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August 2003 Security News

  • EDITORIAL: DEFEATING TERRORISM VOA 29 Aug 2003 -- Terrorists have declared war on every free nation. Their goals are clear. They want to impose their own brand of radical and oppressive rule. Some of them point to the Taleban regime that once ruled Afghanistan as a model. They are willing to take any action and inflict enormous suffering to accomplish these goals.
  • Terrorists United? VOA 28 Aug 2003 -- Terrorist attacks continue in Iraq. A week after a massive bomb killed over twenty people at the United Nations compound in Baghdad, a small homemade bomb was used in a failed assassination attempt against a prominent Shi'ite cleric. Three Iraqis died in that blast. In a speech Tuesday, President George W. Bush said that terrorists, whether in Iraq, Southeast Asia or Israel are united in their "deep hatred for the values of the civilized world."
  • SOMALIA: Foreign terror suspects freed in Puntland IRIN 28 Aug 2003 -- The authorities in the self-declared autonomous region of Puntland have freed seven foreign nationals arrested a week ago on suspicion of having links with terrorist groups, according to a local journalist in Bosaso, the region's commercial capital.
  • W-T-C/ TRANSCRIPTS VOA 28 Aug 2003 -- In New York, the agency that owns the World Trade Center site, the Port Authority released more than two-thousand pages of transcripts of tapes of emergency telephone calls and radio transmissions made after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
  • U.S. Announces Disruption of Major Mexican Drug-Trafficking Organization Washington File 28 Aug 2003 -- The United States has announced the disruption of a major Mexican-based organization trafficking in marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamine, using Atlanta, Georgia, as its primary distribution point.
  • U.S. Sentences Colombian Drug Lord to More Than 30 Years in Prison Washington File 28 Aug 2003 -- A federal judge in Miami, Florida, has sentenced Colombian drug lord Fabio Ochoa to more than 30 years (365 months) in prison on drug conspiracy and money-laundering charges, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced.
  • EDITORIAL: TERRORISTS ATTACK MUMBAI VOA 28 Aug 2003 -- Powerful car bombs exploded on August 25th at a crowded shopping bazaar and a popular tourist site in the Indian city of Mumbai, also known as Bombay. Some fifty people were killed and more than one-hundred were wounded. U.S. State Department spokesman Philip Reeker had harsh words for the perpetrators
  • Lockheed Martin Wins FBI Technology Infusion Contract Lockheed Martin 27 Aug 2003 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has been selected by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to support the development of a new enterprise-wide security architecture for its computers and networks.
  • U.S. Seeks International Solution to Airline Security Washington File 27 Aug 2003 -- The United States recognizes potential for an international solution to major aviation security issues including the threat from shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles and legal problems related to air marshals and armed pilots programs, a senior Homeland Security Department official says.
  • W-T-C / E-P-A VOA 26 Aug 2003 -- New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is calling for a U-S Senate investigation into charges that the White House covered up information about environmental risks in Lower Manhattan following the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center.
  • INDONESIA JEMAAH ISLAMIYAH VOA 26 Aug 2003 -- A new report by a European think-tank says the Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist organization remains dangerous in Southeast Asia despite the recent arrest of one its alleged ringleaders. The report also reveals more about the structure of the al-Qaida linked group.
  • INDONESIA FIGHTS TERRORISM VOA 25 Aug 2003 -- Indonesia continues to suffer terrorist attacks mounted by Jemaah Islamiah, the southeast Asian affiliate of the Al-Qaida terrorist network. A suicide bomber set off a powerful explosion outside Jakarta's J-W Marriott Hotel August fifth, killing a dozen people. Last October, two-hundred-two people were killed when a pair of truck bombs exploded in a night club district on the island of Bali. But Indonesia is tackling the terrorist threat. The first of the conspirators in the Bali bombing to stand trial, Amrozi, was convicted of murder August seventh. The Indonesian court sentenced him to death. The spiritual leader of Jemaah Islamiah, Abu Bakar Bashir, is on trial for treason and for his role in a string of bombings against Christian churches. Now, the operations chief of Jemaah Islamiah, known as Hambali, has been captured in Thailand and turned over to the U.S. How well is Indonesia confronting the terrorist threat in Southeast Asia?
  • Rice Says U.S. Will Not Shrink From Fight Against Terrorism Washington File 25 Aug 2003 -- Following recent terrorist attacks in Baghdad and Jerusalem, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice says "we cannot and will not shrink" from the fight against terrorism.
  • USTDA Gives Thailand Grant for Trade Security Project Washington File 25 Aug 2003 -- The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) awarded a grant to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand August 22 to promote "a framework for implementing an efficient and secure trade system," according to a USTDA press release issued the same day.
  • USTDA Awards Indonesia Grants for Transportation Security Washington File 25 Aug 2003 -- The United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has awarded two grants worth $845,000 in Indonesia to help that country meet transportation security objectives that are part of the Secure Trade in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Region or "STAR" Initiative, the USTDA announced in an August 22 news release in Jakarta.
  • INDONESIA BALI TRIAL VOA 25 Aug 2003 -- Indonesian prosecutors have demanded the death penalty for another of the suspected Bali bombers. Ali Ghufron is charged with playing a key role in the October attacks that killed 202 people on the Indonesian resort island.
  • Bush: "No Retreat" in War Against Terrorism Washington File 23 Aug 2003 -- The terrorist bombings of U.N. headquarters in Baghdad and a bus filled with families in Jerusalem last week again reveal the nature of terrorism and why it must be defeated wherever it exists, President Bush said in his weekly radio address to the nation on August 23.
  • THAILAND/TERRORISM VOA 23 Aug 2003 -- Thailand has arrested six more Muslim men on suspicion of terrorist activities, and is taking new preventive measures against possible terrorist bombings.
  • BUSH / TERRORISM VOA 23 Aug 2003 -- President Bush is condemning this week's suicide bombings in Baghdad and Jerusalem, saying there will be no retreat in the war on terrorism.
  • HAMAS/AUSTRIA VOA 23 Aug 2003 -- The Austrian government says it has no reason to believe a Vienna-based Palestinian group is financing terrorist activities, despite being included on a White House list of organizations with alleged links to the militant group Hamas.
  • FRANCE / LOCKERBIE VOA 22 Aug 2003 -- France says a deal could be reached soon with Libya on increased payment for victims of the 1989 bombing of a French airliner over Africa. The compensation issue is delaying a vote in the United Nations on lifting sanctions against Libya.
  • Europe: After U.S. Blackout, Could The Lights Go Out Elsewhere? RFE/RL 22 Aug 2003 -- Officials in North America are continuing to investigate last week's massive power outage that affected the northeastern United States and parts of eastern Canada. The cause is still unclear, but the outage has highlighted the dilapidated state of the electrical infrastructure and the problems associated with deregulating power markets. In Europe, officials are asking themselves whether such an outage could happen on this side of the Atlantic.
  • Rumsfeld Says Colombia is Making Gains Against Terrorists Washington File 21 Aug 2003 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, interviewed August 19 by TV Caracol in Bogotá, Colombia, praised the extensive campaign against narco-terrorists waged by the government of Colombian President Alvaro Uribe.
  • THAILAND / TERROR VOA 22 Aug 2003 -- Thailand's prime minister says the recently captured terrorism suspect Hambali was planning attacks on Western embassies in Bangkok.
  • THAILAND/BURMA DRUGS VOA 22 Aug 2003 -- Diplomatic ties between Burma and Thailand have been strained after Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra reportedly threatened to attack illegal drug factories inside Burma. Burma has retorted that such threats are "not conducive to existing friendly relations."
  • CHINA / SARS VOA 21 Aug 2003 -- The World Health Organization is bracing for what it says could be a new outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome later this year.
  • INDONESIA BASHIR VOA 21 Aug 2003 -- Indonesian police have linked Hambali, the man believed to be al-Qaida's chief operative in Southeast Asia, to a string of bombings across the country. Police say that is reason enough for the United States to accept Indonesia's demand that Hambali be extradited to stand trial in Indonesia.
  • LIBYA/LOCKERBIE VOA 21 Aug 2003 -- Libya says it doesn't understand why France is threatening to veto a United Nations Security Council resolution that would lift sanctions against Tripoli. Libya is saying the French position could harm its relations with France.
  • TERRORISM VOA 20 Aug 2003 -- Dr. Karl Jackson of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies discusses the terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah and its links to the recent bombing of a Marriott Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia.
  • U.S. Attorney General: Patriot Act Important to War Against Terrorism AFPS 20 Aug 2003 -- The bombing of the United Nations building in Iraq confirms the worldwide terrorist threat is real, said U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft.
  • Aerial Drug Interdiction Program Will Resume in Colombia, Says U.S. Official Washington File 20 Aug 2003 -- A newly re-configured aerial interdiction program designed to disrupt drug trafficking will soon make its debut in Colombia, according to a senior State Department official.
  • Rumsfeld Praises Colombian Effort in War on Terrorism Washington File 20 Aug 2003 -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has congratulated the government of Colombia for its progress in fighting terrorism within its borders.
  • U.S.-Latin American Aerial Drug Interdiction Program Is Resurrected AFPS 20 Aug 2003 -- A U.S.-Latin American aerial drug interdiction program that had been conducted over the skies of countries like Colombia has been reinstated, U.S. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld announced here Aug. 19.
  • EDITORIAL: SAUDIS CONDEMN TERRORISM VOA 20 Aug 2003 -- Leaders in Saudi Arabia are forcefully speaking out in the global war on terrorism. "There is no room for neutrality or hesitancy" regarding those who commit terrorist acts, said Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah on August 14th. "He who protects or sympathizes with a terrorist is himself a terrorist, and will receive his just punishment."
  • PAKISTAN US TERROR FORCE VOA 20 Aug 2003 -- Pakistan is forming a new anti-terrorism force with the help of the U-S government. The Pakistani war on terror is reaping unexpected benefits in the country's tribal region.
  • TERROR/PATRIOT ACT VOA 19 Aug 2003 -- Nearly two years after the worst terrorist attack on the United States, the Justice Department is on the defensive over charges that a key piece of legislation passed in response to the September 11th attacks threatens civil liberties by giving law enforcement too much power.
  • U-S / COLOMBIA FLIGHTS VOA 19 Aug 2003 -- The Bush administration Tuesday authorized the resumption of U-S-supported drug-interdiction flights over Colombia. The program is resuming with new safety procedures after having been suspended in 2001 when a missionary plane was mistakenly shot down over Peru.
  • U.S. Says Aerial Drug Interdiction Program to Resume in Colombia Washington File 19 Aug 2003 -- The White House announced the resumption of U.S. support for a Colombian program to intercept aircraft used to transport illicit drugs.
  • Ashcroft Says Patriot Act Is an Effective Tool Against Terrorism Washington File 19 Aug 2003 -- The USA Patriot Act has proven to be an effective counterterrorism tool, says U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, because it has given law enforcement and intelligence agencies the ability to integrate their activities.
  • Rumsfeld: Colombia Is Doing 'An Excellent Job' Fighting Narcoterrorists AFPS 19 Aug 2003 -- The Colombian government and its military have made great progress in fighting narcoterrorists in the past year, U.S. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told reporters here today.
  • U-S-LIBYA-LOCKERBIE VOA 19 Aug 2003 -- The United States is publicly calling on France not to "impede" an agreement under which Libya is to pay compensation for the downing of Pan Am flight 1-0-3 over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988. France is threatening to veto an enabling resolution in the U-N Security Council to press for a similar settlement for family members of a French plane brought down over Niger.
  • Seoul Put on Alert Against Terrorism Korea-net 19 Aug 2003 -- South Korean security forces have been placed on increased alert following a U.S. warning against possible terrorist attacks timed with the Sept. 11 anniversary, the Yonhap News Agency reported quoting officials.
  • INDONESIA TERROR SUSPECTS VOA 19 Aug 2003 -- Indonesian police have made a clear link between the terror group Jemaah Islamiyah and the bombing of a luxury hotel in Jakarta. The police say a suspected J-I member built the hotel bomb - and also assembled the explosives used in last October's deadly attack on Bali. There also are indications that funds for J-I operations came from a suspected member of the al-Qaida network.
  • U-N/ LIBYA SANCTIONS VOA 18 Aug 2003 -- Britain has introduced a draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council to lift sanctions against Libya. The U-N imposed the sanctions after the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 1-0-3 over Lockerbie, Scotland. British ambassador Emyr Jones Parry says he hopes for a vote in favor of the resolution by the end of the week. But the veto-wielding French are not onboard.
  • U.S. Diversity Visa Program Registration Goes Electronic Washington File 18 Aug 2003 -- Applicants for the annual U.S. Diversity Visa lottery program will have to fill out an electronic form on a designated Internet web site, the State Department has announced. The Department will no longer accept paper entries or mail-in requests.
  • White House Report, August 18; Iraq, Libya, North Korea Washington File 18 Aug 2003 -- U.S. STAYS ON THE "OFFENSIVE" WHILE SABOTAGE HITS IRAQ / U.S. SANCTIONS ON LIBYA TO REMAIN IN PLACE / U.S. TAKES STEPS TO CURTAIL NUCLEAR WEAPONS SHIPPING
  • U-S BLACKOUT VOA 18 Aug 2003 -- The power is back on and people are back at their jobs on the first workday since last week's massive power outage in parts of the northeast and midwest.
  • Chechen native added to list of those subject to UN sanctions against Al-Qaida UN News Centre 18 Aug 2003 -- The United Nations Security Council committee monitoring sanctions imposed against Usama bin Laden and his associates has added a Chechen native to the Al-Qaida section of its consolidated list of persons and entities subject to the measures.
  • UK, US tell Security Council they are ready to see sanctions against Libya lifted UN News Centre 18 Aug 2003 -- The United Kingdom and United States have told the Security Council they are ready to see sanctions lifted against Libya following the North African country's compliance with United Nations resolutions passed against it in connection with the deadly bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988.
  • SMALLPOX / IMMUNITY VOA 18 Aug 2003 -- A new study shows that millions of people who received smallpox shots decades ago still retain some immunity to the virus. This could help protect them if bioterrorists launch a smallpox attack. But many experts say this leftover immunity is unlikely to be strong enough to be useful.
  • EDITORIAL: HAMBALI CAPTURED VOA 18 Aug 2003 -- President George W. Bush has some good news in the war against global terrorism
  • U.S.: Blackout Shows America's Infrastructure Vulnerable To Terrorists RFE/RL 18 Aug 2003 -- The massive blackout that crippled the northeastern United States last week may have been caused by human or mechanical error, but security analysts say the next one could be an act of terror -- and that the U.S. government must act now to protect its electrical infrastructure.
  • BIN LADEN TAPE VOA 18 Aug 2003 -- An Arabic television station has broadcast an audio tape it says was made by a spokesman for the al-Qaida terror network, claiming Osama bin Laden is alive.
  • INDONESIA TERROR VOA 18 Aug 2003 -- Indonesia's foreign minister has repeated the government's request for immediate access to the terror suspect Hambali, who is now in U-S custody. The foreign minister also says Indonesia wants to see the extradition of Mr. Hambali, considered a key al-Qaida operative in Southeast Asia.
  • Security Council should work to formally lift Libya sanctions - Annan UN News Centre 17 Aug 2003 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called for the Security Council to formally lift sanctions imposed against Libya in connection with the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.
  • Powell Says U.S. Will Continue Bilateral Sanctions on Libya Washington File 17 Aug 2003 -- In recognition of Libya's acceptance of responsibility for its actions in the bombing of flight Pan Am 103 in 1988, the United States will not oppose the lifting of U.N. sanctions on that country, but will continue to maintain bilateral sanctions, Secretary of State Colin Powell said in a statement released August 15.
  • U-S/TERRORISM VOA 17 Aug 2003 -- The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee says 60-percent of the al-Qaida leadership is in custody. Senator Pat Roberts says international cooperation in combating terrorism is on the rise.
  • ASIA TERRORISM VOA 17 Aug 2003 -- Indonesia says it has nine suspects in custody for this month's bombing of a Jakarta hotel - the latest terrorist attack in Southeast Asia. The arrests come as U-S officials interrogate the alleged head of the Southeast Asia terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah - who was captured Monday in Thailand.
  • IRAN/AL-QAIDA VOA 17 Aug 2003 -- Plans by Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida terror network to attack Iran have been foiled by Iranian security agents, according to a senior Iranian official.
  • U-S/POWER OUTAGE VOA 17 Aug 2003 -- Electrical power has been restored to about 50-million people in eight U-S states and parts of Canada, following a massive black-out last week. But questions remain about the cause of the outage, which highlighted the need to modernize and upgrade the U-S electricity supply system.
  • Annan says Council should work to formally lift Libya sanctions UN News Centre 17 Aug 2003 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called for the Security Council to formally lift sanctions imposed against Libya in connection with the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.
  • CHINA/SARS VOA 16 Aug 2003 -- China's last two SARS patients have been released from the hospital in Beijing, bringing to an end an outbreak of disease that killed 349 people in the country. But officials are warning that the disease could reappear.
  • NY/POWER RESTORED VOA 16 Aug 2003 -- All the lights are back on in New York City. City life is returning to normal, while the search for answers to this week's massive power outage continues.
  • BLACKOUT/MICHIGAN VOA 16 Aug 2003 -- Nearly all Americans who lost electricity Thursday afternoon in a massive blackout have their power restored. There are still scattered outages in (the Midwest state of) Michigan. Utility officials in that state are warning people of more blackouts, unless they conserve energy during the next few days.
  • INDONESIA/J-I TERROR VOA 16 Aug 2003 -- The arrest in Thailand of an alleged terrorist ringleader and the bombing of a luxury hotel in Indonesia have shed new light on Jemaah Islamiyah, the Southeast Asian affiliate of the al-Qaida terror network.
  • THAILAND / HAMBALI VOA 16 Aug 2003 -- Thailand's prime minister says the terror mastermind arrested earlier this week was planning a major attack in Thailand. These and other details surrounding the arrest of the man known as Hambali are emerging, but Mr. Hambali's whereabouts are still unknown.
  • U.S. Will Not Oppose Ending of U.N. Sanctions on Libya Washington File 15 Aug 2003 -- In recognition of Libya's acceptance of responsibility for its actions in the bombing of Pan Am 103 over Scotland in 1988, the United States announced August 15 that "it will not oppose the lifting of United Nations sanctions on Libya."
  • Briton Charged in U.S. with Missile Sale VOA 15 Aug 2003 -- A London man faces charges that he tried to bring a missile into the United States. American officials say the missile was to be used to shoot down a passenger airplane.
  • U-S / LIBYA / LOCKERBIE VOA 15 Aug 2003 -- Senior Bush administration officials say there will be no early end to U-S economic sanctions against Libya even though the Muammar Gadhafi government will shortly fulfill terms for the permanent lifting of U-N sanctions stemming from the bombing of Pan Am flight 1-0-3. The families of the 270 victims of the 1988 airliner attack were briefed on the status of the case Friday in Washington.
  • U-S-Iran Terror VOA 15 Aug 2003 -- The United States Friday closed down offices of the political wing of the Iranian opposition group the People's Mujahedeen or M-E-K. The political arm of the group, known as the National Council of Resistance of Iran, had operated openly in Washington even though its parent is listed by the U-S government as a terrorist organization.
  • State Dept Amends Terrorist Designation of Mujahedin-e Khalq Washington File 15 Aug 2003 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell amended the State Department's designation of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) as a foreign terrorist organization in order to include two of its aliases in the designation.
  • U.S. Does Not Intend to Hold Terrorist Suspects Longer Than Necessary Washington File 15 Aug 2003 -- The Pentagon's top legal counsel says the United States does not intend to hold terrorist suspects who are now in custody any longer than necessary.
  • Power Blackout Not Caused by Terrorism, Bush Says Washington File 15 Aug 2003 -- President Bush ruled out terrorism as a possible cause for the blackout that swept across the northeastern and upper midwestern sections of the United States August 14.
  • NY/ THIRD POWER UPDATE VOA 15 Aug 2003 -- Utility officials say all of New York's power was restored late Friday. The governments of the United States and Canada have formed a joint task force to investigate the cause of the power blackout that affected on millions of people in both countries since Thursday afternoon.
  • NY/ POWER SECOND UPDATE VOA 15 Aug 2003 -- New York struggled to return to normalcy on a second hot and humid day as power slowly returned. City officials say power has been restored to eighty-five percent of the city.
  • POWER BLACKOUT VOA 15 Aug 2003 -- Millions of people are coming out of the dark, as electricity returns to much of the Northeastern U.S. and portions of Canada. But questions are still left unanswered about the exact cause of what is being called the largest blackout in North America's history.
  • NY/ POWER UPDATE VOA 15 Aug 2003 -- New York struggled to return to normalcy on a second hot and humid day as power slowly returned. City officials say power has been restored to eighty-percent of the city.
  • Power Blackout Not Caused by Terrorism, Bush Says Washington File 15 Aug 2003 -- President Bush ruled out terrorism as a possible cause for the blackout that swept across the northeastern and upper midwestern sections of the United States August 14.
  • N-Y BLACKOUT UPDATE VOA 15 Aug 2003 -- The New York Stock Exchange opened Friday, thanks to a back up power system. But little else ran on schedule after a massive power outage shut down New York City along with seven other states and parts of Canada. New York is slowly recovering power.
  • N-Y / BLACKOUT REACT VOA 15 Aug 2003 -- The massive blackout that began late Thursday afternoon interrupted electrical power to millions of people in the United States.
  • N-Y CITY BLACKOUT REACT VOA 15 Aug 2003 -- New Yorkers are a hearty, diverse lot and on the day after its worst blackout in history, there was a wide range of opinions and emotions about what it means and what to do.
  • U-S BLACKOUT VOA 15 Aug 2003 -- Electrical power began to flow again to parts of the northeast and midwest Friday, as Americans struggled to return to normalcy after a harrowing blackout which struck on Thursday. The outage plunged cities into darkness and stranded thousands of commuters and tourists.
  • BUSH/BLACKOUT VOA 15 Aug 2003 -- President Bush says Thursday's blackouts have illustrated the need to modernize America's electrical grid. Mr. Bush says he is pleased with the way authorities are handling the situation.
  • U-S/BLACKOUT VOA 15 Aug 2003 -- A history-making blackout was slowly being reversed in the eastern United States and Canada Friday, amid growing questions as to what caused the electrical distribution grid failure that cut off power to an estimated 50 million people.
  • MIDWEST/BLACKOUT VOA 15 Aug 2003 -- A massive power blackout that struck eight U-S states and parts of Canada Thursday will likely drag on for a few more days in some areas. Power crews are slowly restoring electricity to the affected areas.
  • NEW YORK / BLACKOUT VOA 15 Aug 2003 -- Electricity is slowly being restored to New York City after being blacked out since Thursday afternoon.
  • EDITORIAL: FREEDOM TRANSCENDS TERRORISM VOA 15 Aug 2003 -- Almost two years have passed since al-Qaida terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, killing more than three thousand people from some ninety countries. National security adviser Condoleeza Rice says that in the aftermath of those attacks, the United States resolved to "take the fight to terrorists themselves"
  • INDONESIA / HAMBALI VOA 15 Aug 2003 -- The Indonesian government is denying reports that al-Qaida's chief operative in Southeast Asia is in the country. But as Patricia Nunan reports, officials say they do want Riduan Isamuddin, who is also known as Hambali, turned over to Jakarta. The man suspected of planning dozens of terror attacks was arrested a few days ago in Thailand.
  • THAILAND / HAMBALI ARREST VOA 15 Aug 2003 -- Authorities in Thailand say they have arrested and extradited the alleged leader of the al-Qaida terrorist network in Southeast Asia. Riduan Isamuddin, known as Hambali, is believed to have masterminded last year's attack on the Indonesian island of Bali and dozens of other bombings across the region.
  • THAILAND / TERROR DECREE VOA 15 Aug 2003 -- In Thailand, the arrest of one of Southeast Asia's most wanted terrorists has sparked debate over two recent decrees aimed at strengthening the war on terror. Some Thai opinion leaders say the decrees undermine the country's fledgling democracy.
  • U-S BLACKOUT (L-UPDATE) VOA 14 Aug 2003 -- A massive power blackout has struck the northeastern United States and eastern Canada. U-S government officials have reassured a nervous public that terrorists are not responsible.
  • U-S BLACKOUT VOA 14 Aug 2003 -- A massive power blackout has struck the northeastern United States and eastern Canada as the region sweltered in August heat. Government officials have reassured a nervous public that terrorists are not responsible for the power loss.
  • NY/EAST COAST POWER OUTAGE VOA 14 Aug 2003 -- Much of the Eastern Seaboard of the United States went dark Thursday afternoon.
  • U-S / LIBYA / LOCKERBIE VOA 14 Aug 2003 -- U-S State Department officials meet today (Friday) with families of victims of Pan Am flight 103 on the emerging deal under which Libya is to take responsibility and pay compensation for the 1988 airliner bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland. However a potential veto by France in the United Nations is looming as a new obstacle.
  • U-S / LIBYA / LOCKERBIE VOA 14 Aug 2003 -- U-S State Department officials meet today (Friday) with families of victims of Pan Am flight 103 on the emerging deal under which Libya is to take responsibility and pay compensation for the 1988 airliner bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland. However a potential veto by France in the United Nations is looming as a new obstacle.
  • Bush: Global Terrorists 'Are Meeting the Fate They Chose for Themselves' AFPS 14 Aug 2003 -- The Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on America inaugurated the first conflict of the new century, President George Bush told U.S. sailors and Marines at a southern California military base today.
  • Powell Says Terrorist Arrests Illustrate U.S., Russian Cooperation Washington File 14 Aug 2003 -- The arrests that took place August 12 in New York to stop an arms dealer from selling shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles to potential terrorists in the United States illustrates the significant cooperation between U.S. and Russia intelligence agencies working to end this kind of arms trafficking, says Secretary of State Colin Powell.
  • Bush Announces Capture of Major Southeast Asia Terrorist Suspect Washington File 14 Aug 2003 -- A chief suspect in major terrorist operations in Southeast Asia has been captured, President Bush announced August 14.
  • Terrorist Suspect in Indonesia Bombings Caught, Bush Says Washington File 14 Aug 2003 -- A chief suspect in major terrorist operations in Southeast Asia has been captured, President Bush announced August 14, in remarks at a Marine Corps air station in California.
  • U.S. Applauds, Supports Colombia's Efforts Against Terrorism Washington File 14 Aug 2003 -- The United States is committed to working with Colombia to rid that nation of the narco-terrorism that affects not only it but the entire Western Hemisphere, says Richard Myers, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
  • Colombia: Another Front in War on Terror AFPS 14 Aug 2003 -- The overall impression you get from the government and military in Colombia is the absolute determination to finally crush the narcoterrorists and reclaim the country.
  • GERMANY/TERROR TRIAL VOA 14 Aug 2003 -- Authorities in Hamburg, Germany have begun the trial of a Moroccan man accused of involvement in the attacks on New York and Washington on September 11th, 2001.
  • WAHHABI ISLAM AND SAUDI ARABIA VOA 14 Aug 2003 -- Since the September 11th terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, people have been asking what connection there might have been between the al-Qaida terrorist network and Osama bin Laden's country of origin, Saudi Arabia. And beyond that, what links might there be between the philosophy of al-Qaida and the conservative form of Wahhabi Islam practiced in Saudi Arabia. In today's Dateline, the first of a series of programs that explores a possible Saudi connection, scholars examine the extremely complex relationship between religion and politics.
  • BRITAIN / LIBYA/LOCKERBIE VOA 14 Aug 2003 -- Relatives of British victims of the 1988 Pan Am bombing over Scotland say they would rather have an independent inquiry into how the attack happened than money from Libya.
  • BUSH TERRORISM VOA 14 Aug 2003 -- President Bush says U-S officials have arrested the suspected mastermind of last year's terrorist bombings in Bali, Indonesia and the recent hotel attack in Jakarta.
  • BRITAIN / LIBYA LOCKERBIE VOA 14 Aug 2003 -- Relatives of British victims of the 1988 Pan Am bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland, say they would rather have an independent inquiry into how the attack happened than money from Libya.
  • INDONESIA TERROR VOA 14 Aug 2003 -- A senior Indonesian official says three men suspected in the terrorist bombing on the island of Bali are now wanted in connection with last week's attack on a luxury hotel in Jakarta. And Australian officials are warning of more possible attacks to coincide with Indonesia's national day on Sunday.
  • EDITORIAL: TWO YEARS AGAINST TERRORISM VOA 14 Aug 2003 -- It has been almost two years since the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, a horrific event that forever changed the lives of every American. In response to the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the U.S. and a massive coalition of nations resolved to take the fight to the terrorists themselves; to root out terror networks; and to hold accountable states that harbor terrorists.
  • Schumer Urges President to Directly Address American People on What He Will Do about Missile Threat to U.S. Planes Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York 13 Aug 2003 -- Pointing to yesterday's arrest of a man accused of smuggling a shoulder-fired missile into the US for use in a possible attack against a US airliner, Senator Charles Schumer today sent a heartfelt letter to the President pleading with him to take the lead in equipping the 6,800 planes in the US commercial air fleet with anti-missile technology. Schumer said the Homeland Security Department's (DHS) current plan for protecting US airliners would not start until 2006 despite the fact that the technology is viable and is already being used on some El Al planes and the US military.
  • Lockheed Martin to Lead Team for US VISIT Program Competition Lockheed Martin 13 Aug 2003 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] announced that it will lead an experienced team of companies bidding for the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) US Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (VISIT) program. The US VISIT program will develop and implement an automated system to track the entry, stay and exit of foreign nationals to the United States via land, sea or air. The system will use biometrical information to identify persons who may pose a threat, while ensuring the expeditious flow of people and goods.
  • U.S.-Dutch Effort to Detect Hidden Nuclear Shipments Washington File 13 Aug 2003 -- The U.S. and Dutch governments are cooperating in the war on terrorism by installing special monitoring equipment at Europe's busiest seaport in Rotterdam to detect hidden shipments of nuclear and other radioactive material.
  • Terrorism Expert Says War on Terrorism May Take Years Washington File 13 Aug 2003 -- Suicide terrorism has become a major tool of warfare used by international terrorist groups to advance their political agendas, and recent attacks have proven to be very effective, says a RAND Corporation terrorism expert.
  • MISSILE SMUGGLE/ ARRAIGNMENT VOA 13 Aug 2003 -- An international arms dealer allegedly trying to smuggle shoulder-fired missiles into the United States was arraigned in Federal court today (Wednesday) in Newark, New Jersey. Federal officials say Hemant Lakhani believed he was dealing with a terrorist group that intended to shoot down an American commercial airliner.
  • BUSH / MISSILE SMUGGLING VOA 13 Aug 2003 -- President Bush has praised the arrest of a British arms merchant charged with smuggling surface-to-air missiles into the United States. Mr. Bush says it's an example of the progress being made in efforts to protect the American people.
  • MISSILE SMUGGLE/ ARRAIGNMENT VOA 13 Aug 2003 -- An international arms dealer allegedly trying to smuggle shoulder-fired missiles into the United States was arraigned in Federal court today (Wednesday) in Newark, New Jersey. Federal officials say Hemant Lakhani believed he was dealing with a terrorist group that intended to shoot down an American commercial airliner.
  • AUSTRALIA/U-S/TERROR VOA 13 Aug 2003 -- The U-S Undersecretary of State, Richard Armitage, is in Australia to hold talks about security and terrorism in the Asia-Pacific region. His visit comes as the head of Australia's domestic spy agency warns it is "only a matter time" before terrorists mount an attack using a weapon of mass destruction.
  • INDONESIA/TERROR THREAT VOA 13 Aug 2003 -- Indonesia's top security minister says there is no longer any question that Indonesia has a problem with terrorism. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono also says the government will go to parliament with proposals to strengthen Indonesia's anti-terror legislation, which he says is not doing the job.
  • US/ MISSILE SMUGGLING ARREST VOA 12 Aug 2003 -- The F-B-I today (Tuesday) arrested three men in Newark, New Jersey on suspicion of attempting to smuggle surface-to-air missiles into the United States.
  • N-Y / TERRORIST / BAIL VOA 12 Aug 2003 -- A Federal judge in New York has denied bail to a Pakistani accused of aiding an al-Qaida operative.
  • U-S / SMALLPOX VACCINATION VOA 12 Aug 2003 -- panel of scientists is warning the U-S public to be cautious about receiving smallpox vaccine under a government plan to protect against bioterrorist attack. Because of the vaccine's potential health risks, the experts advise against inoculation unless certain strict conditions are met.
  • Chief Prosecutor Seeks 'Strong Evidence' Against Accused Terrorists AFPS 12 Aug 2003 -- The acting chief prosecutor for military commissions is seeking hard proof linking detained enemy combatants to war crimes when selecting cases for trial.
  • Chechnya: Expert Sees Politics Behind U.S. Terrorist Designation Of Basayev RFE/RL 12 Aug 2003 -- The U.S. State Department has designated Chechen rebel leader Shamil Basayev as a terrorist threat to America. The move forces the Treasury Department to freeze any U.S. assets that may belong to Basayev, who claimed to be behind last year's seizure of a Moscow theater that ended in the death of 129 hostages. But why has Washington chosen to take action against Basayev now?
  • INDONESIA BLAST VOA 12 Aug 2003 -- Indonesian police say they have made significant progress in the investigation of last week's bombing at the J-W Marriott hotel in Jakarta, but they have not arrested a suspect.
  • AUSTRALIA BALI VOA 12 Aug 2003 -- The first guilty verdict against one of the Bali bombers has provided some comfort to those in Australia whose lives were torn apart by the attack last year. Among the 202 people who died in the blast were 88 Australians. Their friends and relatives - along with hundreds of injured survivors - live with the pain of that terrible night last October. There will be more emotional times ahead as the rest of those accused in the attack face court.
  • BRITAIN/U-S-GUANTANAMO VOA 12 Aug 2003 -- The British attorney general met in London Tuesday with the senior U-S Defense Department attorney to discuss how to achieve fair trials for nine British terrorist suspects held at the U-S naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
  • Combating Global Terrorism By Ambassador J. Cofer Black, Coordinator for Counterterrorism US Dept. of State 11 Aug 2003 -- "Although it has been nearly 2 years since that tragic Tuesday morning, we in the United States are still grappling with how best to adapt our skills -- and the machinery of our government -- to the new challenges that lie ahead. After September 11th, President Bush set this country in a clear direction and set forth clear goals for us to achieve"
  • Colombian Leaders See Nation Making Progress Against Terror AFPS 11 Aug 2003 -- The government of Colombia has turned the corner on the war against narcoterrorists, and the vice president sees the nation beginning a new phase.
  • U.S.: Stricter Visa Rules May Prove Self-Defeating RFE/RL 11 Aug 2003 -- After the terrorist attacks of 2001, the U.S. government realized it had to tighten its visa requirements to improve security. But some have expressed concern the government's approach has gone beyond creating a mere inconvenience for foreigners wishing to work or study in the United States.
  • INDONESIA/BALI TRIAL VOA 11 Aug 2003 -- The alleged mastermind of October's terrorist attack in Bali has told a court the bombing was justified because it was an attack on injustice to Muslims.
  • AUSTRALIA/INDONESIA/TERROR SUMMIT VOA 10 Aug 2003 -- Indonesia's foreign minister is expected to visit Australia within weeks to plan a regional summit on fighting terrorism in Southeast Asia. The announcement came as an 11th person died as a result of last week's suicide bombing at a Jakarta hotel.
  • INDONESIA / JAKARTA BOMBING VOA 09 Aug 2003 -- Indonesia's Defense Minister says the Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist organization carried out Tuesday's bombing of a luxury hotel in central Jakarta, which killed 10 and injured scores more. He also says the bombers trained with the al-Qaida terror network in Afghanistan and Pakistan and that "many more" terrorists remain at large in Indonesia.
  • ASIA/TOURISM/TERRORISM VOA 09 Aug 2003 -- Tourism ministers from across Asia are meeting in Beijing to find ways to recapture travel business lost during the recent SARS outbreak. But last week's bombing in Jakarta unexpectedly changed the meeting's focus to another issue affecting tourism -- terrorism.
  • New U.S. Visa Requirements for Travelers VOA 08 Aug 2003 -- The United States has placed new travel restrictions on foreign airline passengers who have to change planes at American airports. Officials say the change in the rules is because of threats of terrorist attacks.
  • U.S. Designates Chechen Rebel Leader as Terrorist Washington File 08 Aug 2003 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell has designated Chechen rebel leader Shamil Basayev a threat to U.S. security and citizens.
  • U-S / CHECHNYA VOA 08 Aug 2003 -- The State Department has designated Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev a threat to U-S national security, and imposed financial sanctions against him. Three Chechen rebel groups linked to Mr. Basayev were penalized by the United States earlier this year.
  • NEW YORK / TERRORIST CHARGE VOA 08 Aug 2003 -- Federal prosecutors in New York have charged a Pakistani man with helping a member of the al-Qaida terrorist network.
  • NEW SECURITY MEASURES FOR U.S. PORTS VOA 08 Aug 2003 -- Since the attacks on the World Trade Center and U.S. Pentagon nearly two years ago, American officials have been working to identify other possible targets of terrorism. They've pointed to the nation's three major ports as being especially vulnerable. These include the New York-New Jersey port on the East Coast, and on the West Coast, ports at Los Angeles-Long Beach, California and Seattle -Tacoma, Washington.
  • EDITORIAL: THE TIDE IS TURNING VOA 08 Aug 2003 -- Innocent men, women and children from more than eighty countries died in the September 11TH, 2001, terrorist attacks on America. In the wake of that terrible day, a great coalition of nations was assembled to destroy global terrorist organizations and, in particular, the terrorist group that carried out the attacks: al-Qaida.
  • EDITORIAL: IRAN AND SYRIA HARBOR TERRORISTS VOA 08 Aug 2003 -- Governments throughout the Middle East must stand for peace by fighting terrorism. President George W. Bush says terrorism is the greatest obstacle to the emergence of a Palestinian state living side-by-side in peace with Israel
  • EDITORIAL: TERRORIST ATTACK IN INDONESIA VOA 08 Aug 2003 -- On August 5th, a car bomb exploded at the J-W Marriott Hotel in central Jakarta, Indonesia, killing at least fourteen people and injuring over one-hundred-fifty. White House press spokesman Scott McClellan said the attack highlights the need to continue the war on global terrorism
  • INDONESIA BLAST SUSPECT VOA 08 Aug 2003 -- Indonesian police have linked a suspect in Tuesday's deadly bomb at a luxury hotel in central Jakarta to the regional terror group Jemaah Islamiyah. But authorities say they cannot yet confirm that J-I was behind the attack.
  • Schumer Pans New White House Effort to Protect Planes from Missile Attack Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York 08 Aug 2003 -- US Senator Charles Schumer today took the White House to task over what he called its 'penny-dumb, pound-foolish' plan to deal with the threat posed by shoulder-fired missiles to commercial airliners. According to recent reports, American security officials have been dispatched to airports around the world in order to inspect security arrangements in place to prevent attacks from shoulder-fired missiles. However, US officials are planning to take four years just to develop a plan to protect the US commercial air fleet.
  • HUTCHINSON-SECURITY VOA 08 Aug 2003 -- Asa Hutchinson, Under Secretary for Border and Transportation Security at the Department of Homeland Security discusses measures the U.S. is taking to further ensure security in the country. Mr. Hutchinson also talks about the implementation of biometrics for visa holders (such as fingerprints and iris scans) and the new Student and Exchange Visitor Information System, designed to let university officials electronically update the status of their international students.
  • JAKARTA BOMBING VOA 07 Aug 2003 -- A Tuesday bombing of a Marriott hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia has killed at least 11. More than 150 people were injured. On editorial pages the U-S press calls the blast, attributed to the al-Qaida-linked Jemaah Islamiyah group, a reminder that al-Qaida and its allies are very much alive, and potent, around the world.
  • Patriot Act and the Bill of Rights VOA 07 Aug 2003 -- Less than two months after the horrific events of September 11th, 2001 Congress passed the "Patriot Act," giving federal law enforcement officials sweeping powers to pursue suspected terrorists and their supporters.
  • U.S. Expert Says International Alliances Against Terrorism Are Crucial Washington File 07 Aug 2003 -- The ultimate success in the fight against those who would commit acts of terrorism requires the active support of all nations, says Jimmy Gurule, a professor at Notre Dame Law School and former Under Secretary of the Treasury during the first two years of the Bush administration. Gurule says that international alliances against terrorism are crucial since the overwhelming bulk of terrorist assets and cash lie outside the United States: "Terrorist financing networks are global, and consequently, efforts to identify and deny terrorists access to funds must also be global.")
  • South Korea Implements Container Security Initiative Washington File 07 Aug 2003 -- The Republic of Korea has begun implementing the Container Security Initiative (CSI) at the port of Busan, according to an August 4 news release from the Department of Homeland Security's Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
  • Powell: 'World Must Come Together to Defeat' Terrorism AFPS 07 Aug 2003 -- Recent terrorist bombings of a major hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia, and at the Jordanian embassy in Baghdad underline the need for nations to unite to fight global terrorism, the senior U.S. diplomat said here today.
  • Powell: U.S. Will Not be Defeated in War Against Terror Washington File 07 Aug 2003 -- The United States is determined to unite the civilized world in a campaign to rid the world of terrorism and will not be deterred or defeated in this effort, Secretary of State Colin Powell said August 7 in a question and answer session with journalists at the State Department's Foreign Press Center in Washington, and via satellite at the New York and Los Angeles centers.
  • PENTAGON/IRAQ VOA 07 Aug 2003 -- Senior U-S defense officials indicate an al-Qaida related terrorist group may have been involved in a bloody bomb attack on the Jordanian Embassy in Baghdad.
  • Indonesia: Court Hands Down Death Sentence For Bali Bombings RFE/RL 07 Aug 2003 -- An Indonesian court today sentenced to death an Islamic militant for his part in last October's nightclub bombings on the resort island of Bali. The sentence comes just two days after a similar attack on a hotel in Jakarta that showed terrorist groups in Indonesia remain capable of deadly attacks on foreigners.
  • KENYA/TERROR TRIAL VOA 07 Aug 2003 -- Five men charged with murder in connection with an attack last November on a hotel on Kenya's coast have pleaded not guilty (Thursday).
  • BALI BOMBING VERDICT VOA 07 Aug 2003 -- An Indonesian court has handed down its first conviction in last year's terrorist bombing on Bali - which killed more than two hundred people. Police say Amrozi bin Nurhaysim is a member of a regional terror group linked to al-Qaeda.
  • Ridge Applauds Coast Guard's 213 Years of Service, Terror War Efforts AFPS 06 Aug 2003 -- Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge helped the Coast Guard celebrate its 213th birthday today by applauding the service for its efforts in the war of terrorism and welcoming the service as part of the "new team."
  • OPIC to Offer Terrorism Insurance to U.S. Businesses Abroad Washington File 06 Aug 2003 -- A U.S. agency has started to offer stand-alone terrorism insurance for U.S. companies in countries for which similar private sector insurance is not readily available.
  • U-S TERROR PLEA VOA 06 Aug 2003 -- software engineer from Oregon pleaded guilty Wednesday to aiding the Taleban and now faces the likelihood of seven to ten years in jail.
  • WTC/Births VOA 06 Aug 2003 -- A new study shows that air pollution from the September 11, 2001 collapse of New York City's World Trade Center had an impact on pregnant women and their unborn babies.
  • U-S-Libya-Lockerbie VOA 06 Aug 2003 -- U-S officials say there has been progress toward reaching a settlement in the long-running dispute over the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. Libya is negotiating with families of the victims of the attack over a financial settlement and there are reports that a Libyan admission of responsibility may be near.
  • EDITORIAL: CHENEY ON TERRORISM VOA 06 Aug 2003 -- For the last twenty-two months, the United States and its friends and allies have been involved in a war against terrorism. This worldwide campaign began after the September 11th, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon outside Washington.
  • INDONESIA BLAST UPDATE VOA 06 Aug 2003 -- The alleged mastermind of the Bali terror attack says he is happy about Tuesday's bombing at a luxury hotel in central Jakarta, which killed at least 10 people and injured dozens more. Imam Samudra is one of four suspects on trial for last October's bombing on Bali.
  • INDONESIA BLAST VOA 06 Aug 2003 -- The Indonesian government has promised to raise security standards to combat terrorism, the day after a car bomb at a Jakarta hotel killed at least 10 people and injured more than one hundred. Police have not said who they think is responsible for the attack, but suspicion has fallen on Jemaah Islamiyah - a local terrorist group with links to al-Qaeda.
  • LIBYA/LOCKERBIE VOA 06 Aug 2003 -- The long international dispute with Libya over the 1988 bombing of a jumbo jet over Lockerbie, Scotland may come to a final conclusion as early as next week. An official of the Arab League says a deal to permanently end sanctions against Libya is very close.
  • SE ASIA-TERRORISM VOA 06 Aug 2003 -- The bombing at a luxury hotel in Jakarta has underscored the enormous difficulties in protecting a population from terrorist acts. It also confirms the difficulties governments in Southeast Asia face in fighting terrorism.
  • U-N / al QAIDA / ISRAEL VOA 05 Aug 2003 -- Israel says al Qaida terrorist network has recruited Palestinians and has set up terrorist links in Palestinian-controlled territories to carry out attacks against Israel.
  • U-S / TERROR ALERT VOA 05 Aug 2003 -- U-S homeland security chief Tom Ridge says there are no plans at the moment to raise the terror alert level in the wake of the terrorist suicide bombing in Indonesia. But U-S officials are taking a closer look at cameras, computers and other electronic devices that might hide explosives.
  • U.S. Strongly Condemns Terrorist Attack in Jakarta Washington File 05 Aug 2003 -- The U.S. is prepared to assist Indonesia in bringing to justice the perpetrators of the August 5 terrorist attack in Jakarta , White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan told reporters at a briefing in Crawford Texas.
  • Customs Chief Says Security, Trade Facilitation Can Coexist Washington File 05 Aug 2003 -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Robert Bonner outlined for members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong August 1 the ways in which CBP is striving "to increase security while simultaneously preserving and, when possible, even improving the more efficient movement of legitimate trade and travel."
  • Bonner Says China Will Help with Container Security Washington File 05 Aug 2003 -- Customs Commissioner Robert Bonner told reporters in Hong Kong August 1 that China's agreement in principle three days earlier to join the U.S. Container Security Initiative (CSI) means the program will soon cover ports that ship approximately two-thirds of all containers headed to the United States.
  • KENYA/TERROR TRIAL VOA 05 Aug 2003 -- Kenya's attorney general says he will announce Thursday whether the five suspects charged with murder in connection with last November's attack on a hotel near Mombasa will be put on trial or the charges will be dropped for lack of evidence.
  • BUSH / INDONESIA BLAST VOA 05 Aug 2003 -- President Bush has condemned the Tuesday car-bombing of a luxury hotel in Indonesia and is offering to help in the hunt for those responsible.
  • INDONESIA BLAST 2nd UPDATE VOA 05 Aug 2003 -- At least 13 people are dead and over one hundred are injured after a suspected car bomb exploded outside a high-rise hotel in the Indonesian capital Jakarta. The explosion comes just as judges prepare the verdict in the trial of a suspect in last year's Bali terrorism bombing.
  • Russia/U.S.: Mothers Of Guantanamo Detainees Fear Sons' Extradition RFE/L 05 Aug 2003 -- Russia is seeking the extradition of eight Russian citizens currently being detained at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. But some of the detainees' mothers say their sons' extradition would be the worst possible outcome. They say they would prefer them to remain at the U.S. base rather than be returned to Russia, where they would face harassment and imprisonment.
  • Indonesia: Bomb Rips Through Marriott Hotel In Jakarta Ahead Of Bali Verdict RFE/L 05 Aug 2003 -- Authorities are investigating an apparent terrorist bombing today at the Marriott Hotel in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta. The explosion comes just days before a court is due to hand down a verdict in the trial of suspected Islamic militants accused of killing more than 200 people by planting bombs on the Indonesian resort island of Bali last October.
  • INDONESIA BLAST FIRST UPDATE VOA 05 Aug 2003 -- At least 13 people are dead and over one hundred are injured after a suspected car bomb exploded outside a high-rise hotel in the Indonesian capital Jakarta. The explosion comes just as judges prepare the verdict in the trial of a suspect in last year's Bali terrorism bombing.
  • INDONESIA BLAST VOA 05 Aug 2003 -- A suspected bomb has blown through a luxury hotel in the Indonesian capital. Police say at least five people have been killed and some 20 injured. The blast comes as judges prepare to issue a verdict in the first trial of last year's devastating Bali terrorist bombing.
  • INDONESIA TOURISM VOA 05 Aug 2003 -- Panic selling sent share prices in Indonesia lower as investors reacted to a bomb blast in Jakarta's central business district. At least 10 people died in the attack and dozens were injured. The attack could cut short the recovery in Indonesia's tourism industry.
  • Not in Iran's interests to reveal names of detained Qaeda agents IRNA 04 Aug 2003 -- Iran on Monday said security considerations needed that it did not reveal the names of an unspecified number of foreigners, held in custody because of their suspected links to Al Qaeda.
  • Senate Probes Administration about Saudi Financial Links to Terrorism Washington File 04 Aug 2003 -- The U.S. Senate has pressed the Bush administration for information about possible Saudi Arabian financial links to terrorism following the release of a controversial report about the causes of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
  • U.S. Suspends Visa Transit Program Washington File 04 Aug 2003 -- The U.S. government announced August 2 that international air passengers would no longer be able to transit through the United States without obtaining a visa. In a press release, the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security said the action has been taken as a response to recent intelligence information finding that terrorists might exploit two current traveler-convenience programs to gain entry to the country by circumventing the visa process.
  • U-S / TERRORISM THREAT VOA 03 Aug 2003 -- U-S officials say the threat of terrorist attacks in the United States and elsewhere remains high, but that efforts to protect the public are being constantly upgraded and reinforced.
  • Officials Alert Americans to Possible Al Qaeda Attacks Washington File 03 Aug 2003 -- The al Qaeda terrorist organization possesses the will and the intent to strike the United States and inflict massive casualties, possibly using commercial aviation as it did on September 11, U.S. officials warned on television news programs August 3.
  • Powell Discusses North Korea, Iran, War on Terrorism Washington File 03 Aug 2003 -- In response to a question on Saudi Arabia's contributions to the war on terrorism, Powell said that the U.S. relationship with that country is a good one.
  • AL-QAIDA/THREAT VOA 03 Aug 2003 -- An audiotape purported to be by the second in command of the al-Qaida terror group has been broadcast on an Arab television station. It warns there will be retaliation if any harm comes to the detainees from Afghanistan being held at a U-S naval base in Cuba.
  • US Remains a Target of Terrorism, says Senior Official VOA News 03 Aug 2003 -- U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge says the United States remains a target of terrorism but is having success in making the country safer.
  • White House Says Abbas is Taking "Important Steps to Reduce Violence" Washington File 02 Aug 2003 -- Also pleased with Saudi cooperation in war against terrorism, according to press secretary
  • KENYA/ANTI-TERRORISM VOA 02 Aug 2003 -- Approximately one-thousand demonstrators gathered in Nairobi Saturday to protest the Kenyan government's proposed anti-terrorism bill.
  • Head of U.S.-Mexican Drug Ring Indicted, Justice Department Reports Washington File 01 Aug 2003 -- Ismael Zambada-Garcia, head of a far-reaching U.S.-Mexican drug operation, has been indicted, according to an announcement from the U.S. Justice Department July 31. U.S. and Mexican authorities have arrested more than 240 individuals in connection with the same investigation. More than 175 of those have already been charged in drug crimes by state and federal prosecutors in the United States.
  • State Department Conducting More Interviews with Visa Applicants Washington File 01 Aug 2003 -- The U.S. State Department has announced new procedures for processing nonimmigrant visa applications 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 intended to increase the security of the United States and create greater uniformity in visa processing at U.S. consulates worldwide.
  • Immigration Bureau Prepares to Help Arriving Foreign Students Washington File 01 Aug 2003 -- The U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is opening an around-the-clock command center August 1 to help ease the entry of foreign students arriving in the United States for a new academic term.
  • KENYA/TERRORISM VOA 01 Aug 2003 -- Two people died in Kenya after a suspected terrorist blew himself up while being taken into custody. Two people were reportedly severely injured in the explosion.
  • KENYA/SUSPECT FREED VOA 01 Aug 2003 -- A Kenyan terrorist suspect arrested in Malawi in June has been freed and returned to Kenya.
  • INDONESIA/PARLIAMENT VOA 01 Aug 2003 -- Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri has warned her countrymen that Indonesia is now home to international terrorists. The comments represent a major turn-around for Ms. Megawati and her government.
  • Secretary Colin L. Powell Interview by Regional Syndicates Dept. Of State 01 Aug 2003 -- "The Saudis are now totally engaged in the process and doing quite a bit of effective work in recent weeks especially since the May bombing. And so we're still hard at work. No priority has been lost on a global war against terrorism. "



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