26 July 2006 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 26 Jul 2006 [PDF]
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- MNC-I SAILOR DIES
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- CENTAF releases airpower summary AFPN 26 Jul 2006 -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials released the airpower summary for July 26.
- U.S. Soldiers Capture Members of Iraqi 'Death Squad' AFPS 26 Jul 2006 -- U.S. soldiers with Multinational Division Baghdad captured five members of a "death squad" in Iraq today.
- Battalion Maintains Support Mission While Preparing to Move Locations AFPS 26 Jul 2006 -- Support battalions are the backbone of the Army's brigade combat teams, aiding and sustaining them in a variety of ways.
- AFGHANISTAN: Former militia commanders disarm in northern province IRIN 26 Jul 2006 -- Two former militia commanders in Afghanistan's northern Takhar province have surrendered more than 100 light and heavy weapons to the Disbandment of Illegal Armed Groups (DIAG) programme, officials from the UN-backed initiative said on Wednesday.
- EU Diplomat Warns NATO's Afghan Mission Must Not Fail VOA 26 Jul 2006 -- The European Union's senior envoy to Afghanistan says the NATO-led drive to secure the south of the country must succeed
- France to Expel Accomplice in Killing of Anti-Taliban Afghan Commander VOA 26 Jul 2006 -- A French-Tunisian, who served a jail sentence in France for helping the killers of Afghan commander Ahmed Shah Massoud, now might be expelled to Tunisia.
- Transcript: DoD News Briefing with Brig. Gen. Jensen via Videoconference from Cyprus 26 Jul 2006 -- Presenter: Commander, Task Force 59, Brig. Gen. Carl Jensen
- U.S. Military Involvement in Lebanon Evacuations Coming to End AFPS 26 Jul 2006 -- The U.S. military today performed its final scheduled evacuation of U.S. citizens from Lebanon, a U.S. military spokesman in Cyprus said.
- C-130s assist humanitarian relief efforts in Cyprus AFPN 26 Jul 2006 -- Two C-130 Hercules crews assigned to the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing delivered more than 10 tons of food and other relief supplies during two missions this past week to support American citizens leaving Lebanon.
- Manas C-17 crews help Americans depart Lebanon AFPN 26 Jul 2006 -- The C-17 Globemaster III detachment here recently had a name change and change of scenery.
- USAFE Airmen lauded for efforts in Lebanon operations AFPN 26 Jul 2006 -- As approximately 1,800 U.S. citizens passed through here via Air Force aircraft, the U.S. ambassador to Germany paid a visit to meet the transient Americans and to give thanks to the Airmen providing support.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Army Statement on Readiness and the Costs of War Army News Release 26 Jul 2006 -- The following is a statement from the Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker, in light of recent statements about the U.S. Army's readiness and financial situation during war
- Air Force officials announce 2007 force-shaping initiatives AFPN 26 Jul 2006 -- Air Force officials announced today new force-shaping initiatives to be used to meet the required 2007 fiscal year end-strength numbers.
- Air Force meeting requirements for multi-year funding on F-22 AFPN 26 Jul 2006 -- The Air Force will meet all requirements to proceed with multi-year funding on purchasing of the last 60 F-22 Raptor aircraft.
- Gen Moseley: New long-range bomber on horizon for 2018 AFPN 26 Jul 2006 -- A new bomber scheduled for operation as early as 2018 will enhance America's long-range strike capabilities, according to Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley in a recent Armed Services Committee speech.
- PACAF exercise hosts Mexican observers AFPN 26 Jul 2006 -- Mexican air force observers are seeing firsthand how U.S. and coalition forces work together during Cooperative Cope Thunder to aid in their decision to become future exercise participants.
- British pilot finishes Raptor training at Tyndall AFPN 26 Jul 2006 -- The first British pilot to complete F-22 Raptor training graduated July 17 at Tyndall Air Force Base.
- USS Stephen W. Groves Begins Second Half of Deployment Navy NewsStand 26 Jul 2006 -- USS Stephen W. Groves (FFG 29) departed Mayport Naval Station July 14 for the second half of a counter-narco terrorism operations (CNT OPS) deployment for U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command.
- Coast Guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia Changes Command Navy NewsStand 26 Jul 2006 -- Coast Guard Capt. Gary Smialek relieved Coast Guard Capt. Daniel J. McClellan as commanding officer of U.S. Coast Guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia and Commander, Task Force 55.6 in Bahrain, July 17.
- Boxer’s Aviation Ordnancemen Arm Dubuque Navy NewsStand 26 Jul 2006 -- Members of USS Boxer’s (LHD 4) fly-away rocket building team traveled to USS Dubuque (LPD 8) to help arm a UH-1N Huey and several AH-1W Super Cobras of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s (MEU) Aviation Combat Element (ACE) July 17-21 during their Composite Training Unit Exercise off the coast of Southern California.
- Dubuque Incorporates with ESG 5, Readies for Deployment Navy NewsStand 26 Jul 2006 -- USS Dubuque (LPD 8) completed 17 days of Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 5 incorporation July 28 after operating off the coast of Southern California in preparation for their Western Pacific deployment scheduled later this year.
- USS Iwo Jima Sailors Provide Departure Assistance Navy NewsStand 26 Jul 2006 -- Fifty Sailors and Marines from USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU (SOC)) returned to the multipurpose, amphibious assault ship July 25, after providing much-needed assistance to nearly 2,000 American citizens aboard USS Trenton (LPD 14).
- Big E's Ventilation Tiger Team Keeps the Ship Cool Navy NewsStand 26 Jul 2006 -- USS Enterprise (CVN 65) set up a working party of Sailors in July to perform corrective and preventive maintenance on the nearly 600 cooling coils aboard the ship.
- CTF 53 Wins Transportation Award Navy NewsStand 26 Jul 2006 -- Commander, Logistic Forces, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (COMLOGFORNAVCENT), parent command of Commander, Task Force (CTF) 53, based in Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain, won the 2005 National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) Military Unit Award in July.
- Carl Brashear, 'Man of Honor,' Dies Navy NewsStand 26 Jul 2006 -- Retired Navy diver Carl Brashear died July 25 at 2:35 p.m. at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth of respiratory and heart failure.
- CNO Statement on Passing of Carl M. Brashear Navy NewsStand 26 Jul 2006 -- Every Sailor in our Navy joins me today in mourning the death of Master Chief Boatswain’s Mate (Master Diver) Carl M. Brashear, as true an American hero as ever lived. We extend to his family our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies.
- MCPON Campa ‘Saddened’ at Passing of Former Master Diver Carl Brashear Navy NewsStand 26 Jul 2006 -- With the passing of former Master Diver Carl Brashear July 25, “the Navy has lost a great shipmate,” Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Joe R. Campa Jr. said.
- Unmanned Aircraft Give Military Added Capability AFPS 26 Jul 2006 -- The instant feedback of information supplied by unmanned aerial vehicles is bringing immediate "value added" to U.S. military operations, the Joint Staff's director for strategic plans and policy explained yesterday.
- U.S. Suggests NATO Allies Could Pool Money To Buy C-17 Aircraft Washington File 26 Jul 2006 -- The United States says European allies could pool their resources to buy four Boeing C-17 Globemaster III long-range cargo jets - a plan that would help reduce NATO's chronic airlift shortage while providing more business for Boeing.
- Seminar Looks at Countering Ideological Support for Terrorism AFPS 26 Jul 2006 -- Scores of representatives from almost two dozen nations left the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies here with what could be new directions in the fight against terror after a week-long seminar.
- Post-Soviet security org. to hold war games in Kazakhstan RIA Novosti 26 Jul 2006 -- About 2,500 servicemen from four member countries of the post-Soviet Collective Security Treaty Organization will participate in joint military exercises in Kazakhstan, a CSTO official said Wednesday.
- Press Briefing by Tony Snow The White House 26 Jul 2006
- Daily Press Briefing US Department of State 26 Jul 2006
- DoD News: Contracts for July 26, 2006
- Boeing and U.S. Army Sign Block III Apache Longbow System Development and Demonstration Contract Boeing 26 Jul 2006 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the U.S. Army have ensured the continued modernization of the world's most capable multi-role combat helicopter by signing the system development and demonstration (SDD) phase contract for the Block III AH-64D Apache Longbow program.
- Russia rebuffs U.S. call to rethink $1bln Venezuela arms deal RIA Novosti 26 Jul 2006 -- Russia's defense minister ruled out Wednesday reconsidering a $1 billion contracts on supplies of military planes and helicopters to Venezuela.
- Venezuela's Chavez to Sign Billion-Dollar Arms Deal With Russia Thursday VOA 26 Jul 2006 -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he will sign a billion-dollar arms deal in Moscow Thursday to acquire jet fighters and produce combat rifles in his homeland.
- Republic of China's Test Firings of Patriot Air and Missile Defense System a Success Raytheon 26 Jul 2006 -- The Republic of China (ROC) successfully destroyed two surrogate ballistic missiles with the Patriot Air and Missile Defense System during the Han Kuang military exercises conducted near Ilan in the northeast region of Taiwan. The successful firings, using Patriot Guidance Enhancement Missiles (GEM), reinforced the ROC air force's ability to conduct a live fire exercise in a tactical environment against a realistic threat.
- CACI Awarded Department of Homeland Security Enterprise-wide Information Technology Contract CACI 26 Jul 2006 -- CACI International Inc (NYSE:CAI) announced today that it has been awarded a prime contract to support the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Enterprise Acquisition Gateway for Leading Edge Solutions (EAGLE) program. The multiple-award, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract vehicle was awarded to CACI for a five-year base with two one-year options. The award positions CACI to continue expanding its homeland security business.
- LOCKHEED MARTIN TO TEST SBINET SOLUTION AT NEW MEXICO TECH PLAYAS TRAINING CENTER Lockheed Martin 26 Jul 2006 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] will use New Mexico Tech’s Playas Training and Research Center as an environmental test bed for its SBInet solution through an agreement with the state-sponsored research university.
- Raytheon Reveals Key Strategies to Secure U.S. Borders Under SBInet Raytheon 26 Jul 2006 -- Raytheon Company cites "Speed to Deployment" and "Model Before You Build" as two key strategies in its bid to help the Department of Homeland Security gain operational control of the United States borders under the Secure Borders Initiative (SBInet) program.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 26 Jul 2006
- Analysis: No Formula for Lebanon Truce cfr.org 26 Jul 2006 -- The crisis talks in Rome between U.S., European, and Arab foreign ministers, joined by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, failed to find a formula for a ceasefire (MSNBC) between Israel and the Lebanon-based militia of Hezbollah
- Rome Conference Ends Without Lebanon Cease-Fire Plan Washington File 26 Jul 2006 -- World leaders intent on resolving the conflict in Lebanon ended their meeting in Rome with an agreement on the urgency of formulating a "sustainable" plan to stop the warfare, but without a call for an immediate cease-fire.
- International Aid Arrives in Tyre and Beirut VOA 26 Jul 2006 -- A United Nations truck convoy carrying food and medical supplies has arrived in the southern Lebanese town of Tyre.
- Fighting Rages in Southern Lebanon With No Cease-Fire in Sight VOA 26 Jul 2006 -- Fierce fighting between Israeli troops and Hezbollah militants raged in southern Lebanon with the Israeli military saying eight of its troops have been killed and 20 others wounded
- UN Set to Condemn Peacekeeper Deaths in Lebanon VOA 26 Jul 2006 -- The U.N. Security Council is debating a statement condemning the Israeli attack on a U.N. observer post in Lebanon.
- Rome Conference Fails to Agree on Plan to End Israel-Lebanon Violence VOA 26 Jul 2006 -- Crisis talks on Lebanon have been held at a conference on the Middle East in Rome, but no agreement was reached on an immediate ceasefire
- ISRAEL: Some agreements on aid into Lebanon IRIN 26 Jul 2006 -- The United Nations has secured agreements with Israel to ship desperately-needed aid into Beirut, the UN's Emergency Relief Co-ordinator Jan Egeland said on Wednesday.
- Middle East: Rome Conference Fails To Agree Lebanon Cease-Fire RFE/RL 26 Jul 2006 -- Emergency talks in Rome today on ending the conflict in Lebanon failed to produce a call for an immediate cessation of hostilities.
- Annan recommends three-pronged solution to the 'horrendous' situation in Lebanon UN News Centre 26 Jul 2006 -- Deploring the "horrendous and dangerous" situation in Lebanon, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today proposed a three-part strategy involving an immediate cessation of hostilities and wide-ranging political and economic commitments to solve a crisis that has killed hundreds of people and forced around 800,000 others to flee their homes.
- Secretary-General proposes joint UN-Israeli inquiry into Lebanon peacekeeper deaths UN News Centre 26 Jul 2006 -- Following yesterday's killings of three United Nations peacekeepers - and possibly a fourth - during an air attack in south Lebanon, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today accepted Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's expression of "deep sorrow" and suggested a joint investigation into the incident.
- Iraq: Learning Lessons From Lebanon RFE/RL 26 Jul 2006 -- In 2003, Iraq observers warned that Iraq faced the danger of going down the same road as Lebanon, which fought a bitter civil war from 1975-90
- U.S.: Iraqi Leader Stirs Controversy Over Hizballah RFE/RL 26 Jul 2006 -- Nuri al-Maliki wasted no time getting involved in controversy during his first trip to the United States as prime minister of Iraq.
- Rome Conference Agrees to Work Toward Immediate Israel-Lebanon Cease-Fire VOA 26 Jul 2006 -- Diplomats from several countries have agreed to work toward a cease-fire to end the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon.
- Arab Reports Say 9 Israeli Soldiers Killed at Bint Jbail VOA 26 Jul 2006 -- Arabic television stations are reporting at least nine Israeli soldiers were killed in fighting with Hezbollah guerrillas in the southern Lebanese town of Bint Jbail.
- Israel Expresses Regret About Killing of UN Peacekeepers VOA 26 Jul 2006 -- Israel's prime minister has expressed "deep sorrow" over the killing of four United Nations military observers by an Israeli air strike in Lebanon, and has ordered an investigation into the incident
- 23 Palestinians Killed in Israeli Attacks in Gaza VOA 26 Jul 2006 -- Palestinian sources say Israeli forces killed 23 Palestinians in fighting across the Gaza Strip Wednesday, including at least 11 militants and several children.
- Israel 'Regrets' Deaths Of UN Observers RFE/RL 26 Jul 2006 -- Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has telephoned United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan to express his "deep regret" over the killing of four UN observers by an Israeli air strike.
- World Leaders Gather To Discuss Lebanon Crisis RFE/RL 26 Jul 2006 -- World leaders are set to meet in Rome today to discuss ways of ending the conflict in Lebanon.
- Middle East: Expert Discusses Issue Of War Crimes RFE/RL 26 Jul 2006 -- Top UN officials, including UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour and UN emergency relief coordinator Jan Egeland, have cautioned the warring sides in the Middle East conflict that they could be committing war crimes.
- LEBANON: Struggling with casualties in Tyre IRIN 26 Jul 2006 -- The head of one of the main hospitals in Tyre, which has been treating civilians injured by the Israeli bombardment of south Lebanon, says his facility is rapidly running out of resources.
- LEBANON: Number of civilian deaths likely to be higher - Red Cross IRIN 26 Jul 2006 -- Members of the Lebanese Red Cross in southern Lebanon say dozens more civilians could have died in southern Lebanon than accounted for so far, making the civilian death toll higher than official figures.
- IRAQ: Government donates $35 million to Lebanon IRIN 26 Jul 2006 -- Despite an escalating humanitarian crisis of its own, the Iraqi government has contributed US$35 million to the High Relief Commission of Lebanon (HRCL) in a show of support for the Lebanese government and concern for the needs of its citizens.
- Iran: Middle East Overshadows President's Central Asia Agenda RFE/RL 26 Jul 2006 -- Iranian President Ahmadinejad has cautioned against further violence in the Middle East, saying the conflict between Israel and the Tehran-backed Hizballah militant group could trigger a "storm" in the region.
- UK airport used to fly US bombs to Israel - report IRNA 26 Jul 2006 -- Britain is being used as a staging post for major shipments of bunker-busting bombs from America for the Zionist regime, it was reported Wednesday.
- Georgia Vows To Crush Kodori Gorge Militia RFE/RL 26 Jul 2006 -- The Georgian government has vowed to crush a militia leader and his supporters in the Kodori Gorge, amid reports of casualties on both sides.
- Georgia: Troops Deployed To Rein In Militia RFE/RL 26 Jul 2006 -- Early on July 25, Georgia deployed up to 1,000 troops to the lower reaches of the Kodori Gorge, which straddles Georgia and Abkhazia, in a bid to rein in an armed Svan militia commanded by the region's former governor, Emzar Kvitsiani.
- Georgian police open fire on militia leader in Kodori Gorge RIA Novosti 26 Jul 2006 -- Georgian law enforcers opened fire in the Kodori Gorge, the de facto border between Georgia and separatist Abkhazia, after a deadline for a militia leader to surrender expired, local television reported.
- Main stage of Kodori Gorge operation to be over soon - Tbilisi RIA Novosti 26 Jul 2006 -- The main stage of a Georgian police operation in a gorge acting as the de facto border between Georgia and breakaway Abkhazia will end soon, the head of the presidential administration said Wednesday.
- Breakaway Abkhaz authorities vow to shoot anyone nearing border RIA Novosti 26 Jul 2006 -- The president of Georgia's self-proclaimed republic of Abkhazia said Wednesday anyone approaching the republic's border would be shot.
- Russia concerned over Georgia clashes near its border - Ivanov RIA Novosti 26 Jul 2006 -- Russia is concerned about how a conflict in a turbulent area in the north of Georgia's breakaway Abkhazia might develop, the defense minister said Wednesday.
- Gorge operation to leave Abkhazia untouched - Georgian Embassy RIA Novosti 26 Jul 2006 -- Georgian diplomats in Moscow said Wednesday a police operation in a remote gorge that is the de facto border between Georgia and separatist Abkhazia would not cross into Abkhazian-controlled territory.
- Georgia conducts military operation in Kodori - CIS peacekeepers RIA Novosti 26 Jul 2006 -- Georgia is conducting a military rather than police operation in the Kodori Gorge in breakaway Abkhazia, the commander of the CIS peacekeeping force in the region said Wednesday.
- Peacekeepers report illegal Georgian AF flights in conflict zone RIA Novosti 26 Jul 2006 -- Military observers from peacekeeping forces in the zone of the conflict between Georgia and breakaway South Ossetia have reported illegal flights by eight Georgian combat aircraft, an assistant commander said Wednesday.
- Police operation in Abkhazia gorge continuing - Georgia RIA Novosti 26 Jul 2006 -- Officials in Georgia said Wednesday a police operation to disarm what they called criminal gangs in a gorge on the de facto border with the breakaway region of Abkhazia was continuing.
- Greater availability of weapons sparks surge in Darfur militia fighting - UN envoy UN News Centre 26 Jul 2006 -- Fighting between tribal militia groups in Darfur is on the rise, driven by the prevalence of weapons in the region, the senior United Nations envoy to Sudan warned today.
- CHAD-SUDAN: Neighbours agree not to host rebels IRIN 26 Jul 2006 -- Military representatives from Sudan travelled to N'djamena, the capital of neighbouring Chad, where on Wednesday both sides agreed to stop hosting each other's rebel forces in their territory.
- Southern Sudanese Leader Works to End Regional Strife VOA 26 Jul 2006 -- The vice president of Sudan's post-war unity government, Salva Kiir Mayardit, who is also president of southern Sudan's regional government, has taken on a new role, using his position to help put an end to seemingly intractable regional conflicts.
- SUDAN: Uganda delegation 'en route' to meet rebel leader IRIN 26 Jul 2006 -- A delegation of about 150 people from northern Uganda has arrived in Maridi, Western Equatoria State of southern Sudan, on their way to meet the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), Joseph Kony.
- DRC: Voluntary militia disarmament ends IRIN 26 Jul 2006 -- The voluntary disarmament of militia in Ituri District, in the northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has ended, with 4,000 former fighters surrendering in the past two months, officials in charge of the programme have said.
- As Congolese election approaches, UN mission says rights repression must stop UN News Centre 26 Jul 2006 -- Affirming that security forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have been routinely abusing journalists and other civilians since the start of its election campaign, the United Nations mission in the country (MONUC) calls for a guarantee of free speech and an end to impunity in a report released today.
- DRC: Police disperse anti-poll demonstrators IRIN 26 Jul 2006 -- Police used teargas to disperse thousands of placard-carrying demonstrators, who vowed to disrupt general elections, in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, on Tuesday.
- UN Has Security Concerns for Congo's Elections VOA 26 Jul 2006 -- U.N. officials have expressed confidence in the overall success for Sunday's post-war election in the mineral-rich Democratic Republic of Congo, but have also raised several security concerns.
- Somalia's parties could resume talks, says UN envoy UN News Centre 26 Jul 2006 -- Somalia's Transitional Federal Government and its Supreme Council of Islamic courts have agreed to reconsider resuming the dialogue they started last month, the senior United Nations envoy to the troubled country has announced after wrapping up a tour there.
- US Decries Meddling in Somalia, Urges Dialogue VOA 26 Jul 2006 -- The United States Wednesday urged Somalia's neighbors to avoid actions that would complicate efforts to create a functioning government there
- Somali Government Says Plane Delivered Weapons to Islamist Militants VOA 26 Jul 2006 -- Somalia's government says a cargo plane that landed at Mogadishu's airport Wednesday, was carrying weapons for Islamist militants.
- Sri Lanka launches air raids against LTTE IRNA 26 Jul 2006 -- Sri Lankan Air Force jets pounded suspected Tamil Tiger positions in north-eastern parts of the country on Wednesday after the guerrillas allegedly closed sluice gates of an irrigation tank there, a military spokesman said.
- COTE D IVOIRE: More violence surrounding identification programme IRIN 26 Jul 2006 -- A programme of identification of Ivorian nationals, a key element to restoring peace in Cote d'Ivoire, has again sparked violence that left one dead in a tourist resort on the outskirts of the main city Abidjan.
- East Timor Rebels Arrested VOA 26 Jul 2006 -- Australian peacekeepers in East Timor have arrested a leader of rebel troops for illegal weapons possession, following the expiration of a gun amnesty
- Russia: Arms, Oil Projects Top Chavez Agenda RFE/RL 26 Jul 2006 -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez started his three-day Russian tour by visiting the southern city of Volgograd, a hub of weapons manufacturing.
- Senate Approves Burma Sanctions Extension VOA 26 Jul 2006 -- The U.S. Senate has voted to extend sanctions against Burma for another three years, citing the government's poor human rights record.
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