18 November 2005 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 18 Nov 2005 [PDF]
- ONE SOLDIER KILLED, TWO SOLDIERS WOUNDED IN ACCIDENT
- U.S. SOLDIER KILLED IN BUS ACCIDENT
- DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
- Transcript: News Briefing with Col. James Brown 18 Nov 2005 -- Presenter: Col. James Brown, commander 56th Brigade Combat Team, Texas Army National Guard
- Explosions Kill At Least 70 in Iraq VOA 18 Nov 2005 -- Four suicide bombings in two separate locations in Iraq have caused numerous casualties and damage.
- 101st Soldiers find weapons cache west of Baghdad MNF-I 18 Nov 2005 -- After receiving a tip from a local resident, Soldiers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division uncovered what turned out to be a large weapons cache west of Baghdad.
- Iraqi, U.S. forces respond to car bomb attack MNF-I 18 Nov 2005 -- Iraqi Security Forces and Task Force Baghdad Soldiers responded to reports of two explosions in central Baghdad around 8:20 a.m. Nov. 18.
- Iraqi Mosque Death Toll More Than 50 RFE/RL 18 Nov 2005 -- Two suicide bombers killed at least 54 people and wounded at least 60 others when they blew themselves up inside two crowded Shi'ite mosques in a northeastern Iraqi town today.
- One Soldier Killed, Two Injured in Vehicle Accident AFPS 18 Nov 2005 -- A 101st Sustainment Brigade soldier was killed and two others were injured Nov. 17 in a vehicle accident during a combat logistical patrol north of Tal Afar, Iraq, military officials reported.
- Iraqi, U.S. Forces Respond to Car Bomb Attack AFPS 18 Nov 2005 -- Military officials in Iraq have provided more details concerning the response to today's two suicide-bomb attacks in central Baghdad.
- Team Builds Border Post to Enhance Iraq's Security AFPS 18 Nov 2005 -- The Iraq/Syria border is a seemingly arbitrary line scratched into the sand, punctuated occasionally by cone-shaped stone marker piles, which are often the highest points around.
- Weapons Cache Grows as Soldiers Keep Digging AFPS 18 Nov 2005 -- After receiving a tip from a local resident, soldiers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, uncovered what turned out to be a large weapons cache west of Baghdad.
- Brigade Commander: As Iraq Progresses, Now No Time for U.S. to Leave AFPS 18 Nov 2005 -- U.S. forces need to remain in Iraq until their job is finished, particularly in light of progress already made, the commander of a Texas Army National Guard brigade that's wrapping up its deployment there told Pentagon reporters today.
- Task Force Soldiers respond to Khanaqin bombings MNF-I 18 Nov 2005 -- Soldiers from 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division are assisting Iraqi security forces in response to twin bombings in Khanaqin, Iraq.
- Operation Steel Curtain update MNF-I 18 Nov 2005 -- Iraqi Army Soldiers and Marines, Soldiers and Sailors continue Operation al Hajip Elfulathi (Steel Curtain) in the al Qaim region November 18.
- Iraqi, U.S. forces respond to car bomb attack update MNF-I 18 Nov 2005 -- Iraqi security forces and Task Force Baghdad Soldiers quickly began search-and-rescue operations in the wake of two suicide car bomb attacks in central Baghdad around 8:20 a.m. Nov. 18.
- Task Force Baghdad Soldiers defeat terrorists in suburb MNF-I 18 Nov 2005 -- Task Force Baghdad Soldiers successfully repelled a terrorist attack near Jisr Diyala Nov. 15.
- Successful raid nets terrorist and IED making materials MNF-I 18 Nov 2005 -- A raid near Ad Dawr Nov. 17 by 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, resulted in the capture of one terrorist, the death of another and the confiscation of improvised explosive device making materials.
- Task Force Soldiers respond to Khanaqin Bombings MNF-I 18 Nov 2005 -- Soldiers from 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division are assisting Iraqi security forces in response to twin bombings in Khanaqin, Iraq
- CENTAF releases airpower summary AFPN 18 Nov 2005 -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials have released today's the airpower summary report.
- Building Iraqi air force is tough job AFPN 18 Nov 2005 -- Building a nation's air force from the runway up is never going to be easy, a fact one can see at first glance. Dig a layer deeper, and the issues increase dramatically.
- 101st Soldiers find weapons cache west of Baghdad Army News 18 Nov 2005 -- After receiving a tip from a local resident, Soldiers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division uncovered what turned out to be a large weapons cache west of Baghdad.
- Iraqi Army grabs terrorists in Sadr City as renovations continue Army News 18 Nov 2005 -- Iraqi Army Soldiers raided the residences of suspected terrorists in Sadr City and detained 19 men Nov. 14.
- CENTCOM Report, November 18: Iraq Update Washington File 18 Nov 2005 -- A U.S. Army officer who has logged 33,000 miles traversing southern, central and western portions of Iraq says the U.S. military has to finish the job it started.
- Afghanistan: New Parliament Must Cope With Deep Divisions RFE/RL 18 Nov 2005 -- With the certification of the results of the 18 September voting for the Afghan National Assembly's People's Council (Wolesi Jirga) and provincial councils last week, Afghanistan came one step closer to having its first parliament in place since 1965
- Afghanistan: Rivals Compete For Parliament Speaker Post RFE/RL 18 Nov 2005 -- With the certification of the vote count for the 18 September Afghan National Assembly's People's Council (Wolesi Jirga) and Provincial Councils on 12 November, Afghanistan came closer to having its first parliament in place since 1965
- AFGHAN AND CJTF76 FORCES ATTACK NORTH OF KANDAHAR CENTCOM 18 Nov 2005 -- Afghan and U.S. forces conducted offensive operations north of Kandahar today, engaging 10 to 15 enemy forces with small arms and attack helicopters.
- U.S. CENTAF PROVIDES PAKISTAN AID CENTCOM 18 Nov 2005 -- The U.S. Air Force continued to support Pakistan-led earthquake recovery operations by airlifting much-needed supplies into the devastated region November 11-18.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Defense Department Report, November 17: Missile Defense Update Washington File 18 Nov 2005 -- The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) announced November 17 that the U.S. Navy successful tested its Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System against a realistic target warhead that separated from its booster rocket.
- U.S. Says Antimissile Test Successful RFE/RL 18 Nov 2005 -- A U.S. missile defense system has successfully shot down a dummy warhead over Hawaiian waters.
- Some Protective Vests Recalled, But Wearers Never at Risk AFPS 18 Nov 2005 -- The Army and Marine Corps are recalling about 18,000 protective vests, but officials emphasize that troops wearing them aren't at risk and that the recall has nothing to do with ballistic plate protection.
- NSPS Implementation Date Moves to Feb. 1 AFPS 18 Nov 2005 -- DoD will delay implementing the new National Security Personnel System until Feb. 1, acting Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England said.
- Commando Sling wraps up AFPN 18 Nov 2005 -- The first Commando Sling exercise of the fiscal year ended here today, wrapping up a month of air-to-air combat training.
- Leaders say Cope India 'great success' AFPN 18 Nov 2005 -- Exercise Cope India '06 ends Nov. 20, but U.S. and Indian air force leaders have already said the training has been a resounding success.
- ESG 3 Conducts Integration Exercise Navy NewsStand 18 Nov 2005 -- Four ships and about 3,500 Sailors and Marines of Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3 successfully completed their ESG Integration Exercise (ESGINT) Nov. 18 off the coast of Southern California.
- George Washington Nears Completion of Yard Period Navy NewsStand 18 Nov 2005 -- USS George Washington (CVN 73) achieved another shipyard availability milestone Nov. 15, meeting the Topside Production Completion Date (TPCD), which was originally scheduled for Nov. 22.
- Forward Deployed ARG Sailors Enjoy Hong Kong Visit Navy NewsStand 18 Nov 2005 -- Ships of the Sasebo-based, three-ship Forward Deployed Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) departed Hong Kong after a scheduled port visit Nov. 17 where approximately 2,000 Sailors enjoyed four fun-filled days of shopping, cultural sites and community service projects.
- Strike Group Staff Moves Aboard Ike Navy NewsStand 18 Nov 2005 -- During the week of Nov. 14, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) welcomed aboard Commander, Carrier Strike Group 8 and Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 28 and their staffs.
- Kitty Hawk Makes History During 3M Assessment Navy NewsStand 18 Nov 2005 -- During USS Kitty Hawk's (CV 63) recent maintenance and material management (3M) assessment, which concluded Nov. 14, the ship made history by becoming the first aircraft carrier ever to complete the assessment without a single department receiving an unsatisfactory grade.
- Indo-US air exercise concludes IRNA 18 Nov 2005 -- The second Indo-US air exercise in which F-16 Fighting Falcons and E-3 Gentry Airborne Warning System and Control Aircraft of the US Air Force took part of System and Control aircraft of the US Air Force-(USAF) took part for the first time concluded at the Indian Air Force's Klaikunda airbase in West Bengal.
- Azerbaijan Says NATO To Help Clear Unexploded Ordnance RFE/RL 18 Nov 2005 -- Azerbaijan says NATO has agreed to help clear one of its regions of unexploded ordnance.
- Romania Agrees to Establish US Military Bases VOA 18 Nov 2005 -- Romania says it has agreed with the United States to establish American military bases on the Black Sea.
- U.S., Australia Security Alliance Retools To Meet Modern Threats Washington File 18 Nov 2005 -- The half-century-old U.S.-Australia alliance is retooling itself to meet modern threats.
- State Department Briefing, November 18 Washington File 18 Nov 2005 -- Iran, Iraq, Guantanamo, Venezuela, Syria
- EADS field hospital for the Slovenian Armed Forces EADS 18 Nov 2005 -- EADS has delivered a mobile field hospital to the Slovenian Armed Forces. This was announced by the company on Friday. In addition to the modular structure, the EADS Defence Electronics system stands out since it can be deployed autonomously at the most contrasting spots around the world: the possible areas of deployment range from arctic climes to desert regions.
- General Dynamics Awarded $77 Million Contract Modification for Submarine Support General Dynamics 18 Nov 2005 -- The U.S. Navy today awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $77 million contract modification for nuclear-submarine work. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
- General Dynamics Canada to Provide Acoustic Signal Processors for Republic of Korea Navy General Dynamics 18 Nov 2005 -- General Dynamics Canada has been awarded a contract by L-3 Communications Integrated Systems to provide the Acoustic Signal Processing (ASP) systems for eight Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) P-3 Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft. General Dynamics Canada is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD). Work will be performed in Ottawa, Ontario.
- Northrop Grumman Dedicates New High-Tech Nebraska Facility Northrop Grumman 18 Nov 2005 -- Nebraska's largest defense contractor, Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), cut the ribbon today on a new 110,000 square-foot facility, located on Highway 370 near Offutt Air Force Base. The new three-story state-of-the art facility, which houses approximately 400 employees, marks the consolidation of Northrop Grumman's four local sites into one single headquarters.
- Orbital Successfully Launches Medium-Range Target For Missile Defense Test Orbital Sciences Corp. 18 Nov 2005 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced today that it successfully launched a medium-range target (MRT-1) vehicle under the Lockheed Martin Targets and Countermeasures Prime Contract with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA). The MRT-1 vehicle served as an intercept target for the Navy's Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) System and was launched yesterday from the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) on Kauai, Hawaii. MRT-1 flew a trajectory northwest of Kauai and was intercepted by the Navy's Standard Missile (SM-3) interceptor system before reentering the Earth's atmosphere. The MRT-1 was the first of several medium-range targets Orbital is prepared to launch under contract to Lockheed Martin in support of the Aegis BMD test program. The MRT target is also part of Lockheed Martin's Flexible Target Family (FTF), currently under development for responsive and cost-effective missile defense system testing.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICES OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT United Nations 18 Nov 2005
- Military Says Russian Troops Confess To Chechen Killings RFE/RL 18 Nov 2005 -- The Russian military announced today that the three soldiers suspected of killing Chechen civilians earlier this week have confessed to the crime.
- COTE D IVOIRE: Peace efforts at standstill, deadlock over new prime minister IRIN 18 Nov 2005 -- A UN bid to get peace efforts back on track in war-divided Cote d'Ivoire are marking time after two weeks of feverish negotiations wound up this week with rebel leaders rejecting all names on a list of possible new prime ministers.
- BURUNDI: Army probes source of "UN military uniforms" in rebel hands IRIN 18 Nov 2005 -- The Burundian army is investigating circumstances under which uniforms belonging to UN peacekeepers were found with fighters of the Forces nationales de liberation (FNL), the country's remaining active rebel group, Defence Minister Maj-Gen Germain Niyoyankana said on Thursday.
- ETHIOPIA-ERITREA: Military officials to discuss border tension IRIN 18 Nov 2005 -- Senior military officers from Ethiopia and Eritrea are to discuss tensions along their common frontier at a meeting next week in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, a UN official said on Friday.
- Sri Lankan Prime Minister Wins Presidential Poll VOA 18 Nov 2005 -- Sri Lanka's election commission has declared Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse the winner of the country's presidential election
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