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October 1998 Military News

  • MILITARY SPECIALISTS SAY AFRICAN DEFENSE MUST REMAIN AFRICAN By Jim Fisher-Thompson USIA 29 October 1998 -- Donor nations can help African militaries upgrade technical skills needed for peacekeeping and specialized roles like anti-poaching operations, but decision-making on security issues must remain in African hands.
  • SAF TRUTH Voice of America 29 October 1998 -- SOUTH AFRICA'S TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSION SAYS THE COUNTRY'S APARTHEID-ERA GOVERNMENT WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR VAST AND SYSTEMATIC GROSS HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS. HOWEVER, LIBERATION MOVEMENTS SUCH AS THE AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS ALSO WERE CITED FOR SERIOUS VIOLATIONS.
  • SAF / TRUTH REPORT Voice of America 29 October 1998 -- SOUTH AFRICA'S "TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION" COMMISSION -- WHICH PROBED HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES OF THE COUNTRY'S APARTHEID PAST -- HAS ISSUED ITS FINAL REPORT.
  • SAF TRUTH / ANGOLA & MOZAMBIQUE Voice of America 29 October 1998 -- THE FINAL REPORT OF SOUTH AFRICA'S TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSION SAYS THE MAJORITY OF VICTIMS OF GROSS VIOLATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTED DURING THE APARTHEID ERA WERE LIVING OUTSIDE THE COUNTRY'S BORDERS AT THE TIME THE VIOLATIONS WERE COMMITTED.
  • ECUADOR/TERRORIST Voice of America 28 October 1998 -- AUTHORITIES IN ECUADOR HAVE DEPORTED AN EGYPTIAN ACCUSED OF BELONGING TO A TERRORIST GROUP RESPONSIBLE FOR MASSACRING MORE THAN 60 PEOPLE IN EGYPT LAST YEAR.
  • PRESIDENT CONTINUES EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT TO SUDAN USIA 28 October 1998 -- "The Government of Sudan continues to support international terrorism and engage in human rights violations, including the denial of religious freedom," President Clinton said October 27 in a letter to Congress concerning the Sudanese emergency declared on November 3, 1997.
  • SUDAN / "TRAGEDY" Voice of America 26 October 1998 -- FOUR HUMANITARIAN GROUPS SAY THE WAR IN SUDAN AND THE RESULTING HUMANITARIAN CRISIS HAVE NOW REACHED AN UNIMAGINABLE AND EXTRAORDINARY LEVEL OF TRAGEDY.
  • TRANSCRIPT: ALBRIGHT, BERGER, ROSS BRIEFING ON WYE USIA 23 October 1998 -- Secretary of State Albright told reporters at the White House Occtober 23 that the Wye River accord on Middle East peace "will permit the launching of permanent-status negotiations .... and create an environment in which the parties can ensure, by refraining from unhelpful unilateral acts, that those negotiations succeed."
  • THE WYE RIVER MEMORANDUM USIA 23 October 1998 -- Text of the Interim Agreement signed at the White House by Palestinian Chairman Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
  • U.S. WELCOMES TURKEY-SYRIA AGREEMENT USIA 22 October 1998 -- Syria agreed, among other things, to ban all activities of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Syria. The two sides also established mechanisms to work together to implement the agreement.
  • COLOMBIA/TERRORIST Voice of America 21 October 1998 -- COLOMBIAN INTELLIGENCE AUTHORITIES HAVE ARRESTED A SUSPECTED EGYPTIAN TERRORIST -- WHO IS LINKED TO LAST YEAR'S MASSACRE OF 62 PEOPLE IN LUXOR, EGYPT.
  • AFGHANISTAN/U-S Voice of America 21 October 1998 -- ACCUSED SAUDI TERRORIST, OSAMA BIN LADEN REMAINS IN AFGHANISTAN UNDER TALEBAN PROTECTION DESPITE U-S DEMANDS FOR HIS EXTRADITION.
  • TURKEY / SYRIA Voice of America 21 October 1998 -- TURKEY AND SYRIA HAVE SIGNED AN AGREEMENT WHICH TURKISH OFFICIALS SAY ENDS WHAT THEY CALL SYRIA'S SUPPORT FOR KURDISH REBELS FROM TURKEY.
  • PALESTINIAN MILITANTS Voice of America 21 October 1998 -- THE PALESTINIAN POLICE HAVE CARRIED OUT TWO SERIES OF ARRESTS IN RECENT WEEKS AIMED AT WEAKENING THE MILITANT PALESTINIAN GROUP HAMAS IN ONE OF ITS STRONGHOLDS -- THE WEST BANK TOWN OF HEBRON.
  • SERBIA MEDIA CRACKDOWN/REACT Voice of America 20 October 1998 -- LAWMAKERS IN SERBIA -- YUGOSLAVIA'S DOMINANT REPUBLIC -- HAVE PASSED A NEW LAW BANNING BROADCASTS FUNDED BY FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS -- CALLING THEM PROPAGANDA.
  • COLOMBIA BLAST Voice of America 20 October 1998 -- COLOMBIA'S ARMY HAS DENIED ALLEGATIONS BY LEFTIST REBELS THAT IT WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR A FIRE IN THE NORTHWESTERN DEPARTMENT OF ANTIOQUIA THAT KILLED 48 PEOPLE.
  • NETANYAHU, ARAFAT JOINT STATEMENT ON TERRORIST ATTACK 19 October 1998 -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat October 19 pledged to "do everything possible to fight terror" following the terrorist attack that day in the southern Israeli town of Beersheva.
  • TURKEY / KURDS Voice of America 19 October 1998 -- THE LEADER OF TURKEY'S SEPARATIST KURDISTAN WORKERS PARTY, P-K-K, SAYS HE IS NO LONGER IN SYRIA.
  • COLOMBIA BLAST Voice of America 19 October 1998 -- AN OIL PIPELINE EXPLOSION IN COLOMBIA HAS KILLED AT LEAST 45 PEOPLE AND SERIOUSLY WOUNDED 70. LEFTIST GUERRILLAS ARE BELIEVED RESPONSIBLE FOR THE BLAST.
  • ZAPATISTA PEACE TALKS Voice of America 18 October 1998 -- THE EFFORT TO END THE GUERRILLA WAR IN SOUTHERN MEXICO MAY GET UNDER WAY AGAIN NEXT MONTH, AS A RESULT OF STATEMENTS BY THE REBEL ZAPATISTAS.
  • AFGHAN FIGHTING Voice of America 18 October 1998 -- THE TALEBAN SAY THEY HAVE RECAPTURED THE STRATEGIC NORTHERN AFGHAN CITY OF TALOQAN, A DAY AFTER LOSING IT TO OPPOSITION FORCES. CONTROL OF SUPPLY ROUTES THROUGH TALOQAN IS CRUCIAL TO THE ANTI-TALEBAN OPPOSITION THAT IS ISOLATED IN A FEW POCKETS OF THE COUNTRY.
  • AFGHAN FIGHTING Voice of America 17 October 1998 -- AFGHAN OPPOSITION FORCES HAVE CAPTURED THE KEY NORTHERN CITY OF TALOQAN FROM THE TALEBAN. THE CAPTURE OF TALOQAN IS THE FIRST SIGNIFICANT MILITARY SUCCESS FOR THE OPPOSITION AFTER MONTHS OF TALEBAN GAINS.
  • SUDAN / OPPOSITION Voice of America 16 October 1998 -- THE SUDANESE GOVERNMENT REPORTEDLY HAS INVITED OPPOSITION LEADERS BACK TO SUDAN TO SET UP POLITICAL GROUPS.
  • SRI LANKA / WAR Voice of America 15 October 1998 -- FIERCE FIGHTING BETWEEN GOVERNMENT TROOPS AND TAMIL TIGER REBELS HAS CLAIMED AT LEAST 170 LIVES IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS. SRI LANKA'S POLICE AND ARMY ARE HOLDING JOINT OPERATIONS TO ARREST DESERTERS.
  • COLOMBIA REBELS Voice of America 15 October 1998 -- GOVERNMENT TROOPS IN COLOMBIA HAVE BEEN ORDERED EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 7THTO PULL BACK FROM AN AREA LARGER THAN SWITZERLAND TO PERMIT PEACE TALKS WITH THE COUNTRY'S LARGEST GUERRILLA GROUP.
  • PRESS BRIEFING BY PROSECUTOR OF INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL TRIBUNAL FOR FORMER YUGOSLAVIA 14 October 1998 -- The jurisdiction of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia was not determined by the President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, the Tribunal's Prosecutor Louise Arbour said at a Headquarters briefing this afternoon.
  • YUGO-MEDIA Voice of America 14 October 1998 -- BELGRADE OFFICIALS CLOSED DOWN TWO OF THE THREE MAIN INDEPENDENT (DAILY) NEWSPAPERS IN WHAT MANY ARE VIEWING AS A CONTINUING CRACKDOWN ON UNOFFICIAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION.
  • SUDAN SECURITY SITUATION Voice of America 14 October 1998 -- THE SUDANESE GOVERNMENT AND THE REBEL SUDAN PEOPLE'S LIBERATION ARMY, THE S-P-L-A, HAVE AGREED TO EXTEND THEIR CEASEFIRE IN SOUTHERN SUDAN FOR ANOTHER THREE MONTHS.
  • KIDNAPPING ON THE RISE Voice of America 13 October 1998 -- THE NUMBER OF KIDNAPPINGS ARE ON THE INCREASE AROUND THE WORLD. MOST ABDUCTIONS ARE MOTIVATED BY MONEY.
  • TURKEY / SYRIA Voice of America 13 October 1998 -- TURKEY HAS THREATENED TO USE FORCE UNLESS SYRIA ENDS ITS SUPPORT FOR SEPARATIST KURDISH REBELS.
  • TURKEY / SYRIA Voice of America 13 October 1998 -- TURKISH DEFENSE MINISTER ISMET SEZGIN SAYS HE BELIEVES KURDISH REBEL LEADER ABDULLAH OCALAN HAD LEFT SYRIA AND THAT HIS CAMPS IN THAT COUNTRY HAVE BEEN SHUT DOWN.
  • AFGHAN IRAN Voice of America 11 October 1998 -- TALEBAN LEADER MULLAH OMAR HAS ANNOUNCED THE RELEASE OF 10 MORE IRANIAN PRISONERS.
  • AFGHAN FIGHTING / IRAN Voice of America 10 October 1998 -- ANTI-TALEBAN FORCES IN AFGHANISTAN SAY THEY HAVE CAPTURED LARGE AREAS OF TAKHAR PROVINCE IN NORTHERN AFGHANISTAN, AFTER FIGHTING OFF A THREE-PRONGED OFFENSIVE BY THE TALEBAN. THE TALEBAN NOW CONTROL 90 PERCENT OF THE COUNTRY.
  • TURKEY-SYRIA 'ESCALATION CAUSES WORRY' USIS Foreign Media Reaction Report -October 9, 1998 -- Arab observers took particular umbrage at Turkey's threat of military action against Syria unless Damascus immediately ends its alleged support for Kurdish separatist rebels fighting in the mountains of southeast Turkey. Arab pundits warned of the further deterioration of Turkic-Arab relations if Turkey relies on its strategic alliance with Israel to resolve the conflict with Syria.
  • TURKEY / SYRIA Voice of America 09 October 1998 -- TURKEY IS DEMANDING THAT SYRIA HAND OVER KURDISH REBEL CHIEF ABDULLAH OCALAN, WHO IS WIDELY KNOWN TO LIVE IN DAMASCUS.
  • TURKEY SYRIA Voice of America 08 October 1998 -- LONG-SIMMERING TENSIONS BETWEEN TURKEY AND NEIGHBORING SYRIA REACHED A CRISIS POINT THIS WEEK, WITH ANKARA WARNING OF POSSIBLE MILITARY ACTION UNLESS SYRIA ENDS SUPPORT FOR THE INSURGENTS OF THE KURDISTAN WORKERS PARTY.
  • EDITORIAL: SYRIAN SUPPORT FOR TERRORISTS Voice of America 08 October 1998 -- TURKEY IS PARTICULARLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE KURDISTAN WORKERS' PARTY, OR P-K-K. SYRIA GRANTS A WIDE VARIETY OF TERRORIST GROUPS BASING PRIVILEGES OR REFUGE IN AREAS OF LEBANON'S BEKAA VALLEY UNDER SYRIAN CONTROL. THE P-K-K TRAINS THERE.
  • LANKA/CASUALTY Voice of America 08 October 1998 -- SRI LANKA'S DEFENSE MINISTRY SAYS MORE THAN 975 SOLDIERS WERE KILLED OR MISSING AFTER MAJOR ATTACK BY TIGER REBELS LAST WEEK IN NORTHERN SRI LANKA.
  • IRAN / AFGHAN FIGHTING Voice of America 08 October 1998 -- IRAN'S OFFICIAL NEWS MEDIA SAY IRANIAN TROOPS HAVE CLASHED ALONG THE BORDER WITH AFGHANISTAN'S TALEBAN FORCES.
  • TURKEY/SYRIA Voice of America 07 October 1998 -- TURKEY IS DEMANDING SYRIA END LOGISTICAL AND MATERIAL SUPPORT FOR GUERRILLAS OF THE KURDISTAN WORKERS PARTY, KNOWN AS THE P-K-K, WHICH IS FIGHTING FOR AUTONOMY IN SOUTHEAST TURKEY.
  • COLOMBIA ACCORD Voice of America 06 October 1998 -- COLOMBIA'S POLITICAL PARTIES HAVE AGREED ON COMPREHENSIVE REFORMS AND SPECIAL POWERS FOR THE PRESIDENT IN NEGOTIATING WITH LEFTIST GUERRILLAS.
  • AFGHAN FIGHTING Voice of America 05 October 1998 -- THE TALEBAN IS REPORTEDLY PREPARING FOR A MAJOR BATTLE AGAINST THE LAST REMAINING OPPOSITION FORCE IN AFGHANISTAN.
  • PAK / IRAN Voice of America 03 October 1998 -- A PAKISTANI COURT HAS SENTENCED TO DEATH TWO RELIGIOUS EXTREMISTS ACCUSED OF MURDERING TWO IRANIAN ENGINEERS IN KARACHI EARLIER THIS YEAR.
  • COLOMBIA / PEACE CONFERENCE Voice of America 02 October 1998 -- THE LONG-RUNNING CONFLICT BETWEEN GOVERNMENT FORCES, ARMED REBELS, AND DRUG CARTELS HAS KILLED AN ESTIMATED 30-THOUSAND COLOMBIANS AND FORCED MORE THAN ONE MILLION FROM THEIR HOMES.
  • AFGHAN IRAN Voice of America 02 October 1998 -- TALEBAN OFFICIALS SAY IRANIAN MILITARY AIRCRAFT VIOLATED AFGHAN AIRSPACE REPEATEDLY FRIDAY MORNING, BUT TALEBAN FORCES TOOK NO ACTION AGAINST THE INTRUSION.
  • THE TALEBAN AND ITS NEIGHBORS Voice of America 02 October 1998 -- AS THE TALEBAN CONSOLIDATE ITS POWER IN AFGHANISTAN, IT IS UNNERVING ITS NEIGHBORS. THEY ARE NOT SURE WHAT TO EXPECT, AND SOME EXPECT THE WORST.
  • MEXICO MASSACRE ANNIVERSARY Voice of America 01 October 1998 -- OCTOBER SECOND MARKS THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF ONE OF THE MOST DRAMATIC AND VIOLENT INCIDENTS IN MODERN MEXICAN HISTORY -- THE MASSACRE OF STUDENT PROTESTERS IN TLATELOLCO PLAZA.
  • LANKAN FIGHTING Voice of America 01 October 1998 -- SRI LANKA'S DEFENSE MINISTRY SAYS LOSS OF KILINOCHCHI -- SOUTH OF THE NORTHERN JAFFNA PENINSULA -- TO TIGER GUERRILLAS IS THE ARMY'S BIGGEST SETBACK IN TWO YEARS.
  • MARINE CORPS ADDS REVISED FIREFINDER TO ITS ARSENAL Marine Corps News



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