30 January 2003 Military News
- AFGHAN BOMB PLOT VOA 30 Jan 2003 -- U-S and Afghan forces arrest three men in Kabul who were allegedly planning to blow up American and other international facilities in the capital
- U.S. Army Helicopter Crashes in Afghanistan; Casualties Reported AFPS 30 Jan 2003 -- A U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed in Afghanistan today. Few details are available
- RFE/RL Afghanistan Report, Vol 2, Number 5 30 Jan 2003 -- ESTABLISHING SECURITY IN AFGHANISTAN: THE ROLE OF PROVINCIAL RECONSTRUCTION TEAMS / AFGHANISTAN'S VICE PRESIDENT EXPLAINS CONSTITUTION-DRAFTING PROCESS... / ...AS AFGHAN PAPER CALLS FOR FORWARD-LOOKING DOCUMENT / FORMER MUJAHEDIN LEADERS DISCUSS DRAFTING OF NEW CONSTITUTION... / ...AS IRAN OFFERS HELP / PRESIDENT SAYS NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SHOULD INCLUDE ALL STRATA OF SOCIETY... / ...AS FEMALE MEMBER OF KEY COMMISSION RESIGNS... / ...AND PAPER QUESTIONS THE FORMATION OF NATIONAL ASSEMBLY / AFGHAN LEGAL SYSTEM TO RECEIVE HELP... / WHILE ICG CALLS FOR DISMISSAL OF AFGHAN CHIEF JUSTICE / COMMISSION FORMED TO REVIEW CABLE-TV BAN... / ...AS KANDAHAR REFUSES TO FOLLOW THE PROHIBITION / AFGHAN FORCES COME UNDER ATTACK NEAR SPIN BOLDAK... / ...AND IN KHOST / COALITION FORCES ENGAGE IN MAJOR BATTLE IN SPIN BOLDAK / UN CONVOY IS ATTACKED IN AFGHANISTAN'S NANGARHAR PROVINCE / THREE MEN ARRESTED IN KABUL FOR POSSESSION OF EXPLOSIVES / CLASHES IN FARYAB LEAVE FIVE DEAD / GENERAL DOSTUM'S COMMENTS PROVE COUNTERPRODUCTIVE... / ...AS HE ENCOURAGED DISARMAMENT / FOUR KILLED IN SAMANGAN / CABINET RESHUFFLE IN AFGHANISTAN / THIS WEEK IN AFGHANISTAN'S HISTORY
- AFGHANISTAN: ICG urges increased assistance to judiciary IRIN 30 Jan 2003 -- A new report by the International Crisis Group (ICG), has called for increased international support for the reconstruction of Afghanistan's judicial system, which it says is being hampered by domestic political infighting as well as lack of donor interest.
- USS Key West Deploys NNS 31 Jan 2003 -- USS Key West (SSN 722) left for a six-month deployment Jan. 24. The Los Angeles-class attack submarine and its crew of 130 men will be conducting missions in support of the global war on terrorism or possible contingencies elsewhere in the world.
- Albany Marine Reserves activated USMC 31 Jan 2003 -- More than 100 Albany Marine Reserves were called up this week in support of Operation Enduring Freedom
- New England's Own Activated USMC 31 Jan 2003 -- More than 740 reserve Marines of 1st Battalion, 25th Marines, 4th Marine Division, said good-bye to their loved ones before leaving here Jan 23.
- Stennis Gears up for Sea Trials NNS 30 Jan 2003 -- For the first time since USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) returned home from its seven-month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, the crew is prepared to sail again
Defense Policy / Programs
- White House Daily Briefing White House 30 Jan 2003
- Industrial alliance proposed to build new aircraft carriers UK MoD 30 Jan 2003 -- The Secretary of State for Defence, Geoff Hoon MP, set out in the House of Commons on 30 January 2003 a proposal for BAE Systems and Thales UK to work in partnership to design and build two new aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy, planned to enter service in 2012 and 2015. The competition for the future carrier programme's
- Air Force extends current, upcoming deployments AFPN 30 Jan 2003 -- Currently and soon-to-be deployed airmen will remain deployed longer than the previously targeted three-month rotation, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. John P. Jumper announced Jan. 28 in a message to all airmen. The change was made to meet the needs of combatant commanders
- Secretary of Defense Message on Global War on Terrorism NNS 30 Jan 2003 -- For more than a year, the brave men and women of the U.S. military, together with their civilian counterparts in the department of defense -- have been working to preserve peace and defend freedom against terrorist forces and those who would harbor and protect them around the world
- ARMY ANNOUNCES PLAN TO TRANSFORM MAJOR COMMANDS AND FIELD OPERATING AGENCIES Army Release 30 Jan 2003 -- Secretary of the Army Thomas E. White announced today decisions from a review of Army Realignment Phase 2 -- Field Operating Agencies (FOA) and Phase 3 -- Major Commands (MACOM) initiatives.
- Yokosuka Hospital Begins Smallpox Vaccination NNS 30 Jan 2003 -- Navy Medicine is on the forefront of protecting deployed forces and healthcare teams from a deadly disease and potential weapon - smallpox.
- Once was Lost, but Never Forgotten USMC 31 Jan 2003 -- Just one short year after the fall of the Taliban command over Afghanistan, Marines are still serving for Operation Enduring Freedom. For many of them, this is their second tour in the war-torn country. For one particular Marine of Task Force Kabul, it is a reunion with his homeland
- Hospital trains for smallpox USMC 31 Jan 2003 -- Healthcare providers at the Halyburton Naval Hospital are receiving training in order to properly administer the smallpox vaccine
- Army to realign major commands, agencies Army News 30 Jan 2003 -- Five major commands will report directly to Department of the Army staff principals under a realignment announced today.
- Officials emphasize caution with APO addresses AFPN 30 Jan 2003 -- World events have Air Force postal officials re-emphasizing the need for security when using the military mail system
- Post-9-11 U.S. Military Considers Terrorism 'An Act of War' AFPS 30 Jan 2003 -- The Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States were watershed events that altered the American military's philosophy and role in regard to terrorism, a senior DoD official said here Jan. 28.
- 'Ignorant, Repressive' Taliban Trashed Afghanistan, DoD Official Says AFPS 30 Jan 2003 -- Life is improving in today's Afghanistan, a nation recovering from widespread damage caused by the militants who ran it for five years, a senior DoD official said here Jan. 28.
- MOD Selects BAE SYSTEMS As UK Aircraft Carrier Prime Contractor BAE Systems 30 Jan 2003 -- The UK Ministry of Defence has chosen BAE Systems as the Prime Contractor for the design, development, construction, systems integration and support of the UK Royal Navy's two new aircraft carriers, as announced by the Secretary of State for Defence, Geoff Hoon.
- LOCKHEED MARTIN TO SUPPORT U.S. NAVAL OCEANOGRAPHIC OFFICE'S SUPERCOMPUTING EFFORT Lockheed Martin 30 Jan 2003 -- Lockheed Martin Space Operations (LMSO) has been selected by the U.S. General Services Administration, Federal Technology Service (GSA-FTS), to support the Naval Oceanographic Office's Major Shared Resource Center (MSRC), located at Stennis Space Center, Mississippi.
- LOCKHEED MARTIN DELIVERS FIRST F-35 JSF SUPPORT HARDWARE Lockheed Martin 30 Jan 2003 -- Lockheed Martin today completed the first F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program hardware delivery with the installation of LM-STAR avionics test equipment at QM Systems in Worcester, England, and at Raytheon in McKinney, Texas. This test equipment delivery initiates a 'harmonization' program across the advanced fighter aircraft program, including Lockheed Martin, its avionics suppliers and F-35 JSF customers such as the U.S. Department of Defense.
- New Zealand selects Raytheon-Lockheed Martin Javelin Anti-Tank Weapon System Lockheed Martin 30 Jan 2003 -- The New Zealand Army has selected the Raytheon-Lockheed Martin Javelin anti-tank weapon system to meet its medium range anti-armor weapon capability. The number of Command Launch Units (CLU), missile quantities, along with associated support equipment, spares and training are yet to be determined.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 30 Jan 2003
- IVORY COAST VOA 30 Jan 2003 -- Life began returning to normal in Ivory Coast's main city, Abidjan, despite growing uncertainty that the government will implement a peace accord reached with the rebels last week
- COTE D'IVOIRE: UNHCR partially resumes operations IRIN 30 Jan 2003 -- The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) partially resumed its operations in Cote d'Ivoire on Wednesday, returning 100 Liberian refugees from Tabou, in the southwest, to Liberia, the agency reported. The Liberians, it said, had been waiting anxiously since Sunday and more were registering each day to return home.
- COTE D'IVOIRE: Uneasy calm reported in troubled hinterland town IRIN 30 Jan 2003 -- An uneasy calm reigned on Thursday in Abgoville, 87 km north of Cote d'Ivoire's commercial capital, Abidjan, following a peace agreement that ended communal clashes which rocked the town earlier this week, sources there told IRIN.
- ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 30 Jan 2003 -- Israeli security forces have shot dead five Palestinians, including two leaders of a militia group. The shootings took place as fresh violence spread across the West Bank and Gaza Strip
- ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 30 Jan 2003 -- Israeli troops moved into the West Bank town of Hebron early Thursday in search of Palestinian militants. Several activists are reported to have been arrested. The latest military operations come just two days after Israeli voters overwhelmingly returned hard-line Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to power
- DRC: Chinese army engineers for UN mission IRIN 30 Jan 2003 -- China is set to deploy 176 army engineers in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as part of the UN peacekeeping force.
- DRC: MONUC confirms MLC withdrawal from Mambasa IRIN 30 Jan 2003 -- The United Nations confirmed on Thursday the complete withdrawal of the Mouvement de liberation du Congo (MLC) from the town of Mambasa in northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
- DRC: Tension rife between UPDF and UPC in Bunia IRIN 30 Jan 2003 -- Tension is reported to be mounting in the northeastern city of Bunia in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) following intelligence reports that Thomas Lubanga's rebel Union des patriotes congolais (UPC) was planning an assault on Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) positions there, according to The New Vision Ugandan government-owned newspaper.
- ERITREA-ETHIOPIA: Rights group focuses on plight of thousands expelled during war IRIN 30 Jan 2003 -- The New York based advocacy group, Human Rights Watch (HRW), has called for nearly 100,000 citizens expelled by both Eritrea and Ethiopia during their 1998-2000 border war to be allowed to return home and to have their citizenship restored.
- ERITREA-ETHIOPIA: UN urges building "mutual confidence" IRIN 30 Jan 2003 -- The UN’s Force Commander in Ethiopia and Eritrea has called for “building mutual confidence” between the two sides.
- Burundi: Security Council welcomes recent moves by parties towards peace UN News Centre 30 Jan 2003 -- Members of the United Nations Security Council today welcomed the recent moves in Burundi by the Government and rebel leaders towards settling the nation's ongoing conflict
- Security Council extends UN force in southern Lebanon until 31 July UN News Centre 30 Jan 2003 -- The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) for another six months, until 31 July
- CAMBODIA / THAILAND VOA 30 Jan 2003 -- Thailand has evacuated several hundred of its citizens from the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, after a night of rioting destroyed the Thai Embassy and several Thai-owned businesses. Thailand has severed economic and technical links with Cambodia in response to the attacks
- INDONESIA LASKAR JIHAD VOA 30 Jan 2003 -- An Indonesian court has acquitted the leader of a militant group suspected of inciting violence between Muslims and Christians in eastern Indonesia. Jafar Umar Thalib was the leader of the group Laskar Jihad and the first militant leader to be brought to court in Indonesia
- NEPAL CEASEFIRE VOA 30 Jan 2003 -- Government officials in Nepal say peace talks with Maoist rebels could begin as early as next week. The surprise cease-fire between Nepal's government and the rebels has raised hopes for an end to seven years of conflict
- RWANDA: South African appointed deputy prosecutor of tribunal IRIN 30 Jan 2003 -- The prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Carla Del Ponte, announced on Wednesday the appointment of South African lawyer Bongani Majola as deputy prosecutor of the UN court.
- CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Bozize to transform rebel group into political party IRIN 30 Jan 2003 -- The Central African Republic's (CAR) leading rebel, Francois Bozize, intends to transform his movement into a political party, Jeune Afrique L'intelligent, a Paris-based magazine, reported on the Internet on Tuesday. The party is to be called the Rassemblement des patriotes pour un renouveau en Centrafrique, the weekly reported.
- SOMALIA: Renewed clashes in Baidoa IRIN 30 Jan 2003 -- Fighting resumed in the southern town of Baidoa on Wednesday when forces loyal to the Rahanweyn Resistance Army (RRA) chairman, Hasan Muhammad Nur Shatigadud, attacked troops loyal to the RRA faction of Shaykh Aden Madobe and Muhammad Ibrahim Habsade, his former deputies.
- ANGOLA: Reconciliation crucial to lasting peace IRIN 30 Jan 2003 -- The success of the Angolan government's reintegration programme of ex-UNITA fighters into civil society depended on reconciliation efforts within local communities, analysts said on Thursday.
- Western Sahara mission extended 2 months to give parties time to consider UN's solution UN News Centre 30 Jan 2003 -- In a bid to give the parties time to consider Secretary-General Kofi Annan's proposal for a political solution to the situation in Western Sahara, the Security Council today extended by two months the mandate of the United Nations mission responsible for organizing a referendum for the territory
- LIBERIA: Government worried about nationals in Cote d'Ivoire IRIN 30 Jan 2003 -- The Liberian government said on Thursday that it was worried over reported attacks against Liberians in Cote d'Ivoire by what it described as "Ivorian security and other mobs" in the wake of continuing unrest in that country.
- GHANA: UN envoy assesses impact of Ivorian crisis IRIN 30 Jan 2003 -- The UN Secretary-General's humanitarian envoy for the crisis in Cote d'Ivoire arrived in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, on Wednesday to assess the impact of the crisis on Ghana, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported.
- SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 30 Jan 2003
- SHAPE News Summary Analysis SHAPE 30 Jan 2003
- Security Council calls for an immediate end to recruitment of child soldiers UN News Centre 30 Jan 2003 -- Emphasizing the responsibilities of States to end impunity and prosecute those responsible for egregious crimes perpetrated against children, the United Nations Security Council this morning called on all parties to armed conflict who are recruiting or using children in violation of their international obligations to halt such practices immediately.
- Tests reveal white powder on mail received by UN in Cyprus harmless UN News Centre 30 Jan 2003 -- In-depth tests of the unknown substance found on a piece of mail received at the United Nations office in Cyprus show that it is harmless and poses no danger, the UN mission in the country was informed today
- Bush Congratulates Sharon on Re-Election Washington File 30 Jan 2003 -- President Bush offered his congratulations to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on his re-election, and said the U.S. commitment to Israel's security remains firm, according to a statement issued by the White House January 29
- VENEZUELA/CONFLICT VOA 30 Jan 2003 -- After nearly two-months, the opposition strike in Venezuela is showing signs of weakening, but the divide between those who oppose and those who support President Hugo Chavez remains wide.
- OSCE / KAZAKHSTAN VOA 30 Jan 2003 -- The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is calling for an immediate review of the trial of a prominent Kazakh journalist, who was sentenced Tuesday to three-and-a-half years in prison on rape charges. He has denied the rape charge, which he and his supporters say was fabricated by the government. The organization believes the trial was politically motivated
- MID EAST PEACE IMPACT ON TERRORISM VOA 30 Jan 2003 -- As much of the world watches events unfolding in Iraq, terror and bloodshed continue to rage in the Middle East. While the prospect for peace between Israelis and Palestinians remains daunting, some analysts debate how a solution to this ongoing conflict may affect the threat of global terrorism
- ZIMBABWE / POLITICS VOA 30 Jan 2003 -- South Africa's agriculture minister has visited a Zimbabwe farm taken from white owners in President Robert Mugabe's land-reform program. Thoko Didiza also met with Zimbabwe officials during her visit.
- NIGERIA: Focus on the dominance of retired generals in politics IRIN 30 Jan 2003 -- Prior to elections in 1999 that ended more than 15 years of military rule in Nigeria, soldiers had steered the ship of state in Africa's most populous country for all but 10 years since its 1960 independence from Britain.
- SWAZILAND: Top US official meets with Mswati IRIN 30 Jan 2003 -- In his first meeting with a high-ranking US official in a year, Swaziland's King Mswati III was told of Washington's concern that the slow pace of democratic reform might compromise the kingdom's trade links with the United States, at great cost to economic progress.
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