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March 2004 Security News

  • CONGRESS/INDONESIA VOA 31 Mar 2004 -- In testimony to Congress, U-S military officials have reaffirmed their commitment to working with Indonesia in the fight against terror. But they also say there must be a resolution of the controversial question of suspected Indonesian military involvement in the killing of two American citizens in 2002.
  • U-S / EUROPE TERRORISM VOA 31 Mar 2004 -- The March 11th terrorist attack in Madrid not only shocked Europe, it spawned fresh European Union action to battle terrorism. While the Bush administration applauds such efforts, a senior U-S counter-terrorism official says there is still room for much improvement in Europe.
  • U-S LATAM SECURITY VOA 31 Mar 2004 -- Public hearings on security lapses surrounding the devastating September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States have focused attention on U-S security policies in place prior to the attacks. As those hearings continue, others in Washington are worrying about potential future lapses in security at U-S ports and along the U-S southern border.
  • U-S OPINION ROUNDUP: RICE TO TESTIFY VOA 31 Mar 2004 -- After intense, bi-partisan political pressure President Bush has agreed to allow his national security advisor Condoleezza Rice to testify before a commission probing the 9/11 attacks. The president also says he and Vice President Dick Cheney will be interviewed together by the entire commission. These decisions represent a dramatic turnaround from the administration's position of just days ago, when Mr. Bush insisted Ms. Rice would not be allowed to testify publicly and under oath.
  • Uzbekistan: Who's Behind The Violence? RFE/RL 31 Mar 2004 -- At least 40 people have been killed in three days of violence in Uzbekistan between special forces and suspected militants. The violence has included alleged suicide bombings, a car bomb, and a fierce shoot-out at an apartment block. Authorities are pinning the blame on Islamic radicals. But with no claim of responsibility, and little information to go on, it's unclear who is behind the violence -- and why.
  • U.S.: Bush Aide Will Testify Before 9/11 Panel, Ending Political Standoff RFE/RL 31 Mar 2004 -- For months, the special commission investigating how the U.S. government handled the attacks of 11 September 2001, has been trying to hear testimony from White House National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice. The administration of President George W. Bush has resisted, citing what is called "executive privilege," under which senior advisers are exempt from such testimony. But yesterday, under mounting pressure to cooperate with the commission, the White House abruptly reversed its stance, agreeing to allow Rice's testimony.
  • UZBEK/VIOLENCE VOA 31 Mar 2004 -- The death toll from three days of violence in Uzbekistan rose to more than 40, following bombings and fierce clashes between Uzbek forces and suspected Islamic militants. The authorities say they have detained 30 people on terrorism charges and are looking for others.
  • AUSTRALIA U-S DETAINEE VOA 31 Mar 2004 -- The U-S military lawyer appointed to defend a detainee at Guantanamo Bay has just visited Australia to investigate the case of David Hicks, an Australian who has been held without charge for more than two years. Major Michael Mori has been a fierce critic of the Bush administration's policy toward foreign detainees, describing the military panels that may try Mr. Hicks as "kangaroo courts."
  • BRITAIN / TERRORISM VOA 31 Mar 2004 -- British Muslim leaders are appealing for all the nation's mosques to be on high alert for any suspected terrorist activity in their congregations. The development comes as police question eight men believed to be Muslims who were arrested in a major anti-terrorist sweep.
  • PHILIPPINE/TERROR VOA 31 Mar 2004 -- Another suspected terrorist has been captured in Manila one day after the government unveiled an apparent plot by Islamic militants to bomb targets in the Philippine capital.
  • CAMBODIA/MISSILES VOA 31 Mar 2004 -- Eighty surface-to-air missiles of Cambodia's remaining stocks were destroyed in a public ceremony. U-S and Cambodian officials say the action ensures the missiles will not fall into the hands of terrorists. P
  • INDONESIA J-I LEADER VOA 31 Mar 2004 -- Lawyers for the alleged leader of a Southeast Asian terror group have started campaigning to prevent their client from being charged with terrorism. As Tim Johnston reports from the Indonesian capital, the lawyers are attempting to drive a wedge between Jakarta and Washington.
  • U.S. Considers Thailand, Philippines Partners Against Terrorism Washington File 30 Mar 2004 -- Following is the text of a question taken at the March 29 regular State Department briefing regarding a survey distributed by the Republican National Congressional Committee, a political organization, that refers to Thailand and the Philippines as "countries that harbor and aid terrorists." The State Department released its answer later in the day.
  • Egypt's Ain Sokhna Port To Install High-Tech Inspection Material Washington File 30 Mar 2004 -- Egypt's Ain Sokhna port will install state-of-the-art transportation security equipment provided by the Massachusetts-based American Science and Engineering Company.
  • BUSH TERRORISM WRAP VOA 30 Mar 2004 -- White House National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice will testify in public and under oath before the commission investigating the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks. President Bush and Vice-President (Dick) Cheney will also meet in a joint private session with all ten members of the panel.
  • Arrangements for Security Council anti-terror committee kept until changes take effect UN News Centre 30 Mar 2004 -- After recently agreeing to a new structure for its Counter-terrorism Committee (CTC), the United Nations Security Council today confirmed that the current operational arrangements of the Committee's bureau will remain until the new changes take effect.
  • PAKISTAN / ANTITERRORISM VOA 30 Mar 2004 -- In a just-completed operation, Pakistani army troops launched a massive offensive against suspected terrorist hideouts in a remote border region. Officials have declared the operation a success and the troops have been withdrawn from the area. But expectations may have been too high about the operation.
  • U-S / UZBEK TERROR VOA 30 Mar 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell telephoned his Uzbek counterpart, Foreign Minister Sadyk Safayev, on Tuesday to offer U-S condolences and assistance in investigating the terrorist attacks that have hit the Central Asian country since Sunday.
  • BUSH / TERRORISM VOA 30 Mar 2004 -- The White House says National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice will testify in public under oath before the commission investigating the September 11th terrorist attacks.
  • U-S / POL / CLARKE VOA 30 Mar 2004 -- A new poll suggests a majority of the American public still has confidence in President Bush's leadership in the war on terrorism despite recent allegations from former counter-terrorism official Richard Clarke. Mr. Clarke told the independent commission investigating the 2001 terrorist attacks that the president paid too little attention to the threat from al-Qaida before the attacks and focused too much on Iraq afterward.
  • EU: New Counterterrorism Chief Takes Office RFE/RL 30 Mar 2004 -- The European Union's new counterterrorism chief, Dutchman Gijs de Vries, appointed last week by the bloc's leaders, took office in Brussels yesterday.
  • Pakistan: Offensive Against Suspected Militants In South Waziristan Ends RFE/RL 30 Mar 2004 -- Pakistan has started withdrawing its troops from the tribal region near the border with Afghanistan after a major offensive. No major Al-Qaeda or Taliban militants appear to have been captured or killed, however, and analysts say the operation cannot be termed a success.
  • BUSH - TERRORISM VOA 30 Mar 2004 -- White House National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice will testify in public under oath before the commission investigating the September 11th 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.
  • BRITAIN / TERRORISM VOA 30 Mar 2004 -- British police have seized a large quantity of bomb-making material and arrested eight men in breaking up what officials say was a suspected international terrorist plot.
  • PAKISTAN/AL-QAIDA VOA 30 Mar 2004 -- Authorities in Pakistan say suspected Islamic militants have shot dead two government hostages in a remote tribal region near the Afghan border. The mountainous area has been the scene of bloody clashes between security forces and armed fighters linked to the al-Qaida terror network for nearly two weeks.
  • UZBEK / VIOLENCE VOA 30 Mar 2004 -- Uzbek troops Tuesday attacked a hideout of suspected terrorists near the capital, Tashkent, a day after a series of blasts killed at least 19 people in the capital and elsewhere. Local news media say there are casualties on both sides.
  • U.S. Supports Revamping U.N. Counter-Terrorism Staff Washington File 29 Mar 2004 -- The United States has joined other U.N. Security Council members in unanimously adopting a resolution that calls for the restructuring of the U.N. Counter-Terrorism Committee's staff, a State Department spokesman says.
  • Uzbek Official Says At Least 19 Killed, 26 Injured In Blasts RFE/RL 29 Mar 2004 -- Uzbek officials say a series of terrorist attacks -- including bombings and shootings -- killed some 19 people and injured at least 26 others.
  • UZBEK/VIOLENCE VOA 29 Mar 2004 -- Authorities in Uzbekistan say at least 19 people have been killed and 26 injured in series of terrorist explosions throughout the country. One of the blasts occurred at an alleged terrorist bomb-making factory.
  • UZBEK/VIOLENCE VOA 29 Mar 2004 -- At least two people were killed and up to 20 injured in an explosion that ripped through a marketplace in Uzbekistan's capital, Tashkent. The Uzbek Foreign Ministry is blaming terrorists for the bombing.
  • 9-11 INVESTIGATION VOA 29 Mar 2004 -- There are growing calls for President Bush's national security advisor to testify in public before the independent commission investigating the September 11th terrorist attacks. Condoleezza Rice says she is eager to answer the panel's questions but says doing so in a public forum would damage her ability to give the president advice that should remain confidential.
  • U.S.: FBI Chief Concerned About Possibility Of Terrorist Attacks This Summer RFE/RL 29 Mar 2004 -- The director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), America's domestic intelligence and law enforcement agency, says he fears that terrorists may attack both in the United States and Europe this summer. Robert Mueller says he is particularly concerned that extremists may now feel emboldened by the recent bombings in Madrid and how they appear to have affected the Spanish elections.
  • Pak forces achieve "major objectives" in tribal area operation IRNA 29 Mar 2004 -- The Pakistan government has wounded up its operation in Kaloosha South Waziristan region, saying it has achieved its "major objectives."
  • Al-Qaeda intelligence chief killed in tribal operation: Pak spokesman IRNA 29 Mar 2004 -- A key member of al-Qaeda was killed during the 12-day operation in tribal region, bordering Afghanistan, a military spokesman said Monday.
  • PAKISTAN/AL-QAIDA VOA 29 Mar 2004 -- Pakistan says its troops have killed the spy chief of the al-Qaida terror network in the recently concluded military operation near the Afghan border.
  • BUSH - TERRORISM VOA 28 Mar 2004 -- Controversy continues to surround the work of the independent commission set up by Congress to investigate the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks. The topic dominated the news interview programs that air every Sunday on American television.
  • Rumsfeld, Powell Discuss 9/11 Commission on Sunday Talk Shows AFPS 28 Mar 2004 -- The Defense Department's top civilian today said he supports the 9/11 commission's investigation into the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, while noting the necessity of preventing future terrorist acts.
  • PAKISTAN/AL-QAIDA VOA 28 Mar 2004 -- Pakistan says a two-week military campaign against suspected al-Qaida militants near the Afghan border is now in its final stages. The military says it has killed more than 60 foreign militants and their local supporters, and detained about 160 others.
  • Powell Urges Americans to Let 9/11 Commission Do Its Work Washington File 27 Mar 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell has cautioned Americans to wait until the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States "finishes its work" before drawing conclusions into events that occurred before and after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York and at the Pentagon.
  • Terrorists serving nothing to Islam, harming Pakistan: Musharraf IRNA 27 Mar 2004 -- Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf says that tribal operations are being carried out against terrorists who are harming Islam.
  • Pak tribals agree to handover 12 captives Sunday IRNA 27 Mar 2004 -- The militants in Wana, South Waziristan tribal agency on Saturday agreed to hand over 12 of the 14 officials to the representatives of Jirga comprising on tribal elders and religious leaders.
  • PRESS CONFERENCE BY COUNTER-TERRORISM COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN United Nations 26 Mar 2004
  • U-N / COUNTERTERRORISM VOA 26 Mar 2004 -- The U-N Security Council is reorganizing its counterterrorism apparatus to strengthen its anti-terror campaign. Countries that refuse to cooperate will be publicly identified.
  • New structure for Security Council committee aims to help countries in anti-terror fight UN News Centre 26 Mar 2004 -- Stepping up United Nations efforts to combat the terrorist threat, the Security Council today restructured its Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) in a bid to revitalize the panel's efforts in fighting the worldwide scourge and adapt to the evolving nature of its mission.
  • EU: Former Dutch Minister Named New Terrorism Chief RFE/RL 26 Mar 2004 -- The European Union has appointed its first antiterrorism coordinator. But already there is skepticism about the new post and what can be achieved.
  • EU: Summit Agrees On Counterterrorism Plans RFE/RL 26 Mar 2004 -- EU leaders last night agreed on a number of measures to combat terrorism in the wake of the bomb attacks in Madrid on 11 March that left at least 190 people dead. In the future, the bloc will have an antiterrorism solidarity clause and a dedicated counterterrorist chief. Also, non-EU countries must make counterterrorist cooperation with the EU a priority if they aspire for close ties.
  • PAKISTAN / AL-QAIDA VOA 26 Mar 2004 -- Pakistan has condemned as malicious and baseless a taped message said to be from a senior member of the al-Qaida terror network, calling for the overthrow of the government of President Pervez Musharraf, a close U-S ally in the war on terrorism.
  • Bush Administration Considered Al-Qaeda Threat Important, Urgent Washington File 25 Mar 2004 -- The Bush administration, in the months before the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, considered the threat from al-Qaeda "both important and urgent," says National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice.
  • BUSH TERRORISM VOA 25 Mar 2004 -- The White House is making an all out effort to counter criticism of President Bush's handling of the war on terrorism from a former top member of his national security team.
  • 9-11 FAMILIES REACT VOA 25 Mar 2004 -- Here in the United States, there's been strong reaction from relatives of those who died in the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks to two days of testimony from top Bush and Clinton administration officials on whether those attacks could have been prevented.
  • U.S.: Anti-Terror Chief Says Bush Played Down Al-Qaeda Threat RFE/RL 25 Mar 2004 -- In formal testimony yesterday, the U.S. government's top former counterterrorism official accused the Bush administration of failing to adequately pursue Al-Qaeda prior to the September 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. Richard Clarke, the author of a new book sharply criticizing the administration's terrorism policies, also said he believed the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq had "greatly" undermined the war against terrorism.
  • E-U SUMMIT VOA 25 Mar 2004 -- European leaders are gathering in Brussels for a summit that is expected to be dominated by the specter of terrorism, following the bombings in Madrid two weeks ago. There is rising hope that the stalemate over a constitution for the expanding bloc can be broken in the months ahead.
  • FRANCE/TERROR VOA 25 Mar 2004 -- A mysterious group that has threatened to bomb French rail lines says it is suspending its operations. But a statement by the group warned it may attack in the future. Meanwhile, another group has begun making threats in France.
  • PUBLICLY AVAILABLE FEDERAL GEOSPATIAL INFORMATION OF LITTLE UNIQUE USE TO TERRORISTS, RAND STUDY FINDS 24 Mar 2004 -- Less than 1 percent of publicly available federal Web sites and databases contain geospatial information not readily available elsewhere that could help terrorists and other hostile forces mount attacks in the United States, according to a RAND Corporation study issued today.
  • SAUDI ARABIA/TERROR FINANCING VOA 24 Mar 2004 -- U-S officials have told Congress Saudi Arabia continues to increase its cooperation with efforts to cut off financing of terrorist groups. However, many lawmakers remain dis-satisfied with Saudi actions.
  • Army farm helping in fight against bioterrorism Army News Service 24 Mar 2004-- The farm runs like most agrarian ventures: its workers muck stalls, feed animals, grow hay and bale it when the weather cooperates. But this farm, dubbed the Large Animal Research Facility, is home to valuable assets in the fight against bioterrorism.
  • PARIS / EXPLOSIVES VOA 24 Mar 2004 -- French investigators are conducting further tests on explosive material discovered today (Wednesday) on a railway line. The discovery comes at a time of heightened tensions across Europe, following the March 11th terrorist attack in Madrid -- and after the French government has received threats from two separate sources.
  • U-S / TERROR PROBE VOA 24 Mar 2004 -- A former high-ranking counter-terrorism official says in the months before the September 11th 2001 attacks on the United States, the Bush administration considered the threat of terrorism important, but not urgent. Richard Clarke made the comments before a special commission investigating the failure of U-S intelligence to prevent the attacks.
  • U-S / PASSPORTS VOA 24 Mar 2004 -- The Bush administration is asking Congress to give countries more time to produce high-tech passports for their citizens who want to travel to the United States.
  • Wolfowitz Testifies Before 9/11 Commission AFPS 24 Mar 2004 -- Striking al Qaeda training camps in Afghanistan earlier in the year would not have prevented the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz told a special commission here March 23.
  • CIA Chief Says U.S. Has Maintained Focus on al Qaeda AFPS 24 Mar 2004 -- Both the Clinton and Bush administrations "cared deeply about the challenge of terrorism" and were committed to disrupting the al Qaeda network, the nation's director of central intelligence told the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States here today.
  • U.S. Seizes $264 Million Worth of Cocaine off Latin America's Coast Washington File 24 Mar 2004 -- The U.S. Coast Guard has seized about 12,000 kilograms (29,000 pounds) of cocaine worth an estimated street value of more than $264 million from fishing boats off the coast of Latin America.
  • Explosives Found, Neutralized on French Rail Tracks VOA News 24 Mar 2004 -- French police say they have found and neutralized a bomb containing several detonators on a rail line linking Paris to Basel, Switzerland.
  • U.S.: 9/11 Panel Says Bush, Clinton Failed In Tracking Bin Laden RFE/RL 24 Mar 2004 -- Preliminary reports issued yesterday by an independent commission investigating the September 2001 attacks on America have concluded that both the Clinton and Bush administrations failed to take sufficient action against Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda before 9/11.
  • Spain: State Funeral For Madrid Bombing Victims Gathers World Leaders RFE/RL 24 Mar 2004 -- Spain's King Juan Carlos, Prime Minister-elect Jose Luis Zapatero, world leaders, and thousands of mourners gathered in Madrid today to attend a state funeral for the 190 victims of the terrorist train bomb attacks in Madrid earlier this month.
  • Pakistan: Clashes Continue As Islamabad Maintains Offensive Against Suspected Militants RFE/RL 24 Mar 2004 -- Pakistani forces are continuing to fight suspected Al-Qaeda militants and their supporters in the country's tribal area near the Afghan border, while internal opposition to the offensive appears to be growing.
  • PENTAGON / AFRICA TERROR VOA 24 Mar 2004 -- The Pentagon does not believe a key Algerian terrorist suspect was killed in a shoot-out with government forces in Chad earlier this month.
  • U-S TERROR PROBE VOA 24 Mar 2004 -- The director of the Central Intelligence Agency (C-I-A), George Tenet, has told an independent commission probing the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States that al-Qaida will try to launch new terrorist assaults on Americans. Mr. Tenet says, however, U-S officials have learned important lessons and says the government can now respond faster and more comprehensively to counter plans by terrorists in the future.
  • SPAIN / FUNERAL VOA 24 Mar 2004 -- Leaders from across Europe have joined relatives of the victims of Madrid's March 11th terrorist bombings at a state funeral in the Spanish capital honoring the 190 people killed in the attacks. The occasion also gave some of the visiting leaders the chance to deal with the significant political fallout from the bombings.
  • U-A-E / EMBASSY VOA 24 Mar 2004 -- The U-S embassy in the United Arab Emirates shut down operations Wednesday after receiving a threat of a strike against it.
  • U.S. Helping Foreign Ports Implement Security Measures Washington File 23 Mar 2004 -- The United States is working to help foreign ports implement anti-terrorist measures similar to those applied at U.S. ports, Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge said March 23.
  • U-S TERROR PROBE WRAP VOA 23 Mar 2004 -- Top officials from both the Bush and Clinton administrations spent Tuesday defending their records on fighting terrorism - and denying charges that both could have done more to prevent the September 11th, 2001 attacks. It was a day of high profile testimony before a bipartisan commission looking into the worst terrorist attack on the United States ever.
  • BUSH / TERRORISM VOA 23 Mar 2004 -- President Bush is defending his handling of the war on terrorism in the wake of new allegations by a former top aide. Mr. Bush says he responded appropriately to the terrorist threat based on the information at hand.
  • Rumsfeld Says Administration Focused on Terrorism From Outset AFPS 23 Mar 2004 -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld joined other high-ranking officials in the Bush administration March 22 in disputing claims made by a former White House counterterrorism official.
  • Terrorism Was Major White House Concern, Powell Tells Panel AFPS 23 Mar 2004 -- The White House in the early days of the Bush administration was fully aware a terrorist attack in America was possible, and terrorism was a major concern for the president, Secretary of State Colin Powell told members of a special commission here today.
  • U.S.: Former White House Aide Says Bush Focused On Iraq, Not Al-Qaeda RFE/RL 23 Mar 2004 -- The administration of U.S. President George W. Bush is again disputing allegations made in a book by a former senior aide. Two months ago, Paul O'Neill, who had been fired as the U.S. Treasury secretary, wrote that long before the war on terrorism, Bush wanted to find a way to depose Saddam Hussein. Now Richard Clarke, who resigned a year ago as the White House's coordinator on counterterrorism, writes in a new book that Bush ignored evidence that the United States was vulnerable to an attack by Al-Qaeda in the months before 11 September 2001.
  • CONGRESS / RAIL SECURITY VOA 23 Mar 2004 -- In Washington, U-S Senators are urging the Bush administration to do more to boost the security of the nation's railroads in the aftermath of Madrid's deadly train bombings earlier this month.
  • U-S TERROR PROBE VOA 23 Mar 2004 -- Current and former U-S government officials defended their record on terrorism Tuesday before the independent commission probing the 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. The hearings come in the wake of charges by former counter-terrorism official Richard Clarke that President Bush focused too much on Iraq and not enough on al-Qaida in his approach to the terrorist threat.
  • U-S / HAITI / DRUGS VOA 23 Mar 2004 -- U-S officials have detained a senior aide to former Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide on drug trafficking charges. U-S officials say more arrests are likely in the wide ranging investigation into drug trafficking in Haiti.
  • Straw drops reference to `war` in combating terrorism IRNA 23 Mar 2004 -- British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw Tuesday made a fresh appeal for unity and common purpose in combating international terrorism by dropping any reference to the global challenge being a `war.`
  • U-S SEAPORTS / TERROR VOA 22 Mar 2004 -- The top U-S Customs official on Monday unveiled new high-tech equipment that will be used at the nation's seaports in the fight against terrorism.
  • BUSH / TERRORISM VOA 22 Mar 2004 -- The White House is taking issue with a new book by a former top national security official that is highly critical of the Bush administration's handling of the war on terror.
  • World: Capturing Al-Qaeda's Leadership Would Not Guarantee End To Bloodshed RFE/RL 22 Mar 2004 -- During World War II, there were several attempts to assassinate Adolf Hitler. If one of them had been successful, the Nazi Party and the Third Reich would likely have collapsed quickly. Analysts interviewed by RFE/RL say the same is not true for Al-Qaeda. They say that capturing its leader, Osama bin Laden, or his top deputies would do little to stop terrorist attacks.
  • Rice Explains Pre-9/11 Bush Plans for Dealing with Al Qaeda Washington File 22 Mar 2004 -- The following op-ed column by National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice was published in the Washington Post on March 22.
  • State Department Designates Ansar al-Islam as Terrorist Group Washington File 22 Mar 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell designated the Iraqi group Ansar al-Islam as a foreign terrorist organization (FTO). The move blocks the group's U.S. assets, makes it illegal for Americans to provide material support for the group, and bars its members from obtaining U.S. visas.
  • U.S.. Ports Equipped to Prevent Smuggling of Radioactive Material Washington File 22 Mar 2004 -- The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency is installing sophisticated equipment at U.S. seaports to prevent terrorists from smuggling radioactive materials into the United States.
  • PAKISTAN/AL-QAIDA VOA 22 Mar 2004 -- Authorities in Pakistan say some suspected members of the al-Qaida terror network may have escaped a weeklong siege near the Afghan border through a series of secret tunnels. Thousands of Pakistani troops have surrounded the heavily armed militants, many of the foreigners, in a remote mountainous tribal region known as South Waziristan.
  • Anti-Al Qaeda tribal operation to continue: Pak Military Spokesman IRNA 22 Mar 2004 -- Pakistan said on Monday the operation in tribal area is going on and will continue till all the terrorists and those giving them refuge surrender voluntarily, apprehended or evicted.
  • BRITAIN/TERRORISM VOA 22 Mar 2004 -- British police have set up an anti-terrorist hotline for the public to report suspicious activity as new questions arise over Britain's ability to handle a Madrid-style terrorist attack.
  • AUSTRALIA / COUNTER TERRORISM VOA 22 Mar 2004 -- Australia's largest ever counter-terrorism exercise is underway, with five days of simulated attacks to test the preparedness of security forces and the emergency services. The exercise, dubbed 'Mercury 04' is the first of five anti-terrorism drills this year and comes as the Australian government reviews domestic security in the wake of the recent bomb attacks in Spain.
  • Bush/Terrorism VOA 21 Mar 2004 -- A former top White House adviser says the Bush Administration ignored the threat posed by the al-Qaida terrorist organization before the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States.
  • Bush Administration Under Fire for Early Handling of War on Terror VOA News 21 Mar 2004 -- The White House was under fire Sunday for allegedly ignoring the overall global threat of terrorism and focusing on Iraq in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States.
  • IRAQ / TERROR WRAP VOA 21 Mar 2004 -- The White House was under fire Sunday for allegedly ignoring the overall global threat of terrorism and focusing on Iraq in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States.
  • Pakistan Probes Suspects Arrested In Al-Qaeda Battle RFE/RL 21 Mar 2004 -- Pakistan intelligence officials are today interrogating over 100 fighters arrested in the battle with Al-Qaeda suspects and their local tribal supporters near the frontier with Afghanistan.
  • US Army Drops Charges Against Muslim Chaplain VOA News 20 Mar 2004 -- The United States military has dropped all criminal charges against an Army Muslim chaplain who ministered to Afghanistan war detainees at the U.S. Naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
  • U.S., Saudi Arabia United in War Against Terror, Powell Says Washington File 20 Mar 2004 -- U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell emphasized the strength of the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia in a press briefing March 19 after meetings with Crown Prince Abdallah bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud and Foreign Minister Saud Al-Faisal.
  • 100 arrested in anti Al-Qaeda operation: Pak military IRNA 20 Mar 2004 -- Pakistan military said Saturday that 100 miscreants, including foreign militants, have been arrested in four days in operation against Taliban and al-Qaeda suspects and those harbouring them in tribal area, bordering Afghanistan.
  • US-led coalition `mistaken" fire pounds Pak territory IRNA 20 Mar 2004 -- Helicopters of US-led coalition forces, engaged in operation against Taliban and al-Qaeda along Pak-Afghan border, have pounded Pakistani territory "mistakenly", a government official said Saturday.
  • PAKISTAN/AL QAIDA VOA 20 Mar 2004 -- Pakistan says a fierce military offensive has captured dozens of suspected al-Qaida militants, and the operation is continuing in a remote mountainous region near the Afghan border. Military officials say the militants may include a senior Chechen or Uzbek leader.
  • E-U / SECURITY VOA 19 Mar 2004 -- European Union justice and interior ministers have agreed to strengthen their anti-terrorist activities and to name a counter-terrorism coordinator in the wake of the bombings in Spain last week that killed more than 200 people.
  • U.K.: Londoners Brace For Possible Terrorist Attacks With Heavy Security Presence RFE?RL 19 Mar 2004 -- In the wake of last week's deadly bombings in Madrid, authorities in Britain say it is inevitable that the country will suffer a similar attack.
  • Spain: Accusations Of Voter 'Appeasement' Reveal Split in U.S., European Views Of Terrorism RFE?RL 19 Mar 2004 -- Some American politicians are saying that the defeat of the center-right party of Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, and his successor's determination to withdraw the country's forces from Iraq, show a lack of will in the U.S.-led war against terrorism. Analysts say many Europeans simply do not agree with U.S. President George W. Bush that Iraq is a major front in the campaign against terrorism.
  • World: Investigators Analyzing Credibility Of Madrid Bombing Claims RFE?RL 19 Mar 2004 -- While Spanish police investigate last week's train bombings in Madrid, experts are analyzing the credibility of two claims of responsibility for the attacks, which killed more than 200 people.
  • EU: Ministers Agree On Steps To Counter Terrorism RFE?RL 19 Mar 2004 -- European Union interior ministers, meeting in Brussels, have agreed on a number of measures to intensify and better coordinate their fight against terrorism.
  • Pakistan: Though Lesser-Known, Al-Zawahri Is A Top Figure In Al-Qaeda RFE?RL 19 Mar 2004 -- Pakistani troops are engaged in fierce fighting with suspected Al-Qaeda militants and local tribesmen in the remote South Waziristan region. They are believed to be protecting a senior Al-Qaeda leader there, whom some military officials are reported as identifying as Ayman al-Zawahri, the organization's number-two authority. Though al-Zawahri is lesser known than Al-Qaeda's reputed leader, Osama bin Laden, some observers say the deputy is just as powerful as the chief.
  • Pak military: 2 `foreigners` killed, 8 arrested in operation IRNA 19 Mar 2004 -- At least two "foreigners", apparently Arab and Chechen, were killed as Pakistani troops used gunship helicopters and artillery on the fourth day of operations in tribal regions against al-Qaeda suspects and local tribesmen whom the government says have given shelter to suspected militants, a military spokesman said.
  • PAKISTAN/AL-QAIDA VOA 19 Mar 2004 -- Pakistan's military forces have continued to pound suspected hideouts of the al-Qaida terror network near the Afghan border. The militants are said to be putting up fierce resistance, leading to suggestions they may be trying to protect a senior al-Qaida leader.
  • Pakistan May Have No. 2 Al Qaeda Leader Surrounded AFPS 18 Mar 2004 -- Pakistani officials believe they have the No. 2 man in al Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, cornered.
  • PAKISTAN/AL-QAIDA VOA 18 Mar 2004 -- Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf says government forces may have surrounded "a high value target" in a remote tribal region bordering Afghanistan. Pakistani troops are engaged in a major operation in the region aimed at flushing out suspected
  • AL ZAWAHARI / AL QAIDA VOA 18 Mar 2004 -- Senior Pakistani officials say they believe troops may have surrounded a top al-Qaida member in a remote tribal region bordering Afghanistan. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, say troops believe they have cornered Osama bin Laden's deputy Ayman al-Zawahari. President Pervez Musharraf said in a pre-recorded interview with C-N-N today (Thursday) that a high valued target could be among the militants because of the stiff resistance by those fighting government troops. U-S officials have not speculated on the identity of the high value target.
  • Pakistani President Says 'High-Value Target' Surrounded RFE/RL 18 Mar 2004 -- Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said in an interview with CNN today that Pakistani forces have a "high-value target surrounded" in a security operation in northern Pakistan.
  • Pak forces launch helicopter operation in tribal areas IRNA 18 Mar 2004 -- Pakistani troops have used helicopter gunships in operation in tribal region against al-Qaeda suspects and local tribesmen who the government says have given shelter to foreign militants, military spokesman said.
  • Pak military: Anti Al-Qaeda operation progressing smoothly IRNA 18 Mar 2004 -- Pakistan military has said that a major operation launched on Thursday in tribal belt to nab miscreants and foreign elements hiding in the border area is progressing smoothly.
  • E-U / TERRORISM VOA 18 Mar 2004 -- European Union justice and interior ministers hold an emergency meeting Friday in Brussels to review security in the wake of last week's terror bombings that killed more than 200 people in Spain. The ministers are expected to agree on measures to better track terrorist suspects, but some observers say the meeting is more of a political event to show solidarity.
  • AUSTRALIA INDONESIA TERROR VOA 18 Mar 2004 -- Australian officials hope Indonesia will be able to keep the alleged spiritual leader of Jemaah Islamiah in jail. Foreign Minister Alexander Downer says Abu Bakar Bashir could incite more violence if released as scheduled next month.
  • AIRLINE SECURITY HEARING VOA 17 Mar 2004 -- A new system to screen airline passengers and identify security risks was the subject of a congressional subcommittee hearing on Wednesday. Critics say the system, which has been developed by the Transportation Security Administration, has several flaws, including giving too much personal information to the government.
  • CONGRESS/SPAIN VOA 17 Mar 2004 -- The terror attacks in Spain last week continue to reverberate in the U-S Congress, where lawmakers pressed Bush administration officials on what is being done to strengthen homeland security.
  • CHENEY / KERRY / TERRORISM VOA 17 Mar 2004 -- Vice President Dick Cheney says President Bush has achieved important victories in the war on terrorism, despite recent bombings in Madrid and Baghdad. Mr. Cheney spoke at the Reagan Presidential Library in California Wednesday, where he portrayed Democratic presidential contender John Kerry as indecisive. Senator Kerry, for his part, criticized what he called the failed policies of the Bush administration.
  • State's Armitage Says Spanish Election Not Victory for Terrorism Washington File 17 Mar 2004 -- Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage attributed the victory of Spain's Socialist Workers' Party in the March 15 elections to a popular reaction against the former government's handling of the March 11 terrorist attack in Madrid.
  • New Military Commission Order Issued 17 Mar 2004 -- Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld has issued Military Commission Order No. 5 officially delegating appointing authority responsibility to John D. Altenburg Jr. and rescinding the previous delegation in Military Commission Order No. 2.
  • EU: Terrorism Threat Exposes Weaknesses In Security Cooperation RFE/RL 17 Mar 2004 -- No fewer than three EU meetings in the coming days will attempt to grapple with the challenge of terrorism in the aftermath of last week's Madrid bombings. Moves by the bloc to combat terrorism began in earnest after 11 September 2001. But the European Commission is warning the upcoming week of meetings will in many respects have to start from scratch.
  • Spain: Investigation Into Attacks Focuses On Moroccan Suspected Of Al-Qaeda Ties RFE/RL 17 Mar 2004 -- News reports say the Moroccan man now in Spanish custody for suspected involvement in last week's Madrid bombings is well-known to police and has a long history of alleged ties to terrorism. Thirty-year-old Jamal Zougam, arrested two days after the 11 March bombings, reportedly had links to a Spanish-based terrorist cell involved in the 11 September attacks in the U.S. and may also have had a role in last year's suicide bombing in the Moroccan city of Casablanca.
  • U.S./U.K.: Former Guantanamo Prisoners Allege Brutality At Camp Delta RFE/RL 17 Mar 2004 -- Former prisoners at Camp Delta -- the U.S. military's prison at its naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba -- are now speaking of their ordeals. Five Britons were released to British police a week ago, while 23 Afghans and three Pakistanis were freed on 15 March. The United States has come under criticism from human rights groups over its treatment of prisoners there. Washington denies it has mistreated the inmates.
  • World: Events In Spain Highlight Differing Trans-Atlantic Views Of War On Terror RFE/RL 17 Mar 2004 -- U.S. President George W. Bush has urged America's allies to stick together in the war against terrorism following the bloody terrorist attacks in Madrid. But the aftermath of the attacks, in which more than 200 people died, in fact illustrates key differences in the way Americans and Europeans view the war on terror.
  • PENTAGON/AFRICA TERROR VOA 17 Mar 2004 -- The U-S military is wrapping up what appears to have been a highly-successful counter-terrorist training program in Mali and Mauritania. But uncertainty lingers over the next phase of the special initiative set for later this year in Chad and Niger.
  • BRITAIN / IRAQ VOA 17 Mar 2004 -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair told parliament Wednesday it is naive to think that withdrawing from Iraq would diminish the threat of terrorism from Islamic militants.
  • INTERPOL CONFERENCE VOA 17 Mar 2004 -- Law enforcement officials taking part in a meeting organized by Interpol have ended their session in the Philippines with agreement on the need to boost international cooperation in the fight against transnational crime and terrorism.
  • AFRICA/TERRORISM VOA 17 Mar 2004 -- The African Union has announced plans to set up a terrorism information and research center in the Algerian capital, Algiers, by the end of the year.
  • SOUTH KOREA / TERRORISM VOA 17 Mar 2004 -- South Korea's acting president has put his nation on high alert, saying the country is a potential terrorist target.
  • FRANCE / TERROR VOA 17 Mar 2004 -- French authorities are taking seriously a threat from an obscure Islamic group, and President Jacques Chirac is urged people to be more vigilant.
  • PAKISTAN / TERROR VOA 17 Mar 2004 -- Pakistan says fierce clashes between security forces and suspected terrorists near the border with Afghanistan have left at least 40 people dead, including 15 paramilitary troops.
  • PAKISTAN / AFGHAN REBELS VOA 16 Mar 2004 -- Pakistan says four of its paramilitary soldiers were killed and two injured during a day-long operation in the country's semi-autonomous tribal region Tuesday. Three suspected militants were also killed.
  • FRANCE/THREATS VOA 16 Mar 2004 -- France has opened an investigation into threats from a radical Islamic group over France's decision to ban religious attire in schools. The threats against France precede that country's regional elections on Sunday.
  • BORDER ENFORCEMENT VOA 16 Mar 2004 -- The U-S Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday a major effort to stop immigrant and drug smuggling along the Mexico border with the southwestern state of Arizona, a largely desert area where hundreds of migrants have perished in recent years. One aim of the new plan is to prevent more deaths on the border.
  • CONGRESS/TERROR ALERTS VOA 16 Mar 2004 -- This week, committees in the U-S Congress are holding hearings focusing on homeland security, and the terrorist attacks in Spain last week have many lawmakers expressing concern about the nation's terror alert system and transportation security.
  • Vienna Conference Calls for Greater Anti-Terrorism Cooperation Washington File 15 Mar 2004 -- A declaration issued at the end of an international conference in Vienna March 11-12 calls for greater cooperation among international, regional and sub-regional organizations to counter terrorism.
  • SPANISH ELECTION: IS 'PUNISHMENT VOTE' FOR AZNAR A 'WIN' FOR TERRORISTS? US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 16 Mar 2004
  • ATK Receives $50 Million DHS Maritime Patrol Contract on Day One after MRC Acquisition ATK 17 Mar 2004 -- On the first day after acquiring Mission Research Corporation (MRC), ATK (Alliant Techsystems, NYSE: ATK) received a sensor system integration contract to equip two Bombardier-8 aircraft with advanced sensor suites and mission system operator workstations. The aircraft will serve the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division. The contract value is approximately $50 million, half of which is funded for 2004.
  • Spain: Is Aznar's Loss A Victory For Terrorists? RFE/RL 16 Mar 2004 -- Under outgoing Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, Spain was one of Europe's strongest supporters of U.S. President George W. Bush and the Iraq war. But after bomb attacks with possible ties to Islamists killed 200 people in Madrid last week, Spaniards responded by electing a new government that is now threatening to pull out of Iraq and turn its foreign policy away from Washington.
  • EU: States Seek Clear Line On Antiterrorist Measures In Wake Of Madrid Bombings RFE/RL 16 Mar 2004 -- The European Union is moving to coordinate its counterterrorism efforts in the wake of the bloody terrorist bombings in Madrid. A series of high-level meetings have been called for the next few days. But the bulky structure of the EU as usual makes progress slow, and there is a strong sense of vulnerability in Europe following the devastating attacks on commuter trains in Madrid on 11 March.
  • Eight experts named to new UN panel monitoring sanctions on Al-Qaida UN News Centre 16 Mar 2004 -- Drawing experts from all regions of the world, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has named six men and two women to a recently established panel helping to track the international sanctions against the Taliban, Al-Qaida and their operatives.
  • Spain explains reference to ETA in Security Council resolution after Madrid attacks UN News Centre 16 Mar 2004 -- Spain's Ambassador to the United Nations has written to the Security Council explaining the Government's insistence on blaming the Basque separatist group ETA for last week's terrorist bombing in Madrid in a resolution adopted shortly after the atrocity.
  • U.S./Spain: Washington Takes Wait-And-See Approach To Changes In Madrid RFE/RL 16 Mar 2004 -- Under outgoing Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, Spain was one of Europe's strongest supporters of U.S. President George W. Bush and the Iraq war. But after bomb attacks with possible ties to Islamists killed 200 people in Madrid last week, Spaniards responded by electing a new government that is now threatening to pull out of Iraq and turn its foreign policy away from Washington.
  • Powell Says Guantanamo Detainees Treated Humanely Washington File 16 Mar 2004 -- Tells British journalist of progress achieved in Iraq, Afghanistan
  • INTERPOL TERROR VOA 16 Mar 2004 -- The secretary general of Interpol has warned in that the threat of more terror attacks by al Qaida and related groups remains the agency's biggest challenge.
  • SAUDI / AL-QAIDA VOA 16 Mar 2004 -- Saudi authorities say one of the country's 26 most wanted militants was shot and killed during a gun battle with police Monday. Authorities say the suspect is believed to be a leading al-Qaida operative.
  • SPAIN / BOMBS VOA 16 Mar 2004 -- Police in Spain have arrested an Algerian man and are searching for at least five Moroccans suspected of involvement in last Thursday's bombings in Madrid. Another person died Tuesday of injuries received in the attack, bringing the death toll to 201.
  • LONDON / SECURITY VOA 16 Mar 2004 -- The London police commissioner says a terror attack in the British capital is inevitable -- it's just a matter of time.
  • U-N / ANNAN / SPAIN VOA 16 Mar 2004 -- U-N Secretary General Kofi Annan says the Security Council must learn a lesson from its hasty condemnation of Basque separatists in connection with the Madrid train bombings. The Spanish ambassador has sent the Council president a letter expressing regret for the apparent mistake.
  • TURKEY / TERROR ARRESTS VOA 16 Mar 2004 -- A special Turkish court Tuesday released seven of the 18 suspected Islamic militants arrested in connection with last week's suicide bomb attack on a Masonic lodge in Istanbul. Three of the suspects were charged with belonging to or aiding an illegal terrorist organization and the remaining eight are still being interrogated.
  • PENTAGON / AFRICA TERROR VOA 16 Mar 2004 -- Mystery surrounds the fate of a notorious al-Qaida-linked North African terrorist who may have been caught up in fighting with government troops in Chad.
  • Powell Says Spain Will Bring Madrid Terrorists to Justice Washington File 15 Mar 2004 -- Spanish authorities will determine who is responsible for the March 11 terrorist attack in Madrid, Secretary of State Colin Powell said March 14, because "this is not the first time Spain has dealt with terrorist incidents."
  • BUSH/TERRORISM VOA 16 Mar 2004 -- President Bush and Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende say the international community must remain strong in its resolve to fight terrorism following last week's attacks in Spain.
  • Transfer of Afghani and Pakistani Detainees Complete 15 Mar 2004 -- The Department of Defense announced today it transferred 23 Afghan and three Pakistani detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for release.
  • EU/ SECURITY VOA 15 Mar 2004 -- European Union interior and justice ministers will hold a special meeting Friday to discuss security in the wake of the Madrid bombings last Thursday that killed 200 people.
  • SPAIN REACT VOA 15 Mar 2004 -- Spain's incoming prime minister is promising to pull his country's troops out of Iraq if coalition forces there are not put under United Nations control by June 30th. Last Thursday's terrorist bombings in Madrid continue to cause political fallout both within Spain and beyond -- as much of Europe takes a new look at its vulnerability to a terrorist attack.
  • POWELL-SPAIN-TERROR VOA 15 Mar 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell says he does not think the defeat of Spain's pro-U-S Popular Party in Sunday's elections will mean any lessening of that country's commitment to fight terrorism. The winning Socialists had made Spain's contribution of 13-hundred troops to Iraq an election issue.
  • Spain: Socialists Win Upset Election Victory In Wake Of Bombings RFE/RL 15 Mar 2004 -- Spain's Socialist Party members are celebrating victory as the official vote count from yesterday's election shows they have ousted the conservative party of former Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar.
  • Straw denies Iraq war has increased terrorist threat IRNA 15 Mar 2004 -- Foreign Secretary Jack Straw Monday rejected suggestions that Britain has exposed itself to a greater threat of terror attack because of its role in the Iraq war.
  • PAKISTAN / U-S BOMB VOA 15 Mar 2004 -- Pakistani police have defused a large car bomb planted outside the U-S Consulate in the port city of Karachi. The attempted bombing comes as U-S Secretary of State Colin Powell prepares to visit the country.
  • SPAIN/ELECTION VOA 15 Mar 2004 -- In the aftermath of Spain's general election the winning Socialist candidate for Prime Minster, Jos Luis Zapatero, said he will keep his campaign pledge to withdraw Spain's 13-hundred soldiers from Iraq by the end of June. Voter outrage over Thursday's terrorist attacks and the government's handling of the investigation contributed to an unexpected Socialist victory over the ruling Popular Party.
  • PAKISTAN/LIBYA VOA 15 Mar 2004 -- Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf says a Libyan member of the al Qaida terror network was behind two attempts on his life in December.
  • SPAIN/ELECTIONS VOA 15 Mar 2004 -- Casting their ballots in the wake of the worst terrorist attacks in Spain's history, Spaniards voted Sunday to oust the ruling Popular Party of outgoing Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, blaming his staunch backing of the U-S war in Iraq for the bombings that left 200 people dead and more than 1500 injured.
  • Powell: Madrid Bombings Show 'Terror Must Be Fought' AFPS 14 Mar 2004 -- As new evidence points to the possibility that al Qaeda is responsible for the March 11 bombings in Madrid, Spain, America's top diplomat today noted in a television interview here that no country is immune to terrorism.
  • Saying 'Terrorism is Terrorism,' Rice Pledges Support to Spain AFPS 14 Mar 2004 -- It isn't clear who was behind the brutal attack in Spain that killed 200 and wounded more than 1,400 people, but National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice said today that in the global war on terrorism, this is just more evidence of the lengths to which terrorists will go to try to intimidate free people.
  • SPAIN / BOMBS VOA 14 Mar 2004 -- The people of Spain are voting in a general election following Thursday's terrorist bombings of four commuter trains that killed 200 and injured more than 14 hundred. Indications are growing that an Islamic terrorist group was behind the attacks, a development that could have an important impact on the election.
  • Powell / Spain VOA 14 Mar 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell says he does not think last week's terror attacks in Spain, even if shown to have been the work of al-Qaida, will undercut Spanish support for U-S-led efforts in Iraq or the war on terrorism. In network television interviews Sunday, Mr. Powell said it is too early to fix blame for the bombings which killed 200 people.
  • SPAIN/BOMBINGS ARRESTS VOA 13 Mar 2004 -- In Spain as families and friends mourned the 200 victims who died from the Thursday bombing attacks on four commuter trains headed to Madrid, Spanish authorities announced the arrest of five people believed to be implicated in the attacks. Interior Minister Angel Acebes says the government has found a videotape in which al-Qaida claims responsibility for the bombings but the authenticity of the videotape could not be immediately confirmed.
  • MADRID BOMBINGS: 3/11 MARKS NEW ERA OF 'MEGA-TERROR' US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 12 Mar 2004
  • SPAIN/BOMBINGS/AFTERMATH VOA 13 Mar 2004 -- The death toll in the bomb attacks on four Madrid commuter trains has reached 200, and more than 260 of the 14-hundred people injured remain in the hospital, many in critical condition. The government suspects the Basque separatist group, ETA, carried out the attacks, but it is not ruling out a link with al-Qaida.
  • SPAIN/DEMONSTRATIONS VOA 12 Mar 2004 -- Millions of people have inundated the streets of the Spain's major cities to protest the country's worst ever terrorist attack which on Thursday killed around 200 people and injured more than one-thousand in Madrid. Never before have so many people taken to the streets in protest against terrorism.
  • MADRID BOMBS WRAP VOA 12 Mar 2004 -- Spain is observing three days of mourning following Thursday's train bombings in Madrid which killed nearly 200 people in the worst terrorist attack in the country's history. Despite a denial from the main Basque separatist group ETA, the Spanish government says Basque terrorists remain the prime suspect in their investigation. But there are some indications suggesting Middle Eastern terrorists may be to blame and V-O-A Correspondent Nick Simeone tells us Spanish authorities are keeping all lines of inquiry open.
  • Spain: Aznar Says All Lines of Investigation Open Into Madrid Bombings RFE/RL 12 Mar 2004 -- Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar today said Spanish authorities are ignoring no line of investigation in seeking to determine responsibility for yesterday's bomb attacks in Madrid, which killed almost 200 people.
  • UN-OSCE meeting outlines steps to boost global fight against terrorism UN News Centre 12 Mar 2004 -- In the aftermath of yesterday's brutal terrorist attacks in Spain, delegates to an international conference on terrorism in Vienna today reaffirmed the central role of the United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) in the global effort to fight the scourge.
  • PENTAGON/AFRICA TERROR VOA 12 Mar 2004 -- U-S military experts provided critical support this week, as security forces in the African country of Chad clashed with members of a predominantly-Algerian, al-Qaida-linked terrorist group, dealing it a possibly crippling blow.
  • SPAIN/ BOMBS VOA 12 Mar 2004 -- Spain is in mourning 198 people killed in Thursday's terrorist attacks on the country's trains, but Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar says Sunday's elections will go ahead as normal. The government continues to hold Basque terrorists as prime suspects behind the bombings, but says it is also investigating possible involvement by the al-Qaida terrorist network.
  • THAILAND RIDGE VOA 12 Mar 2004 -- A senior U-S anti-terrorism official says Thursday's bombings in Madrid, Spain, in which nearly 200 people were killed, will only strengthen international resolve to combat terrorism. Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge made his remarks in Thailand during a four-nation trip to East Asia.
  • U-N/TERRORISM VOA 12 Mar 2004 -- Counter-terrorism officials meeting in Vienna say it will take time for the international community to fight terrorism more effectively, and even then, terrorists will likely still be able to carry out attacks like the ones Thursday in Madrid.
  • PHILIPPINES TERROR VOA 12 Mar 2004 -- The Philippines has stepped up security at all sea and air ports amid fresh fears of terrorist attacks ahead of national elections in May.
  • MADRID BOMBINGS WRAP VOA 11 Mar 2004 -- The death toll has risen to at least 190 after a series of bombs placed on rush hour trains in Madrid Thursday. More than 12 hundred are injured. The Spanish government blamed Basque separatists for what is being called the worst terrorist attack in its history. But there are other signs that suggest al-Qaida and its supporters may be responsible.
  • UN/SPAIN RESOLUTION VOA 11 Mar 2004 -- The U-N Security Council reacted quickly to the Madrid bombings, condemning them Thursday in a strongly-worded resolution. The resolution blames the terrorist group ETA for the attacks.
  • UN and European experts meet to chart future course of counter-terrorism measures UN News Centre 11 Mar 2004 -- Bolstering the joint efforts of international organizations in the global fight against terrorism is the focus of a United Nations conference in Vienna, which opened today against the backdrop of this morning's multiple bomb explosions at three train stations in Spain.
  • Security Council strongly condemns terror attacks in Madrid UN News Centre 11 Mar 2004 -- The United Nations Security Council today strongly condemned the bomb attacks in Madrid that killed at least 190 people and injured more than 1,200, and called on countries to cooperate in the effort to bring the perpetrators to justice.
  • United States Condemns Terrorist Attacks in Madrid Washington File 11 Mar 2004 -- U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said, in a statement released March 11, "The United States vehemently condemns the outrageous and appalling terrorist attacks that took place in Madrid today.
  • United Nations Security Council Condemns Madrid Bombings Washington File 11 Mar 2004 -- The U.N. Security Council March 11 unanimously condemned the bomb attacks in Madrid and urged all states to cooperate actively in efforts to find and bring to justice the perpetrators, organizers and sponsors of the terrorist attack.
  • Dept. of Homeland Security Offers Overview of US-VISIT Program Washington File 11 Mar 2004 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a fact sheet March 11 that provides a concise overview of the US-VISIT program setting entry procedures for visitors to the United States.
  • U.N. Security Council Condemns Terrorist Attacks in Spain Washington File 11 Mar 2004 -- The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution March 11 condemning "in the strongest terms" the bomb attacks in Madrid, Spain.
  • SPAIN ATTACKS VOA 11 Mar 2004 -- The Spanish government has vowed to defeat terrorism following the worst attack in the country's modern history Thursday, which left nearly 200 people dead and close to one thousand injured. Meanwhile, security analysts are debating who carried out the attack, with most arguing it was the work of a Basque separatist group and others wondering whether Islamic extremists may have been involved.
  • MADRID BOMBINGS WRAP VOA 11 Mar 2004 -- Close to 200 people have been killed in bombings on passenger trains in Madrid, Spain, in one of the worst terrorist attacks in Western Europe in years. No group has claimed responsibility for the explosions, which injured at least 600 and came three days before Spain is due to hold parliamentary elections.
  • SPAIN / BOMBS VOA 11 Mar 2004 -- Powerful explosions ripped through three Madrid train stations Wednesday morning, killing at least 173 people and injuring hundreds more. The government blames the Basque militant separatists, ETA, for Spain's worst-ever terrorist attack.
  • NUCLEAR TERRORISM VOA 11 Mar 2004 -- The recent revelation of an international black market in nuclear weapons technology emanating from Pakistan has raised concern around the world.
  • TURKEY / BLASTS VOA 10 Mar 2004 -- Turkish police say there is probably no link between the al-Qaida terrorist network and the perpetrators of Tuesday's suicide bomb attack against a Masonic lodge in Istanbul.
  • PENTAGON / AFRICA TERROR VOA 10 Mar 2004 -- More details have emerged about al-Qaida's terrorist presence in Africa and the growing engagement of the U-S military in counter-terrorist activities with government forces in Northern and Western parts of the continent.
  • NEW SMALLPOX VACCINE VOA 10 Mar 2004 -- U-S government scientists have developed a new smallpox vaccine that has proven effective in laboratory animals, and is believed safer than the existing one. If the discovery proves safe and effective in human trials, it might become an alternative vaccine in the event of a bioterrorist attack with smallpox
  • RIDGE INDONESIA VOA 10 Mar 2004 -- The U-S Secretary for Homeland Security, Tom Ridge, is visiting Indonesia as part of a regional tour designed to improve international cooperation in the war on terrorism.
  • Global Partnerships Block Terrorists, Ridge Says Washington File 09 Mar 2004 -- Progress in the war against terrorism depends on strong international partnerships, according to U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge.
  • U-S / INDONESIA / TERROR VOA 09 Mar 2004 -- The United States said Tuesday it is very disappointed by the prospect of the early release from prison of Indonesian Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, alleged spiritual leader of the militant regional group Jemaah Islamiyah. The group is linked to major acts of terrorism including the October 2002 bombings in the tourist resort of Bali.
  • BRITAIN / GUANTANAMO VOA 09 Mar 2004 -- After more than two years in detention in Guantanamo Bay, five Britons were flown back home Tuesday on a military transport. One is being questioned at an air base, while four others have been arrested under Britain's anti-terrorism laws and moved to a jail. Tom Rivers reports from London.
  • U-S DETAINEES VOA 09 Mar 2004 -- Five British prisoners detained at the U-S Naval base In Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, arrived home Tuesday and were promptly taken into custody by British authorities. The United States says it is now up to Britain to determine if they pose a security risk. Meanwhile, in Washington, a leading civil rights group is once again raising questions about the plight of the detainees being held in Guantanamo.
  • Al Qaeda Damaged, But Still Committed to U.S. Attacks AFPS 09 Mar 2004 -- Though al Qaeda's leadership structure has been seriously damaged, the organization remains "as committed as ever to attacking the U.S. homeland," the nation's top intelligence official said today on Capitol Hill.
  • EUCOM Deputy: Al Qaeda 'Has An Interest In North Africa' AFPS 09 Mar 2004 -- Al Qaeda operatives flushed out of Afghanistan and other locales have likely cast their eyes on the continent of Africa as a source for new recruits and funding, a senior U.S. military officer said March 8.
  • PENTAGON / GUANTANAMO VOA 09 Mar 2004 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says the United States did what he termed "a good thing" in holding five suspected British terrorists for two years at the Guantanamo detention center at a U-S base in Cuba. But Mr. Rumsfeld also says their release Tuesday was appropriate.
  • Afghanistan: Advocates Urge U.S. To Try Or Release Guantanamo Prisoners RFE/RL 09 Mar 2004 -- For two years, about 650 suspected Taliban and Al-Qaeda fighters have been held at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The United States says they are foreign combatants who may be legally held without charge until the ongoing war against terrorism is over. Human rights advocates say the detentions are unlawful because the prisoners have no access to lawyers and only a very few have been formally charged. Now, a coalition of activists is pressing Washington to grant the Guantanamo inmates trials and release those for whom there is no evidence of wrongdoing.
  • DoD Announces WMD-CST Fielding Plan 09 Mar 2004 -- The Department of Defense notified Congress today the fielding plan for 12 additional Weapons of Mass Destruction-Civil Support Teams (WMD-CSTs). Congress directed the establishment of 23 additional teams in the National Defense Authorization Act for FY03 and funded the establishment of the first 12 in the Defense Appropriations Act for FY04. Currently, there are 32 certified teams.
  • Malaysia Joins Container Security Initiative Washington File 08 Mar 2004 -- Malaysia will implement the U.S.-Malaysia Container Security Initiative (CSI), according to a March 8 press release from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
  • Integrated Coast Guard Systems Delivers First 123-Foot Cutter Under the Integrated Deepwater Systems Program Lockheed Martin 08 Mar 2004 -- Integrated Coast Guard Systems partnership delivered the United States Coast Guard Cutter Matagorda (WPB 1303), to the Coast Guard during a March 5 ceremony at Bollinger Shipyards' Lockport, La., facility.
  • New U.S. Treasury Office to Focus on Terrorist Money Flow Washington File 08 Mar 2004 -- The U.S. Department of the Treasury has announced creation of a new office to coordinate efforts to stop the flow of money to terrorists.
  • INDONESIA BASHIR SENTENCE VOA 09 Mar 2004 -- A court in Indonesia cut in half the sentence of a Muslim cleric who has been accused of leading the regional terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah.
  • BRITAIN/GUANTANAMO VOA 08 Mar 2004 -- In an exclusive interview in Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper, senior U-S officials say the four British citizens who will not be released this week from Guantanamo Bay are far too dangerous to be set free.
  • State Dept. Says Visa Waiver Countries Will Miss Passport Deadline Washington File 05 Mar 2004 -- "Virtually all" of the 27 nations participating in the U.S. visa waiver program have indicated they will be unable to meet an October 26, 2004 deadline requiring that they issue machine readable passports that incorporate biometric identifiers, according to the State Department's Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs Maura Harty.
  • E-U / SECURITY VOA 05 Mar 2004 -- U-S and European security officials are trying to work out differences over sharing airline passenger information in the war against terrorism.
  • Airships May Play Key Homeland Defense Role, Officials Say AFPS 05 Mar 2004 -- The dirigible, or airship, may be employed as a tool to detect potential attacks against the United States, DoD officials told House subcommittee members March 4.
  • Germany: U.S. Pursues Risky Strategy In Terror Cases RFE/RL 05 Mar 2004 -- The U.S. war against terrorism has suffered two legal defeats because of Washington's refusal to let a suspected Al-Qaeda agent testify in the trials of two men in Germany accused of helping hijackers involved in the 11 September 2001 attacks. One was acquitted, and a second was convicted but has won a new trial.
  • UN: Security Council Considers Moves For More Counterterrorism Help RFE/RL 05 Mar 2004 -- Worried by lagging compliance, the UN Security Council is preparing to revamp the mechanism for enforcing its tough counterterrorism resolution. A key proposal is a new body to handle technical assistance on issues ranging from anti-money-laundering measures to border controls. Representatives of Kazakhstan, Ukraine, and Belarus appealed at a Security Council hearing yesterday for help as part of any new counterterrorism-assistance efforts.
  • U.S. Customs Delays Advance Filing Requirement on Air Cargo Washington File 04 Mar 2004 -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection bureau (CBP) has announced that it is delaying the implementation of its rule aimed to block the use of air cargo in terrorist attacks.
  • U-S VISITOR DEBATE VOA 04 Mar 2004 -- The U-S Department of Homeland Security says its new entry and exit program has already helped make America safer. The program nevertheless has its share of critics and even its supports say more work must be done to ensure its success.
  • BIORESEARCH SAFETY VOA 04 Mar 2004 -- The Bush administration has taken a new step to prevent legitimate biological research from being misused by bioterrorists. It has created a national board to advise scientists on ways to conduct research so terrorists cannot adapt it.
  • Security Council hears proposal to revitalize UN Counter-Terrorism Committee UN News Centre 04 Mar 2004 -- Members of the United Nations anti-terrorism committee today agreed on the need to "revitalize" its work in order to adapt to the evolving nature of its mission and voiced support for a plan that aims to enhance the Security Council's ability to help countries implement a resolution - adopted in the wake of the 11 September terrorist attacks against the United States - to fight the worldwide scourge.
  • YEMEN/ARRESTS UPDATE VOA 04 Mar 2004 -- Authorities in Yemen say they have captured two top leaders of the al-Qaida terrorist network.
  • Greece: 'Unprecedented' Security Measures Planned For Summer Olympics RFE/RL 04 Mar 2004 -- The countdown is beginning to the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. The games will be the largest such event held in what one could call the new era of global terrorism. And with hundreds of thousands of athletes, officials, and spectators packing the Greek capital, security will be a nightmare. Can the spirit of sport survive such anxieties? Or will the Olympic flame burn less brightly as a result?
  • Iraq: Rising Profile Of Al-Zarqawi Points To Complications In War On Terrorism RFE/RL 04 Mar 2004 -- U.S. officials are blaming a Jordanian extremist leader operating in Iraq for planning this week's deadly attacks on Shi'a celebrating their holy day of Ashura in Baghdad and Karbala.
  • YEMEN/AL QAIDA VOA 04 Mar 2004 -- Officials in Yemen say they have captured a top leader of the Al-Qaida network.
  • GERMANY / TERROR TRIAL VOA 04 Mar 2004 -- The only man to be convicted in connection with the September 11th attacks on the United States won the right to a re-trial Thursday.
  • Northrop Grumman Launches Chem-Bio Defense Technology Center Northrop Grumman 03 Mar 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has established a Chem-Bio Defense Technology Center to develop next-generation technologies that will build on the success of the company's Biohazard Detection System, which is currently being installed in U.S. Postal Service facilities nationwide.
  • PRESS BRIEFING ON 2003 NARCOTICS CONTROL BOARD United Nations 03 Mar 2004
  • U.S. Officials Outline Counterterrorism Cooperation in Western Hemisphere Washington File 03 Mar 2004 -- The United States and its partners in the Western Hemisphere are working together to curb the threat of international terrorism in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to U.S. officials.
  • U.S. Considers Sending Customs Agents to Foreign Airports Washington File 03 Mar 2004 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is considering a plan to place U.S. customs inspectors at key airports around the world to prevent potential terrorists from boarding U.S.-bound planes, the head of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) bureau says.
  • BUSH/HOMELAND SECURITY VOA 02 Mar 2004 -- President Bush says terrorists still threaten America, but the nation is better prepared to repel attacks, thanks to the Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Bush spoke on the one-year anniversary of the biggest government reorganization since the Second World War.
  • CAMBODIA / MISSILES VOA 02 Mar 2004 -- The U-S ambassador to Cambodia says the United States will donate more than 200-thousand dollars to help the Phnom Penh government destroy its remaining supply of portable surface-to-air missiles. Cambodia has pledged to get rid of the missiles to make certain the weapons will not fall into the hands of terrorists.
  • Northrop Grumman and Information Builders Partner To Offer Improved Homeland Security Northrop Grumman 01 Mar 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and Information Builders, an experienced provider of enterprise business intelligence and real-time Web reporting, have formed a strategic alliance to provide national security solutions to federal, state and local government agencies.
  • Efforts To Fight Money Laundering Face Challenges, U.S. Says Washington File 01 Mar 2004 -- The United States and its international partners continue working to identify, block and freeze terrorist assets, but the pace of the work slowed in 2003 as more challenging targets were pursued and as terrorists maneuvered to further protect their funds, according to a new State Department report.
  • Egypt, Ukraine Off Non-Cooperation List for Money Laundering Washington File 01 Mar 2004 -- The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the international body that plays a leading role in the campaign against money laundering, has removed Egypt and Ukraine from its list of countries that do not have adequate controls against money laundering.
  • Boucher: U.S. Transfers Seven Russian Nationals from Guantanamo Washington File 01 Mar 2004 -- The United States has transferred seven Russian nationals from Guantanamo to the control of the Russian government "to face criminal charges relating to their terrorist activities during an armed conflict."
  • DRUGS / TERROR VOA 01 Mar 2004 -- U-S officials working to combat the international drug trade are warning of possible future links between al Qaida and drug traffickers in Colombia and Mexico.
  • U-S AIRPORT SECURITY VOA 01 Mar 2004 -- The United States is considering plans to place American security agents at airports in Europe and Asia to better screen passengers before they get on planes bound for the United States. The move is intended to prevent another terrorist attack by stopping potential terrorists before they arrive in America. But the idea may not be welcomed by everyone.
  • Transfer of Detainees Complete 01 Mar 2004 -- The Department of Defense announced today that it transferred seven Russian detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for continued detention by the Russian government.



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