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18 September 2003 Military News

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Current Operations

  • Afghanistan: Karzai Fires Kabul Police Chief Amid Land-Grab Scandal RFE/RL 18 Sep 2003 -- Afghan Transitional Administration Chairman Hamid Karzai has ordered the dismissal of Kabul's police chief amid a real-estate scandal that has implicated many senior officials in the Afghan government. But some Afghan officials say the sacking of General Abdul Basir Salangi is unrelated to the land-grab controversy.
  • Afghanistan: NATO Looking To Expand Security Force Beyond Kabul RFE/RL 18 Sep 2003 -- NATO today asked its military experts to begin studying the feasibility of extending the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan beyond the capital, Kabul.
  • Bosnia Stable, but Peace Still 'Brittle' AFPS 18 Sept 2003-- The military jobs mandated by 1995's Dayton Accords are just about completed, but stability in Bosnia is "brittle" and still requires the Stabilization Force, military officials here said.
  • 82ND AIRBORNE WORKS WITH ICDC RECRUITS CENTCOM Release 18 Sept 2003-- Volunteers for the new Iraqi Civil Defense Corps (ICDC) received a medical screening and their first payment of $50 Sept. 18 and are ready to train.
  • U.S. Marines, French Foreign Legion Join in Training AFPS 17 Sept 2003-- Marines of Task Force Rawhide, 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade (Antiterrorism), participated in training with the French Foreign Legion, 13th Half Brigade, at the French Commando Training Center here Sept. 7-12.
  • NATO/AFGHANISTAN VOA 18 Sept 2003-- NATO has taken an initial step toward extending its peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan to parts of the country beyond the capital, Kabul
  • AFGHAN / U-S / SNOW VOA 18 Sept 2003-- Treasury Secretary John Snow says the rest of the world must join the United States in providing funding for Afghanistan
  • RFE/RL Afghanistan Report, Vol 2, Number 32 18 Sep 2003 -- WHY THE DELAY IN AFGHANISTAN'S CONSTITUTIONAL LOYA JIRGA? / AFGHAN LEADER DECREES POSTPONEMENT OF CONSTITUTIONAL LOYA JIRGA... / ...WHILE AFGHAN NEWSPAPER DEMANDS ETHICAL LOYA JIRGA SELECTION / UN ENVOY QUESTIONS FEASIBILITY OF JUNE ELECTIONS IN AFGHANISTAN... / ...AS AFGHAN CABINET APPROVES LAW ALLOWING POLITICAL PARTIES / TEXT OF POLITICAL PARTIES LAW / AFGHAN CONSTITUTION TO AVOID 'OFFICIAL RELIGION.' / NEO-TALIBAN THREATEN TO ENFORCE OLD BEHAVIOR CODE / TOP AFGHAN JUDGE SAYS WOMEN MAY WORK, BUT MUST OBSERVE HIJAB / COMMISSION TO PROBE ALLEGED AFGHAN LAND GRABS... / ...AS KABUL PAPER BEMOANS ILLEGAL SEIZURE OF PROPERTY / LAND-GRAB SCANDAL IN KABUL ROCKS THE GOVERNMENT / U.S. AID PACKAGE INCLUDES $1.2 BILLION FOR BOOSTING AFGHAN ARMY, GOVERNMENT / NATO ASKED TO EXPAND ISAF, STOP AFGHAN DRUG TRADE / AFGHAN GOVERNMENT TO INCREASE SECURITY IN KABUL AND ON MAJOR ROADS / TRIPARTITE COMMISSION MEETING ON AFGHANISTAN-PAKISTAN BORDER SECURITY POSTPONED... / ...BUT OFFICIALS AGREE TO BOLSTER TROOP PRESENCE AT BORDER / AFGHAN LEADER CRITICIZES PAKISTANI CLERICS WHO ENCOURAGE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN... / ...AS PAKISTANI INTERIOR MINISTER CONFIRMS SOME CLERICS ARE TO BE BLAMED, BUT NOT ONLY IN PAKISTAN / PAKISTAN TO PUSH FOR TAP PIPELINE EVEN IF INDIA STAYS OUT / THIS WEEK IN AFGHANISTAN'S HISTORY

Defense Policy / Programs

  • B-2 exercises 'spirit' through deployment AFPB 18 Sept 2003-- B-2 Spirit bomber crews and support teams are in Guam to participate in Coronet Dragon 49, an exercise to test their deployment capabilities and the ability to fly and fight from a forward location.
  • Rumsfeld: Volunteer U.S. Military Is 'Booming Success' AFPS 17 Sept 2003-- For three decades, the volunteer U.S. military "has been a booming success -- it works," Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today.

  • EU: Successful Congo Mission May Herald Greater Military Self-Reliance RFE/RL 18 Sep 2003 -- European Union military authorities yesterday said the bloc's first autonomous military mission to Bunya, a city in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo, was an unqualified success. Two top EU generals indicated in Brussels that the success of the French-led operation could pave the way for further missions.

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICES OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND THE SPOKESWOMAN FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT United Nations 18 Sep 2003
  • BUSH / MIDEAST VOA 18 Sept 2003-- President Bush says if the Palestinian people want peace, they must choose a leader who renounces terror
  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 18 Sept 2003-- Palestinian President Yasser Arafat and members of his Fatah movement are meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah to discuss the formation of a new government under Prime Minister-designate, Ahmed Korei
  • MIDEAST PEACE / PAST AND FUTURE VOA 18 Sept 2003-- Former President Jimmy Carter hosted a day-long symposium Wednesday (September 17th) in Washington to mark the 25th anniversary of the Camp David peace accords that led to the 1979 peace treaty between Egypt and Israel, the first between the Jewish state and an Arab neighbor
  • U-N/ISRAEL/GENERAL ASSEMBLY VOA 18 Sept 2003-- The United Nations General Assembly meets in an emergency session Friday on the conflict in the Middle East.

  • LIBERIA/NIGERIA/TAYLOR VOA 18 Sept 2003-- The special U-N representative for Liberia says exiled former President Charles Taylor is still meddling in Liberian affairs
  • LIBERIA: Relief operations to resume throughout southeastern Liberia IRIN 18 Sep 2003 -- The United Nations will resume full-scale relief efforts in rebel-controlled areas of southern and eastern Liberia after the country's new Transitional Government is sworn in on 14 October, Moses Okello, the head of the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Liberia said on Thursday.
  • BURUNDI/RADIO CLOSURES VOA 18 Sept 2003-- Critics have lashed out at the Burundi government's closure of African Public Radio, the second radio station it closed in a week
  • BURUNDI: Thousands flee fresh rebel clashes IRIN 18 Sep 2003 -- Some 10,000 civilians fled their homes on Wednesday following renewed fighting between two rebels groups in Burundi's Bujumbura Rural Province, a local official told IRIN on Thursday.
  • SERBIA/U-S VOA 18 Sept 2003-- After more than a decade of Balkan wars and flight bans, Serbia's national airline resumed flights to New York Thursday. It is to resume flying to the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina, its former adversary, next week
  • CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: China gives Bangui US $83,000 for national talks IRIN 18 Sep 2003 -- China has granted 50 million francs CFA (US $83,000) to the Central African Republic to support the on-going national reconciliation talks, state-owned Radio Centrafrique reported on Wednesday.
  • COTE D'IVOIRE: UN envoy sees disarmament starting on 1 October IRIN 18 Sep 2003 -- Albert Tevoedjre, the United Nations special envoy to Cote d'Ivoire, has said that following the appointment of new ministers of defence and external security, he expects the demobilisation and disarmament of rebel forces occupying the north of the country to start on 1 October.
  • DRC: UN force frees all but three UPC partisans IRIN 18 Sep 2003 -- UN troops in northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo have freed all but three partisans of the rebel Union des patriots congolais (UPC) arrested in the town of Bunia earlier this week, the commander of UN forces, Gen Mountaga Diallo, told reporters.
  • SOMALIA: Support peace pact , committee urges Somalis IRIN 18 Sep 2003 -- The Somali leaders Committee at peace talks currently underway in Kenya have dismissed a recent statement by the president of the Transitional National Government, (TNG) Abdiqassim Salad Hassan, rejecting the adoption of the interim constitution.
  • UGANDA: Rebels threaten progress in the east, local organisations say IRIN 18 Sep 2003 -- The spread of the Lord's Resistance Army's insurgency since June to eastern Uganda’s Teso region is threatening to reverse "progress" made in there over the last ten years, say local organisations.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 18 Sep 2003 -- U.S. reassessing Balkan troop commitment NATO troops find large amount of illegal weapons in Bosnia / NATO edging closer toward expanded Afghan role / Iraqis call for sovereignty as "Saddam" tape aired / Spain's Aznar opposes UN force for Iraq / Chancellor Schroeder seeks "road map" for handover to Iraqis / President Putin signs order for Black Sea Fleet base in Novorossiisk
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 18 Sep 2003 -- NATO expected to move toward expanding ISAF / Daily: Strong opposition to plan for EU military headquarters in Tervuren / OSCE wants to send peacekeeping force to Moldova

  • UN: Deja Vu At General Assembly -- Bush, Iraq, And Terrorism Top The Agenda RFE/RL 18 Sep 2003 -- The UN General Assembly's annual meeting of world leaders convenes next week amid critical talks on the future of Iraq. The expected presence of U.S. President George W. Bush is seen by some as validation of the UN's relevance, called into question by Bush and other U.S. officials in the run-up to the war in Iraq. But the organization is likely to face calls for reform, as well as a reappraisal of its approach to global threats.
  • EUROPE / CUBA VOA 18 Sept 2003-- Three former Eastern European leaders are urging a concerted international campaign to end communist rule in Cuba
  • RWANDA: EU mission accredited to monitor elections IRIN 18 Sep 2003 -- The EU observer mission in Rwanda has been authorised to monitor parliamentary elections scheduled to begin on 29 September, state-owned Rwanda News Agency (RNA) reported on Thursday.
  • ZIMBABWE: Sanctions affect only top govt officials - EU IRIN 18 Sep 2003 -- The European Union (EU) on Thursday denied any responsibility for Zimbabwe's worsening economic crisis, saying that its policy of 'smart' sanctions targets government officials and not the country's population.
  • GUINEA-BISSAU: Parliamentary elections expected in six months IRIN 18 Sep 2003 -- A committee of political leaders and military officers was putting the final touches on Thursday to plans for a transitional civilian government charged with holding fresh parliamentary elections in Guinea-Bissau early next year



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