|Central Command Asks to Designate Afghanistan Combat Zone |
Central Command Asks to Designate Afghanistan Combat Zone
By Jim Garamone, American Forces Press Service.
Washington D.C. -- (AFPS) October 9, 2001 -- U.S. Central Command officials have asked that Afghanistan, its airspace and the seas near it be declared a combat zone, DoD officials said Oct. 9.
Service members participating in the attacks on the Al Qaeda terror network and Taliban military targets would receive $150 per month combat pay and be excused from federal taxes for the month.
The Central Command request has come to Washington. It will go through the Joint Staff to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld for approval and then to President Bush. The president may name the area a combat zone via executive order. If approved, officials can backdate the pay.
Afghanistan is already an imminent danger zone, so U.S. service members already qualify for $150 per month imminent danger pay. The sea off Pakistan, however, is not yet so labeled.
Officials expect quick action on the request.