06 January 2003 Military News
- U-N-H-C-R / AFGHANISTAN VOA 06 Jan 2003-- The United Nations refugee agency says it is not encouraging Afghan refugees to return home. Agency officials say the country is still unsafe and living conditions are bad
- Landmine injures soldier, weapons found in Afghanistan Army News Service 06 Jan 2003-- An 82nd Airborne Division paratrooper is in stable condition after stepping on a antipersonnel landmine during a routine patrol Jan. 4.
- PENTAGON/TROOPS VOA 06 Jan 2003-- A Navy hospital ship has set sail for the Persian Gulf region, the latest sign of U-S preparations for a possible war with Iraq
- Stabilization Forces reorganize in Bosnia Army News Service 06 Jan 2003-- The changing of the New Year brought forth a transition for soldiers serving in Operation Joint Forge, the NATO-led peacekeeping effort in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- U.S. Navy Hospital Ship Departs Baltimore Navy Newsstand 06 Jan 2003-- U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) sailed from Baltimore today (Jan. 6) in support of the global war on terrorism. Comfort, maintained in reduced operating status in a Baltimore berth, departed with a core element of its medical staff aboard to prepare the medical treatment facility (MTF) in the event it is needed for future contingencies.
- A Colorful Christmas Marine Corps News 06 Jan 2003-- The night falls into day, as the sun cascades over the vast quantity of snowcapped mountains. A normal day to most locals, but a very special day to many others, Christmas morning had arrived. The sound of the bugle echoes through the mountains and from post to post throughout the grounds of the United States Embassy here. It is 7:55 a.m. and it is time to celebrate our country's freedom. Three Marines stand tall at the top of the stairs of the Embassy, waiting to conduct morning colors.
- CJTF-HOA and CTF-150 train at sea Marine Corps News 06 Jan 2003-- From its headquarters aboard USS Mount Whitney in the Gulf of Aden, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) completed a two-day exercise with maritime forces from Combined Task Force-150 (CTF-150) here Jan. 6.
Defense Policy / Programs
- White House Daily Briefing White House 06 Jan 2003
- USS Gary celebrates 18th birthday 7th Fleet News Release 06 Jan 2003-- Sailors aboard the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Gary (FFG 51) celebrated the ship's 18th year of active service Nov. 17.
- AH-1Z Super Cobra completes envelope expansion testing NAVAIR News Release 06 Jan 2003-- The first AH-1Z SuperCobra test aircraft ended 2002 on a high note having completed the envelope expansion portion of the test program and achieving more than 400 flight test hours.
- BAE SYSTEMS Network Enabled Capabilities Feature In Major NATO Exercise BAE Systems 06 Jan 2003 -- Defence Infrastructure (CDI) Division's Network Enabled Capability (NEC) systems were successfully featured at NATO Allied Command Europe's Headquarters Rapid Reaction Corps' (ARRC) recent major exercise, ARRCADE FUSION 2002.
- LOCKHEED MARTIN RECEIVES $30 MILLION LRIP 2 CONTRACT FOR PREDATOR SHORT-RANGE ANTI-TANK WEAPON Lockheed Martin 06 Jan 2003 -- Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Marine Corps recently signed a $30.9 million contract for the second Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP 2) of the shoulder-fired, short-range PredatorTM anti-tank weapon. The contract is for the production and delivery of 400 Predator weapons.
- Northrop Grumman Modifies LITENING Targeting and Navigation Pod to Establish Data/Video Link Northrop Grumman 06 Jan 2003 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Electronic Systems sector has successfully modified a LITENING Extended Range (ER) targeting and navigation pod to enable a data link between a U.S. Marine AV-8B aircraft and a ground station for a Pioneer unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 06 Jan 2003
- PRESS BRIEFING BY SECURITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT United Nations 06 Jan 2003
- CAMBODIA / KHMER TRIAL VOA 06 Jan 2003-- Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has vowed to put surviving members of the Khmer Rouge on trial for genocide, saying it is the only way to clear the country of a tragic legacy. His comments come hours before Cambodia resumes talks in New York with the United Nations about setting up a special tribunal.
- IVORY COAST VOA 06 Jan 2003-- Rebels in Ivory Coast have attacked French peacekeepers near a key western town. There is no information yet about casualties from the fighting, which comes just a day after the rebel group in the area pledged to attend new peace talks in Paris
- COTE D'IVOIRE: Rebels clash with French troops, town falls IRIN 06 Jan 2003 -- French troops and rebels in western Cote d'Ivoire clashed again on Monday in the western town of Duekoue, French army spokesman Lt-Col Ange-Antoine Lecia told IRIN. Four members of the French contingent were wounded but Lecia could not give casualty figures for the rebels.
- COTE D'IVOIRE: Situation getting more desperate for refugees IRIN 06 Jan 2003 -- Reports of fighting in southwestern Cote d'Ivoire have caused increased population movement, with the situation becoming "more and more" desperate for Liberian refugees living in the area, humanitarian sources told IRIN on Monday.
- DRC: Another 35,000 displaced by ongoing fighting IRIN 06 Jan 2003 -- Some 35,000 people fled heavy artillery fire around Makeke, on the border between North Kivu and the Ituri region of northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, to Beni on 31st December 2002, according to Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF).
- DRC: "High time" to implement Pretoria accord, says Belgian minister IRIN 06 Jan 2003 -- Belgian Foreign Minister Louis Michel has urged the government and "all parties" in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to implement the Pretoria power-sharing agreement without delay.
- ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS VOA 06 Jan 2003-- Israel is set to take a series of punitive measures against the Palestinians following Sunday night's dual suicide bomb attack in Tel Aviv, which killed at least 22 people and injured another 100.
- SRI LANKA TALKS VOA 06 Jan 2003-- The fourth round of peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and Tamil rebels are expected to be the toughest yet
- SOMALIA: Peace talks resume in Eldoret IRIN 06 Jan 2003 -- The Somali national reconciliation conference resumed in the Kenyan town of Eldoret on Monday after a two-week break, a source close to the talks told IRIN.
- SUDAN: More work needed to achieve peace, think tank says IRIN 06 Jan 2003 -- As the next round of talks aimed at ending 19 years of conflict in Sudan draws near, Sudan's warring parties are still reluctant to take the necessary decisions leading to conditions for peace in the country, a UK-based think tank has said.
- CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: WFP receives additional funding for emergency food aid IRIN 06 Jan 2003 -- The World Food Programme (WFP) in the Central African Republic capital, Bangui, had this month received US $500,000 from its Rome headquarters to buy emergency food aid for people in the north of the country, the agency’s national director, David Bulman, told IRIN on 4 January.
- ETHIOPIA: Interview with British Ambassador Myles Wickstead IRIN 06 Jan 2003 -- Myles Wickstead is the British Ambassador in Ethiopia. Here he tells IRIN about the UK’s willingness to increase military aid to Ethiopia, how the country could provide peacekeepers for the United Nations and why the UK government is shifting towards Direct Budget Support in Ethiopia.
- LIBERIA: US will not recognise "fraudulent elections" IRIN 06 Jan 2003 -- The United States government would like to see free and fair elections in Liberia and warned it would neither support nor recognise the result of any fraudulent one, US Ambassador to Liberia John William Blaney told journalists on 2 January.
- NIGERIA: Obasanjo wins party nomination for second term IRIN 06 Jan 2003 -- Nigeria’s President Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday was declared the ruling party’s candidate for April elections after he scored an overwhelming victory to beat off the challenge of three rivals.
- TITAN II SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES CORIOLIS MISSION FROM VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE Lockheed Martin 06 Jan 2003 -- A Lockheed Martin Titan II launch vehicle successfully placed the Coriolis mission into orbit this morning for the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy. The Titan II lifted off at 6:19 a.m. Pacific Time from Launch Complex 4W at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The Coriolis mission comprises two payloads: the Navy Windsat Radiometer (Windsat) and the Air Force Solar Mass Ejection Imager (SMEI). Both payloads were successfully placed in a low Earth, sun synchronous orbit of 516 miles (830 kilometers).
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