13 September 2003 Military News
- ARTILLERYMEN, IRAQIS SPIN WRENCHES TO KEEP COALITION ROLLING CENTCOM Release 13 Sept 2003-- Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and local Iraqis are making lighter work with many hands by working together in the motor pool to change out engines and repair hundreds of tires.
- CHECKPOINT GUNFIRE LEADS TO WEAPONS CACHE CENTCOM Release 13 Sept 2003-- Six Iraqis were detained after they attempted to run a checkpoint near the towns of Saff At Tuth Isfia and Talul An Nasir in the 101st Airborne Division's area on Sep. 10. Subsequent operations resulted in the discovery of a large weapons cache in one of their homes.
- IRAQI CITIZENS' TIPS AID COALITION FORCES CENTCOM Release 13 Sept 2003-- the 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division detained an Iraqi man and his brother on Sep. 11 for violating Coalition weapons laws.
- IRAQ/ATTACK VOA 13 Sept 2003-- U-S officials have apologized for what they are calling a friendly fire incident near the Iraqi town of Fallujah, 50 kilometers west of Baghad
- BUSH/IRAQ VOA 13 Sept 2003-- President Bush says the U-S-led invasion of Iraq has made America safer from terrorist attack
- Pak-Afghan resolve to boost forces on border IRNA 13 Sep 2003 -- Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United State have decided to boost forces on Pak-Afghan border`s north zone to combat Taliban and Al-Qaeda elements, a local daily said.
- Pakistan for promoting peace in Afghanistan: Minister IRNA 13 Sep 2003 -- Pakistan said Saturday it will exert utmost endeavor to promote peace in Afghanistan and support Afghan President Hamed Karzai.
- Another strong explosion jolts West of Kabul IRNA 13 Sep 2003 -- After 3 rocket attacks against ISAF headquarters Thursday night, another strong explosion jolted West side of the Afghan capital at 15:15 local time, on Friday evening.
- Afghanistan: EU Representative Warns Country Is At Crossroads RFE/RL 13 Sep 2003 -- The EU's representative for Afghanistan, Francesc Vendrell, on 12 September warned that time is running out for efforts to stabilize Afghanistan. He said a stronger international security force presence and reforms of Afghanistan's security apparatus are needed to ward off the threat emanating from remnants of the Taliban and the country's blossoming heroin industry.
- LIBERIA/TAYLOR VOA 13 Sept 2003-- In Liberia, West African peacekeepers are preparing another push into the countryside to separate government and rebel forces. The move comes as the United Nations takes steps to set up a U-N peacekeeping force. U-N special representative to Liberia Jacques Klein said he would ask the Security Council for about 15-thousand troops. Mr. Klein also said former President Charles Taylor continues to involve himself in the affairs of Liberia from his exile in Nigeria.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Pak-US defence talks on Sept 15: ministry IRNA 13 Sep 2003 -- A 14-member Pakistani defense delegation will leave for Washington Sunday to take part in the 15th meeting of Pak-US Defense Consultative Group which will be held in Washington from 15-18 September 2003.
- ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS VOA 13 Sept 2003-- Palestinians continue to rally in support of Yasser Arafat, and the Palestinian leader remains defiant in the face of an Israeli plan to possibly force him into exile. Israel too is defiant, saying it will not be swayed by international criticism of the plan
- GENEVA TALKS / MIDEAST VOA 13 Sept 2003-- All five permanent members of the U-N Security Council are urging Israel and the Palestinians to make good on their peace pledges
- IVORY COAST/POLITICS VOA 13 Sept 2003-- In Ivory Coast, former rebel groups, now called the New Forces, are challenging appointments to the key ministerial posts of defense and security. They say they will not begin a disarmament program, unless the ministers are appointed by consensus
- COTE D'IVOIRE: Naming of two key ministers unblocks peace process IRIN 13 Sep 2003 -- President Laurent Gbagbo appointed new ministers of defence and internal security on Saturday, filling key portfolios that had been vacant for six months. The long-awaited move should allow Cote d'Ivoire's derailed peace process to get back on track.
- Militants .attack Indian army camp, four personnel killed in Kashmir IRNA 13 Sep 2003 -- In a suicide attack, two militants on Saturday stormed an Indian Army camp on the Line of Control (LoC) killing an officer and three soldiers and injuring seven others before one of them was shot dead by security forces in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).
- COLOMBIA / HOSTAGES VOA 13 Sept 2003-- Three Americans held hostage by rebels in Colombia say they do not want any attempts made to rescue them. The comments from the civilian contractors to the U-S government were made in an interview that has revived debate over a possible prisoner swap
- JORDAN / TERROR VOA 13 Sept 2003-- Jordan says it has indicted 15 suspected Islamic terrorists accused of conspiring to attack U-S and Israeli interests. The announcement comes as King Abdullah prepares to travel to the United States for talks with President Bush on terrorism, Iraq and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
- Bush Pledges U.S. to Defeat Terrorists, Building a Free Iraq Washington File 13 Sept 2003-- In his weekly radio address to the nation, President Bush said September 11, 2001, began "a war on global terror that continues to this hour." He said the United States "will do what is necessary to win this victory in the war on terror."
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