27 December 2005 Military News
- TASK FORCE BAGHDAD SOLDIER KILLED
- SOLDIER ASSIGNED TO II MARINE EXPEDITIONARY FORCE DIES FROM WOUNDS
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- Poland Wants to Keep Troops in Iraq; Ukraine Withdraws VOA 27 Dec 2005 -- Poland's prime minister says he wants to keep troops in Iraq until the end of next year, despite the previous government's plan to pull its forces out in the coming months.
- Helicopter Crash Claims Two Pilots; Enemy Fire Kills Soldier AFPS 27 Dec 2005 -- Two American pilots were killed Dec. 26 in a helicopter accident in western Baghdad, while another American servicemember died from wounds resulting from enemy fire during an operation in Khalidiyah, Iraq
- Iraq Uncovers Mass Grave in Shi'ite Holy City VOA 27 Dec 2005 -- Iraqi authorities say they have found a mass grave containing at least 20 bodies in Karbala, a holy city for Shi'ite Muslims. They believe those in the grave were victims of Saddam Hussein's bloody suppression of a Shi'ite uprising after the Gulf War in 1991.
- Iraqis Rally in Baghdad, Protest Election Results VOA 27 Dec 2005 -- Thousands of Iraqis demonstrated in Baghdad Tuesday, protesting alleged fraud in the country's parliamentary elections held earlier this month.
- CENTAF releases combined airpower summary report AFPN 27 Dec 2005 -- Since Dec. 23, coalition aircraft have flown nearly 150 close-air-support missions supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They included support to coalition troops, infrastructure protection, reconstruction activities and operations to deter and disrupt terrorist activities.
- AFGHANISTAN: Roadside bomb wounds two NATO peacekeepers in north IRIN 27 Dec 2005 -- A roadside bomb on Monday injured two soldiers serving with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and two civilians in northern Afghanistan, ISAF said in the capital Kabul.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Squadron breathes new life into old aircraft bodies AFPN 27 Dec 2005 -- Back in 1973, the 1553 multiplex data bus was the wave of the future for military aircraft. It replaced bulky equipment in passing data between sensors, computers, indicators and other aircraft equipment. It reduced weigh and was simpler and more flexible.
- Implementation of BRAC begins this year AFPN 27 Dec 2005 -- Now that the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure commission has approved, modified or disapproved the Office of the Secretary of Defense's recommendations for the 2005 round of base realignment and closure, the individual services must plan the implementation of those recommendations.
- Cycles to Enhance Army Reserve Readiness, Predictability AFPS 27 Dec 2005 -- The Army Reserve is instituting five-year readiness cycles to ensure a steady supply of deployment-ready forces while bringing more predictability to reservists, their families and their civilian employers, a top Army Reserve general said. Almost all Army Reserve units will be assigned to an Army Reserve Expeditionary Force package, which follows a five-year cycle to prepare for a potential deployment
- F-22A took long road to initial operational capability AFPN 27 Dec 2005 -- With the F-22A Raptor's initial operational capability declaration Dec. 15 came the capstone of a process that began 76 months earlier, in August 1997, when a C-5 Galaxy landed here and taxied down the expansive "Contractor's Row" with several crates and boxes in its cargo bay for what is now known as the F-22A Combined Test Force.
- Space group to activate new unit AFPN 27 Dec 2005 -- Air Force Reserve Command's 310th Space Group will travel deeper into the space program when it activates a new unit Jan. 7.
- CHAD-SUDAN: President Deby, Sudanese envoy meet with Obasanjo over tensions IRIN 27 Dec 2005 -- President Idriss Deby of Chad met with Olusegun Obasanjo, Nigerian president and head of the African Union, in Nigeria on Tuesday, as part of efforts to defuse tensions between Chad and neighbouring Sudan.
- UN peacekeeper, DR of Congo troops and scores of Ugandan rebels killed in sweep UN News Centre 27 Dec 2005 -- A United Nations peacekeeper from India, soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) and leaders of a Ugandan rebel movement were among the scores of people killed as the Congolese troops took back nine localities in the troubled eastern region of the country, the UN Mission in DRC (MONUC) reported today.
- Western Sudan's Darfur area is still scene of rape and banditry, UN mission says UN News Centre 27 Dec 2005 -- With both Sudanese Government and rebel troops violating the ceasefire agreement, the security situation in the Darfur provinces is volatile as banditry and looting are reported in the area, the United Nations Mission in Sudan said.
- US Urges Sri Lankan Rebels to End Violence, Join Peace Talks VOA 27 Dec 2005 -- The United States Tuesday urged Sri Lanka's Tamil rebel movement to end violence and engage in peace talks with the Colombo government. At least 40 government military personnel have been killed this month in an upsurge of violence.
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