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10 September 2003 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

  • LIBERIA / PEACEKEEPING VOA 10 Sept 2003-- West African peacekeepers have confirmed they have deployed outside of Liberia's capital, Monrovia, for the first time since their mission began one month ago

  • 9/11 / FOREIGN POLICY VOA 10 Sept 2003-- When 19 hijackers flew airliners into the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington on September 11th, 2001, President Bush declared a global war on terrorism. U-S forces attacked al-Qaida terrorist leaders who were behind the attacks at their bases in Afghanistan and ousted the radical Islamic government there.

  • IRAQ / ATTACKS VOA 10 Sept 2003-- U-S military officials say a car bomb has exploded in northern Iraq, killing two people and wounding more than 40, including six Americans
  • IRAQ ATTACKS VOA 10 Sept 2003-- U-S military officials say a car bomb has exploded in northern Iraq, killing one Iraqi and wounding at least 47 people, including six Americans.
  • UNITS OF V CORPS'S TASK FORCE 1ST ARMORED DIVISION HARD AT WORK REHABILITATING BAGHDAD'S SADR CITY VOA 10 Sept 2003-- "This place was a lot like the wild west three months ago," said 1st Lt. William Richardson as his team cruised through the near-deserted city on a Friday night.

  • Pak-Afghan-US commission on border security postponed IRNA 10 Sep 2003 -- The tri-partite commission comprising Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States due to meet in Islamabad on Wednesday for consultations on border security issues is deferred.
  • AFGHANISTAN/VIOLENCE VOA 10 Sept 2003-- Officials in Afghanistan say suspected Taleban guerrillas have killed four Afghan employees of a Danish aid group in the violence-hit eastern part of the country.
  • AFGHANISTAN: US aid package leaves Afghans feeling short-changed IRIN 10 Sep 2003 -- Less than one percent of the money requested by US president George W Bush, in an overall funding request of US $ 87 billion to cover post-war activities in Iraq and Afghanistan, would go towards Afghan reconstruction, the representative of a leading NGO in the country said on Wednesday.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Navy Issues Decision on Super Hornet Basing 10 Sept 2003-- The Department of the Navy issued a record of decision (ROD) for the basing of 10 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet strike-fighter squadrons and one fleet replacement squadron on the east coast of the United States.
  • IMA to contract force protection for U.S. installations Army News Service 10 Sept 2003-- Since Sept. 11, 2001, National Guard and Reserve forces have been stretched to bulk up force protection efforts across the country. On the second anniversary of the terrorist attacks, their burden will begin to reduce -- at least for a while.
  • Defense Secretary's Commentary Makes Case for Department's Transformation AFPS 10 Sept 2003-- For the Pentagon to meet the challenges of the future, it cannot be "anchored to the past," wrote Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld in a commentary he provided to several newspapers around the country recently.
  • Enterprise Carrier Strike Group Begins COMPTUEX Navy Newsstand 10 Sept 2003-- Ships and aircraft of the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) began using training ranges along the East Coast and Gulf Coast Sept. 10 for its Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX).
  • Seabees Pave the Way in Karak Navy Newsstand 10 Sept 2003-- "Can do Four!" is the rallying cry of the Seabees of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 4. It's helped them through many tough challenges over the years, and most recently helped them as they turned the side of a hill into a helicopter pad in just 40 days.
  • VP-65 Tridents Hunt Drug Runners Navy Newsstand 10 Sept 2003-- During the Cold War, squadrons at the helm of the P-3C Orion used their advanced tactical systems to track down foreign submarines. Today, squadrons like Naval Reserve Patrol Squadron (VP) 65 from Naval Base Ventura County, Calif., use these aircraft to track down a different target - drug runners in the Caribbean Sea.
  • 3rd MAW CG and VMGR-234 bring Marines closer to home Marine Corps News 10 Sept 2003-- Maj. Gen. James F. Amos, commanding general, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, took time to fly a mission with the Marines of Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron - 234 during his return visit to his command's area of responsibility, August 29. The mission brought nearly 100 Marines one step closer to American soil and their families.
  • Airmen set up staging facility in Bulgaria AFPN 10 Sept 2003-- Airmen from the 86th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron set up an active mobile aeromedical staging facility here for Exercise Cooperative Key 2003.
  • Frist Says Senate Will Approve Bush $87 Billion Request Washington Fiel 10 Sept 2003-- Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, (Republican-Tennessee), in remarks at the Capitol September 10, said he is confident that once the Senate receives President Bush's supplemental request for $87 billion in funding for stabilization and development efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Senate, following adequate debate, will approve it overwhelmingly.
  • Wolfowitz Says Defense Funding Increase Is Essential Washington Fiel 10 Sept 2003-- Two years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Iraq has become the focal point in the war against terrorism, Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz said, and he called on Congress to approve President Bush's request for increased funding for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • U.S.: Two Years After 9/11, 'Two Wests' Emerging With Fundamental Differences RFE/RL 10 Sep 2003 -- International sympathy for the U.S. following the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 appears to have been replaced by anger and fear about American foreign policy. But some European political analysts think deeper, subtler shifts are occurring in Washington's relations with the rest of the world, especially with its trans-Atlantic allies.
  • EU: Brussels Seeks Greater, More Coherent Role At UN RFE/RL 10 Sep 2003 -- The European Commission today urged EU member states to strengthen the union's position as a "central pillar" of the United Nations. Presenting a policy document calling for more effective EU cooperation within the UN, the bloc's external affairs commissioner, Chris Patten, said the EU's political influence should adequately reflect its economic clout.

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • Presidents Of Croatia, Serbia-Montenegro Apologize For Wartime 'Evils' RFE/RL 10 Sep 2003 -- The presidents of Croatia (pictured) and Serbia-Montenegro jointly apologized today for what they called "all the evils" committed by their countries during the 1991-1995 war.
  • Balkans: Belgrade, Zagreb Apologize To Each Other For Bloody War RFE/RL 10 Sep 2003 -- Stipe Mesic and Svetozar Marovic, the presidents of Croatia and Serbia-Montenegro, today offered a joint apology for what Marovic called "all the evils" committed by their countries during the bloody 1991-95 breakup of Yugoslavia, in which tens of thousands of people died.
  • U.S.: Two Years Into War On Terror, Balkans Appear Better Off, But Central Asia Unchanged RFE/RL 10 Sep 2003 -- The impact of the 11 September 2001 attacks has been different in various regions of the world. Balkan countries and the Central Asian republics became part of the U.S.-led anti-terrorism coalition soon after 11 September. But their alliance with the U.S. -- while generally beneficial -- has not always had a positive effect on their economies, political development, or human rights situation.

  • PALESTINIAN P-M CHANGE VOA 10 Sept 2003-- The cycle of violence between Palestinians and Israelis has resumed with a vengeance. The blood letting comes after the resignation of Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas
  • MIDDLE EAST VOA 10 Sept 2003-- Mr. Jonathan Schanzer, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, discusses current events in the Middle East and the "roadmap" peace process. Mr. Schanzer specializes in radical Islamic movements.
  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 10 Sept 2003-- The militant Islamic group Hamas is threatening to start attacking Israelis in their private homes. The threat follows Israel's attempted assassination of a Hamas leader
  • ANNAN / MIDEAST VOA 10 Sept 2003-- U-N Secretary General Kofi Annan has called for Israel and the Palestinians to stop the cycle of violence and return to the peace process
  • BUSH MIDEAST VOA 10 Sept 2003-- President Bush says Palestinian prime minister-designate Ahmed Korei must stop terrorist attacks against Israel
  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 10 Sept 2003-- Israeli warplanes have bombed the home in Gaza City of a senior leader of the militant group Hamas, lightly injuring him. At least three people are reported killed and at least 20 others wounded in the missile strike. The attack comes just a day after two suicide bombings in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem killed at least 15 people and injured dozens more
  • INDIA/ISRAEL VOA 10 Sept 2003-- The Israeli prime minister is cutting short his visit to India by one day in the wake of two suicide bombings that killed at least 13 people in Israel

  • LIBERIA: Displaced civilians in Monrovia to return to camps IRIN 10 Sep 2003 -- The transfer of at least 30,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) who have been living in 116 temporary shelters and buildings in and around the Liberian capital, Monrovia, back to camps is set to begin on Thursday.
  • LIBERIA: Fighters loot only referral hospital in central Liberia IRIN 10 Sep 2003 -- Government fighters who were encircled in Salala, 90 km north of the capital, Monrovia, by rebel advances south and north of their positions on Tuesday, looted vehicles and drugs from Phebe, the only referral medical center operating in central Liberia.
  • CONGO POLITICS VOA 10 Sept 2003-- The Democratic Republic of Congo's military chief has ordered the arrest of three former rebel officers for refusing to take up their positions in the newly unified armed forces
  • CONGO: Thousands of antipersonnel mines destroyed IRIN 10 Sep 2003 -- Engineers in the Republic of the Congo are due to destroy 1,870 antipersonnel landmines on Wednesday in the country's second largest city, Pointe-Noire, the official heading the project, Leonce Nkabi, said.
  • IVORY COAST / DISARMAMENT VOA 10 Sept 2003-- A committee charged with the disarmament of former rebels in Ivory Coast has been officially inaugurated by Prime Minister Seydou Diarra
  • DRC: IRIN interview with UN human rights rapporteur Antoanella-Iulia Motoc IRIN 10 Sep 2003 -- The UN special rapporteur on the human rights situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Antoanella-Iulia Motoc, completed on Saturday a 10-day mission during which she visited the capital, Kinshasa, and the towns of Bunia and Bukavu in the northeast and east of the country.
  • SUDAN: Progress reported at peace talks IRIN 10 Sep 2003 -- Make-or-break talks between Sudan's rebel leader, John Garang, and Vice President, Ali Osman Taha, aimed at breaking the deadlock in the Sudanese peace process are making progress, sources close to the negotiations told IRIN.
  • ERITREA-ETHIOPIA: End "cold peace" urges Annan IRIN 10 Sep 2003 -- The peace process between Ethiopia and Eritrea must not "lose momentum" in the crucial run-up to the demarcation of their common border, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has urged. In his latest report on both countries, he also called on them to end their "cold peace" and take advantage of the economic potential normal relations would offer.
  • SOMALIA: Leaders discuss peace process IRIN 10 Sep 2003 -- The president of Somalia's Transitional National Government (TNG), Abdiqassim Salad Hassan, and four prominent faction leaders met on Tuesday in Mogadishu to discuss the Somali peace talks currently underway in Kenya, one of the leaders told IRIN on Wednesday.
  • ANGOLA: Italian funds to speed up demining IRIN 10 Sep 2003 -- Angola received US $1.2 million from Italy on Wednesday to boost demining efforts in the country.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 10 Sep 2003 -- NATO studies wider Afghan peace mission / Arab League says Arabs won't send forces to Iraq / U.S. Army Guard, Reserves face yearlong Iraq tours / U.S. to discuss Kurdish rebel issue with Turkey
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 10 Sep 2003 -- France wants "significant place" in ACT / Britain set to defend relationship between the EU and NATO / Schroeder: Germany prepared to train Iraqi police, soldiers / Iraqi president would welcome "up to 10,000" Turkish peacekeepers

  • U-S / 9-11 VOA 10 Sept 2003-- Jessica Tuchman Mathews, President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace discusses changes in America since 9/11 attacks.
  • U.S. Reaching Out to Friends, Allies, State's Grossman Says Washington Fiel 10 Sept 2003-- The United States is reaching out to friends and allies, including new partners, to defend its security and that of other nations, and to work toward President Bush's goal of a safer, better world, Under Secretary of State Marc Grossman told the Senate Armed Services Committee September 9.
  • State Department Noon Briefing, September 10, 2003 Washington Fiel 10 Sept 2003-- Trafficking in Persons, Israel/Palestinians, Mideast, Syria, Libya, Department, North Korea, Iraq, Iran, Indonesia, China, Cuba, Burma,
  • Administration Decries House Move to Ease Cuba Trade Embargo Washington Fiel 10 Sept 2003-- The Bush administration has reiterated its opposition to any lifting of the four-decade-old U.S. trade embargo on Cuba.
  • BUSH 9-11 OVERNIGHTER VOA 10 Sept 2003-- President Bush leads the nation today (Thursday) in solemn ceremonies marking the second anniversary of the September 11th 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States
  • BIN LADEN TAPE VOA 10 Sept 2003-- The Arab T-V station al-Jazeera has aired what it says is a new videotape of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and his top aide Ayman al-Zawahiri. An audio tape calls on opponents of the American occupation of Iraq to intensify their attacks -- just a day before the second anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States
  • BUSH IRAQ VOA 10 Sept 2003-- President Bush says he is hopeful a new U-N resolution on Iraq will pass the Security Council
  • SYRIA / CABINET VOA 10 Sept 2003-- Syrian President Bashar Assad has accepted the resignation of his prime minister, a move analysts say is designed to speed up Mr. Assad's reform efforts. But analysts say those reforms will be limited
  • Rumsfeld Urges Americans Not to Forget Tragedy of Sept. 11 AFPS 10 Sept 2003-- It is important that the people of the world not forget about the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said at the National Press Club here today on the eve of the second anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States.
  • AFRICA: AU pays tribute to outgoing secretary-general IRIN 10 Sep 2003 -- The African Union (AU) paid tribute on Wednesday to its outgoing secretary-general, Amara Essy, who is due to step down next week from the post he has held for the past two years.
  • EchoStar Awards Lockheed Martin Contract for Powerful A2100 Satellite Lockheed Martin 10 Sep 2003 -- Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems, a business unit of the Lockheed Martin Corporation [NYSE: LMT] has been awarded a contract to build an A2100 geosynchronous satellite for EchoStar Communications Corp. The satellite, designated EchoStar X, will provide distribution of direct-to-home broadcast services across the continental United States, Alaska and Hawaii following its scheduled launch in third quarter, 2005. Financial terms were not disclosed.
  • Northrop Grumman Selects Beryllium Mirror Technology for James Webb Space Telescope Northrop Grumman 10 Sep 2003 -- With the selection of beryllium as the technology for the James Webb Space Telescope's (JWST) primary mirror, the team led by prime contractor Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) is on schedule for the development of the nation's next generation space telescope.
  • Orbiting Jupiter with 19 HP – EADS celebrates success of the Galileo research mission EADS 10 Sep 2003 -- Galileo is still orbiting at a 900-kilometre distance from the earth and is sending back information from the depths of space by data transfer. On 21 September, the space probe will then fall – as planned – to the surface of Jupiter and after a roughly 14-year research mission will burn up in the planet's atmosphere.

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