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September 2004 Security News

  • U.S. Commends Saudi Arabia for Combating Terrorist Financing Washington File 30 Sep 2004 -- Aggressive U.S. engagement with Saudi Arabia to address the threat of terrorist financing has led to arrests of key terrorist financiers, the freezing of assets and new restrictions on the financial activities of charitable organizations, a U.S. Treasury official says.
  • U.S. Calls for Global Supply Chain Security Framework Washington File 30 Sep 2004 -- The United States is calling for an international security and trade facilitation framework that would help secure global supply chains against terrorist manipulation without impeding trade flows.
  • Container Security Initiative Now Operational in Naples Washington File 30 Sep 2004 -- The Container Security Initiative (CSI) is now operational in Naples, Italy, joining the other Italian ports of Genoa and La Spezia already participating in the program.
  • RUSHDIE/PATRIOT ACT VOA 29 Sep 2004 -- Thousands of petitions signed by Americans who oppose a key provision of the U.S.A Patriot Act, approved by Congress in the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks, have been delivered to Capitol Hill. A noted author, Salman Rushdie, took part in an event at which critics repeated calls for repealing the section of the law, saying Congress went too far three years ago in trying to protect Americans from potential future terrorist attacks:
  • PATRIOT ACT/ RULING VOA 29 Sep 2004 -- A Federal Court judge in New York has struck down a major provision of the controversial anti-terrorist Patriot Act.
  • NY/MARITIME SECURITY VOA 29 Sep 2004 -- International port operators and cargo shippers have joined a voluntary U.S. customs program to screen millions of containers before they leave their ports and reach American shores.
  • US lawyer named to Security Council panel on Al-Qaida sanctions UN News Centre 29 Sep 2004 -- A lawyer from the United States with expertise in identifying terrorists and freezing their assets has been named to a team tracking sanctions against Al-Qaida and the Taliban by the United Nations Security Council.
  • CONGRESS / 9-11 / IRAQ VOA 29 Sep 2004 -- With less than two weeks before a pre-election adjournment date, more debates have broken out between Democrats and Republicans over the situation in Iraq, as well as legislation to implement recommendations of the independent commission on the 2001 terrorist attacks.
  • U.S.: Country Faces Huge Backlog In Translating Al-Qaeda, Terrorism Materials RFE/RL 29 Sep 2004 -- A new report by the inspector-general of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) says the domestic intelligence agency has a huge backlog of recordings and documents related to terrorism probes that have not been translated. And yet the FBI's budget for such translators is more than three times greater than it was three years ago. At the same time, the number of FBI linguists has risen to more than 1,200 -- a 50-percent increase over the same period.
  • YEMEN / COLE BOMBING VOA 29 Sep 2004 -- A court in Yemen has sentenced two al Qaida members to death for the 2000 bombing of the U.S. Navy destroyer Cole. The attack killed 17 U.S. sailors. This is the first time anyone has been sentenced to death in Yemen for an act of terrorism.
  • Analysis: Is Al-Qaeda Operating In Lebanon? RFE/RL 29 Sep 2004 -- Just days after Italian intelligence services informed the Lebanese police that they possessed information about an imminent car-bomb attack on the Italian Embassy located in the center of Beirut, Lebanese Interior Minister Elias Murr announced on 17 September the arrests of 10 members of a suspected Al-Qaeda network in Lebanon.
  • New Procedures Await Visa-Waiver Visitors to United States Washington File 28 Sep 2004 -- Visitors eligible to travel to the United States without a visa will encounter new procedures at U.S. ports of entry starting September 30, and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Under Secretary Asa Hutchinson says the changes will enhance both travel safety and security for U.S. citizens.
  • New $50 Bill Enters Into Circulation Worldwide Washington File 28 Sep 2004 -- The United States has put into circulation a new $50 bill featuring enhanced anti-counterfeiting elements and subtle background colors of red, white and blue.
  • Survey Finds Americans Are Still Troubled by Terrorism Washington File 28 Sep 2004 -- Terrorism and other security threats are still concerns of most Americans, but the sense of threat overall is not as great as in 2002, according to a biennial survey of American attitudes about foreign affairs.
  • Homeland Security Prepares for Expansion of US-VISIT Washington File 28 Sep 2004 -- Foreign visitors traveling to the United States without a visa will be subject to new entry-exit procedures as of September 30.
  • PRESS CONFERENCE BY CHAIR OF SECURITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE AIMED AT PREVENTING TERRORIST ACQUISITION OF MASS DESTRUCTION WEAPONS United Nations 27 Sep 2004
  • Trial ends for Air Force translator AFPN 27 Sep 2004 -- Senior Airman Ahmad al-Halabi, a supply clerk who served as a Guantanamo Bay translator, was found guilty of three charges and four specifications of violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The trial ended here Sept. 23.
  • Chairman Poses Question to Counterterror Experts AFPS 27 Sep 2004 - 27 Sep 2004 -- As the United States continues the global war on terrorism, the question officials should ask is, "Are we being as bold and innovative as we need to be?"
  • NORTHCOM Warning Center Tracks Threats AFPS 27 Sep 2004 -- It is called the domestic warning center but the name does not adequately reflect the center's diverse responsibilities.
  • 27 Tons of Cocaine Seized AFPS 27 Sep 2004 -- Two fishing vessels with roughly 27 tons of cocaine aboard were intercepted in the Eastern Pacific, the Department of Homeland Security announced today.
  • UN panel working to keep chemical, germ and nuclear arms out of terrorist hands UN News Centre 26 Sep 2004 -- The ability of countries to prevent terrorists, black marketers and other private interests from acquiring weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) will soon get essential support from a Security Council committee set up to monitor the problem, the panel's chairman said today.
  • Pakistan: Security Forces Kill Senior Al-Qaeda Suspect RFE/RL 27 Sep 2004 -- Pakistani authorities have shot dead an Al-Qaeda leader accused of planning a late 2003 assassination attempt on President Pervez Musharraf and involvement in the 2002 killing of U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl. The information ministry in Islamabad says Amjad Hussain Farooqi was killed in a clash with security forces yesterday in the town of Nawabshah about 130 kilometers northeast of Karachi.
  • AFGHANISTAN/GUANTANAMO VOA 27 Sep 2004 -- A prominent Taleban commander who was killed last week in southern Afghanistan had rejoined the militants after being released from the U.S prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The news injects a new element into the debate over whether and for how long the United States can and should hold people it considers "enemy combatants."
  • PAKISTAN/AL-QAIDA VOA 26 Sep 2004 -- Pakistan says security forces have killed a top al-Qaida militant who was allegedly involved in two assassination attempts on President Pervez Musharraf, a close U.S ally in the war on terrorism.
  • 9-11 COMMISSION VOA 24 Sep 2004 -- Republicans in the House of Representatives have unveiled legislation they say will comprehensively reform the U.S. intelligence system. The move is the latest step in efforts to implement most if not all of the recommendations of the independent commission that investigated intelligence and security lapses leading to the September 2001 terrorist attacks.
  • U.S. Re-designates Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan as Terrorist Group Washington File 24 Sep 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell has renewed the designation of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) as a foreign terrorist organization under U.S. law, thus making it illegal for persons in the United States or subject to U.S. jurisdiction to knowingly provide that organization with material support.
  • UN: Russia Urges Reform Of International Antiterrorism Measures RFE/RL 24 Sep 2004 -- Russia has called for a reform of international security structures, primarily through the United Nations, to improve antiterrorism efforts in the wake of the Beslan attack. Russia circulated a draft Security Council resolution that would speed the handover of people accused of abusing refugee status to support terrorism. It won quick support at the UN General Assembly debate from Britain although the two countries disagree over some current asylum cases. The statements came on a day when many key UN members expressed concern about efforts to fight terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
  • INDONESIA/TERROR VOA 24 Sep 2004 -- The Indonesian police say they have taken in for questioning a woman believed to be the wife of one of the alleged masterminds behind a string of terror bombings, including the attack on the Australian Embassy earlier this month. Police are not saying exactly why she was detained, but authorities have made other arrests in connection with recent terrorist attacks attributed to the regional militant group, Jemaah Islamiyah.
  • WORLD BANK / TERRORISM VOA 24 Sep 2004 -- The president of the World Bank says the international community is so focused on fighting terrorism that it is ignoring the needs of development and poverty alleviation in regions such as Africa.
  • In bid to prevent nuclear terrorism, UN agency tracks illicit trafficking UN News Centre 23 Sep 2004 -- Stepping up its efforts to prevent nuclear and radiological terrorism, the United Nations atomic watchdog agency says that as of today close to 60 new potentially illicit trafficking incidents have been reported just since the beginning of the year.
  • U.S. Will Release Hamdi from Prison, Fly Him to Saudi Arabia Washington File 23 Sep 2004 -- Navy Lieutenant Commander Flex Plexico said September 23 that he could not say, for security reasons, when American-born Saudi Yaser Esam Hamdi --- who will be released soon from a U.S. military prison -- would be transferred from the United States to Saudi Arabia. The transfer is expected to occur within days.
  • U.S. Releases Enemy Combatant to Return to Saudi Arabia Washington File 22 Sep 2004 -- U.S. authorities are preparing to release enemy combatant Yaser Esam Hamdi from custody for transfer to Saudi Arabia, where he is a citizen, the Department of Justice said in a press release September 22.
  • Agreement Reached for Release of Enemy Combatant Yaser Hamdi VOA News 22 Sep 2004 -- The U.S. government has decided to release an American citizen classified as an enemy combatant in the war on terror and allow him to return to Saudi Arabia without facing charges. Yaser Hamdi was picked up nearly three years ago while fighting with the Taleban against American forces.
  • Singer Formerly Known as Cat Stevens Calls US Deportation 'Ridiculous' VOA News 23 Sep 2004 -- The singer formerly known as Cat Stevens has expressed surprise at his deportation from the United States after being denied entry into the country Wednesday.
  • Military Commission Review Panel Takes Oath of Office AFPS 22 Sep 2004 -- The first review panel members for military commissions took their oath of office at a Pentagon ceremony Sept. 21
  • New Joint Command Stands Ready to Defend Capital AFPS 22 Sep 2004 -- A new headquarters here will concentrate the military mission to help defend the nation's capital.
  • Transfer of Detainees Completed 22 Sep 2004 -- The Department of Defense announced today that it transferred 10 detainees from Afghanistan to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
  • Transfer of Detainees Completed 22 Sep 2004 -- The Department of Defense announced today that it transferred 11 detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to Afghanistan for release. This transfer increases the number of detainees who've left Guantanamo Bay to 202.
  • Transcript: Secretary Rumsfeld Swearing in Office of Military Commissions Review Panel Members 21 Sep 2004 -- Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld
  • CONGRESS / REFUGEES VOA 21 Sep 2004 -- U.S. officials say the United States remains committed to its refugee resettlement policy, even though the costs of screening and processing refugees have increased in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks
  • Biometric Identification Technology Operational, U.S. Says Washington File 21 Sep 2004 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced September 21 that integrated 10-point biometric identification technology is operating in each U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Border Patrol station in the United States.
  • NIGER / ANTI-TERRORISM TRAINING VOA 21 Sep 2004 -- Two dozen U.S. Marines are currently giving anti-terrorism training to Niger's army to protect the West African nation's large desert areas from becoming transit areas for terrorists. Niger is the last stop for the four-country, eight-million-dollar U.S. exercises, previously held in Mali, Mauritania and Chad. Soldiers seem to welcome the training, but ordinary citizens and human rights activists appear more skeptical.
  • JAKARTA BOMBING: 'PALE ECHO OF MADRID' BEFORE AUSSIE, INDO ELECTIONS US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 20 Sep 2004
  • BRITAIN / SECURITY VOA 18 Sep 2004 -- British lawmakers say it is time to overhaul the quaint, 15th-century security procedures in parliament following two embarrassing intrusions there this week, and a revelation that al-Qaida terrorists had a plot to target the building.
  • INDONESIA/TERROR VOA 18 Sep 2004 -- Indonesian police say they have formally arrested four individuals suspected of involvement in last week's bomb attack at the Australian embassy in Jakarta. However, they say the alleged masterminds of the attack are still at large.
  • Transfer of Detainees Completed 18 Sep 2004 -- The Department of Defense announced today that it transferred 35 detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. This transfer included 29 to the control of Pakistan for continued detention and six to Pakistan for release. This transfer increases the number of detainees who have departed GTMO to 191.
  • Putin Accuses West Of Double Standards On Terrorists RFE/RL 18 Sep 2004 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin today accused the West of "double standards" in its attitude toward terrorism, saying that indulging terrorists amounts to complicity in terror.
  • Ashcroft Announces Terrorism Indictments Washington File 17 Sep 2004 -- A U.S. federal grand jury indicted two men September 16 on terrorism charges related to providing material support to a conspiracy to "commit violent jihad" overseas, according to Attorney General John Ashcroft.
  • ATF Hosts Conference for U.S., International Bomb Squad Commanders Washington File 17 Sep 2004 -- The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) hosted a conference September 16-17 in Washington, D.C., for U.S. bomb squad commanders and their counterparts from Colombia, Brazil, Britain, Germany, Mexico and Spain.
  • Increased Screening for Explosives Begins at U.S Airports Washington File 17 Sep 2004 -- The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced that it will intensify screening air passengers for explosives at U.S. airports.
  • RUSSIA / PUTIN VOA 17 Sep 2004 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin is warning of preemptive strikes on terrorists. His announcement came shortly after prominent Chechen warlord, Shamil Basayev, claimed responsibility for the bloody school siege in Beslan two weeks ago. More than 320 hostages were killed in the siege.
  • INDONESIA/ARRESTS VOA 17 Sep 2004 -- Police in Indonesia say they have detained a key suspect who may have information about last week's bombing at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, which killed at least nine people. Police believe they are getting closer to the country's two most wanted men, the suspected planners of the attack.
  • Basaev Claims Beslan Attacks RFE/RL 17 Sep 2004 -- Radical Chechen field commander Shamil Basaev is reported to have claimed responsibility for the school hostage siege in the southern Russian town of Beslan that left at least 320 people dead, most of them children.
  • President's FY 2005 Narcotics Certification US Dept. of State 16 Sep 2004 -- Robert Charles, Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Statement on Narcotics Certification
  • Annual Presidential Determinations of Major Illicit Drug-Producing and Drug-Transit Countries The White House 16 Sep 2004 -- President Bush has authorized the Secretary of State to submit to Congress the annual report listing major illicit drug-producing and drug-transit countries (known as the "Majors List"). The same report contains Presidential determinations of the countries that have "failed demonstrably to make substantial efforts" during the previous 12 months to adhere to international counternarcotics agreements and take the counternarcotics measures specified in U.S. law.
  • US/EGYPT/INDICTMENT VOA 16 Sep 2004 -- The U.S. Justice Department says a federal grand jury in Miami has indicted two men for actively supporting terrorist campaigns in several nations.
  • Cutter Crew Eyes Drugs, Migrants, U.S. Ports AFPS 16 Sep 2004 -- Coast Guard Capt. Charles Allen Mathieu talks proudly of the four paper symbols he calls "snowflakes" that hang on a bulletin board in his small office aboard the Coast Guard cutter Tampa.
  • U.S. Releases Annual Narcotics Certification Report Washington File 16 Sep 2004 -- President Bush has authorized Secretary of State Colin Powell to submit the annual report listing major illicit drug-producing and drug-transit countries to Congress. According to a September 16 White House press release, the report also contains presidential determinations of countries that have not met their international counternarcotics obligations.
  • CIS: Leaders Show Unity On Fight Against Terrorism RFE/RL 16 Sep 2004 -- The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) summit in Kazakhstan today was dominated by the issue of terrorism. In the aftermath of the Beslan school siege, the leaders signed a document expressing solidarity with Russia.
  • In Bankers' View, Intelligence Sharing Needed on Terrorists Washington File 15 Sep 2004 -- The American Bankers Association (ABA) supports the goal of the USA PATRIOT Act to curb terrorist financing and is particularly pleased that it extends to all financial institutions anti-money laundering requirements that previously applied only to banks, according to the ABA's John J. Byrne.
  • Frustrating Terrorist Finance Requires Training, Official Says Washington File 15 Sep 2004 -- The U.S. government helps foreign allies build their capacity to prevent terrorists from using the international financial system to further their plots, according to Celina Realuyo, director of counterterrorism finance programs.
  • U.S. Aid Bolsters Terrorist Finance Fight, Official Says Washington File 15 Sep 2004 -- Terrorists move money through channels as diverse as major banks, charities and alternative remittance systems, according to E. Anthony Wayne, assistant secretary of state. U.N. member states are obligated to apply sanctions against designated terrorists and their financial supporters, including freezing assets, banning travel and enforcing arms embargos.
  • Terrorist Finance Fight Promising, Treasury Official Says Washington File 15 Sep 2004 -- The campaign to keep money out of the hands of terrorists has become a centerpiece of the overall war against terrorism, according to Juan Carlos Zarate, U.S. assistant secretary of the Treasury. Using a targeted approach, the United States and its partners worldwide have pooled their law enforcement, intelligence and economic powers to isolate and disrupt the financial infrastructure of terrorist networks.
  • Administrative Review Implementation Directive Issued 15 Sep 2004 -- Yesterday, Secretary of the Navy Gordon R. England signed the implementing directive for the administrative review procedures for enemy combatants detained by the Department of Defense at the U.S. Naval Base, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. This annual review process will be managed by the Office for the Administrative Review of the Detention of Enemy Combatants (OARDEC).
  • THREE YEARS AFTER 9/11: MIXED REVIEWS FOR WAR ON TERROR US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 14 Sep 2004
  • US / EUROPE / TERRORISM VOA 14 Sep 2004 -- Members of Congress have been told that more terrorism is likely in Europe, and possibly the United States, despite efforts to step up cooperation in intelligence, security, and other areas.
  • U.S. Treasury Attacks Financial Network of Colombian Cartel Washington File 14 Sep 2004 -- The U.S. Treasury Department attacked the financial network of the Colombian Cali drug cartel on September 14 by designating 23 Colombian businesses and 118 individuals as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers (SDNTs). These individuals and entities are acting as fronts for the Cali cartel, according to a September 14 press release issued by the Treasury Department.
  • U.S. to Target Ships from Countries with Uncertain Security Washington File 14 Sep 2004 -- The U.S. Coast Guard has announced it will intensify scrutiny of ships registered in countries with substandard maritime security as well as vessels coming from ports in countries in which implementation of the new international security regime is uncertain.
  • U.S. Engaged in Extensive Outreach on New Visa Waiver Rules Washington File 14 Sep 2004 -- The United States is engaged in extensive outreach and will continue an ongoing effort to make certain that Visa Waiver Program travelers are aware of a requirement effective October 26 that they must possess machine-readable passports in order to enter the country without a visa, according to State Department Spokesman Richard Boucher in a September 13 statement.
  • US / RUSSIA / TERROR VOA 14 Sep 2004 -- The United States expressed concern Tuesday about steps by Russian President Vladimir Putin to strengthen Kremlin power following recent terrorist attacks, including the school siege in North Ossetia.
  • U.S.: Rights Group Cites Discrimination In War On Terror RFE/RL 14 Sep 2004 -- A recent report by Amnesty International is sparking debate on the usefulness -- if any -- of racial profiling in the war on terror. In the wake of the 11 September 2001 attacks, police in the United States have focused attention on Middle Eastern or South Asian individuals -- because they fit an existing terrorist stereotype. Amnesty says this is not only unfair but also ineffective -- since officials risk overlooking real terrorists who don't fit the profile.
  • Russia: Observers Comment On Arab Coverage Of Beslan Tragedy RFE/RL 14 Sep 2004 -- Observers say they detect differences in the way the Arab media has covered the Russian school siege from previous terrorist attacks. The siege in Beslan in early September killed some 330 people. Considerable attention appears to have been focused on the victims -- many of whom were children -- rather than simply the terrorists and their causes.
  • INDONESIA TERROR VOA 14 Sep 2004 -- Investigators in Indonesia have found significant new evidence in the search for those responsible for last Thursday's deadly bombing near the Australian embassy. Diplomats and intelligence agencies are worried that the bombers might strike again if they are not caught soon.
  • CONGRESS / RUSSIA / TERRORISM VOA 13 Sep 2004 -- The U.S. Congress has been paying tribute to the hundreds of people killed in the terrorist takeover of a school in southern Russia, as well as other recent incidents in that country. The House of Representatives (Monday) approved a resolution condemning the attacks
  • Threat from Al-Qaida and Taliban constantly evolving, Security Council told UN News Centre 13 Sep 2004 -- Calling on the Security Council "to stay ahead of the curve," the head of the Council's committee that monitors sanctions against Al-Qaida and the Taliban said today the world needs "to think of new ways to defeat terrorism and its perpetrators" because the threat from the two groups keeps changing.
  • Russia: Putin Seeking Government Changes To Strengthen Fight Against Terror RFE/RL 13 Sep 2004 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin today ordered sweeping changes to Russia's political system in the name of combating terrorism. The changes come in the wake of the Beslan school siege, but they immediately drew accusations that Putin is exploiting the tragedy to boost his personal power. Among the suggested changes are a new regional ministry and new election laws that, among other things, would call for the appointment -- rather than the election -- of regional governors.
  • RUSSIA/POLITICS VOA 13 Sep 2004 -- In response to a series of deadly terror attacks in Russia in recent weeks, President Vladimir Putin has announced a number of proposed changes to Russia's political system. The initiatives, aimed at improving security, will also give a massive boost to the Kremlin's powers.
  • INDONESIA/TERROR VOA 13 Sep 2004 -- The United States and Australia have warned that terrorists might be planning another attack in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta. Tim Johnston sent this report from Jakarta, where at least nine people died last week when suspected Islamic militants detonated a car bomb outside the Australian embassy.
  • BUSH - RUSSIA TERROR VOA 12 Sep 2004 -- On the weekend America remembered the victims of the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history, President Bush also paid his respects to the hundreds of lives lost earlier this month at a school in southern Russia.
  • Zawahiri Statement Labeled 'Desperate Attempt to Disrupt' AFPS 11 Sep 2004 -- A videotaped statement by Osama bin Laden henchman Ayman Al-Zawahiri that coalition forces are "staying in their trenches and refusing to come out" represents a "desperate attempt to disrupt progress in Afghanistan," a coalition military spokesman said today at a news conference in the Afghan capital of Kabul.
  • President Bush, in Radio Address, Promises Victory Against Terror Washington File 11 Sep 2004 -- President Bush said that three years after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 memories have not faded.
  • INDONESIA BOMB INVESTIGATION VOA 11 Sep 2004 -- Indonesian police have shown dramatic security camera footage of suicide bombers driving up to the Australian Embassy in Jakarta just before they detonated their deadly bomb Thursday. Nine people died and some 180 were injured in the blast, which the police believe was the work of Islamic extremists.
  • AUSTRALIA / INDONESIA TERRORISM VOA 11 Sep 2004 -- Australia is warning its citizens to avoid travel to Indonesia as more terrorist attacks can not be ruled out. Thursday, suicide bombers targeted the Australian Embassy in Jakarta killing nine people and wounding 180 others. The Australian government is pledging more than three million dollars to help investigators track down those responsible.
  • BUSH SEPTEMBER 11TH VOA 11 Sep 2004 -- President Bush marked the anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks in New York and Washington with prayer services and a moment of silence at the White House. The president says the fight against terrorism continues.
  • SAUDI/BOMB VOA 11 Sep 2004 -- A bomb exploded outside a bank in Saudi Arabia early today (Saturday), but appears to have caused no casualties. One of the bombers was reportedly shot and taken into custody, and Saudi police have launched a search for other militants that fled the scene.
  • 9/11 ANNIVERSARY VOA 11 Sep 2004 -- The nation observed the third anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks on the United States, which took almost three-thousand lives. Americans paid tribute to the fallen in ceremonies and moments of silence across the country.
  • SAUDI / BLASTS VOA 11 Sep 2004 -- Explosions in front of two foreign banks in Saudi Arabia (Saturday) have sparked concern of renewed terrorist attacks in the country. No one was injured in the blasts, and it is not yet clear if they were terrorist attacks.
  • Australia Boosts Embassy Security After Jakarta Blast RFE/RL 11 Sep 2004 -- Australia says it is increasing security at its diplomatic missions around the world, following the 9 September bomb attack outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta that killed nine people and injured some 180 others.
  • RUSSIA / PROBE VOA 11 Sep 2004 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin reversed an earlier stand and has agreed to allow the upper house of Parliament to investigate the recent hostage-taking attack on a school in southern Russia. Close to 340 hostages died in the siege, almost half of them school-children.
  • Lack Of Maritime Security Leaves U.S. Ports Open To Attack AFPS 10 Sep 2004 -- Though the United States is safer today than it was three years ago from air and land attacks by terrorists, the nation has "a long way to go" to shield itself from seaborne attacks, said Air Force Gen. Ed Eberhart, commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command.
  • Terrorism Aimed at All Civilization, Powell Says Washington File 10 Sep 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell says there should be no doubt, after the recent terrorist attacks in Russia and elsewhere that killed hundreds of people, that terrorism is aimed at all of civilization, and not just the United States, its allies and interests abroad.
  • BESLAN TRAGEDY: 'RUSSIA'S 9/11' US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 10 Sep 2004
  • US/TERROR VOA 10 Sep 2004 -- Three years after the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, top U.S. officials see progress in the war on terrorism. Secretary of State Colin Powell says the war is not only against weapons but also against radical ideologies that aim to destroy and divide.
  • U.S. / INDONESIA VOA 10 Sep 2004 -- President Bush's nominee to be the next ambassador to Indonesia is pledging continued U.S. cooperation with that country in the fight against terrorism. His remarks follow a suicide bomb blast at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta that killed nine and injured more than 180. Ambassador Burton Lynn Pascoe commented at his confirmation hearing Friday.
  • Middle East: Al-Qaeda Tape Says U.S. Losing In Afghanistan, Iraq RFE/RL 10 Sep 2004 -- A new Al-Qaeda videotape predicts that the United States is headed for defeat in Afghanistan and Iraq and that more terrorist attacks are planned for the United States. The tape, broadcast yesterday by Arabic-language Al-Jazeera television, features Al-Qaeda's alleged No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahri, but not Osama bin Laden.
  • Transportation Agency Tests Screening Passengers for Explosives Washington File 10 Sep 2004 -- The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has begun testing at selected airports a technology that scans passengers' documents for traces of explosives.
  • INDONESIA/BLAST VOA 10 Sep 2004 -- Thursday's bomb outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta is now known to have killed nine people and injured around 180. Australia's foreign minister says a warning was received shortly before the blast, and the evidence so far suggests that Islamic militants were responsible.
  • Northrop Grumman's Maritime Security Cutter Represents First New Multi-mission U.S. Coast Guard Ship Built in Past 25 Years Northrop Grumman 10 Sep 2004 -- U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Patrick Stillman, program executive officer for the Integrated Deepwater System, said the first Maritime Security Cutter, Large (WMSL 750) which began construction yesterday at Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) shipyard will permit the Coast Guard "to attend to the national security efforts with rigor and diligence that far exceeds the capability and capacity of your Coast Guard today."
  • Bush, Congress Respond to 9/11 Commission Report Recommendations Washington File 09 Sep 2004 -- President Bush and Congress are each launching initiatives aimed at extensive overhaul of the U.S. intelligence agencies in line with recommendations made in July by the independent 9/11 Commission. These new efforts will build on numerous other steps the U.S. government has taken in the past three years -- such as the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, the Terrorist Screening Center, and the Terrorist Threat Integration Center (TTIC) -- to transform itself to better respond to the heightened threat of terrorist attack in the 21st century.
  • U.S. Helsinki Commission Condemns Massacre in Beslan, Russia Washington File 09 Sep 2004 -- Members of the U.S. Helsinki Commission have added their voices to those throughout the world that have condemned the terrorist massacre at the school in Beslan in the North Ossetia region of the Russian Federation.
  • CONGRESS/9-11 COMMISSION VOA 09 Sep 2004 -- Several Republican and Democratic lawmakers have formally introduced legislation in the House of Representatives to implement most of the recommendations of the 9-11 Commission to reform the U.S. intelligence system. The move comes just before the third anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
  • US / INDONESIA / REACT VOA 09 Sep 2004 -- The United States has condemned Thursday's car-bomb attack outside the Australian embassy in the Indonesian capital Jakarta, and said it stands ready to assist both governments in any way it can.
  • U.S. VISA PROGRAMS VOA 09 Sep 2004 -- Lawmakers have heard details of weaknesses in U.S. government efforts to screen foreign visa applicants as part of more rigorous efforts underway since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. A hearing (Thursday) by a congressional committee was aimed at assessing progress in getting two government departments, State (Department) and Homeland Security, to streamline and increase cooperation on visa procedures.
  • Russia: Moscow Joins Countries Advocating Preemptive Stance On Terror RFE/RL 09 Sep 2004 -- The head of Russia's General Staff announced yesterday that Moscow is willing to strike against "terrorist bases" anywhere in the world. The comments come after the bloody school siege in southern Russia last week that left more than 300 civilians dead.
  • U.S. Condemns Bombing of Australian Embassy in Indonesia Washington File 09 Sep 2004 -- The United State Government condemns the bombing of the Australian embassy in Indonesia and says this latest violence will only strengthen resolve to fight international terrorism.
  • U.S. Names Two Branches of Saudi Foundation as Terror Supporters Washington File 09 Sep 2004 -- The U.S. Treasury Department has designated the U.S. and Comoros branches of the Saudi Arabia-based Al Haramain Foundation (AHF) and one of the foundation's U.S. directors as financiers and facilitators of terrorism.
  • Russia: Recounting The Beslan Hostage Siege -- A Chronology RFE/RL 09 Sep 2004 -- It has been nearly a week since the end of the hostage crisis in North Ossetia on 3 September. With each passing day, a few new details emerge about what exactly went on in Beslan. But many fundamental questions remain unanswered.
  • Pakistan military confirms killing 50 armed foreigners IRNA 09 Sep 2004 -- Pakistan military and official media confirmed the death of some 50 armed foreigners in a raid by fighter planes in the country`s tribal region close to Afghan border on Thursday.
  • INDONESIA BOMB UPDATE VOA 09 Sep 2004 -- A huge bomb blast in Indonesia killed at least eight people and injured more than 100. The target was the Australian Embassy, raising speculation that Islamic militants were behind the attack.
  • Indonesia: Bombing Near Australian Embassy In Jakarta Kills At Least Seven RFE/RL 09 Sep 2004 -- Attention in the war on terrorism shifted to Indonesia today, where a car bomb killed at least seven people near the Australian Embassy. There's been no formal claim of responsibility, although suspicions have fallen on Jemaah Islamiyah, a militant group linked to Al-Qaeda that has carried out dozens of bombings in Indonesia in recent years. The attack is sure to unnerve Australians, who see their country as a prime target for Southeast Asian-based militants.
  • BOMB/REACT VOA 09 Sep 2004 -- Following a deadly bombing in Indonesia, governments throughout Asia and the Pacific condemned the attacks and braced themselves for a fresh round of terrorist threats. The blast at the Australian Embassy killed at least seven people and injured about one hundred.
  • AUSTRALIA - INDONESIA BOMB VOA 09 Sep 2004 -- The Australian government has condemned a bomb attack on its embassy in Indonesia today (Thursday), which killed at least seven people. Foreign Minister Alexander Downer says the blast was "clearly a terrorist attack" aimed at Australia.
  • INDONESIA BOMB VOA 09 Sep 2004 -- A huge bomb blast in Indonesia has killed at least seven people and injured more than 100. The target was the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, giving rise to speculation that Islamic militants were behind the attack.
  • PAKISTAN/OFFENSIVE VOA 09 Sep 2004 -- Pakistan says it has destroyed a suspected training facility for foreign militants near the Afghan border. Military officials say 50 people died in the attack.
  • OSCE/TERROR VOA 08 Sep 2004 -- The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime have hosted a conference focussing on fighting terrorism and organized crime. Experts from more than a dozen organizations met to exchange ideas on increasing border security from Afghanistan through Central Asia to Europe.
  • Tribunal Finds Guantanamo Detainee Not Combatant; Man to be Sent Home AFPS 08 Sep 2004 -- A tribunal in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has determined a detainee there is not an enemy combatant, and the U.S. government will release the man to his home country soon, the official in charge of the tribunal process said.
  • Transcript: Special Department of Defense Briefing with Navy Secretary Gordon England 08 Sep 2004 -- Secretary of the Navy Gordon England
  • ENEMY COMBATANTS VOA 08 Sep 2004 -- A U.S. military tribunal has found that an accused terrorist being held at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba can go free after determining he was improperly classified as an enemy combatant. It is the first time since the tribunals began reviewing cases two-months ago that a detainee in the war on terrorism has had his designation as an enemy combatant overturned.
  • United States Indicts Colombian Terrorist for Attempted Murder Washington File 08 Sep 2004 -- The United States has indicted a member of a Colombian terrorist organization for attempted murder and the use of weapons of mass destruction in a November 2003 grenade attack in Bogota, which killed a Colombian woman and injured 73 other people, including five Americans, the U.S. Justice Department announced.
  • BALI BOMBER/BOOK VOA 08 Sep 2004 -- The leader of the Islamist gang that carried out the Bali nightclub bombing two years ago has written a book justifying his actions. The author, Imam Samudra, displays little remorse for his role in a plot that killed more than 200 people.
  • RUSSIA / RESPONSE VOA 08 Sep 2004 -- Russia's Federal Security Service has offered a 10-million dollar reward for information leading authorities to the two most prominent Chechen rebel leaders. Russia also says it may launch pre-emptive strikes on bases used for training militants.
  • RUMSFELD / TERROR VOA 07 Sep 2004 -- With the approach of the third anniversary of the September 11th attacks in the United States, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is once again warning the war on terrorism is far from over.
  • US / RUSSIA / CHECHNYA VOA 07 Sep 2004 -- The United States Tuesday reaffirmed its "absolute solidarity" with Russia in its fight against terrorism, but also reiterated its support for a political solution to the Chechnya conflict. The comments followed charges by Russian President Vladimir Putin that U.S. meetings with Chechen separatists undermine Russia's efforts against terror.
  • BRITAIN/RUSSIA TERROR VOA 07 Sep 2004 -- Prime Minister Tony Blair has publicly expressed his sympathy for those who have lost loved ones in the Beslan school siege, in Russia. In his monthly news conference, Mr. Blair also underlined that Britain stands in solidarity with Russia in the fight against terrorism.
  • U.S. Military Receives Education on Terrorism in Horn of Africa Washington File 07 Sep 2004 -- The threat of terrorism in the Horn of Africa is real, longstanding and growing, former U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia David Shinn told military officers learning more about political conditions in Africa, but he added that U.S. programs are in place to counter the immediate threat to the region.
  • Russia: Putin Rejects Open Inquiry Into Beslan Tragedy As Critical Voices Mount RFE/RL 07 Sep 2004 -- Vladimir Putin, in an interview yesterday with foreign journalists, said he has refused to order a public inquiry into the Beslan hostage-taking crisis and its deadly aftermath. The Russian president said a private investigation will suffice. But a growing number of voices in Russia are criticizing the authorities' actions during the Beslan crisis.
  • Russia: On Beslan, Putin Looks Beyond Chechnya, Sees International Terror RFE/RL 07 Sep 2004 -- Russia has been fighting a brutal war in Chechnya the past five years. Over the same period, Chechen militants have carried out multiple acts of terrorism on Russian soil. Yet to hear Russian President Vladimir Putin in recent days, the Russia-Chechnya conflict seemingly had little to do with the school hostage crisis in Beslan. In spite of claims by the hostage takers they were acting for an independent Chechnya, Putin -- instead -- pinned the blame on "international terrorists."
  • ASEAN TERROR VOA 07 Sep 2004 -- Military leaders from Southeast Asia say closer cooperation and intelligence sharing are the best ways to combat an increasingly international terrorist network. But they were split on proposals for joint military exercises.
  • Russia: Troubling Questions Remain About Bloody Beslan Siege RFE/RL 06 Sep 2004 -- Russia has begun two days of mourning for the hundreds of victims of the North Ossetia school massacre. But three days after the siege was broken, many fundamental questions remain about the tragedy and the authorities' handling of the incident. The exact number of victims, the number of hostage takers, and many other details have still not been revealed.
  • INDONESIA / BASHIR RULING VOA 06 Sep 2004 -- An Indonesian court has rejected a motion to free a Muslim cleric accused of heading the Asian terror network Jemaah Islamiyah. The decision clears the way for Abu Bakar Bashir to be tried under tough new anti-terror laws.
  • ISRAEL / RUSSIA VOA 06 Sep 2004 -- Israel has offered to share its experience in combating militant groups with Russia as both sides call for closer cooperation in fighting terrorism. The move follows the killing of more than 350 people, about half of them children, during a terrorist siege of a school in southern Russia.
  • RUSSIA / AFTERMATH UPDATE VOA 05 Sep 2004 -- Grieving relatives in the town of Beslan in southern Russia continue to search for the remains of those who died Friday when Russian troops stormed the school where more than one-thousand people were held hostage by terrorists. At least 350 people, half of them children, died in Russia's deadliest act of terror. President Vladimir Putin says security will be tightened in the wake of the massacre.
  • RUSSIA / AFTERMATH VOA 04 Sep 2004 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin visited survivors of the school siege in southern Russia Saturday as people of the region mourned the death of more than 300 people. At least 600 people were injured during Friday's battle as Russian special forces took control of a school held for over two days by heavily-armed militants
  • As Death Toll Tops 300, Russian President Signals Tough Stance RFE/RL 04 Sep 2004 -- Rescue workers today pulled more bodies from the ruins of the school in Beslan, North Ossetia, where the two-day hostage taking ended in bloody chaos yesterday, with the death toll climbing above 300.
  • Saudi Terror Suspect Reportedly Surrenders to Authorities Washington File 03 Sep 2004 -- Following is the official answer to a question taken at the September 2 regular State Department briefing; the answer was posted later in the day
  • US / RUSSIA TERRORISM VOA 03 Sep 2004 -- The United States is condemning the school takeover in Russia as a "particularly barbaric" act of terrorism. It says the perpetrators bear all the blame for the casualties.
  • RUSSIA / HOSTAGES VOA 03 Sep 2004 -- The siege at the school in southern Russia took a dramatic turn Friday when heavy gunfire from militants inside led Russian troops to storm the building. Hundreds of hostages, including many children, managed to flee. Others have died and some are still being held.
  • North Ossetia School Siege Ends in Hail of Gunfire, Roar of Explosions VOA News 03 Sep 2004 -- Reports from southern Russia say dozens of people have been killed in the school hostage crisis in the town of Beslan.
  • U.S. Soldier Found Guilty Of Trying To Help Al-Qaeda RFE/RL 03 Sep 2004 -- A U.S. military court in the state of Washington has convicted a U.S. soldier of trying to assist the Al-Qaeda terrorist network.
  • Russian Troops Break Seige At School RFE/RL 03 Sep 2004 -- Sporadic explosions followed by sustained gunfire have broken out around a school in Beslan, in Russia's republic of North Ossetia, where militants have been holding hundreds of hostages. Groups of children are being evacuated from the school building, and it appears Russian soldiers have entered the school.
  • Shooting, Explosions Continue Around North Ossetian School RFE/RL 03 Sep 2004 -- Shooting and explosions continue around the school in the Russian republic of North Ossetia that has been the scene of a three-day hostage crisis.
  • Chaos At Scene Of Russian Hostage Drama RFE/RL 03 Sep 2004 -- Chaos has engulfed the scene of a hostage drama at a school in Russia's republic of North Ossetia.
  • U.S. / RUSSIA / TERRORISM VOA 02 Sep 2004 -- The United States Thursday reiterated its "absolutely firm" condemnation of the hostage-taking in Russia's North Ossetia region despite its past support for a political solution to the Chechnya conflict. Secretary of State Colin Powell has discussed the hostage crisis by telephone with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
  • RUSSIA / SCHOOL SIEGE UPDATE VOA 02 Sep 2004 -- Armed militants holding hundreds of people hostage in southern Russia have freed around 30 women and children. The release comes as officials seek to hold more talks with the armed group holding the hostages inside the school.
  • Russia: Hostage Drama In North Ossetia Enters Second Day; At Least 12 Civilians Dead RFE/RL 02 Sep 2004 -- There are reports of two large explosions at a school in the southern Russian republic of North Ossetia that is the scene of an unfolding hostage drama. Large plumes of black smoke could be seen rising above the school this afternoon, where a group of armed men are holding some 325 hostages, including around 100 children. The cause of the blasts is not immediately clear. The attackers stormed the school in the town of Beslan early yesterday on the first day of classes in the new school year. While casualty figures vary, the North Ossetian interior minister said 12 civilians have been killed. He also said 15 students have so far managed to escape. And reports say 26 women and children, including infants, were freed by the gunmen this afternoon.
  • RUSSIA / SCHOOL SIEGE VOA 02 Sep 2004 -- Russian officials say there has been no progress in talks with militants holding over 300 people hostage inside a school in the region of North Ossetia near war-torn Chechnya. President Vladimir Putin has postponed a trip to Turkey to deal with the crisis.
  • Hostage Crisis In Russia Enters Second Day RFE/RL 02 Sep 2004 -- A group of armed men are holding for a second day today some 350 hostages, including children at a school in Russia's southern republic of North Ossetia.
  • JAPAN/RUSSIA/ISLANDS VOA 02 Sep 2004 -- In a move that Moscow has criticized, Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has sailed close to Russian-held islands that Japan claims as its own.
  • INDONESIA / TERROR CASES VOA 02 Sep 2004 -- An Indonesian court has sentenced a Muslim militant to 10 years in jail for his involvement in the deadly bombing of a Marriott Hotel in Jakarta. But police recently treated another militant, imprisoned for his role in the 2002 Bali bombings, to coffee at a coffee shop.
  • U.S. Strongly Condemns Terrorist Attacks in Russia Washington File 01 Sep 2004 -- The White House issued a statement August 31 condemning in the "strongest terms" the recent terrorist attacks in the Russian Federation.
  • CHECHNYA: MOSCOW SHOULD 'SERIOUSLY EXPLORE' DIALOGUE US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 01 Sep 2004
  • At Least Two Dead In North Ossetian School Standoff RFE/RL 01 Sep 2004 -- Russian authorities faced more Caucasus-related violence today, as a group of armed attackers stormed a school in the southern republic of North Ossetia, taking hundreds of children and adults hostage. At least two people have been killed in the incident and 11 injured.
  • RUSSIA / SCHOOL ATTACK VOA 01 Sep 2004 -- More than a dozen heavily armed gunmen seized up to 200 people, including many children, in the southern Russian republic of North Ossetia.
  • Armed Men Seize Hostages At School In Southern Russia RFE/RL 01 Sep 2004 -- A force of armed attackers today stormed and barricaded themselves in a school in the Russian republic of North Ossetia, taking between 120 and 150 people, including schoolchildren, as hostages.
  • iNavSat consortium delivers bid for Galileo Concession Thales 01 Sep 2004 -- Brussels, 1st September - The iNavSat consortium today delivered its offer to the Galileo Joint Undertaking (GJU) to become the Galileo concessionaire, deploying the Galileo satellite constellation and operator of all subsequent services. The consortium was chosen in February as one of the three final bidders. The preferred bidder is expected to be announced in December 2004, followed by negotiations with the Galileo Joint Undertaking in 2005. The financial close of the concession contract is anticipated by December 2005.



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