Communique Announced 21 Oct 2005 -- Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Republic of Korea Minister of National Defense Yoon Kwang Ung issued a joint communiqué today following the 37th Republic of Korea - U.S. Security Consultative Meeting (SCM).
- The 37th Security Consultative Meeting Joint Communiqué 21 Oct 2005 -- "The 37th Republic of Korea-United States Security Consultative Meeting (SCM) was held in Seoul on October 21, 2005. ROK Minister of National Defense Yoon Kwang Ung and U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld led their respective delegations, which included senior defense and foreign affairs officials."[PDF]
- US, South Korea Agree to Faster Talks on Command Issue VOA 21 Oct 2005 -- The United States and South Korea agreed on Friday to accelerate talks on allowing South Korea to control its own forces during any future war.
- Leaders Meet on Future of U.S.-South Korea Alliance AFPS 21 Oct 2005 -- U.S. and South Korean defense leaders today revalidated the alliance that's helped keep peace on the Korean peninsula for more than 50 years and explored ways to improve it to better meet changing world circumstances.
- Rumsfeld Explains Evolving U.S.-Korean Military Relationship AFPS 21 Oct 2005 -- Just as the entire U.S. military and its basing strategies are undergoing change, so too is the half-century-old relationship between U.S. and Republic of Korean forces that protects the Korean peninsula, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld today told troops serving here.
- Economic, Energy Woes Prompt North Korean Cooperation, General Says AFPS 21 Oct 2005 -- Economic woes and severe fuel shortages are having a significant impact on North Korea's military training, and increased economic and political cooperation between North and South Korea appears to be reducing tensions along the demilitarized zone that separates the two countries, the top U.S. general here told reporters.
- Kadena takes 'pride' in revamping F-15 fleet AFPN 21 Oct 2005 -- Some of the F-15 Eagle fleet's oldest jets are getting a second chance at life here, thanks to a $5.2 million upgrade program.
- Islamic Radicalism 'Doomed To Fail,' Bush Says AFPS 21 Oct 2005 -- Evoking President Ronald Reagan's leadership of America's resolve in confronting communism during his two terms in office, President Bush said today that Islamic radicalism is doomed to fail as communism did.
- Rumsfeld Compares Korea, Iraq Missions at Town Hall Meeting AFPS 21 Oct 2005 -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld today told an enthusiastic group of almost 1,000 servicemembers serving in Korea that just as they and the troops who served before them have brought freedom to the South Koreans, U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq are helping to bring freedom to Iraqis.
- Cope Thunder 06-01 challenges end AFPN 21 Oct 2005 -- The first winter Cope Thunder ended here Oct. 20 and aircrews found the weather was their main adversary.
- Lakenheath opens dominance center AFPN 21 Oct 2005 -- The Air Force's first Joint and Combined Air Dominance Center of Excellence is now open for business here.
- Raptor drops first bomb AFPN 21 Oct 2005 -- The squadron commander dropped the first bomb -- a 1000-pound global positioning system-guided joint direct attack munition -- from an F/A-22 Raptor Oct. 18.
- Homestead prepares for Hurricane Wilma AFPN 21 Oct 2005 -- The 482nd Fighter Wing is preparing for Hurricane Wilma.
- Eisenhower Completes Sea Trials Navy NewsStand 21 Oct 2005 -- USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) successfully completed Sea Trials Oct. 20, marking another milestone in the warship's long and storied career.
- NATO to Send Engineers, Medical Teams to Quake-hit Pakistan VOA 21 Oct 2005 -- NATO is considering a plan to send hundreds of military engineers to earthquake hit Pakistan, as well as medical units to set up a field hospital for the injured there.
- NATO To Consider Huge Pakistan Airlift RFE/RL 21 Oct 2005 -- NATO is due to hold a meeting today to consider pleas to launch a massive airlift to deliver desperately needed aid to hundreds of thousands of earthquake survivors in Pakistani Kashmir.
- Military Moves Aircraft, Prepares Response for Hurricane Wilma AFPS 21 Oct 2005 -- Local, state and federal officials are taking all steps necessary to protect life and property in advance of Hurricane Wilma.
- Army, local Hazmat teams clean up New Orleans for residents' return Army News 21 Oct 2005 -- The Army Civil Support Teams and the New Orleans Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team have collected more than 5,000 containers of hazardous materials throughout Louisiana since they were scattered by flooding from Hurricanes Rita and Katrina.
- Norfolk Ships Ready to Provide Hurricane Wilma Relief Navy NewsStand 21 Oct 2005 -- Three Norfolk-based amphibious ships will get underway Oct. 22, headed for the south Florida region in the event assistance is needed if Hurricane Wilma strikes land there.
- State Department Briefing, October 21 Washington File 21 Oct 2005 -- Syria/Lebanon, Department of State/Secretary Rice, Cyprus, Canada, Afghanistan, India, North Korea, Sudan, Iraq, Kosovo, Bosnia, As
- U.S. Navy Awards General Dynamics $13 Million Contract for Submarine Planning Services General Dynamics 21 Oct 2005 -- The U. S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $13-million contract modification for an additional year of reactor-plant planning yard services. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT United Nations 21 Oct 2005
- UN Security Council demands compliance with Côte d'Ivoire peace accords UN News Centre 21 Oct 2005 -- Expressing its serious concern over the deteriorating situation in Côte d'Ivoire and condemning serious recent attacks on United Nations peacekeeping personnel, the Security Council today called on all the parties in the divided West African country to implement immediately all the peace accords they have signed.
- Georgia-Abkhaz sides should agree on non-resumption of hostilities, Annan says UN News Centre 21 Oct 2005 -- With peace talks between the Georgia Government and Abkhaz separatists restarted, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has voiced hope that both sides will be able to agree to a non-resumption of hostilities and the safe return of internally displaced persons and refugees.
- Congo Brazzaville Militia Pushed Out of Capital VOA 21 Oct 2005 -- Security forces in Congo Brazzaville have driven an armed militia from its stronghold in the capital.
- Regional meeting to address foreign fighters in DR Congo - UN mission UN News Centre 21 Oct 2005 -- The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi will meet late next week to discuss how to handle the foreign armed forces operating in the eastern region of the DRC, the peacekeeping United Nations Operation Mission (MONUC) there has said.
- Annan writes to Eritrean President Afwerki seeking end to ban on UN helicopters UN News Centre 21 Oct 2005 -- Secretary-General Kofi Annan has written to Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki, calling on him to lift Eritrea's ban on helicopter flights by the United Nations peacekeeping mission over its sector of the troubled frontier with Ethiopia.
- GAMBIA-SENEGAL: Burying the hatchet IRIN 21 Oct 2005 -- Senegal and Gambia announced on Friday they were putting to rest a dispute that has disrupted cross-border travel and trade over the last two months.
- MAURITANIA: New junta puts tentative election schedule to the people IRIN 21 Oct 2005 -- Placing the accent on transparency and grassroots political involvement, Mauritania's new military rulers have issued a tentative electoral calendar to return the country to democracy, that is being put to the people.
- ERITREA: Government downplays helicopter restrictions IRIN 21 Oct 2005 -- Eritrea downplayed the significance of restricting UN helicopters on Thursday, describing recent remarks by the Ethiopian prime minister as duplicitous.
- SOMALIA: Resume dialogue, Annan urges leaders IRIN 21 Oct 2005 -- Friction among Somalia's leaders is preventing the country's federal institutions from functioning effectively, and if divisions among the leaders intensify, the fragile structures could be undermined, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has warned in his latest report to the UN Security Council.
- SUDAN: Annan calls for international action over Darfur conflict IRIN 21 Oct 2005 -- The escalation of violence in Sudan's western region of Darfur may threaten peace negotiations in the Nigerian capital of Abuja, and the international community needs to apply concerted pressure to reach a successful outcome, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in his latest report on the strife-torn region.
- DRC-UGANDA: Kinshasa rejects Kampala's proposal to redeploy troops IRIN 21 Oct 2005 -- The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has rejected a proposal by Uganda to redeploy its troops to eastern Congo to hunt Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels as well as other Ugandan rebels groups there, Congolese government spokesman and Minister for Information Henri Mova Sakanyi said on Friday.
- CONGO: Calm returns to Brazzaville IRIN 21 Oct 2005 -- Brazzaville, capital of the Republic of Congo, returned to calm on Thursday, a day after government troops expelled rebels, known as Ninjas, from the city.
- Chechnya: PACE Envoy Says Conflict Spreading In North Caucasus RFE/RL 21 Oct 2005 -- Andreas Gross, a Swiss parliamentarian who has served since June 2003 as rapporteur on Chechnya for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), expressed concern in a 19 October interview with RFE/RL's North Caucasus Service that the fighting in Chechnya has already spilled over beyond the borders of that republic to affect several neighboring regions of the North Caucasus.
- PRESS CONFERENCE BY DETLEV MEHLIS ON HARIRI ASSASSINATION REPORT United Nations 21 Oct 2005
- Middle East: UN Inquiry Into Hariri Assassination Points Finger At Syria RFE/RL 21 Oct 2005 -- A UN inquiry into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri says there is evidence of both Lebanese and Syrian involvement in his death
- Lebanon: UN report cites Lebanese, Syrian involvement in ex-premier's murder UN News Centre 21 Oct 2005 -- "Converging evidence" points at both Lebanese and Syrian involvement in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, according to a report by a United Nations investigating panel
- Investigation of Hariri assassination was fully independent - Annan UN News Centre 21 Oct 2005 -- The panel investigating the February assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri operated with full autonomy, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today, one day after he had transmitted its report to the Security Council.
- Bush Urges U.N. Session on Syria Role in Hariri Assassination Washington File 21 Oct 2005 -- President Bush says a United Nations report on the death of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri -- which strongly suggests Syria's involvement -- is "deeply disturbing" and is calling on the United Nations to convene a session "as quickly as possible" to deal with the issue.
- UN Report: Senior Syrian, Lebanese Officials Involved in Hariri Death VOA 21 Oct 2005 -- U.N. investigators have concluded that high-ranking Syrian and Lebanese officials were involved in the assassination of Lebanon's former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
- Bolton: US Considering How to Respond to UN Report on Hariri Death VOA 21 Oct 2005 -- A leading U.S. diplomat says Washington is considering a range of options on what to do about a United Nations report implicating top Syrian intelligence officials in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
- Bush Calls for UN Action on Hariri Assassination Report VOA 21 Oct 2005 -- President Bush Friday called on the international community to deal with a United Nations report that implicates Syrian officials in the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri.
- Controversy Swells Over UN Hariri Murder Report VOA 21 Oct 2005 -- U.N. officials are defending themselves against allegations that they tried to conceal the identities of senior Syrian officials implicated in the plot to assassinate former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri
- Rice Calls Report on Hariri Assassination 'Deeply Troubling' VOA 21 Oct 2005 -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the U.N. report on the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, implicating Syrian and Lebanese officials, is "deeply troubling."
- Syria Dismisses UN Probe Into Hariri Assassination VOA 21 Oct 2005 -- Syria has dismissed as false and "completely political" a United Nations report linking some of its top intelligence officials to the February assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
- Israeli Leaders Call For Change In Syria VOA 21 Oct 2005 -- Israeli politicians on Friday called for a leadership change in Syria.
- Mixed Reactions in Lebanon After Release of UN Report VOA 21 Oct 2005 -- There are mixed reactions in Lebanon to a U.N. report, which links high-level Syrian and Lebanese officials to the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
- Syria, Lebanon Reject Claims In UN Hariri Report RFE/RL 21 Oct 2005 -- Syria has described as politically motivated a UN report that links the country to the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri.
- Pleiades Earth-observation satellites: central role for Thales in ground segment information system Thales 21 Oct 2005 -- The Pleiades programme is led by France, with contributions from Belgium, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and other European nations. The two optical satellites will perform both civil and military missions and will feature increased agility, enabling rapid changes of viewing direction. They will also offer a resolution four times better than SPOT 5 - 70 centimetres compared with 2.5 metres.
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