08 March 2002 Military News
- BUSH / AFGHANISTAN VOA 08 Mar. 2002-- President Bush says U-S forces are making "great progress" in their battle against al-Qaida fighters in eastern Afghanistan
- AFGHAN/PENTAGON VOA 08 Mar. 2002-- Senior defense officials say only a couple hundred al-Qaida and Taleban fighters remain holed up in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan after a weeklong U-S led offensive aimed at wiping them out
- PENTAGON/RECONSTRUCTION VOA 08 Mar. 2002-- Monday (3/11) marks the six-month anniversary of the attack on the Pentagon by suicide terrorists who commandeered a jetliner and slammed it into the building, killing 125 people inside the famous five-sided structure
- Rumsfeld Says Afghan Battle Intensity Has Lessened 08 Mar. 2002-- Rumsfeld: There are still any number of al-Qaida and probably Taliban located in those caves and tunnels and in very well entrenched positions, dug in. They've got a lot of ammunition. The weather's terrible today. And so the level, the intensity of the battle has calmed down. To the extent people try to get in or out of that area where they're contained, we're dealing with them.
- This year, Balikatan exercise has sparked a media frenzy in Philippines Stars & Stripes 08 Mar. 2002-- U.S. soldiers are killed in a pitched battle in the mountains of Afghanistan. Religious violence claims hundreds in India. The Middle East powder keg appears ready to explode.
- USS John F. Kennedy Battle Group Assumes the Watch; Relieves USS Theodore Roosevelt Navy Newswire 08 Mar. 2002-- Ships and squadrons of the USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) Carrier Battle Group relieved their counterparts in the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Carrier Battle Group today.
- DoD News Briefing - ASD PA Clarke and Brig. Gen. Rosa 08 Mar. 2002 -- "The United States, Afghan forces, and our coalition partners are continuing to engage al Qaeda forces. In the last 24 hours we've flown nearly 200 sorties over Afghanistan and dropped approximately 75 bombs. We're supporting our troops on the ground with close air support from bombers, tactical aircraft, AC- 130 gunships, as well as attack helos. We believe there are still a couple hundred al Qaeda fighters remaining in the area, and we believe we've killed several hundred al Qaeda and former Taliban troops since the beginning of this operation last Friday"
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 08 Mar 2002
- PRESS CONFERENCE BY UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA United Nations 08 Mar 2002
Defense Policy / Programs
- Background Briefing on the Horn of Africa 08 Mar. 2002-- Staff: Well, first of all, I want to thank you for coming this afternoon. In an effort to continue to put some context to this war against terrorism, we're holding a second background briefing -- the second of several that we hope to do. This is the first regional look at terrorism around the globe, and today we're going to specifically be looking at terrorist -- the terrorist threat in the Horn of Africa. Today your defense official, for your notes -- [name and title deleted] -- (laughter). And we'll go ahead and get started.
- Bombers: A formidable weapon in fight against terrorism AFPN 08 Mar. 2002-- "It was a dark and stormy night" used to be a comforting situation for the enemy, but not anymore. Modernization, new technology and lessons learned from previous conflicts now allow Air Force bombers to reach out and touch someone anywhere on the planet in a matter of hours, day or night, and in all types of weather.
- Navy Scientists Instrumental in Developing New Thermobaric Weapons Navy Newswire 08 Mar. 2002-- The March 2 air strikes on al Qaeda and Taliban forces in Afghanistan marked the first use ever of thermobaric weapons, a new bomb developed by explosives engineers at Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Indian Head Division.
- General Dynamics Awarded $9 Million Contract for Navy Missile Launcher Control System Design General Dynamics 08 Mar 2002 -- General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), yesterday was awarded a cost-plus-incentive-fee follow-on contract valued at $9.1 million for the Launcher Subsystem Control Group (LSCG) Phase I program.
- ATK Selected to Supply Propulsion System for Ground-Based Missile Defense Booster Vehicle Program ATK 08 Mar 2002 -- ATK (Alliant Techsystems) (NYSE: ATK) said it is the solid propulsion supplier on a team led by Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) that has been selected by The Boeing Company for a ground-based booster vehicle program in support of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency's Ground-based Midcourse Defense System (GMD).
- XINJIANG / TERROR VOA 08 Mar. 2002-- Top officials from China's Xinjiang (prono: shin-JANG) region say their area was one of the first battlegrounds in the current war on terrorism. But the restive region's governor says there have been no major terrorist incidents there in the past year
- EDITORIAL: YEMEN GETS U.S. SUPPORT VOA 08 Mar. 2002-- In the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks on the United States, President George W. Bush has repeatedly stressed to countries around the world, "Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists."
- EDITORIAL: CRIME ALERT: ALI-ATWA VOA 08 Mar. 2002-- The United States has established a list of "Most Wanted Terrorists." Several of the twenty-two fugitives on this list, including Osama bin Laden, are part of al-Qaida, the terrorist group responsible for the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Others are wanted in connection with previous terrorist attacks
- CHENEY/MIDEAST VOA 08 Mar. 2002-- Vice-President Dick Cheney leaves for a ten-day trip to the Middle East Sunday.
- EDITORIAL: CRIME ALERT: AL-NASSER VOA 08 Mar. 2002-- The United States has established a list of "Most Wanted Terrorists." Several of the twenty-two fugitives on this list, including Osama bin Laden, are part of al-Qaida, the terrorist group responsible for the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Others are wanted in connection with previous terrorist attacks.
- EDITORIAL: CRIME ALERT: AL-YACOUB VOA 08 Mar. 2002-- Ibrahim Salih Mohammed Al-Yacoub [EEB-ra-heem SAW-lee mo-HAHM-med ahl-YAH-koob] is wanted for the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers military housing complex in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Nineteen American servicemen were killed and three-hundred people were wounded in the attack. The attack was carried out by the Iranian-backed terrorist group, Saudi Hezbollah.
- EDITORIAL: FIGHTING IN AFGHANISTAN VOA 08 Mar. 2002-- In Afghanistan, the oppressive Taleban regime has been overthrown and replaced by an interim government led by Hamid Karzai. The Taleban quickly learned a lesson articulated by President George W. Bush: "If you harbor a terrorist, you're just as guilty as the terrorist. And that's what the Taleban found out."
- AMIR OREN, OF THE ISRAELI DAILY, HA-ARETZ VOA 08 Mar. 2002-- With Israeli-Palestinian violence escalating, President Bush is sending special Middle East envoy retired U-S Marine General Anthony Zinni back to the region next week. Mr. Bush announced the Zinni mission, emphasizing Palestinians and Israelis must do more to stop the bloodshed, in order to achieve a lasting peace. While President Bush has been muted in his criticism of recent Israeli attacks, he said Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon must use restraint in his policies.
- MUSTAFA BARGHOUTI, PRESIDENT, UNION OF PALESTINIAN MEDICAL RELIEF COMMITTEES VOA 08 Mar. 2002-- President Bush is sending Middle East envoy Anthony Zinni back to the region for a third time next week, in a new effort to end 17 months of violence. Mr. Bush said General Zinni will push both sides to agree to a cease-fire plan drawn up by C-I-A Director George Tenet. Both Israeli and Palestinian officials say they welcome the visit. Secretary of State Colin Powell said the violence must be brought down to zero. He said he hopes both sides will respond positively to General Zinni's visit.
- DIVIDED AFGHANISTAN VOA 08 Mar. 2002-- While U-S troops are mounting a major offensive against al-Qaida and Taleban forces in eastern Afghanistan, the interim government in Kabul strives for unity against resisting, well entrenched warlords
- Transcript: Cheney Travels to Mideast, Europe to Talk About War on Terror 08 Mar. 2002-- Cheney: I'll be soliciting the views of our hosts in terms of how they look at the current state of affairs and what suggestions they have. We've also got the upcoming Arab summit in Beirut March 27th and 28th, so clearly that will be one of the subjects I discuss.
- Cheney's Middle East Trip To Focus On Terrorism USIA 08 Mar. 2002-- Vice President leaves March 10 for region
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