21 September 2003 Military News
- AFGHANISTAN SECURITY VOA 21 Sept 2003-- Afghan President Hamid Karzai has approved a long-awaited reshuffle of his Defense Ministry in an apparent effort to make it more acceptable to the country's ethnic Pashtun majority
- COALITION ENGINEERS WORK ON BAGHDAD'S SEWER SYSTEM CENTCOM Release 21 Sept 2003-- Soldiers from the 1st Armored Division took to the streets Sept. 18 to fix the city sewage system in the Baghdad neighborhood of Berea.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Air Assault School begins in northern Iraq Army News Service 21 Sept 2003-- Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division began air assault school in an unlikely place --- Northern Iraq.
- DRC: NGOs denounce military movements, recruitment of child soldiers in South Kivu IRIN 21 Sep 2003 -- Two Congolese NGOs have denounced recent troop movements and recruitment of child soldiers in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) despite the recent inauguration of a unified national army comprising forces of former combatants in the country.
- DRC: RCD-Goma officers, MPs demand protection before reporting to Kinshasa IRIN 21 Sep 2003 -- Military officials and members of parliament of the Rassemblement congolais pour la democratie (RCD-Goma) former rebel movement - now party to a two-year national transitional government in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) - have demanded a general amnesty and security guarantees before reporting to the capital, Kinshasa, according to a communique from the group, issued on Wednesday.
- LIBERIA: Security Council approves 15,000 peacekeepers IRIN 21 Sep 2003 -- The United Nations Security Council unanimously approved the creation of a 15,000-strong peacekeeping force for Liberia to take over from a much smaller West African force which is currently stuggling to impose peace and security after 14 years of civil war.
- BURUNDI: Curfew imposed on five zones in Bujumbura IRIN 21 Sep 2003 -- The Burundian government on Wednesday imposed a curfew on five zones on the outskirts of the capital, Bujumbura, as a security measure for better control of people's movements in the suburbs, Interior Minister Salvator Ntihabose said on Friday.
- ERITREA-ETHIOPIA: Peace process could "get out of hand", says AU IRIN 21 Sep 2003 -- Ethiopia and Eritrea were warned on Thursday that their peace process could “get out of hand” if their attention slipped in the crucial run up to demarcation. Brigadier General Elliot Kamteni of the African Union (AU) cautioned that if the “process was overlooked”, peace between the two nations may unravel.
- E-U/LATVIA/REACT VOA 21 Sept 2003-- The European Union has congratulated Latvia for voting to join the union. Latvia was the ninth of 10 countries slated to join the 15-nation bloc next year, which voted in favor of membership. Now, the European Union is looking toward Cyprus.
- BURMA / INDONESIA VOA 21 Sept 2003-- Indonesian special envoy, former foreign minister Ali Alatas, arrived in Rangoon Sunday as part of an effort by Burma's regional neighbors to pressure the country's military government to release detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
- SOMALIA: Somaliland ministers hold discussions with donors IRIN 21 Sep 2003 -- Ministers from Somaliland have held unprecedented talks with international donors and the United Nations. Foreign Minister Edna Adan Ismail described the meeting, held on Wednesday, as a breakthrough for the self-declared republic, which is seeking international recognition. “It gives us status and it gives us political importance that we have never been accorded before,” she told IRIN at the end of the talks.
- CENTRAL ASIA: Weekly news wrap IRIN 21 Sep 2003 -- Human rights and civil liberties were the dominant issues impacting Central Asia this week, a five-nation region of some 60 million inhabitants.
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