23 January 2002 Military News
- AFGHAN PRISONERS IN CUBA VOA 23 Jan. 2002-- A conflict is developing in some of the foreign press concerning the treatment of al-Qaida and Taleban prisoners confined at a U-S naval base in Cuba.
- CHINA AFGHAN VOA 23 Jan. 2002-- Afghanistan's interim government has promised it will keep terrorists from using its' territory as a launching pad for attacks on China and other neighboring nations. The assurances came during a visit to Beijing by the head of the interim Afghan administration Hamid Karzai
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 23 Jan 2002
- WAR CRIMES / BOSNIA VOA 23 Jan. 2002-- The genocide trial of two former top Bosnian-Serb officials has begun at the International War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague.
- SIERRA LEONE / PEACE VOA 23 Jan. 2002-- Sierra Leone last week held a symbolic destruction of weapons, formally marking the end of the country's ten-year civil war. The conflict became known for brutality that included the use of hundreds of child soldiers and a campaign of terror in which rebel fighters cut off the limbs of thousands of civilians. The war has left Sierra Leone with living conditions described by the United Nations as the worst in the world in terms of per capita income, life expectancy, and education. With its economy in ruins, the country must now struggle to reintegrate the thousands of young combatants who have disarmed.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Transcript: Bush Proposes Big Spending Increase for War on Terror 24 Jan. 2002-- Bush: Our first priority is the military. The highest calling to protect the people is to strengthen our military. And that will be the priority of the budget I submit to the United States Congress. (Applause.) Those who review our budget must understand that we're asking a lot of our men and women in uniform, and we'll be asking more of them in the future. In return, they deserve every resource, every weapon needed to achieve the final and full victory.
- PENTAGON DEPLOYMENTS VOA 23 Jan. 2002-- U-S forces are under increasing stress because of their deployment in Afghanistan in addition to other overseas military commitments
- BUSH / DEFENSE VOA 23 Jan. 2002-- President Bush is proposing the biggest increase in U-S defense spending in two decades
- PENTAGON/SAUDI ATTIRE VOA 23 Jan. 2002-- The Pentagon is dropping a policy that required American servicewomen in Saudi Arabia to wear the traditional Muslim veil. This, after the highest-ranking female fighter pilot in the U-S Air Force sued the Pentagon, claiming the policy discriminated against American women
- Bush Wants to Increase Military Spending by $48 Billion for War on Terror USIA 23 Jan. 2002-- Says money essential to win against the global terrorism network
- United Kingdom selects Raytheon-Lockheed Martin Javelin for Light Forces Anti-Tank Guided Weapon System Lockheed Martin 23 Jan 2002 -- The United Kingdom Ministry of Defence has selected the Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin Joint Venture as the preferred supplier for its Light Forces Anti-Tank Guided Weapon system program. The Light Forces Anti-Tank Guided Weapon is over a $459 million (£300 million) program that calls for a weapon to meet the British Army's requirement for a lightweight, medium-range anti-armor weapon system that will be in the inventory up to 2025.
- BUSH / LIBYA VOA 23 Jan. 2002-- White House officials say the United States has had talks recently with Libya, but they deny they are anywhere near a deal to remove Libya from the U-S list of nations that sponsor terrorism
- INDIA ATTACK VOA 23 Jan. 2002-- Police in India's West Bengal State have detained five men in connection with Tuesday's attack on a police check post outside the American Center Library in Kolkata - also known as Calcutta. Four police officers died in the attack and more than a dozen other people were wounded.
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