25 January 2006 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 25 Jan 2006 [PDF]
- MARINE KILLED IN AL KARMAH
- DoD Identifies Army Casualties
- DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
- CENTAF releases daily airpower summary AFPN 25 Jan 2006 -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials released today's airpower summary.
- Security forces work side by side with Soldiers in Iraq AFPN 25 Jan 2006 -- Imagine searching door to door with Soldiers, looking for insurgents, high-value targets and weapons caches in Iraq.
- Warhorse team assists Iraqis securing border Army News 25 Jan 2006 -- In addition to training Iraqi soldiers and conducting joint counter-insurgency operations, Border Transition Teams are helping Iraqis secure their borders.
- Rakkasans building independent Iraqi army Army News 25 Jan 2006 -- "Iron Rakkasans" are training the future trainers of an independent Iraqi army at sites in Samarra and Mahmudiyah, Iraq.
- U.S. Troops in Iraq Decrease to Last Summer's Level AFPS 25 Jan 2006 -- The number of U.S. troops serving in Iraq has decreased to around 138,000, which was the level deployed there last summer, a Defense Department military spokesman said here today.
- Iraqi Soldier Wounded; Iraqi Troops Find, Destroy Weapons AFPS 25 Jan 2006 -- An Iraqi soldier participating in operations with coalition forces was wounded during a battle with insurgents near a bridge close to the Euphrates River near Hit, Iraq, in one of several military actions yesterday.
- Bomb in Baghdad Injures 2; Iraqi Cameraman Killed VOA 25 Jan 2006 -- A bomb planted on a motorcycle in Baghdad has injured two people, while an Iraqi television station says one of its video journalists has been killed on the job.
- No Casualties After Two Grenade Attacks In Afghanistan RFE/RL 25 Jan 2006 -- In two separate incidents, unidentified attackers have thrown grenades at an Afghan ministry and at the Indian consulate in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar.
- Pakistan Freezes Accounts of 2 Firms Suspected of Funding Taleban VOA 25 Jan 2006 -- Pakistani authorities have raided offices of two Afghan trading firms suspected of providing funds to leaders of Taleban insurgents and frozen their bank accounts.
- Gettysburg Seizes Narcotics During Western Caribbean Operations Navy NewsStand 25 Jan 2006 -- While on patrol in the western Caribbean Sea, USS Gettysburg (CG 64), with its embarked U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment, completed a major drug interdiction in January.
Defense Policy / Programs
- DEMOCRATS RELEASE STUDY HIGHLIGHTING STRAIN ON MILITARY Democratic Leaders Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi 25 Jan 2006 -- Senator Jack Reed today joined former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and former Secretary of Defense William Perry in a press conference for the release of the report "The US Military: Under Strain and at Risk."
- Transcript: DoD News Briefing with Secretary Rumsfeld 25 Jan 2006 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld
- Rumsfeld Rejects Reports Saying US Military Overextended VOA 25 Jan 2006 -- United States Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has disputed two reports released Wednesday that say the U.S. military is overextended by operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- Forward Deployed ARG to Conduct Blue-Green Workups Navy NewsStand 25 Jan 2006 -- The Forward Deployed Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) departed Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 21 for Blue-Green Workups and ARG Exercise (ARGEX) after embarking Marines of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).
- Army 'Enormously Capable,' Defense Secretary Says AFPS 25 Jan 2006 -- The Army is making revolutionary changes in its transformation process and is becoming a more capable and effective force, not a strained institution in danger of breaking, as recent criticism has suggested, Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today.
- Defense Department Report, January 25: Army Not Broken Washington File 25 Jan 2006 -- Recent news reports that the U.S. Army is at the breaking point and overextended because of operations in Afghanistan and Iraq simply are not true, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld says.
- State Department Briefing, January 25 Washington File 25 Jan 2006 -- Iran, update on secretary's travel schedule, Mexico, Palestinian Authority, Lebanon, Israel, incident with Lucia Pinochet at Dulles Airport/Homeland Security, India, Chile, Venezuela, South Korea
- White House Briefing, January 25 Washington File 25 Jan 2006 -- Bush/National Security Agency visit, NSA surveillance/FISA, Katrina hearings, military troops, Palestinian election, Mike Brown/FEMA investigation, North Korea
- DoD News: Contracts for January 25, 2006
- Launch of world's most advanced warship - 1 February 2006 BAE Systems 25 Jan 2006 -- HMS Daring, the first of the Royal Navys new Type 45 class of anti air warfare destroyers, will be launched on 1 February 2006 at 14:25 from the BAE Systems shipyard at Scotstoun, on the Clyde. The Lady Sponsor will be her Royal Highness the Countess of Wessex.
- RAFAEL Conducts Trials on New Naval Decoys Rafael 25 Jan 2006 -- RAFAEL is conducting evaluation trials of a new naval decoy system concept, based on rotatable launchers and fourth-generation decoys designed to defeat missiles with chaff discrimination algorithms.
- Two Production RQ-4A Global Hawks Deploy in Global War on Terrorism Northrop Grumman 25 Jan 2006 -- U.S. forces supporting the war on terrorism gained two critical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets this month when the U.S. Air Force deployed the first two production RQ-4A Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles to theater. Global Hawk is designed and produced by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC).
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICES OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT United Nations 25 Jan 2006
- Sudan May Become "Humanitarian Catastrophe," U.N. Official Warns Washington File 25 Jan 2006 -- Calling Sudan "the most challenging humanitarian problem we face today in the world," the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said that the international community must press for a peace agreement to avoid a catastrophe.
- Britain Calls for More Peacekeepers in Darfur VOA 25 Jan 2006 -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair has told parliament the international community is failing to support the people of Sudan's war-ravaged western Darfur region.
- Annan urges decisive action by Security Council on UN force in Darfur, Sudan UN News Centre 25 Jan 2006 -- UN Security-General Kofi Annan today called on the Security Council to take a firm decision on a peacekeeping operation to stop the suffering in the devastated Darfur region of Sudan, but acknowledged that only a political agreement between the rebels and government can bring longer term stability and allow 2 million people to return to their homes.
- U.S. Says Palestinian Elections "Historic and Significant" Washington File 25 Jan 2006 -- White House press secretary Scott McClellan said the first Palestinian parliamentary elections in 10 years are a "historic and significant moment" for the Palestinian people, and the United States will continue helping them build democratic institutions as Middle East peace efforts move forward.
- Unprecedented Competition Marks Palestinian Legislative Elections VOA 25 Jan 2006 -- Polls have closed across Gaza and the occupied West Bank and the vote count has begun, after landmark Palestinian elections.
- Palestinians Turn Out For Parliamentary Elections RFE/RL 25 Jan 2006 -- Palestinians are voting today in their first parliamentary elections in 10 years, with polls predicting a close contest between the ruling Fatah party and the Islamic movement Hamas, which is seeking to join the Palestinian government for the first time.
- Palestinian Activists Put Away Guns, Push for Votes VOA 25 Jan 2006 -- Palestinians are voting for a new parliament at polling stations throughout the Gaza Strip, as well as in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.
- Georgia: Foreign Minister Pushes For EU Backing In Standoffs With Russia RFE/RL 25 Jan 2006 -- Georgia has launched a diplomatic offensive trying to enlist extensive EU support in its disputes with Russia.
- OSCE Offers Peacekeeping Help In Nagorno-Karabakh RFE/RL 25 Jan 2006 -- The chairman-in-office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) today said the organization would stand ready to help with the deployment of an international peacekeeping force in the separatist enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh should the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan agree on it.
- US Urges China to Use Its Growing Influence to Help Ease Conflicts VOA 24 Jan 2006 -- U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick is calling on China to use its expanding role in world trade and politics to help ease the problems of Africa, especially Sudan.
- Russia: Council Of Europe Condemns Human Rights Violations In Chechnya RFE/RL 25 Jan 2006 -- The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) today delivered a stinging rebuke to Russia for its record on human rights abuse in Chechnya.
- Sri Lankan Government, Rebels Agree to Long-Delayed Peace Talks VOA 25 Jan 2006 -- Sri Lanka's government and Tamil Tiger rebels have agreed to hold new talks in Switzerland aimed at shoring up their deteriorating peace agreement.
- Boeing Engineers Assist NASA in Shuttle Tile Work Boeing 25 Jan 2006 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] engineers, working closely with United Space Alliance [USA] and NASA, have found a way to prevent gap fillers, thin spacers between the Space Shuttle's heat resistant tiles, from protruding from the belly of the Orbiter.
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