24 May 2002 Military News
- PENTAGON / RUMSFELD VOA 24 May 2002-- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says war between India and Pakistan is not an option, given the dangers of possible escalation in any conflict between the two nuclear powers
- PENTAGON / AFGHAN BATTLE VOA 24 May 2002-- U-S military officials have acknowledged that communications problems together with bad weather as well as hostile al-Qaida forces contributed to the deaths of seven Americans in a fierce battle in Afghanistan in early March
- Defense Department Briefing Transcript, May 24 Washington File 24 May 2002-- Rumsfeld: Well, first of all, we've not proposed that a country be invaded, to the military. Therefore, I don't know that it would -- I think it would probably be incorrect to say that the military has proposed something other than what I've proposed or anyone else has proposed. It's -- the problem with -- first of all, there is no military as such, just like there's no Europe and there's no administration. There are elements, there are people, and obviously you can find someone in a uniform who will tell you just about anything you want to be told.
- Background briefing on the Report of the Battle of Takur Ghar 24 May 2002-- Military Official: I'm here to talk about the battle of Takur Ghar, and I want to give you as an official account of the battle that occurred on 3 and 4 March during Operation Anaconda as I can. Obviously, as General Franks said, it's an account of very brave U.S. and coalition forces that were operating under some pretty bad conditions. And that is war, as the general said. There was a lot of fog and friction in this battle, and I'll be right up front and echo that.
- Fog, Friction Rule Takur Ghar Battle AFPS 24 May 2002-- The fog and friction of war ruled the day when seven American special operations forces died March 3 and 4 on an isolated mountaintop in Afghanistan, Army Gen. Tommy Franks said today.
- The Battle of Takur Ghar AFPS 24 May 2002-- The battle on an Afghan mountaintop called Takur Ghar is a story of American courage and bravery. It is a story of a small band of highly trained professionals overcoming the fog and friction of war. It is also at heart, a story of Americans service members' unwillingness to leave one of their own behind.
- CENTCOM NEWS BRIEFING TRANSCRIPT 24 May 2002-- Franks: Now while the details of the global war on terrorism, where it's been and where it's going are very different than previous wars, the character of war hasn't changed. Combat is a dirty, nasty, deadly business, and it costs us lives. Takur Ghar, that battle, showed heroism. It showed fog, uncertainty. It showed friction -- elements common to every war I think we've ever fought.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 24 May 2002
- ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 24 May 2002-- Israeli police say a major tragedy was averted when a security guard blocked an attempt to blow up a crowded nightclub in Tel Aviv
- Military Action "Must Not Be An Option" In South Asia Washington File 24 May 2002-- Reeker: As I said yesterday, we understand Indian frustrations and anger over continued terrorist actions. We share the common goal of seeing terrorist actions stopped. And we reiterate however as our central point, rather than being the solution, any military action in this crisis would create even greater problems and must not be an option in this situation. So as I said, we believe it's important for India and Pakistan to resume a productive dialogue over the issues that divide them, and that includes Kashmir, because only through dialogue will their differences be resolved.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Air Force changing how it buys weapons AFPN 24 May 2002-- The Air Force is changing the way it buys new weapons and weapons systems. Service officials will no longer focus on who an adversary may be or where a war may occur, but instead on how to achieve desired effects against a range of enemies on a variety of battlefields.
- TERRORISM AND SCIENCE VOA 24 May 2002-- Many Americans see a new role for science and technology in the war against terrorism. Many also predict a growing job market in the field of homeland security. A recent Gallup poll reveals many college students have reconsidered their career choices after the September eleven attacks
- U.S. Seeks to Lessen World Tensions AFPS 24 May 2002-- Even while the United States combats global terrorism, the nation must also work with other nations to enhance security and stability, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said today
- Rumsfeld Calls on World to Oppose, Defeat Terrorism AFPS 24 May 2002-- "Terrorism must be vigorously opposed and soundly defeated wherever it exists," Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said at the Pentagon today.
- SHAPE NEWS MORNING UPDATE 24 May 2002-- Security Council approves six-month extension for international force in Kabul
- SHAPE NEWS SUMMARY & ANALYSIS 24 May 2002-- UK military prepare for nuclear war aftermath
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