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13 January 2003 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

  • 94th Engineer Battalion on its way to Enduring Freedom USAEUR News 15 Jan 2003-- Soldiers of V Corps' 94th Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy) took their first step towards supporting Operation Enduring Freedom Jan. 9 as they loaded approximately 500 pieces of engineering equipment onto rail cars here for the first leg of the journey.
  • Soldiers destroy weapons cache in Afghanistan Army News Service 13 Jan 2003-- Members of the 731st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company from Ohio celebrated the New Years with a bang when they destroyed nearly 7,500 lbs. of unexploded ordnance at two sites a few miles outside the main gate of Kandahar Air Base.
  • PHILIPPINES FIGHTING VOA 13 Jan 2003-- The Philippine military is continuing to chase rebel groups and a criminal gang in the southern islands and says it has discovered a camp used for training and planning attacks. They estimate more than 20 rebels have died in skirmishes over the past few days.
  • AFGHANISTAN: Cold spell kills refugee children IRIN 13 Jan 2003 -- The office for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Pakistan confirmed to IRIN on Monday, the deaths of children in Afghan refugees camps on Pakistan's border with Afghanistan.

Defense Policy / Programs

Defense Industry

  • Troop trial of TRIGAT LR begun successfully EADS 13 Jan 2003 -- At the beginning of December 2002, an early important success was recorded within the framework of the troop trial for TRIGAT LR – the main armament of the Tiger helicopter – on the Ile du Levant in France. The missile was successfully released from the Panther test helicopter and guided to the target. The seeker head and warhead operated perfectly. The shot was fired by a French gunner in forward flight at a target situated at 2,300 metres distance. The T 72 was equipped with reactive armour and thermal plates to represent a realistic target signature.

Other Conflicts

  • IVORY COAST VOA 13 Jan 2003 -- Rebels based in western Ivory Coast have signed a cease-fire agreement with the government before Wednesday's scheduled start of peace negotiations in France
  • IVORY COAST/PARIS/GBAGBO VOA 13 Jan 2003 -- The president of Ivory Coast, Laurent Gbagbo, says he hopes French-mediated talks with rebel leaders in Paris this week will pave the way for lasting peace in the West African country. But in an interview with French radio (Monday), Mr. Gbagbo rebuffed key rebel demands
  • UN/IVORY COAST VOA 13 Jan 2003 -- A Senior U-N official says there is evidence of widespread human-rights violations in the Ivory Coast. Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs Carolyn McAskie says she will stress the need to protect civilians from abuse when she meets government and rebel leaders in Ivory Coast
  • COTE D'IVOIRE: Ceasefire signed with western rebel groups IRIN 13 Jan 2003 -- The government of Cote d'Ivoire and the two western rebel groups have signed a ceasefire in Lome, two days ahead of the much-anticipated Paris roundtable slated for Wednesday.
  • DRC: Peace talks facilitator arrives IRIN 13 Jan 2003 -- The facilitator for the inter-Congolese dialogue, Ketumile Masire, arrived in the capital, Kinshasa, on Sunday to make preparations for the final session of national peace and reconciliation talks, his office reported.
  • DRC: RCD-Goma and UPC-RP form alliance IRIN 13 Jan 2003 -- The Rwandan-backed Rassemblement congolais pour la democratie (RCD-Goma) rebel movement has formed an alliance with the Bunia-based Union des patriotes congolais pour la reconciliation et la paix (UPC-RP) of Thomas Lubanga in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
  • DRC: Two mass graves found in Mambasa IRIN 13 Jan 2003 -- Two mass graves have been discovered in Mambasa, 50 km northwest of Beni, in the Ituri district of northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to the United Nations Mission in the DRC, known as MONUC.
  • DRC: UN Special Envoy sets priorities for transitional period IRIN 13 Jan 2003 -- Following his recent reappointment as the UN Special Envoy for the peace process in DRC, Mustapha Niasse has said his priority is to remold the national army out of the amalgam of rival armed groups in the country.
  • ETHIOPIA: UN officials gain access to troubled camp IRIN 13 Jan 2003 -- UN officials have made their first visit to a troubled refugee camp in western Ethiopia where more than 40 people were killed during ethnic clashes two months ago.
  • ANGOLA-DRC: EC donates 1.1 million euros for Angolan refugees IRIN 13 Jan 2003 -- The EC has donated 1.1 million euros (US $ 1.16 million) for 60,000 Angolan refugees living in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the commission reported on Friday.
  • CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: President rejects general amnesty for rebels IRIN 13 Jan 2003 -- The president of the Central African Republic CAR, Ange-Felix Patasse, has said there will be no general amnesty for rebel forces involved in recent insurgencies.
  • CONGO: Many IDPs go unaided as relief supplies dwindle IRIN 13 Jan 2003 -- Aid agencies in the Republic of Congo (ROC) do not have enough relief supplies to assist the growing number of people displaced as populations in the Pool region have been forced to flee repeated bombings, banditry and attacks on villages, according to the United Nations.

News Reports

  • CUBAN DISSIDENT / U-S VOA 13 Jan 2003 -- Cuba's leading pro-democracy dissident says the decades-old U-S economic embargo of Cuba is a poor tool for promoting change on the communist-run island.
  • U-S/LIBYA/HUMAN RIGHTS VOA 13 Jan 2003 -- The United States is waging a diplomatic fight to deny Libya the chairmanship of the U-N Commission on Human Rights. U-S officials say the government of Muammar Gadhafi is a major abuser of human rights, and that putting it in charge of the commission would undermine the credibility of the U-N agency
  • ZIMBABWE / POLITICS VOA 13 Jan 2003 -- Speculation about whether Robert Mugabe plans to resign as president of Zimbabwe is dominating conversations in Harare. Peta Thornycroft reports from the capital that the talk began after a news report that a mediator representing two ruling-party leaders met with the opposition Movement for Democratic Change to discuss the 78-year-old president's retirement
  • BUSH VIEWS AS WELCOME STEP OPEC DECISION TO INCREASE PRODUCTION Washington File 13 Jan 2003 -- Asked to give the Bush administration reaction to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries' decision to increase production, Fleischer said President Bush "views OPEC's action to increase production, particularly given the protracted dispute in Venezuela, as a welcome step. It will increase global energy supplies and support global economic growth. The President views this as a welcome step."
  • ZIMBABWE: Power-sharing plan rejected IRIN 13 Jan 2003 -- Zimbabwe's main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) on Monday denied news reports that it was involved in a deal to guarantee a safe exit for President Robert Mugabe and the setting up of a power-sharing government.
  • LIBERIA: Interest groups spell out guidelines for elections IRIN 13 Jan 2003 -- A three-day consultative meeting that brought together Liberia's 18 registered political and other pro-democracy groups have recommended, among other things, that in the absence of a national census a thorough voters registration be conducted in the presence of political party representatives.
  • COTE D'IVOIRE: Humanitarians warn of health risk IRIN 13 Jan 2003 -- Warnings of possible health epidemics have increased in the last several weeks as the four-month old crisis in Cote d'Ivoire continues to affect thousands of people.
  • CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Country named as conduit for diamond smuggling IRIN 13 Jan 2003 -- A "strong likelihood" exists that conflict diamonds from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and elsewhere, are being laundered through Central African Republic, according to a coalition of African and Canadian NGOs, Partnership Africa Canada (PAC).
  • DJIBOUTI: Pro-presidential parties win poll IRIN 13 Jan 2003 -- The pro-presidential coalition in Djibouti has taken all 65 seats in the national assembly, following the country's first full multi-party elections held last week, according to official results.

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