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July 2003 Security News

  • Defense Department Fully Supporting 9-11 Commission Requests AFPS 31 Jul 2003 -- Defense officials are committed to fulfilling requests from the federal 9-11 Commission, a senior official said in the Pentagon today.
  • PENTAGON'S TERRORISM "FUTURES" VOA 31 Jul 2003 -- The United States Department of Defense has come under unusually sharp criticism in the press for a plan to gain information against terrorism. The quickly-canceled plan would have used "futures contracts," a market method normally applied to sales of maize, soybeans and other agricultural goods.
  • PENTAGON/RESIGN VOA 31 Jul 2003 -- A retired Navy admiral who once worked for President Ronald Reagan will resign his current Pentagon research position following criticism of two controversial counter-terrorism projects he was involved with.
  • ARAB / SAUDI VOA 31 Jul 2003 -- A congressional report issued last week on the September 11th terrorist attacks on the United States continues to reverberate throughout the Arab world, especially the section that suggests to some the Saudi government may have had indirect links with two of the hijackers.
  • U.S., Saudi Anti-Terrorist Cooperation Improving, U.S. Says Washington File 31 Jul 2003 -- U.S.-Saudi Arabian cooperation against terrorism has improved since the May 2003 bombing of three western compounds in Riyadh, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Deputy Assistant Director for Counterterrorism John Pistole says.
  • Moving Toward 100% Electronic Screening for Air Travel Washington File 31 Jul 2003 -- Op-ed column by chief of Transportation Security Administration
  • U.S. Limits Air Passenger Data Use in Anti-Terrorist System Washington File 31 Jul 2003 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has narrowed the planned use of air passenger information in a new computer system designed to identify terrorists and other high-risk individuals before they board commercial planes.
  • Ridge Reassures Americans on Airline Security Washington File 31 Jul 2003 -- U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge has reassured air passengers that his department has taken action to counter terrorist threats against U.S. airlines. Following is the text of his July 30 statement
  • BALI BOMB/AL-QAIDA VOA 31 Jul 2003 -- An Islamic militant testifying at the trial of a suspect in last October's Bali bombing says the al-Qaida terrorist network may have financed the deadly attack. The testimony is the first linking al-Qaida directly to the bombing, in which 202 people were killed.
  • State Department Announces New Visa Procedures Washington File 31 Jul 2003 -- The U.S. State Department has announced new procedures to be followed in processing of applications for a nonimmigrant visa for travel to the United States. A Bureau of Consular Affairs official told a Washington briefing July 30 that the new procedures, effective August 1, are aimed at increasing the security of the United States and creating greater uniformity in the processing of visas at U.S. consulates worldwide.
  • Colombia Making Progress in Fight Against Drugs, Terrorism Washington File 31 Jul 2003 -- Colombia has made considerable progress during the past year in the fight against narcotics and terrorism, and this progress is expected to affect the availability and purity of cocaine in the United States, according to John Walters, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).
  • Prosecutor, Defense Counsel Prep for Military Commissions AFPS 30 Jul 2003-- Six enemy combatants now being detained by DoD will be evaluated to determine if any should be charged and tried for war crimes under military commissions, two senior U.S. military lawyers told the American Forces Radio and Television Service recently.
  • CONGRESS HOMELAND SECURITY VOA 30 Jul 2003 -- U-S Senate Democrats are accusing the Bush administration of shortchanging homeland security amid warnings of possible new hijackings. But President Bush is defending efforts to protect Americans' security.
  • U-S / TERRORISM VOA 30 July 2003--U-S airlines are being told to step up security in light of new warnings about the possibility of more terrorist attacks by al-Qaida both here in the United States and overseas. With the second anniversary of the September 11th attacks approaching, Correspondent Nick Simeone reports authorities say they have received indications pointing to threats of more suicide hijackings around the world.
  • Four Argentine Heroin Traffickers Extradited to United States Washington File 31 Jul 2003 -- Four Argentine drug traffickers have been extradited to the United States after being charged with being part of a network that sent multi-kilogram amounts of heroin to New York and Atlanta, Georgia, via Argentina and Colombia.
  • Nations Warned to be Vigilant Against al Qaeda Washington File 29 Jul 2003 -- Emphasizing that the al Qaeda terrorist network remains an international threat, the chairman of a U.N. Security Council committee overseeing efforts to block the terrorist organization's financing and movements urged nations to remain vigilant because al Qaeda associates are active in a significant number of nations.
  • Annan calls on international, regional bodies to unite in fighting terrorism UN News Centre 29 Jul 2003 -- Declaring that "most of the challenges we face are bigger than any single one of us," United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today gathered together leaders of some 20 of the world's regional organizations to forge "a new vision of global security" in the face of an "unprecedented" list of problems, above all terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.
  • Battle against Al-Qaida leaves no room for complacency - chair of UN panel UN News Centre 29 Jul 2003 -- The battle against the Al-Qaida terrorist organization leaves no room for complacency and countries must seek out operatives trained in making crude forms of weapons of mass destruction as well as vet charitable foundations used as conduits for money, the United Nations Security Council was told today.
  • China Formally Joins U.S. Container Security Initiative Washington File 29 July 2003--The Department of Homeland Security issued a press release July 29 announcing that China has formally joined the U.S. Container Security Initiative (CSI) by signing a declaration of principles in Beijing.
  • Ridge: America Better Prepared Than Ever AFPS 29 Jul 2003-- While there are no guarantees that America can prevent another terrorist attack on U.S. soil, Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge said the "American people are more secure and better prepared today than ever before."
  • CHINA/US/SECURITY VOA29 July 2003--INTRO: The United States and China have signed an agreement on container security. The anti-terrorism measure will allow U-S government inspectors to investigate cargo containers destined for U-S ports from China. V-O-A's Jim Randle has the story from Beijing.
  • BUSH / SAUDI UPDATE VOA 29 July 2003--President Bush is denying a Saudi request to declassify parts of a report into the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks that deals with alleged links between members of the Saudi government and the hijackers.
  • PORK BARREL SPENDING IN HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS BILL Monday, Jul 28, 2003
  • UN committee chairmen hit complacency over terrorism threats UN News Centre 28 Jul 2003 -- The war on terrorism has not been won, and although both committees established by the United Nations Security Council to fight it have made "significant contributions," individuals are becoming complacent and countries more casual, the panels' chairmen said today.
  • 9/11 CONGRESSIONAL REPORTVOA28 July 2003--A congressional report on United States intelligence activities prior to the devastating September 11th [2001] terrorism attacks is the focus of many editorials. The report is highly critical of both the Central Intelligence Agency [C-I-A] and the Federal Bureau of Investigation [F-B-I], especially in the analyzing of raw intelligence.
  • PRESS BRIEFING BY CHAIRS OF SECURITY COUNCIL ANTI-TERRORISM COMMITTEES United Nations 28 Jul 2003
  • U.S. Targets Alien Smuggling Organizations Linked to Terrorists Washington File28 July 2003--The U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (BICE) reports an increasing linkage between alien smuggling organizations and terrorist organizations since September 11, 2001.
  • BALI BOMBING/DEATH PENALTY VOA 28 July 2003--Prosecutors in Indonesia are demanding a death sentence for the man they allege masterminded last October's bombing on the island of Bali. Tim Johnston reports from Jakarta, Abdul Aziz, also known as Imam Samudra, is showing no remorse for the deaths of more than 200 people.
  • U.K.: Liberal Muslims Must Fight Growing Extremism RFE/L 25 Jul 2003 -- British Muslims have reported rising incidents of hostility and bias ever since the 11 September terrorist attacks on the United States. Experts say the blame, in part, lies with the media, whose coverage of those events and the ensuing war on terror have failed to distinguish between Islamic extremists and the vast majority of ordinary, peaceable Muslims. They say the burden of restoring the public's faith in Muslims falls to the Islamic community itself. Are Britain's three million Muslims equal to the task of fighting back a wave of Islamophobia?
  • U.S.: Congressional Report Says Better Intelligence Cooperation Might Have Prevented 9/11 Attacks RFE/L 25 Jul 2003 -- Nearly two years ago, 19 men linked to the Al-Qaeda terrorist network hijacked four jets to use as missiles and killed some 3,000 people in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania. Yesterday, a special committee of both houses of the U.S. Congress issued a report on why American intelligence agencies failed to prevent the attacks.
  • Pentagon NBC Exercise Tests First Responders, Evacuation Measures AFPS 25 Jul 2003-- "If this was a real event you wouldn't be standing here," the director of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency told reporters being given a close-up view of a large-scale chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear training exercise in the Pentagon's south parking lot July 24.
  • Iran: Tehran Says It Holds Al-Qaeda Figures, But Keeps Options Open On Their Fate RFE/L 25 Jul 2003 -- Iran has said for the first time that it is holding some senior members of the Al-Qaeda terrorism network who fled there following the collapse of the Taliban in neighboring Afghanistan.
  • CONGRESS / SEPT. 11 VOA 24 Jul 2003--The joint congressional committee that investigated the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States is to formally release its report on the probe later Thursday
  • CONGRESS SEPT. 11 SAUDI VOA 24 Jul 2003--Congressional Democrats are calling on the Bush administration to release information on the role that Saudi Arabia may have played in the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States
  • 9/11-TERRORISM VOA 24 Jul 2003--A long-awaited U.S. congressional report on the September 11th terror attacks details U.S. intelligence failures, but it does not pinpoint specific intelligence that could have prevented the attacks. Michael O'Hanlon from the Brookings Institution discusses the report
  • CONGRESS SEPT. 11 VOA 24 Jul 2003--The joint Congressional committee has released a long-awaited report on its probe of the September 11th 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.
  • U.S.-Russia Counterterrorism Working Group July 22-23 Washington File 24 Jul 2003--The U.S.-Russia Working Group on Counterterrorism held its tenth session July 22-23 in Williamsburg, Virginia, co-chaired by U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and Russian First Deputy Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Trubnikov.nt.
  • Cheney Vows: Terrorism Will be Overcome AFPS 24 Jul 2003-- For decades, terrorists have waged war against the United States. Now, America is waging war against terrorists, Vice President Richard Cheney said today.
  • U.S., Australian Officials Discuss Australian Detainee Cases Washington File 24 Jul 2003--The United States and Australia held "productive" discussions on how the United States will handle Australian detainees in the war on terrorism, according to a July 23 Department of Defense news release.
  • Cheney Says Terrorist Attacks Changed U.S. Security Perceptions Washington File 24 Jul 2003--Says America acted in Iraq to stop the threat, end the tyranny
  • U.S. Statement on British Nationals Detained at Guantanamo Washington File 24 Jul 2003--DOD says based on evidence, death penalty will not be sought
  • DoD Statement on Australian Detainee Meetings 23 Jul 2003 -- The General Counsel of the Department of Defense, Hon. William J. Haynes II, met Monday through Wednesday with an Australian legal delegation, led by Minister of Justice Chris Ellison, to discuss and review potential options for the disposition of Australian detainee cases.
  • DoD Statement on British Detainee Meetings 23 Jul 2003 -- The General Counsel of the Department of Defense, Hon. William J. Haynes II, met Monday and Tuesday with the Attorney General of the United Kingdom, Lord Peter Goldsmith, to discuss and review potential options for the disposition of British detainee cases.
  • Security Council hears call for increased global cooperation to fight terrorism UN News Centre 23 Jul 2003 -- The United Nations Security Council held an open meeting today to hear the latest 90-day report from its Counter-terrorism Committee (CTC), which called for increased cooperation with international organizations to keep nuclear, chemical, biological and other deadly materials out of terrorists' hands.
  • U.S. Officials Outline Progress of Counter-Narcotics Efforts in Colombia Washington File 23 Jul 2003 -- U.S.-supported counter-narcotics initiatives in Colombia are yielding progress, according to Secretary of State Colin Powell and Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Dennis Hastert (Republican of Illinois).
  • U.S. Customs Proposes Antiterrorist Regulations on Cargo Washington File 23 Jul 2003 -- The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency has proposed regulations on cargo shipped to and from the United States to target more effectively shipments posing a terrorist risk.
  • SEPTEMBER 11 REPORT / ONITER VOA 23 Jul 2003 -- The first public report from investigations by a joint House of Representatives and U-S Senate committee into the September 11 (2001) terrorist attacks will be released Thursday on Capitol Hill. While it is not expected to reveal any central cause that led to the attacks, it is likely to re-focus attention on the lack of coordination by U-S government agencies in sharing information about possible terrorist threats.
  • Iran Says It is Holding Senior al-Qaida Members VOA News 23 Jul 2003 -- Iran says it is holding some senior members of the al-Qaida terrorist network who fled to Iran after the U.S.-led war in neighboring Afghanistan.
  • Hairy Buffalo migrates to C-130 for Homeland Security missions NAVAIR Release 22 Jul 2003-- Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Gordon England, Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thomas Collins, and Congressman Steny Hoyer received a demonstration of the Hairy Buffalo's homeland security and defense capabilities July 14 at NAVAIR Patuxent River, Md.
  • Al Qaeda was a product of US cold war policies: Aminzadeh IRNA 22 Jul 2003 -- Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia-Pacific Affairs Mohsen Aminzadeh on Tuesday evening said, Al Qaeda was a product of US cold war policies to create and strengthen the radical religious groups to contain the Soviet Union and the Islamic Republic of Iran.
  • Coast Guard Regulations to Boost Port, Ship Security Washington File 22 Jul 2003 -- New maritime security regulations will underpin the overall U.S. counter-terrorist strategy by strengthening security of U.S. ports and the maritime transportation infrastructure, the U.S. Coast Guard chief says.
  • Kenyan Court Sets Date to Hear Suspects in Mombasa Hotel Bombing VOA News 22 Jul 2003 -- In Kenya, a court hearing for five suspects charged with murder in connection with last November's hotel bombing on Kenya's coast has been set for August 5.
  • KENYA / APPEAL VOA 22 Jul 2003 -- The family of a Kenyan terrorist suspect arrested in Malawi last month is calling on the Kenyan government to locate him and bring him back to Kenya.
  • U.S.: Report On Justice Department Raises Fears About Antiterrorism Law RFE/L 22 Jul 2003 -- Shortly after the terrorist attacks against the United States on 11 September 2001, Congress passed -- and President George W. Bush signed -- the USA Patriot Act, giving the Justice Department broader powers to fight terrorism. Since then, concern has risen that the law has led to abuses by law enforcement officials. And a new government study reportedly has found evidence of such abuses.
  • U.S. Customs Agents Intercept Huge Marijuana Shipment From Mexico Washington File 21 Jul 2003 -- U.S. customs agents have seized nearly 1,100 kilograms of marijuana from a tractor-trailer coming from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, in what is being called one of the "largest single loads of marijuana" intercepted along the U.S.-Mexican border in recent years.
  • Bush Warns Syria and Iran They Will be Held Accountable for Supporting Terrorists VOA News 21 Jul 2003 -- President Bush is warning Iran and Syria not to help militants who seek to subvert the Mideast peace process. During a joint news conference with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi at the president's Texas ranch, Mr. Bush also discussed trouble spots in Africa and Asia.
  • New Report Finds Abuse of Muslim, Arab Detainees in US VOA News 21 Jul 2003 -- A new internal report from the Justice Department has identified dozens of allegations of abuse targeting mainly Muslim or Arab immigrants detained in the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks.
  • Iran: Foreign Minister Rejects Bush Terrorism Charge RFE/L 22 Jul 2003 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi has rejected charges by U.S. President George W. Bush that Iran continues to harbor terrorists.
  • BUSH-MIDEAST TERRORISM VOA 21 Jul 2003 -- President Bush says Syria and Iran are continuing to harbor terrorists, and such behavior will not be tolerated. The warning came during a joint news conference at the president's Texas ranch with visiting Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
  • U-S DETAINEES VOA 21 Jul 2003 -- A new internal report from the Justice Department has identified dozens of allegations of abuse targeting mainly Muslim or Arab immigrants detained in the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks.
  • SAUDI / ARRESTS VOA 21 Jul 2003 -- Saudi Arabia says it has arrested (Monday) a group of suspected terrorists and seized a large cache of arms, explosives and chemicals.
  • Saudi Arabia Arrests 16 Terror Suspects VOA News 21 Jul 2003 -- Saudi Arabia says it has foiled a terror plot to launch attacks inside the Kingdom with the arrests of 16 suspects.
  • INDONESIA/BALI BOMBING VOA 21 Jul 2003 -- A man who has admitted making one of the bombs that killed 202 people on the Indonesian island of Bali last October has gone on trial. AAli Imron is the third member of his family to be implicated in the bombing.
  • Going Home in Handcuffs: A Pakistani's Story VOA 21 Jul 2003 -- During the past year and a half, the U.S. government has been selectively enforcing immigration laws that were for many years overlooked. Before the September 11th attacks, immigration officials said publicly their focus was on catching and deporting illegal immigrants who committed crimes, not those who merely overstayed visas. But since then, law enforcement agents have been seeking out undocumented men from countries thought to have a history of Al Qaeda presence. Several thousand Arab and South Asian immigrants have been deported, and many feel double-crossed.
  • Trial Begins for Bali Bombing Suspect Ali Imron VOA News 21 Jul 2003 -- A man who has admitted making one of the bombs that killed 202 people on the Indonesian island of Bali last October has gone on trial. Ali Imron is the third member of his family to be implicated in the bombing.
  • Former Pak Guantanamo prisoner hopes to win US compensation IRNA 20 Jul 2003 -- Former Pakistani prisoner in Guantanamo Bay Mohammed Sagheer Sunday said he is hopeful to win legal battle for $10.4 million in compensation from the US government.
  • DATELINE: IRAQ AND COUNTER-TERRORISM VOA 20 Jul 2003 -- One of the justifications for the U-S led war on Iraq was to help fight terrorism. The Bush administration considers the ouster of Saddam Hussein as an integral part of the U-S counter-terrorism campaign. Before the war many security experts warned that a prolonged U-S presence in Iraq could fuel more terrorism, not less. Amid the increased attacks against U-S soldiers in Iraq, many are asking whether their predictions are coming true.
  • ATTORNEY GENERAL TO VISIT WASHINGTON TO DISCUSS SITUATION OF GUANTANAMO BAY DETAINEES UK Foreign Commonwealth Office 18 Jul 2004 -- "As announced in the statement following the discussions between President George Bush and the Prime Minister, the Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith, will lead a high-level delegation to Washington from 20 to 22 July to discuss with the US Administration the legal issues surrounding the nine UK detainees at Guantanamo Bay, including our strong reservations about the Military Commissions. "
  • Liberia Intervention Could Prevent Terrorist Attacks, Experts Say Washington File 18 Jul 2003 -- U.S. intervention is justified in Liberia because, as a failed state, Liberia could serve as a terrorist "breeding ground" and platform for attacks on America as well as the rest of the world, says former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Herman Cohen.
  • Terror threat increases risks of current nuclear waste storage methods - IAEA UN News Centre 18 Jul 2003 -- The threat of terrorism, including so-called dirty bombs, has greatly increased the dangers of storing radioactive waste on or near the surface, the method now commonly used, instead of burying it deep below the ground, according to a position paper released by the United Nations nuclear watchdog today.
  • US-VISISTORS VOA 18 Jul 2003 -- Following the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, the U.S. State Department instituted lengthy background checks for international students and visitors wishing to enter the country. The new regulations have led to a backlog for approving visas and complaints from many applicants.
  • Transfer of Detainees Completed 18 Jul 2003 -- The Department of Defense announced today the transfer of 27 detainees for release from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to their countries of origin, as well as the arrival of approximately 10 enemy combatants to Guantanamo Bay.
  • UN anti-terror committee to strengthen international cooperation UN News Centre 18 Jul 2003 -- The main United Nations anti-terrorism body will strengthen its cooperation with international organizations in the drive to keep nuclear, chemical, biological and other deadly materials out of terrorists' hands, according to its latest 90-day report.
  • Statement by the Press Secretary: U.S.-U.K. Discussions on British Detainees The White House 18 Jul 2003 -- During their meeting on July 17, 2003, the President and Prime Minister Blair discussed the issue of U.K. nationals detained at Guantanamo Bay.
  • US Officials: Ousting Saddam Hussein an Integral Part of Counter-Terrorism Strategy VOA News 18 Jul 2003 -- The Bush administration considers the ouster of Saddam Hussein an integral part of the U.S. counter-terrorism campaign. Some security experts worry that a prolonged U.S. presence in Iraq could fuel more terrorism, not less.
  • U-S / BRITAIN VOA 18 Jul 2003 -- The Bush administration has announced the United States is suspending legal proceedings against British and Australian terror suspects.
  • US to Suspend Terror Proceedings Against Britons Held in Guantanamo VOA News 18 Jul 2003 -- The United States is suspending legal proceedings against British terror suspects held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The White House has confirmed an earlier British announcement that the suspension will last until legal experts from the two countries hold talks on the detainees' status.
  • IRAQ / TERRORISM VOA 18 Jul 2003 -- The Bush administration considers the ouster of Saddam Hussein an integral part of the U-S counter-terrorism campaign. Some security experts worry that a prolonged U-S presence in Iraq could fuel more terrorism, not less.
  • Bush, Blair Cite Progress Against Terror AFPS 17 Jul 2003 -- The United States and Britain are opposing the ideology of terrorism with a belief in freedom and liberty, President Bush said during a White House press conference today with his British counterpart.
  • W-T-C/ MEMORIAL VOA 17 Jul 2003 -- Entrants from 62 nations submitted designs for a memorial to honor the victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks and an earlier attack on the World Trade Center in 1993.
  • Kuwait Says Iran Holding al-Qaida Spokesman VOA News 17 Jul 2003 -- Kuwait says a prominent al-Qaida spokesman, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, is in Iran, which has repeatedly denied holding him.
  • New Anti-Money-Laundering Rules Effective, Official Says Washington File 16 Jul 2003 -- Measuring effectiveness in implementing anti-money laundering rules and sharing that information with financial institutions are two of money regulators' most important challenges, says a Treasury Department official.
  • Travelers Must Use Machine-Readable Passport for Visa Waiver Program Washington File 16 Jul 2003 -- Beginning October 1, 2003, travelers participating in the Visa Waiver Program will be required to use a machine-readable passport to enter the United States, the State Department announced July 16.
  • Lockheed Martin Issued a $4 Million Delivery Order for U.S. Air Force Aerostat Radar Lockheed Martin 16 Jul 2003 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) received a $4 million order to deliver a second U.S. Air Force Tethered Aerostat Radar System (TARS) L-88(V)3 radar for installation at Cudjoe Key, Fla., later this year. This award exercises an option included in the 2002 TARS L-88(V)3 radar contract, which requires upgrading the current systems used for border security along the coastal and inland border from Puerto Rico to California through 2008./li>
  • Lugar Says Patience Needed to Win War Against Terrorism Washington File 16 Jul 2003 -- This column by U.S. Senator Dick Lugar, Republican of Indiana and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was published in the Chicago Tribune July 15 and is in the public domain.
  • KENYA / ANTI-TERRORISM BILL VOA 16 Jul 2003 -- The Kenyan government is facing deep and widespread opposition to draft legislation designed to combat terrorism in the east African country.
  • U-S / MOUSSAOUI VOA 15 Jul 2003 -- U-S prosecutors are refusing to produce a key witness in the case of Zacarias Moussaoui, the only man charged in connection with the September, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. The stage may now be set to shift the Moussaoui case out of the civil court system to a military tribunal.
  • US Denies Moussaoui Chance to Question Key al-Qaida Operative VOA News 15 Jul 2003 -- U.S. prosecutors are refusing to produce a key witness in the case of Zacarias Moussaoui, the only man charged in connection with the September, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. The stage may now be set to shift the Moussaoui case out of the civil court system to a military tribunal.
  • PHILIPPINES J-I ESCAPE VOA 15 Jul 2003 -- An intensive manhunt is under way in the Philippines for a top terror suspect and two associates who made a stunning escape from jail. But just how the men made it out of one of the most heavily guarded facilities in the country is not clear.
  • Manila Offers Reward for Escaped Terrorist VOA News 15 Jul 2003 -- The Philippine government is offering a large reward for information leading to the recapture of a key member of the Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist network, who escaped from jail Monday.
  • Terror Suspect Escapes in Philippines VOA News 15 Jul 2003 -- An intensive manhunt is under way in the Philippines for a top terror suspect and two associates who made a stunning escape from jail. But just how the men made it out of one of the most heavily guarded facilities in the country is not clear.
  • INDONESIA / BLAST VOA 14 Jul 2003 -- A small bomb has exploded at the Indonesian parliament building in Jakarta. There were no casualties and the damage was light. Nevertheless, the incident brings the specter of terrorism to the heart of Indonesian politics.
  • PHILIPPINES / J-I ESCAPE VOA 14 Jul 2003 -- An Indonesian man, who confessed to terrorist bombings in the Philippines, has escaped from a Manila jail. The escape came as the Australian prime minister and Philippine president met in Manila to sign a new pact to combat terrorism.
  • BALI TERROR TRIAL VOA 14 Jul 2003 -- One of the leading suspects in last October's terror bombing in Bali, Indonesia has begun his defense. Amrozi did not deny buying the explosives and trying to blame the United States and Israel for the devastating attack.
  • Confessed Philippines Bomber Escapes Manila Jail VOA News 14 Jul 2003 -- An Indonesian man, who confessed to terrorist bombings in the Philippines, has escaped from a Manila jail. The escape came as the Australian prime minister and Philippine president met in Manila to sign a new pact to combat terrorism.
  • Key Bali Bombing Suspect Takes the Stand VOA News 14 Jul 2003 -- One of the leading suspects in last October's terror bombing in Bali, Indonesia has begun his defense. Amrozi did not deny buying the explosives and trying to blame the United States and Israel for the devastating attack.
  • North Korea, Terror Dominate Philippines-Australia Talks VOA News 13 Jul 2003 -- Australian Prime Minister John Howard is in Manila for talks on terrorism and regional security with Philippine President Gloria Arroyo.
  • INDONESIA / J-I VOA 12 Jul 2003 -- Police in Indonesia have made a major breakthrough in the fight against terrorism with the arrest of six alleged Islamic extremists and the seizure of huge quantities of explosives and ammunition. Evidence has emerged suggesting that the country's president was one of the militants' targets.
  • MOROCCO/SENTENCES VOA 12 Jul 2003 -- In Morocco, 10 alleged members of a militant Islamist group have been sentenced to death for murder. The militant group is suspected of involvement in suicide attacks that killed more than 40 in Casablanca in May.
  • Indonesia Makes Major Breakthrough in Fight Against Terrorism VOA News 12 Jul 2003 -- Police in Indonesia have made a major breakthrough in the fight against terrorism with the arrest of six alleged Islamic extremists and the seizure of huge quantities of explosives and ammunition. Evidence has emerged suggesting that the country's president was one of the militants' targets.
  • Religious Faith Helps Keep Teens off Drugs, U.S. Officials Say Washington File 11 Jul 2003 -- White House Drug Office urges faith communities to launch prevention programs
  • INDONESIA TERROR ARRESTS VOA 11 Jul 2003 -- Police in Indonesia have seized a huge cache of explosives, weapons and ammunition. The authorities say that a group of Islamic militants were planning another attack on the scale of the car bombing in Bali last October, in which more than 200 people died. Despite this latest success, analysts are warning that the militants are still capable of striking again.
  • EDITORIAL: THE FIGHT AGAINST AL-QAIDA VOA 11 Jul 2003 -- The United States was savagely attacked on September 11th, 2001, by al-Qaida terrorists. But almost all of those directly involved in organizing these attacks are now in custody or confirmed dead. Sixty-five percent of the senior al-Qaida leaders have been captured or killed, including Abu Zubaydah, al-Qaida's operations director. But as President George W. Bush said, the war against global terrorism is not yet over
  • THE WAR ON TERROR PROGRESSES VOA 11 Jul 2003 -- Two female suicide bombers killed over a dozen people at a Moscow rock concert. In Quetta, Pakistan, terrorists attacked a Shi'ite mosque during Friday prayers, killing more than fifty worshippers. In Iraq, remnants of the Saddam Hussein regime are using terrorist tactics against coalition forces, and against Iraqis trying to rebuild their country. Clearly, terrorists remain a deadly threat, but progress against terror networks is being made. Members of the al-Qaida affiliated Jemaah Islamiyah are on trial in Indonesia for the October 2002 bomb attacks in Bali. Also on trial is the man believed to be the leader of Jemaah Islamiyah, Abu Bakar Bashir. He is being tried for his role in a string of Christmas eve, 2000, bomb attacks against Christian churches in Indonesia. In Saudi Arabia, police have arrested dozens of al-Qaida operatives after terrorist bombings rocked Riyadh in May. Such efforts, says President George W. Bush, are part of a global campaign against al-Qaida and other terrorist networks.
  • Philippines Tightens Security Following Deadly Market Bombing VOA News 11 Jul 2003 -- Security was heightened in the southern Philippines Friday following a bombing that killed at least three people and injured nearly 30 others. Authorities suspect one of the Muslim separatist groups operating in the area is responsible.
  • PHILIPPINES BOMB VOA 11 Jul 2003 -- Security was heightened in the southern Philippines Friday following a bombing that killed at least three people and injured nearly 30 others. Authorities suspect one of the Muslim separatist groups operating in the area is responsible.
  • INDONESIA/TERROR ARRESTS VOA 11 Jul 2003 -- Police in Indonesia have arrested at least seven more members of Jemaah Islamiyah, a regional terrorist group with connections to al Qaida. The arrests are the latest of many in Indonesia and around the region, but analysts warn that the terrorists are still capable of striking again.
  • Karachi Explosion Kills At Least 2 VOA News 11 Jul 2003 -- In Pakistan, a bomb explosion in the southern port city of Karachi has killed at least two people and wounded several others.
  • U.S. Indicts 12 Leaders of Mexico's Notorious Arellano-Felix Drug Cartel Washington File 10 Jul 2003 -- The United States has indicted 12 leaders of Mexico's notorious Arellano-Felix drug trafficking organization, which is accused of carrying out more than 100 drug-related murders in the United States and Mexico, says U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft.
  • Text: U.S. Counterdrug Efforts Reduce Colombia Coca Crops Washington File 10 Jul 2003 -- U.S.-backed counternarcotics efforts brought a "banner year" in Colombia in 2002, according to Acting Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Paul E. Simons, testifying before the House Committee on Government Reform July 9.
  • 9/11 COMMISSION CONTROVERSY VOA 10 Jul 2003 -- This week, the government-appointed commission probing the September terrorist attacks of 9 / 11 complained that the Bush administration is hampering its efforts. The co-chairman of the bi-partisan group says the Pentagon and Justice Department are among several administrative agencies that are dragging their feet when asked for records and other information. The claims caused an immediate debate among politicians and in the editorial pages
  • PRESS BRIEFING ON ORGANIZED CRIME CONVENTION United Nations 10 Jul 2003
  • THE WAR ON TERROR PROGRESSES VOA 10 Jul 2003 -- Two female suicide bombers killed over a dozen people at a Moscow rock concert. In Quetta, Pakistan, terrorists attacked a Shi'ite mosque during Friday prayers, killing more than fifty worshippers. In Iraq, remnants of the Saddam Hussein regime are using terrorist tactics against coalition forces, and against Iraqis trying to rebuild their country. Clearly, terrorists remain a deadly threat, but progress against terror networks is being made. Members of the al-Qaida affiliated Jemaah Islamiyah are on trial in Indonesia for the October 2002 bomb attacks in Bali. Also on trial is the man believed to be the leader of Jemaah Islamiyah, Abu Bakar Bashir. He is being tried for his role in a string of Christmas eve, 2000, bomb attacks against Christian churches in Indonesia. In Saudi Arabia, police have arrested dozens of al-Qaida operatives after terrorist bombings rocked Riyadh in May. Such efforts, says President George W. Bush, are part of a global campaign against al-Qaida and other terrorist networks.
  • Africans Have Varying Views Toward US Anti-Terrorism Funding VOA News 10 Jul 2003 -- President Bush, who is on a tour of Africa, has said that poverty and failed states on the continent could be dangerous breeding grounds for terrorism. As a result, the United States has poured millions of dollars into anti-terrorism programs in sub-Saharan Africa. But some researchers say in some areas the effort is adding to anti-U.S. feeling.
  • AFRICA TERRORISM VOA 10 Jul 2003 -- President Bush -- who is on a tour of Africa -- has said that poverty and failed states on the continent could be dangerous breeding grounds for terrorism. As a result, the United States has poured millions of dollars into anti-terrorism programs in sub-Saharan Africa. But some researchers say in some areas the effort is adding to anti-U-S feeling.
  • Mahathir: Terrorist Acts Will Not Advance Cause of Islam VOA News 10 Jul 2003 -- Malaysia's prime minister is urging Muslims to equip themselves with modern knowledge and weapons. But he also warned that Muslims should not try to reach their aims through terrorism.
  • MALAYSIA/MAHATHIR VOA 10 Jul 2003 -- Malaysia's prime minister is urging Muslims to equip themselves with modern knowledge and weapons. But he also warned that Muslims should not try to reach their aims through terrorism.
  • Russia: Security Officer Killed Trying To Defuse Bomb In Moscow RFE/L 10 Jul 2003 -- Russia's Interior Ministry says a security officer was killed today when a bomb he was trying to defuse outside a Moscow restaurant exploded.
  • Transcript: Disrupting the Market: Strategy, Implementation, and Results in Narcotics Source Countries US Dept. of State 09 Jul 2003 -- Testimony Before the House Committee on Government Reform by Paul E. Simons, Acting Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
  • U.S. Officials Will Participate in Argentina Conference on Cyber Security Washington File 09 Jul 2003 -- The United States will join fellow member countries of the Organization of American States (OAS) at a July 28-29 conference in Buenos Aires to begin developing a unified hemispheric strategy for ensuring security on the Internet.
  • Bush Talks Democracy, Terrorism with Leaders on First Visit to Africa Washington File 09 Jul 2003 -- President Bush began his first official trip to sub-Saharan Africa on July 8 telling West African leaders the best way to fight terrorism is "to support the habits of freedom,"
  • N-Y/ CONVENTION SECURITY VOA 09 Jul 2003 -- In New York Wednesday, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge announced the Secret Service will coordinate the city's security during the Republican presidential nominating convention next August. The convention - beginning August 30, 2004 - will take place as New York prepares for the third anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks on the city.
  • SEPT 11 COMMISSION / HEARING VOA 09 Jul 2003 -- A U-S commission set up to probe the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington has held its third public forum. The commission heard stinging criticism of U-S intelligence efforts prior to September 11th, as well as suggestions on U-S policy towards the Muslim world.
  • Chechnya: What Is Driving Women To Suicide Missions? RFE/L 09 Jul 2003 -- The dual suicide blasts at a Moscow rock concert this weekend are the latest example of a relatively new and disturbing phenomenon -- female suicide bombers. The Kremlin was quick to blame the attacks on Chechen extremists, and says Islamic radicalism is on the rise in the republic. But human rights groups say that such attacks are a result of Russia's merciless campaign in Chechnya. They say it is deepening the anger and despair that has driven Chechen women to launch suicide attacks -- something that is antithetical to both Islam and traditional Chechen culture.
  • 9/11 Commission: Several Federal Agencies Slow to Provide Critical Documents VOA News 09 Jul 2003 -- The head of a U.S. commission probing the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington says several federal agencies are endangering the investigation by failing to provide requested documents in a timely manner.
  • INDONESIA/BALI BOMBING VOA 09 Jun 2003 -- A court in Indonesia has heard the most detailed description yet of how a group of Islamic militants planned and carried out the deadly bomb attack on the island of Bali last October. The account came from Ali Imron, the brother of the man accused of masterminding the plot.
  • Key Witness Explains How Deadly Bali Bombing was Planned VOA News 09 Jun 2003 -- A court in Indonesia has heard the most detailed description yet of how a group of Islamic militants planned and carried out the deadly bomb attack on the island of Bali last October. The account came from Ali Imron, the brother of the man accused of masterminding the plot.
  • Homeland Security Department Fact Sheet on Financial Initiatives Washington File 08 Jul 2003 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced new initiatives and the expansion of existing programs aimed at protecting U.S. financial systems against money laundering and other financial crimes. Following is the department's July 8 fact sheet providing details of those programs
  • New Technology Could Boost Anti-Terror Mission Effectiveness Washington File 08 Jul 2003 -- Since September 11, U.S. researchers have been working around the clock to identify vulnerabilities in the U.S. military and intelligence systems and develop defenses against them. Technological advances unimaginable only a few years ago are now a reality for those on the front lines.
  • U.S. Boosts Money Laundering Investigation Capabilities Washington File 08 Jul 2003 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has launched a new initiative intended to intensify investigations of money laundering crimes and help the private sector shore up weaknesses in financial systems.
  • RIDGE / FINANCIAL CRIMES VOA 08 Jul 2003 -- On Wall Street Tuesday, U-S Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge announced new programs to safeguard the nation's financial system against criminal activities.
  • CONGRESS BIOTERROR VOA 08 Jul 2003 -- A new report is warning that the U-S government is not prepared to deal with the threat of bioterrorism because of a shortage of science and medical experts. The document was released at a news conference on Capitol Hill
  • SEPT 11TH COMMISSION VOA 08 Jul 2003 -- The head of a U-S commission probing the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington says several federal agencies are endangering the investigation by failing to provide requested documents in a timely manner.
  • EDITORIAL: BIN LADEN & JEMAAH ISLAMIYAH VOA 08 Jul 2003 -- Police in Indonesia have captured another fugitive charged with the October 2002 terrorist bombings in Bali that killed more than two-hundred people from more than a dozen countries. A police spokesman said the suspect, Idris, was among eleven members of the Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist group arrested for a bank robbery in Sumatra. Idris reportedly served as deputy to Imam Samudra [sah-MOOD-rah], who is now on trial for organizing the Bali bombings. Indonesian prosecutors say Idris took part in planning the attacks and provided money for bomb-making materials.
  • KENYA/TERROR VOA 08 Jul 2003 -- In Kenya, a fifth suspect has been charged with murder in last November's suicide bombing of a hotel near the coastal town of Mombasa.
  • Homeland Security Chief Unveils Initiative to Combat Criminal Financial Activities VOA News 08 Jul 2003 -- On Wall Street Tuesday, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge announced new programs to safeguard the nation's financial system against criminal activities.
  • PHILIPPINES / TERROR VOA 07 Jul 2003 -- A Philippines court has indicted eight suspected terrorist bombers, including Asia's most-wanted man, Riduan Isamuddin [RID-oo-wan is-ah-MOOD-in], also known as "Hambali." The eight suspects were charged in a series of bombings in Manila.
  • 8 Terrorist Suspects Charged in Manila Bombings VOA News 07 Jul 2003 -- A Philippines court has indicted eight suspected terrorist bombers, including Asia's most-wanted man, Riduan Isamuddin, also known as "Hambali." The eight suspects were charged in a series of bombings in Manila.
  • Text: U.N. Health Agency Says SARS is Contained Worldwide Washington File 07 Jul 2003 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared that the chain of transmission for severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is broken. The finding came July 5, when the agency removed Taiwan from its list of places where recent transmission had occurred. Taiwan had been the last locale on that list, giving rise to the conclusion that the five-month old disease outbreak is over.
  • Pakistani Police Detain Militants in Mosque Shooting Probe VOA News 06 Jul 2003 -- Pakistani police say they are detaining suspected militants in connection with an attack on a Shiite mosque, which killed at least 47 people. But authorities have not ruled out foreign involvement.
  • PAKISTAN MOSQUE VOA 06 Jul 2003 -- Pakistani police say they are detaining suspected militants in connection with an attack on a Shiite mosque, which killed at least 47 people. But authorities have not ruled out foreign involvement.
  • US Smallpox Vaccination Plan Delayed by Fears of Side Effects VOA News 05 Jul 2003 -- After vaccinating nearly half-a-million American servicemen and women for smallpox, the Pentagon announced last week it has found the vaccine to be safe.
  • RUSSIA/BLAST VOA 05 Jul 2003 -- Two female suicide bombers killed at least 18 people, and injured numerous others, when they blew themselves up at a rock festival in Moscow on Saturday.
  • TAIWAN / SARS VOA 05 Jul 2003 -- World Health Organization has removed Taiwan from its list of areas affected by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS. The W-H-O says the SARS outbreak has now been brought under control worldwide, but medical experts warn it is too soon to write the disease off completely
  • QUETTA/BOMBING VOA 05 Jul 2003 -- In Pakistan, army troops are patrolling the streets of the southwestern city of Quetta, where at least 44 people died and dozens of others were injured in an attack on a Shi'ite Muslim mosque.
  • Mosque Attack in Pakistan Claims At Least 44 Lives VOA News 04 Jul 2003 -- At least 44 people are dead in Quetta, Pakistan, where gunmen and a suicide bomber attacked the main Shi'ite Muslim mosque during Friday prayers.
  • QUETTA/BOMBING VOA 04 Jul 2003 -- In Pakistan, army troops are patrolling the streets of the southwestern city of Quetta, where nearly 40 people died and dozens of others were injured in an attack on a Shi'ite Muslim mosque.
  • Army troops Patrol Streets of Quetta, Southwestern Pakistan, After Mosque Bombing VOA News 04 Jul 2003 -- In Pakistan, army troops are patrolling the streets of the southwestern city of Quetta, where nearly 40 people died and dozens of others were injured in an attack on a Shi'ite Muslim mosque.
  • Violent Protests Follow Attack on Pakistani Mosque VOA News 04 Jul 2003 -- Senior Pakistani officials say at least 30 people are dead and 50 injured, after an attack on a Shi'ite mosque in the Pakistan province of Baluchistan. Violent protests have broken out over the killings, prompting a police clampdown on the city.
  • QUETTA/BOMBING VOA 04 Jul 2003 -- Senior Pakistani officials say at least 30 people are dead and 50 injured, after an attack on a Shi'ite mosque in the Pakistan province of Baluchistan. Violent protests have broken out over the killings, prompting a police clampdown on the city.
  • At Least 30 Killed in Quetta Mosque Blast VOA News 04 Jul 2003 -- Pakistan's southwestern city of Quetta has been placed under curfew after an explosion at a Shiite Muslim mosque killed at least 30 people and Shiite mobs took to the streets to protest.
  • Fears of Terrorism Lessen for 4th of July Celebrations VOA News 04 Jul 2003 -- The terrorism fears of a year ago appear to have receded somewhat as millions of Americans prepare to celebrate the July 4 Independence holiday.
  • Transcript: Background Briefing on Military Commissions 03 Jul 2003 -- "Today the President has determined that six enemy combatants currently detained by the United States are subject to his military order of November 13, 2001. The President determined that there is reason to believe that each of these enemy combatants was a member of al Qaeda or was otherwise involved in terrorism directed against the United States."
  • Text: Agents Added to U.S.-Canada Border to Enhance Homeland Security Washington File 03 Jul 2003 -- The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency (CBP) will deploy more than 375 new border patrol agents to various locations along the northern U.S. border with Canada to enhance security, according to a July 2 CBP press release.
  • Key Riyadh Bombings Suspect Killed in Shootout VOA News 03 Jul 2003 -- Saudi officials say a key suspect in the May 12 Riyadh suicide bombings has been killed in a shootout with police. Earlier reports said the suspect, Turki Nasser al-Dandani, had blown himself up.
  • Saudi Police Kill Country's Most Wanted Man VOA News 03 Jul 2003 -- Saudi officials say the country's most wanted man and the top suspect in the May suicide bombings in Riyadh has been killed in a shootout with police.
  • U-S / HOLIDAY TERROR VOA 03 Jul 2003 -- The terrorism fears of a year ago appear to have receded somewhat as millions of Americans prepare to celebrate the July Fourth Independence holiday.
  • President Determines Enemy Combatants Subject to His Military Order 03 Jul 2003 -- The President determined that six enemy combatants currently detained by the United States are subject to his Military Order of November 13, 2001. Today's action is the next step in the process that may lead to military commissions. The President determined that there is reason to believe that each of these enemy combatants was a member of al Qaida or was otherwise involved in terrorism directed against the United States.
  • President Submits Report to Congress on Drug "Kingpin" Sanctions Washington File 02 Jul 2003 -- President Bush sent a letter July 1 to the chairmen of the Senate and House Intelligence Committees, reporting on the status of sanctions imposed on individuals and groups designated as narcotics "kingpins" in 2003, and on the following day, the White House released the text of the president's letter.
  • Fact Sheet Outlines Progress in the Global War on Terrorism Washington File 02 Jul 2003 -- following fact sheet was released by the White House July 1, 2003
  • INDONESIA/TERROR VOA 03 Jul 2003 -- Witnesses in the trial of an alleged Southeast Asian terrorist group leader have provided more evidence that the group, Jemaah Islamiyah, is operating throughout the region. The witnesses also say that Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Bashir took over as the group's leader in 1999.
  • FRANCE / MUJAHEDEEN VOA 02 Jul 2003 -- A Paris appeals court has ordered the release (Wednesday) of nine members of the Iranian opposition Mujahedeen Khalq group, including its leader Maryam Rajavi. The investigation continues into whether the group has terrorist ties.
  • W-H-O/SARS VOA 02 Jul 2003 -- The World Health Organization on Wednesday declared Toronto to be clear of the SARS virus. It says it expects Taiwan, the only area in the world still on a list of areas with recent local transmission of the disease, to be cleared on Saturday if there are no new cases between now and then
  • Smallpox Vaccination Drill VOA 02 Jul 2003 -- After vaccinating nearly half a million American servicemen and women for smallpox, the Pentagon announced last week it has found the vaccine to be safe. Concerns about the vaccine's side effects had stymied the Bush Administration's plan to prepare for a possible bio-terror attack by inoculating half-a-million health care workers and emergency medical teams. But only about 10 percent of these so-called first-line responders have signed up to be vaccinated, and some experts worry that this will prevent America from reacting quickly, if a smallpox outbreak ever occurs.
  • Iran: French Court Releases Mujahedin Khalq Leader RFE/L 02 Jul 2003 -- A French court today ordered the conditional release of Maryam Rajavi, the leader of the political wing of the Iranian opposition group Mujahedin Khalq.
  • SAUDI/TERROR VOA 02 Jul 2003 -- Saudi Arabia's interior minister says 124 suspects have been arrested in his country for alleged links to the May suicide bombings that ripped apart western compounds in the capital, Riyadh.
  • Saudi Authorities Arrest Scores With Alleged Link to Terrorist Bombings VOA News 02 Jul 2003 -- Saudi Arabia's interior minister says 124 suspects have been arrested in his country for alleged links to the May suicide bombings that ripped apart western compounds in the capital, Riyadh.
  • New Regulations Bolster U.S. Maritime Security AFPS 01 Jul 2003 -- The anti-terrorism measures contained in new U.S. maritime regulations issued July 1 are designed to improve security at the nation's ports and waterways, America's homeland security chief said.
  • Saudi Arabia Holds 124 Terror Suspects VOA News 01 Jul 2003 -- Saudi Arabia's interior minister says his country has arrested 124 terror suspects since suicide bombers attacked western compounds in Riyadh in May.
  • Regional Experts Endorse East Africa Anti-Terror Plan VOA News 01 Jul 2003 -- Delegates at an anti-terrorism conference in Kenya have expressed approval of a regional plan to fight terrorism in east Africa and the Horn of Africa.
  • EDITORIAL: PAKISTAN STRIKES AT TERRORISM VOA 01 Jul 2003 -- Police in Pakistan have arrested five members, including a regional leader, of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi [lash-kahr-ee jong-VEE] terrorist group. A police spokesman said the terrorists had a list of prominent Pakistani Shia Muslims marked for assassination.
  • GOLDEN VENTURE / SMUGGLING VOA 01 Jul 2003 -- The alleged leader of an international immigrant smuggling ring that turned deadly was arraigned in a U-S Federal court in New York today (Tuesday) after being extradited from Hong Kong.
  • EAST AFRICA / TERRORISM VOA 01 Jul 2003 -- Delegates at an anti-terrorism conference in Kenya have expressed approval of a regional plan to fight terrorism in east Africa and the Horn of Africa



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