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17 April 2002 Military News

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  • Soldier Wounded in Face in Kandahar, Afghanistan AFPS 17 Apr. 2002-- A U.S. soldier received a gunshot wound to the face near the Governor's Mansion in Kandahar, Afghanistan, today at about 3 a.m. Eastern time.
  • Rumsfeld Dismisses Tora Bora Speculation AFPS 17 Apr. 2002-- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld dismissed as speculation assertions that U.S. forces should have captured al Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden during the fighting around the Tora Bora cave complex in December.
  • Bush Cites Progress, Way Ahead in War on Terror AFPS 17 Apr. 2002-- It's not enough for America to win the war on terrorism, the country must help secure the peace, President Bush said April 17.
  • BUSH/ TERROR VOA 17 Apr. 2002-- President Bush says al-Qaida operatives in Afghanistan are trying to regroup.
  • Bush Says War Against Terror Making Progress, But Won't End Soon Washington File 17 Apr. 2002-- Bush: And, finally, the civilized world faces a grave threat from weapons of mass destruction. A small number of outlaw regimes today possess and are developing chemical and biological and nuclear weapons. They're building missiles to deliver them, and at the same time cultivating ties to terrorist groups. In their threat to peace, in their mad ambitions, in their destructive potential and in the repression of their own people, these regimes constitute an axis of evil and the world must confront them. (Applause.)
  • Taliban, Al Qaeda Remnants Will Not Destabilize Afghanistan Washington File 17 Apr. 2002-- U.S. ambassador urges Afghans to be patient as aid is delivered

Other Conflicts

  • BUSH - LEBANON VOA 17 Apr. 2002-- Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri is encouraging the Bush administration to stay engaged in the Middle East, saying Secretary of State Colin Powell's trip to the region was a starting point for further peace efforts
  • CONGO-WAR VOA 17 Apr. 2002-- Anticipation is growing among people in the Democratic Republic of Congo as leaders of the country, rebel groups and political opponents prepare to conclude talks on ending the country's civil war. The so-called inter-Congolese dialogue, which has been going on since late February in Sun City, South Africa, is scheduled to end on Thursday
  • POWELL/EGYPT VOA 17 Apr. 2002-- Secretary of State Colin Powell ended his visit to the Middle East with a stop in Cairo and a meeting with Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher and their Jordanian counterpart Marwan al-Muasher
  • BUSH MIDEAST VOA 17 Apr. 2002-- President Bush says Secretary of State Colin Powell has made progress on his Middle East peace mission
  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 17 Apr. 2002-- Secretary of State Colin Powell has concluded his mission to Israel and the Palestinian territories without mediating a cease-fire to end more than 18-months of violence
  • POWELL-MIDEAST VOA 17 Apr. 2002-- Secretary of State Colin Powell has ended six-days of Israel-Palestinian peace talks without any major breakthroughs
  • POWELL-ARAFAT VOA 17 Apr. 2002-- U-S Secretary of State Colin Powell completed six days of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks Wednesday with a second visit to Yasser Arafat at his besieged headquarters in Ramallah. The Palestinian leader expressed thanks for the American effort but anger at his continuing confinement in the bullet-ridden compound

Defense Policy / Programs

  • U.S. Northern Command to Debut in October AFPS 17 Apr. 2002-- Defense officials today announced the establishment of U.S. Northern Command as part of the changes in the Unified Command Plan.
  • Oregon troops prep for Sinai mission Army News Service 17 Apr. 2002-- Replacing an active-Army unit originally slated for peacekeeping duties in the Sinai region of Egypt this summer, the Oregon National Guard's 1-186th Infantry Battalion is in the final stages of preparing for deployment and its soldiers say they are ready to go.
  • RUMSFELD/COMMAND VOA 17 Apr. 2002-- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has announced creation of a new military command to deal with homeland security issues
  • Special Briefing on the Unified Command Plan 17 Apr. 2002 -- "the 2002 Unified Command Plan (...) realigns and streamlines the U.S. military structure to better address 21st century threats. (..)It has some historic firsts. This is the first time that the continental United States will be assigned a commander for the Northern Command, or NorthCom, as we'll undoubtedly call it. The new commander will be responsible for land, aerospace and sea defenses of the United States. He will command U.S. forces that operate within the U.S. in support of civil authorities. (...) [F]or the first time, the United States commanders will be assigned responsibility for contingency response and security cooperation in every part of the world (...) The UCP reflects the new defense strategy that was outlined in the Quadrennial Defense Review last year. The QDR's goal was to preserve our security while preparing for the inevitability of uncertainty and surprise.
  • UNIFIED COMMAND PLAN 17 Apr. 2002 -- The Unified Command Plan provides guidance to all combatant commanders, establishes their missions and responsibilities and delineates the general geographic area of responsibility for combatant commanders.

Defense Industry

News Reports

  • MAYORS-TERRORISM VOA 17 Apr. 2002-- Much of the work to stop, fight, or respond to terrorism falls on the cities of the U.S. and elsewhere. Meeting here in Washington this week to share information were the mayors of many cities around the world
  • AFGHANISTAN / KING / SECURITY VOA 17 Apr. 2002-- After several delays, the former Afghan king,Mohammed Zahir Shah, will return to his homeland Thursday following nearly 30 years of exile in Rome.
  • Text: Averting Conflict is Focus of USAID Central Asia Strategy Washington File 17 Apr. 2002-- To prevent potential conflict in Central Asia the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is supporting the development of civil society, promoting employment and income growth, and helping improve health, education and the environment, a USAID official says.
  • JAPAN / DEFENSE VOA 17 Apr. 2002-- Japan's ruling coalition submitted to parliament a package of legislative proposals Wednesday aimed at giving the government greater powers to respond to foreign military attacks and to increase the scope of the country's Self Defense Forces
  • SHAPE NEWS MORNING UPDATE 17 Apr. 2002-- UK marines in for long and hard slog in Afghan hills

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