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18 October 2001 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Government Statements and Transcripts
US Domestic Responses
International Responses
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Other Conflicts
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October 18, 2001 Airstrikes


  • NATIONAL GUARD MOBILIZED VOA 18 Oct. 2001-- National Guard troops are being mobilized around the United States to provide added security at installations like airports
  • PENTAGON/RUMSFELD VOA 18 Oct. 2001-- U-S Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says opposition forces are making progress in their effort to unseat the Taleban leadership in Afghanistan and root out al-Qaida terrorists linked to last month's bloody attacks on New York and Washington
  • AFGHAN ATTACKS / L-UPDATE VOA 18 Oct. 2001-- Taleban authorities say more than 400 people been killed in U-S led air strikes against terrorist and military-related targets in Afghanistan. The claim comes as Taleban authorities are also warning of a worsening humanitarian situation inside Afghanistan.
  • PENTAGON / SATELLITE VOA 18 Oct. 2001-- The U-S Defense Department has contracted with a commercial satellite imagery firm for exclusive rights to all pictures of Afghanistan
  • AFGHAN ATTACKS VOA 18 Oct. 2001-- U-S planes have stepped-up bombing raids near the Taleban stronghold, Kandahar, in southern Afghanistan
  • PHILIPPINES / U-S MILITARY VOA 18 Oct. 2001-- U-S anti-terrorism advisers have arrived in the southern Philippines to help train the Philippine military to defeat the Abu Sayyaf Muslim rebel group, which may have possible links with terrorist suspect Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network

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Movie showing target airstrike on Headquarters Building for Central Taliban Corps at the Kabul deployment area Footage showing airstrike on Headquarters Building for Central Taliban Corps at the Kabul deployment area
Movie showing airstrike on an armored vehicle at Qandahar Barracks Footage showing airstrike on an armored vehicle at Qandahar Barracks Movie showing airstrike on a tank at a Taliban Security Post in southern Afghanistan Footage showing airstrike on a tank at a Taliban Security Post in southern Afghanistan

Defense Policy / Programs

Government Statements and Transcripts

  • Transcript: Pentagon Briefing on Afghanistan Oct. 18 18 Oct. 2001--Myers: "I firmly believe that this is the most important tasking the U.S. military has been handed since the second World War. And what's at stake here is no less than our freedom to exist as an American people. So there's no option but success."
  • Transcript: Powell Says China's Help Against Terrorism Encouraging 18 Oct. 2001-- Powell: "I think that this meeting will discuss terrorism, it is important that the ministers do so, and that the leaders do so this weekend when they arrive, because as a result of the tragedies that occurred on the 9/11 date that we have all come to know so well, we have a new threat against our economies, against the civilized world, and we have to respond all together, and I'm very proud of the way the world has come together to say that terrorism cannot be tolerated, that those who practice terrorism are not following any faith, they are criminals, they are murderers and they have to be dealt with and brought to justice"
  • Text: Ashcroft on Sentencing of Terrorists Convicted in U.S. Embassy Bombings 18 Oct. 2001-- "Making a terrorist threat is a federal offense -- even if the person making the threat does not have the intention or the ability to carry out the threat," he said.
  • Transcript: Administration Officials Discuss Anthrax Situation in U.S. 18 Oct. 2001-- Potter: "My message to the American public is to remain calm, be vigilant, be aware of what you get in the mail. And as the President has said, heightened awareness right now is what we are asking all of America to do. Yes, we believe the mail is safe. It is very safe if you are prudent, and if you follow the simple directions that we're asking you to follow."
  • Myers Says Coalition Airstrikes Are Degrading Taliban Forces 18 Oct. 2001-- U.S.-led strikes hit a dozen targets October 17
  • Text: EU Declares Solidarity with U.S.; Aid to Afghanistan is Priority 18 Oct. 2001-- The European Union declares its total solidarity with the United States, with which it shares the objectives of combating terrorism. It reiterates the importance of its close consultations with the United States. It confirms its wholehearted support for the action taken in the context of legitimate defence and in accordance with the UN Charter and UN Security Council Resolution 1368
  • Transcript: Armitage Interview With ITN Channel Four News 18 Oct. 2001-- Armitage: "I think what we have said publicly is we want an eventual government of Afghanistan which represents all Afghanis. The Taliban certainly doesn't represent all Afghanis"
  • Transcript: Haass Meets Annan, Brahimi about Afghanistan 18 Oct. 2001-- Haass: "It is too early for people to be presenting plans though we did discuss various aspects of the evolving situation that would have to be addressed"
  • Transcript: Powell Addresses Regional Business Leaders in Shanghai 18 Oct. 2001-- Powell: President Bush understood early on that once we started down this road we had to stay on this road, and we have to go after terrorism wherever it existed around the world. It couldn't just be the terrorism that came to America on that day, it had to be the terrorism that exists throughout the world. And the coalition he's pulling together is for that purpose.
  • Fact Sheet: Biological Weapons Convention Parties, Signatories 18 Oct. 2001-- List of all countries that have signed the BTWC
  • Fact Sheet: State Department on Chemical-Biological Agents 18 Oct. 2001-- Americans urged to stay informed, be prepared
  • Transcript: USTR Zoellick on APEC, Terrorism, WTO Round 18 Oct. 2001-- Zoellick: One has to go at the hearts and minds of this issue, which means economic and political support. That takes us right back to the launch of this round.

  • TENTH CIVIL SUPPORT TEAM CERTIFIED 18 Oct 2001 -- The Department of Defense notified Congress yesterday that the Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team (WMD-CST) from the Georgia National Guard is now certified. This team is fully ready to assist civil authorities respond to a domestic weapon of mass destruction incident and possesses the requisite skills, training and equipment to be proficient in all mission requirements.

US Domestic Responses

  • CONGRESS / ANTHRAX VOA 18 Oct. 2001-- The U-S Senate Thursday conducted business as usual, as the rest of the Capitol complex remained closed while inspectors searched for the presence of anthrax. Medical inspectors say they have found no new cases of the potentially deadly bacteria beyond the 31 people who tested positive for exposure on Wednesday
  • ASHCROFT-TERRORISM VOA 18 Oct. 2001-- U-S Attorney General John Ashcroft says the life prison terms given to four men convicted of carrying out the 1998 U-S embassy bombings in Africa send a strong message to other would-be terrorists
  • ANTHRAX PROBE VOA 18 Oct. 2001-- Federal officials are offering a one-million-dollar reward for information leading to the person or persons behind the anthrax scare in the United States

International Responses

  • APEC SUMMIT VOA 18 Oct. 2001-- President Bush and the leaders of 20 other economies around the Pacific are gathering in Shanghai for the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit.
  • TURKEY/BRITAIN/AFGHAN VOA 18 Oct. 2001-- British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw held talks today (Thursday) in Ankara with Turkish leaders, including Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, to discuss the recent developments in Afghanistan
  • PAK PROFESSIONALS PROTEST VOA 18 Oct. 2001-- Pakistan's religious parties have staged numerous demonstrations to protest their government's support for the U-S led military campaign in Afghanistan aimed at flushing out Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida terrorist network
  • KENYA / ANTHRAX VOA 18 Oct. 2001-- The Kenyan government has issued a national alert after a letter was found containing anthrax.
  • PHILIPPINE / M-I-L-F ACCORD VOA 18 Oct. 2001-- The Philippine government and rebels of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front say they have agreed on ways to implement a shaky cease-fire -- aimed at ending three decades of fighting in the southern Philippines
  • JAPAN/MILITARY BILL APPROVED VOA 18 Oct. 2001-- Japanese lawmakers in the lower house of parliament have approved a bill for the nation's self defense forces to provide non-combat military support for the U-S-led war on terrorism
  • APEC TERROR THURSDAY - L VOA 18 Oct. 2001-- China's foreign minister says Pacific Rim nations have agreed on ways to fight the evil of terrorism. China is host to the 21 nations of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum meeting in Shanghai -- the first high level gathering since deadly terror attacks killed thousands in the United States last month

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

News Reports

  • CYBERTERRORISM VOA 18 Oct. 2001-- The September terrorist attacks against the United States have focused national attention on threats to the country's critical infrastructure, including its computer and information networks. President Bush has appointed a special assistant to unify the government's efforts to improve U-S information security
  • WALL STREET WRAP VOA 18 Oct. 2001-- U-S stock prices were mixed Thursday, with not a lot of movement in either direction, as investors remain cautious. Analysts say it is not surprising, given the flow of news outside the financial world, including new exposures to the potentially deadly anthrax bacteria
  • AFGHANISTAN/POWELL'S TRIP VOA 18 Oct. 2001-- The allied campaign against international terrorism, continues to draw extensive editorial comment in the foreign press. This week, Secretary of State Powell's trip to the region, coupled with a Qatari television interview with the American National Security Condoleezza Rice drew special attention
  • ANTHRAX / GAS MASKS VOA 18 Oct. 2001-- With the specter of bioterrorism, many people are casting about for ways to protect themselves and their families. The most commonly sought item is a gas mask
  • APEC / U-S-CHINA RELATIONS VOA 18 Oct. 2001-- The top diplomats from China and the United States say the recent terror attacks in the United States have drawn Washington and Beijing closer together.

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