24 February 2002 Military News
- U-S AFGHANISTAN VOA 24 Feb. 2002-- Top U-S military officials are downplaying the latest news reports on the fate of Osama bin Laden
- PHILIPPINES U-S CRASH VOA 24 Feb. 2002-- A U-S Air Force general says all 10 of the men aboard a helicopter that crashed in sea in the Philippines are thought to be dead
- ZIMBABWE/VIOLENCE VOA 24 Feb. 2002-- A team of international election observers has been attacked in Zimbabwe. Martin Rushmere reports from Harare that the Southern African Development Community observers were leaving a campaign rally addressed by opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai in Chinhoyi, 100-kilometers north of the capital.
- SUDAN/ATTACK VOA 24 Feb. 2002-- The Sudanese government says it will investigate an air attack on a U-N food aid relief center last week that left 17-people dead
Defense Policy / Programs
- Rumsfeld Stakeout Following NBC Meet the Press 24 Feb. 2002-- Rumsfeld: The purpose of that speech and his characterization was not to say that the United States was planning to use force against those countries. It was to try to point out to the world exactly how terrible those regimes are and the numbers of people, for example, that are starving in North Korea and in political prison camps by the tens and tens and tens and tens of thousands. And the repressive nature of the Iraqi regime.
- Rumsfeld Stakeout Following CBS Face the Nation 24 Feb. 2002-- Rumsfeld: The government of the Philippines has invited some of our folks in to assist with training and advice. They have a very difficult terrorist problem in their country which they've been wrestling with. They currently have a large number, thousands, of military folks involved down in the Basilan Island area, and we have agreed to bring in some advisors who are now in the process of assisting them with various types of training and the like.
- U.S. Considers Moves to Aid Long-term Afghan Stability AFPS 24 Feb. 2002-- Combating Al Qaeda and the Taliban government that provided safe haven for the terrorists is just the first step in ending the long-term strife in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today.
- Military Prepared to do What President Needs, Myers Says AFPS 24 Feb. 2002-- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said the U.S. military is prepared to do whatever mission President Bush orders it to do.
- Rumsfeld Says U.S. Continuing to Pressure Terror Networks 24 Feb. 2002-- Secretary Rumsfeld called reports that a February 4 missile strike from an unmanned drone hit innocent scrap-metal collectors "ludicrous." An assessment team cleared away snow and collected evidence from the site, Rumsfeld said, but the investigation has not yet been completed.
- Transcript: Rumsfeld Calls for Stiffer Weapons Inspections in Iraq 24 Feb. 2002-- Speaking on CBS-TV program "Face the Nation" February 24, Rumsfeld said, "The Iraqis have had more time to go underground. They've had lots of dual-use technologies that have come in. They've had lots of illicit things that have come in. They have advanced their weapons of mass destruction programs."
- Myers Says Al Qaeda, Taliban Leaders Remain Primary Mission 24 Feb. 2002-- The United States does not know the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden, said General Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but the prime mission of the U.S. military in Afghanistan remains unchanged: targeting the remaining al Qaeda and Taliban leadership in the country.
- Myers Calls Building Afghan National Army 'Important Priority' 24 Feb. 2002-- Helping Afghanistan build a national army that can bring security to its people is an important priority for the United States, said General Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
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