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24 February 2004 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • Two Guantanamo Detainees Charged 24 Feb 2004 -- The Department of Defense announced today that Guantanamo detainees Ali Hamza Ahmed Sulayman al Bahlul of Yemen and Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al Qosi of Sudan have been charged with conspiracy to commit war crimes and will be tried by military commission.
  • PENTAGON/DETAINEES VOA 24 Feb 2004 -- The Defense Department says two terrorist suspects held at the U-S detainee facility at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba have been charged with conspiracy and will be the first to face a special military trial.
  • Guantanamo Detainees Charged With Conspiracy to Commit War Crimes AFPS 24 Feb 2004 -- Two detainees at the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been charged with conspiracy to commit war crimes and will be tried by military commission, a judge advocate spokesman said here today.

  • PENTAGON/CLIMATE VOA 24 Feb 2004 -- The Pentagon is downplaying the significance of a report it commissioned on the potentially devastating impact of global climate change.
  • Army to reset into modular brigade-centric force Army News Service 24 Feb 2004-- Under Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Schoomaker's "modularity" focus area, the 33 maneuver brigades in today's active-component Army will be reset into 43 to 48 brigades. The Army will be temporarily "plussed up" by 30,000 troops to fill the added brigades, officials said.
  • Transcript: Background Briefing on Uzbekistan 24 Feb 2004 -- "Our next stop is Uzbekistan. We'll be going from the airport, kind of take a little windshield tour on the way to meet with the government. The first meeting will be with the Foreign Minister, the President -- do you need the names? Because I'll run through it. Okay, you know that. Foreign Minister, President, Minister of Defense, possibly the National Security Advisor, that's not clear, and the Prime Minister. I think he'll probably be in that meeting. "
  • UZBEKISTAN / RUMSFELD VOA 24 Feb 2004 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld flew into Uzbekistan (Tuesday) for three days of talks on security in Central Asia and Afghanistan. As V-O-A's Lisa McAdams in Moscow reports human-rights concerns are also expected to figure in the defense secretary's discussions with President Islam Karimov.
  • Defense Secretary Thanks 'Stalwart' Uzbekistan for Support in War on Terror AFPS 24 Feb 2004 -- Expressing America's gratitude for Uzbekistan's help in the war on terror, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld met here today with key leaders of this former Soviet republic.
  • Blue Ridge, Seventh Fleet visit Shanghai 7th Fleet Release 24 Feb 2004-- USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) arrived here for a regularly scheduled port visit Feb. 24.
  • 13th MEU (SOC) Completes Wash Down in Guam Marine Corps News 24 Feb 2004-- Marines and Sailors currently deployed with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) completed their agricultural wash down after several days cleaning, Feb. 18. The wash down completion is one of the MEU's final missions before arriving on U.S. soil early next month.

  • White House Daily Briefing, February 24, 2004 Washington File 24 Feb 2004 -- Statement by the President, Constitutional amendment/gay marriage, Haiti, Osama bin Laden, Libya, Patriot Act/terrorists in U.S.
  • State Department Noon Briefing, February 24, 2004 Washington File 24 Feb 2004 -- Iraq, Libya, Haiti, Mexico, Malaysia

  • Remarks by NATO Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer At the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs, Human Rights, Common Security and Defence Policy, Brussels NATO 24 Feb 2004

  • Egyptian army leader meets Chinese military delegation PLA Daily 24 Feb 2004 -- Hamdy Weheba, chief of staff of the Egyptian armed forces, met with a Chinese military delegation hereon Sunday.
  • 2 die in Japanese choppers crash PLA Daily 24 Feb 2004 -- Two helicopters of Japan's Self-Defense Forces crashed Monday morning following a collision in midair, two died from injury in the hospital.

  • PARTIAL VOLUNTEER MILITARY TO BE GRADUALLY IMPLEMENTED: MND CNA 24 Feb 2004 -- The Ministry of National Defense will adjust the nation's military service system in a gradual manner, with a goal of enlisting 60 percent of volunteers for military service by 2012, a senior official said Tuesday.
  • MILITARY TO BE ON 39-HOUR HEIGHTENED ALERT ON ELECTION DAY: MND CNA 24 Feb 2004 -- The armed forces will be on a 39-hour heightened alert to help maintain domestic law and order before, during and after the presidential election on March 20, a military spokesman said Tuesday.
  • DEFENSE MINISTRY EXPLAINS RECRUITMENT AND CONSCRIPTION POLICY CNA 24 Feb 2004 -- A spokesman for the Ministry of National Defense explained Tuesday the factors involved in charting the nation's military service system in response to presidential candidate Lien Chan's call to make significant changes.

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • HAITI UNREST VOA 24 Feb 2004 -- Haiti's president appealed Tuesday for the world to come to Haiti's aid, warning that a rebel uprising could lead to thousands of deaths and a wave of boat people.

  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 24 Feb 2004 -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon says his country will not give in to what he calls the hypocrisy being perpetrated against Israel at the World Court in The Hague. The Prime Minister lashed out at the proceedings currently underway at the court over the legality of the barrier Israel is building in and around the West Bank.
  • SHARON / PALESTINIANS VOA 24 Feb 2004 -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has lashed out at his Palestinian counterpart, and says he will never be able to reach a peace agreement with the current Palestinian government.

  • SOMALIA: Plenary endorses agreement as talks move to final phase IRIN 24 Feb 2004 -- The Somali national reconciliation conference has entered its third and final phase, during which the selection of future parliamentarians and the formation of an interim government will begin, according to a source from the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), under whose auspices the talks are being held.
  • SOMALIA/PEACE TALKS VOA 24 Feb 2004 -- Several factions in the Somali peace talks have said they will not take part until Ethiopia rejoins the talks.

  • Western Sahara: Annan welcomes release of 100 Moroccan prisoners-of-war UN News Centre 24 Feb 2004 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan hailed today's release by the Frente POLISARIO group in Western Sahara of another 100 Moroccan prisoners-of-war.
  • ETHIOPIA-ERITREA: Axworthy departs from region without meeting Isayas IRIN 24 Feb 2004 -- UN Special Envoy Lloyd Axworthy expressed disappointment on Monday after failing to visit Eritrea at the start of his peacekeeping mission. He described Eritrea as the "missing voice" in his efforts to overcome the stalled three-year peace process between it and neighbouring Ethiopia.
  • DRC: 15,000 Kitenge residents flee May-Mayi militia IRIN 24 Feb 2004 -- At least 15,000 people have fled the village of Kitenge in the southern province of Katanga, where Mayi-Mayi militiamen have killed 100 people since 1 January, local human rights official told IRIN.
  • GREAT LAKES: Gov't pledges to support regional peace efforts IRIN 24 Feb 2004 -- The government of the Central African Republic (CAR) has pledged support for the success of the UN Great Lakes conference on peace and security due to convene in Tanzania in November, Ibrahima Fall, the UN secretary-general's special representative for the Great Lakes Region, said on Monday.
  • NAMIBIA/TREASON TRIAL VOA 24 Feb 2004 -- Police in Namibia have re-arrested 13 people freed Monday, after being held on charges of high treason. A judge ruled that the men were illegally extradited from Botswana and Zambia to stand trial for a 1999 secessionist uprising in the Caprivi strip.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 24 Feb 2004 -- UN chief says security needed for a return to Iraq / Deal with Iraqis on status of U.S. forces will be delayed until July, Iraqi leaders say / EU foreign ministers worried by Serbia's direction / Britain finances dismantling of two Russian nuclear subs / Australia spending A$62 million to upgrade radar system that could be used in U.S. missile defense shield
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 24 Feb 2004 -- Gen. Jones' trip to Cameroon noted / UN official urges NATO to bolster forces in Afghanistan / NATO ceremony to welcome seven new members expected April 2 / Defense Ministry: "NATO spy plane flew near Russia's western border" / U.S. accepts German "no" on troops for Iraq

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