07 June 2003 Military News
Defense Policy / Programs
- Mozambique team clears mines in Al Hillah Marine Corps News 07 Jun 2003-- The devil dogs of the First Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Babylon got a hand at clearing up some hidden mines, when a special team of mine sniffing dogs and civilian mine clearing experts based out of Mozambique came to their aid.
- ISAF FORCES ATTACKED IN KABUL CENTCOM 07 Jun 2003 -- Initial reports indicate three International Security Assistance Force soldiers were killed and eight wounded while in an ISAF bus in Kabul when a suspected homicide bomber's vehicle approached and detonated, disabling the bus.
- AFGHANISTAN/BOMB VOA 07 Jun 2003 -- An apparent terrorist bomb explosion near Kabul has destroyed a bus carrying international peacekeepers, and Afghan officials say at least four German soldiers were killed and more than two dozen people were injured. Local officials expect the death toll to rise.
- Afghanistan: Germany Says Three Soldiers Killed In Kabul Bomb Attack RFE/L 07 Jun 2003 -- The German Defense Ministry in Berlin says a bomb attack in Kabul has killed at least three German soldiers belonging to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).
Defense Policy / Programs
- U.S., South Korean Officials Explore Ways to Enhance Security Washington File 06 Jun 2003 -- Defense officials from the United States and Republic of Korea (ROK) met in Seoul June 4-5 to discuss ways to enhance security in South Korea.
- LIBERIA/FIGHTING VOA 07 Jun 2003 -- Fighting between Liberian rebels and government forces has escalated on the outskirts of the capital, Monrovia, despite peace talks which started in Ghana this week to try to end the four- year civil war. Liberian President Charles Taylor faces increasing pressure to step down.
- LIBERIA: Fighting continues in Monrovia despite ceasefire calls IRIN 07 Jun 2003 -- Rebels continued fighting their way into the western suburbs of the Liberian capital, Monrovia, on Saturday despite a ceasefire announced by their representatives at stalled peace talks in Ghana.
- CONGO/FIGHTING VOA 07 Jun 2003 -- As the first contingent of French peacekeeping troops begin setting up the headquarters in the embattled Congo town of Bunia, more fighting erupted Saturday between rival militiamen on its outskirts.
- ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS VOA 07 Jun 2003 -- The Israeli army has imposed a general closure on the West Bank. The move follows warnings of terror attacks and the decision of Hamas to cut off truce talks with Palestinian officials.
- BURMA/RAZALI VOA 07 Jun 2003 -- United Nations Special Envoy Razali Ismail met with one of Burma's leading military figures in Rangoon Saturday, as part of his effort to have opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi released from custody. But Mr. Razali has received few indications that his visit will be a success.
- POLAND/REFERENDUM VOA 07 Jun 2003 -- Two days of voting has begun in Poland on whether the country should join the European Union next year with nine other mainly former Communist nations. But there is concern that a low turnout could invalidate the referendum.
- ZIMBABWE/UNREST VOA 07 Jun 2003 -- Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who is charged with treason, was taken to court by police on Saturday, but his case was postponed until Monday. Mr. Tsvangirai's lawyers said they were going to demand that the treason charge be thrown out of court for lack of evidence.
- I-L-O/BURMA VOA 07 Jun 2003 -- The International Labor Organization, the I-L-O, has condemned the detention of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi by the Burmese military government. An I-L-O committee in Geneva said the detention of Ms. Suu Kyi casts doubt on the Burmese government's professed willingness to eliminate the widespread practice of forced labor.
- Sea Launch Counts Down to Thuraya-2 Launch on June 10 Boeing 07 Jun 2003 -- All systems are progressing as planned for the Odyssey Launch Platform and the Sea Launch Commander, now positioned at the launch site on the Equator, where a countdown is underway for a June 10 launch.
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