26 April 2002 Military News
- Rumsfeld in Kyrgyzstan Speaking with Troops 26 Apr 2002-- Rumsfeld: There's no question but that the Taliban no longer govern that country. The people of Afghanistan have been liberated. There's no question but that the al Qaeda that had been training people in terrorist training camps, and I might add training them very well. These people are professionals. They spend a great deal of time and a great deal of money getting very good at understanding how they can move around the county, how they can operate with false passports, how they can raise money, how they can recruit, how they can train, and how they can kill innocent men, women and children. And they've gotten very good at it, regrettably.
- Insecurity Could Imperil Women's Rights, Afghan Minister Says Wasgington FIle 26 Apr 2002-- Sima Samar asks Security Council for more peacekeepers
- Secretary Rumsfeld Media Availability en route to Ireland 26 Apr 2002-- Rumsfeld: That is a different situation. We went into Afghanistan to throw the Taliban and al Qaeda out and we do not talk about what we are doing in there very specifically because a lot of it is operational and inappropriate to talk about. The fact that we do have troops in there we can say. In the case of other countries we don't. For us, it is up to the other country to decide what they want to say.
- U.S., Coalition Troops 'Stand Against Evil' AFPS 26 Apr 2002-- U.S. and coalition forces stand against "an evil of mass murderers" that aims to kill large numbers of innocent people, U.S. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today.
- Spring Thaw Likely to Spark Attacks in Afghanistan AFPS 26 Apr 2002-- The spring thaw in Afghanistan may mean more al Qaeda and Taliban attacks on U.S. and coalition forces, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Thursday on his way to Central Asia.
- RUMSFELD/CENTRAL ASIA VOA 26 Apr 2002-- U-S Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld arrived in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan today (Friday) on the first leg of his tour of Central Asia and Afghanistan. Mr. Rumsfeld says regional security and the continuing war against remnants of al-Qaida and its Taleban allies are the main focus of his visit
- CinC CENTCOM and the Chief of the Defence Staff: Press Conference at Old War Office, Ministry of Defence, UK 26 Apr 2002 -- "I will tell you at this point that I don't think decisions have been made, certainly in my own country, about future operations in Iraq. What we have done is we have started to talk together, to think about where we are today with Saddam Hussein's regime and I think policy level discussions will continue both in Washington and in London, and we will wait to see what decisions may be made ats ome point in the future"
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 26 Apr 2002
- PRESS BRIEFING ON SECURITY COUNCIL MISSION TO DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO United Nations 26 Apr 2002
- RUSSIA CHECHNYA VOA 26 Apr 2002-- Russian national television showed footage Friday evening that it said confirmed that one of the most notorious guerrilla commanders in the breakaway republic of Chechnya has been killed by Russian security forces
- CONGO/UN MISSION VOA 26 Apr 2002-- With the Democratic Republic of the Congo precariously balancing between a peace settlement and further bloodshed, the U-N will soon be sending a peace mission to the African country to mediate the crisis
- ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 26 Apr 2002-- Israeli soldiers have shot and killed a militant Palestinian leader in the West Bank and wounded two Palestinians at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem
- BUSH / MIDEAST VOA 26 Apr 2002-- President Bush says it is time for Israel to end its occupation of Palestinian areas
- ABDULLAH / BUSH VOA 26 Apr 2002-- For five hours Thursday, President George Bush and Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah exchanged views at the President's ranch in Crawford, Texas. They reportedly agreed on eventual goals but not necessarily on the ways to achieve them. A main issue was how quickly Israeli forces will withdraw from Palestinian territories in the West Bank.
- ROBERT OSTERGARD VOA 26 Apr 2002-- OSTERGARD: I think, in part, what people find is that they too may share some of the beliefs and some of the attitudes of people who are more active within an organization. But at the same time they are not in a position to be active in the military sense -- that is, in carrying out activities, for whatever reason. That is, they may have a higher profile within the country or they do not want to be directly linked in one way or another. So one way of supporting an organization like this or some type of militant cause is by financing. That way they are able to stay true to the intent, while at the same time maintaining some distance.
- Bush, Saudi Crown Prince Discuss Middle East VOA 26 Apr. 2002-- President Bush says the United States and Saudi Arabia share a vision of two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security.
- Israeli Forces Raid Palestinian Town VOA 26 Apr. 2002-- Israeli forces have raided the West Bank Palestinian town of Qalqilyah and several villages in search-and-arrest actions
- Israel, UN Discuss Jenin Refugee Camp Probe VOA 26 Apr. 2002-- Israeli envoys and U.N. officials are to resume talks Friday on the scope and composition of a U.N. fact-finding mission to the Jenin Palestinian refugee camp in the West Bank.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Korea, Pacific Command Nominees Testify AFPS 26 Apr 2002-- The war on terrorism, living conditions for service members in Korea and shipbuilding were among the questions senators asked of President Bush's nominees to be the new U.S. Pacific Command chief and United Nations Command chief.
- BAE SYSTEMS completes sale of camouflage, concealment and deception business, Lillington, North Carolina BAE Systems 26 Apr 2002 -- Nashua, New Hampshire: BAE Systems North America today completed the sale of its Camouflage, Concealment and Deception (CCD) business, located at Lillington, North Carolina. The sale, to Saab Barracuda LLC, was originally announced March 11; closing of the sale today followed completion of its review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).
- Boeing Delivers First Harpoon Block II Kits to Denmark Boeing 26 Apr 2002 -- The Danish Naval Materiel Command has taken delivery of the first Harpoon Block II missiles following installation of upgrade kits, marking the first international sale of the upgraded missile.
- NASSCO Launches the USNS Soderman, the Final Ship for the Strategic Sealift Fleet General Dynamics 26 Apr 2002 -- National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has joined with the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army to launch the USNS Soderman (T-AKR 317), the eighth and final Strategic Sealift ship to be built for the Navy by NASSCO.
- U.S., Russia Reaffirm Commitment to Combat Terrorism Wasgington FIle 26 Apr 2002-- The United States and Russia have reaffirmed their commitment "to continue close cooperation in combating terrorist threats, one objective of which is the complete elimination of the terrorist infrastructure in Afghanistan," according to a joint statement issued April 26 after a meeting in Moscow of the U.S.-Russia Working Group on Afghanistan.
- Senator Biden Asks Saudis to Show Leadership in Peace Effort Wasgington FIle 26 Apr 2002-- Biden: I am troubled by the apparent disconnect between the initiatives for peace taken by the Crown Prince and his nation and the contradictory behavior that is prevalent in Saudi Arabia and its policies. For example, in March the Saudi newspaper, Al-Riyadh, carried a vile, anti-Semitic article by someone claiming to be a professor. The article resurrected the centuries-old blood libel that civilized people would have thought was a thing of the past. This Saudi professor, in a leading Saudi newspaper, wrote for the Jewish holidays: ``Blood must be taken from a non-Jew, dried, and mixed with dough to make pastries.'' It goes on to say that using human blood in pastries was a ``well-established fact historically and legally throughout the history of mankind and that this was one of the main reasons for the persecution of Jews and the exile of Jews in Europe and Asia at different times.''
- U.S. Envoy Says Anti-Terror Coalition Aims to Protect Citizens Wasgington FIle 26 Apr 2002-- The task of the global anti-terror coalition is not simply to eliminate one man or to neutralize one group of fanatics but "to make the international system we live in stronger, more effective, more vigilant, in order to protect its citizens without sacrificing the values and principles that make us worth protecting," U.S. Ambassador to Greece Thomas J. Miller told the Economist Conference in Vouliagmeni, Greece April 17.
- Feith Says Terrorists Make Palestinian State Less Likely Wasgington FIle 26 Apr 2002-- Feith rejected the notion that "only a person ensnared in deep despair could do such a thing," and along with it the idea that the problem can be resolved by attacking the poverty and political hopelessness "that many people imagine are the traits and motives of the suicide bombers."
- Expert Says Adjustments Needed to Combat Terrorism Wasgington FIle 26 Apr 2002-- Perl: There may be a need to redefine our traditional concept of deterrence as a largely reactive response. In past eras dominated by state-sponsored terrorism, deterrence was often an effective defense: states could be identified, held accountable for their actions, and targeted for retaliation. Today, situations may arise where terrorists, bent on striking first and inflicting mass casualties from foreign staging areas, cannot be deterred. Under such circumstances, pre-emptive measures warrant consideration. In situations where deterrence of terrorism is a viable option, we need to be mindful that an integral part of deterrence is ensuring that potential adversaries are not cornered into hopeless desperation, but retain something dear that can be taken away. Part of a proactive policy of modern deterrence includes strategies designed to incorporate terrorists and potential terrorists into the mainstream political and social systems.
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