17 May 2002 Military News
- RUMSFELD / AFGHANISTAN VOA 17 May 2002-- Coalition forces in Afghanistan have launched a new military operation against suspected al-Qaida and Taleban fighters in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan
- AFGHANISTAN / ARMY VOA 17 May 2002-- A financial plan to pay for Afghanistan's security forces is being put together by donor countries meeting in Geneva. The plan would pay costs for Afghanistan's national army and police force, considered necessary to ensure a lasting reconstruction
- Rumsfeld Says Crusader Replacements Look to Future AFPS 17 May 2002-- Killing the Crusader artillery system is the correct choice for the U.S. military to be prepared for the wars of the future, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said May 17.
- Long, Tough War Ahead, Bush Says AFPS 17 May 2002-- The United States is in the midst of a war against a determined and fierce enemy, President Bush said today at the White House.
- British-led Coalition Battle Al Qaeda, Taliban Fighters AFPS 17 May 2002-- British forces today launched Operation Condor to support an Australian Special Air Service patrol engaged in combat with al Qaeda and Taliban forces in the mountains of southeast Afghanistan.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 17 May 2002
- HEADQUARTERS PRESS CONFERENCE BY PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF SOMALIA United Nations 17 May 2002
- Sidelining Mr. Arafat VOA 17 May 2002-- Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's release from his compound in Ramallah boosted his popularity worldwide although his initial foray into the West Bank brought a mixed reception. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon insists that Mr. Arafat is not an acceptable negotiating partner for Middle East peace but the United States maintains he is an elected leader and should be included in peace talks. Today's Dateline explores some reactions to Israel's rejection of Mr. Arafat
Defense Policy / Programs
- Rumsfeld: 'Joint Operations Will Be Key' in 21st Century AFPS 17 May 2002-- Pointing to U.S. combined-arms success against terrorists in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld today said joint operations would be the major element of America's 21st century military.
- Wolfowitz Interview with WABC 17 May 2002-- Wolfowitz: But Afghanistan is just one of some 60 countries where we're pursuing al Qaeda. In fact it's not primarily a military campaign, it's the intelligence agencies, the FBI, the Treasury Department chasing the money. I think we've had a lot of success. I would be hesitant to say that's the reason why there's not been a major repetition, but we do know that these people have been trying repeatedly since September 11th to kill more Americans. I think we've been winning so far.
- Secretary Rumsfeld Interview with Katie Couric, NBC "Today" 17 May 2002-- Rumsfeld: Well, you can be certain -- the American people can be certain, which is what's important, that the changes that have taken place over the past year or two -- as the threats have increased, the warnings have increased -- have been substantial and that the caution and the heightened awareness and the steps that have been taken at airports, the steps that have been taken by the FBI and the CIA, all are contributing to a safer circumstance for the American people.
- Annual Terrorism Report Highlights Dramatic Global Campaign Washington File 17 May 2002-- Patterns of Global Terrorism to be released May 21
- Boeing Delivers Republic of Singapore's First AH-64D Apache Longbow Boeing 17 May 2002 -- The Republic of Singapore accepted its first Boeing [NYSE: BA] AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopter May 17 in a ceremony here.
- Northrop Grumman Redelivers Venezuelan Frigate After Extensive Modernization and Upgrades Northrop Grumman 17 May 2002 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) redelivered the first of two modernized Lupo-class frigates to the Venezuelan Navy May 16. The ships, Mariscal Sucre (F-21), and Almirante Brion (F-22), arrived in Pascagoula in January 1998 to undergo extensive modernization and upgrade. F-22 will be redelivered this summer.
- SHAPE NEWS MORNING UPDATE 17 May 2002-- NATO AWACS crews and planes return to base in Germany after patrolling U.S. skies
- SHAPE NEWS MORNING UPDATE 17 May 2002-- Operation Condor ongoing in eastern Afghanistan
- BUSH/TERRORISM VOA 17 May 2002-- President Bush is defending himself against criticism from Congressional Democrats that he should have done more to act on warnings of terrorist hijackings before September 11th
- CONGRESS NATO VOA 17 May 2002-- The U-S Senate (by a 85 to 6 vote Friday) endorsed a second round of NATO expansion -- in a move backed by the Bush administration. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is expected to decide at a Prague summit in November which countries to admit in another round of enlargement
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