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02 April 2002 Military News

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  • Rumsfeld Thanks Norway for "Wonderful" Anti-terror Support Washington File 02 Apr. 2002-- Rumsfeld: There is no question but that Iran was involved with the Karine A shipment headed for the Palestinian Authority. There is no question but that al Qaeda have moved in and found sanctuary in Iran. And there is no question but that al Qaeda have moved into Iran and out of Iran to the south and dispersed to some other countries. To my knowledge, they are not operating out of Iran in the sense that they were out of Afghanistan, so there's that distinction. But I can't think of a thing I've said that anyone, by the wildest stretch of their imagination, could characterize as "helpful"; they're all harmful and contributing to the problems with respect to the global terrorists.
  • BUSH AL-QAIDA VOA 02 Apr. 2002-- The White House says a man seized in Pakistan last week is key al-Qaida operative Abu Zubaydah
  • Rumsfeld Confirms Capture of Senior Al Qaeda Leader AFPS 02 Apr. 2002-- A senior al Qaeda leader captured by the Pakistanis last week will be turned over to U.S. officials for questioning, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told reporters here today
  • PAKISTAN / AFGHAN VOA 02 Apr. 2002-- Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has visited Afghanistan for the first time.
  • YEMEN / U-S / MIDDLE EAST PART ONE VOA 02 Apr. 2002-- Arab anger toward the United States over its support of Israel is complicating U-S efforts to build support for expanding its war on terrorism. In the first of a four-part series, V-O-A's Alisha Ryu examines the mood in Yemen where U-S troops are to begin helping the army locate and defeat remnants of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida terrorist organization.
  • YEMEN / U-S TROOPS PART TWO VOA 02 Apr. 2002-- The United States in recent days has been sending small numbers of troops to Yemen - on the tip of the Arabian peninsula - to begin training Yemeni soldiers. The temporary mission is part of what President Bush calls the "next phase" of the war on terrorism designed to help countries track down terrorists and provide better internal security and stability. But, as V-O-A's Alisha Ryu reports in part two of her four-part series on Yemen, many Yemenis are greeting the arrival of American troops with deep suspicion.
  • YEMEN / BIN LADEN PART THREE VOA 02 Apr. 2002-- The United States has identified Yemen on the corner of the Arabian Peninsula - as one of the countries Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida terrorist network may be using to hide or to regroup. In part three or a four-part series on Yemen, V-O-A's Alisha Ryu visits one area of the country where historical ties to the bin Laden family are instilling fear in many of the local people.
  • YEMEN / AMERICAN MUSLIMS VOA 02 Apr. 2002-- As part of its joint campaign with the United States against terrorism, Yemen - on the Arabian peninsula - is cracking down on hard-line Muslim religious institutions and students suspected of harboring extremist views. In the final segment of a four-part series on Yemen, V-O-A's Alisha Ryu reports that there are still more than a dozen American Muslims studying in Yemen unwavering in their commitment to Islam.

Other Conflicts

  • U-S/MIDEAST VOA 02 Apr. 2002-- President Bush is facing increasing pressure to step up his involvement in efforts to end the violence in the Middle East
  • RUMSFELD/IRAN VOA 02 Apr. 2002-- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says al-Qaida terrorists have used Iran as a transit point while fleeing Afghanistan
  • ZEMAN / TERRORISM VOA 02 Apr. 2002-- The prime minister of the Czech Republic, Milos Zeman, says Palestinian suicide bombers in Israel are no different than the terrorists who attacked the World Trade Center and Pentagon last September in the United States
  • MARY JANE DEEB MIDDLE EAST VOA 02 Apr. 2002-- Heavy fighting continues to rage between Israeli forces and Palestinian gunmen in the West Bank towns of Bethlehem and Ramallah. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has not ruled out the possibility of exiling Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, and the Israeli Army continues its assault on Yasser Arafat's security headquarters, in an operation the army says is aimed at rounding up Palestinian militants. Mary-Jane Deeb is a Middle East Expert and professor of International Relations at American University in Washington, D. C.. She tells NewsNow's Pat Bodnar, that the aim is to punish the Palestinian leader, and cut him off from his base.
  • U.S. Sends Demining Assistance to Sri Washington File 02 Apr. 2002-- The United States is sending demining specialists to Sri Lanka this week in response to the government's plan to resettle 200,000 internally displaced people.
  • Israel Has No Intention To Stay in Palestinian Areas Washington File 02 Apr. 2002-- State Department Deputy Spokesman Philip Reeker, speaking April 2 at the daily State Department briefing in Washington, repeated Secretary of State Colin Powell's statement that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon reaffirmed to him that Israel "has no intention of staying within the Palestinian areas."
  • Powell's Interview with Fox News on Mideast Conflict Washington File 02 Apr. 2002-- Powell: This is murder. And this will not advance the Palestinian cause. Israel will not buckle under and suddenly make the kinds of concessions that Palestinians would like to see them make, in the presence of this kind of violence.
  • Powell Speaks on CBS on Mideast Conflict Washington File 02 Apr. 2002-- POWELL: We are conveying a message to Ariel Sharon that he should use care in going after the terrorist organizations that he has targeted, and also to say to him at the end of the day we have to find a way to find a peaceful solution, a political solution, through this crisis. But right now, he is faced with a difficult problem, and that is suicide bombers that are coming in every day
  • ABC News Interview with Powell on Mideast Conflict Washington File 02 Apr. 2002-- POWELL: Well, we think that Chairman Arafat still has a role to play. We believe that as a leader, he can speak out against the kind of terrorist activity we have seen. We think he can do a better job in calming the passions of his people. We think he could do more with respect to bringing organizations under control.
  • Powell Interviews on CNN on Mideast Conflict Washington File 02 Apr. 2002-- POWELL: Oh, I don't think it will have any effect one way or the other. Chairman Arafat is head of the Palestinian Authority, and he is recognized, whether you approve of it or not, as the leader of the Palestinian people. And he will be the leader of the Palestinian people whether he is sitting in Ramallah or whether he is sitting in some exile location elsewhere in the Middle East or somewhere in Europe. He will still have that role.
  • Powell's Interview on NBC about Conflict in Middle East Washington File 02 Apr. 2002-- POWELL: I think we still have an important role to play. We supported that UN resolution. It called for a number of things -- withdrawal. It called for a cease-fire and other actions. And it really paralleled the resolution two weeks earlier that was a breakthrough resolution calling for the creation of two states -- or the creation of another state living side by side with Israel. And it really is a resolution that followed a number of positive developments over the last several weeks, to include the Vice President's trip to the region, to include the return of General Zinni, because we thought both sides were ready to enter into the Tenet work plan.
  • Pakistan Captures Man Believed to Be Key Al-Qaida Terrorist Washington File 02 Apr. 2002-- The White House says Pakistani authorities, supported by U.S. officers, have captured a man believed to be Abu Zubaydah, a key terrorist recruiter, an operational planner, and a member of Usama bin Laden's inner circle.
  • U-N/CHECHEN RIGHTS VOA 02 Apr. 2002-- International Human Rights organizations accuse Russia of using the global fight against terrorism to justify gross violations of human rights in the Republic of Chechnya
  • JONATHAN ADELMAN VOA 02 Apr. 2002-- ADELMAN: To be honest, I think it's been out of control for a long time. We've now had hundreds of Palestinian suicide bombers, and the President has made very clear that he wants to see this stop. And so I think this is what is really getting out of control here.
  • BUSH/MIDDLE EAST DIPLOMACY VOA 02 Apr. 2002-- The escalating violence between Israel and the Palestinians is prompting calls in a number of United States newspaper editorial columns for President Bush and his administration to intervene more directly to put an end to the fighting. The Administration has said top-level officials have been deeply engaged in efforts to find a solution, but that it continues to support Special Envoy Anthony Zinni's mission in the Middle East. While Secretary of State Colin Powell says he would travel to the region if it would be useful, he did not indicate that he plans to do so at this time
  • ZUNES / MIDDLE EAST VOA 02 Apr. 2002-- Stephen Zunes is the Middle East editor of Foreign Policy in Focus and an Associate Professor of Politics at the University of San Francisco. He tells VOA News Now's Tom Crosby the events of the past few hours and days are the opposite of what was intended by an earlier peace effort
  • POWELL / MIDEAST VOA 02 Apr. 2002-- Secretary of State Colin Powell says sending Yasser Arafat into exile would not help the situation in the Middle East. Appearing on morning network television programs Tuesday, Mr. Powell said the beleaguered Palestinian leader still has a role to play in peace efforts
  • CHINA / MIDDLE EAST VOA 02 Apr. 2002-- China's government is using strong language in condemning Israel's military moves into Palestinian territory and in urging Palestinians to stop violent attacks against Israeli civilians
  • ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS VOA 02 Apr. 2002-- Israel's army stepped its up military operations inside the West Bank Tuesday, in a campaign to halt Palestinian terror attacks
  • ISLAMIC CONFERENCE / HOLDING VOA 02 Apr. 2002-- Muslim countries at a major international conference in Malaysia are trying to agree on a definition of terrorism. But the latest wave of violence in the Middle East has underscored divisions over whether Palestinian suicide bombers should be included in the group

Defense Policy / Programs

  • DoD News Briefing - Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for African Affairs 02 Apr. 2002-- Westphalia: The framework of our strategy, very simply: Working through sub-regional organizations, recognizing the important leadership roles of countries such as Nigeria, South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, Eritrea, Senegal, Ghana and Botswana and a few other states, to satisfy the president's priorities to promote regional stability, to help improve the trade and investment environments and to combat HIV and AIDS.
  • CNO Gives State of the Navy Address at Sea-Air-Space Exposition Navy Newswire 02 Apr. 2002-- The U.S. Navy was ready and deployed on Sept. 11 and has continued to prove itself on the point in Operation Enduring Freedom, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Vern Clark said March 28 in a State of the Navy address at the Navy League Sea-Air-Space Exposition.
  • Keeping JSF on track is top priority for test force AFPN 02 Apr. 2002-- The first Joint Strike Fighter demonstration aircraft is still more than three years from touching down here, but test experts planning for the arrival say it is just around the corner.
  • USS George Washington Battle Group Begins Use of Vieques Inner Range Navy Newsstand 02 Apr. 2002-- Ships and aircraft of the USS George Washington (CVN 73) Carrier Battle Group commenced use of the Vieques Island inner range in conjunction with their Composite Unit Training Exercise (COMPTUEX). The exercise, which began April 1, will also utilize the Northern and Southern Puerto Rican Operating Areas and will involve complex battle group training events, naval surface fire support training and air-to-ground bombing.

Defense Industry

  • BAE SYSTEMS receives military management quality award BAE Systems 02 Apr 2002 -- BAE Systems has received the Military Traffic Management Command's (MTMC) Quality Award for 2001. The company was recognised for managing ordnance support activities for all branches of the armed forces at the U.S. Naval Magazine Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
  • Navy Awards General Dynamics $5.9 Million Contract Modification General Dynamics 02 Apr 2002 -- The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), a $5.9 million contract modification to provide design, engineering and technical support for modification to the submarine Jimmy Carter (SSN-23). Electric Boat is now altering the Jimmy Carter, the third and final Seawolf-class submarine, to accommodate advanced technology for naval special warfare, tactical surveillance and mine warfare operations.
  • Northrop Grumman Delivers Third Hawkeye 2000 Ahead of Schedule Northrop Grumman 02 Apr 2002 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Integrated Systems sector has delivered the third consecutive E-2C Hawkeye 2000 to the U.S. Navy one month ahead of schedule by using Lean techniques to cut costs and production times for the airborne early warning (AEW) and control aircraft.

News Reports

  • U.S. Policy on Africa Seeks Stability to Counter Terror AFPS 02 Apr. 2002-- Poverty, unemployment and hopelessness create breeding grounds for terrorists, President George W. Bush has said
  • Rumsfeld Says Possible Biological Attack Is Chief Concern Washington File 02 Apr. 2002-- Terrorists and terrorist organizations want to acquire weapons of mass destruction, says Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, but he is primarily concerned about them getting and using biological weapons.
  • SYRIAN RESPONSE VOA 02 Apr. 2002-- Syrian Ambassador Mikhail Wehbe has responded today (Tuesday) to remarks by U-S Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld that Syria is fostering terrorism
  • PENTAGON/AFRICA/TERRORISM VOA 02 Apr. 2002-- The Pentagon's top official on Africa is warning that many countries in sub-Saharan Africa could be havens for terrorists
  • ANGOLA/PENTAGON VOA 02 Apr. 2002-- The Pentagon's top official on Africa will travel to Angola later this month [EDS: around April 20th], hopeful that peace can be restored to the war-torn country following the death of longtime rebel leader Jonas Savimbi.
  • U-S AFGHAN DRUGS VOA 02 Apr. 2002-- The top U-S drug enforcement official says he is concerned that Afghanistan will continue to be a leading source of opium poppies despite last year's collapse of the ruling Taleban
  • UN/AFGHAN RETURNS VOA 02 Apr. 2002-- The United Nations Refugee Agency, U-N-H-C-R, says huge numbers of Afghan refugees are returning home from Pakistan
  • MIDEAST: U.S. ON 'SIDELINES' AS VIOLENCE RAGES Foreign Media Reaction 02 Apr. 2002-- Israeli papers agree that Arafat has not kept his promise to fight terror attacks

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