27 March 2004 Military News
- Terrorists serving nothing to Islam, harming Pakistan: Musharraf IRNA 27 Mar 2004 -- Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf says that tribal operations are being carried out against terrorists who are harming Islam.
- Pak tribals agree to handover 12 captives Sunday IRNA 27 Mar 2004 -- The militants in Wana, South Waziristan tribal agency on Saturday agreed to hand over 12 of the 14 officials to the representatives of Jirga comprising on tribal elders and religious leaders.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Indo-US infantry exercises begin at India`s Variangate IRNA 27 Mar 2004 -- On the heels of the India-US Air Force Fighter Exercise, India and the US on Saturday begin their first infantry exercise on "Low Intensity Conflict Operations in Jungle Terrain."
- Orbital's Hyper-X Rocket Successfully Launches NASA's X-43A Hypersonic Scramjet Orbital Sciences Corp. 27 Mar 2004 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced today that its Hyper-X Launch Vehicle was successfully launched on Saturday, March 27 in a flight test that originated from NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center located at Edwards Air Force Base, California. The Hyper-X launch vehicle uses a modified first stage rocket motor, originally designed and flight-proven aboard Orbital's Pegasus® space launch vehicle, to accelerate NASA's X-43A air-breathing scramjet to seven times the speed of sound.
- ARAB SUMMIT-POSTPONE VOA 27 Mar 2004 -- The Arab League summit was postponed after officials failed to reach agreement on how to reform the Middle East.
- INDIA/KASHMIR TALKS VOA 27 Mar 2004 -- India's Deputy Prime Minister and Kashmiri separatist leaders have concluded talks aimed at returning peace to Indian Kashmir. It was the second meeting between the two sides since they began an historic dialogue earlier in the year.
- IVORY COAST / OPPOSITION VOA 27 Mar 2004 -- The opposition in Ivory Coast says hundreds of people have been killed and thousands detained in a security crackdown on an anti-government protest that started Thursday. The opposition parties also rejected an appeal by the president to rejoin a national unity government. A spokesman for the northern rebels called for the president's resignation.
- NIGERIA / ELECTIONS VOA 27 Mar 2004 -- Voting has ended in Nigeria's local elections marred by violence and accusations of ballot rigging. Voter turnout was low in the first local elections since the end of military rule in 1999.
- TURKEY / ELECTIONS VOA 27 Mar 2004 -- Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party is set to register large gains in municipal elections on Sunday. Since coming to power a year-and-a-half ago, the party has pushed through a host of democratic reforms aimed at securing Turkey's membership in the European Union. It has also helped stabilize Turkey's economy.
- ZIMBABWE / ELECTION VIOLENCE VOA 27 Mar 2004 -- Clashes between rival political groups marred the first of two day's in Zimbabwe's special elections.
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