28 March 2004 Military News
- Pak tribes hand over 12 military captives IRNA 28 Mar 2004 -- Militants in Wana, South Waziristan tribal agency, handed over 12 of the 14 officials they had captured to representatives of the local jirga comprising tribal elders and religious leaders.
- PAKISTAN/AL-QAIDA VOA 28 Mar 2004 -- Pakistan says a two-week military campaign against suspected al-Qaida militants near the Afghan border is now in its final stages. The military says it has killed more than 60 foreign militants and their local supporters, and detained about 160 others.
- AFGHANISTAN/ELECTIONS VOA 28 Mar 2004 -- Afghanistan's interim president, Hamid Karzai, says national elections will be delayed until September to give the United Nations more time to organize the vote.
Defense Policy / Programs
- HAMAS/U-S VOA 28 Mar 2004 -- The new head of the militant Islamic group Hamas in Gaza has criticized President Bush's support for Israel and described him as an enemy of Muslims.
- IVORY COAST / OPPOSITION VOA 28 Mar 2004 -- The opposition in Ivory Coast is threatening new anti-government demonstrations, despite the deadly crackdown by security forces against protesters last week. Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, who has banned all marches, has called instead for the political opposition and former rebel groups to rejoin the national unity government.
- >CONGO / COUP VOA 28 Mar 2004 -- Well-armed assailants in the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital Kinshasa have attacked key government installations and tried to take over two local television stations, in an apparent coup attempt.
- TUNIS/ARAB LEAGUE VOA 28 Mar 2004 -- Egypt is calling for the Arab League Smmit to be held as soon as possible in Cairo. The meeting was unexpectedly postponed by its Tunisian hosts on Saturday. But officials in Tunis say a change of venue ignores the real problems between Arab countries, which they say led to the postponement.
- TURKEY/MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS VOA 28 Mar 2004 -- Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party bolstered its strength in nationwide municipal polls Sunday capturing some 40 percent of the vote. The outcome is a ringing endorsement of the conservative party's drive to accelerate Turkey's membership of the European Union and of its aggressive economic reforms.
- GEORGIA ELECTION VOA 28 Mar 2004 -- Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili has pledged to work around-the-clock to create what he has called a new, unified democratic Georgia. The president's allies appear to have won a landslide victory in a rerun of last year's disputed parliamentary elections.
- GUINEA BISSAU / ELECTIONS VOA 28 Mar 2004 -- Guinea-Bissau is holding legislative elections Sunday, just six-months after a bloodless military coup removed its former president Kumba Yala from office.
- GEORGIA / ELECTION VOA 28 Mar 2004 -- Georgians turned out at the polls for parliamentary elections expected to solidify the position of President Mikhail Saakashvili, who came to power in the wake of last year's revolution.
- TUNIS/ARAB LEAGUE VOA 28 Mar 2004 -- The chief of the Arab League has warned that the sudden cancellation of this week's scheduled summit will have dangerous consequences for stability and unity in the Arab world. But some Arab leaders say they will press ahead with plans to revive peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, and encourage change in the Middle East.
- TURKEY / ELECTIONS VOA 28 Mar 2004 -- In Turkey, the ruling Justice and Development Party is widely expected to sweep nationwide municipal elections underway today. The party, formed by a group of former Islamists, is widely credited with accelerating Turkey's decades-long drive to become the European Union's first predominantly Muslim member.
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