02 November 2003 Military News
- U.S. Forces Suffer Losses in Iraq, Afghanistan AFPS 02 Nov 2003 -- Fifteen U.S. soldiers were killed and 21 were wounded when a coalition helicopter went down near the city of Amiryah, Iraq, at about 9 a.m. local time today. This was the single deadliest attack on coalition forces since President Bush announced the end of major combat in Iraq.
- Rumsfeld Calls Number of SAMs in Iraq 'Enormous' AFPS 02 Nov 2003 -- "Enormous numbers. Enormous numbers," Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld responded Nov. 2 when asked if he knew how many shoulder-held surface-to-air missiles were in Iraq.
- Iraq: 15 U.S. Soldiers Die In Helicopter Crash RFE/RL 02 Nov 2003 -- The U.S. military says 15 U.S. soldiers were killed and 21 injured in Iraq today in a helicopter crash thought to have been caused by a missile attack.
- IRAQ/ATTACKS VOA 02 Nov 2003 -- Amid a spate of deadly attacks, U-S military officials in Iraq are racing to determine the identity of the insurgents behind several suicide bombings, which killed dozens of people and wounded hundreds. Military commanders on the ground believe Islamic militant fighters from neighboring countries are primarily responsible for the attacks.
- IRAQ/HELICOPTER VOA 02 Nov 2003 -- At least 15 U-S soldiers were killed and 21 others injured Sunday when a U-S army helicopter crash-landed about 60 kilometers west of Baghdad, in what appears to have been a missile attack.
- Iraq: One Dead, 20 Injured In Helicopter Downing RFE/RL 02 Nov 2003 -- A U.S. military spokesman in Iraq says a U.S. Army Chinook helicopter was shot down today, and that at least one person is dead at some 20 injured.
- Security Council mission arrives in Afghanistan to back central Government UN News Centre 02 Nov 2003 -- A delegation of the United Nations Security Council touched down at Kabul International Airport today bringing a message of support for the country's central Government.
- AFGHANISTAN WRAP VOA 02 Nov 2003 -- A Turkish construction firm says one of its engineers working in southern Afghanistan has been abducted. Meanwhile, a high-level U-N delegation has arrived in Afghanistan for talks with government leaders.
- Iran, EU review developments in Afghanistan IRNA 02 Nov 2003 -- European Union special representative on Afghanistan Francis Vendrell conferred here Sunday with Head of Majlis Commission on National Security and Foreign Affairs Mohsen Mirdamadi on latest developments in Afghanistan.
- AFGHANISTAN: High-level UN mission arrives IRIN 02 Nov 2003 -- In a robust message of support for the central government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, a high-level delegation from the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) arrived in the capital, Kabul, on Sunday, reaffirming the international community's willingness and support for reconstruction efforts.
Defense Policy / Programs
- 2-116th Infantry returns from Cuba mission National Guard Bureau 02 Nov 2003-- The 29th Infantry Division (Light) continues to play a vital role on the war on terrorism. For the last nine months, the 2nd Battalion, 116th Infantry Battalion from the Virginia Army National secured the detention area in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. On September 19, 2003 the 2nd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment transferred authority and the mission to the 1st Infantry Battalion, 181st Infantry Regiment of the Massachusetts Army National Guard.
- 22d MEU recognized for Operation ENDURING FREEDOM SERVICE Marine Corps News 02 Nov 2003-- The Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Gordon R. England, has awarded the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation to the 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit for its service in the Global War on Terrorism during its 2002 deployment.
- Maritime In-port Group Exercise strengthens WASP ESG/22d MEU team Marine Corps News 02 Nov 2003-- "The essential piece of the Expeditionary Strike Group is the relationship between the ARG [amphibious ready group] and MEU [Marine Expeditionary Group]."
- EQUATORIAL GUINEA VOA 02 Nov 2003 -- A spokesman for the government of Equatorial Guinea has appeared on national television, denying rumors of an attempted coup.
- ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS VOA 02 Nov 2003 -- Israel allowed more than six-thousand Palestinian workers from the Gaza Strip to cross into the Jewish state on Sunday. The decision represents a continued easing of restrictions imposed on the Palestinians following a suicide bombing one month ago.
- ISRAEL/RUSSIA VOA 02 Nov 2003 -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has flown to Moscow for tals with Russian President Vladimir Putin expected to focus on the future of the international road map to peace plan.
- D-R-C / VIOLENCE VOA 02 Nov 2003 -- Fresh fighting has erupted in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, with rival ethnic Hema militias battling each other. Meanwhile hundreds of kilometers further south in South Kivu province, an escalation of attacks by Congolese-based Rwandan Hutu rebels on local civilians has put additional pressure on the United Nations mission in Congo to increase its deployment there.
- BURUNDI/PEACE TALKS VOA 02 Nov 2003 -- The government of Burundi and the country's largest rebel group have finalized the last details of their peace deal to end Burundi's decade-long civil war. The two sides signed an agreement after several days of talks in South Africa.
- AFRICA/WATER VOA 02 Nov 2003 -- The scarcity of water around the world is only going to get worse, as demand grows, according to researchers meeting in Kenya.
- GEORGIA / VOTE VOA 02 Nov 2003 -- Voters in the former Soviet republic of Georgia went to the polls Sunday for a parliamentary election that could be a blow to the government of President Eduard Shevardnadze. Tensions are running high in the key election
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