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05 September 2003 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

  • Army starts training new Iraqi civil defense force Army News Service 05 Sept 2003-- New forces comprised of Iraqis are being organized by Army units to help guard coalition facilities around Iraq.
  • Air Assault operation nets arms, missile caches Army News Service 05 Sept 2003-- The 101st Airborne Division demonstrated its operational reach Aug. 30 when it conducted raids in the western Iraqi desert, more than 450 kilometers southwest of the division's bases in northern Iraq.
  • COALITION FORCES CONFISCATE, DESTROY WEAPONS CENTCOM 05 Sept 2003-- Coalition forces continued efforts to prevent possible attacks by finding, confiscating and destroying caches of weapons on Sep. 4.
  • PENTAGON/LIBERIA VOA 05 Sept 2003-- A top U-S military commander is praising the peacekeeping mission in Liberia led by West African troops and predicts it will have a lasting, stabilizing effect in the region
  • UN/LIBERIA DISPLACEMENT VOA 05 Sept 2003-- United Nations aid agencies report thousands of people are fleeing from continuing fighting in some parts of Liberia
  • AFGHAN FIGHTING VOA 05 Sept 2003-- The U-S military says a joint operation with Afghan troops has so far killed up to 100 militants allegedly supporting Afghanistan's former Taleban regime

Defense Policy / Programs

  • New Security Barriers Being Installed at NASNI Navy Newsstand 05 Sept 2003-- Installation of new floating security barriers around the North Island aircraft carrier basin will begin Sept. 4.
  • UGANDA / U-S VOA 05 Sept 2003-- The United States says it is considering a request by the Ugandan government for military support and money to help its fight against the rebel Lord's Resistance Army
  • Israel: Sharon To Visit India To Boost Military Ties RFE/RL 05 Sept 2003-- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is due to visit India next week, the first trip to New Delhi by an Israeli premier since the two countries established full diplomatic relations 11 years ago. Sharon, whose country has become a major supplier of arms to India, is expected to discuss counterterrorism, defense cooperation, and defense deals.
  • Abizaid Labels Priorities in Iraq Efforts AFPS 05 Sept 2003-- Focusing on what he calls "The Five I's" is the best approach to take in Iraq, the commander of U.S. Central Command said here Sept. 4.
  • Airship Santos Dumont to Conduct Test Phase Navy Newsstand 05 Sept 2003-- Skyship 600B Santos Dumont, an Office of Naval Research funded project, arrived at Brown Field in Otay Mesa, Calif. Aug. 29, beginning a three-month test/demonstration phase in Southern California.
  • U.S. Medical Personnel Deploy to Africa for MEDFLAG 2003 Navy Newsstand 05 Sept 2003-- Approximately 100 U.S. military medical personnel will deploy to Morocco, Africa, Sept. 6, to conduct MEDFLAG 2003, a humanitarian relief operation and joint medical training with the Moroccan military.
  • VMAQ-4 Seahawks fired up after Nevada desert exercise Marine Corps News 05 Sept 2003-- Nothing is more satisfying to a Marine Corps unit than mission accomplishment, and Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 4 can attest to that after completing Exercise Red Flag.

  • Keynote speech by NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson at the conference on "Shaping a common security agenda for southeast europe" NATO 05 Sep 2003 -- "The NATO Alliance has invested heavily in South-East Europe in terms of political, human and financial capital. We still have an extensive military presence in several countries of the region and have developed, over the years, a variety of partnership and co-operation programmes with each and every one of them. Today, this enormous investment is showing clear results."

Defense Industry

  • Boeing Delivers Super Hornets With Lower Life-Cycle Costs and Redesigned Forward Fuselage Boeing 05 Sep 2003 -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] has delivered the first F/A-18E/F Super Hornet with a redesigned forward fuselage which will improve producibility, minimize acquisition and life cycle costs, and pave the way for incorporating advanced mission system upgrades to the aircraft.
  • EADS welcomes Spain in the Tiger programme EADS 05 Sep 2003 -- EADS welcomes the decision of the Spanish government to join the Tiger programme and to order 24 Tiger combat helicopters. The Spanish Council of Ministers has announced on Friday that it has given authorization for the Spanish Defence Ministry to finalize the agreement.

Other Conflicts

  • SUDAN / TALKS VOA 05 Sept 2003-- The leader of Sudan's main rebel group and the country's first vice-president met Friday in face-to-face talks aimed at saving the Sudanese peace talks
  • Serbia: Prime Minister Says Belgrade Will Never Give Up Kosovo RFE/RL 05 Sept 2003-- Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Zivkovic says the continuing push by Kosovo Albanians for independence is a "dangerous dream" and that Serbians will never agree to give up the southern province.
  • U-N-H-C-R/CHAD/SUDAN REFUGEES VOA 05 Sept 2003-- The United Nations Refugee Agency, U-N-H-C-R, says some 65 thousand Sudanese refugees who fled to Chad in recent months are living in miserable conditions in the north and northeast of the country.
  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 05 Sept 2003-- Israeli military officials say troops shot and killed a local leader of the Palestinian militant group, Hamas in the West Bank city of Nablus Friday. One Israeli soldier was also killed in the clashes and four others were injured
  • CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Transitional council appeals for faster integration of former exiles IRIN 05 Sep 2003 -- The speaker of the National Transitional Council, Central African Republic's law-making body, has asked the government to speed up the reintegration of former soldiers and civil servants who recently returned from exile.
  • NIGERIA: Third U.S. warship arrives for Niger Delta duty IRIN 05 Sep 2003 -- Nigeria has received a third U.S. warship donated under a security cooperation programme and is deploying ships to check unrest and crude oil theft in the Niger Delta, officials said on Friday.
  • UGANDA: LRA gets close to presidential guard IRIN 05 Sep 2003 -- The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), which is active along the Soroti-Lira road in eastern Uganda's Teso district, on Friday attacked a truck further up the road along which President Yoweri Museveni’s own security convoy was travelling.
  • RWANDA: Jallow confirmed as ICTR prosecutor, replacing Del Ponte IRIN 05 Sep 2003 -- The UN Security Council on Thursday appointed Hassan Bubacar Jallow from The Gambia as prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), based in Arusha, Tanzania.
  • DRC: New army inaugurated, but without a name IRIN 05 Sep 2003 -- The leadership of a newly unified national military in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was inaugurated on Friday in the capital, Kinshasa, although some debate remained as to what the new force would be called.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 05 Sep 2003 -- No formal role for NATO in Iraq yet, Lord Robertson says / Germany and France cool on U.S. proposals for Iraq / Governing Council opposed to Turkish peacekeepers being sent to Iraq / France and Germany push EU role in Bosnia, despite U.S. reservations / Independent Kosovo a dangerous dream, Serbian prime minister warns / French general Py takes command of Eurocorps / U.S. and allies push on with ship interception plan
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 05 Sep 2003 -- NATO Secretary General urges Hungary to change constitution / Reactions to U.S. draft resolution proposal viewed / Austrian minister: EU to take over Bosnia force in "late 2004, early 2005" / JCS chairman sees "global war" forcing mission shift

  • ASIA MARKET WRAP VOA 05 Sept 2003-- Stock markets in Hong Kong and Tokyo continued to climb this week while those in Seoul and Taipei showed signs of consolidation
  • Russia: LUKoil Calls For Pipeline Security Pact RFE/RL 05 Sept 2003-- Russia's LUKoil today called for Russia and the United States to sign a pact to protect major international oil pipelines.
  • Powell Says U.S. Will Continue To Strengthen Its Global Relations Washington File 05 Sept 2003-- Secretary of State Colin Powell says President Bush's National Security Strategy "is a strategy of partnerships," and that it also demands "that we play a role in helping to solve regional conflicts" and in establishing regional stability.
  • AFRICA: China to cancel US $750 million African debt IRIN 05 Sep 2003 -- To ease the burden of external debt on African development, China has decided to cancel a total debt of US $750 million owed to it by African countries, a senior Chinese official said in the Nigerian capital Abuja on Friday.
  • ILS Proton to Launch Malaysian Satellite; SE Asia's MEASAT-3 is Latest Win for Russian Rocket Lockheed Martin 05 Sep 2003 -- International Launch Services (ILS) today announced a contract with Binariang Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd. to launch the MEASAT-3 satellite in 2005. Financial details were not disclosed.
  • CENTRAL ASIA: Weekly News Wrap IRIN 05 Sep 2003 -- This week in Central Asia started with the International Fresh Water Forum that ended on Monday in the Tajik capital Dushanbe, adopting an appeal to declare 2005-2015 the decade of water for life. Assessing results reached at the Forum, Tajik President Emomali Rahmonov noted that no country was in a position to address challenges and risks in water issues alone.

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