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20 June 2002 Military News

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Current Operations

  • 28 Detainees Arrive at Camp Delta AFIS 20 Jun 2002 -- Strong winds churned up white caps across Guantanamo Bay June 18 as an Air Force Reserve C-141 Starlifter streamed in for a landing carrying 28 suspected al Qaeda and Taliban members headed for in-processing and detention at Camp Delta here.
  • AFGHAN POL WRAP VOA 20 Jun 2002 -- Afghanistan's grand elective council, the Loya Jirga, adjourned Wednesday, after President Hamid Karzai presented his cabinet choices. The Loya Jirga was a sometimes-chaotic meeting, as Afghans grappled with issues large and small. Some tangible goals may not have been achieved, but -- after years of war and unrest -- the intangibles emerging from the meeting may have been just as important.
  • BRITAIN / AFGHAN VOA 20 Jun 2002 -- British troops soon will be leaving Afghanistan, following the transfer of the command of the international security force in Kabul from Britain to Turkey.
  • AFGHAN-PEACKEEPERS VOA 20 Jun 2002 -- Britain has turned over command of multinational peacekeepers in Kabul to Turkey. The formal change of command took place in Kabul Thursday. The Turkish troops will be trying to keep the peace during potentially rough political times.
  • PHILIPPINES / U-S TROOPS VOA 20 Jun 2002 -- Washington says it will allow U-S military advisors to go on patrol with Philippine troops hunting Abu Sayyaf rebels in the southern Philippines. The announcement, which would expand the U-S soldiers' role in the fight against terrorism, has sparked a new round of controversy over the U-S military presence in the Philippines.
  • U.S. Troops May Observe Philippine Companies on Patrol AFIS 20 Jun 2002 -- U.S. special operations forces may soon join Philippine soldiers "in the weeds" to observe and assess operations to root out Abu Sayyaf terrorists in the island nation.

Other Conflicts

  • BUSH / COLOMBIA VOA 20 Jun 2002 -- President Bush met Colombia's President-elect Alvaro Uribe at the White House Thursday. Bush reaffirmed his support for Colombia's battle against drug traffickers and terrorism.
  • BUSH/MIDEAST VOA 20 Jun 2002 -- President Bush has assured Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon that he is determined to find a way to protect Israel's security, while bringing hope to the Palestinian people. V-O-A's Paula Wolfson reports they spoke by telephone Thursday, a call that focused on this week's suicide bombings in Jerusalem.
  • ISRAEL PALESTINIANS VOA 20 Jun 2002 -- Israeli tanks and troops are carrying out more military operations in West Bank cities and villages -- following a second Palestinian suicide bombing in two days in Jerusalem.
  • SUDAN CIVIL WAR VOA 20 Jun 2002 -- A senior Sudanese government official is warning of war, famine, and disaster throughout Africa if Sudanese peace negotiations that resumed this week should fail.
  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 20 Jun 2002 -- Israel has begun calling up reserve soldiers as it widens its military operation in Palestinian-ruled areas of the West Bank. The military moves are in response to two suicide bombings in Jerusalem that killed at least 26 Israelis.
  • CQ POWELL / MIDEAST VOA 20 Jun 2002 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell is telephoning counterparts in the Arab world and Europe, seeking help in creating an environment in which President Bush can effectively present his proposals for Middle East peace. Administration officials say the much-anticipated message could be pushed back to next week with the region in turmoil after the latest suicide bombings.
  • Text: U.S. Official Outlines Agenda for Peace and Security in Colombia Washington File 20 Jun 2002 -- The incoming administration of Colombian President-elect Alvaro Uribe "faces tremendous challenges" in grappling with a decades-old civil war fueled by narco-terrorist groups in Colombia, says Lino Gutierrez, principal deputy assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs.
  • Text: U.S. Supports 6-month Extension of Peacekeeping Force in Abkhazia Washington File 20 Jun 2002 -- The United States supports extending for another six months the current mandate of the Commonwealth of Independent States PeacekeepingForce in Abkhazia when it expires at the end of June, according to a June 20 State Department statement

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Navy, Air Force develop laser-retargeting technology AFPN 20 Jun 2002-- Global power projection in the United States took a giant step forward with the dedication recently of a Navy/Air Force research laboratory focused on developing technology for a revolutionary new satellite able to receive and re-target laser beams anywhere on Earth.
  • AEF schedules remaining same AFPN 20 Jun 2002-- The air and space expeditionary force concept was a major topic of discussion at the recent Corona meeting in Colorado Springs, Colo., most notably on the lengths and numbers of existing AEF deployments.
  • PENTAGON / FOREIGNERS VOA 20 Jun 2002 -- It is not highly-publicized nor widely-known, but the thousands of foreigners are currently serving in America's armed forces. Could this result in the infiltration of the military by terrorists who might gain access to sophisticated weapons or sensitive intelligence material?
  • CONGRESS HOMELAND SECURITY VOA 20 Jun 2002 -- U-S lawmakers say they support President Bush's proposal to create a cabinet-level Homeland Security Agency, but they are voicing concerns about a key aspect of the plan. They made their concerns known to Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge, who testified Thursday on Capitol Hill, as correspondent Deborah Tate reports.
  • DOD and Norway Sign Joint Strike Fighter Agreement 20 Jun 2002 -- Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Edward C. "Pete" Aldridge Jr. and his Norwegian counterpart National Armaments Director Leif Lindback today signed memorandum of understanding documents committing Norway to participation in the Joint Strike Fighter system development and demonstration (SDD) phase.

Defense Industry

News Reports

  • SAUDI BLAST VOA 20 Jun 2002 -- A car bomb explosion in Saudi Arabia has killed a British man.
  • Text: NATO's New Mission is Fighting Terrorism, Robertson Says Washington File 20 Jun 2002 -- NATO understands how the world has changed since the terrorist attacks of September 11, says Secretary General Lord Robertson, and "that's why we are moving forward with a sense of urgency to retool the Alliance to tackle terrorism."
  • SHAPE Morning News Update 20 Jun 2002 -- A senior minister cleared NATO and other foreign vessels on Wednesday of sinking Russia's Kursk nuclear submarine two years ago, saying a faulty torpedo was to blame.
  • SHAPE Afternoon News Update 20 Jun 2002 -- The Washington Post asserts that the United States' leading European allies, who have opposed U.S. efforts to limit the powers of the new international war crimes tribunal (ICC), have quietly obtained written assurances that their troops serving as peacekeepers in Afghanistan would be immune from arrest or surrender to the court.
  • Fact Sheet on the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe Treaty Washington File 20 Jun 2002-- Following is a fact sheet issued June 18 in Washington by the State Department's Bureau of Arms Control providing background information on the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty signed in Paris in 1990 and adapted in Istanbul in 1999, including area of application, treaty membership, major provisions, achievements, implementation, and ratification prospects:

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