24 April 2002 Military News
- AFGHAN-SECURITY VOA 24 Apr 2002-- A debate is underway over what level of security assistance the international community should extend to Afghanistan. The question is crucial as a political process begins that will determine that battered country's political future
- RUMSFELD / AFGHANISTAN VOA 24 Apr 2002-- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld will leave Thursday on a trip to Afghanistan and nearby Central Asian countries
- PHILIPPINES/BOMBINGS VOA 24 Apr 2002-- Philippine police arrested Wednesday three more suspects in the bombings in the southern Philippine city of General Santos that left 15 people dead
- Transcript: DoD News Briefing - ASD PA Clarke and Brig. Gen. Rosa 24 Apr. 2002 -- "We currently have some 6,000-plus troops in Afghanistan, and for seven months they've done some extraordinary work. The secretary is very much looking forward to seeing them and thanking them for their efforts. He will also visit with some of our coalition partners in the region. It has been the strength of those coalitions; their willingness to participate that has contributed so much to our success thus far"
- Attacks Continue in Afghanistan; Philippines Training Under Way AFPS 24 Apr. 2002-- U.S. forces continue to encounter sporadic attacks in eastern Afghanistan, but it's difficult to pinpoint exactly where they're coming from, Air Force Brig. Gen. John W. Rosa said at a Pentagon briefing this morning.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 24 Apr 2002
- U-S-Saudi Talks VOA 24 Apr 2002-- Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Abdullah in Texas for talks with President Bush Thursday at the President's ranch in Crawford, Texas. Discussions will focus on the Israeli-Palestinian crisis and the Crown Prince Abdullah's land-for-peace overture to Israel
- JENIN ISSUE (PART ONE OF TWO) VOA 24 Apr 2002-- The United Nations is delaying its fact-finding mission to a Palestinian refugee camp because of Israeli objections to the make-up of the team. A three-man U-N team was appointed to look at the damage in Jenin. Palestinians say it was a massacre. Israelis say they mainly killed terrorists.
- JENIN ISSUE (PART TWO OF TWO) VOA 24 Apr 2002-- The heavy damage in the Jenin Palestinian refugee camp by Israeli forces has intensified the efforts of both Palestinians and Israelis to influence public opinion in the United States
- POWELL / JENIN VOA 24 Apr 2002-- Secretary of State Colin Powell says the United States has turned up no evidence thus far of an Israeli massacre of civilians at the Palestinian refugee camp in Jenin. He told U-S Senators Wednesday that he thinks it would be in Israel's best interest to allow a U-N fact-finding probe of events in the West Bank town to go forward
- ANNAN/ISRAEL VOA 24 Apr 2002-- With an Israeli delegation en route to New York, U-N Secretary-General Kofi Annan says he will not negotiate with Israel on the composition of the fact-finding team he appointed to investigate the Israeli assault on the Jenin refugee camp. That mission was authorized by the Security Council last Friday
- SUDAN ATTACK VOA 24 Apr 2002-- Sudanese government forces have launched a massive offensive in three southern provinces, displacing hundreds of thousands of civilians, according to Sudanese rebels.
- ROBINSON/ISRAEL/PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES VOA 24 Apr 2002-- The United Nations human rights chief has called for an urgent, thorough and independent investigation into violations committed by both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
- UN Mission Continues to Plan for Departure to Jenin Camp Washington File 24 Apr. 2002-- Security Council expects Israel's full cooperation
- Powell Finds Broad Support for Comprehensive Mideast Strategy Washington File 24 Apr. 2002-- "In my consultations with our international partners during the ten days of my travel, and with our Arab friends and Israelis and Palestinians, I listened carefully and I probed hard. I found broad support for a comprehensive strategy as a way forward," Powell said in his prepared testimony before the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on foreign operations, export financing, and related programs in Washington April 24.
- U.S. Southern Command Chief Speer Testifies on U.S. Aid to Colombia Washington File 24 Apr. 2002-- Everything the United States is doing to help Colombia and the other nations of the Andean region supports the U.S.-led campaign against global terrorism, says Gary Speer, acting commander in chief of the U.S. Southern Command (Southcom).
- Powell Says U.S. Is Engaged in Middle East Peace Process Washington File 24 Apr. 2002-- "We tried again with the Tenet work plan, and the Tenet work plan would have provided a way into Mitchell, but we couldn't get it started again ... because of violence," Powell said April 24 in testimony before the Senate Appropriations foreign operations subcommittee. "We were not successful, and they were not successful -- the failure was theirs, not ours -- because we couldn't get the violence down."
- Grossman Outlines Terrorist Threat to Colombia Washington File 24 Apr. 2002--In view of the continuing threat to Colombian democracy from narco-terrorist guerrilla groups, President Bush believes it is necessary to adjust the counternarcotics focus of U.S. aid to Colombia to include counterterrorism, says Marc Grossman, under secretary of state for political affairs.
- Powell Seeks Funding to Fight Terrorism, Violent Extremism Washington File 24 Apr. 2002-- Powell: Moreover, President Bush has made clear that even as we fight the war on terrorism, we will not be deterred from achieving the goal we share with Europeans of a Europe whole, free, and at peace. We continue to work toward this goal with our Allies and Partners in Europe.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Rumsfeld Bound for Afghanistan AFPS 24 Apr. 2002-- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld is slated to depart tomorrow on a trip to visit U.S. forces in Afghanistan and coalition partners in the region.
- PENTAGON/TRANSLATING VOA 24 Apr 2002-- The Pentagon has a communication problem. With a shortage of linguists to assist with humanitarian and military situations, defense officials may be at a loss for words -- but not ideas -- to solve the problem
- Rumsfeld Calls Army Brigade Combat Teams Important to Transformation AFPS 24 Apr. 2002-- Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld says transformation is more than an objective, it's a state of mind.
- No Sidelines, 'We're All Vulnerable,' Myers Says of War on Terror AFPS 24 Apr. 2002-- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will use his upcoming visit to Asia to re- emphasize that all freedom-loving countries must unite against terrorism.
- The Defense Point Man for Homeland Security AFPS 24 Apr. 2002-- If trouble lies ahead, Pete Verga is a good guy to have around.
- BAE SYSTEMS RO defence birtley site to remain open BAE Systems 24 Apr 2002 -- BAE Systems RO Defence has been in consultation with the Trades Unions, since December 2001, concerning the future of our site at Birtley, UK. As part of that process, a Joint Management and Trade Union Working Party was established to review a number of options, ranging from closure to consolidation of activities. Following a detailed review by this joint team, BAE Systems will pursue an option to consolidate its operations on the site and invest in the component manufacturing facility there.
- GE's CF6-80C2 Engine Selected By Italy For Boeing 767 Global Tanker Transport GE Aviation 24 Apr 2002 -- The Italian Air Force has selected GE Aircraft Engines' (GEAE) CF6-80C2 engine to power four Boeing 767 Global Tanker Transports.
- New APU digital electronics certified for use by U.S. Army ; A part of Hamilton Sundstrand’s $1 billion military retrofit market Hamilton Sundstrand 24 Apr 2002 -- BUG: the source does not exist in description file
- JOSEPH CIRINCIONE on al-Qaeda's dirty bomb VOA 24 Apr 2002-- U-S officials say Abu Zubaydah, the highest-ranking member of the al-Qaida terrorist group in U-S custody, has told them the terrorist organization knows how to build a "dirty bomb." They say such a bomb might be capable of spreading radioactivity across a wide area, but they are not sure if Abu Zubaydah can be believed. He was captured last month in Pakistan and recently told federal officials terrorists were targeting banks in the northeastern United States. That prompted an FBI alert last week of a possible attack on the financial institutions
- INDONESIA/MILITARY VOA 24 Apr 2002-- Talks between senior Indonesian and U-S defense officials started in the Indonesian capital Jakarta Wednesday
- U.S. Works to Strengthen International Controls on Iraq Washington File 24 Apr. 2002-- Secretary of State Colin Powell said that Iraq "remains a significant threat" to stability in the Middle East, and the Bush administration is working with the United Nations to strengthen international controls on Iraq.
- Iraqi Regime Devastates Environment of Marsh Arabs Washington File 24 Apr. 2002-- Satellite imagery shows extensive injury to wetland ecosystem
- Netherlands, Spain, Germany Arrest Terror Suspects VOA 24 Apr. 2002-- Police in the Netherlands, Spain and Germany have arrested at least 17 terror suspects in separate sweeps conducted over a two-day period. Dutch authorities Wednesday detained four Algerians suspected of membership in an Islamic extremist organization called the Salafist Group for Call and Combat.
- Spanish Police Arrest Second al-Qaida Financier VOA 24 Apr. 2002-- Spanish police have detained a second suspected al-Qaida financier - one day after the arrest of a Syrian-born businessman suspected of helping fund the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States.
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