03 March 2008 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 03 Mar 2008 [PDF]
- PRESS CONFERENCE: Dr. Tasheen al-Sheikhly, Dr. Bassima al-Saadi, March 3, 2008 MNF-I 03 Mar 2008 -- Dr. Tasheen al-Sheikhly, Implementation and Follow-up Committee for National Reconciliation Civilian Spokesman / Dr. Bassima al-Saadi, Implementation and Follow-up Committee for National Reconciliation Representative
- Transcript: DoD News Briefing with Brig. Gen. Thomas from Iraq 03 Mar 2008 -- Presenter: Commander, Multinational Division-North and 1st Armored Brigade Brig. Gen. Tony Thomas
- March 2 airpower summary: Airmen keep mission rolling AFPN 03 Mar 2008
- Coalition Forces Detain 11 in Iraq AFPS 03 Mar 2008 -- Coalition forces in Iraq today detained 11 suspected terrorists, including an Iranian-supported "special groups" facilitator, military officials reported.
- Coalition Takes Fight to Al Qaeda in Mosul AFPS 03 Mar 2008 -- Coalition forces are fighting aggressively to secure the battle-scarred city of Mosul, Iraq, in an effort to stamp out al Qaeda safe havens.
- Coalition, Iraqi Troops Target Al Qaeda Forces in Mosul AFPS 03 Mar 2008 -- Coalition and Iraqi security forces are targeting al Qaeda terrorists who have taken refuge in Mosul after fleeing Baghdad in the wake of surge operations, a senior U.S. military officer posted in Iraq said yesterday.
- Bombings in Iraqi Capital Kill 23 VOA 03 Mar 2008 -- Iraqi police say at least 23 people were killed in two separate bombings in Baghdad Monday.
- Oklahoma's 1st Battalion, 160th Field Artillery takes over support of Camp Bucca MNF-I 03 Mar 2008 -- Lt. Col. David Jordan and the soldiers of Oklahoma's 1st Battalion, 160th Field Artillery "Thunderbirds" took over all responsibilities for the support of Camp Bucca during a ceremony Monday.
- Tennessee's 130th Support Center heads home from Iraq MNF-I 03 Mar 2008 -- Lt. Col. Robert N. Hibbett and the soldiers of 130th Support Center are preparing to return to Tennessee after transferring their responsibilities to 1st Battalion, 160th Field Artillery of the Oklahoma National Guard, commanded by Lt. Col. David Jordan.
- Afghan Official: Kabul Government Has Presence in 95 Percent of Country VOA 03 Mar 2008 -- Afghanistan's top intelligence officer is rejecting a U.S. estimate that only 30 percent of the country is under the control of the central government in Kabul
- Afghanistan: Mobile-Phone Towers Are Taliban's New Target RFE/RL 03 Mar 2008 -- Local officials in Afghanistan's southern Helmand Province said gunmen destroyed a mobile-phone tower in the Sangin district on March 2.
- Afghan, Coalition Forces Target Taliban Networks AFPS 03 Mar 2008 -- An armed insurgent was killed and two suspected insurgents were detained during a joint Afghan and coalition operation to degrade Taliban operations in Afghanistan's Zabul province, military officials reported.
- AFGHANISTAN: Mobile phone mast attacks could jeopardise aid deliveries IRIN 03 Mar 2008 -- A blackout of mobile phone services, particularly during the night, in parts of southern Afghanistan has created serious problems for local people and raised concerns about humanitarian and development activities.
- U.S. Attacks Al Qaeda Terrorist in Somalia AFPS 03 Mar 2008 -- Defense Department officials today confirmed an attack against an al Qaeda terrorist in Somalia yesterday.
- US Missiles Strike Southern Somali Town VOA 03 Mar 2008 -- In Somalia, several dozen residents of Dobley town, near the Kenyan border, are reportedly trying to cross into Kenya following a U.S. military air strike that was aimed at terror suspects in the area
Defense Policy / Programs
- DoD News Briefing with David Sedney from the Pentagon Briefing Room, Arlington, Va. 03 Mar 2008 -- Presenter: Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia David Sedney
- China Military Expansion Could Have Global Implications AFPS 03 Mar 2008 -- China not only is a rising international economic power, but also is a rising military power with new and developing capabilities that have global implications, according to the 2008 China Military Power Report released today.
- Pentagon Says China Continues Military Build-up VOA 03 Mar 2008 -- A Pentagon report released Monday asserts that China is continuing its steady military buildup
- Camp Eggers officials dedicate building to fallen Airman AFPN 03 Mar 2008 -- Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and civilians dedicated the Gillespie House to honor a fallen Airman March 2 at Camp Eggers.
- Intermediate-repair facility keeps tankers flying in theater AFPN 03 Mar 2008 -- The central intermediate-repair facility, the only KC-135 Stratotanker brake shop in theater, gets 30 to 50 brakes back into service every month, saving the time and money it would take to ship worn parts back for repairs.
- New tanker to bring increased capabilities to warfighter AFPN 03 Mar 2008 -- Air Force officials here announced Feb. 29 the selection of the Northrop Grumman Company to replace the aging KC-135 Stratotanker fleet.
- Reserves Celebrate 93 Years of Service and Dedication Navy NewsStand 03 Mar 2008 -- The U.S. Navy Reserve Force (NRF) celebrated 93 years of citizen Sailors supporting the fleet on March 3.
- Congressional Representatives Visit Blue Ridge Navy NewsStand 03 Mar 2008 -- Congressional members of the House Armed Services Committee visited USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) to meet with Vice Adm. Doug Crowder, commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, as part of a fleet familiarization junket to discuss the U.S. Navy's mission of promoting peace and stability in the 7th Fleet's area of operations.
- APS Returns to Ghana Navy NewsStand 03 Mar 2008 -- High Speed Vessel 2 Swift pulled into Tema, March 3, its fifth port visit as part of Africa Partnership Station (APS).
- High-Tech Strike Group Training Facility Opens at Dam Neck Navy NewsStand 03 Mar 2008 -- Rear Adm. Donald P. Quinn, commander, Strike Force Training Atlantic, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of Distributed Training Center Atlantic (DTCL) at Naval Air Station Oceana, Dam Neck Annex Feb 28.
- CNO Signs New Diversity Policy Navy NewsStand 03 Mar 2008 -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead recently issued the Navy's diversity policy in which he urges leaders to anticipate and embrace the demographic changes of tomorrow, and build a Navy that always reflects the make up of the country.
- Essex Earns Eighth Battle "E" Navy NewsStand 03 Mar 2008 -- Sailors aboard USS Essex (LHD 2) received welcome news Feb. 29, when Capt. Brent Canady, Essex' commanding officer announced that Essex had won the Battle Efficiency "E" award for a second consecutive year and the eighth time in the ship's 15-year history.
- Reflagging to Mark Start of 1st Armored Division's U.S. Standup AFPS 03 Mar 2008 -- The reflagging here tomorrow of the 1st Cavalry Division's 4th Brigade Combat Team represents the first big step in relocating the 1st Armored Division from Germany to its new stateside home.
- Mullen Arrives in Pakistan for Military Talks AFPS 03 Mar 2008 -- Navy Adm. Mike Mullen arrived here today for his second set of meetings with Pakistani military leaders in a month.
- War-Funding Delays Harmful Within Months, Deputy Secretary Says AFPS 03 Mar 2008 -- War-funding delays will become harmful within months if continued, the Pentagon's second-ranking official said here today.
- Navy Awards Contract for New Walter Reed Facility AFPS 03 Mar 2008 -- A joint venture of Clark Construction of Bethesda, Md., and Balfour Beatty Construction, based in Atlanta, today received a $641.4 million from the Naval Facilities Engineering Command to design and build the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda.
- Navy Secretary Names Two New Auxiliary Dry Cargo Ships 03 Mar 2008 -- Secretary of the Navy Dr. Donald C. Winter announced the naming of the seventh and eighth Military Sealift Command ships of the Lewis and Clark-class Auxiliary Dry Cargo ships (T-AKE) as Carl Brashear and Wally Schirra.
- Blue Ridge Chills During Port Call to Otaru Navy NewsStand 03 Mar 2008 -- USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) and embarked 7th Fleet staff crew members made a port visit to northern Japan, Feb. 7 to spread good will among the extended community of their host nation and enjoy the Snow and Ice Festivals in Sapporo.
- 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Grants Partial Stay in the Navy's Usage of Sonar Navy NewsStand 03 Mar 2008 -- The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals granted partial stay on Feb. 29 in the Navy's appeal of U.S. district court's preliminary injunction. The Navy's response to the ruling is below:
- Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 03 Mar 2008
- Press Gaggle by Gordon Johndroe The White House 03 Mar 2008
- DoD News: Contracts for March 03, 2008
- Pratt & Whitney F135 Engine Exceeds 9,000 SDD Ground Test Hours Pratt & Whitney 03 Mar 2008 -- The Pratt & Whitney F135 engine exceeded 9,000 system development and demonstration (SDD) ground test hours this week
- Northrop Grumman Wins $239 Million Air Force Weather Agency Contract Northrop Grumman 03 Mar 2008 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded the U.S. Air Force Weather Agency Systems Engineering, Management and Sustainment (SEMS) II contract to increase effectiveness, reliability, and performance, while reducing total cost of ownership for a variety of classified and unclassified Air Force weather systems.
- Russia's Sukhoi delivers new batch of Su-30 fighters to Malaysia RIA Novosti 03 Mar 2008 -- Russia has delivered four Su-MKM fighter planes to Malaysia under a contract signed in 2003, a spokesman for the Sukhoi aircraft manufacturer said on Monday.
- South Korea Chooses Raytheon's Patriot for Air and Missile Defense Capability Upgrade Raytheon 03 Mar 2008 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has received an initial contract to provide engineering services related to a U.S. government Foreign Military Sale of the Patriot air and missile defense system to South Korea.
- GE's CF6 Engines To Power United States Air Force Tanker Replacement Program GE Aviation 03 Mar 2008 -- General Electric Company CF6 engines will power the Northrop Grumman KC-45A aircraft, which was selected Friday by the United States Air Force (USAF) for its tanker replacement program.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 03 Mar 2008
- Israeli Troops Pull Out of Northern Gaza Strip, Over 100 Palestinians Killed VOA 03 Mar 2008 -- Israeli soldiers pulled out of the northern Gaza Strip on Monday after several days of heavy fighting that left two Israeli soldiers and more than 100 Palestinians dead
- Israel vows to restart talks with Palestinians RIA Novosti 03 Mar 2008 -- Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said on Monday his country will strive to resume peace negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, but will continue operations against militants in Gaza.
- UN rights chief urges probe into Gaza killings UN News Centre 03 Mar 2008 -- The top United Nations human rights official, alarmed by the recent violence in Gaza and Israel, has called for an investigation into the reported killing of dozens of civilians, including children, by the Israeli Defence Force (IDF).
- Colombia Says Rebel Documents Show Link to Venezuela VOA 03 Mar 2008 -- Colombia's government says documents recovered from the computer of a slain rebel leader show shows links between leftist rebels and the Venezuelan government of President Hugo Chavez
- US Appeals for Dialogue in Colombia-Ecuador Dispute VOA 03 Mar 2008 -- The United States Monday appealed for a diplomatic solution of the dispute between Colombia and Ecuador spurred by Colombia's cross-border attack against FARC rebels inside Ecuador
- Chavez orders tanks to Colombian border RIA Novosti 03 Mar 2008 -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has ordered tanks to the country's border with Colombia and closed the Venezuelan embassy in Bogota as tensions grow over the killing of a Colombian rebel inside Ecuador.
- Ecuador, Venezuela Send Troops to Colombia's Border VOA 03 Mar 2008 -- Ecuador and Venezuela have ordered troops to their borders with Colombia, after a Colombian attack on rebels inside Ecuador.
- Aid workers must have full access to victims of violence in West Darfur - UN UN News Centre 03 Mar 2008 -- United Nations officials in Sudan are calling on all parties to the recent surge in violence in West Darfur to grant aid workers unhindered access to victims caught up in the deadly clashes in the already war-wracked region.
- SUDAN: War of words after scores killed in Abyei IRIN 03 Mar 2008 -- Fresh clashes between Sudan People's Liberation Movement units and fighters from the Misseriya community in the oil-rich Abyei region have left scores dead and the two sides trading blame over who was responsible for the latest skirmishes.
- DR Congo: UN reinforces peacekeepers in west to quell flare-up of violence UN News Centre 03 Mar 2008 -- The United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) is dispatching additional peacekeepers to Bas-Congo province in the far west of the vast African country following renewed outbursts of deadly violence there.
- Despite hindrances, UN completes regrouping of blue helmets in Eritrea UN News Centre 03 Mar 2008 -- After more than a week of repeated blockages by Eritrean forces, United Nations peacekeepers in the Horn of Africa country have finally completed regrouping to the capital, Asmara, in preparation for their planned temporary relocation across the border to Ethiopia.
- Three extra judges to serve on UN tribunal for the Balkan wars UN News Centre 03 Mar 2008 -- Three temporary judges were today sworn in before the United Nations war crimes tribunal set up to deal with the worst crimes committed during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s so that the court can handle more trials simultaneously.
- Rwandan official convicted by UN tribunal leaves jail after completing sentence UN News Centre 03 Mar 2008 -- A former Rwandan local government official convicted and jailed by the United Nations genocide tribunal for failing to prevent the massacre of Tutsis seeking refuge in a church has been released from prison after completing his sentence.
- Chad Creates Inquiry into Rebel Attack VOA 03 Mar 2008 -- Chad's government has created an official inquiry to look into the events surrounding a rebel attack on Chad's capital, N'Djamena, a month ago. But human rights activists say the inquiry will not be independent
- East Timor President Forgives Rebel Attackers VOA 03 Mar 2008 -- East Timor President Jose Ramos Horta has forgiven the rebel leader who nearly killed him last month, in an attack at his home
- Deadly clashes during protests in Armenia alarm Secretary-General Ban UN News Centre 03 Mar 2008 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his deep concern about the deadly clashes between demonstrators and police forces in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, where the results of recent presidential elections have been disputed.
- US, European Union, Send Envoys to Armenia VOA 03 Mar 2008 -- The United States and European Union have dispatched envoys to Armenia to try to help defuse the political crisis underway since disputed elections February 19
- Armenia: Will Violence Fuel Passions Further? RFE/RL 03 Mar 2008 -- For many watching Armenia, the question now is what impact the deadly clashes between police and protesters will have on the resolve of opposition supporters.
- Russia: Medvedev Election Greeted Coolly Abroad RFE/RL 03 Mar 2008 -- International reaction to Dmitry Medvedev's election as president has been muted as figures show President Vladimir Putin's protege winning over 70 percent of the vote.
- Russia: Results Show Medvedev Wins Russian Presidency By Large Margin RFE/RL 03 Mar 2008 -- First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has won a landslide victory in Russia's presidential elections.
- PACE says Medvedev won Russian polls, but doubts fairness RIA Novosti 03 Mar 2008 -- European observers said on Monday that Russia's presidential elections reflected the will of voters, but questioned the fairness of the polls.
- Medvedev wins Russia's presidential election RIA Novosti 03 Mar 2008 -- Kremlin-backed Dmitry Medvedev won Russia's presidential election by a landslide, preliminary results from the Central Election Commission showed on Monday.
- Wrap: Medvedev cruises to victory in Russian presidential elections RIA Novosti 03 Mar 2008 -- With some 70% of the ballots counted in Russia's presidential elections, Kremlin-backed Dmitry Medvedev has gained 69.22%, enough to give him victory in the first round of voting.
- Medvedev presidency to be 'direct continuation' of Putin era RIA Novosti 03 Mar 2008 -- As he cruised to victory in Russia's presidential polls, Dmitry Medvedev said his presidency would be a "direct continuation" of the policies of the man who backed him to lead the largest country on Earth.
- Kremlin Candidate Wins Russian Vote; Fairness Questioned VOA 03 Mar 2008 -- With all but half a percent of the ballots counted from Sunday's presidential election in Russia, Kremlin candidate Dmitri Medvedev has garnered more than all of his opponents, combined
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