Israeli troops backed by armor intensified an offensive across
the West Bank on Monday, pounding a Ramallah building with
anti-aircraft guns, briefly pushing into Bethlehem and sending
the deafening echo of tank shells through Palestinian streets.
Disgruntled northern alliance soldiers were blamed Monday for
two recent shootings that targeted international peacekeepers,
and a spokesman for the security force said troops would
significantly increase their presence in a lawless part of the
National Guard troops patrolling airports will be replaced by
uniformed police officers, the new Transportation Security
Administration government said Monday. In a security directive
to airports, the agency said the police officers would be
stationed at airport screening stations in place of the Guard.
Local police will be at the checkpoints until the security
agency hires its own law enforcement officers.
President Bush appealed Monday for Palestinian leader Yasser
Arafat to order a halt to the suicide bomb attacks in Israel
and the West Bank. Suicide bombing in the name of religion is
nothing but terror
Pakistani authorities have handed over to the United States a
man considered the biggest catch yet in the war on terrorism:
Abu Zubaydah, a senior al-Qaida leader believed to be leading
an attempt to reconstitute the group in Pakistan,
The American flag that was lifted above the wreckage of the
World Trade Center and then flew aboard Navy ships deployed in
the war against terror was raised above City Hall on Monday.
City officials and Navy officers stood at attention in a
solemn, wordless ceremony as an honor guard of police officers
and firefighters lifted the flag and bagpipers played
"America the Beautiful."
Prosecutors acknowledged Monday they do not have evidence that
John Walker Lindh killed Americans in Afghanistan. But a
federal judge said that would not be necessary to prove Lindh
joined a conspiracy to murder Americans as a Taliban fighter.
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Israel seized control of Bethlehem and another West Bank town
Tuesday in a day of wild fighting that left at least 13
Palestinians dead. Palestinian gunmen forced their way into
the Church of the Nativity, where tradition says Jesus was
born, and Israeli tanks and helicopters pounded the
headquarters of a Palestinian security chief.
Al-Qaida terrorists fleeing Afghanistan have been allowed safe
passage through Iran, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld
said Tuesday, criticizing Tehran for a second straight day as
a supporter of global terrorists
The State Department, citing a "deteriorating security
situation," urged Americans who live in Jerusalem to
leave the city on Tuesday and encouraged dependents of
American diplomats to return to the United States
Police raided more suspected al-Qaida hide-outs, arresting 16
people in an ongoing crackdown against Osama bin Laden's
terror network in Pakistan, officials said Tuesday. Meanwhile,
the country's major Islamic parties called on the government
to end military cooperation with the United States in the war
on terrorism and announced plans for nationwide protests
against Israel's military offensive against the Palestinians,
a move the clerics sought to link to U.S. policies.
The White House on Tuesday celebrated the U.S. capture of top
al-Qaida leader Abu Zubaydah as a "very serious
blow" to the terrorist network. Zubaydah is described as
an operational planner and key recruiter for al-Qaida and a
member of Osama bin Laden's "inner circle" who can
provide a treasure-trove of top-to-bottom information about
the terrorist group.
Faced with punitive U.S. sanctions, Serbia's prime minister
said Tuesday he expects that war crimes suspects will be
quickly arrested and extradited to a U.N. tribunal. In a boost
for the chances of extraditions taking place, the Yugoslav
federal government said it had ordered state agencies to
cooperate with the U.N. court, based in The Hague,
Netherlands. Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic said
"it can be expected that the first extraditions take
place" Tuesday or Wednesday.
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Saddam Hussein has increased money for the relatives of
suicide bombers from $10,000 to $25,000, drawing sharp
criticism from Washington. But Palestinians say the bombers
are driven by a priceless thirst for revenge, religious zeal
and dreams of glory — not greed.
A purported key backer of Osama bin Laden pleaded guilty
Wednesday to stabbing a prison guard in the eye with a
sharpened comb, leaving him brain-damaged.
Mamdouh Mahmud Salim entered the plea in U.S. District Court
in Manhattan before Judge Deborah A. Batts. Salim, allegedly a
founding member of bin Laden's al-Qaida organization, had been
scheduled to go on trial next week on charges that he maimed
the guard, Louis Pepe, in November 2000 as part of a wider
plot to take hostages and win the release of other prisoners
at the Metropolitan Correctional Center.
President Bush (news - web sites)'s spokesman blamed climbing
U.S. pump prices on Mideast tension, the recovering economy
and seasonal factors, but expressed no concern about a
possible Iraqi-led oil embargo against the United States.
Gasoline prices have jumped 23 cents per gallon over the last
month, and U.S. crude prices have jumped by 36 percent since
the beginning of February. Motorists are likely to see higher
prices at the pump as the peak summer driving season
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The Palestinian leadership accepted "without
conditions" a new peace effort by President Bush, in a
Cabinet statement issued early Friday. Bush called for Israel
to stop its incursions into Palestinian-controlled territory
in the West Bank and begin to withdraw its forces. The
president restated U.S. demands that Palestinians stop terror
attacks and said he would send Secretary of State Colin Powell
to the region to try to negotiate an end to the crisis.
Israeli tanks tightened their chokehold on the West Bank's
biggest city, and battles raged Thursday at nearby Palestinian
refugee camps. The United States intensified its involvement
— sending a mediator to meet Yasser Arafat and ordering in
the secretary of state.
Pilots have flown through the prohibited airspace protecting
the White House at least 94 times over the past decade,
illustrating the challenges of thwarting a terrorist airstrike
on the nation's capital.
Afghan authorities said Thursday they have uncovered a plot
against the fledgling government, arresting hundreds for
allegedly planning "terrorism, abductions and
sabotage," and seizing weapons and documents in sweeps
throughout the capital
The Justice Department is considering a proposal to allow
local and state police to enforce immigration laws in the
aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. Some police departments are
resisting the idea of enforcing noncriminal immigration
violations, but Justice Department spokesman Dan Nelson said
Wednesday the Immigration and Naturalization Service does not
have enough federal agents to do the work.
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Breaking Yasser Arafat's isolation, a U.S. envoy met with the
Palestinian leader at his tank-encircled headquarters Friday
on the bloodiest day of fighting since the beginning of the
week-old Israeli military offensive.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair, welcoming weekend talks
with President Bush, said Friday "there can be few
grounds of optimism" in the Middle East even as the
United States intensifies efforts to curb Israeli-Palestinian
Al-Qaida and Taliban supporters in Afghanistan are offering
rewards of up to $100,000 for capturing or killing Westerners
Israeli warplanes rocketed suspected guerrilla positions in
southern Lebanon on Friday after Lebanese guerrillas renewed
attacks on Israeli posts in a disputed border area, defying
warnings that fighting could open another front in the
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President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair insisted
Saturday that Israel halt its escalating offensive in the West
Bank and immediately withdraw its troops, but Israel's leader
vowed to fight on for now.
Without giving a time frame, Israel's leader told President
Bush on Saturday that he would expedite the nine-day West Bank
offensive. Israeli troops traded round-the-clock fire with
Palestinian gunmen for a third straight day in Nablus and
U.S. troops hauled bags of documents from abandoned al-Qaida
and Taliban caves to Bagram air base Saturday after days of
searching through mountains, turning up secret jail cells and
dossiers with photographs and fingerprint samples.
Despite three gunshot wounds, a top Osama bin Laden lieutenant
remained composed and defiant when he was taken into U.S.
custody last week, medical staff who treated him said
Braced for booby-traps and hidden tripwires, American soldiers
searching elaborate cave complexes along the Pakistan border
found jail cells and dossiers complete with photographs and
North Korea has agreed to resume talks with the United States
and revive reconciliation efforts with rival South Korea after
months of increasing tension on the world's last Cold War
Arab foreign ministers met Saturday to discuss ways of
strengthening their response to an Israeli military offensive
amid calls from Iraq and Iran to cut off oil supplies to
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Israeli troops fought fierce battles with Palestinians in the
West Bank on Sunday, encountering stiff resistance in the
crowded Jenin refugee camp and in the winding alleyways of
Nablus' Old City.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair, in the strongest signal yet
he would back U.S. military action against Iraq, said Sunday
that Saddam Hussein must allow weapons inspectors into his
country "any time, any place the international community
demands" or face consequences.
One in three New York-area residents remain at risk for
post-traumatic stress months after the Sept. 11 attack on the
World Trade Center, according to a Red Cross study released
Embarking on a crucial Middle East mission, Secretary of State
Colin Powell said Sunday that Israel's leader has "taken
very much to heart" President Bush's call for an
immediate withdrawal from Palestinian areas.
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Arab leaders pressured Secretary of State Colin Powell on
Monday to do more to halt Israel's military sweep in the West
Bank despite President Bush's fresh call for a swift pullback.
"I meant what I said," the president declared in the
Israel said it would start withdrawing from two West Bank
cities even as it pushed deeper into other Palestinian
strongholds Monday in house to house fighting backed by
helicopters and bulldozers.
Oil prices surged Monday in a fresh wave of anxiety after Iraq
cut off crude exports to demonstrate support for the
Palestinians in their struggle with Israel.
Though U.S. forces have failed to capture Osama bin Laden,
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld says the manhunt has at
least neutralized the terrorist leader.
President Bush on Monday revived his appeal for Americans to
do their part against terrorism by volunteering with police
and emergency crews. "We need this participation from our
citizenry," he said. The president toured a citizens
police academy and talked with mayors about funds for the
Citizen Corps he wants to expand to augment local emergency
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Palestinians ambushed Israeli troops in the cramped quarters
of a West Bank refugee camp Tuesday, setting off a suicide
bomb trap in a narrow alley and firing on soldiers in a
courtyard, the military said. Thirteen Israelis were killed,
the biggest blow to the army in its West Bank offensive.
Secretary of State Colin Powell called Tuesday for accelerated
negotiations to establish a Palestinian state, even as he
pressed for a cease-fire to Middle East violence between
Israel and the Palestinians in the meantime
A New York defense attorney and three other people were
charged Tuesday with helping a blind Egyptian sheik direct
terrorism from a U.S. prison by carrying messages to and from
his followers around the world.
President Bush on Tuesday used the Iraqi oil embargo to
promote his stalled energy plan, but aides said he was not
seriously considering more dramatic action such as gasoline
tax cuts or the use of oil reserves to respond to price
The family of a Suffolk woman who died in the collapse of the
Twin Towers has filed a wrongful-death suit seeking millions
of dollars, saying American Airlines was negligent when one of
its jets slammed into the World Trade Center.
The husband of one of the 11 September victims who died inside
her World Trade Center office has sued American Airlines for
more than $50m (£34.84m) in compensatory damages. In
addition, the suit includes a claim for unspecified punitive
damages for the terror, pain and suffering, wrongful death and
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Secretary of State Colin Powell said Wednesday he would push
ahead with his peacekeeping mission in the Middle East despite
Israel's objections to his meeting Palestinian leader Yasser
Arafat. An Israeli military withdrawal from three West Bank
towns drew support from the White House.
From a West Bank army base overlooking the scene of the
deadliest fighting in Israel's 13-day-old offensive, Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon on Wednesday delivered a blunt message:
Israel will not pull back until Palestinian militias are
The Federal Aviation Administration removed one of the Sept.
11 hijackers from its mailing list Wednesday after learning it
had sent the man its regional pilots newsletter.
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Secretary of State Colin Powell challenged Israeli Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon's limited withdrawal of troops from
Palestinian areas on Thursday, saying President Bush
"wants to see more progress."
Attorney General John Ashcroft ordered federal agencies
Thursday to link the databases of local and federal law
enforcers with foreign intelligence sources to lower
bureaucratic barriers and rivalries that could stand in the
way of fighting terrorism
The world's first permanent war crimes tribunal got the
necessary international backing Thursday to come into force on
July 1, a milestone hailed by human rights advocates and many
nations but strongly opposed by the United States
A top al-Qaida official denied knowledge of who was behind the
Sept. 11 attacks in the United States when interrogated
shortly after his arrest here
Israel pulled out of two dozen small West Bank towns and
villages Thursday, but swept into others and rounded up more
Palestinian men despite U.S. calls and international pressure
to end the 2-week-old campaign to root out militants
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Secretary of State Colin Powell called off his Saturday
meeting with Yasser Arafat late Friday night after a new
suicide bombing spread out before Powell's eyes the carnage he
had come to Israel in hopes of ending
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan called Friday for sending an
armed international force to Palestinian areas to stop the
The most senior al-Qaida member in U.S. custody could be a
"fountain of knowledge" about terror operations but
so far has said little
Sharply higher gasoline costs drove up wholesale prices in
March by the largest amount in 14 months. Shoppers, hit by
more expensive energy bills, spent modestly on other things
Two governors announced tougher security measures at the major
airports around New York City on Friday, including requiring
criminal background checks of shop workers and fingerprint
scans for all airport employees. The $100 million plan by New
York Gov. George Pataki and New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey
exceeds federal rules established after the Sept. 11 terrorist
Senators are pushing to win passage of a White House-approved
border security bill to tighten restrictions on who can get
into the country and how closely those people are tracked by
immigration and security officials.
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Struggling to salvage his peace mission, Secretary of State
Colin Powell will press Yasser Arafat when they meet Sunday to
take "effective action" to end Palestinian attacks
against Israel. Powell also is calling for restraint by
Israeli forces on the West Bank.
Israeli troops charged into several more West Bank villages
and arrested about 40 suspected militants Saturday, while
Palestinian civilians picked through the rubble in towns
hard-hit by Israel's ongoing incursion.
An associate of ex-President Slobodan Milosevic died Saturday,
two days after shooting himself in the head to protest passage
of a law that would have allowed his arrest and extradition to
the U.N. war crimes tribunal.
After a month long tribute, two pillars of light beamed
skyward in memory of those killed in the September 11 attack
on the World Trade Center faded out as Saturday night yielded
to Sunday morning. Located about a block from Ground Zero, the
twin banks of 88 searchlights were meant to evoke the fallen
towers and could be seen more than 20 miles away. The creation
was such a success that there were calls to include it as part
of a permanent memorial.
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Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat rebuffed Secretary of State
Colin Powell's demand Sunday for a halt to violence, saying
Israel first must withdraw its troops from the West Bank
Israel's Supreme Court told the army Sunday that it must give
the Palestinians the bodies of those killed in this refugee
camp. The army gave journalists a limited tour of the
devastation and denied that mass killings took place.
Spanish police have arrested an Algerian man suspected of
being the financial chief in Spain of Osama bin Laden's
al-Qaida terrorist network
A warning to anyone considering foul play along the Boston
Marathon course: That runner who just huffed by could be a
cop. As many as 600 officers, half from the Boston Police
Department, are expected to run in Monday's race,
supplementing the unprecedented force that will guard the
race's first edition in the security-conscious days following
the Sept. 11 attacks.
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Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Monday that Israeli troops
would press ahead with a campaign against Palestinian
militants in two major West Bank towns despite U.S. pleas for
a full withdrawal. Israel also grabbed a senior aide to Yasser
Arafat whom Sharon says was behind suicide bombings.
Secretary of State Colin Powell on Monday embraced the idea of
an international conference aimed at stopping Middle East
violence and restarting Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations
At least four U.S. soldiers were killed Monday and a fifth was
injured when rockets they were trying to destroy accidentally
blew up. The casualty toll could rise because some soldiers
were missing after the noontime explosion, U.S. officials said
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Monday that troops
will be out of all West Bank cities except Ramallah and
Bethlehem within a week.
In a previously undisclosed videotape of al-Qaida images, a
young man identified as one of the Sept. 11 hijackers said
"It is time we kill the Americans in their
heartland." Another clip broadcast by the Arab TV station
Al-Jazeera shows Osama bin Laden kneeling side by side with a
top deputy who proclaimed the terror attacks a "great
victory." It wasn't clear when the tape shown Monday was
made, but the appearance of an apparent hijacker in one
segment indicated at least some parts were filmed before the
attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon
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Secretary of State Colin Powell, struggling for progress at
the end of a frustrating trip to the Middle East, pushed
Israel Tuesday to expand its withdrawal from the West Bank and
sought fresh assurances from the Palestinians to stop violence
British troops have launched their first major combat
operation of the Afghan conflict, joining U.S. and Afghan
soldiers searching the snowcapped peaks of southeastern
Afghanistan for al-Qaida and Taliban fighters.
Israeli forces moved into a West Bank town and three villages
near Jerusalem on Tuesday — a day after Prime Minister Ariel
Sharon said operations were winding down — and imposed
curfews as part of a high security alert ahead of Israeli
The FBI, facing escalating criticism and threats of a lawsuit
from some family members, recently reversed its position and
announced it would allow interested families to listen to the
30-minute tape Thursday in Princeton, N.J. The move was guided
in part by the strong possibility that the tape will be used
in the government's prosecution of alleged hijacking
conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui
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Secretary of State Colin Powell failed to get the cease-fire
he sought as he ended his 10-day peace mission Wednesday,
leaving Israel and the Palestinians mired in violence and
Afghanistan's deposed monarch, Mohammad Zaher Shah, ended a
29-year exile in Italy on Thursday and headed home to
Afghanistan — a historic return that many believe will help
stabilize the war-ravaged country and unify its ethnic and
President Bush said Wednesday the United States is still
waging war "day by day, terrorist by terrorist," and
warned that the spring thaw in Afghanistan could unearth
pockets of al-Qaida fighters seeking to violently undercut the
American Airlines' parent company said Wednesday it lost $575
million in the first three months of the year, and officials
suggested a surprisingly large loss in the current quarter.
Police and security agents on Wednesday questioned five
Pakistanis suspected of providing logistical support to
Richard C. Reid before he boarded a Paris-Miami flight with
To better manage homeland defense, the Pentagon is changing
the way it assigns war-fighting responsibilities at home and
around the world, defense officials announced Wednesday.
"Today, our country faces an era of the unexpected,"
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said in announcing a
realignment of the military's command structure. "We must
be ready to win today's global war on terror, but, at the same
time, prepare for other surprises and uncertainties that we
must will most certainly face in the 21st century."
A U.S. Special Forces soldier was shot in the face Wednesday
when a gunman fired at a group of Americans in an apparent
drive-by shooting on a crowded shopping street, the U.S.
military said. Afghan officials said they believed Taliban or
al-Qaida fugitives were responsible and said they feared there
may be more such attacks on U.S. troops and their Afghan
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A small plane, in flames and reporting mechanical problems,
smashed into the tallest skyscraper in Italy's financial
capital Thursday, killing at least three people and injuring
60. The crash initially raised fears of a Sept. 11-type terror
attack, but the Italian government said it was probably an
Israel will complete its pullout from the town of Jenin
overnight, an army commander said Thursday, after a curfew was
lifted and refugee camp residents began searching for loved
ones under the rubble. A U.N. envoy said the incursion caused
"colossal suffering" and was unjustified.
With grief counselors on hand, relatives of those who died
aboard United Flight 93 heard a cockpit recording Thursday
that included "yelling and screaming" just before
the hijacked plane crashed in a Pennsylvania field Sept. 11
President Bush defended the slow pace of Israel's withdrawal
from Palestinian cities and said Thursday he understood why
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon had laid siege to Yasser Arafat's
After the weakest year in a decade, the world economy is set
to rebound in 2002, led by a stronger-than-expected recovery
in the United States, the International Monetary Fund
predicted Thursday. The IMF, issuing its latest "World
Economic Outlook," saw a variety of reasons to be more
optimistic about growth this year and in 2003. The report also
cited threats that could derail the recovery, ranging from
rising tensions in the Middle East to a surge in global oil
British troops have found indications that Taliban and
al-Qaida fighters may be sneaking back into the area they fled
last month during the U.S.-led Operation Anaconda.
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The cockpit recording from hijacked United Flight 93 confirms
that its passengers were heroes who struck America's first
counterpunch against terrorism on Sept. 11, their relatives
said Thursday after listening to the tape for the first time
.In the final minutes before the jet slammed into a
Pennsylvania field, the tape recorded a woman pleading for her
life, dishes smashing, the sound of yelling and screaming in
Arabic and English and the almost deafening noise of the wind
as the jet hurtled toward Earth
The Israeli army pulled out of Jenin on Friday as Palestinian
residents of the town's devastated refugee camp dug for
corpses and international aid workers moved in to help the
homeless and trace the missing.
The Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center claimed victims
from half the states in America, according to a report
released by New York City's Office of Vital Statistics. Based
on 2,617 death certificates filed by Jan. 25, records show the
vast majority of those killed 1,687 were from New York,
followed by 662 from New Jersey. But victims also hailed from
as near as Pennsylvania and Connecticut and as far as Utah and
California, the report released Thursday said.
The FBI publicly warned more than 1,200 banks in the Northeast
on Friday of possible terrorist attacks, and government
officials said the unconfirmed information that led to the
dramatic alert came in part from a high-ranking al-Qaida
leader in U.S. custody
A Pakistani court replaced the judge in the case of slain U.S.
reporter Daniel Pearl on Friday, just days before the four
defendants were to enter pleas. The lawyer for the chief
defendant, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, had asked that Judge
Arshad Noor Khan be removed because he was present during a
Feb. 14 hearing at which the British-born Islamic militant
admitted his role in the kidnapping. Saeed later recanted, and
his lawyers argued that allowing Khan to preside would be
prejudicial to the defense.
Malaysian police believe that 100 members of an
al-Qaida-linked Islamic extremist group remain at large
following the arrests of 14 suspects, including the wife of a
Malaysian accused of helping two of the Sept. 11 hijackers.
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City transit officials say reconstructing the lower Manhattan
transportation network, smashed by the collapse of the World
Trade Center towers, could cost more than $7 billion, two
newspapers reported Saturday.
Pakistan's opposition parties agreed Saturday to hold
nationwide protests against a referendum being staged by
President Gen. Pervez Musharraf to affirm his role as
The fragile nature of Afghanistan's peace was evident
Saturday, as French peacekeepers were shot at, a plot to
assassinate the returned king was uncovered and parents were
threatened with death for educating their children
Hundreds of U.S. military engineers landed on a southern
Philippine island Saturday to build roads, airstrips and
improved ports to aid an American-backed offensive against
Nearly 300,000 Afghans have returned home from Pakistan and
Iran in the past seven weeks as peace starts to take hold in
large parts of Afghanistan, the United Nations said.
Gunmen opened fire on French peacekeepers patrolling the
Afghan capital of Kabul, slightly injuring one soldier. The
French soldiers returned fire during the attack near the Kabul
airport Friday evening, shooting 70 to 80 rounds, said Capt.
Serge Khun, spokesman for the 18-nation, 4,500-strong
international peacekeeping force responsible for security in
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Images of the al-Qaida leader swirl on televisions across the
Middle East, his steady voice preaching war as he kneels
before a scenic mountain range. U.S. officials believe the
latest pictures of Osama bin Laden (news - web sites) were
probably filmed last year and are an attempt by his followers
to keep the message alive while his fate remains unknown.
Palestinians in West Bank cities began to clean up and rebuild
Sunday, the first day in three weeks without an armed Israeli
presence on the streets.
Former king Mohammad Zaher Shah told the Afghan people he has
no interest in regaining his throne and he supports the
leadership of interim Prime Minister Hamid Karzai
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Maulvi Mohammed Nabi Mohammedi, an Afghan militia leader who
battled the Soviets and visited the White House in the 1980s,
died Monday in Pakistan, a news agency reported. He was 82.
Fed up with checkpoints and armed men demanding unofficial
"fees," shippers balked Monday at paying more
charges, leaving a long line of elaborately painted trucks
piled high with cloth, tires, television sets and car parts
Two people were killed Monday in religious strife between
Hindus and Muslims in western India, bring to 20 the number of
dead in two days of clashes. At least 105 have been injured
The Afghan government says its campaign to plow under poppy
fields is stopping tons of opium from entering the market, but
a half-hour drive from the southern city of Kandahar vast
fields of the bright pink and red flowers remain untouched.
President Saddam Hussein ordered that $25,000 be paid to
Palestinians for each house destroyed by Israeli forces in the
West Bank refugee camp of Jenin, the official Iraqi news
agency reported Sunday. Iraq already has been making payments
of up to $25,000 to families of Palestinian suicide bombers
since the Israeli-Palestinian clashes began in September 2000.
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Islamic militant Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh admitted his role in
the kidnap-slaying of reporter Daniel Pearl and said he
expected to be extradited to the United States, two police
officers testified Tuesday.
Police said a Muslim was burned alive and a Hindu was shot by
officers who were trying to stop rioters from burning a slum
on Tuesday in Gujarat state, where 857 people have been killed
in nearly two months of religious rioting.
Afghans sheltering in camps that dot this country are feeling
the pinch of a cut in aid supplies by agencies trying to prod
them to return to the villages they abandoned. But many stay
behind amid the squalor and constant burials that have become
so familiar. Agencies involved in the relocation push
acknowledge a shift in food distribution with the long-term
goal of disbanding Afghanistan's largest camp, Maslakh, which
currently has 100,000 residents.
The top al Qaeda lieutenant captured in Pakistan told U.S.
interrogators Sunday that Osama bin Laden's terrorist network
has worked on developing a radiation bomb
A federal judge said yesterday that a lawsuit filed by the
nation's largest Muslim charity raised "significant and
distressing allegations" about government actions in its
war on terror.
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The chief prosecutor in the trial of Muslim militants charged
in the kidnap-slaying of Wall Street Journal correspondent
Daniel Pearl said Wednesday he feared for his life after being
threatened by the defendants.
From across southern Afghanistan, Pashtun tribal elders
gathered inside the marble and tiled walls of one of the
country's holiest shrines Wednesday to urge the return of
deposed king Mohammad Zaher Shah to the throne.
Factional fighting erupted Wednesday in southern Afghanistan
after one local police commander arrested another and locked
him in a shipping container for five days, the provincial
intelligence chief said. Four people were killed and three
Police fired tear gas into a huge crowd of mainly Muslim
demonstrators outside a police station Wednesday, but the
protesters refused to leave until authorities promised to
arrest leaders of a Hindu mob who ransacked and burned a
Muslin neighborhood the night before.
Zacarias Moussaoui spoke his mind in court Monday, and legal
specialists say his words are a gold mine for prosecutors who,
as a result, won't have to try hard to convince the judge or
jury that the Frenchman hates America and would be capable of
participating in a terrorist plot.
Flooded with more than 60,000 applications
since Sept. 11, the Central Intelligence Agency and its
Pentagon counterpart are beefing up the ranks of spies –
reversing a decade of cutbacks to hire hundreds of new
recruits – from Arabic speakers to counterterrorism experts.
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Afghanistan's interim regime on Thursday freed the first of
hundreds of Pakistani prisoners locked away for months in
cramped, squalid cells because they came to help the deposed
Taliban regime fight a "holy war" against America.
The trial of Muslim militants charged in the kidnap-slaying of
Wall Street Journal correspondent Daniel Pearl was halted for
the day Thursday while defense attorneys protested an upcoming
referendum to extend the president's stay in office.
Covert U.S. soldiers have participated in attacks against
al-Qaida hide-outs in Pakistan and are searching for pockets
of militants along the border region. U.S. troops based on the
Afghanistan side of the mountainous frontier have been
attacked several times a week over the last month and have
been in several firefights with al-Qaida militants.
Jahed Azimi is an amiable former airplane pilot with a tough
job: rebuilding Afghanistan's national airline. After
punishing U.N. sanctions and weeks of U.S. and British bombing
that largely wiped out what was left of the fleet, the new
president of Ariana Afghan Airlines is trying to revive a
bloated state operation that lacks a key tool.... airplanes.
Part of the U.S. criminal investigation of the Sept. 11
attacks fell to pieces today when a British judge refused to
extradite Lotfi Raissi, saying the Justice Department had
produced no evidence to back up its allegation that the
Algerian pilot was involved in the conspiracy.
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More than 1,000 union workers gathered for a prayer service
and rally Friday to honor the nearly 600 union members killed
in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. After the service at
Trinity Church, union members walked three blocks to the World
Trade Center site and rallied along with site workers in
overalls and hard hats to highlight occupational health and
safety in workplaces
The State Department announced Friday a contribution of $4.8
million to help refugees and displaced persons return to their
homes in Afghanistan.
Soldiers stormed in by the hundreds, smashed the bolted wooden
doors of ramshackle shops and seized more than six tons of
opium at Afghanistan's biggest drug market.
The main power broker in northern Afghanistan pledged Friday
to release hundreds of prisoners, including Pakistanis, in
what would be the largest clemency yet from the overcrowded,
disease-ridden Shibergan prison.
New Yorkers who lived and worked in the vicinity of the 11
September terror attacks may be at increased risk of
developing asbestos-related cancers. The American College of
Preventative Medicine (ACPM) is particularly concerned about a
deadly form of cancer of the lungs called malignant
The Howard Government has stepped up pressure on the United
States to permit Australian intelligence agents and police to
interview 46-year-old Mamdouh Habib over alleged links to the
al-Qaeda terrorist network. So far, the US has failed to
respond even to specific Australian Government requests for
information about the case.
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Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld promised Afghans on
Saturday the United States will soon come up with money to
help them train a national army. The offer does not commit
American troops to an international security force the Afghan
U.S. forces joined Pakistani paramilitary troops in searching
an Islamic school near the Afghan border for adherents of
Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network,
A U.S. fighter jet roared low over this eastern Afghan city on
Saturday, a warning for rival warlords to stop battles that
have complicated U.S. Special Forces' search for Taliban and
A rocket hit a runway near the airport headquarters of the
international peacekeeping force in Kabul but failed to
explode and caused no damage or casualties. The rocket was
fired Friday night, hours before U.S. Defense Secretary Donald
Rumsfeld flew into Kabul. Rumsfeld arrived Saturday in a
military helicopter that landed at the U.S. Embassy instead of
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Bitter feuding among warlords turned eastern Afghanistan into
a war zone this weekend, leaving as many as 25 people dead and
furious residents accusing the interim regime of being weak,
and the United States of being uncaring.
A top Central Intelligence Agency official has warned
Americans that a new terrorist attack is unavoidable, despite
all efforts to prevent it and the fact that the CIA is now
"stealing more secrets" than ever. "Now for the
hard truth. Despite the best efforts of so much of the world,
the next terrorist attack -- it's not a question of if, it's a
question of when,"
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said Sunday U.S.
personnel were helping provide communications support for
Pakistani forces tracking down al Qaeda and Taliban militants
Attorneys for the man accused of conspiring with the 19
hijackers in the Sept. 11 attacks accused the government of
"pandering" to the public in seeking to execute him
"because no one else is available." Four days after
Zacarias Moussaoui tried to fire them, a team of
court-appointed defense attorneys filed a brief in U.S.
District Court in Alexandria saying the government is ignoring
federal standards in seeking the death penalty in the case.
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United States military and policy planners have concluded they
cannot rely on internal opposition forces to speed the
ejection of Iraq's President, Saddam Hussein, and that Britain
is probably the only ally available to help in a huge
offensive to end his regime. A consensus has also emerged in
Washington that military action against President Saddam,
whose 65th birthday yesterday was celebrated with parades in
Iraq, will not be viable this autumn and will have to wait
until next year.
A single biological attack on the US could cause 10 times more
deaths than a nuclear strike, claims a report from an
influential think-tank. The Brookings Institution is advising
President Bush to concentrate anti-terrorist efforts on
thwarting "doomsday" scenarios such as these.
German security officials have warned that a terrorist attack
could be carried out in the country within the next three
weeks. BKA The country's federal office for criminal
investigations, the BKA, which issued the warning, insisted
however that it did not know of a specific date or target for
the attack, or how it might be carried out.
U.S. special operations forces reportedly raided a mosque and
religious school in this tribal border village Friday in an
unsuccessful attempt to pin down al-Qaeda and Taliban
militants who may have slipped into the country from
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A new report into America's national defense apparatus says
the US Government is not doing enough to bolster domestic
security. The study, to be published on Tuesday, says the US
Government is neglecting areas of concern and needs to spend
up to $10bn more a year on improvements.
The Bush administration plans a major reduction in the number
of reservists and national guard troops on active duty despite
a warning from Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld that forces
were stretched thin
Raymond Patterson, a prominent forensic psychiatrist who
treated presidential assailant John W. Hinckley Jr., has been
appointed by a federal judge to evaluate whether Zacarias
Moussaoui is mentally competent to defend himself against
American military experts have started arriving in Georgia to
help the impoverished former Soviet state's rag-tag army fight
Islamic extremists as part of the U.S.-led campaign against
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