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19 September 2003 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

  • ANOTHER "IRAQI TOP 55" IN COALITION CUSTODY CENTCOM Release 19 Sept 2003-- Sultan Hashim Ahmad Al-Jabburi Al-Tai, number 27 on the coalition's list of most wanted government officials, is now under custody of coalition forces.
  • 3rd COSCOM truck drivers take a break in the Iraqi shade USAREUR Release 19 Sept 2003-- On a sunny Sunday afternoon with the temperature almost comfortable by Iraq standards - a mere 110 degrees - three members of the 1498th Heavy Equipment Transport Company relax next to a wrecker parked strategically under a tree.
  • Myers Thanks Poles for Contributions to War on Terror AFPS 19 Sept 2003-- The Polish-led Multinational Division in Iraq has impressed U.S. military officials by its leadership, professionalism and competence, Joint Chiefs Chairman Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers said here today.
  • Chairman Speaks to Reserve Concerns at Kosovo Town Hall AFPS 19 Sept 2003-- Hershey, Elizabethtown, Wilkes-Barre, Harrisburg. It seems as if Pennsylvania has found a home in the middle of Kosovo.
  • PAKISTAN/AFGHAN REFUGEES VOA 19 Sept 2003-- The United Nations refugee agency says, under its voluntary repatriation program, nearly 500-thousand Afghans have returned to their homeland this year from neighboring Pakistan and Iran
  • US TROOP WOUNDED ON THE RISE VOA 19 Sept 2003-- U-S battlefield casualties continue to increase in Iraq. Nearly ten American troops each day are declared wounded in action. Attacks are so frequent that the U-S military often lists injuries only when they led to deaths. Thus, many wounded soldiers go unreported and unnoticed by the American public. Advanced medical technology is also saving more lives than ever before on the battlefield.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • DoD Announces European Facilities Turnover 19 Sep 2003 -- The Department of Defense today announced that on Feb. 29, 2004, the U.S. Army, Europe (USAREUR) will cease operations at two military sites in the Netherlands. These facilities are the Combat Equipment Base Brunssum at Brunssum and Combat Equipment Base Vriezenveen in Almelo. Both of these sites had been used to store and maintain the Army's prepositioned stocks.
  • HSL-49 a 'gap-filler' for ESG 7th Fleet 19 Sept 2003-- Aviation squadrons attached to Expeditionary Strike Group 1 (ESG-1) understand the Navy's critical need for flexibility.
  • USS Frank Cable Repairs Keep 7th Fleet Afloat Navy Newsstand 19 Sept 2003-- USS Frank Cable (AS 40) is at it again, repairing ships throughout the 7th Fleet.
  • 19 COUNTRIES TO PRACTICE DISASTER RELIEF AFTER TERRORIST ATTACK NATO EADRCC19 Sep 2003 -- The civil emergency exercise "Dacia 2003" will take place in Pitesti, Romania, between 7 and 10 October. The scenario of the exercise is based on a terrorist attack with the use of radiological dispersion devices, better known as "dirty bombs".

Defense Industry

  • BAE SYSTEMS Awarded Contract For F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Laser System BAE Systems 19 Sep 2003 -- BAE Systems Avionics has been awarded a major contract, by Lockheed Martin, to supply the Laser System for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Electro Optical Targeting System (EOTS). The contract will be carried out at Avionics, Sensor Systems Division (SSD) facility in Edinburgh.

Other Conflicts

  • BOSNIA/MASS GRAVE VOA 19 Sept 2003-- Forensic experts say they have discovered hundreds of bodies of people killed by Serb forces during the war in Bosnia during the mid-1990s.
  • IVORY COAST/CRISIS VOA 19 Sept 2003-- Friday is the first anniversary of the rebellion that sparked a year of crisis in Ivory Coast. The day is being marked with memorials and prayers across the country.
  • SUDAN/TALKS VOA 19 Sept 2003-- The Kenyan mediator of peace talks between the Sudanese government and the country's main rebel group says the two sides have made progress, but have yet to sign a peace deal
  • U-N/LIBERIA VOA 19 Sept 2003-- The United Nations has approved up to 15 thousand peacekeepers for Liberia
  • UNGA/ISRAEL VOA 19 Sept 2003-- The U-N General Assembly, in a symbolic slap at the United States, has overhwelmingly passed a resolution condemning Israel's decision in principle to expel Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 19 Sep 2003 -- Regional NATO chief says Bosnia stability fragile / NATO orders military planners to prepare expansion of ISAF / Kofi Annan has own demands on UN role in Iraq / Germany and France push for Iraqi sovereignty ahead of talks with Tony Blair
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 19 Sep 2003 -- Germany, France vow to press ahead with EU military / Possible expansion of ISAF's mandate viewed

  • INDONESIA TERROR VOA 19 Sept 2003-- Police in Jakarta say they are hunting down a group of suspected terrorists, who they say are planning more bombings in the country
  • POWELL / INDONESIA VOA 19 Sept 2003-- Secretary of State Colin Powell met Friday with Indonesia's coordinating minister for political and security affairs, Suslio Bambang Yudhoyono. The talks covered the war on terrorism, including the case of the Indonesian-born terrorist figure Hambali, captured last month in Thailand

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