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05 March 2002 Military News

Other Conflicts
Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
News Reports

Current Operations

  • AFGHAN/VIDEO VOA 05 Mar. 2002-- U-S defense officials have provided a rare glimpse into the heavy fighting now going on in eastern Afghanistan, releasing combat camera video taken during a ground patrol
  • BOSNIA / U-N VOA 05 Mar. 2002-- A top European Union official has told the United Nations Security Council that not enough progress is being made towards the transformation of Bosnia-Herzegovina into a stable and independent state
  • AFGHAN/PENTAGON VOA 05 Mar. 2002-- Coalition forces are moving aggressively against al-Qaida and Taleban forces dug into the mountains of eastern Afghanistan
  • AFGHAN/VIETNAM VOA 05 Mar. 2002-- Al-Qaida fighters in mountainous eastern Afghanistan are locked in a bloody and often fierce battle with U-S and other coalition forces. American warplanes are pounding the well-entrenched terrorists, but allied ground troops are pressing forward in a dangerous advance that has already seen several U-S and allied Afghan deaths
  • U-N AID / AFGHANISTAN VOA 05 Mar. 2002-- United Nations relief agencies are rushing aid to victims of Sunday's earthquake in Afghanistan. Agency officials say flash flooding and landslides triggered by the earthquake have left many people in need of aid
  • GERMANY / AFGHANISTAN VOA 05 Mar. 2002-- Troops from Germany are among the forces from a number of allied countries helping the U-S ground offensive in the war in Afghanistan
  • AFGHAN / NORTH VOA 05 Mar. 2002-- Aid workers and human rights groups say security conditions in northern Afghanistan are rapidly deteriorating. They are warning that efforts must be made to improve the situation before it extends to other parts of the country
  • Allies Aggressive in Fight Against Al Qaeda, Taliban AFPS 05 Mar. 2002-- U.S., Afghan and coalition personnel are attacking Al Qaeda and Taliban terrorists in the Shahi Khot region of Afghanistan from the air and ground, Defense Department officials said March 5.
  • DoD News Briefing - ASD PA Clarke and Brig. Gen. Rosa 05 Mar. 2002 -- "Our focus remains defeating al Qaeda and the former Taliban forces holed up in the Shahi-Kot region. We believe there are still hundreds of fighters there. We've been able to get into at least one of the cave complexes thus far, and we've discovered mortars, rocket- propelled grenade rounds, small arms. (..) Since the operation began Friday night, we've expended over 450 bombs, using long-range bombers and tactical aircraft. We've also provided close-air support with AC-130 gunships and A-10s. (...) So number of killed in action overall for Operation Anaconda stands at eight: One from Saturday night, Chief Warrant Officer Harridan; then from Sunday night, we have the sailor who fell off the first hello; and the six soldiers and airmen from the second incident"

    Video footage of airstrikes, used during DoD news briefing
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    Video showing March 3, 2002, F-16 airstrike on dug-in al-Quaeda fighting positions
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    Video showing March 3, 2002, F-16 airstrike on dug-in al-Quaeda fighting positions set within rugged terrain Footage showing March 3, 2002, F-16 airstrike on dug-in al-Quaeda fighting positions set within rugged terrain
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    Video showing March 4, 2002, F-14 airstrike on a mortar position that was engaging friendly forces Footage showing March 4, 2002, F-14 airstrike on a mortar position that was engaging friendly forces. Visible in the video is the building housing the mortar and a truck which are both hit by munitions [4.5 Mb]

Other Conflicts

  • SAUDI PLAN VOA 05 Mar. 2002-- The Saudi Middle East peace proposal has been gaining support even as the violence increases between Israelis and Palestinians. The plan would offer Israel normal relations with the Arab countries in exchange for its withdrawal from the West Bank and Gaza.
  • State-Sudan Accord VOA 05 Mar. 2002-- The State Department says the Sudanese government has told the United States it would agree to accept international monitors to help protect civilians from harm in the country's long-running civil war. The Bush administration last month had broken off a mediation effort because of a government helicopter attack on a World Food Program relief site
  • ZIMBABWE TORTURE CAMPS VOA 05 Mar. 2002-- Zimbabwean human-rights groups say members of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change are being systematically tortured by ruling-party militants. The group says about 200 torture camps have been established during the past eight-months

Defense Policy / Programs

  • DoD Briefing on 2002 Advanced Concept Technology Demonstrations 05 Mar. 2002-- Payton: Of note, 11 of our total ACTDs are really directly focused on counterterrorism. To describe the ACTDs in a little more detail, I've binned them into seven different categories so you'd get a characteristic flavor of what we're doing this year.
  • ADVANCED CONCEPT TECHNOLOGY DEMONTRATION LIST FOR 2002 ANNOUNCED 05 Mar. 2002-- Edward C. "Pete" Aldridge, under secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, announced today the selection of new Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration (ACTD) projects for fiscal year 2002. The ACTD program aids in rapidly transitioning advanced technology into the hands of the unified commanders. Of the funded ACTDs for fiscal year 2002, 11 will directly support the war on terrorism

Defense Industry

News Reports

  • EDITORIAL: AFGHAN TASK FAR FROM OVER VOA 05 Mar. 2002-- Thanks to the United States-led coalition, the Taleban have been driven from power in Afghanistan, and the al-Qaida terrorists are on the run. But as U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld pointed out, "the task is far from over. . . . Substantial pockets of resistance remain."
  • U-S NORTH KOREA VOA 05 Mar. 2002-- A top U-S Army General told U-S lawmakers Tuesday that North Korea has increased its global exports of missile technology
  • WAR-QUESTIONS VOA 05 Mar. 2002-- Democratic Congressional leaders are expressing renewed support for the war on terrorism in the wake of the latest American casualties in Afghanistan
  • NOKOR U-S TALKS VOA 05 Mar. 2002-- North Korea says it is willing to start a dialogue with the United States only if Washington recognizes its political system
  • SHAPE NEWS SUMMARY & ANALYSIS 05 Mar. 2002-- Posters of support for Karadzic in southern Bosnia
  • Removing the Threat of Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction, by Jack Straw 05 Mar. 2002-- A commentary by United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Jack Straw appeared in The Times of London March 5 under the headline "Saddam Must Allow Weapons Inspectors into Iraq or Suffer the Consequences."

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