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13 October 2003 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

  • UN/AFGHANISTAN VOA 13 Oct 2003 -- The United Nations Security Council has voted to extend the mandate of NATO-led troops in Afghanistan beyond the capital, Kabul. The vote follows a request from NATO earlier this month for permission to deploy peacekeepers outside Kabul.
  • Security Council approves expanding international force to outside Afghan capital UN News Centre 13 Oct 2003 -- The United Nations Security Council gave its approval today for the international troops in Afghanistan to move out from the capital, Kabul, citing the importance of extending the Government's authority throughout the country and providing security for reconstruction and humanitarian efforts.
  • Afghanistan: Minister Discusses 'Broad Plan' With Northern Warlords RFE/RL 13 Oct 2003 -- The Afghan central government has deployed police in northern Afghanistan following clashes between rival factions of the former Northern Alliance. RFE/RL reports on efforts to bring an end to the recurring battles between the militia forces of ethnic Uzbek General Abdul Rashid Dostum and ethnic Tajik field commander Atta Mohammad.
  • AFGHANISTAN ATTACKS UPDATE VOA 13 Oct 2003 -- At least seven Afghan soldiers and police are dead following two separate pre-dawn attacks Sunday by suspected Taleban militants.
  • AFGHANISTAN ATTACK VOA 13 Oct 2003 -- An Afghan official says a large force of suspected Taleban militants has killed at least three security officers and captured eight others.
  • TALEBAN STRIKE VOA 13 Oct 2003 -- In Afghanistan, suspected Taleban insurgents have attacked a police station in the southeast - killing at least three security officers and capturing eight others.
  • AFGHANISTAN: Ceasefire between feuding warlords holds IRIN 13 Oct 2003 -- A ceasefire signed last week between two feuding warlords in Afghanistan's troubled north continues to hold, with rival forces withdrawing from front-line positions, according to a United Nations spokesman.
  • PAKISTAN: UNHCR returnee iris testing tops 200,000 IRIN 13 Oct 2003 -- The number of Afghan refugees checked through a unique iris-recognition system before they are repatriated to Afghanistan under an assistance programme run by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) passed the 200,000 mark last week, according to a UNHCR official.
  • IRAQ / SECURITY VOA 13 Oct 2003 -- Attacks against coalition and Iraqi forces occur on a daily basis, averaging about 20 a day, according to U-S military officials in Baghdad. A Coalition Provisional Authority spokesman acknowledged negotiations are under way with Jordan to help rapidly increase the level of security in Iraq.
  • Iraq: U.S. Soldier Dies In North RFE/RL 13 Oct 2003 -- One U.S. soldier died and another was wounded when their Bradley fighting vehicle struck a land mine in northern Iraq.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Marine Aircraft Wing secures air assets in Djibouti Marine Corps News 13 Oct 2003-- Marines from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., recently replaced the Air Force Security Forces Squadron here providing security for Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa's air assets.
  • Welcome home 3rd Radio Bn Marine Corps News 13 Oct 2003-- Twenty 3rd Radio Battalion Marines were welcomed home by their family members and friends Monday after a near-nine month deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
  • NATO's Transformation NATO 13 Oct 2003 -- Remarks by NATO Secretary General, Lord Robertson at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy

Defense Industry

  • Lockheed Martin Receives $119 Million Multiple Launch Rocket System Guided Unitary Contract Lockheed Martin 13 Oct 2003 -- Lockheed Martin has received a $119 million contract to conduct System Development and Demonstration (SDD) for a Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) variant with a single warhead. Work on the contract will be performed at the company's facilities in Dallas, TX, Camden, AR, and White Sands Missile Range, NM.
  • Newest Lockheed Martin Military Weather Satellite Readied For Launch Lockheed Martin 13 Oct 2003 -- A Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) Block 5D-3 spacecraft, built under contract for the U.S. Air Force by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is being prepared for launch on October 15, 2003. A Titan II launch vehicle, also supplied by Lockheed Martin, will carry the weather satellite into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

Other Conflicts

  • Israel violates Lebanese air space despite existing regional tension - UN envoy UN News Centre 13 Oct 2003 -- Israeli jets, flying over areas of southern Lebanon, violated the Blue Line marking Israeli withdrawal from the area seven times today, but did not meet anti-aircraft fire from Lebanese territory, a senior United Nations envoy said.
  • Israeli incursion leaves 1,240 Palestinians homeless, UN agency finds UN News Centre 13 Oct 2003 -- The Israeli demolition of refugee shelters in Rafah camp on the southern Gaza Strip last week has left 1,240 people homeless, United Nations relief workers said today.
  • Middle East: OIC Chief Calls For U.S. To Quit Iraq, Israel To Leave Palestinian Territories RFE/RL 13 Oct 2003 -- A gathering of officials from Muslim countries yesterday in Putrajaya, Malaysia, was dominated by calls for U.S.-led coalition forces to leave Iraq and for Israeli troops to get out of the Palestinian territories.
  • MIDEAST / TALKS VOA 13 Oct 2003 -- A group of Israeli opposition and Palestinian politicians, human-rights activists and intellectuals has drafted an agreement aimed at ending the conflict between their peoples. The draft is the result of more than two-years of secret talks financed by the Swiss government.
  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 13 Oct 2003 -- The United Nations says hundreds of Palestinians have been left homeless, following Israel's latest military operations in the Gaza Strip. Israel has denied the claims, saying that it only demolished several buildings, during a raid to uncover and destroy tunnels used to smuggle weapons from Egypt.

  • HORN OF AFRICA/UN VOA 13 Oct 2003 -- A U-N Security Council assessment team, formed to investigate alleged violations of an 11-year-old arms embargo on Somalia, has abruptly postponed its scheduled visit to the Horn of Africa region.

  • ERITREA-ETHIOPIA: Border commission urges Ethiopia to comply with ruling IRIN 13 Oct 2003 -- Ethiopia has accused an independent boundary commission of trying to "ridicule" it after the body, set up to rule on the contested border with Eritrea, called on Addis Ababa to comply with the decision.
  • ERITREA-ETHIOPIA: Eritrea dismisses terror allegations IRIN 13 Oct 2003 -- Eritrea on Monday dismissed allegations by Ethiopia that it is sponsoring "terrorist" groups in the country.
  • UGANDA: Gov't accused of violating refugee rights IRIN 13 Oct 2003 -- An international refugee rights organisation has criticised the manner in which the Ugandan government last month carried out the relocation of Sudanese refugees from a camp in western Uganda, which ended in riots and the arrest of some refugees.
  • UGANDA: Army to provide protection for measles campaign in north IRIN 13 Oct 2003 -- Plans are underway to go ahead with a mass measles immunisation campaign in northern Uganda, despite continued security concerns over rebel activities in the region.
  • UN mission investigates second reported slaughter in DR of Congo UN News Centre 13 Oct 2003 -- The United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has launched an investigation into the killing of 16 civilians, primarily women, during an attack on 6 October in South Kivu Province, near Burundi, a UN spokesman said today.
  • DRC: MONUC probing killing of 16 in Ndunda, South Kivu Province IRIN 13 Oct 2003 -- The UN has launched an investigation to find those responsible for the killing of 16 civilians, primarily women, during an attack on 6 October on the village of Ndunda, 30 km north of the town of Uvira, South Kivu Province, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
  • DRC: NGO evaluates demobilisation of child soldiers IRIN 13 Oct 2003 -- Demobilisation of children during armed conflict could be achieved if a community-based approach is adopted towards their reintegration into society, an NGO, Save the Children UK, said in its latest report.
  • Liberia capital 'weapons free' for Tuesday inauguration - UN mission UN News Centre 13 Oct 2003 -- The commander of United Nations troops in Liberia has thanked government and rebel leaders for making the capital Monrovia a weapons free zone, according to a press statement from the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).
  • LIBERIA / POL VOA 13 Oct 2003 -- Final preparations are being made in Liberia for the swearing-in of a transitional government to end 15 years of nearly continuous civil war.

  • UN/RWANDA TRIBUNAL VOA 13 Oct 2003 -- Rwanda's prosecutor general says he is concerned that hundreds of genocide suspects could escape prosecution, if the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda wraps up its work at the end of next year, without making provisions for bringing those suspects to justice.

  • SUDAN: Negotiators discuss contested areas IRIN 13 Oct 2003 -- Deep-rooted differences on the future status of Southern Blue Nile, Abyei and the Nuba mountains are emerging at peace talks taking place in Naivasha, Kenya.
  • BURUNDI: Focus on the way forward after Pretoria agreement IRIN 13 Oct 2003 -- Hope and scepticism greeted Wednesday's power sharing agreement between the transitional government of Burundi, led by Domitien Ndayizeye, and the country's largest rebel group, the Conseil national pour la defense de la democratie-Forces de defense de la democratie (CNDD-FDD) led by Pierre Nkurunziza.
  • Chechnya: Separatists Kill Nine Russian Troops RFE/RL 13 Oct 2003 -- The long, bloody stalemate between Russian troops and Chechen separatists continued in the breakaway republic of Chechnya today, with guerrillas killing nine soldiers and Russian artillery pounding suspected rebel positions in several areas of the republic.
  • NEPAL/ REBELS VIOLENCE VOA 13 Oct 2003 -- In Nepal, officials say 27 people have been killed in an upsurge of violence by Maoist guerrillas.
  • BURUNDI-TANZANIA: Focus on factors spurring refugees to go home IRIN 13 Oct 2003 -- After several years of waiting, the few hours more mattered little. Like others around him, Joseph Kayuka, sat patiently surrounded by a few precious belongings: a bench, a bicycle and some clothes, as well as pots and pans, crammed into a couple of old sacks.
  • NIGERIA: Focus on efforts to remove small arms from Niger Delta IRIN 13 Oct 2003 -- In Okrika, a small town near Nigeria's oil industry capital, Port Harcourt, two local chieftains had by inconvenient coincidence scheduled funerals of relatives on the same day in September.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 13 Oct 2003 -- NATO could be out of Bosnia next year, alliance commander says / Serbian government to face no-confidence vote despite threat to talks with Kosovo Albanians / Afghan warlords urged to respect disarmament plan / Turkish PM defends decision to send troops to Iraq / Turkey wants U.S. to convince Iraqis before talks¨ Islamic nations tell U.S. to quit Iraq, support Syria
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 13 Oct 2003 -- More on Gen. Jones' remarks on NATO's presence in Bosnia / Participation in NRF could lead to changes in Berlin's decision-making process on troop deployment abroad / Britain, France, Germany working on plans for closer defense cooperation / Petition for EU-wide ban on devices used to detect submarines to be delivered to NATO headquarters
  • EU: Foreign Ministers Meeting In Luxembourg To Talk Of Iraq, Iran RFE/RL 13 Oct 2003 -- European Union foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg today for their monthly talks will cover an extensive foreign policy agenda. EU officials say the centerpiece of the meeting will be Iraq and the upcoming donors conference in Madrid. Ties with Iran and the situation in the Middle East will also figure prominently, as will Russia, relations with the bloc's new neighbors and the compliance of the western Balkan countries with the war crimes tribunal in The Hague.
  • SUDAN / TURABI VOA 13 Oct 2003 -- Sudan has released Islamist opposition leader Hassan al-Turabi who spent more than two-years under house arrest. The former ally of President Omar al-Bashir had held key positions in the government, until falling out with the president in 1999.
  • ISLAMIC CONFERENCE / MAHATHIR VOA 13 Oct 2003 -- As leaders of 56 Islamic states meet in Kuala Lumpur, their host Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad - an outspoken supporter of Islamic solidarity - prepares to hand over power after more than 20 years as head of Malaysia.
  • INDIA / TEMPLE ARRESTS VOA 13 Oct 2003 -- Police in India have arrested thousands of Hindu activists to head off possible violence with Muslims at a rally at a contested religious site later this week. The site is where the 16th century Babri mosque was destroyed in 1992 - touching off riots that left some two-thousand people dead.

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