18 March 2002 Military News
- AFGHAN/PENTAGON VOA 18 Mar. 2002-- U-S defense officials say Operation Anaconda in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan is over -- and a "success."
- Changed Security Environment Drives Combat Air Patrol Changes AFPS 18 Mar. 2002-- A "vastly changed security environment" is behind proposed changes to the combat air patrols of Operation Noble Eagle, Defense Department officials said today.
- Anaconda Over, but Operations Continue in Afghanistan AFPS 18 Mar. 2002-- Operation Anaconda is officially over, but skirmishes near Gardez and west of Kandahar prove the Defense Department's premise that actions in Afghanistan are not complete
- Anaconda Ending; Defense Looks at Combat Air Patrols AFPS 18 Mar. 2002-- Operation Anaconda will end today, Pentagon spokeswoman Torie Clarke told reporters here this morning
- AFGHAN-FIGHTING VOA 18 Mar. 2002-- The commander of U-S forces in Afghanistan says the battle to root out dug-in al-Qaida and Taleban fighters is virtually finished and would be completed late Monday. But he says the war in Afghanistan is not over
- DoD News Briefing - ASD PA Clarke and Brig. Gen. Rosa 18 Mar. 2002 -- "Operation Anaconda is complete, but Operation Enduring Freedom and operations in Afghanistan still continue. We still have teams operating in the area looking for any remaining Taliban and al Qaeda, searching caves and other positions they may have occupied. We've searched over 30 caves in and around the region so far. So while this particular operation is over, we're still actively pursuing al Qaeda and Taliban personnel throughout Afghanistan, and we're preparing for any subsequent missions that may be needed. (...) We also conducted a site exploitation of a compound yesterday in the vicinity of Kandahar, where we detained 31 people. Weapons and a large amount of ammunition were also discovered in this compound. (...)In the Philippines, we provided assistance to the Philippine military. We evacuated three Filipino members from Basilan Island to Zamboanga after they were wounded in a firefight with Abu Sayyaf. This was strictly a medevac operation and U.S. forces were not involved in any fighting, nor did they come under fire during the rescue efforts.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 18 Mar 2002
Defense Policy / Programs
- Boeing Delivers Wings For First F-22 Production Aircraft Boeing 18 Mar 2002 -- Boeing has delivered ahead of schedule the wings for the first F-22 production aircraft to team partner Lockheed Martin. The two 2,000-pound titanium and composite structures were delivered last week and will be mated with the plane's fuselage in Marietta, Ga., later this month.
- Boeing Announces Ordnance Business to be Purchased by ATK Boeing 18 Mar 2002 -- The Boeing Company has signed an agreement to sell its ordnance business located in Mesa, Ariz., to ATK (Alliant Techsystems) of Edina, Minn., pending regulatory approvals. Under the agreement, ATK will operate the ordnance business in Mesa and will assume ownership of the facilities and other assets associated with this business.
- General Dynamics Awarded $14.4M Contract Modification for Submarine Work General Dynamics 18 Mar 2002 -- The U.S. Navy has awarded Electric Boat a $14.4 million contract modification for nuclear submarine work. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
- U.S. Navy Conducts 95th Straight Successful Test Launch of TRIDENT II (D5) Missile Built by Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space Operations Lockheed Martin 18 Mar 2002 -- The U.S. Navy has successfully test fired a TRIDENT II (D5) Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM), built by Lockheed Martin Space Systems--Missiles & Space Operations, a business area of Lockheed Martin Corporation [NYSE: LMT].
- BUSH AFGHANISTAN VOA 18 Mar. 2002-- President Bush says the latest U-S led offensive in Afghanistan was a success, but much more fighting lies ahead
- U-S/WAR CRIMES VOA 18 Mar. 2002-- Secretary of State Colin Powell has faulted the Yugoslav government for its lack of cooperation with the U-N war crimes tribunal, and warned that U-S reconstruction aid to Belgrade may be in jeopardy. Mr. Powell spoke after meeting Monday with the chief U-N war crimes prosecutor, Carla del Ponte.
- JIM WALSH, TERRORISM EXPERT, AND RESEARCH FELLOW, HARVARD UNIVERSITY VOA 18 Mar. 2002-- Security remains high in Pakistan, as authorities continue their hunt for those responsible for a grenade attack on a Protestant church in Islamabad. The blast killed five worshippers and wounded 45 others. The dead include a U-S diplomat's wife and her daughter. Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has ordered an intense manhunt, and a meeting to review security measures at the church and other foreign facilities. Jim Walsh is a terrorism expert and research fellow at Harvard University
- KYRGYZSTAN/PROTESTS VOA 18 Mar. 2002-- At least four people are dead in Kyrgyzstan after clashes late Sunday night between police and demonstrators in the southern Jalal-Abad region
- Bush: "We've Got A Lot More Fighting to Do in Afghanistan" Washington File 18 Mar. 2002-- Bush: I feel like we've got a lot more fighting to do in Afghanistan. First of all, we were successful in Operation Anaconda. I want to thank our troops, our brave troops, for fighting in incredibly tough terrain, and against difficult circumstances. And the difficult circumstances were not only the terrain, it was the fact that we were fighting against an enemy that refuses to surrender. These are people that are there to die. And we accommodated them.
- Cheney, Kuwaiti Minister Discuss Iraq, Mideast Conflict Washington File 18 Mar. 2002-- U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney told Kuwait's first deputy prime minister and foreign minister that the United States will "work closely with our friends here in Kuwait and elsewhere throughout the region" to tackle regional security issues.
- Cheney Says U.S. Goal is Clear: End Terror and Violence Washington File 18 Mar. 2002-- Vice President Dick Cheney said the U.S. has a clear goal "to end the terror and violence" plaguing Israelis and Palestinians.
- U.S. Views Security as Part of Development Strategy Washington File 18 Mar. 2002-- Poverty can breed terrorism, State's Larson Says
- China's New Shipping Regulations Concern U.S. Maritime Officials Washington File 18 Mar. 2002-- Administrator to lead U.S. delegation to China March 19-21
- War Crimes Court Can Count on U.S., Powell Says Washington File 18 Mar. 2002-- The war crimes tribunals in The Hague for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda can continue to count on the United States for support for their work, Secretary of State Colin Powell told journalists after his meeting with Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte at the State Department March 18.
- PAKISTAN / CHURCH ATTACK VOA 18 Mar. 2002-- Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf has set up a special committee to investigate Sunday's deadly grenade attack on a church in Islamabad. Five people were killed and at least 40 others were wounded -- most of them foreigners. The wife and daughter of a U-S diplomat are among the dead.
- PHILIPPINES / F-B-I VOA 18 Mar. 2002-- The United States' top law enforcement official has alerted governments in Southeast Asia to watch for attempts by international terrorists to obtain weapons of mass destruction. The remarks by the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation came in Manila at the end of a seven-nation tour of the region.
- SHAPE NEWS MORNING UPDATE 18 Mar. 2002-- EU says can take Macedonia (sic) mission after NATO deal
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