24 January 2003 Military News
- Deploying Marines receive Smallpox vaccine USMC News 24 Jan 2003 -- Deploying Marines with the 7th Marine Regimental Combat Team began Smallpox immunizations Monday in accordance with the Department of Defense's Smallpox Vaccination Program
- Rhein-Main maintains air bridge to Afghanistan AFPN 24 Jan 2003 -- Airman 1st Class Nate Hill had one thing in mind: getting his C-17 Globemaster III cargo plane airborne so it could get on with its mission.
- BRITAIN / AFGHANISTAN VOA 24 Jan 2003 -- The British parliament warns that Afghanistan could fall back into anarchy, without more money and security assistance from the international community. The findings are contained in a new report on Afghanistan's humanitarian aid situation
- 3/7 supports Operation Enduring Freedom USMC News 24 Jan 2003 -- Marines and Sailors from 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment left the Combat Center this week for an undisclosed destination in the Middle East in support of Operation Enduring Freedom
Defense Policy / Programs
- White House Daily Briefing White House 24 Jan 2003
- Chosin Range renovation begins USMC 24 Jan 2003 -- New berms, a new sound shed and sound system, and new firing points are just some of the projects in the works for WFTBn.'s Chosin Range.
- Force modules give commanders 'playbook' AFPN 24 Jan 2003 -- Air Force is developing a "playbook" that will allow combatant commanders to better manage their air assets, particularly in the area of opening and establishing forward bases.
- KC-135 continues fueling after 44 years USAFE News Service 24 Jan 2003 -- With a total of eight units under its wing and a flying career of more years than the majority of base members have been alive, aircraft tail number 57-2605 celebrated its 44th year of flight Monday
- Reserve Marines ready for HOA mission USMC News 24 Jan 2003 -- SELFRIDGE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mich. - Reserve Marines from throughout the country are here preparing to deploy to the Horn of Africa in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
- Military Cargo Ship Loads in Corpus Christi Military Sealift Command 24 Jan 2003 -- A civilian-crewed, non-combatant U.S. government-owned cargo ship, MV Cape Taylor is in Corpus Christi to load U.S. Army cargo as part the repositioning of U.S. forces in support of the global war on terrorism and to prepare for future contingencies as may be directed. Two other Ready Reserve Force ships have also been ordered to the port and are scheduled to load at a later date.
- New Lockheed Martin Contract Will Significantly Upgrade Capability of European F-16s Lockheed Martin 24 Jan 2003 -- Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company was awarded a contract on Jan. 18 for delivery of F-16 modification kits that will significantly upgrade the capability of F-16s used by air forces in several European countries. Total program value, including options, is approximately $142 million.
- Northrop Grumman Awarded Contract to Upgrade AN/ALQ-162 Countermeasures Systems for Danish Air Force Northrop Grumman 24 Jan 2003 -- The Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) has reaffirmed its long-standing commitment to using Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) AN/ALQ-162 electronic countermeasures system to protect its fleet of F-16 fighter aircraft.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 24 Jan 2003
- Annan meets with French officials ahead of summit on Côte d'Ivoire UN News Centre 24 Jan 2003 -- With United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan in Paris ahead of high-level talks this weekend on the situation in Côte d'Ivoire, his top envoy met with officials from West African nations to discuss the economic and humanitarian effects the crisis is having on their countries.
- IVORY COAST / REACTION VOA 24 Jan 2003 -- The agreement to end a four-month rebellion in Ivory Coast is drawing a mixed reaction in the West African country. The accord, reached after eight days of talks outside Paris, calls for President Laurent Gbagbo to share power in a coalition government, with a prime minister to be chosen by the groups involved in the war
- FRANCE / IVORY COAST VOA 24 Jan 2003 -- The president of Ivory Coast would remain in office under terms of an agreement that could end Ivory Coast's four month civil war. The agreement between the government, rebel factions and the political opposition, calls for a power sharing government of national reconciliation. The accord awaits the approval of the Ivorian president and other African heads of state.
- FRANCE/IVORY COAST VOA 24 Jan 2003 -- An agreement has been reached that could end Ivory Coast's four month old civil war. Negotiators for the government, rebel factions and the political opposition agreed on a power sharing arrangement in the early hours of Friday morning, after eight days of closed-door talks. Paul Miller reports from Paris the accord does not yet have the approval of the Ivorian President
- COTE D'IVOIRE: Focus on lack of funding and humanitarian response IRIN 24 Jan 2003 -- Four months into the Ivorian conflict, humanitarian needs remain enormous although "funds are not forthcoming", aid agencies said on Wednesday. Displacement has continued to take place in various parts of the country rendering more and more people vulnerable and in desperate conditions.
- ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 24 Jan 2003 -- It was another night of violence in the West Bank and Gaza Strip that left three Israeli soldiers and two Palestinians dead and several people injured
- ISRAEL PALESTINIANS VOA 24 Jan 2003 -- Israeli forces destroyed at least one metal workshop and the home of a Palestinian militant in raids early Friday in the Gaza Strip that left at least four people wounded. Sonja Pace reports from Jerusalem on the activity which came just hours after Palestinian gunmen killed three Israeli soldiers outside the West Bank town of Hebron.
- DRC: Inter-agency mission to assess IDP situation nationwide IRIN 24 Jan 2003 -- An inter-agency mission will begin a two-week tour on Monday to assess the situation of internally-displaced persons (IDPs) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with a view to devising strategic plans to overcome the country-wide problem, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
- DRC: Serious fighting threatens peace plans, ICG says IRIN 24 Jan 2003 -- Fighting in the Kivu provinces in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo poses a serious threat to the country's peace process, the International Crisis Group (ICG) says in a new report.
- DRC: Pygmy rights groups decry massacres, demand justice IRIN 24 Jan 2003 -- Organisations fighting for the rights of indigenous populations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have condemned the recent murders and cannibalism by rebel groups directed against Mbutis, otherwise known as pygmies, in the northeastern Orientale Province.
- CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC-EQUATORIAL GUINEA: Equatorial Guinea troop contingent arrives IRIN 24 Jan 2003 -- A platoon of soldiers from Equatorial Guinea arrived in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, on Thursday where it joined the Gabonese and Congolese peacekeepers deployed by the Economic and Monetary Community of Central African States (CEMAC), Col Basile Sillou, the peacekeeping force's chief of staff, said.
- CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC-CHAD: UNHCR examines chances of helping refugees in southern Chad IRIN 24 Jan 2003 -- A local official of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the Central African Republic (CAR) said on Thursday that the UNHCR was considering whether or not it could help some 1,300 CAR refugees in southern Chad.
- LIBERIA: Humanitarian coordinator calls for more support IRIN 24 Jan 2003 -- The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Liberia, Marc Destanne de Bernis, on Tuesday appealed for additional support to meet the needs of refugees and returnees from Cote d'Ivoire in Liberia, the UN in Liberia reported.
- LIBERIA: USAID launches peace program IRIN 24 Jan 2003 -- The United States Government through the US Agency for International Development (USAID) on Wednesday launched a five-year peace building and development program which targets 700,000 Liberians in 600 communities.
- ETHIOPIA: Violence on the increase in remote Gambella region IRIN 24 Jan 2003 -- Dozens of people have been killed amid spiralling ethic clashes between rival groups in Ethiopia's western Gambella Region, on the border with Sudan.
- ERITREA-ETHIOPIA: Rights group says border ruling "favourable" to Eritrea IRIN 24 Jan 2003 -- The international advocacy group, Human Rights Watch (HRW), has said that a crucial boundary ruling last year rejected many of Ethiopia’s claims to territory after its war with Eritrea.
- DRC-UGANDA: Ugandan general, rebel leaders in talks IRIN 24 Jan 2003 -- A Ugandan military delegation has been in Bunia, a town in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), since Tuesday for talks with the Union des patriotes congolais pour la reconciliation et la paix (UPCRP).
- BURUNDI: Zuma meets rebel leaders IRIN 24 Jan 2003 -- South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma, the mediator of the Burundi peace process, held meetings this week with three rebel leaders on the implementation of ceasefire agreements.
- RWANDA: Genocide suspect dies IRIN 24 Jan 2003 -- Bishop Samuel Musabyimana, a genocide suspect who was awaiting trial before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in Arusha, Tanzania, died on Friday.
- U.S. Supports Georgian Territorial Integrity in Abkhazia Conflict Washington File 24 Jan 2003 -- The United States supports a "cooperative and fully transparent" international approach to resolving the conflict in Abkhazia that respects Georgia's territorial integrity and believes Russia should abstain from activities that "appear to enhance" the region's separate status, U.S. diplomat Douglas Davidson told the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna January 23.
- ANGOLA / CHILDREN VOA 24 Jan 2003 -- The United Nations Children's Fund has released the most comprehensive survey ever done on the situation of children in Angola, a country just beginning to recover from more than two decades of civil war. The survey shows Angola's children have little chance of obtaining good health care or education
- GUINEA: IRC increases emergency aid IRIN 24 Jan 2003 -- The International Rescue Committee (IRC) has expanded its emergency aid programme in Guinea and Liberia to cater for thousands of Liberian returnees, Ivorians and third country nationals fleeing recent violence in Cote d'Ivoire, the IRC reported on Monday.
- SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 24 Jan 2003
- SHAPE News Summary Analysis SHAPE 24 Jan 2003
- U.S. Concerned Over Draft of New Kyrgyz Republic Constitution Washington File 24 Jan 2003 -- In a statement to the OSCE Permanent Council January 23, U.S. diplomat Douglas Davidson said the United States was concerned by the "unexpected" January 13 publication of a new draft of the Kyrgyz Republic Constitution which "contains a number of provisions that would strengthen the executive branch as well as provisions that could weaken the role of civil society."
- DR of Congo: UN panel on illegal exploitation of resources gets new 6-month mandate UN News Centre 24 Jan 2003 -- The United Nations Security Council today unanimously decided to ask for a new six-month mandate for a panel of experts investigating the illegal exploitation of natural resources and other forms of wealth in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
- U-S-France-Zimbabwe VOA 24 Jan 2003 -- The United States is expressing regret over France's decision to invite Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe to a Paris summit next month in seeming contradiction of European Union travel sanctions against Mr. Mugabe and his top associates
- ZIMBABWE/AMNESTY VOA 24 Jan 2003 -- The human rights group, Amnesty International, says Zimbabwean police are increasingly involved in torturing and harassing opposition supporters. Amnesty officials released preliminary results of their latest fact-finding trip to Zimbabwe
- KENYA / CRASH VOA 24 Jan 2003 -- At least three people, including a cabinet minister in Kenya's new government, have died in a plane crash in western Kenya. Officials say Labor Minister Ahmad Mohamed Khalif and the pilot and co-pilot were killed in the crash
- U-S-Venezuela VOA 24 Jan 2003 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell joined foreign ministers or senior envoys from Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Portugal and Spain in a Washington meeting aimed at supporting efforts by the Organization of American States, the O-A-S, to mediate an end to the political crisis in Venezuela
- U-N / LIBYA / HUMAN RIGHTS VOA 24 Jan 2003 -- The United States and several human rights organizations say the election of Libya on Monday to chair this year's session of the U-N Human Rights Commission undermines the organization's credibility. Human rights advocates are calling for reforms to prevent countries with poor human rights records from leading the commission in the future
- EDITORIAL: LIBYA AND HUMAN RIGHTS VOA 24 Jan 2003 -- In a severe blow to its credibility, the United Nations Human Rights Commission has elected Libya to chair this year's annual session in Geneva. The Libyan government is one of the world's worst human rights abusers and is also under U-N sanctions for involvement in international terrorism. For these reasons, the United States strongly opposed the choice
- BURMA / EUROPEAN UNION VOA 24 Jan 2003 -- Westerns officials say Burma will be allowed to join other members of the Association of South East Asian Nations in high-level meetings with the European Union in Brussels next week. This is the first time Burma will participate in the ASEAN-EU forum, having been previously banned because of its human rights record
- KENYA / CORRUPTION VOA 24 Jan 2003 -- A survey released Friday by an anti-corruption organization shows that while police in Kenya are still demanding bribes, they are asking for less. One of the survey authors says, shedding a spotlight on corruption has emboldened citizens to resist extortion
- CENTRAL ASIA: Weekly news wrap IRIN 24 Jan 2003 -- In Central Asia this week, AP reported that stories posted on the Internet claiming high-level corruption, and calling for Uzbek President Islam Karimov to resign, prompted rare public debate in the tightly controlled Central Asian nation.
- ZIMBABWE: Amnesty urges govt to cease crackdown on activists IRIN 24 Jan 2003 -- Amnesty International on Friday said the level of fear among human rights activists in Zimbabwe has never been greater. The rights group called on the authorities to immediately cease the crackdown on activists perceived to be opponents on President Robert Mugabe's government.
- CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Minister denies Bangui a conduit for illicit diamonds IRIN 24 Jan 2003 -- Central African Republic (CAR) Mines and Energy Minister Andre Nalke Dorogo denied on Thursday that the country was involved in the illicit diamond trade in collaboration with Jean-Pierre Bemba's Mouvement de liberation du Congo (MLC), which is based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
- ATK Thiokol Propulsion Successfully Conducts Full-Scale Space Shuttle Motor Test ATK 24 Jan 2003 -- ATK (Alliant Techsystems) (NYSE:ATK) said ATK Thiokol Propulsion, Brigham City, Utah, successfully conducted a static test firing of a full-scale Space Shuttle reusable solid rocket motor (RSRM) yesterday. The test took place at the company's Promontory, Utah, facility, located approximately 90 miles north of Salt Lake City.
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