October 29, 2002 The Pentagon confirms it has about 800 troops operating in the Horn of Africa region as part of the war on terrorism. Meanwhile, several prisoners are released from Guantanamo Bay. Hear NPR's Eric Westervelt and David Rohde of The New York Times.
October 29, 2002 Al Qaeda's former leadership may have been dispersed and disrupted by U.S attacks in Afghanistan, but the extremist organization could well be regrouping in parts of the Middle East and Central Asia. This information comes from Gen. Tommy Franks, head of U.S. Central Command. To contend with this more scattered threat, Franks said today that the United States has some 800 land and sea based troops in Djibouti and other parts of the Horn of Africa. Eric Westervelt reports from the Pentagon.
October 18, 2002 NPR's Eric Westervelt reports that the United States military presence continues to escalate in the Persian Gulf, even as the United States presses for a new United Nations resolution on Iraq. Practice maneuvers are similar to military exercises that took place just before the Gulf war in 1991. Troops and hardware are also moving into the area, along with aircraft carrier battle groups, all within striking range of Iraq. (3:48) Read the Transcript
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October 13, 2002 As the United States prepares to move against Iraq, talk about the casualties that might result on both sides has been muted. NPR's Eric Westervelt reports that official estimates of possible U.S. and Iraqi casualties may be based on outdated models and that should the United States. suffer heavy losses, support for the war could plummet. (6:00) Read the Transcript
October 8, 2002 If there is a war between U.S. and Iraqi forces, American planners hope that Saddam Hussein's top generals will defect and refuse to carry out any orders to launch weapons of mass destruction. To help encourage defections, the Bush administration has warned Iraqi commanders that they will be tried for war crimes if they resort to weapons of mass destruction. Skeptics doubt this approach will work. NPR's Eric Westervelt reports from Washington. (4:00) Read the Transcript
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October 6, 2002 Members of the Bush Administration and many military leaders have expressed confidence in the country's capability to fight a war with Iraq. But some in the military caution that the United States armed forces would be in a far less favorable position should they engage in block-to-block fighting in Iraqi urban centers. NPR's Eric Westervelt reports. (5:58) Read the Transcript
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