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29 November 2002 Military News

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Current Operations

  • U-S/AFGHANISTAN VOA 29 Nov 2002 -- The top U-S general responsible for coalition forces in Afghanistan says the war on terrorism is on track, but, he says, extremists still pose a threat to stability in up to one-third of Afghanistan
  • AFGHANISTAN/MINEFILED MARATHON VOA 29 Nov 2002 -- In Afghanistan, more than one-hundred U-S and coalition military personnel took time out from a grueling seven-day work week to compete in a marathon at the Bagram Air Base outside Kabul. Much of the 41-kilometer course ran through an active minefield -- making the Minefield Marathon an unusual and challenging race
  • STRUGGLING AFGHANISTAN, PART ONE VOA 29 Nov 2002 -- Substantial gains by fundamentalist parties in recent Pakistani elections add to the problems facing Afghanistan's already shaky government. These parties support the Taleban and al-Qaida remnants now regrouping in the murky borderlands of Pakistan and Afghanistan. It will now be harder for U-S forces to root them out and find their still missing leaders, Mullah Omar and Osama bin Laden
  • Civil engineers keep Bagram's airfield in shape AFPN 29 Nov 2002-- Before the runway gets potholes large enough to swallow an airplane, the members of the 455th Expeditionary Civil Engineering Element ensure the pilots have a smooth ride when they land.
  • CJTF-HOA makes a "pit stop" in Rota Marine Corps News 29 Nov 2002-- Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa left Norfolk, Va. in mid-November and is headed for northeast Africa where there is a perceived threat of terrorism. The ship recently stopped in Rota, Spain for supplies and recreation.

Other Conflicts

  • DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 29 Nov 2002
  • COLOMBIA/CEASE-FIRE VOA 29 Nov 2002 -- Colombia's right-wing paramilitaries have declared a unilateral cease-fire to pave the way for peace talks with the government. Citizens hope the proposal will close the door on one of the most violent periods in their country's history
  • RUSSIA/CHECHNYA / DISPLACED PERSONS VOA 29 Nov 2002 -- Thousand of refugees from the breakaway Russian republic of Chechnya are living in tent camps in neighboring Ingushetia. There is now mounting international concern that Moscow is trying to force them out
  • ISRAEL-SHARON VOA 29 Nov 2002 -- Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, has pledged to hunt down the perpetrators of terrorism, after winning a new mandate to lead his Likud Party to national elections in January. Mr. Sharon predicted his ruling faction would double in strength in the next parliament, as he swore to retaliate over terrorist attacks against his people at home and abroad
  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 29 Nov 2002 -- Israeli troops on Friday blew up the homes of two Palestinian gunmen who attacked an office of Israel's Likud Party a day earlier, killing six Israelis and wounding more than 20
  • INDONESIA/TIMOR VOA 29 Nov 2002 -- Indonesia's human rights court has acquitted four men on charges of crimes against humanity in East Timor.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • DEPLOYMENT OF NAVAL TASK GROUP - EXERCISE FLYING FISH Royal Navy News [UK] 29 Nov 2002 -- Defence Minister, Adam Ingram, today outlined plans for the UK's Naval Task Group 2003 (NTG 03). NTG deployments are routine and programmed every three years. The main focus of NTG 03 is Exercise Flying Fish, a multi-national exercise held under the Five Power Defence Arrangements (FDPA) in the Asia Pacific Region.

Defense Industry

News Reports

  • Initiative launched to improve efficiency of ship maintenance Hawai'i News 29 Nov 2002-- The people involved in maintaining Navy ships are no strangers to overhauls - but the particular overhaul they now are preparing for promises to be like none they've ever seen. Because in this overhaul, instead of breathing new life into a worn steel ship, the Navy ships' maintenance team hopes to breathe new efficiency into their own processes.
  • BALTICS / E-U VOA 29 Nov 2002 -- The three Baltic countries of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia all received invitations to join the NATO alliance last week. They are also working toward joining the European Union in the next few years. While many people in the Baltics were excited about joining NATO, the European Union is getting mixed reviews
  • NATO to Maintain Smaller Presence in FYR Macedonia Washington File 29 Nov 2002 -- NATO has agreed to a request by the government of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to maintain a "significantly smaller" presence after the December 16 conclusion of Operation Amber Fox to help minimize the risks of destabilization and to assist the government "in taking ownership of security throughout the country."
  • SHAPE NEWS MORNING UPDATE 29 Nov 2002 -- Swiss institute concludes bin Laden tape is not authentic, French report says / Russian official says al-Qaida network regrouping / UK Papers say Saddam tells staff to hide weapons / EU agrees plan to send back Afghan refugees / Yugoslav republics agree on new union, EU says / Court decides that war crimes suspect is too ill to stand trial at UN court / After top Palestinian leader criticizes violence, poll shows Palestinians favor crackdown on militants
  • BALTICS / E-U VOA 29 Nov 2002 -- The three Baltic countries of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia all received invitations to join the NATO alliance last week. They are also working toward joining the European Union in the next few years. While many people in the Baltics were excited about joining NATO, the European Union is getting mixed reviews



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