26 January 2006 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 26 Jan 2006 [PDF]
- MND-B SOLDIER KILLED, ANOTHER WOUNDED IN ROADSIDE BOMB ATTACK
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- SOLDIER KILLED NEAR RAMADI
- CENTAF releases daily airpower summary AFPN 26 Jan 2006 -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials released today's airpower summary.
- 420 Detainees Released; Weapons Caches Found, Destroyed AFPS 26 Jan 2006 -- About 420 detainees, including five women, were to be released from coalition detention facilities in Iraq today and tomorrow, officials announced.
- Iraqi Insurgents Now Battling Al Qaeda Terrorists AFPS 26 Jan 2006 -- The al Qaeda in Iraq network has lost scores of key leaders as the result of anti-terrorist operations and now it's being attacked by Iraqi insurgents, a senior U.S. military officer told reporters at a Baghdad news conference today.
- Bomb, terror cells disabled in northern Iraq Army News 26 Jan 2006 -- Coalition forces captured 63 suspected insurgents in northern Iraq so far this week, including some thought to be in a ring responsible for local beheadings.
- US Military: 5 Women Among 400 Iraqi Prisoners Being Freed VOA 26 Jan 2006 -- The U.S. military in Iraq says it is releasing more than 400 Iraqi detainees, including five women prisoners.
- Afghanistan: London Conference To Shape Agenda For Next Stage Of Reforms RFE/RL 26 Jan 2006 -- Delegates from 70 countries are gathering in London next week (31 January-1 February) for a two-day conference on Afghanistan's future
- Britain Sending More Troops to Afghanistan VOA 26 Jan 2006 -- Britain will deploy up to 5700 troops in Afghanistan during the coming months to support an expanded NATO mission into a dangerous southern region.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Transcript: Press Conference of the President The White House 26 Jan 2006
- USS San Antonio Arrives in Norfolk Navy NewsStand 26 Jan 2006 -- Family and friends greeted the arrival of the Navy’s newest ship, the amphibious transport dock USS San Antonio (LPD 17), as it arrived to its homeport of Naval Station Norfolk, Jan. 25.
- TACRON 11 Sailors Participate in JTFEX Navy NewsStand 26 Jan 2006 -- Tactical Air Control Squadron (TACRON) 11’s newest detachment, Det. 4, completed their final underway work-up training with Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3 Jan. 26 on the strike group’s flagship, the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5).
- Navy to Commission New Guided Missile Destroyer Forrest Sherman 26 Jan 2006 -- The newest Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer, Forrest Sherman, will be commissioned at 11 a.m. ET on Jan. 28, during a ceremony at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla.
- QDR Dominated by Uncertain, Unpredictable World AFPS 26 Jan 2006 -- The Quadrennial Defense Review, to be delivered to Congress Feb. 6, will be dominated by two words: uncertainty and unpredictability, senior defense officials said today.
- Threat Reduction Agency Opens New Headquarters AFPS 26 Jan 2006 -- The agency charged with reducing threats against American forces celebrated the opening of its new headquarters building, the Defense Threat Reduction Center, here today.
- Contingency skills course brings expeditionary basics to Airmen AFPN 26 Jan 2006 -- With Airmen doing more on the frontlines of the war on terrorism, the need exists for Air Force specialties across the board to receive training in a variety of expeditionary combat skills.
- Rumsfeld: Military Prepared for 21st Century Challenges AFPS 26 Jan 2006 -- Through challenging the status quo and questioning old assumptions, the Defense Department is becoming a more capable force ready to face changing conflicts, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here yesterday.
- Marine Corps Special Ops Will Add to Military Capability, Commander Says AFPS 26 Jan 2006 -- The Marine Corps Special Operations Command, the newest addition to the special operations community, will be a complementary force that will ease the strain on other services' elite units and will contribute to the nation's readiness in the global war on terror, the new unit's commander said here today.
- Rollover simulator aims to save lives in Kuwait Army News 26 Jan 2006 -- A new training device is being developed by Coalition Forces Land Component Command in Kuwait to reduce or eliminate injury or death suffered by troops involved in Humvee rollovers in theater.
- Kyrgyzstan: Bishkek Presents New Air-Base Terms To U.S.-Led Coalition RFE/RL 26 Jan 2006 -- Kyrgyz authorities have presented new terms to the United States for continued use of the air base outside Bishkek. The U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan uses the Manas air base for support operations.
- Savage Hazing Incident Causes Outrage in Russia RFE/RL 26 Jan 2006 -- Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov today promised to make public the results of an investigation into a hazing incident in the army that has caused public outrage in Russia.
- DoD News: Contracts for January 26, 2006
- SOSTAR-X passes Post Test Review, test aircraft receives Special Certificate of Airworthiness EADS 26 Jan 2006 -- The European SOSTAR-X programme for the development and demonstration of an advanced airborne ground-surveillance radar system is entering a new decisive stage.
- General Dynamics Selected for Czech Republic Armored Vehicle Program General Dynamics 26 Jan 2006 -- The government of the Czech Republic has selected Vienna-based Steyr-Daimler-Puch Spezialfahrzeug GmbH, a part of General Dynamics European Land Combat Systems, to supply the Czech army with 199 new eight-wheeled Pandur II armored personnel carriers between 2007 and 2012. The contract, which includes an option for 35 additional vehicles, has a potential value of approximately $1 billion (23.6 billion koruna).
- General Dynamics Awarded $24 Million Spare Parts Contract for New Stryker Vehicle Variants General Dynamics 26 Jan 2006 -- General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has received a $24 million contract for spare parts that are unique to the two newest Stryker variants: the Stryker Mobile Gun System (MGS) and the Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicle (NBCRV).
- TURKEY JOINS F-35 PROGRAM'S PRODUCTION AND SUSTAINMENT PHASE Lockheed Martin 26 Jan 2006 -- Turkey yesterday became the fifth country to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the United States government to participate in the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft program’s Production, Sustainment and Follow-on Development.
- Marine Corps LAVs and Tanks to Get Advanced Night Vision Technology; Raytheon Upgrades Fighting Vehicles with $121 Million in New Awards Raytheon 26 Jan 2006 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) will improve the Marine Corps' ability to fight 24/7 in all weather conditions by equipping nearly 900 vehicles with detection and targeting systems based on advanced infrared technology.
- Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding Team Utilizing Production Efficiencies to Maintain Construction Momentum on U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Northrop Grumman 26 Jan 2006 -- Shipbuilders erected the final grand block unit on the U.S. Coast Guard's first Deepwater National Security Cutter here yesterday, signifying a crucial construction milestone in the shipyard and shipbuilding program's recovery effort following a series of storm events. The highly skilled craft workers constructing Bertholf (WMSL 750), being built at Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Pascagoula facility, utilized innovative production techniques to keep the ship on track despite the challenges posed by Tropical Storm Cindy and Hurricanes Dennis and Katrina.
- SAIC Awarded $25 Million Contract by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency SAIC 26 Jan 2006 -- Company to Develop Affordable Alternative to Petroleum-Derived Jet Fuel (JP-8) from Agricultural and Aquacultural Feedstock
- S. Korean Court Orders US Companies to Pay Damages for Agent Orange Use VOA 26 Jan 2006 -- A South Korean court Thursday ordered two U.S. chemical companies to pay tens of millions of dollars to a group of South Korean veterans of the Vietnam War to compensate for the effects of the Agent Orange.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 26 Jan 2006
- Diplomatic 'Quartet' hails free Palestinian elections, urges all to renounce violence UN News Centre 27 Jan 2006 -- The diplomatic 'Quartet' on the Middle East today congratulated the Palestinian people on holding free elections, while emphasizing that armed activities stand in contradiction to the democratic process.
- Muslim Leaders Express Qualified Acceptance of Hamas Victory VOA 26 Jan 2006 -- Muslim leaders attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, expressed qualified acceptance Thursday of Hamas' sweeping victory in the Palestinian elections.
- Hamas Wins Majority of Palestinian Parliament Seats VOA 26 Jan 2006 -- The radical Islamic group Hamas has won a stunning victory in Palestinian parliamentary elections that gave it a decisive majority in the legislature
- Hamas Declared Official Winner of Palestinian Poll VOA 26 Jan 2006 -- Palestinian election officials confirmed late Thursday that the Islamic militant group Hamas had won an overwhelming victory based on partial results from legislative elections held on Wednesday.
- Bush, Rice Say Palestinian Elections Show "Power of Democracy" Washington File 26 Jan 2006 -- President Bush said the results of the January 25 Palestinian parliamentary elections present a "wake-up call" to the incumbent Fatah party leadership, reflecting voter dissatisfaction and a desire for change.
- Statement on Palestinian Elections US Department of State 26 Jan 2006 -- Secretary Condoleezza Rice Remarks at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland
- Middle East: Why Did Hamas Win Palestinian Poll? RFE/RL 26 Jan 2006 -- All indications are that the Palestinian militant Islamist group Hamas has won heavily in the Palestinian parliamentary elections, perhaps even taking a majority of the seats
- Rice: Any Palestinian Government Must Accept Israel's Right to Exist VOA 26 Jan 2006 -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the Palestinian government that emerges from this week's elections must accept a two-state solution to the Middle East conflict and Israel's right to exist.
- Bush Says Hamas Must Renounce Violence, Urges Abbas to Stay in Office VOA 26 Jan 2006 -- President Bush says he will not deal with the Islamic militant group Hamas until it renounces violence
- Palestinian Cabinet Resigns, Hamas Winning Majority of Parliament Seats VOA 26 Jan 2006 -- The Palestinian cabinet resigned on Thursday after the Islamic Militant group Hamas claimed victory in Palestinian legislative elections.
- Rice: US Still Considers Hamas a Terrorist Group VOA 26 Jan 2006 -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the United States still considers Hamas a terrorist organization and urged it renounce violence following the group's apparent victory in Palestinian parliamentary elections.
- Israel, West Concerned by Apparent Hamas Victory VOA 26 Jan 2006 -- Israel and Western nations are expressing concern over Hamas' apparent victory in Palestinian parliamentary elections and warning they will not deal with the militant group unless it abandons violence.
- Hamas Reportedly Wins Landslide Victory In Palestine RFE/RL 26 Jan 2006 -- The Islamic militant movement Hamas says it has won an absolute majority in the 25 January Palestinian parliamentary elections.
- COTE D IVOIRE: Opposition leader returns, calls for peace, as UN mulls sanctions IRIN 26 Jan 2006 -- Opposition leader Alassane Ouattara has returned to Cote d'Ivoire after three years of self-imposed exile, calling for peace as the United Nations mulls sanctions against leaders seen as blocking peace efforts.
- COTE D IVOIRE: Using the media to orchestrate violence IRIN 26 Jan 2006 -- As the United Nations this week considered slapping sanctions on Cote d'Ivoire leaders undermining peace efforts, one young hothead warned this could be a trigger for war.
- Chief of UN Mission in Côte d'Ivoire says 400 UN staffers evacuated after riots, siege UN News Centre 27 Jan 2006 -- Following attacks last week on the United Nations offices in Côte d'Ivoire, about 400 staff members so far have been evacuated temporarily to Gambia and Senegal for their safety, the chief of the UN mission there said at UN Headquarters in New York today.
- U.S. Welcomes Turkey's Proposal on Cyprus Washington File 26 Jan 2006 -- The United States welcomed a plan proposed by Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul January 24 that calls for lifting port and trade restrictions on Cyprus.
- Fighting forces UN to evacuate seven staff from South Darfur, Sudan UN News Centre 26 Jan 2006 -- The United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) today evacuated seven of its staff members to South Darfur's capital, Nyala, from the Sharia area after fighting broke out there between the rebel Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) and Sudanese government forces.
- U.S. Condemns Attack on Sudanese Village and Police Convoy Washington File 26 Jan 2006 -- The United States condemns the Sudan Liberation Army's attacks on the village of Golo and a police convoy in West Darfur on January 23, which killed and wounded a large number of Sudanese Armed Forces personnel.
- United States Welcomes Resumption of Sri Lankan Peace Talks Washington File 26 Jan 2006 -- The United States welcomes an agreement by the Sri Lankan government and rebels to resume talks aimed at ending two decades of civil war, according to a statement issued by State Department spokesman Sean McCormack January 26.
- Sri Lankan Navy Seizes Indian Vessel Carrying Bomb Detonators VOA 26 Jan 2006 -- The Sri Lankan navy says it has arrested five Indian nationals and confiscated their trawler carrying 61,000 bomb detonators.
- Alcatel Alenia Space signs MOU on space cooperation with the South African CSIR Thales 26 Jan 2006 -- Alcatel Alenia Space today announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), a leading research and development, technology and innovation institution in South Africa, to consolidate global cooperation in the space market and to leverage their respective competencies and knowledge.
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