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30 October 2002 Military News

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  • UN / AFGHANISTAN VOA 30 Oct 2002-- Afghanistan continues to face challenges in maintaining security, preparing a new Constitution and upholding human rights, according to the U-N Secretary General's special representative to Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi

Other Conflicts

  • DENMARK CHECHEN ARREST VOA 30 Oct 2002-- Danish police have detained a senior Chechen official after receiving a request from Russia, accusing the envoy of involvement in last week's theater siege and other terrorist attacks.
  • IVORY COAST-TALKS VOA 30 Oct 2002-- Togo's president says he is optimistic about prospects for peace in Ivory Coast following the first day of negotiations between Ivory Coast government officials and rebels.
  • ISRAEL POLITICS VOA 30 Oct 2002-- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's coalition government fell apart Wednesday as Cabinet ministers from the Labor Party resigned in a dispute over funding for Jewish settlements. Labor ministers, including Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer and Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, quit after the failure of last minute talks to avert a break-up
  • MOSCOW HOSTAGE CRISIS: CRITICISM MOUNTS WITH DEATH TOLL Foreign Media Reactions 30 Oct 2002-- Critics blasted the Russian government's "Soviet-style" handling of the hostage crisis; only official Russian media found no fault.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • U-S / ENEMY COMBATANTS VOA 30 Oct 2002-- A panel of U-S appeals court judges in Virginia is struggling with the controversial case of a U-S citizen captured on the battlefield in Afghanistan and now being held by the government as an illegal enemy combatant. A lawyer for Yaser Hamdi has been trying to gain access to his client, but the government argues that as an illegal enemy combatant he is not entitled to a lawyer or the rights given to a prisoner of war
  • U-S / WAR / STRATEGY VOA 30 Oct 2002-- President Bush has unveiled a new national security strategy calling for the use of preemptive attacks against terrorists or rogue states that are developing weapons of mass destruction. The strategy is being debated by supporters and opponents who agree this new doctrine represents a major policy change for the United States
  • Text: State Department on Bosnia Military Train and Equip Program Washington File 30 Oct 2002-- The U.S.-led international program to train and equip the armed forces of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina successfully has completed its work. Through the generosity of the donors, the Train and Equip Program over the last seven years has provided world-class training, equipment, and facilities to the Federation designed to make its forces compatible with NATO standards. In present year (2002) dollars, the total combined value of U.S. and international goods and services provided under the program amount to approximately half a billion dollars. By redressing military imbalances, the program has achieved its goal of enhancing stability in Bosnia and the region. Other donor countries included: Brunei, Egypt, Germany, Jordan, Malaysia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the UAE.
  • NATO-Ukraine Working Group on Defense Reform Sees Accomplishments Washington File 30 Oct 2002-- At its October 28 meeting in Yalta, the Joint NATO-Ukraine Working Group on Defense Reform cited several accomplishments over the past year, including the signing of an agreement that will facilitate Ukrainian support for NATO-led operations, the destruction of surplus arms and munitions, and the strengthening of civil control of the armed forces. The group also looked at priorities for 2003.
  • Marine Gen. Peter Pace: Witness to Change AFPS 30 Oct 2002-- Marine Gen. Peter Pace, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has watched the military evolve over the past 35 years. During a recent interview with the American Forces Press Service, Pace talked of the changes he's seen and of the changes yet to come. Here is the first in a three-part series on the general's views.

Defense Industry

News Reports

  • INDONESIA BALI SUSPECTS VOA 30 Oct 2002-- Indonesian police have released sketches of three men they think are connected to the deadly bombing in Bali earlier this month
  • ASIA CHILD SOLDIERS VOA 30 Oct 2002-- The United Nations children's agency UNICEF says there are more than 300-hundred thousand child soldiers in the world, at least a quarter of them in Asia
  • AUSTRALIA TERROR VOA 30 Oct 2002-- Australian police and security agents have raided homes of suspected members of the outlawed militant organization Jemaah Islamiah. The government says the group is suspected of taking part in the bomb attack in Bali earlier this month that killed almost 200 people
  • ASIA-PACIFIC - TERRORISM VOA 30 Oct 2002-- Police and law enforcement agencies from the Asia-Pacific region have concluded two days of meetings in Vancouver, Canada, where they discussed how to improve their ability to cut off the financing of international terrorism
  • SHAPE NEWS MORNING UPDATE 30 Oct 2002-- U.S. military building database of terror suspects
  • SHAPE NEWS SUMMARY & ANALYSIS 30 Oct 2002-- Report: Britain and France clash over EU defense force

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