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02 September 2003 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

  • Iraq: Car Bomb Explodes At Baghdad Police Academy RFE/RL 02 Sep 2003 -- A car exploded near a police academy in central Baghdad today, wounding bystanders, one severely.
  • TWO SOLDIERS KILLED, ONE WOUNDED IN ATTACK CENTCOM 02 Sept 2003-- Two 220th Military Police Brigade soldiers were killed and one was wounded approximately 3:19 p.m. Sept. 1 when their High-Mobility Multi-Wheeled Vehicle struck an improvised explosive device along a main supply route south of Baghdad.
  • PENTAGON / IRAQ / AFGHAN VOA 02 Sept 2003-- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is expected to travel to both Iraq and Afghanistan this week
  • 1AD SOLDIER KILLED IN HELICOPTER ACCIDENT CENTCOM 02 Sept 2003-- One 1st Armored Division soldier was killed and another was injured in a helicopter accident early Tuesday morning.
  • Tallil's Predators on patrol in Iraq AFPN 02 Sept 2003-- Information. Today, it may be the world's hottest commodity. It is often the key to success in all walks of life: sports, business and definitely, in the military.
  • Bombings Show Iraq a Battlefield in War on Terror AFPS 02 Sept 2003-- Recent bombings in Iraq prove the country is another front in the global war on terrorism, the administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority said in Baghdad today.
  • Explosion Kills Two Soldiers South of Baghdad, Another Drowns AFPS 02 Sept 2003-- Two 220th Military Police Brigade soldiers were killed and one other was wounded Sept. 1 when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device on a main supply route south of Baghdad, U.S. Central Command officials reported today.
  • Seabees Establish Steady Supply Lines Navy Newsstand 02 Sept 2003-- "If they need it we can get it," said Builder 3rd Class Brandon Twing, a tool room clerk assigned to the Material Liaison Office (MLO) at Camp Hope, Iraq.

  • ARREST OF KNOWN TERRORIST IN POLICE DISTRICT NINE NATO/ISAF 02 Sep 2003 -- At 0500 hours on 01 Sep 03, the Afghan authorities, with assistance from ISAF troops, carried out a security operation to arrest a known terrorist and criminal in the area of the Russian flats in Police District Nine.
  • Afghanistan Firefight Leaves Two Soldiers Dead AFPS 02 Sept 2003-- Two U.S. soldiers were killed and a third was wounded Aug. 31 during initial contact with enemy fighters northwest of Shkin in Afghanistan's Paktika province.
  • Pakistani forces launch major operation IRNA 02 Sep 2003 -- Pakistani military have launched a major operation in its tribal areas bordering Afghanistan to arrest suspected militants, a military spokesman said.

  • TERROR AT SEA VOA 02 Sept 2003-- Terrorists strike mainly by air and land, but the sea may be next, according to a probing article in the current "Atlantic Monthly" magazine. There is so much of it. Water covers three-quarters of the globe and on it ply more than 40-thousand merchant ships laden with everything under the sun, including contraband and possible instruments of terrorism. With an ownership often too complex to trace, these ships are largely out of control, says the author, perhaps the most independent objects on earth

Defense Policy / Programs

  • New commander discusses lessons learned in Iraq Army News Service 02 Sept 2003-- He may have left Iraq more than two months ago, but the soldiers he left behind are never far from his mind, Lt. Gen. William S. Wallace told Kansas City area television and print reporters Aug. 23.
  • USS Greeneville Deploys with Expeditionary Strike Group One Navy Newsstand 02 Sept 2003-- As the U.S. and its allies fight the Global War on Terrorism, new naval doctrines have become a reality for seven ships belonging to the Navy's first Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG).

  • NATO Renames Allied Command Europe Washington File 02 Sept 2003-- Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), General James L. Jones, announced September 1 that Allied Command Europe (ACE) will officially be renamed Allied Command Operations (ACO) as part of the revitalization of NATO and its military command structure.
  • Special Operators Praised During Change of Command AFPS 02 Sept 2003-- Special operations forces received praise for their service as the reins of U.S. Special Operations Command changed hands in Tampa, Fla., today.
  • Macedonia: NATO Says Albanian National Army 'Not Substantial' RFE/RL 02 Sep 2003 -- A NATO spokesman today said an underground Albanian militant group which has threatened to attack Macedonian security forces is "not substantial."

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • India Unrest VOA 02 Sept 2003-- Recent bomb blasts in Bombay have increased tensions between the Hindu majority and India's large Muslim minority.
  • INDIA/KASHMIR VOA 02 Sept 2003-- In Indian Kashmir, more than 12 people have been killed and several others wounded in a wave of intensified attacks blamed on Islamic guerrillas

  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 02 Sept 2003-- Israel's security service is stepping up efforts to protect government ministers after threats by the Islamic militant group Hamas that it would seek revenge for Israel's assassination of a number of senior militants. In its latest attack against Hamas on Monday, Israeli helicopters killed at least two Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip and wounded at least 25 other Palestinians.
  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 02 Sept 2003-- Israel's defense minister says Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat needs to go and may be forced into exile before the end of the year

  • DRC: Change of guard means little to some of Bunia’s displaced IRIN 02 Sep 2003 -- Security, or the lack of it, remains an issue of critical concern to thousands of internally displaced people in the troubled town of Bunia in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • SOMALIA: Freelance militias disarmed in Kismayo IRIN 02 Sep 2003 -- The Juba Valley Alliance (JVA), which controls the port town of Kismayo, southern Somalia, has launched a security operation aimed at clearing guns from the town's streets.
  • UGANDA: UN "taken by surprise" over refugee relocation IRIN 02 Sep 2003 -- The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) says it was not informed of an operation to relocate Sudanese refugees from a camp in western Uganda to another one further north, close to the Sudanese border.
  • LIBERIA: Gambians arrive as peacekeepers prepare to extend control IRIN 02 Sep 2003 -- Crowds of cheering Liberians lined the roadside in pouring rain on Monday to welcome a convoy of military trucks ferrying 150 Gambian peacekeeping troops from Roberts international airport into the capital Monrovia.
  • CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: 362 former rebels join army after training IRIN 02 Sep 2003 -- A batch of 362 former rebels, who fought alongside current Central African Republic leader Francois Bozize, have been integrated into the armed forces after two months of training in several centres in the country, state-owned Radio Centrafrique reported on Monday.
  • CONGO: France provides €80,000 in aid of Pool IDPs IRIN 02 Sep 2003 -- France has provided €80,000 in emergency aid to internally displaced persons (IDPs) from the Pool region of southern Republic of Congo, Francois Ibara, the head of communications at the Congolese Foreign Ministry, told IRIN on Tuesday.
  • WESTERN SAHARA: Polisario releases 243 Moroccan prisoners IRIN 02 Sep 2003 -- The Polisario movement, which is fighting for the independence of Western Sahara, has released a further 243 Moroccan prisoners of war (POWs). They were flown home from neighbouring Algeria on Monday.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 02 Sep 2003 -- EU ponders compromise to end defense headquarters standoff / France hails U.S. moves on Iraq / Peacekeepers help in arrests of alleged terror suspects in Kabul / Afghan president approves defense reforms / Greek military orders 20 aircraft from Eurocopter

  • "Support Our Troops," by Paul Wolfowitz Washington File 02 Sept 2003-- This column by Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz was published in the Wall Street Journal September 2, and is the public domain. No republication restrictions

  • SAVING AFGHANISTAN VOA 02 Sept 2003-- American newspapers are becoming increasingly concerned that the troubles in Iraq are eclipsing the stabilization effort in Afghanistan

  • State Department Noon Briefing, September 2, 2003 Washington File 02 Sept 2003-- Iraq, Department/Powell's meeting at the White House, Korea, China, Israel, Burma, Liberia, European Union, Turkey/Iraq, Japan/Iraq, Cuba, Indonesia, Israel/Palestinians, Turkey, Family Planning Funding/Kemp-Kasten Commission, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan

  • RWANDA: Court dismisses Twagiramungu's petition against Kagame's election IRIN 02 Sep 2003 -- Rwanda's Supreme Court dismissed on Tuesday a petition against the election of incumbent President Paul Kagame filed by his main opponent in the recently concluded election, Faustin Twagiramungu.
  • CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Patasse calls international arrest warrant against him "null and void" IRIN 02 Sep 2003 -- Ange-Felix Patasse, the former president of the Central African Republic (CAR), has declared an international warrant for his arrest "null and void", saying he had filed a complaint with the state prosecutor against the man who ousted him, former military chief of staff Francois Bozize.
  • COTE D'IVOIRE: Prosecutor says 18 detained for planning to kill president IRIN 02 Sep 2003 -- The government of Cote d'Ivoire said on Tuesday it had detained 18 people for questioning about an alleged plot to assassinate President Laurent Gbagbo, his wife and several senior officials.
  • ZIMBABWE: MDC makes gains, despite low turnout IRIN 02 Sep 2003 -- Zimbabwe's main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), made a strong showing in weekend municipal elections, but the polls were marred by a low voter turnout among weary Zimbabweans.

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