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01 September 2003 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

  • Afghanistan: Karzai Approves Defense Reforms RFE/RL 01 Sep 2003 -- Afghan Transitional Administration Chairman Hamid Karzai has approved long-delayed reforms to the structure of the Defense Ministry and wants 22 top posts filled within two weeks.
  • Afghanistan: Battle Rages Against Suspected Taliban Fighters RFE/RL 01 Sep 2003 -- A weeklong battle in southern Afghanistan between suspected Taliban fighters and U.S.-led coalition forces has been escalating, with reports suggesting that hundreds of Taliban fighters have reinforced positions in the remote mountains of Zabul Province. U.S. war planes have been bombing those areas in what is being described as one of the fiercest battles since the Taliban was driven from Kabul in late 2001.
  • AFGHANISTAN/FIGHTING UPDATE VOA 01 Sep 2003 -- Suspected Taleban guerrillas have killed at least nine Afghan soldiers and policemen in southern Afghanistan. The raids came in an area where Afghan forces and the U-S led anti-terrorism coalition are attacking rebels.
  • AFGHANISTAN/FIGHTING VOA 01 Sep 2003 -- In Afghanistan, suspected Taleban guerrillas have killed at least seven policemen in southern parts of the country. The raids came in the area where Afghan forces and the U-S led anti-terrorism coalition are attacking rebels.
  • Afghanistan: Clash Leaves Two U.S. Soldiers, Four Militants Dead RFE/RL 01 Sep 2003 -- A weekend firefight in eastern Afghanistan has left two U.S. soldiers and four militants dead. The U.S. Central Command said a group of militants attacked its soldiers near Shkin in Paktika Province yesterday
  • AFGHANISTAN: Attack on road construction team kills six IRIN 01 Sep 2003 -- The US based construction and engineering company Louis Berger Group (LBG) said that four people were killed and another four kidnapped when unidentified assailants attacked one of the company's guest houses on the Kabul-Kandahar road, about 100 km north of Kandahar on Monday.
  • LIBERIA / NIGERIA VOA 01 Sep 2003 -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo is in Monrovia for talks with Liberia's caretaker President Moses Blah. The aim of the talks is to help advance Liberia's progress toward peace.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • USS Blue Ridge in Yokosuka after exercise, port visits 7th Fleet Release 01 Sept 2003-- The U.S. Navy's Seventh Fleet command-and-control ship, USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), and the embarked Commander, Seventh Fleet staff, returned here Sept. 1 after nearly a month at sea.
  • Marines test free legal services in An Najaf Marine Corps News 01 Sept 2003-- Members of 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, based out of 29 Palms Calif., have established the First Legal Aid Society in Iraq, designed to employ underused lawyers while providing economically disadvantaged Iraqis free legal advice.
  • CJTF-HOA Chief of Staff opens local school Marine Corps News 01 Sept 2003-- The Chief of Staff and service members from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn Of Africa celebrated the opening of the As Eyla Primary School with a ribbon cutting August 28.
  • Rumsfeld to Make Maiden Trip to Seoul ROK Ministry of Unification 01 Sep 2003 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld will visit Seoul for the annual ROK-U.S. Security Consultative Meeting in October, an official from Defense Ministry said on Sunday (Aug. 31).

  • CHINA-MILITARY VOA 01 Sep 2003 -- China has announced more cuts to its military, currently the largest standing armed force in the world.

  • Polish defense minister wraps up Tehran visit IRNA 01 Sep 2003 -- Polish Minister of Defense Jerzy Szmajdzinski wrapped up his two-day visit to Iran and left here on Monday. Szmajdzinski was officially seen off by Iran`s Minister of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani.

Defense Industry

  • Major Defence Contract: EADS strengthens its partnership in Greece EADS 01 Sep 2003 -- EADS welcomes the decision of the Greek government to purchase the European NH 90 military transport helicopter. The Hellenic Ministry of Defence has placed 20 firm orders and taken 14 options for the NH 90.
  • EADS EAGLE UAV selected for extensive testing by the UK armed forces EADS 01 Sep 2003 -- The EADS Eagle UAV system has been selected by the UK Ministry of Defence for the Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) aspect of the Joint UAV Experimental Programme (JUEP). As announced by EADS during the Defence Systems & Equipment International exhibition in London, the JUEP programme will evaluate through experimentation and trials the potential roles and military utility of UAVs across the UK armed forces. During this first year, the Eagle will take part in military exercises in the USA and in Canada.

Other Conflicts

  • INDIA BOMBING ARRESTS VOA 01 Sep 2003 -- Indian authorities have charged four people, including three members of one family, in connection with last week's car bombings in Bombay that killed 52 people, and injured nearly 150 others. Security has been tightened in the city as it celebrates a major Hindu religious festival.

  • INDIA/SRI LANKA/TOURISM VOA 01 Sep 2003 -- Tourism in India and Sri Lanka is reviving as war and threats of war in the two countries diminish.

  • GAZA / STRIKE VOA 01 Sep 2003 -- Israeli helicopter gunships have fired missiles at a car in Gaza City, killing at least two people and wounding 20 others.
  • ISRAEL / SHOOTINGS INQUIRY VOA 01 Sep 2003 -- A judicial inquiry into the fatal shooting of 13 Israeli Arabs nearly three-years ago has criticized the Israeli police for the use of excessive force. At the same time, the report of the inquiry did not recommend action against the then Prime Minister, Ehud Barak.
  • ISRAEL PALESTINIANS VOA 01 Sep 2003 -- Israel says it will not deal with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, who is involved in a power struggle with Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas.

  • DRC / PEACEKEEPERS VOA 01 Sep 2003 -- A French-led European Union force ended its mandate in Congo's northeastern town of Bunia, handing over control to a newly mandated -UN force to be made up of Bangladeshi, Pakistani, and Nepalese troops. The troops are expected to be deployed in the surrounding province of Ituri in two weeks.
  • DRC: Fataki deserted, houses looted and burnt IRIN 01 Sep 2003 -- A series of militia attacks on the town of Fataki, 60 km northwest of Bunia, have left 200 people dead, 237 abducted and the town deserted, an official of the Hema militia group Union des patriotes congolais (UPC) told IRIN on Sunday.
  • DRC: UN agency hands over administration of camp for the displaced IRIN 01 Sep 2003 -- The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) began handing over to a French NGO on Saturday the coordination and supervision of a camp hosting 11,240 internally displaced people in Bunia town, Ituri District, northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
  • DRC: UN troops take over from multinational force IRIN 01 Sep 2003 -- The French-led multinational force in the town of Bunia, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), handed over security duties on Monday to the UN Mission in the country, known as MONUC.
  • DRC: Indications of genocide in Ituri exist, rights envoy says IRIN 01 Sep 2003 -- The UN special rapporteur on the human rights situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Iulia Motoc, said on Sunday that there were indications that genocide may have occurred in the eastern district of Ituri.
  • DRC: Installation of military leadership delayed as mutiny rocks Kisangani IRIN 01 Sep 2003 -- The installation of leaders of a unified national military in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that was due to take place on Monday has been postponed, while a failed mutiny has been reported in the northeastern city of Kisangani, Orientale Province.
  • Western Sahara: Annan hails Polisario's release of over 200 war prisoners UN News Centre 01 Sep 2003 -- Reacting to the latest developments concerning Western Sahara, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the release by the Frente Polisario of 243 prisoners of war who were repatriated to Morocco by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
  • ERITREA-ETHIOPIA: Germany to help move Eritrean refugees IRIN 01 Sep 2003 -- The German government has pledged € 250,000 to help move thousands of Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia away from the border between the two countries.
  • CONGO: National Assembly approves bill on amnesty for Ninja militias IRIN 01 Sep 2003 -- The National Assembly of the Republic of Congo approved on Thursday a bill on amnesty for Ninja militants who fought government forces in the Department of Pool in the south of the country.
  • TANZANIA: President ties rise in small arms to refugee inflows IRIN 01 Sep 2003 -- Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa repeated on Friday his accusations that refugees were to blame for the increase in small arms in the country and said the problem could be solved by creating safe havens for civilians within their own country.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 01 Sep 2003 -- EU foreign ministers to review Britain's ESDP proposal Sept. 5 / U.S.-Turkey talks this week on Iraq deployment / U.S. delays transfer of security powers to Polish-led force / Defense Minister: Afghanistan to be focal point for future Bundeswehr deployments

  • BURMA - SUU KYI VOA 01 Sep 2003 -- Burma's military government rejects a United States claim that detained opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, is on a hunger strike. But Aung San Suu Kyi has held hunger strikes in the past.
  • BURMA - ECONOMY - SANCTIONS VOA 01 Sep 2003 -- The United States has imposed tough new economic sanctions against Burma, and some business people say they already are forcing many textile factories to close. The sanctions are aimed at pressuring the military government to free detained opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.
  • ZIMBABWE: MDC hold urban strongholds IRIN 01 Sep 2003 -- Zimbabwe's main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), has consolidated its grip in urban areas after winning the majority of executive mayoral posts and local councils in weekend elections.

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