13 December 2003 Military News
- Iraqi Cooperation Makes Precise Strikes Possible, Sanchez Says AFPS 13 Dec 2003 -- Thanks to Iraqi cooperation, coalition forces are making precise offensive strikes to capture or kill former regime forces and anti-coalition fighters, the military commander in the country said today.
- IRAQ/SANCHEZ VOA 13 Dec 2003 -- The top U-S military general in Iraq says the coalition is likely to raise salaries for some members of the new Iraqi army to keep more soldiers from defecting. He also says he expects an increase in resistance attacks against U-S troops, the coalition and civilian targets over the next several months.
- AFGHANISTAN/ELECTION VOA 13 Dec 2003 -- Despite warnings that Afghanistan's national elections may be delayed, the country's president says the vote stands a good chancing of taking place in June 2004, as scheduled.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Task Force GTEP graduates fourth battalion Marine Corps News 13 Dec 2003-- The fourth phase of tactical training for Task Force Georgia Train and Equip Program ended Saturday with a downtown graduation ceremony for the 111th Light Infantry Battalion.
- U-N/PALESTINIANS VOA 13 Dec 2003 -- The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees, UNRWA (oohn-ruh), is appealing for nearly 200-million dollars over the coming year. Lisa Schlein in Geneva reports, the money will be used to provide humanitarian assistance for one-point-six-million refugees living in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem.
- IVORY COAST/UNREST VOA 13 Dec 2003 -- Northern-based rebels in Ivory Coast are refusing to withdraw from front lines, until the government accepts a new power-sharing peace proposal. This follows renewed violence involving unidentified assailants early Friday, which left about 20 people dead in the southern commercial capital, Abidjan.
- Azerbaijan: Former President Aliyev Dies RFE/RL 13 Dec 2003 -- Hospital officials in the U.S. city of Cleveland say former Azerbaijani President Heidar Aliyev has died at the age of 80.
- E-U/CONSTITUTION VOA 13 Dec 2003 -- European Union leaders have ended a two-day summit in Brussels, after acknowledging their failure to agree on a new constitution for the bloc, soon to have 25 members. V-O-A's Roger Wilkison reports, negotiators were unable to bridge deep differences over how many votes each country should have in the E-U decision-making process.
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