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21 January 2003 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

  • Military Cargo Ships Load In Wilmington, N.C. Military Sealift Command 21 Jan 2003-- Two U.S. military cargo ships USNS Regulus and USNS Denebola arrived at the Port of Wilmington today to load U.S. Marine Corps cargo as part the repositioning of U.S. forces in support of the President's war on terrorism.
  • 2nd MEB departs USMC 21 Jan 2003 -- Packed and ready to rock, Boaster and approximately 3,500 Marines and sailors attached to the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade departed for the Middle East and surrounding region Jan. 11
  • Soldiers alerted for deployment Fort Lewis PAO 21 Jan 2003 -- Approximately 1200 Fort Lewis soldiers have received deployment orders to the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) area of operation to support the global war on terrorism and to prepare for future contingencies as may be directed.
  • AFGHANISTAN: Focus on poppy eradication IRIN 21 Jan 2003 -- In a basement snooker hall in eastern Afghanistan, smoke from Halim's hashish cigarette curled around his teenage face as he took leisurely puffs. "You can get any drug here - opium, charas [hashish] and even heroin if you want," the cement seller told IRIN in Jalalabad.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • White House Daily Briefing White House 21 Jan 2003
  • SECRETARY OF DEFENSE STATEMENT ON THE DRAFT 21 Jan 2003 -- "During a recent press briefing at the Pentagon, a reporter asked my views on the old military draft system (...) The last thing I would want to do would be to disparage the service of those draftees. I always have had the highest respect for their service, and I offer my full apology to any veteran who misinterpreted my remarks when I said them, or who may have read any of the articles or columns that have attempted to take my words and suggest they were disparaging."
  • AF cancels B-1 defensive upgrade AFPN 21 Jan 2003 -- Air Force officials recently announced that the service was canceling the B-1B Lancer's Defensive System Upgrade Program because of cost overruns and schedule slips, but remains committed to improving the aircraft's combat capability.
  • Eighth Army stands down for safety Army News Service 21 Jan 2003 -- Eighth U.S. Army held a stand-down dubbed "New Horizons Day" earlier this month, command officials said, in order to teach, educate and inform soldiers about principles to help ensure mission readiness, training safety, and foster good relations with the people of Korea
  • V-22 Completes At-sea Period NAVAIR 21 Jan 2003 -- Osprey No. 10's initial approach to the USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) demonstrated how the V-22 differs from the platforms it's designed to replace: With the nacelles fully forward, the Osprey flew up the starboard side of the ship at 220 knots before rolling left and performing a 180-degree, three-G level turn
  • New NATO Commander Stresses Transformation of Alliance Washington File 21 Jan 2003 -- U.S. Marine General James L. Jones assumed command of NATO forces January 17 at a ceremony at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Mons, Belgium. He succeeds U.S. Air Force General Joseph Ralston
  • Determination, political will can revitalize stalled disarmament forum - Annan VOA 21 Jan 2003 -- Escalating debate on serious international peace and security issues has made it crucial for the world's sole multilateral forum for disarmament negotiations to overcome years of stalled talks and resume its substantive work, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today in a message

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • FRANCE/IVORY COAST VOA 21 Jan 2003-- French mediators at the Ivory Coast peace talks being held near Paris say progress continues and there is a chance that an agreement will be reached before the talks are scheduled to end on Friday. The French president, Jacques Chirac, is urging the delegates to the talks to end the four-month-old civil war in Ivory Coast, which Mr. Chirac has called a grave crisis
  • COTE D'IVOIRE: Liberian refugees repatriated IRIN 21 Jan 2003 -- The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has repatriated close to 300 Liberian refugees since Friday when it began an emergency operation for Liberians living in south-western Cote d'Ivoire, UNHCR reported on Monday. Some 3,000 refugees, the UN said, had registered to return to the "relative safety of home" in Liberia.
  • Cote d'Ivoire: Ex-fighters carried out Monday attack, says government IRIN 21 Jan 2003 -- The Liberian government has said that Liberian ex-faction fighters wearing Ivorian army uniforms were responsible for an early Monday morning cross-border raid on its northeastern town of Gbein, Grand Gedeh County close, to the Ivorian border.
  • DRC: Armed movements accept idea of criminal tribunal IRIN 21 Jan 2003 -- Armed movements accused of cannibalism in the Ituri District in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have said they favour the government's request to the UN Security Council for the establishment of an international tribunal to try suspected human rights violators.
  • DRC: One killed, five wounded as Red Cross vehicle is ambushed IRIN 21 Jan 2003 -- A Red Cross vehicle was ambushed by unidentified assailants near Uvira, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), on 17 January, leaving one of its passengers dead and five injured from bullet wounds, humanitarian sources in the region have reported.
  • SOMALIA TALKS VOA 21 Jan 2003 -- The man who was recently appointed to mediate the peace talks on Somalia says he believes the political will exists to bring peace to the war-torn country, which has been without a central government since 1991
  • ISRAEL / LEBANON VOA 21 Jan 2003 -- Hezbollah guerrillas in southern Lebanon have attacked Israeli military positions in a disputed border area, provoking swift Israeli retaliation
  • Western Sahara: Annan recommends 2-month extension for UN mission VOA 21 Jan 2003 -- With his Personal Envoy having just gone to the region to present a new plan to settle the conflict over Western Sahara, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has recommended a two-month extension of the United Nations mission in order to give the parties time to consider the proposal
  • SUDAN: Peace talks to resume on Wednesday IRIN 21 Jan 2003 -- Peace talks are to resume on Wednesday in a suburb of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, between the government of Sudan and the country's main rebel group, the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army.
  • CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Humanitarian aid map being drawn up IRIN 21 Jan 2003 -- The office of the UN Resident Coordinator in the Central African Republic is producing a map to facilitate emergency humanitarian intervention in zones under government control, some of which are behind rebel lines.
  • UGANDA: Review of northern crisis in 2002 IRIN 21 Jan 2003 -- The year 2002 has brought a worrying downturn in the humanitarian outlook in the north, where hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to remain in displaced persons camps as a result of an escalating rebel insurgency.
  • ANGOLA: NGOs urge UN to investigate abuses in Cabinda IRIN 21 Jan 2003 -- The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Sergio Vieira de Mello, has promised a continued role for the UN in the promotion of human rights in Angola. However, the Brazilian diplomat has rejected calls for the UN to play a more forceful role in the investigation of alleged human rights abuses.
  • RWANDA: Informer on fugitive genocide suspect killed in Nairobi IRIN 21 Jan 2003 -- A Kenyan businessman who was helping FBI agents capture genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga was killed a day before a failed attempt to seize the fugitive in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, Kenyan police told IRIN on Tuesday.
  • BURUNDI: IMC asks for greater involvement in refugee and IDP inquiries IRIN 21 Jan 2003 -- The Implementation Monitoring Committee of the Arusha peace accord has urged the transitional government of Burundi and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to include it in visits to the interior aimed at identifying and resolving the major difficulties of repatriated and internally displaced people.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 21 Jan 2003
  • SHAPE News Summary Analysis SHAPE 21 Jan 2003
  • AFGHAN / COURT CABLE RULING VOA 21 Jan 2003 -- Afghanistan's chief justice has imposed a ban on cable television in Kabul and other parts of the country for broadcasting "un-Islamic" programs
  • Pro U.S. rally held at Kunsan PACAF News Service 21 Jan 2003 -- About 350 South Koreans gathered outside the Kunsan Air Base main gate Tuesday to show their support for United States Forces Korea troops.
  • NEPAL/POLITICS VOA 21 Jan 2003 -- Nepal's King Gyanendra appointed an interim administration 100-days ago after firing the country's elected government. But promises to restore democracy and quell a Maoist rebellion in the country remain unfulfilled
  • VIETNAM / HUMAN RIGHTS VOA 21 Jan 2003 -- A human rights group has accused Vietnam of persecuting Protestant Christian minorities in its Central Highlands region. The group, Human Rights Watch, says more than 100 minority Protestants were arrested last year
  • TERRY MCCOY/CUBA ELECTION VOA 21 Jan 2003 -- Cuban officials say the one-party election Sunday was a success for the Communist party given that 97-percent of all eligible voters cast ballots. Government opponents urged voters to leave their ballots blank or to incorrectly mark them to the opening of the Conference on Disarmament
  • Search for next chief of UN health agency narrowed to five candidates VOA 21 Jan 2003 -- The Executive Board of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today said that it has narrowed to five the list of candidates to replace outgoing Director-General Gro Harlem Brundtland
  • ZIMBABWE: Year-ender 2002 - Rumblings of compromise as economy faces collapse IRIN 21 Jan 2003 -- Seven-months ago President Robert Mugabe was triumphant. He had trounced his opponent Morgan Tsvangirai - albeit controversially - in presidential elections, and had snuffed out the threat of urban civil resistance through a string of tough new laws.
  • KENYA: Review of 2002 election result IRIN 21 Jan 2003 -- The 27 December 2002 elections and the smooth handover of power that followed was historical in many ways, and was praised globally as an example of democratic maturity in an African country.
  • ZIMBABWE: War veterans threaten to be overshadowed by youth militia IRIN 21 Jan 2003 -- The mention of the words war veterans conjures up images of large groups of men marching through the city streets in demand of war pensions, or stick wielding groups of people trying to accelerate the country's land reform programme by camping outside white-owned farms up for compulsory acquisition.
  • NIGERIA: Obasanjo’s nomination challenged IRIN 21 Jan 2003 -- President Olusegun Obasanjo’s main challenger for Nigeria’s ruling party presidential ticket on Monday filed a suit in court to invalidate the incumbent President's nomination.

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