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16 December 2002 Military News

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Current Operations

  • Incidents in Afghanistan Highlight Need for Vigilance AFPS 16 Dec 2002-- Four Afghan children were killed and another three injured Dec. 14 at a training range run by the Afghan national army outside Kabul.
  • RESERVE SECURITY MOBILIZATION ANNOUNCED 16 Dec 2002-- The Departments of the Army and the Air Force have signed a memorandum of agreement under which the Army will mobilize approximately 9,000 Army National Guard soldiers to augment security at 163 Air Force installations in the United States.
  • RUMSFELD / HORN VOA 16 Dec 2002-- The center of U-S anti-terrorist operations in the Horn of Africa is a desolate, dusty military base in the tiny nation of Djibouti, one of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's stops on his trip to the region last week
  • JAPAN-AEGIS VOA 16 Dec 2002-- Hundreds of people lined the docks near Tokyo to see a sophisticated Japanese destroyer begin its historic mission to support the U-S led war on terrorism

Other Conflicts

  • PRESS CONFERENCE BY SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE OF SECRETARY-GENERAL FOR CHILDREN AND ARMED CONFLICT United Nations 16 Dec 2002
  • U-S / ISRAEL TALKS VOA 16 Dec 2002-- Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz met Secretary of State Colin Powell Monday as the Bush administration prepares to host, on Friday, a meeting of the international "quartet" on Middle East peace. The four parties are the United States, Russia, the European Union, and the United Nations
  • VENEZUELA / UNREST VOA 16 Dec 2002-- Opposition leaders in Venezuela are calling for national unity and an end to violence after security forces fired tear gas at anti-government protesters who blocked major thoroughfares in the capital
  • IVORY COAST / PEACE TALKS VOA 16 Dec 2002-- West African leaders have finished meeting in Togo with representatives from the Ivory Coast government and rebels in an effort to save their faltering peace talks
  • IVORY COAST / TALKS VOA 16 Dec 2002-- West African leaders are meeting in Togo to find ways to end the crisis in Ivory Coast
  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 16 Dec 2002-- Palestinian gunmen and Israeli forces fought each other in a clash, early Monday, at the border between the southern Gaza Strip and Israel.
  • BOSNIA/WAR CRIMES VOA 16 Dec 2002-- The United Nations war crimes tribunal in the Hague opened a sentencing hearing Monday for former Bosnian Serb president Biljana Plasvic, who has pleaded guilty to crimes against humanity
  • BRITAIN / SYRIA VOA 16 Dec 2002-- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and British Prime Minister Tony Blair disagreed Monday over Iraq and terrorism in the Middle East following their talks in London. But they agreed on the need to push for peace between Israel and the Palestinians
  • U.S. Continues to Work on Road Map for Mideast Peace Washington File 16 Dec 2002-- Asked to comment on reports that President Bush has postponed release of a road map for Middle East peace from the end of the current week to the end of January, White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer responded:

Defense Policy / Programs

  • White House Daily Briefing White House 16 Dec 2002
  • Kadena F-15 accident information released AFPN 16 Dec 2002-- Air Force investigators have determined a pilot's loss of situational awareness, spatial disorientation and faulty flight control inputs led to the Aug. 21 crash of an F-15C Eagle into the ocean south of Kadena Air Base, Japan.
  • Air Force to put CSAR units at Davis-Monthan AFPN 16 Dec 2002-- Air Force officials announced Dec. 16 that the 355th Wing at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., would become home to three combat search and rescue squadrons.
  • Stryker companies evaluated in Yakima exercise Army News Service 16 Dec 2002-- The first Stryker Brigade Combat Team units underwent company exercise evaluations this month in the woods of Fort Lewis and Yakima Training Center.

Defense Industry

News Reports

  • BACKGROUND REPORT on Turkey VOA 16 Dec 2002-- Turkey has been at the center of planning for a possible war with Iraq, as it installed a new Islam-based government, grappled with the Kurdish issue and maneuvered for candidacy for the E-U
  • PAKISTAN / U-S VOA 16 Dec 2002-- A top U-S diplomat is in Pakistan holding talks on bilateral and regional issues with officials of the newly elected government
  • TAJIKISTAN TODAY VOA 16 Dec 2002-- Tajikistan, the poorest state in Central Asia, is also the only one to legitimize a political opposition. But the country remains under the firm direction of president Emomali Rakhmonov, who has just paid his first official visit to Washington, where he met with President Bush
  • Transcript: U.S., Japan Cooperating Closely on Security Matters Washington File 16 Dec 2002-- Secretary of State Colin Powell said that the United States and Japan are working closely together on issues such as North Korea, Iraq, and the war on terrorism.
  • UN / CHILD SOLDIERS VOA 16 Dec 2002-- A new U-N report identifies 23 governments and insurgent groups in five countries that recruit child soldiers to fight in armed conflicts. The report, issued Monday, is the third of its kind but the first time the United Nations has actually named the parties involved in the banned practice
  • SHAPE NEWS SUMMARY & ANALYSIS 16 Dec 2002-- Gen. Ralston visits Armenia / EU -NATO deal seen clearing way for EU peacekeeping mission in Balkans / Turkey said building up troops near Iraq border / Belgium government reportedly wants debate on Kleine Brogel / French military mission in Ivory Coast changed
  • SHAPE NEWS MORNING UPDATE 16 Dec 2002-- Struck: NATO weighing redeployment of ships from eastern to western Mediterranean to increase protection for civilian shipping / NATO starts leaner peace mission in Macedonia (sic) / Germany says UN seeking spy drones for arms inspections in Iraq / Britain denies U.S. has made missile defense plea / Turkey says Cyprus deal possible by February



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