15 September 2003 Military News
- IED Attack in Fallujah Kills Soldier, Injures Three Others AFPS 15 Sept 2003-- An 82nd Airborne Division soldier was killed and three others were wounded Sept. 14 in an improvised explosive device attack on their convoy in Fallujah, Iraq.
- PAKISTAN-US-AL-QAIDA VOA 15 Sept 2003-- Pakistan is disputing allegations that its intelligence agency was providing aid to al-Qaida terrorists at the time of the group's September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States
- U.S. Diplomat Sees Regional Action Key to Liberian Peace Process Washington File 15 Sept 2003-- The recent Liberian peace agreement signed in Accra is more likely to hold because it was fostered by African leaders such as Ghanaian President John Kufuor and will be maintained by such regional bodies as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), says Bruce Ehrnman, a U.S. diplomat who observed the negotiating process.
- NATO looking into possibility of peacekeeping beyond Kabul IRNA 15 Sep 2003 -- EU`s special representative in Afghanistan, Francesc Vendrell, and General Jack Deverell, Commander of NATO-forces in Afghanistan, briefed Monday in Brussels a joint meeting of the EU Political and Security Committee with the North Atlantic Council, NATO`s top decision making body.
- AFGHANISTAN FIGHTING VOA 15 Sept 2003-- The U-S military says coalition forces in Afghanistan killed an estimated 15 insurgent fighters in a night-time clash
- AFGHANISTAN: Interview with UN Special Rapporteur on Housing IRIN 15 Sep 2003 -- Lack of adequate housing is becoming critical in both rural and urban parts of Afghanistan. Two decades of conflict have left hundreds of thousands of Afghans homeless with an equal number living in temporary or sub-standard accomodation. In an interview with IRIN, Miloon Kothari, a Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing for the United Nations Commission of Human Rights said that lack of housing and land rights is feeding instability and insecurity in some parts of the country. Kothari has been invited by the Afghan government to look at housing, land rights and displacement in the country.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Operation Iraqi Freedom Potential R&R Leave Support USAREUR Release 15 Sept 2003
- MCMDIV 31 Ships Receive Praise, Awards Navy Newsstand 15 Sept 2003-- Commanding officers of the four mine-hunting vessels stationed in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility were presented the Bronze Star Medal at an awards ceremony here recently.
- USS Stump Scores Again, Intercepts Smuggling Vessel in the Caribbean Navy Newsstand 15 Sept 2003-- Acting in concert with Maritime Patrol aircraft and the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Decisive (WMEC 629), USS Stump (DD 978) intercepted and destroyed a narcotics smuggling vessel while conducting counter-drug operations in the Caribbean Sea.
- Prototype goggles to give Army edge Army News Service 15 Sept 2003-- For years, the Army has used image intensification technology and thermal viewing technologies. Now, an experimental goggle may combine both technologies to give soldiers an edge on the battlefield.
- Navy receives new cargo ship: final ship in 19-ship program Military Sealift Command 15 Sept 2003-- USNS Benavidez, the final ship in a fleet of 19 new or converted civilian-crewed, non-combatant, cargo ships, was delivered to the U. S. Navy Sept. 10, 2003, in New Orleans, La. Benavidez is the last large, medium-speed, roll-on/roll-off ship built or converted at U.S. shipyards since the mid-1990s to transport and preposition at sea U.S. combat equipment.
- Civilian-crewed cargo ships return I MEF gear to Southern California Military Sealift Command 15 Sept 2003-- The Navy's Military Sealift Command-operated roll-on/roll-off ship MV Cape Henry returned from Kuwait today carrying more than 150,000 square feet of battle-worn gear belonging to the First Marine Expeditionary Force and used in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
- USS Curtis Wilbur in exercise Pacific Protector 7th Fleet 15 Sept 2003-- USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) participated in the major maritime interdiction training exercise Pacific Protector, which began Sept. 13.
- FDNF Ships take next step in Training Cycle 7th Fleet 15 Sept 2003-- Having recently completed a crucible of ship specific training, the Sailors of USS Essex (LHD 2) and USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) got underway from White Beach, Okinawa Sept. 6, to participate in a series of exercises. Those exercises will not only help forge the Sailors and embarked Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) into one cohesive fighting force, but will test new concepts in expeditionary warfare and help shape the future.
- Air Force reports success in producing laser navigation systems IRNA 15 Sep 2003 -- Air Force Commander Brigadier-General Reza Pardis said here on Monday that Air Force experts have been able to develop the technology for producing laser navigation systems for the first time in the country.
- BAE SYSTEMS Flight Tests Advanced Airborne Reconnaissance System BAE Systems 15 Sep 2003 -- BAE Systems successfully demonstrated its Advanced Airborne Reconnaissance System (AARS) during August flight trials at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. AARS, the latest addition to the BAE Systems reconnaissance product line, was flown on a U.S. Air Force F-16 Block 50 fighter aircraft at altitudes up to 50,000 feet.
- Boeing Brings Advanced Targeting FLIR to F/A-18E/F Fleet for Greater Lethality, Safety Boeing 15 Sep 2003 -- The U.S. Navy has declared initial operational capability for the ASQ-228 Advanced Targeting Forward Looking Infrared (ATFLIR) pod for the Boeing [NYSE: BA]F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. The ATFLIR offers greater targeting accuracy from further distances, which will boost the Super Hornet's lethality while minimizing the aircraft's exposure to enemy fire.
- Lockheed Martin Announces Agreement to Acquire Titan Corporation Lockheed Martin 15 Sep 2003 -- Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE:LMT) and Titan Corporation (NYSE: TTN) have entered into a definitive agreement for Lockheed Martin to acquire Titan.
- Northrop Grumman Awarded Air Force Integrated Base Defense Contract Northrop Grumman 15 Sep 2003 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) is one of four companies awarded a five-year, $498 million contract to provide advanced systems for protecting U.S. Air Force bases worldwide.
- Northrop Grumman Demonstrates Versatility, Flexibility of MP-RTIP Radar in Virtual Integrated Strike War Games Northrop Grumman 15 Sep 2003 -- The U.S. Air Force's new Multi-Platform Radar Technology Insertion Program (MP-RTIP) radar will give commanders an unprecedented capability to simultaneously conduct air-to-air and air-to-ground combat operations hundreds of miles apart.
- Boeing/Insitu ScanEagle UAV Completes Long-Endurance Flight Boeing 15 Sep 2003 -- ScanEagle, a low-cost, long-endurance autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed and built by Boeing [NYSE:BA] and The Insitu Group, successfully demonstrated its long-endurance capability when it completed a 15.2-hour flight at the Boeing Boardman test facility in eastern Oregon.
- Northrop Grumman Begins Development and Production of Next Generation Global Hawk Northrop Grumman 15 Sep 2003 -- U.S. and allied war fighters can look forward to a new larger, more capable model of the U.S. Air Force's Global Hawk unmanned aerial reconnaissance system. Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Integrated Systems sector, the Global Hawk prime contractor, has begun developing and producing the new RQ-4B model following a recent $30.1 million award by the Air Force for advanced procurement activities and long lead hardware.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT United Nations 15 Sep 2003
- UN: Campaigners Hope Bangkok Conference Will Help Eliminate Land Mines RFE/RL 15 Sep 2003 -- Campaigners against the use of land mines have gathered in Bangkok this week for a UN-sponsored conference on the international treaty against their use. A nongovernmental organization called the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997, has sent 250 delegates to the five-day event.
- ASIA - LANDMINES VOA 15 Sept 2003-- Asia is lagging behind the world community in signing onto an international treaty banning the production and use of anti-personnel mines
- U.S. Wants U.N. Condemnation of Mideast Terror Groups Washington File 15 Sept 2003-- The United States will not support a U.N. Security Council resolution on the Middle East that does not contain "a robust condemnation of terrorism" explicitly mentioning Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and the Al-Aqsa Martyr's Brigade, U.S. Ambassador John Negroponte said September 15.
- Ending Terrorism Number One Mideast Priority, Negroponte Says Washington File 15 Sept 2003-- Tells U.N. Security Council U.S. does not support Arafat's elimination or exile
- U-N / MIDEAST VOA 15 Sept 2003-- Security Council members are warning Israel not to "remove" Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat
- ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 15 Sept 2003-- Israel remains defiant in the face of widespread international criticism for its plans to force Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat into exile and statements by some ministers that killing him might be the answer. Palestinians warn of chaos if Mr. Arafat is removed. and the United States warns such action would incite rage throughout the Muslim world and elsewhere
- ISRAEL/PALESTINIAN PETITION VOA 15 Sept 2003-- While the Middle East peace process hovers on the brink of collapse, two prominent regional figures -- one Israeli and the other Palestinian -- are speaking hopefully of an end to hostilities. In many quarters, such talk might be described as a flight of fancy. But these two former implacable foes are gathering grassroots support for a simple plan that they believe can lead to peace.
- Russia: Bomb Blast At Security Service Building In Ingushetia RFE/RL 15 Sep 2003 -- A truck packed with explosives blew up today outside the regional headquarters of Russia's domestic security service, the FSB, in the southern republic of Ingushetia.
- RUSSIA BLAST VOA 15 Sept 2003-- A powerful truck bomb has exploded near the local headquarters of Russia's Federal Security Service in Ingushetia, which borders separatist Chechnya. Early reports say three people were killed and more than 20 injured
- RUSSIA BLAST VOA 15 Sept 2003-- A powerful truck bomb has exploded near the local headquarters of Russia's Federal Security Service in Ingushetia, which borders separatist Chechnya. First reports say two people were killed and at least 15 others injured
- ERITREA-ETHIOPIA VOA 15 Sept 2003-- Officials involved in resolving a long-running border dispute between Ethiopia and Eritrea are preparing for what could be a key phase of the process, following an extension of the mandate of the U-N peacekeeping force monitoring the border.
- ERITREA-ETHIOPIA: UNMEE Mandate extended IRIN 15 Sep 2003 -- Extending the mandate of the 4,200-strong UNMEE peacekeeping force for six months, the UN Security Council warned that it was vital for demarcation of the contested Ethiopia-Eritrea border to get underway as scheduled in October.
- SOMALIA/PEACE TALKS VOA 15 Sept 2003-- Somalia's faction leaders have adopted a charter for the country, paving the way for the selection of a new interim government.
- SOMALIA: Leaders return to peace talks IRIN 15 Sep 2003 -- Two of four prominent Somali leaders who had walked out of a peace conference currently being held at Mbagathi, on the outskirts of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, have returned to the talks while the others have sent representatives, a member of its organising committee told IRIN on Monday.
- IVORY COAST / CRISIS VOA 15 Sept 2003-- Ivory Coast's president, Laurent Gbagbo, and the visiting French defense minister met in an effort to rekindle implementation of the peace agreement. The defense minister said earlier that French troops would deploy across the country, but only if the ongoing reconciliation process produces results.
- COTE D'IVOIRE: War of words fails to derail peace process IRIN 15 Sep 2003 -- President Laurent Gbagbo urged his supporters to mobilise against rebels occupying the north of the country at the weekend after the rebels accused him of arbitrarily imposing candidates of his own choice on the key ministries of defence and internal security.
- GUINEA BISSAU/COUP VOA 15 Sept 2003-- The leader of the Guinea Bissau coup Sunday has called a meeting to create a national transitional council that would oversee the country's return to civilian rule
- COLOMBIA/KIDNAPPING VOA 15 Sept 2003-- Colombian authorities have mounted an extensive search-and-rescue mission on the slopes of the imposing Sierra Nevada mountain, where suspected rebels kidnapped eight foreign tourists last week
- UGANDA: Operation Iron Fist agreement renewed amid tensions IRIN 15 Sep 2003 -- Sudan and Uganda have agreed to renew a bilateral agreement that gives the Ugandan army access to southern Sudan to carry out limited operations against the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). The agreement was extended by three months on Friday despite allegations that the Sudanese army was supporting the Ugandan rebels in southern Sudan.
- BURUNDI: Pre-summit talks enter second day IRIN 15 Sep 2003 -- Talks between Burundian government and rebel delegations entered the second day early Monday, ahead of a regional summit aimed at resolving the country's civil war and implementing its flagging ceasefire.
- CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: National reconciliation talks begin IRIN 15 Sep 2003 -- Central African Republic’s long-awaited national dialogue started on Monday, aimed at reconciling the nation deeply divided by years of armed conflict, coups and ethnic rivalries.
- SUDAN: Armed attacks reported in Darfur despite ceasefire IRIN 15 Sep 2003 -- The Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) rebel group has accused the government of Sudan and allied militia of repeatedly attacking civilians in Darfur, northern Sudan, since the signing of a ceasefire agreement in neighbouring Chad on 3 September. However, the Sudanese government has denied the claim.
- LIBERIA: ECOMIL says it will only deploy troops close to capital IRIN 15 Sep 2003 -- The West African peacekeeping force in Liberia lacks the capacity to deploy throughout the rebel-held north and east of the country and will focus on strengthening its current positions nearer the capital, Monrovia, the force commander said on Monday.
- SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 15 Sep 2003 -- U.S. military's will retain "strong and vibrant" footprint in Europe under plans for redrawing forces / Iraqi handover will fail if hurried / In Norway, NATO's secretary-general calls for robust force in Iraq / Defense minister: Germany not obligated to make concessions to U.S. on post-war Iraq / NATO chief says bloc capable of wider Afghan role / "Few thousand" more troops needed in Afghanistan
- SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 15 Sep 2003 -- Hungarian soldiers to serve in NRF
Danish defense minister on NRF / NATO offers Bulgaria seats on sub-regional commands / Turkish foreign minister urges U.S. to crack down on Kurdish rebels / ICTY prosecutor demands handover of top war crimes suspects by year-end / Daily: U.S. still opposed to EU takeover in Bosnia / Swedes vote "no" to Euro
- HURRICANE ISABEL VOA 15 Sept 2003-- Forecasters say Hurricane Isabel will weaken slightly over the next several days, but residents of the U-S East Coast should prepare for a major storm when Isabel strikes the region later this week
- U-S-DRUG REPORT VOA 15 Sept 2003-- President Bush said Monday that Burma and Haiti have "failed demonstrably" to meet their international obligations to fight drug trafficking. In his annual assessment of cooperation by other countries against the drug trade, Mr. Bush removed Guatemala from the list of major offenders, while also expressing increasing concern about illegal drug involvement by North Korea
- GUINEA: Lansana Conte confirms bid for new presidential term IRIN 15 Sep 2003 -- Guinean President Lansana Conte has confirmed that he will seek a fresh seven-year term in elections due in December after accepting the nomination of his ruling Party for Unity and Progress (PUP).
- GUINEA-BISSAU: Coup applauded by politicians and ordinary people IRIN 15 Sep 2003 -- Guinea-Bissau’s new military leaders met on Monday with politicians, civil society representatives and religious leaders, many of whom congratulated coup leader General Verissimo Correia Seabra for removing the chaotic civilian government of ex-president Kumba Yala.
- PRESS BRIEFING ON CHILD SURVIVAL BY UNICEF, WHO HEADS United Nations 15 Sep 2003
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