09 August 2006 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 09 Aug 2006 [PDF]
- THREE SOLDIERS DIE IN ENEMY ACTION
- Operations Briefing, Aug. 9, 2006 MNF-I 09 Aug 2006 -- IRAQ OPERATIONAL UPDATE BRIEFING BRIEFER: MAJOR GENERAL WILLIAM CALDWELL, USA, SPOKESMAN, MULTINATIONAL FORCE-IRAQ
- CENTAF releases airpower summary for Aug. 9 AFPN 09 Aug 2006 -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials released the airpower summary for Aug. 9.
- Coalition Captures American Journalist's Kidnappers in Iraq Washington File 09 Aug 2006 -- The capture of individuals allegedly involved in the kidnapping of an American journalist, ongoing efforts to reduce violence in Iraq's capital, and successes in rebuilding a city in Northern Iraq were outlined for journalists by a spokesman for Multi-National Force - Iraq.
- Four Iraqis Arrested in Connection with Kidnapping of US Journalist VOA 09 Aug 2006 -- U.S. forces in Iraq have made four arrests in connection with the kidnapping of American reporter Jill Carroll, who was held in captivity for nearly three months.
- U.S. Chopper Crashes in Iraq; Soldiers Find Weapons Cache AFPS 09 Aug 2006 -- A U.S. Army helicopter crashed yesterday during an orientation flight over Iraq's Anbar province, officials said today.
- U.S.-Iraqi Forces Target Baghdad Death Squads AFPS 09 Aug 2006 -- U.S. troops and Iraqi security forces have stepped up operations in Baghdad to curtail deadly sectarian violence that's plagued the city in recent months, a senior U.S. military officer told reporters in Baghdad today.
- Four Iraqis Implicated in Journalist Kidnap Case Arrested AFPS 09 Aug 2006 -- U.S. forces in Iraq have arrested several Iraqis suspected of involvement in the Jan. 7 abduction of an American journalist, a senior U.S. military officer told reporters in Baghdad today.
- Second Phase Of Baghdad Security Plan Launched RFE/RL 09 Aug 2006 -- U.S. and Iraqi forces today formally launched the second phase of a security plan designed to regain control of the streets of Baghdad.
- US Helicopter Crashes in Iraq's Anbar Province, 2 Missing VOA 09 Aug 2006 -- Military officials in Iraq say they are searching for two American crew members who are missing after a U.S. Army helicopter crash west of Baghdad.
- Canadian Soldier Dies in Weapons Accident in Afghanistan VOA 09 Aug 2006 -- The Canadian Defense Department in Ottawa says a NATO soldier killed in a weapons-related accident in southern Kandahar province was from Canada.
- More Australian Troops Heading to Afghanistan VOA 09 Aug 2006 -- Australia is sending an extra 150 soldiers to Afghanistan because of the worsening security situation in the country
- Rival Warlords Clash in Northern Afghanistan VOA 09 Aug 2006 -- Violent clashes between rival warlords in Northern Afghanistan have killed at least four people and forced hundreds of civilians from their homes
- 15 Taleban Killed During Attack on US Base in Eastern Afghanistan VOA 09 Aug 2006 -- The U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan says 15 Taleban miliants have been killed in fighting after insurgents attacked a U.S. base in eastern Nuristan province.
- Guard Border Mission 'Right Way to Do Business,' Chief Says AFPS 09 Aug 2006 -- The National Guard's mission at the southwestern U.S. border is a balance of shared responsibility between the federal and state governments that is already improving border security and reducing illegal immigration, the National Guard's top leader said here today.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Upgraded EP-3 Arcraft Goes to Full Production Navy NewsStand 09 Aug 2006 -- The Program Executive Office for Air ASW, Assault and Special Mission Programs granted full rate production approval June 29 for the EP-3E Joint Airborne Signals Intelligence Architecture Modernization Common Configuration (JCC) Program spiral one aircraft.
- Vitale Turns Command Over to Alexander Navy NewsStand 09 Aug 2006 -- Rear Adm. Townsend G. “Tim” Alexander relieved Rear Adm. Michael C. Vitale as commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, during a change of command ceremony held aboard Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Aug. 8.
- Joint Effort Develops New Method to Test Jet Emissions Navy NewsStand 09 Aug 2006 -- Naval Air Systems Command partnered with government authorities, scientists, and engineers in 2004 to create a new test methodology to measure particulate matter (PM) emissions from aircraft gas turbine engines.
- KC-135s take on aeromedical evacuation role AFPN 09 Aug 2006 -- While the KC-135 Stratotanker was originally designed to extend the length of other aircrafts' flight times, aircrews at Fairchild are also using the airplane for a completely different mission: to extend medical care to critically injured patients.
- Crimea Cautiously Welcomes New Ukraine Government, but Not NATO VOA 09 Aug 2006 -- Many in Ukraine, particularly in the Russian-speaking south and east, remain hostile to the United States - their former Cold War foe
- Russia to up defense spending by $2.6bln in 2007 RIA Novosti 09 Aug 2006 -- Russia will raise military spending by 70 billion rubles ($2.6 billion) in 2007, the finance minister said Wednesday.
- Daily Press Briefing State Department 09 Aug 2006
- Press Briefing by Tony Snow The White House 09 Aug 2006
- DoD News: Contracts for August 09, 2006
- Boeing Delivers 501st AH-64D Apache Longbow to U.S. Army Boeing 09 Aug 2006 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today delivered the U.S. Army's 501st AH-64D Apache Longbow multi-role combat helicopter, marking completion of work that spanned the past decade in support of Boeing's largest Apache customer.
- General Dynamics Awarded $26 Million Communications Support Projects at California Air Bases General Dynamics 09 Aug 2006 -- General Dynamics Information Technology has been awarded two delivery orders to provide an integrated, high-bandwidth information transport capability at Beale and Edwards Air Force Bases in California. These two projects, awarded under full and open competition, have a combined value of $26 million. General Dynamics Information Technology is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
- Raytheon Awarded $100 Million in U.S. Navy Contracts for Torpedoes, Spares and Support Raytheon 09 Aug 2006 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and Naval Sea Systems Command have finalized a $95.4 million contract modification for lightweight and heavyweight torpedo hardware, engineering and support services.
- SAIC Accredited Testing and Evaluation Labs Launch Cryptographic Module Testing Lab SAIC 09 Aug 2006 -- Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) today announced the opening of a Cryptographic Module Testing Lab (CMTL). This new lab has been accredited by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to carry out Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-1 and 140-2 testing and will reside within SAIC's Accredited Testing and Evaluation Labs, which are recognized as market leaders in Common Criteria (ISO/IEC15408) certification.
- U.S. Coast Guard to Dedicate Advanced Command, Control and Communications System In Gulf States General Dynamics 09 Aug 2006 -- Alabama, Mississippi and parts of northwest Florida. Currently, the system is installed in two regions of the Eastern seaboard (from Manasquan, N.J., to Belle Haven, Va.).
- Lockheed Martin Team Wins Primary Role On NORAD-USNORTHCOM Contract Vehicle Lockheed Martin 09 Aug 2006 -- A team headed by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] was selected by the U.S. Air Force to compete for future task orders under the NORAD/USNORTHCOM Advisory and Assistance Services (N-NC A&AS) contract vehicle. Seven other companies were also selected to compete for N-NC A&AS tasks throughout the five-year contract period.
- Boeing Demonstrates TSAT Operational Capabilities Boeing 09 Aug 2006 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] recently demonstrated the interoperability of the Transformational Satellite Communications (TSAT) Space Segment program with other transformational military systems during a quarterly program management review.
- Sukhoi SuperJet project unaffected by U.S. sanctions - Boeing RIA Novosti 09 Aug 2006 -- Sanctions imposed by the United States against Russian aircraft-maker Sukhoi will hardly affect a SuperJet project involving Boeing, an American official with the aircraft giant said Wednesday.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 09 Aug 2006
- Security Council Discusses Security Transfer in South Lebanon Washington File 09 Aug 2006 -- Diplomats in New York are working around the clock to revise the draft U.N. Security Council resolution on the Israel-Hezbollah conflict that would provide for an effective security presence in southern Lebanon to ensure that Hezbollah fighters do not return to the area as Israeli forces withdraw.
- US Acknowledges Problems in UN Lebanon Diplomacy VOA 09 Aug 2006 -- The Bush administration conceded Wednesday that differences with France have stalled efforts for a U.N. Security Council resolution ending the Lebanon fighting
- Israel Approves Wider Offensive in Lebanon VOA 09 Aug 2006 -- Israel's 12-member Security Cabinet has voted Wednesday to expand Israel's ground operations in Lebanon
- Israel Approves Expansion of Lebanon Campaign VOA 09 Aug 2006 -- Israeli airstrikes killed at least seven people in Lebanon Wednesday, as Israel's security cabinet approved an expansion of its military campaign targeting Lebanon-based Hezbollah fighters
- Red Cross Official Arrives in Israel to Discuss Humanitarian Conditions VOA 09 Aug 2006 -- The head of the International Committee of the Red Cross is in Israel for talks with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on the region's humanitarian situation.
- Middle East: Israel Approves Deeper Thrust Into Lebanon RFE/RL 09 Aug 2006 -- Israel's Security Cabinet today authorized the government to send troops far deeper into Lebanon than they have gone so far in four weeks of fierce fighting against Hizballah.
- Lebanon: UN force's aid work hampered as Israel denies consent for convoy to move UN News Centre 09 Aug 2006 -- As high intensity exchanges between Hizbollah and the Israeli Defences Force (IDF) continued today, the United Nations Interim Force Lebanon (UNFIL) said it has been unable to distribute food and undertake other emergency work in its western area of operations for the past three days because Israel has denied consent.
- Decrying civilian deaths in Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Annan urges parties to talk UN News Centre 09 Aug 2006 -- Cautioning that the media's focus on Lebanon should not detract attention from the need to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today spoke out against the killing of civilians on both sides, noting that Israeli attacks have caused hundreds of deaths, and called for the parties to resume dialogue.
- UN agencies rush aid to help Lebanese and others who have fled to Syria UN News Centre 09 Aug 2006 -- Seeking to help ease the plight of thousands of civilians who have fled fighting in Lebanon for Syria, United Nations agencies are rushing aid to the country as part of the overall effort to assist civilians caught in the crossfire of the Middle East conflict.
- Analysis: Israel Eyes Wider War cfr.org 09 Aug 2006 -- With the Israeli public in broad agreement about the need to teach Hezbollah a lesson (NYT), and prospects diminishing for the quick deployment of an international buffer force (WashPost), Israel warned of an expanded ground campaign
- ISRAEL: 'Refuseniks' say they won't attack civilians IRIN 09 Aug 2006 -- Called up to serve in the conflict against Hezbollah, reserve soldier Israeli Tom Mehagel decided he couldn't fight.
- Israel to Expand Offensive Against Hezbollah VOA 09 Aug 2006 -- Israel's security Cabinet has approved a wider ground offensive against Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon
- French President Says UN Resolution on Lebanon Must Include Immediate Cease-Fire VOA 09 Aug 2006 -- French President Jacques Chirac says a proposed U.N. Security Council resolution on Lebanon is still being worked out, in part because of reservations from different quarters, including the United States
- France, US Consider Changes in Middle East Resolution Before Security Council Vote VOA 09 Aug 2006 -- France and the United States are revising their proposal for ending the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict, and diplomats say the work is likely to delay a vote by the U.N. Security Council.
- Lebanon: Arab League Warns UN Of Potential Civil War RFE/RL 09 Aug 2006 -- A delegation of Arab League foreign ministers has warned the UN Security Council that civil war will break out in Lebanon unless there is an immediate cease-fire and withdrawal of Israeli troops.
- Russia pushes for UN resolution on Lebanon RIA Novosti 09 Aug 2006 -- Russia's ambassador to the UN said early Wednesday morning his country was anxious to have a Security Council resolution on Lebanon adopted to end four weeks of fighting in the Middle East.
- Arab League Wants UN to Press for Withdrawal of Israeli Troops from Lebanon VOA 09 Aug 2006 -- A delegation from the League of Arab Nations has met with the U.N. Security Council to push for revisions to the U.S.-French draft resolution aimed at a truce in the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon
- Israel Names New Commander to Lead Offensive Against Hezbollah VOA 09 Aug 2006 -- Israel has named a new commander to lead its military offensive against Hezbollah in Lebanon, in a move seen as effectively demoting another general amid criticism of the operation.
- US Pushes for Darfur Peacekeeping Force by October VOA 09 Aug 2006 -- The United States said Wednesday it is pushing for deployment of a United Nations peacekeeping force in Sudan's troubled western Darfur region by October 1.
- Human rights lag as insecurity rises in Sudan, warn UN envoy and report UN News Centre 09 Aug 2006 -- Security conditions in the Sudanese region of Darfur have worsened since the beginning of the year and the overall human rights situation remains dire, despite the striking of a peace agreement in May, according to the senior United Nations envoy to Sudan and a newly released UN report.
- Disagreements Over Darfur Peace Plan Spark Conflict VOA 09 Aug 2006 -- African Union officials and aid agencies in the troubled Darfur region of Sudan say a controversial peace agreement signed in May has sparked a new round of fighting, which is threatening to shut down the world's largest aid operation.
- PRESS CONFERENCE BY HEAD OF UN ASSESSMENT MISSION TO NEPAL United Nations 09 Aug 2006
- NEPAL: Government and Maoists reach agreement over UN's role IRIN 09 Aug 2006 -- Nepal's interim government and Maoist rebels have reached agreement on how they want the United Nations (UN) to help with peace efforts, representatives from both sides said on Wednesday.
- Nepal's Government and Maoists request UN involvement to end 10 years of conflict UN News Centre 09 Aug 2006 -- The United Nations received separate requests today from the Government of Nepal and the country's Maoists calling for wide-ranging UN assistance, including ceasefire and human rights monitoring, in a peace process that aims to end 10 years of conflict which has killed 15,000 people in the Himalayan kingdom.
- Fighting Erupts Again After End of Canal Blockade by Sri Lankan Rebels VOA 09 Aug 2006 -- New fighting has been reported between troops and Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka's northeastern Trincomalee district after both sides tried to take credit for ending a blockade of water supplies there.
- Key Irrigation Channel Reopened in Sri Lanka VOA 09 Aug 2006 -- An irrigation channel has been reopened in eastern Sri Lanka, after its closure prompted two weeks of fighting between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels.
- CHAD-SUDAN: Diplomatic ties reopened IRIN 09 Aug 2006 -- The border between Chad and Sudan will be reopened and full diplomatic ties resumed after a four-month break following an agreement struck between the two countries' heads of state in the Chadian capital.
- COTE D IVOIRE: Rebels refuse to prolong President Gbagbo's mandate, suspend disarmament talks IRIN 09 Aug 2006 -- Cote d'Ivoire's faltering peace process appeared to be in trouble again after rebels who control the northern half of the country rejected a unilateral decision by President Laurent Gbagbo to remain in office if peace-sealing elections failed to be held.
- Georgia Allows UN Conditional Access To Kodori RFE/RL 09 Aug 2006 -- Georgia has said that it will permit UN observers to inspect the upper part of the Kodori Gorge, which straddles Georgia and its breakaway province of Abkhazia.
- UGANDA: Unilateral rebel ceasefire unacceptable - gov't IRIN 09 Aug 2006 -- Talks between Ugandan officials and the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), due to resume in the southern Sudanese town of Juba, have been delayed by a disagreement over the recent announcement of a unilateral ceasefire by the rebels, a government spokesman said on Wednesday.
- Russia: Government Plans Major Investment In Disputed Kurile Islands RFE/RL 09 Aug 2006 -- The Russian government has announced plans to make the Kurile Islands in the Pacific Ocean the best-funded region in Russia
- Middle East: 'Suicide Bombers Are Our Nuclear Weapon' RFE/RL 09 Aug 2006 -- Palestinian fighters like Munir al-Makdah, head of the Fatah militia in southern Lebanon, have been preparing for war between Hizballah and Israel for a long time.
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