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06 June 2002 Military News

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  • PHILIPPINES / U-S MILITARY VOA 06 June 2002-- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is considering recommendations to expand and extend the U-S anti-terrorism military operation in the southern Philippines. Policy analysts say that could put U-S troops into combat situations and also might not significantly advance U-S interests.
  • Operation Mountain Lion Continues, Task Force Assumes Control AFPS 06 June 2002-- Operation Mountain Lion continues in the mountains of southeastern Afghanistan, said Defense Department officials.

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  • PRESS CONFERENCE BY RWANDA United Nations 06 Jun 2002
  • U-S / EGYPT / MIDEAST VOA 06 June 2002-- Egypt's Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher says this week's Israeli-Palestinian violence shows the urgent need to renew the regional peace process. He met with U-S Secretary of State Colin Powell Thursday to prepare for the Camp David meetings between President Bush and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak that open Friday
  • UGANDA/REBELS VOA 06 June 2002-- The Ugandan army says it has killed 66 rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army during clashes in southern Sudan. It says a top rebel commander is among the dead
  • BURMA FIGHTING VOA 06 June 2002-- Thai officials report heavy fighting just over the Burmese border, as Burma retakes positions lost to a rebel group last month
  • NATO DEFENSE MINISTERS VOA 06 June 2002-- NATO defense ministers are meeting in Brussels to discuss ways to make their countries' armed forces more capable of countering international terrorism.
  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 06 June 2002-- Israeli military forces have withdrawn from Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's headquarters, after a brief raid that killed at least one Palestinian and wounded six others. The incursion was a response to a Palestinian suicide bomber who killed 17 Israelis Wednesday

Defense Policy / Programs

  • NATO/NEW THREATS VOA 06 June 2002-- At a NATO meeting in Brussels, defense ministers have agreed the alliance needs to be better prepared to respond to the pervasive spread of weapons of mass destruction -- a threat Secretary Donald Rumsfeld describes as urgent and far worse than previously thought
  • NATO Defense Ministers Focus on Terrorism, Weapons of Mass Destruction Washington File 06 June 2002-- NATO defense ministers broadly agreed June 6 that weapons of mass destruction (WMD) pose a threat to the alliance and to civilian populations and that there is "a sense of urgency to this WMD problem," according to a senior U.S. defense official familiar with the deliberations.
  • NATO Sets New Force Goals, Welcomes U.S.-Russia Summit Results Washington File 06 June 2002-- In a final communique, the ministers identified several key capabilities that require development including defense against nuclear, chemical and biological weapons; strategic transport; and air-to-air refueling. They also noted the important role that reprioritisation, multinational cooperation, and common funding will play in achieving these new force goals.
  • NATO Addresses Need to Properly Organize, Equip Forces for Future AFPS 06 June 2002-- NATO Secretary-General George Robertson told alliance defense ministers today that the Sept. 11 attacks in America make clear the continuing needs for defense and military preparedness.
  • Secretary Rumsfeld Press Conference at NATO Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium 06 June 2002-- Rumsfeld: From the decision to invoke Article 5 for the first time in Alliance history to the NATO AWACS crews that patrolled the U.S. skies after September 11th to the forces of NATO nations that are at this moment serving on the seas and in the air and on the ground in the Afghanistan theater, the NATO Alliance has been critical to our success in the war thus far. Indeed tomorrow I will visit with some of the NATO AWACS crews in Germany to personally thank them for their wonderful assistance in helping to defend the United States these past many months.
  • Kitty Hawk, CVW-5 Complete 7-Week Western Pacific Training Mission AFPS 06 June 2002-- After more than seven weeks of training, the Navy's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), returned to its forward-deployed port of Yokosuka, Japan, June 5. The aircraft of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 returned to Atsugi, Japan, June 3 and 4.

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