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20 January 2003 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

  • CJTF-HOA and coalition forces train at Djibouti range USMC News 20 Jan 2003 -- Forces from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) finished a two-day Naval Surface Fire Support live fire and simulated aerial bombing support exercise Jan. 19 at Godoria Range in Djibouti's Northern Training Area.
  • Contingency preparations: deployment of land forces 20 Jan 2003-- The Secretary of State for Defence, Geoff Hoon MP, announced in the House of Commons on 20 January that, as part of further contingency preparations in relation to Iraq, a substantial land force of some 26,000 personnel were to be deployed.
  • 4th Infantry Division and Other Support Units Receive Deployment Orders III Corps and Fort Hood Press Release 20 Jan 2003-- The 4th Infantry Division stationed at Fort Hood and its 3rd Brigade at Fort Carson, Colo., as well as various other supporting units, known collectively as Task Force Ironhorse, have received deployment orders to reposition forces as required to support the President's global war against terrorism.
  • AFGHANISTAN: Year-ender 2002 - tenuous nation building IRIN 20 Jan 2003 -- Middle-aged Haji Khair Muhammad continues to assist his anthropologist-turned-politician brother, Hakim Taniwal in governing one of the most unruly places on earth, Khost in southeastern Afghanistan. Although a tribal leader, he has all the responsibilities of a statesman ranging from rebuilding the ruins of houses, schools and roads to maintaining a fragile peace between rival tribesmen. "This year heralds a fine new beginning for Afghanistan," he told IRIN from Khost.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • HMS CHATHAM SAILS TO RELIEVE HMS CUMBERLAND Royal Navy 20 Jan 2003-- HMS Chatham deploys on Monday 13 January to relieve her sister ship HMS Cumberland as part of the UK's commitment to the international fight against terrorism.
  • ROYAL NAVY TO RECEIVE NEW QUEENS COLOUR Royal Navy 20 Jan 2003-- Her Majesty The Queen will present a new Colour to the Royal Navy at a Fleet Assembly off Plymouth on 23 July 2003.
  • Secretary Rumsfeld Remarks To The Reserve Officers Association 20 Jan 2003-- Rumsfeld: For more than a decade, the international community has tried every possible means to dissuade Iraq from its weapons of mass destruction ambitions. Think of it. We have tried diplomacy; economic sanctions, embargoes; positive inducements, such as the "oil for food" program; inspections; and limited military efforts, including the northern, and southern no-fly zones. Each of these approaches have been unsuccessful.
  • USS Kitty Hawk departs for carrier qualifications 7th Fleet Release 20 Jan 2003-- America's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier left Yokosuka, Japan, Jan. 20 to conduct sea trials after routine maintenance.
  • Secretary Rumsfeld Interview With Fox News Sunday 19 Jan 2003-- Rumsfeld: No. What it means is that the inspections are designed to allow a cooperative country to show what they have. And the idea that inspectors can go in there and discover things, and find things, if they were be that, they would have been named "finders" or "discoverers" instead of "inspectors." We know what a proper inspection regime looks like. Kazakhstan opened up. South Africa opened up. Other countries -- Ukraine opened up, and inspectors went in and said, "Yes, that's what's there." The Iraqis clearly -- they filed a false declaration.
  • Secretary Rumsfeld Interview On ABC This Week 19 Jan 2003-- Rumsfeld: Of course not. They've submitted a fraudulent declaration. There are great gaps between their records with respect to anthrax and botulism and sarin and VX. They are not submitting the list of scientists that could be taken out of the country. They have systematically not done things in a cooperative way. Now, the inspectors have every right in the world to be concerned about that.

Defense Industry

  • BAE SYSTEMS Supports Greek Submarine Situational Awareness Programme BAE Systems 20 Jan 2003 -- BAE Systems C4ISR has been awarded a contract, in partnership with AeI, to supply Link 11 datalink sub-systems for integration with the STN ATLAS (a BAE Systems joint venture with Rheinmetall AG) ISUS 90 Combat Management System on board Class 214 submarines being built by HDW for the Hellenic Navy.
  • Northrop Grumman Awarded OBOGS Contract for Embraer's F-5BR Aircraft Northrop Grumman 20 Jan 2003 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) announced today that its Life Support business unit has received a contract from Embraer Services Inc. to provide On-Board Oxygen Generating System (OBOGS) to the Brazilian Air Force's fleet of F-5 BR aircraft.
  • Rheinmetall Landsysteme hands over the first of 74 anti-mine reinforced IFVs Rheinmetall Defence 20 Jan 2003 -- December 18th 2002 proved to be a major milestone in our ongoing efforts to make life safer for the soldiers of Germany's Bundeswehr: this day witnessed the official handover of the very first reinforced MARDER 1 A5 infantry fighting vehicle to the German Army, modified to provide highly effective protection against landmines. The technology employed is unrivalled worldwide, setting a new standard in IFV crew protection.
  • MONARC: 155 mm howitzer system mounted on F124 frigate Rheinmetall Defence 20 Jan 2003 -- A pioneering concept recently unveiled by a consortium consisting of Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW), Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Rheinmetall W&M at the HDW wharf in Kiel looks set to create a whole new dimension in surface combatant firepower.

Other Conflicts

  • ISRAEL SECURITY FENCE VOA 20 Jan 2003 -- As Israelis prepare to vote for a new government January 28th, the issue of security is a campaign issue. After more than two-years of a Palestinian uprising, many Israelis feel that building a high wall between the two communities may be the only way to enhance their security.

  • LIBERIA: Security Council concerned about rights IRIN 20 Jan 2003 -- The UN Security Council has urged the government and the rebel Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) to ensure free access for humanitarian aid workers to displaced civilians and refugees, saying it was concerned about human rights in Liberia.
  • LIBERIA: Flow of returnees and refugees increasing, says UNICEF IRIN 20 Jan 2003 -- Over 26,000 Liberian returnees and refugees from Cote d'Ivoire require urgent assistance after fleeing recent military activities in the rebel-held western Ivorian cities of Danane and Man, UNICEF reported on Monday.
  • COTE D'IVOIRE: ECOWAS Contact Group meets in Lome IRIN 20 Jan 2003 -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Contact Group for Cote d'Ivoire met on Monday in Lome, Togo, to review mediation efforts so far made and called on the belligerents to find a peaceful solution to the ongoing Ivorian conflict "so to preserve the entire region".
  • COTE D'IVOIRE: UN envoy appeals for protection of refugees and displaced IRIN 20 Jan 2003 -- The UN Humanitarian Envoy for Cote d'Ivoire, Carolyn McAskie, at the weekend appealed to the Ivorian government to exercise its obligations with regards to humanitarian law and provide protection to refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs).
  • IVORY COAST / ECOWAS VOA 20 Jan 2003 -- Leaders of several African nations are meeting in Togo to talk about efforts to end the four-month-old rebel conflict in Ivory Coast

  • SOMALIA TALKS VOA 20 Jan 2003 -- Somalia's neighbors are hoping that the appointment of a new mediator will bring momentum to the Somali peace talks
  • SOMALIA: Kenya appoints new special envoy for peace talks IRIN 20 Jan 2003 -- The newly-elected government of Kenya has appointed a new special envoy for the Somali peace talks, a Kenyan foreign ministry official told IRIN on Monday.
  • INDONESIA / E TIMOR SENTENCING VOA 20 Jan 2003-- An Indonesian human rights court has sentenced a senior police official to three years in prison for failing to prevent a massacre in the run up to East Timor's vote for independence in 1999
  • DRC: Date, venue for inter-Congolese dialogue undecided IRIN 20 Jan 2003 -- The facilitator of the inter-Congolese dialogue, Ketumile Masire, ended on Saturday a week-long series of consultations on the "way forward" for the next round of political negotiations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC-CONGO: 150 more CEMAC peacekeepers for CAR IRIN 20 Jan 2003 -- A contingent of 150 soldiers from the Republic of Congo (ROC) has been sent in support of an international peacekeeping force of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central African States (known by its French acronym CEMAC) in the Central African Republic (CAR), the government in Brazzaville announced on Saturday.
  • RWANDA-ZAMBIA: 5,000 refugees to be repatriated from Zambia IRIN 20 Jan 2003 -- A tripartite agreement has been signed with the governments of Rwanda and Zambia to begin the voluntary return by air of more than 5,000 Rwandan refugees in Zambia, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported on Friday.
  • BURUNDI: Thousands flee fresh fighting IRIN 20 Jan 2003 -- Thousands of civilians have fled fresh fighting between government troops and Hutu rebels in Gitega Province, the spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Burundi, Nicholas McGowan, reported.
  • SIERRA LEONE: Former coup leader sought by security IRIN 20 Jan 2003 -- Sierra Leone's former military leader, Johnny Paul Koroma, was on Monday reported to be on the run after he escaped arrest for questioning in connection with an attack on an army barracks on 13 January, news agencies reported.
  • DRC: MLC asks rights group to investigate allegations of cannibalism IRIN 20 Jan 2003 -- A rebel group in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has called on a rights advocacy group, Human Rights Watch, to conduct an investigation into alleged acts of cannibalism conducted by its members in the northeast of the country.
  • ANGOLA: Year-ender 2002 - From crisis to development IRIN 20 Jan 2003 -- With peace seemingly entrenched after nearly three decades of civil war, Angolan society now strives for normalcy. But, warn observers, the end of the war is merely the beginning of a long, hard road to development.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 20 Jan 2003
  • SHAPE News Summary Analysis SHAPE 20 Jan 2003
  • CUBA / ELECTIONS VOA 20 Jan 2003 -- Cuba reports near-perfect turn-out for general elections in which more than 600 candidates handpicked by the country's communist government ran unopposed
  • SERBIA/WAR CRIMES VOA 20 Jan 2003 -- Former Serbian President Milan Milutinovic has surrendered to the U-N war crimes tribunal in The Hague. His testimony is seen as valuable in the case against former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic
  • RED CROSS / MONGOLIA VOA 20 Jan 2003 -- The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies says a fourth successive harsh winter in Mongolia is threatening hundreds of thousands of people with hunger and loss of livelihood. The Red Cross says millions of animals, upon which herders depend, are expected to die this winter from cold and hunger
  • KENYA/KIBAKI VOA 20 Jan 2003 -- There is concern over the health of Kenya's new president Mwai Kibaki, who was admitted to a Nairobi hospital Sunday. The president is expected to remain in the hospital for at least eight-days
  • ZIMBABWE TRIAL VOA 20 Jan 2003 -- Zimbabwe's High Court has begun hearing a case the government hopes will prove that the opposition Movement for Democratic Change is what the government calls a terrorist organization
  • U-N / HUMAN RIGHTS VOA 20 Jan 2003 -- Libya has been elected to chair this year's United Nations Human Rights Commission meeting, despite U-S complaints that Libya has a poor human rights record and has been involved in sponsoring terrorism
  • By secret ballot, Libya elected chair of UN human rights commission UN News Centre 20 Jan 2003 -- Libya was elected today by secret ballot to head the top United Nations human rights panel - a break from nearly 50 years of tradition in which chairpersons are elected by acclamation
  • Former Serb President Milutinovic set to appear before UN war crimes tribunal UN News Centre 20 Jan 2003 -- Former Serbian President Milan Milutinovic was transferred today to the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague, where he is awaiting his initial appearance before the court on charges of crimes against humanity and other inhumane acts, including persecutions on political, racial and religious grounds
  • Security Council Urges More Action to Fight Terrorism Washington File 20 Jan 2003-- Powell says war on terrorism must go on "as long as it takes"
  • Transcript: Powell, Counterparts Talk Terrorism, Iraq, North Korea Washington File 20 Jan 2003-- State Department Spokesman Richard Boucher spokes to the press the evening of January 19 following a series of bilateral meetings between Secretary of State Colin Powell and several foreign ministers.
  • Text: Rumsfeld Says Iraq, North Korea Require Different Approaches Washington File 20 Jan 2003-- "No living dictator has shown the deadly combination of capability and intent -- of aggression against his neighbors; pursuit of weapons of mass destruction; the use of weapons of mass destruction; oppression of his own people; support of terrorism; and the most threatening hostility to its neighbors and to the United States, than Saddam Hussein," said Rumsfeld in remarks to the Reserve Officers Association.
  • War on Terrorism Must Be Intensified, Powell Says Washington File 20 Jan 2003-- The war on terrorism must be waged "at every level, with every tool of statecraft, for as long as it takes," Secretary of State Colin Powell told the United Nations Security Council January 20.
  • CENTRAL ASIA: Year-ender 2002 IRIN 20 Jan 2003 -- Many of the key issues that impinged on national development in the five Central Asian republics in 2002 were regional in dimension. Humanitarian professionals in the area continued to call for Central Asia-wide collaboration in tackling them. The key areas for regional action in Central Asia are: water, trade, transport, communications, trans-boundary environment issues and drug trafficking, experts say.
  • DJIBOUTI: President on official visit to the US IRIN 20 Jan 2003 -- Djibouti President Isma'il Omar Guelleh on Saturday left for a five-day official visit to the US at the invitation of the US government, a Djibouti official told IRIN on Monday.
  • SOUTHERN AFRICA: Year-ender 2002 - The scramble for food IRIN 20 Jan 2003 -- The year 2002 in Southern Africa was marked by a scramble for food - by the over 14 million people who faced starvation, and by humanitarian agencies begging international donors for the urgent funds needed to buy food to prevent a catastrophe.
  • SWAZILAND: Year-ender 2002: Royal rule under challenge IRIN 20 Jan 2003 -- The swirl of dissent around Swaziland's King Mswati III reached unprecedented levels last year, focusing on allegations of the abuse of power by the monarchy.
  • MADAGASCAR: Year-ender 2002 - From crisis to resolution IRIN 20 Jan 2003 -- The Indian Ocean island of Madagascar sank into political crisis in 2002 after a disputed presidential election in December 2001. While officially no candidate won an absolute majority, opposition candidate and businessman Marc Ravalomanana claimed the poll was rigged and refused to take part in a run-off against long-serving President Didier Ratsiraka.
  • MALAWI: Year-ender 2002 - Third term dominates agenda IRIN 20 Jan 2003 -- President Bakili Muluzi may have considered himself a sure bet to become Malawi's second president for life, but for an increasingly vocal campaign against his proposed third-term of office.

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