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January 01, 2005

War News

Pentagon Misses Goal for Missile Defense System: "By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon failed to meet its goal of declaring a missile defense system operational in 2004 and critics said failures in testing the ambitious system show i...in Reuters]"

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US Troops in Iraq Detain 49 Suspected Insurgents: "VOA 01/01/2005 18:18 U.S. troops and Iraqi security forces have detained 49 suspected insurgents north of Baghdad, as operations continue to secure the country ahead of January's election. ...[in Baku Today]"

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Counter-Insurgency in Iraq Plagued by Fear, Doubt: "In the numbing cold before dawn, Iraqi commandos backed by US Marines stormed into a The US military sees it as taking the fight to the insurgents' hideouts.[in SierraTimes.com]"

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Punk Band Moshes In The New Year
On Military.com News Digest

N. Korea: U.S. Policy Could Spark War
On Military.com News Digest

Danger of nuclear war mounting on Korean peninsula: North Korea: "North Korea said Saturday that the risk of a nuclear war was mounting on the Korean peninsula as the United States attempts to "stifle" it by force."

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Abbas vows to continue Arafat legacy in Gaza speech as death toll mounts: "PLO chief Mahmud Abbas pledged Friday to remain faithful to late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's legacy as he commemorated his Fatah party's 40th anniversary in the Gaza Strip, hours after two Palestinian militants were killed in an Israeli air strike there."

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US begin new offensive in Iraq's "Triangle of Death": "The US army and marines kicked off a new offensive south of Baghdad this week in a belt of towns, known as the "triangle of death' due to the area's high rate of kidnappings and executions, the military said Friday."

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PAIN RAYS, LASER JETS, AND STUN GUN SHOCKERS: "From pain beams to stun guns to laser jets, real-life ray guns seemed to blasting their way from the world of sci-fi into the realm of reality in 2004. There were setbacks, to be sure -- missed deadlines, bloated budgets, and a sense that supposedly "non-lethal" energy weapons might not be so safe, after all. But, by the end of the year, the dream of a blaster in hand seemed a whole lot nearer than it did in 2003. LASER JET: GOOD NEWS After decades of bloated promises, busted budgets, and missed deadlines, the troubled Airborne Laser project finally got a bit of good news yesterday. The program's goal is to mount a high-energy, chemical laser onto a 747 jet, so it can shoot down incoming missiles. But whether such a laser would ever work remained very much an open question. On Thursday, some answers emerged, when Northrop engineers successfully tested the laser. ANTI-LASER CONTACT LENSES I think we all winced when we read, back in September, about the Delta pilot who was hit in the eye by a laser while flying a 737. Or about the 20 year-old Los Alamos intern who was zapped during a July experiment. Air..."

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