For the second time in two years, Jordanian
officials say they have halted an Islamist plot against the
United States. The arrest of 11 suspected militants who
are said to have Al Qaeda ties may have short-circuited
plans to attack a variety of US and Israeli targets in the
Accused Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias
Moussaoui expressed kinship with Osama bin Laden in court
filings unsealed Monday and said the government's case against
him is based on unproven speculation that bin Laden was the
mastermind of the attacks.
U.S. planes bombed a village in central
Afghanistan on Monday after the U.S. military said American
forces came under fire. Afghans said villagers were
celebrating a wedding and that scores were killed and injured,
including many women and children
The U.S. government said on Monday none of the
19 hijackers was under surveillance before Sept. 11, flatly
denying claims by Zacarias Moussaoui, who is accused of
conspiring with them in the attack.
Thousands of carpenters, steamfitters, and cement and concrete
workers could walk off the job and possibly out of Ground
Zero this morning. Sources said work agreements
between several building trade unions and general contractors
were to expire last night.
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In an unprecedented statement, the Afghan
government demanded Tuesday that the United States take
"all necessary measures" to avoid civilian
casualties following an air attack in which scores of
The army lifted its curfew Tuesday in the West
Bank city of Hebron to allow students to take exams then
rounded up about 300 Palestinian students at a college for
Congress will put off a reorganization of the FBI and CIA to
improve the performance of the intelligence community until it
establishes a Department of Homeland Security. The
decision will delay any significant revamping of the nation's
intelligence system until at least next year
The US State Department says it has "credible"
information that terrorists are planning imminent attacks
against American targets around the world.
Merrill Lynch executive long involved in downtown cultural
events will oversee the building of a memorial to the victims
of Sept. 11. Anita Contini, 58, will be named vice
president and director for memorial cultural and civic
programs today by the Lower Manhattan Development Corp
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Fighter jets will patrol the skies and
plainclothes FBI agents will walk Fourth of July parade routes
in an all-hands response to vague but increasing talk detected
by U.S. intelligence of possible terrorist attacks.
American officials made it known throughout
the day that U.S. personnel in Bosnia were there to stay
regardless of what the U.N. Security Council did
U.S. forces detected an anti-aircraft gun
firing repeatedly on U.S. planes from a compound where 25
people attending a wedding party were reportedly killed
A suspected Yemeni member of al-Qaida,
arrested while trying to enter the country illegally, has
escaped from prison, security officials said Wednesday.
The man, identified only by his first name, Walid, was
arrested earlier this year in a desert area near the
Oman-Yemen border and handed over to Yemeni authorities, the
officials said on condition of anonymity.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's government
approved a plan Wednesday to lift daytime curfews in
Palestinian areas that are quiet and may also allow as many as
5,000 Palestinians to enter Israel to work
Anita Contini has brought quirky dance troupes to downtown's
Winter Garden and art installations to the streets of Tribeca,
but now she faces her most important project overseeing
the creation of a World Trade Center memorial.
It is the biggest security operation ever mounted on a Fourth
of July and follows a warning that terror groups might try to
stage attacks to coincide with the holiday, nearly 10 months
after the devastating attacks of 11 September.
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A gunman opened fire Thursday at Israel's El
Al airlines ticket counter at Los Angeles International
Airport, killing two people before an airline security guard
shot him dead
An explosion shattered a white Mercedes on
Thursday night, killing two people including a man believed to
be a Palestinian militia leader. Palestinian police said their
initial suspicions were Israeli agents had planted a bomb.
Secretary of State Colin L. Powell was awarded
the 2002 Philadelphia Liberty Medal on Thursday for his
leadership in the war on terrorism, his efforts in the Middle
East and his concern for human rights.
Emerging from four hours of closed talks, U.N.
officials and Saddam Hussein's representatives said Thursday
that they had made some progress toward returning U.N. weapons
inspectors to Iraq.
Greek police say they have made their biggest breakthrough yet
in the fight against the left-wing guerrilla group November
17. The fingerprints of a man held in custody have been
connected with a murder blamed on the organisation
German police today detained seven suspected Islamic radicals,
including a former roommate of key Sept. 11 hijacker Mohamed
Atta, in what officials described as a preemptive strike
against a group attempting to build a new terrorist cell in
The tiny borough of Shanksville, Pennsylvania,
where the hijacked United Flight 93 dived into the earth last
Sept. 11, was pulling out all the stops to celebrate
Independence Day for the first time in its 173-year history.
More than 65 units were set to begin the parade at 10 a.m. EDT
not far from the crash site's temporary memorial and will end
at the firehouse. A "living flag" made up of 273
people wearing red, white and blue will march in the rear in a
special tribute to lives lost and American independence.
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The FBI said Friday that the heavily armed
Egyptian immigrant who fatally shot two people at the ticket
counter of Israel's national airline had gone to the Los
Angeles airport to kill.
The Los Angeles airport shootings provided
another shock to an already jittery flying public, but there
is no government rush to overhaul security in response.
Mourners fired assault rifles into the air and
demanded revenge Friday after a car bomb killed a militia
leader and a member of the security forces in what
Palestinians say was the latest Israeli attack on prominent
After two days of talks that had raised hopes
Iraq might relent, the United Nations said Friday it had
failed to convince Baghdad to allow the return of U.N. weapons
A somber procession of thousands came to Ground Zero yesterday
to pay homage to those who died in one of the saddest chapters
in the nation's 226-year history.
With four months to go before the Nov. 5 elections, snapshots
from some of the most hotly contested races in the tight
battle for control of the Senate and House illustrate how
deeply, sometimes provocatively, the war on terrorism is
etched into some of the key races.
Greek authorities appear to be closing in
on an anti-American group long known as Europe's most elusive
terrorist organization. Police confirmed Thursday that
they had uncovered a hideout containing weapons belonging to
the group called "November 17," which has claimed
responsibility for 22 murders in Greece, including the
slayings of four US officials, since 1975.
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Gunmen firing assault rifles Saturday
assassinated Afghan Vice President Abdul Qadir, a veteran
Pashtun warlord and key figure in U.S.-backed efforts to bring
stability to the war-fractured nation.
The new government agency responsible for
airline security said Saturday it will place armed law
enforcement officers uniformed and plainclothes
throughout the public areas of airports.
A large group of Palestinian security officers
on Saturday rejected Yasser Arafat's choice for a new West
Bank security chief in the latest challenge to the authority
of the Palestinian leader.
A widespread smallpox attack could require
vaccinating many more Americans than the estimated 10,000 to
20,000 first responders recommended by a government panel for
The fatal shooting attack at the El Al ticket counter at Los
Angeles International Airport on the Fourth of July has
sharpened the debate over what kinds of violent crimes should
be considered acts of terrorism.
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The assassination of an Afghan leader
threatens the fragile central government and should compel the
United States to consider an active role in providing security
in the country
After 16 days without an Israeli death in the
Mideast conflict, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Sunday that
Israel had made progress combating
Palestinian terror attacks
NATO-led peacekeepers in Bosnia on Sunday
arrested a Bosnian Serb who was the top civilian administrator
in a U.N.-protected enclave where up to 8,000 Muslim were
killed seven years ago.
Vice President Abdul Qadir was buried Sunday
with full military honors a day after he was gunned down in an
attack that Afghans fear may bring new instability to a nation
struggling to build peace after decades of war.
At a barber shop where men come for a trim
during a break in the Israeli curfew, President Bush's demand
for a Palestinian leader other than Yasser Arafat strikes a
chord of anger and stubborn resistance.
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Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres met
Monday with Palestinian Finance Minister Salam Fayed, the
first face-to-face contacts on that level in
Federal health officials are quietly making
plans for quarantining Americans who might be exposed to a
highly contagious smallpox patient, addressing sensitive
questions of how to hold people, possibly against their will,
in case of a bioterror attack.
The public may be feeling more patriotic since the Sept. 11
attacks. But that doesn't mean it's any more likely to vote.
That's the conclusion of a study on voter turnout in the 16
states that held statewide primaries for both major parties
this past spring.
Faced with the prospect of new terrorist attacks, virtually
every segment of American society -- from Washington to Wall
Street -- is taking steps to keep government functioning,
money flowing and people calm. The need for such
preparations was highlighted last month by the detention of a
U.S. citizen who authorities said was planning to detonate a
radioactive ''dirty bomb'' somewhere in the USA.
Relatives of World Trade Center victims and
people who suffered other losses because of the attack need
$768 million over the next year in unemployment benefits,
mental health treatment and other assistance, a consortium of
charities said Monday. A report, conducted by the 13 charities, found
the incomes of those affected have dropped an average of 40
percent since the Sept. 11 attack, despite aid from public
agencies and charities.
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In an interview published Tuesday, the
spokesman for al-Qaida said the terrorist organization led by
Osama bin Laden was thriving and planning new attacks on
Americans. He called the U.S. campaign to dismantle the group
a "Hollywood script."
The heads of key law enforcement agencies
slated to become part of the new Homeland Security Department
urged Congress on Tuesday not to split them into pieces, as
some lawmakers have suggested. Officials from the Customs Service, Coast
Guard, Secret Service and the just-created Transportation
Security Administration told a House Judiciary subcommittee
that all of their duties are intertwined and would suffer if
not transferred entirely to the new agency
Congress begins a frantic push this week to pass legislation
creating a homeland security department before the anniversary
of last fall's attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
The FBI and the Immigration and Naturalization Service have
raided 75 jewelry stores and kiosks in U.S. shopping malls as
part of an investigation into suspected money laundering by
the al Qaeda terrorist network
One by one, barriers erected in the post-Watergate era to
prevent abuses and excesses by U.S. intelligence agencies are
yielding to pressure to protect the nation from another
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Pilots could carry guns in the cockpit to
defend their planes against terrorists under a bill the House
passed overwhelmingly Wednesday despite opposition from the
White House and airlines
Four passengers who died on Flight 93 during
the Sept. 11 attacks will be honored with the ESPY's Arthur
Ashe Courage Award.
Todd Beamer, Mark Bingham, Tom Burnett and Jeremy Glick all
had sports backgrounds and will be recognized Wednesday night
at the ESPY Awards
The trial of four Islamic militants accused of
the kidnap-slaying of American reporter Daniel Pearl ended
Wednesday with prosecutors demanding the death penalty and the
defense urging the judge not to succumb to U.S. pressure.
The U.S. commander in Afghanistan said that
al-Qaida fighters who fled to Pakistan will not be able to
return to their mountain hideouts in Afghanistan, despite an
end to border searches by British Royal Marines.
Palestinian gunmen shot and killed an Israeli
army lieutenant on patrol in the southern Gaza Strip on
Wednesday, and Israeli troops fatally shot a 19-year-old
Palestinian in the West Bank.
Central Asian Islamic militants with ties
to Al Qaeda, who survived the war in neighboring Afghanistan,
are beginning to regroup, and analysts are warning of a shift
from insurgency to terror.
The Sept. 11 hijackers opened 35 bank accounts
in the United States without legitimate Social Security
numbers or with fake numbers that were never checked by bank
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Lawmakers balked Thursday at moving the Coast
Guard and the nation's emergency disaster agency into a new
Homeland Security Department despite pleas from senior Cabinet
officials to stick to President Bush's blueprint.
Israel announced Thursday it will prosecute
Marwan Barghouti whose popularity trails only Yasser
Arafat's among his people in connection with deadly
attacks against Israeli civilians. The trial would be the
first involving a senior Palestinian figure in years.
The government said Thursday that it has
released most of the detainees it picked up as part of its
investigation into the Sept. 11 attacks.
Amnesty International condemned Palestinian
suicide bombings and other attacks on Israeli civilians
Thursday as "crimes against humanity" and
unjustified by Palestinian political grievances.
The United States has promised to rebuild an
impoverished area where a U.S. airstrike this month killed
dozens of people, including those at a wedding celebration
Iran has sent hundreds of soldiers to guard
its porous borders with Pakistan and Afghanistan, and it plans
tough new anti-terrorism laws in response to the Sept. 11
attacks on the United States, a top Iranian diplomat said.
Some U.S. intelligence officials believe that
5,000 people in the United States mostly Middle Eastern
and South Asian men may be tied to or sympathetic toward
the al-Qaida terrorist group
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The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to
exempt U.S. peacekeepers from war crimes prosecution for a
year Friday, ending threats to U.N. peacekeeping operations.
Six Afghan governors are demanding the United
States obtain their permission before conducting military
operations in their provinces, one of them said Friday
another sign of fallout after a U.S. airstrike reportedly
killed 48 civilians
The man who has led the monumental effort to
put names to the remains of the World Trade Center dead has
come to the sad realization that the task could end with just
2,000 victims identified.
Three weeks after President Bush demanded the
ouster of Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian leader has opened a
dialogue with the Bush administration with a long letter to
Secretary of State Colin Powell on U.S. demands for democratic
Refusing to buckle under U.S. pressure,
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat said Friday he won't step
down. But in an interview at his wrecked Ramallah offices, he
said he had not yet decided whether to run in January
A British man accused of trying to blow up a
transatlantic flight with bombs in his shoes has lost a legal
bid to have the words "al Qaeda" stripped from the
indictment against him, his lawyers said on Friday
AT LEAST five al-Qaeda cells are
operating inside the United States, searching for radioactive
material to build a dirty radiological bomb, according
to Pentagon officials.
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Suspected Islamic guerrillas threw grenades
and engaged security forces in a gun battle Saturday, killing
25 Hindus mostly women and children in a shantytown
outside the winter capital of Jammu-Kashmir state
The head of Germany's foreign intelligence
agency said in an interview published Saturday that he
believes Osama bin Laden is still alive and hiding along the
border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Former Iraqi military officers gathering
Saturday to discuss their role in a possible effort to oust
Saddam Hussein said they hoped, with U.S. support, to soon
restore democracy to their country.
A U.S. convoy came under fire while traveling
along a road linking this air base with the capital Kabul in
the latest shooting incident involving American forces
High-level talks between Israeli and
Palestinian officials were postponed Saturday after the
Israeli delegation said it needed more time to prepare
One of Osama bin Laden's top deputies, Abu
Zubaydah, is being held at a U.S. naval facility on the Indian
Ocean island of Diego Garcia
While various committees fight for turf and try to slice off
parts of the proposed new Homeland Security Department,
congressional leaders are struggling to keep President Bush's
plan to combat terrorism largely intact.
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A deranged neo-Nazi fired a rifle shot in an
attempt to assassinate President Jacques Chirac during
France's Bastille Day parade on Sunday, but the man was
quickly subdued and the march continued uninterrupted
Police and soldiers searched vehicles and
patrolled the streets in armored personnel carriers Sunday, a
day before the expected verdict in the trial of four Islamic
militants accused of the kidnap-slaying of Wall Street Journal
reporter Daniel Pearl.
Israel deployed fighter jets over the southern
Gaza Strip on Sunday and fired missiles at a building,
destroying it and injuring about 10 Palestinians
Southern Afghan governors began gathering
Sunday for a regional meeting that could endorse or reject a
proposal to require U.S. troops to seek their permission
before striking suspected al-Qaida and Taliban units in the
India blamed Pakistan on Sunday for an attack
by suspected Islamic guerrillas on a crowded slum in
Jammu-Kashmir state that killed at least 27 Hindus and
threatened increase hostilities between the bitter rivals
Israeli aircraft attacked and destroyed a
building in the southern Gaza Strip on Sunday, injuring about
10 Palestinians Three Israeli helicopters and two fighter
planes were in the sky at the time of the strike on the
three-story building in Qarara, near the town of Khan Younis
In what seems like a humanitarian disaster in the making, 1.2
million Afghan refugees streamed back to their homes from
Pakistan and other neighboring countries after Taliban rule
collapsed in November. It is the fastest voluntary
refugee influx in the history of mankind, U.N. officials say.
The speed and scope caught international relief agencies by
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A Pakistani judge on Monday convicted four
Islamic militants in the kidnap-slaying of Wall Street Journal
correspondent Daniel Pearl and sentenced the British-born
chief defendant to death by hanging. The others received 25
With a new round of Mideast diplomacy opening
this week, Arab nations will present a plan calling for
international recognition of a Palestinian state, followed by
a two-year period to work out the final borders
The U.S. government was justified in an air
raid that likely killed innocent Afghan civilians because the
strike was aimed at enemy targets where "bad guys"
French officials credited spectators and
police for thwarting an assassination attempt on President
Jacques Chirac by a neo-Nazi who pulled a rifle from a guitar
case during the annual Bastille Day parade
John Walker Lindh, the young convert to Islam
who left California and fought alongside the Taliban, pleaded
guilty to two felonies Monday in a surprise deal that spares
him life in prison and ensures his cooperation with terrorism
Osama bin Laden was wounded in a U.S. bombing
raid on Afghanistan in December but is in good health, the
editor of a London-based Arabic newspaper said Monday.
The gruesome task of picking through the World
Trade Center ruins for human remains finally ended Monday with
a mournful ceremony at the Staten Island landfill where the
work has gone on for the past 10 months.
Sixty- to 70-story office buildings, stores,
cultural centers and a memorial to the dead are included in
six alternative proposals for the World Trade Center site that
will be released on Tuesday.
Relatives of nearly all those who died aboard United Flight 93
are expected to attend a memorial ceremony at the rural crash
site on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, organizers
said Monday. With the anniversary less than two months
away, Somerset County officials released preliminary plans for
a memorial service they described as simple and dignified to
commemorate the crash near Shanksville.
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A federal grand jury Tuesday indicted Zacarias
Moussaoui a third time, spelling out conduct that could
trigger the death penalty for man accused of conspiracy in
connection with the Sept. 11
Palestinians dressed as Israeli soldiers
detonated a roadside bomb near a bus heading to a Jewish
settlement Tuesday, and then sprayed the passengers with
automatic gunfire as they tried to flee, military sources and
witnesses said. Seven people were killed and more than a dozen
The agency responsible for rebuilding the
World Trade Center site announced six proposals on Tuesday,
all featuring substantial memorials and office buildings
but nothing 110 stories tall. Six proposals to redevelop the World Trade
Center site were released to a decidedly mixed reaction, with
critics saying they included too much office space on hallowed
ground and had too little imagination
The plea bargain the government struck with
John Walker Lindh will ensure U.S. investigators have
unfettered access to the young American who fought with the
Taliban as they try to learn more about the inner workings of
MADRID, Spain - Three al-Qaida suspects were
taken into custody Tuesday, including one who had videotaped
several American landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge,
the Sears Tower, the Statue of Liberty and the World Trade
said they were convinced the footage, taken during a 1997
visit to the United States by one of the detainees, was much
more than "tourist curiosity."
President Bush submitted to Congress on
Tuesday the nation's first-ever comprehensive strategy for
confronting terrorism within U.S. borders, calling the
protection of America "our most urgent national
priority." "This comprehensive plan lays out clear
lines of authority and clear responsibilities
responsibilities for federal employees and for governors and
mayors and community and business leaders and the American
citizens," Bush said, flanked in the Rose Garden by
lawmakers on the House Select Committee on Homeland Security.
Members of Congress are debating this week the president's
plan for a new Department of Homeland Security.
Tony Blair, the UK prime minister, on Tuesday gave his most
explicit warning yet of the need for a pre-emptive military
strike against Saddam Hussein's Iraqi regime, warning that
there were "rough linkages" between Baghdad and the
al-Qaeda terrorist network.
The nation's top counterterrorism agencies
were hindered by questionable management decisions, lack of
foreign-language analysts and a failure to detect and
infiltrate terrorist operations before the Sept. 11 attacks, a
congressional report concludes.
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Two suicide bombers blew themselves up seconds
apart Wednesday night, killing three civilians and wounding
more than 40 in an area of Tel Aviv populated by foreign
Yasser Arafat is considering the appointment
of a prime minister to share the day-to-day running of
government once a Palestinian state is declared
House-Senate bargainers neared a deal
Wednesday on a $28.8 billion counter
terrorism bill financing
military and domestic security efforts while heeding President
Bush's demands for a limited price tag. Though some loose ends remained, negotiators
from the two chambers planned to finalize the deal on
Thursday. Congressional leaders were hoping for final passage
next week four months and numerous confrontations after
Bush first requested the funds
terrorism chief Dale Watson
said Wednesday that he believes Osama bin Laden is dead
the first time a senior U.S. law enforcement official publicly
has given an opinion on the al-Qaida leader's status.
Watson quickly emphasized that he had no
evidence that the suspected mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks
was dead. But his comments, which came at a conference of
local law enforcement officials from across the country,
suggest the FBI has no direct intelligence that proves bin
Laden is alive.
President Saddam Hussein said on Wednesday in a televised
speech marking Iraq's July 17 revolution that the United
States and its allies would not be able to topple his
government. Saddam, marking the 34th anniversary of the
revolution which brought his ruling Baath party to power, also
said Iraqis were well-prepared and equipped to defend their
country against any military assault.
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The sole person charged in the Sept. 11 terror attacks,
Zacarias Moussaoui, tried to plead guilty Thursday and
declared himself an al-Qaida warrior loyal to Osama bin Laden.
The judge insisted that he take a week to consider the
consequences in the death penalty case. U.S. District Judge
Leonie Brinkema took the rare step of refusing to accept the
plea after Moussaoui stunned the courtroom with his
announcement. He kept talking after the judge told him to stop
and almost was removed from the courtroom.
A man charged with attempting to blow up an airliner with
explosives hidden in his shoes has lost his bid to keep jurors
at his upcoming trial from hearing about a confession he
allegedly made to authorities after his arrest.
Shortly after an Air Force F-16 pilot mistakenly bombed
Canadian ground troops in Afghanistan, killing four of them,
an air controller told him, "You're cleared.
Self-defense," according to the pilot's civilian defense
After two deadly Palestinian attacks in as many days, Israel
on Thursday postponed talks with the Palestinians and halted
plans to ease the army's tight restrictions on the West Bank.
Greek police announced a major breakthrough Thursday against
the elusive November 17 terror group, saying the radical
leftist group's ideologist was in custody and three members
confessed to the assassinations of U.S. and British military
attaches and other killings.
House and Senate negotiators met Thursday to put the finishing
touches to a $28.9 billion package for beefing up
anti-terrorism programs that has been a source of contention
between President Bush and Congress for some four months
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Reversing a position taken hours earlier, a House panel voted
Friday to extend by one year a looming deadline for airports
to begin screening airline bags for explosives. The delay was
attached to legislation creating a new Homeland Security
DNA tests have confirmed that a body found in a shallow grave
in Pakistan is that of slain Wall Street Journal reporter
Daniel Pearl, a U.S. official said Friday.
The White House is warning that anthrax field tests widely
used since last fall's attacks give fast but often
incorrect results, prompting authorities to shut down
buildings prematurely and hand out unneeded antibiotics.
The foreign ministers of three key Arab states are nearly
jubilant over President Bush's latest stand on the Middle
East: a firm commitment to a Palestinian state by mid-2005 and
a determination to force Israel to quit the West Bank and
After watching Army helicopters drop troops and howitzers from
a steel-blue sky, President Bush answered a soldier's shout of
"Let's get Saddam!" with a promise Friday to defeat
the "mounting danger" of terrorist regimes.
Israeli soldiers arrested 16 relatives of two Palestinians
suspected in bloody terror attacks this week, and, in what
would be a new policy, officials Friday were considering
expelling some of the men to the Gaza Strip
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Palestinian and Israeli officials were to meet after sundown
Saturday, resuming talks that were repeatedly postponed and
then canceled after the Israelis said they needed more time to
prepare and because of renewed Palestinian attacks on Israeli
Tens of thousands of Iranians took to the streets of the
capital Tehran on Friday, chanting "Death to
America" in a furious backlash against President Bush's
overtures to Iranian reformists
Israel said Saturday it was willing to take new measures to
improve life for Palestinians provided the attacks against
Israelis end in a resumption of high-level talks that had
been called off after bombings last week
Thousands of New York-area residents gathered Saturday for the
biggest discussion yet about what should be built at the World
Trade Center site and how it should remember those killed on
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Israel has proposed withdrawing troops from some Palestinian
areas in the West Bank to test the ability of Palestinian
security to prevent attacks on civilians
A bomb planted under an Israeli passenger train wounded its
driver Sunday in an attack that clouded prospects for easing
Israeli restrictions on Palestinians under curfew in seven
reoccupied West Bank cities.
Turkey's embattled prime minister on Sunday warned the United
States risked becoming bogged down in a long war if it moves
ahead with plans to topple Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
Spanish troops began to withdraw from a tiny Mediterranean
island on Saturday after their country and Morocco agreed to a
U.S.-mediated deal ending their 10-day confrontation over the
usually unoccupied rock.
Plans for the devastated World Trade Center site may be
changed to feature less commercial development and a
longer timetable for finalizing proposals
Israeli officials, faced with an international outcry and a
definitive ruling by the attorney general, acknowledged Sunday
they couldn't legally deport relatives of suicide bombers
unless they were directly linked to attacks.
Greek authorities on Sunday charged two alleged members of the
November 17 terror organization in the assassination of
American and British servicemen, and a newspaper reported the
deadly urban guerrilla group planned to attack U.S. and NATO
John Walker Lindh is ready to cooperate with terrorism
investigators, as he promised to do in return for a lighter
sentence, but he may have little information to give,
A former Taliban commander says Islamic militants led by
al-Qaida want to strike quickly against American interests in
Pakistan in retaliation for the death sentence in the Daniel
Pearl murder case and the ongoing crackdown on Muslim
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An Israeli air force F-16 fired a missile at a house belonging
to a Hamas leader in Gaza City early Tuesday, killing at least
10 people, including three children, Palestinian officials and
President Hamid Karzai has sidelined his Afghan bodyguards and
called in U.S. troops to replace them in a sign of rising
security fears following the murder of an Afghan vice
president, his aide said Monday.
With Congress headed into summer recess, President Bush called
on lawmakers Monday to make the Homeland Security Department a
reality as he showcased new anti-terrorism technology at a
national research lab.
Saber rattling in Washington and defiant warnings from Baghdad
may be the early stages of political and psychological
maneuvering that would be a prelude to a second Gulf War.
"What's going to come afterwards," Deputy Defense
Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said last week, is not only going to
benefit ordinary Iraqis but will also "remove a great
danger" to Americans.
Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres said Monday that the
army was prepared to withdraw from two West Bank towns
occupied for more than a month as long as Palestinian security
forces were ready to take over and prevent attacks against
The survey into the impact of the war on terrorism, published
in the New York Times yesterday, claims that 812 Afghan
civilians have died in the strikes. Conducted by Global
Exchange, a respected human rights organisation, the survey
warns that the number of civilian fatalities could rise as
field workers reach remote villages that have been hit.
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The House signed off Tuesday on a compromise $28.9 billion
anti-terrorism package, capping a four-month fight that saw
lawmakers heed President Bush's demands to limit the bill's
Holding up the flag-wrapped body of a 2-month-old girl, tens
of thousands of Palestinians marched Tuesday to bury their
dead after an Israeli airstrike killed a top Hamas leader and
14 civilians, including nine children. The Islamic militant
group vowed revenge.
The Bush administration took Israel to task Tuesday for a
missile attack in Gaza that killed a top Hamas leader and at
least 14 other Palestinians, including nine children.
While the administration aligned itself with other nations
that criticized Israel for the strike in a congested area of
Gaza City, its rhetoric was measured. Ari Fleischer, the
presidential spokesman, told reporters: "The president is
and will always be a great friend of Israel."
An Oklahoma college student pleaded guilty yesterday to lying
when he was asked by the F.B.I. about Zacarias Moussaoui, who
was later charged in the Sept. 11 terrorist conspiracy.
The student, Hussein al-Attas, lived briefly last summer with
Mr. Moussaoui in Norman, Okla., where Mr. Moussaoui enrolled
in flight school. Mr. Attas drove Mr. Moussaoui to Eagan,
Minn., where he tried to attend another flight school.
Seeing no new evidence that Zacarias Moussaoui is mentally
incompetent, a federal judge refused Monday to give defense
lawyers and a psychologist access to the alleged Sept. 11
conspirator through a slot in his cell door. The ruling
dealt Moussaoui's standby defense lawyers a setback in their
attempts to show that he might be mentally ill in advance of a
hearing Thursday, when he is due to disclose whether he will
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Facing a storm of criticism for its raid on Gaza, Israel
offered Palestinians a series of goodwill gestures Wednesday
and blamed faulty military intelligence for the deaths of nine
children and four other civilians in the fatal attack on a
Hamas military chief.
A day before Zacarias Moussaoui's promised guilty plea,
court-appointed lawyers asserted Wednesday the accused Sept.
11 conspirator is mentally ill and his arraignment should be
Congress overwhelmingly approved a compromise $28.9 billion
anti-terrorism bill on Wednesday after a four-month struggle
with President Bush over how much the latest response to the
Sept. 11 attacks should cost.
Concerned about the possibility of independent visits to U.S.
civilian and military prisons, the United States sought
Wednesday to block a vote on a U.N. plan meant to enforce a
convention on torture.
A Senate committee Wednesday backed off a proposal to grant
the new Homeland Security Department broad new intelligence
capabilities amid fears it could become an all-powerful
controller of sensitive information.
A federal grand jury today indicted a Jordanian-born man who
is under investigation for possible ties to terrorist groups
on charges that he smuggled $12 million in counterfeit
cashier's checks into the United States.
Federal authorities have arrested an American Muslim activist
who they believe took computer equipment to an al-Qaida
terrorist camp in Afghanistan
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After his arrest at Metro Airport for allegedly carrying $12
million in bogus cashier's checks into the country, the
Dearborn man sat down with federal agents and started talking.
They say he told them that he was a spy in his home country of
Jordan in the 1970s. That his family was close to the
Jordanian king and his army. That his brother commanded
special forces there. "If you want to know about
terrorism, I can help you with that."
Zacarias Moussaoui attempted to plead guilty to terrorism
charges Thursday, but under the pressure of routine
questioning by a federal judge, the accused September 11
conspirator withdrew his plea and set himself back on track
for a fall trial.
Israeli troops in tanks and firing machine guns entered Gaza
City early Friday, residents said the first military
activity since the bombing of a house killed a Hamas leader
and 13 other people and prompted international criticism.
After hearing a chorus of complaints from Afghan officials,
the Bush administration promised on Thursday to encourage
world nations to speed along the financial assistance they
pledged for rebuilding Afghanistan
The British government is not on the verge of deciding whether
to commit troops to any military action in Iraq, Prime
Minister Tony Blair said Thursday while refusing to promise to
seek Parliament's approval before joining such strikes.
A Secret Service agent has admitted he scrawled anti-Muslim
statements on a prayer calendar during the home search of a
man charged with smuggling bogus checks into the United
States. The incident took place when agents searched the
Dearborn home of Omar Shishani, who has pleaded innocent to
bringing $12 million in forged cashiers checks on a flight
from Indonesia. "Islam is Evil" and
"Christ is King" had been written on the prayer
calendar attached to the refrigerator.
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President Bush sternly warned Congress on Friday against
passing a bill that limits the personnel and budgetary powers
of the head of a new Department of Homeland Security, giving
the clearest indication yet that he would veto a measure now
before the Senate.
The House voted early today, over the opposition of the White
House, to create an independent commission to investigate the
performance of the nation's intelligence agencies surrounding
the Sept. 11 attacks.
Palestinian gunmen opened fire on two cars in the West Bank on
Friday, killing four people and injuring at least two
The House voted Friday to give President Bush authority to
waive labor protections under dire circumstances for workers
in the new Homeland Security Department, a power the president
says is crucial in swiftly confronting terrorist threats.
Seven Israeli tanks and a bulldozer flattened a Palestinian
intelligence post and destroyed two metal workshops in Gaza
City Friday, in the first operation since a heavily criticized
bombing attack there killed a Hamas leader and 14 civilians.
The Bush administration has served notice on Israel that it is
reviewing the use of American equipment in military operations
that exact a heavy civilian toll. The U.S. concern is
the impact on difficult peacemaking efforts. Targeting foes of
Israel in densely populated areas does not make Israel more
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Five American soldiers were injured and two Afghan militiamen
were killed Saturday in a 4-hour gun battle in eastern
Afghanistan during a search for Taliban and al-Qaida fighters
believed holed up in the lawless region
The United States has invited six Iraqi opposition groups to
Washington next month for talks on removing Saddam Hussein,
spokesmen for three of the factions said Saturday.
A hard-line Islamic court banned the leading opposition party
Saturday and ordered 33 leaders jailed for as long as 10 years
each. The court said Freedom Movement leaders acted against
national security with the intention of "overthrowing the
A Pakistani DNA test confirmed a decapitated body found in a
shallow grave is that of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel
Pearl. The findings match those conducted in the United
States and turned over Thursday to Pakistani officials. A U.S.
official speaking on condition of anonymity had said those
tests also identified the body as Pearl's.
After helping India and Pakistan pull back from a dangerous
confrontation this spring, Secretary of State Colin Powell is
prodding the two nuclear rivals to open a dialogue in hopes of
resolving their differences over Kashmir
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Secretary of State Colin Powell refused Sunday to back the
claim by Pakistan's president that his government had stopped
militant Muslims from crossing the disputed Kashmiri border
into India, but said tensions between the rivals have eased
Jewish settlers and Palestinians clashed Sunday during a
funeral procession for a slain Israeli soldier in this
volatile West Bank city, leaving a 14-year-old Palestinian
girl dead and several Palestinians wounded
After an eight-year break, a U.S.-led naval coalition is
resuming inspection of vessels in the northern Red Sea because
of violations of U.N. sanctions against Iraq are being broken
in the area
The Republican-led House voted Friday to create an enormous
Homeland Security Department, the biggest government
reorganization in decades. It grants President Bush broad
personnel powers he insists are key to confronting an agile,
cunning terrorist threat. The 295-132 vote sets up a clash
with the Senate, where Democrats have written a version that
Bush is threatening to veto on grounds it ties his hands on
hiring and firing.
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Thousands of Palestinians poured onto the streets of Nablus on
Monday in defiance of a 40-day-old Israeli army curfew, the
strongest challenge yet to the Israeli army restrictions on
West Bank cities and towns.
A would-be assassin who aimed to crash an explosives-packed
car into members of Afghanistan's national leadership was
foiled when officials arrested him after a traffic accident in
Kabul on Monday
One of Osama bin Laden's eldest sons has emerged as a leader
in al-Qaida, gaining enough prestige that U.S.
counterterrorism officials now consider him among their top
two dozen targets remaining in the terrorist network
Workers have begun cleaning up anthrax spores from the
Brentwood postal facility in the District of Columbia Monday,
where two postal employees died last October after letters
tainted with anthrax passed through the facility.
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A suicide bomber blew himself up in a Jerusalem fast-food
stand Tuesday, injuring seven people in the first attack here
since back-to-back bombings prompted Israel to occupy major
West Bank towns last month.
Some of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden's bodyguards have been
captured and are among the prisoners at the U.S. military base
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A man who allegedly sold fake IDs to two of the Sept. 11
hijackers apparently fled the country for Egypt just before
authorities came to arrest him in a raid on his home and
A federal judge ruled Wednesday that two British citizens and
an Australian captured in Afghanistan and held in Cuba have no
right to trial before U.S. courts.
A hapless would-be car bomber who was intercepted after a
traffic accident in the heart of Kabul told interrogators he
was assigned by al-Qaida to assassinate President Hamid Karzai
or, failing that, to kill foreigners in the Afghan capital
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