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02 July 2002 Military News

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Current Operations

  • AFGHAN/PENTAGON VOA 02 Jul 2002-- A group of U-S soldiers has come under small arms fire in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar after visiting a hospital holding civilians allegedly injured in a U-S airstrike
  • BOSNIA/ICC DISPUTE VOA 02 Jul 2002-- The U-N Security Council is preparing for an orderly shutdown of the U-N police mission in Bosnia, having almost abandoned hope that Washington will change its mind in demanding immunity for American peacekeepers from a new global criminal court. The United States vetoed a six-month extension of the Bosnia operation Sunday, then agreed to keep it alive for three more days, while negotiations continued on a way out of the impasse
  • RUMSFELD/U-N COURT VOA 02 Jul 2002-- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says the United States will not withdraw all its forces from peacekeeping missions worldwide because of its objections to the new International Criminal Court
  • LEILA SADAT/INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT VOA 02 Jul 2002-- The United States has recalled three military observers serving with United Nations' peacekeepers in East Timor, amid squabbles over the new International Criminal Court -- the first permanent world tribunal for war crimes. The U-S wants guarantees that American troops serving with U-N peacekeeping missions are given immunity from prosecution by the new international criminal court. Leila (LAY-luh) Sadat is a law professor at Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri. She's written a book titled The International Criminal Court and the Transformation of International Law
  • BUSH / U-N COURT VOA 02 Jul 2002-- President Bush says he wants to end a stand-off over the new International Criminal Court, but he will not back-down in a dispute that is threatening U-S peacekeeping in Bosnia
  • WAR CRIMES / BOSNIA VOA 02 Jul 2002-- NATO troops in Bosnia have ransacked the family home of war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic in an apparent search for clues as to the whereabouts of the Bosnian Serb war time leader. The NATO military command in Bosnia says it was seeking to disrupt what it called an illegal smuggling network but the operation may have had another motive.
  • U.S. Amends Commercial Defense Trade Policy Towards Afghanistan Washington File 02 Jul 2002-- The Department of State has ended its policy of denial with respect to commercial defense trade with the Government of Afghanistan (the Transitional Administration) by modifying the application of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations proscribed list (22 C.F.R. section 126.1(a)) with respect to Afghanistan, effective July 2, 2002.
  • Fact Team Investigating Oruzgan Province Air Operation AFPS 02 Jul 2002-- A U.S.-coalition team today began investigating the incident surrounding a military air operation conducted in southern Afghanistan Sunday and Monday, senior Pentagon officials said here today.
  • U.S. Troops Continue Bosnia Mission, Despite ICC Concerns AFPS 02 Jul 2002-- U.S. troops will continue performing U.N. peacekeeping missions in Bosnia despite senior DoD officials' concerns about the lack of legal protections for American troops under the recently established International Criminal Court.

Other Conflicts

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Background Briefing on the International Criminal Court 02 Jul 2002-- Q: You say that an international criminal court cannot be applied against countries that do not recognize the treaty. How could you ever set up an international criminal court for a country like, say, Yugoslavia or another country, I don't know, possible in the future an Iraq or -- that obviously wouldn't recognize the treaty, and yet the international community may have a legitimate interest in conducting war crimes trials?

    Senior Defense Official: I guess the short answer to that question is, history knows from World War II until July 1st of this year that there have been a number of ways that countries and the international community have dealt with war crimes. And those various ways have worked reasonably well, not entirely with no controversy, because there was a certain amount of improvising, and the Nuremberg tribunal was improvised, but it became a model. And there are cases where countries have tried their own people. There are cases where countries have consented to handing over individuals to an international tribunal. That's what happened with Milosevic. I mean, there are various ways that war crimes get investigated and prosecuted that do not require the creation of this new structure, and, as I said, this particularly problematic element of it, which is the idea that it's a treaty that applies to non-parties.

  • Pentagon Briefing Transcript Washington File 02 Jul 2002-- Pace: We do have a lot more to learn about this, as the secretary said. What we do know right now, at least the first reports, which may change, are that there was a B-52 that was flying a mission about that time. It did drop seven precision-guided munitions. They were being spotted and controlled by a forward air controller on the ground, who saw the impacts of the seven weapons. Six of them flew to the targets that they were designed to hit, which were cave complexes. The seventh one was flying to its target and hit an intervening hill mass about 3,000 yards short of its intended target. That hill mass had no people on it, and the air controller on the ground believes that there was no one in that area where it impacted.
  • Deputy Secretary Wolfowitz Interview with the New Yorker 02 Jul 2002-- Wolfowitz: I think one way to think of this Crusader decision which is something very different from simply killing a program or killing a Cold War system, as some people like to characterize it inaccurately, in my view, I see it as a decision to accelerate the -- it's a decision to take those valuable taxpayer dollars and use them to bring on as quickly as we possibly can that transformed ground force capability that is actually envisioned in Army transformation and the Army objective force.
  • SINGAPORE / U-S MILITARY VOA 02 Jul 2002-- The United States and Singapore military forces have launched their eighth annual 12-day joint training exercise in the South China Sea

Defense Industry

News Reports

  • State Department Noon Briefing Transcript Washington File 02 Jul 2002-- MR. BOUCHER: There are plenty of other peacekeeping operations which have various schedules of renewal. The issue for us, though, is to try to find some formulation that can make sure that when US personnel are participating in these missions, they don't get exposed to these risks. How that is done, we originally proposed a generic resolution -- that's one way to do it -- and then when others didn't want to do that, we said, well let's do it in this case in the Bosnia context. And then either way, we want to work this out so that US peacekeepers are not unduly exposed to the risk, but so that we are able to continue these very important missions.
  • Expert Sees More Proactive U.S. Policy Against Terrorism Washington File 02 Jul 2002-- Recent statements by President Bush and other top administration officials have made it increasingly clear that the United States is in the process of adopting a more proactive policy in the war against terrorism, a U.S. expert says.
  • SHAPE NEWS MORNING UPDATE 02 Jul 2002-- U.S. taking hostage UN Bosnia mission says Solana
  • SHAPE NEWS SUMMARY & ANALYSIS 02 Jul 2002-- NATO-led peacekeepers raid Karadzic's house



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