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11 September 2003 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

  • White House Releases Progress Report on Global War on Terrorism Washington File 11 Sept 2003-- The White House published September 10 a nearly 10,000-word document that provides a comprehensive listing of counterterrorism actions taken by the U.S. government since the attacks of September 11, 2001.

  • IRAQ / 9-11 ATTACKS VOA 11 Sept 2003-- In Iraq, civilians and military members of the U-S led coalition commemorated the second anniversary of the September 11th attacks Thursday morning.
  • Fighting Reported Near Baghdad RFE/RL 11 Sept 2003-- U.S. forces were reportedly in a large battle 30 kilometers west of the Iraqi city of Al-Fallujah today.

  • LIBERIA / HUMANITARIAN VOA 11 Sept 2003-- A top U-N official in Liberia says refugees who have taken shelter in Monrovia's public buildings are being moved out in an effort to return the capital to normal life
  • U-N / LIBERIA VOA 11 Sept 2003-- A senior United Nations military adviser says he hopes to have a 15-thousand strong peacekeeping force in Liberia by mid-November

  • SEPTEMBER 11 BIN LADEN VOA 11 Sept 2003-- Two years after Osama bin Laden was named the chief suspect in the September 11th attacks in New York and Washington, the United States, Pakistan and Afghanistan are still hunting the Saudi-born terror mastermind. The search is concentrated along the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, and the neighbors are feeling the pressure
  • Masoud Largely Recalled As Hero, Two Years After Assassination RFE/RL 11 Sept 2003-- Thousands of mourners gathered in Afghanistan's Panjshir Valley this week to mark the second anniversary (9 September) of the death of celebrated military commander Ahmad Shah Masoud. Masoud is buried in a domed mausoleum on a hilltop near his home village of Jangalak. In Kabul, Transitional Administration Chairman Hamid Karzai and other officials, including Masoud's young son, gathered at the city's sports stadium and praised him as a hero and a martyr.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • 2003 Modeling and Simulation Award Winners Announced 11 Sep 2003 -- The Department of Defense today announced the recipients of the 2002 Defense Modeling and Simulation (M&S) Awards. Each year, the DoD M&S Awards Program recognizes units, organizational elements and individuals (civilian employees and active duty service members) of the DoD components for excellence, innovation and achievement in advancement of "state of the art" M&S. Recognition is also given to contribution towards interoperability and reuse in support of DoD M&S objectives.
  • Myers Praises Troops at Front Lines of War on Terrorism AFPS 11 Sept 2003-- Two years after terrorist attacks thrust the United States into a war on terrorism worldwide, the military's top officer said today the Pentagon needs to make deployments and tour lengths more predictable for the men and women at the front lines of that war.
  • Bamian Dining Facility Employs Afghan Women AFPS 11 Sept 2003-- A U.S. Army provincial reconstruction team, or PRT, sprinkled a dash of Western ideas over a culture flavored with iron-clad traditions when it hired two Afghan women to help at the PRT dining facility here.
  • Reservists go from ground zero to battle grounds Army News Service 11 Sept 2003-- The War on Terror battlefields are littered with reserve-component troops who wept at ground zero Sept. 11, 2001, but are now spending the second anniversary in theaters of operation.
  • Maine Ambulances National Guard Bureau News 11 Sept 2003-- Ron Ireland needed about as much time as it takes a Black Hawk helicopter's main rotor to complete two, may be three, rotations at full speed to ponder this question.
  • Injured Crew Members Medevaced After F/A-18 Hornet Mishap Navy Newsstand 11 Sept 2003-- Five crew members have been medically evacuated with injuries from USS George Washington (CVN 73) following a mishap during an arrested landing by an F/A-18 Hornet on the flight deck Sept. 11.
  • NMCB 4 Completes Historic Deployment Navy Newsstand 11 Sept 2003-- As exciting as a deployment can be in the beginning, nothing compares to returning to homeport and the arms of friends and families waiting there. That's exactly what the Seabees of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 4 are looking forward to in September, as the Battalion returns to its homeport in Port Hueneme, Calif., completing a historic deployment after distinguishing itself during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).
  • Kennedy Docs Act Fast, Save Life Navy Newsstand 11 Sept 2003-- Naval corpsmen receive training that prepares them for the uncertainty and inherent dangers of military life.
  • Naval Reservists Play Key Roles in Exercise UFL 2003 Navy Newsstand 11 Sept 2003-- Naval Reservists from around the nation showcased their skills, expertise and teamwork while participating in the largest annual computerized command and control military exercise in the world, Exercise Ulchi Focus Lens (UFL) 2003. The exercise, now in its 27th year, was held in South Korea in late August.
  • F/A-18 Hornet Landing Injures Several GW Crewmembers Navy Newsstand 11 Sept 2003-- Several crew members were injured Sept. 11 during a mishap following an arrested landing by an F/A-18 Hornet at about 4 p.m. EST, on the flight deck of USS George Washington (CVN 73). Three of those injured are being medevaced; the nature of their injuries is unknown at this time.
  • 1st NCD Commander Dedicates, Praises Reconstruction in Central Iraq Town Navy Newsstand 11 Sept 2003-- Rear Adm. Charles Kubic, Commander, 1st Naval Construction Division (NCD), visited the Seabees of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 7 and several schools and banks Aug. 23 in Ad Diwaniyah, Iraq.
  • 3/8 Marines pack their seabags in preparation for return to Lejeune Marine Corps News 11 Sept 2003-- Marines and Sailors from 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, will be returning home in early Sept. as they depart Camp Schwab and head back to Camp Lejeune, N.C.
  • Osan runway repairs slated, aircraft operate off station PACAF News 11 Sept 2003-- The Osan runway will close Sept. 18 for approximately 60 days for repairs and construction that will improve on existing structures.
  • Two Years After 9-11, Defense Officials Cite Progress in War on Terror AFPS 11 Sept 2003-- Two years after terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Defense leaders said America has heeded "that wake-up call to the real threat of international terrorism," and is making solid progress in the war on terrorism.
  • New York City Firefighter, Now Guard Soldier in Kuwait, Remembers 9-11 AFPS 11 Sept 2003-- A New York Army National Guard soldier, who is also a New York City firefighter, helped American soldiers engaged in Operation Iraqi Freedom observe the second anniversary of the terrorist attacks against America during a memorial service here today.
  • Debate Grows Over Relations With U.S. And NATO Under New Constitution RFE/RL 11 Sept 2003-- A debate between EU member states is growing about the impact of the EU's future defense and security policies on relations with NATO and the United States.

  • American troops presence in Kashmir opposed IRNA 11 Sep 2003 -- A key coalition partner in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) state government has criticized New Delhi for letting American troops land in a sensitive Kashmir region to hold joint military exercises with India.

  • Exercise Cooperative Engagement 2003 NATO 11 Sep 2003 -- NATO's biannual maritime exercise COOPERATIVE ENGAGEMENT 2003 (CE 03) will take place from 13 to 20 September 2003 near Split, Croatia, and in the Adriatic Sea.
  • NATO SHIPS WILL VISIT TUNIS, TUNISIA NATO AFSOUTH 11 Sep 2003 -- NATO ships will visit Tunis, Tunisia, 12 - 15 September 2003 when six units from NATO's Mine Countermeasures Force South (MCMFORSOUTH) will be berthed at the port of La Goulette, Tunis.

Defense Industry

  • BAE SYSTEMS Unveils Innovative CATS Bid BAE Systems 11 Sep 2003 -- BAE Systems bid for the 250m-plus UK Combined Aerial Target Service (CATS) features an innovative approach to the provision of unmanned aerial targets for all three services.
  • Lockheed Martin and Alenia Aeronautica to Display C-27J Spartan Airlifter in the U.S. Lockheed Martin 11 Sep 2003 -- Lockheed Martin Alenia Tactical Transport Systems (LMATTS) announced today that a C-27J Spartan tactical airlifter will visit six locations across the United States over the next two weeks. This tour will provide the U.S. Army with an opportunity to take a close look at the C-27J.

Other Conflicts

  • Land Mines Kill, Injure More In Chechnya Than Anywhere Else RFE/RL 11 Sept 2003-- An international group protesting the use of land mines says that more people are killed or injured by land mines in Chechnya than anywhere else in the world. The International Campaign to Ban Landmines reports that almost 6,000 people died or were injured by land mines in the breakaway republic last year. The group says both Russian troops and Chechen fighters regularly use mines.
  • Chechnya: Presidential Candidate Drops Out Of Race RFE/RL 11 Sep 2003 -- Aslambek Aslakhanov, one of the three main contenders in presidential elections in Chechnya next month, today pulled out of the race.

  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 11 Sept 2003-- Israeli troops have taken up positions across from Yasser Arafat's headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The move comes amid increasing calls by Israeli ministers to force the Palestinian leader into exile

  • DRC: Mayi-Mayi, RCD-Goma begin reconciliation efforts IRIN 11 Sep 2003 -- Mayi-Mayi militias and fighters of the Rassemblement congolais pour la democratie (RCD-Goma) former rebel movement began reconciliation efforts on Tuesday in Burale, 60 km southeast of Bukavu in South Kivu Province of eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, the country's UN peacekeeping mission, MONUC, reported.
  • DRC: IRIN interview with Mayi-Mayi political leader Marcel Munga IRIN 11 Sep 2003 -- General David Padiri Bulenda, one of the most prominent leaders of the Mayi-Mayi militias in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, was inaugurated on Friday into the leadership of the newly-unified national military, and given responsibility for one of the country's 10 military regions. However, soon after, Padiri delegated political leadership of the Mayi-Mayi to one of his former chief military advisers, Marcel Munga.
  • CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Regional force says no rebel forces in northwest IRIN 11 Sep 2003 -- The peacekeeping force of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central African States (CEMAC) says it has not found any evidence of anti-government rebel activity in the northwest of the Central African Republic.
  • BURUNDI: Rebels force civilians to pay "contributions" IRIN 11 Sep 2003 -- Fearing attacks by rebels of the Forces pour la defense de la democratie, residents of Mbuye, Bukeye, Kiganda and Muramvya communes of central Burundi have been forced to pay contributions to the militants, Burundi news agency, Net Press, reported on Tuesday.
  • Great Lakes: Fall discusses regional conference with Belgian foreign minister IRIN 11 Sep 2003 -- Following a meeting with Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs Louis Michel in Brussels on Thursday, the UN Secretary-General’s special representative for the Great Lakes region, Ibrahima Fall, told IRIN that the way was now open for the international conference on the area, now that the heads of states of the participating countries had nominated their national coordinators and approved the calendar of activities.
  • LIBERIA: Peacekeepers deploy in volatile central Liberia IRIN 11 Sep 2003 -- Thousands of displaced civilians, who fled renewed fighting between government forces and rebels a week ago in central Liberia, began returning to their camps following the deployment of West African peacekeepers in Bong County on Wednesday.
  • SOMALIA: Peace talks expected to resume IRIN 11 Sep 2003 -- The Somali national reconciliation conference is expected to reconvene this weekend in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, after a three-week hiatus, a member of its organizing committee told IRIN.
  • SUDAN: Negotiations on security continue IRIN 11 Sep 2003 -- Key peace negotiations between the Sudanese government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) continued on Thursday, focusing sharply on a compromise security document put forward by the rebel group, sources at the talks told IRIN.
  • ERITREA-ETHIOPIA: Peace process at "critical" stage says UN IRIN 11 Sep 2003 -- The Ethiopia-Eritrea peace process is at a “critical” juncture with demarcation of the contested 1,000-kilometre border between the two countries just weeks away, the United Nations stated on Thursday.
  • UGANDA: Thousands of unaccompanied children stranded IRIN 11 Sep 2003 -- Thousands of children fleeing Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) attacks in northern Uganda’s troubled Pader district are now stranded in neighbouring Karamoja, unable to rejoin their families, according to government officials.
  • BURKINA FASO: Common border finally re-opens IRIN 11 Sep 2003 -- A year after a failed coup attempt in Cote d'Ivoire strained relations with neighbouring Burkina Faso, the two West African countries re-opened their common border in a low-key ceremony on Wednesday afternoon.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 11 Sep 2003 -- Germany and U.S. propose extending range of NATO force in Kabul / UN calls for force to stop Afghan drug trafficking / U.S. rejects diluting Iraqi occupation authority / France, Germany and Russia propose amendments to U.S. plan / U.S. gathers 20 allies to force Iran nuclear deadline
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 11 Sep 2003 -- Chairman NAMILCOM: France's contribution to NRF to be "substantial" / Report: Gen. Kujat backs EU's military autonomy / Afghan minister says funding key issue for ISAF's expansion / EU renews solidarity with U.S. in fight against terrorism on 9/11 anniversary

  • BURMA POL VOA 11 Sept 2003-- Burma's military government recently announced changes in the personnel lineup that put the country's intelligence chief in the post of prime minister. The government also announced it would implement a so-called "road map' to democratization and elections, but released no details or timetable
  • Melting Glaciers Could Affect Millions In Region RFE/RL 11 Sept 2003-- Research in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas all point to the same conclusion: climate change is causing the world's glaciers to melt at an increasingly rapid pace. It is a phenomenon that may prove catastrophic for the millions of people in the world who depend on ice melt for their fresh water supply, for instance in large parts of Central Asia. The issue is likely to be among the topics discussed at this month's World Conference on Climate Change in Moscow.
  • U-S / FRANCE / LIBYA VOA 11 Sept 2003--The United States has welcomed an agreement between France and Libya that clears the way for a U-N Security Council vote Friday lifting sanctions against the Muammar Gadhafi government. Secretary of State Colin Powell discussed the issue Thursday by telephone with his French counterpart, Dominique de Villepin
  • State Department Noon Briefing, September 11, 2003 Washington File 11 Sept 2003-- Israel/Palestinians, Libya, Iraq, United Nations, France/Germany, Mideast, Sweden, Peru, North Korea, Vienna
  • INDIA/U-S TIES VOA 11 Sept 2003-- A senior U-S official on a visit to New Delhi says India and the United states have made impressive gains in their relations in recent years.

  • PENTAGON / 9-11 VOA 11 Sept 2003-- Solemn ceremonies were held at the Pentagon and nearby Arlington National Cemetery Thursday to remember the terrorist attack two years ago in which a hijacked American Airlines jet slammed into the headquarters of the U-S Armed Forces. One hundred twenty five people in the building and 59 passengers and crew on the plane died.
  • BUSH 9-11 VOA 11 Sept 2003-- President Bush marked the second anniversary of the September 11th 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States in a quiet, solemn way
  • BUSH BIN LADEN VOA 11 Sept 2003-- President Bush says a new Osama Bin Laden videotape is a reminder that the war on terrorism goes on.
  • NY / 9-11 / CHENEY VOA 11 Sept 2003-- Vice President Dick Cheney helped honor the victims of the September 11th attacks in a ceremony in New York City on the second anniversary of the disaster.
  • Bin Laden Tape Surfaces; Proves Threat Continues AFPS 11 Sept 2003-- While emphasizing that its authenticity still remains in question, top Defense officials said today a newly released videotape depicting al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden reinforces the threat the terrorist organization continues to pose.
  • SPAIN / AL QAIDA VOA 11 Sept 2003-- A High Court judge in Spain has decided to keep a correspondent for the Arab TV network Al-Jazeera in jail on suspicion of being an Al Qaida agent

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