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04 March 2002 Military News

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  • BUSH AFGHANISTAN VOA 04 Mar. 2002-- President Bush is sending condolences to the families of the U-S soldiers killed in the ongoing military operation in eastern Afghanistan
  • AFGHAN/WAR VOA 04 Mar. 2002-- Heavy fighting is raging in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan where U-S, Afghan and other coalition forces have launched "Operation Anaconda" aimed at squeezing the life out of a major concentration of al-Qaida and Taleban fighters
  • Troops Taking Fight to Al Qaeda in Eastern Afghanistan AFPS 04 Mar. 2002-- Between 800 and 900 U.S. servicemen are taking the war to the Al Qaeda and Taliban in the Shahi Khot region of Afghanistan, said Army Gen. Tommy Franks, commander of U.S. Central Command.
  • AFGHAN/PENTAGON VOA 04 Mar. 2002-- A U-S helicopter has been shot down in heavy fighting with al-Qaida and Taleban forces in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least six Americans
  • U-N AID / AFGHANISTAN VOA 04 Mar. 2002-- The United Nations says donor countries must step up delivery of more than one-billion-dollars pledged to help rebuild Afghanistan. U-N officials say Afghanistan's agriculture, health, and education sectors must be reconstructed
  • AFGHAN FIGHTING VOA 04 Mar. 2002-- Fierce fighting continues in eastern Afghanistan between American-led forces and remnants of the Taleban and the al-Qaeda network. The fighting now appears to be some of the heaviest of the anti-terrorist campaign in that country
  • U.S. Chopper Shot Down in East Afghanistan Fighting AFPS 04 Mar. 2002-- A U.S. military helicopter was downed by enemy fire early today during fierce fighting in eastern Afghanistan, DoD spokeswoman Victoria Clarke said today.
  • USCENTCOM Press Briefing w/ General Tommy Franks, Commander, Centcom 04 Mar. 2002 -- "First let me say that our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and the friends of the service members who have lost their lives in our ongoing operations in Vietnam (sic). (...) Operation Anaconda is commanded by Major General Buster Hagenbeck, commander of the 10th Mountain Division, headquartered at Fort Drum, New York. His force, as we speak, is about 2,000 soldiers. About one-half of that force, perhaps a bit less, is Afghan, and about the other half of the force is U.S. conventional and Special Forces and Special Operating Forces, and coalition Special Operating Forces. The mission of that task force is to destroy all al Qaeda and Taliban fighters in and around this objective area. (...) Several of our helicopters have received ground fire in this operation"

    Maps of Operation Anaconda Area of Operations
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    March 2-3, 2002 Area of Operations Operation Anaconda Area of Operations as of March 3, 2002

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  • C-27J Spartan Selected by Greece Lockheed Martin 04 Mar 2002 -- Lockheed Martin [LMT] and venture partner, Alenia Aeronautica, were advised Friday that the Hellenic government has selected the C-27J Spartan for its new Greek Medium Range Transport Aircraft (MRTA) program.
  • Northrop Grumman Receives Third Production Contract for AN/ALQ-135 Band 1.5 ECM Subsystem for F-15E Fighters Northrop Grumman 04 Mar 2002 -- The F-15E fighter will continue receiving superior electronic countermeasures (ECM) protection through a $65 million contract awarded by the U.S. Air Force for 28 AN/ALQ-135 Band 1.5 subsystems to Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Defensive Systems Division.
  • ORBITAL SELECTED FOR MAJOR MISSILE DEFENSE ROCKET PROGRAM BY BOEING Orbital Sciences Corp. 04 Mar 2002 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) today announced that The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) has selected the company for a contract, valued at $900 million or more over the next eight years, to develop, test and produce ground-based boost vehicles for America’s ballistic missile defense system.

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