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WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S.
military is quietly expanding its network
of small outposts worldwide to help
fight terrorism in Middle Eastern and
African hotspots, even as it prepares to
send home tens of thousands of troops
from Cold War bases in Germany and
Among the places the military
already has placed
or hopes to estab- g ,
lish such new "lily It ernp
pads" or jumping and'
off points: Bulgaria a d siml
and Romania in
Eastern Europe; a
pier in Singapore, defense an
Azerbaijan in Cen-
tral Asia, and a tiny
island off the oil-rich coast of West
"Freedom of action," is a term the
Pentagon uses to describe the flex-
ibility it seeks, and Defense Secretary
Donald Rumsfeld is to brief senators
on the plan today.
When President Bush announced
in August that 70,000 troops and
100,000 of their family members in
Europe and Asia would move to bases
in the United States, much of the pub-
lic reaction was focused on the his-
toric scale of withdrawal.
of options for basing and using troops.
Thus the Pentagon is trying to move
away from big concentrations of troops
at permanent overseas bases in favor of
rotating troops for short tours at training
ranges and other remote outposts.
In short, the size, location and capa-
bilities of the U.S. military overseas
are about to undergo the most profound
changes since the end of World War II
and the Korean War, Douglas Feith, the
undersecretary of defense for policy,
. "During the
ire, pure Cold War we had
pe a strong sense that
we knew where
the major risks and
- William Arkin fights were going
to bea, so we could
deploy people right
there. They could
be garrisoned where they were going to
have to fight," said Feith, the new basing
plan's chief architect.
"We're operating now in a complete-
ly different concept," he said. "We need
to be able to do that whole range of mili-
tary operations anywhere in the world
Feith said the changes would be done
in a "rolling process" over a 10-year
The Pentagon already has lined up
some "forward operating sites," some-
times referred to as "lily pads," that have
Marine Lance Cpl. Chris Shellhamer, 22, from Mountainview, Calif. carries his
seabag as he and other Marines of Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine
Regiment, prepare to deploy to Iraq at Camp Pendleton, Calif., last Saturday.
few, if any, permanent American troops.
Some store U.S. war materiel, others are
merely "gas-and-go" way stations.
A few examples:
An air field in Dakar, Senegal,
in West Africa, where the U.S. Air
Force has landing and fuel contracting
arrangements. Air Force planes staged
from there during 2003 peacekeeping
efforts in Liberia.
Entebbe airport in Uganda.
Singapore, the island nation at
the crossroads between the Indian and
Pacific Oceans. Singapore built a deep-
draft pier at Changi naval station that
can accommodate a U.S. aircraft car-
rier, and U.S. Air Force planes use Sin-
gapore's Paya Lebar air base.
Manta air base in Ecuador. U.S.
forces periodically operate there with
Ecuadoran troops as part of a regional
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A videotape appeared on an Islamic website yesterday purportedly showing the
beheading of American hostage Jack Hensley by al-Qaida-linked kidnappers.
The appearance of the video came hours after Hensley's headless body was
located and handed over to U.S. officials in Iraq.
In the video, a blindfolded man in an orange jumpsuit sat in front of five masked
militants dressed in black. One read a statement as they stood in front of a banner
of Tawhid and Jihad, a group led by Jordanian terror mastermind Abu Musab al-
Zarqawi that is fighting U.S. troops in Iraq.
After reading a statement, one of the militants pulled a knife and attacked the
man from behind. Then the head was placed on the body.
The tape was posted on a website known as a clearing house for Islamic militants. The
identity of the man who was killed in the tape could not be independently verified.
The group earlier said it had beheaded fellow U.S. hostage Eugene Armstrong.
A videotape purportedly of Armstrong being killed surfaced on a website Monday.
Armstrong's decapitated body was found in Baghdad the same day.
Teenage suicide bomber kills 2, wounds 16
A Palestinian teenager blew herself up at a busy Jerusalem bus station yesterday,
killing two Israeli policemen who stopped her for a security check and wounding
16 bystanders in an attack that evaded Israel's clampdown on the West Bank for
the Jewish holidays.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, meanwhile, dropped a plan to evacuate 21 Jewisb
settlements in the Gaza Strip simultaneously at the beginning of next year, revert-
ing to an earlier formula - a staged pullout in the summer of 2005.
That prompted Secretary of State Colin Powell to say Palestinian Prime Min-
ister Ahmed Qureia - and not Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat - should be
empowered to take control of Gaza. Arafat "is not able to act in this manner,"
Powell said yesterday. Israel and the United States are boycotting Arafat, the head
of the Palestinian Authority.
Sharon also hinted that Israel might one day assassinate Arafat, as it did
with two leaders of the Islamic militant group Hamas responsible for scores of
Report: Militants trained for 7 years in SE Asia
A secret government report says Muslim guerrillas in the southern Philippines
have hosted terror training camps for militant groups from Indonesia and Malaysia
for at least seven years.
The training lasted at least until 19 new members of Jemaah Islamiyah - the al
Qaida-linked Southeast Asian terror group - finished in January, according to a copy of
the government security assessment report obtained yesterday by The Associated Press.
The report provides insight into the depth and duration of the training of foreign
ers from Jemaah Islamiyah and other extremist groups at the camps, regarded as a
lifeline for Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida following the destruction of its key train-
ing camps in Afghanistan.
CBS hit with fine for Super Bowl flash dance
CBS got the bill yesterday for Janet Jackson's eye-catching flash dance during
the Super Bowl halftime show: a record $550,000.
The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to fine each of
the 20 CBS-owned TV stations $27,500, which is the maximum penalty for inde-
cency. The singer's right breast was briefly exposed to millions of television view,
ers during the show.
The fine is the largest against a television broadcaster.
"As countless families gathered around the TV to watch one of our nation's most
celebrated events, they were rudely greeted with a halftime show stuntpore fitting
of a burlesque show," said Michael Powell, the commission chairman.
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