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September 1, 2002
The United States should first seek a return of U.N. weapons inspectors to Iraq before taking any further steps.  Powell's comments highlighted sharp differences within the Bush administration over how to deal with the Iraq crisis. Last week, Vice President Cheney, making his case for a pre-emptive strike to topple Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, said resuming inspections could be counterproductive.

Federal authorities have amassed evidence for the first time that an illegal drug operation in the United States was funneling proceeds to Middle East terrorist groups like Hezbollah

Israeli soldiers, saying they had been warned of an attack, shot and killed four Palestinians near a Jewish settlement's vineyard in the West Bank on Sunday. The shootings brought the weekend Palestinian death toll to 13, including two children and several other civilians.

The to-do list awaiting President Bush's return to the White House on Sunday is as long as time is short.  He wants a big new Pentagon budget, energy bill, legislation guaranteeing pension security and terrorism insurance and a new Homeland Security Department all on his desk in the next five weeks.

Federal officials defended the response of an air marshal who trained his gun on a passenger-filled jet cabin for 30 minutes after detaining a man, prompting protests by a judge who was on the flight.  Two armed marshals detained the man on Delta Flight 442, which was flying from Atlanta to Philadelphia with 183 people on board, because he allegedly was rummaging through other people's luggage.  One marshal then held his gun on the coach cabin passengers because some of them ignored orders to remain seated with their seat belts on

Americans are divided about whether Sept. 11 should be a national holiday like Veterans Day or Memorial Day, according to a new poll.  Support for a national holiday on the date that terrorists attacked the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon outside Washington has slipped a bit since March, according to a CNN-Time poll released Sunday. While 44 percent favor the idea, 51 percent opposed it, down from a 48-48 split in March.

A leading Republican lawmaker urged President Bush on Sunday to underpin any military action against Iraq with resolutions from the United Nations, demanding that weapons inspectors be allowed to return, and from Congress, giving its approval for action.

Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., said it's clear that Saddam Hussein is a threat to the region and to the United States, but he said that's not the only issue.  He told ABC today the administration needs to think about the consequences whether the region would be destabilized, and who would replace Saddam, as well as how long America would need to stay there.





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September 2, 2002
Nelson Mandela said Monday that he is "appalled" by U.S. threats to attack Iraq and warned that Washington is "introducing chaos in international affairs." He said he had spoken with President Bush's father and Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Israel will not allow Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat to return to the West Bank if he leaves the area.  The Palestinians have approached Israeli authorities about the possibility of Arafat attending international conferences.  "He's free to leave, but he's not free to come back,"

A Swedish man suspected of planning to hijack an airliner was ordered Monday to remain in custody while prosecutors prepare formal charges in a case that has heightened fears of terrorism ahead of the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Time and money are short and an election to determine who controls Congress is straight ahead as lawmakers return from their summer break to deal with Iraq, homeland security, the budget and a host of other pressing issues.

Baghdad's push for international support against a possible U.S. attack came to Moscow on Monday, with Russia urging Iraq to admit U.N. weapons inspectors to avoid a war that could jeopardize multibillion-dollar economic deals between the trading partners

Nearly 200 al-Qaida operatives, including several senior commanders, have settled in Lebanon with Syria's permission, taking refuge in a large Palestinian refugee camp there.  







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September 3, 2002
The Bush administration has secret information supporting its claims that Saddam Hussein poses an unacceptable threat to the world and is close to developing nuclear weapons, Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld said Tuesday.

The Senate kicked off a contentious debate Tuesday on President Bush's blueprint for a Homeland Security Department, with Democrats flatly rejecting White House demands for greater management flexibility over its estimated 170,000 employees.

Israel's Supreme Court gave the army a new tool in its two-year struggle against Palestinian violence Tuesday, allowing it to expel Palestinians from the West Bank to Gaza for aiding terrorist suspects.

President Bush, who will mark the remembrance of Sept. 11 by visiting three terrorist attack sites, plans to start the observances in prayer and close them with a prime-time address to the nation.

Dr. Steven J. Hatfill, who says the federal government has ruined his life by linking him to the anthrax investigation, was fired Tuesday from his job as a researcher at Louisiana State University.

Saddam Hussein poses a grave threat to the world and must be stopped, Prime Minister Tony Blair said Tuesday, bucking the tide of public sentiment and trying to rally international support for U.S.-led action against Iraq.  Russia, however, insisted it would veto any measure for military action against Baghdad that is put before the U.N. Security Council. It urged Saddam to readmit U.N. weapons inspectors to avert the threat of war.  Iraq said Tuesday it's ready to discuss the return of inspectors, but only in the context of ending sanctions and restoring Iraqi sovereignty over all its territory, in defiance of U.N. demands that any return of inspectors be "unconditional."

The governing body of the International Criminal Court held its first meeting Tuesday, ignoring a U.S. campaign to undermine its jurisdiction and exempt Americans from prosecution.  There was loud applause when U.N. Undersecretary-General for legal affairs Hans Corell pounded the gavel to launch the Assembly of States Parties, made up of the 76 nations that ratified the treaty creating the world's first permanent war crimes tribunal. It plans to be fully operational by next year.





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September 4, 2002
President Bush promised Wednesday to seek Congress' approval for "whatever is necessary" to oust Saddam Hussein including using military force, as the White House considered giving Iraq a last-ditch ultimatum over weapons inspectors.

The economic impact of the World Trade Center attack could reach $95 billion and cost 83,000 jobs in New York, according to a report by the city's financial manager.  "While this devastating event can never be reduced to numbers, it is clear that New York City and the nation will continue to suffer its economic ramifications for years to come," Thompson wrote in the 58-page report that provides the fullest picture to date on the economic shock felt in the city.

Pakistan President Gen. Pervez Musharraf said Wednesday it's too early for the U.S. military to consider scaling down military operations in Afghanistan.  Musharraf also said in an interview with The Associated Press that there's no need to extend U.S. military operations into Pakistan, even though he acknowledges "some al-Qaida elements" have taken refuge in his country.

Israel expelled two Palestinians from the West Bank, driving them blindfolded into the Gaza Strip and leaving them at a deserted fig orchard Wednesday the first time Israel has forced relatives of militants to leave their home areas.

At 8:46 a.m. Sept. 11, bells will ring in firehouses and churches across the country. The strains of Mozart's Requiem will be heard in time zones worldwide, sung by symphonies and school choirs.

Against steadfast Democratic opposition, Senate Republicans prepared Wednesday for an all-out effort to give President Bush the management flexibility he seeks for the proposed Homeland Security Department

Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder rebuffed calls by Britain for Europe to help the United States against Iraq, saying Wednesday that Germany won't tone down its opposition to military action and won't "submit" to Washington.

Hoping to find a way out of the Iraq crisis, Arab ministers urged Baghdad on Wednesday to negotiate a return of weapons inspectors and warned Washington that an attack to oust Saddam Hussein would spark unrest across the Middle East.  In Baghdad, the Iraqi leader vowed his country would put up a tough fight if the United States attacked.

The European Union told the United States on Wednesday that while there is "no doubt" that Saddam Hussein is dangerous, Washington should not try to deal with the Iraqi leader alone.  The EU and United States agree that "here and now, we should concentrate our efforts on ensuring that international weapons inspectors can get free and unhindered access" to Iraq





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September 5, 2002
President Hamid Karzai survived an assassination attempt Thursday by an Afghan security guard who fired on his convoy, and a large explosion in the capital killed at least 10 people. Afghan officials blamed Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network for both attacks.

The Army recently moved weaponry and war supplies from Qatar to a base in Kuwait near the Iraqi border to check their condition and test procedures that would be used in the event President Bush orders preparations for war

Police detonated a 1,300 pound car bomb Thursday, one of the largest ever discovered, and Israel's foreign minister said Israel averted a catastrophe that could have changed the face of the Middle East

Arab states declared their allegiance to Iraq on Thursday, with a gathering of foreign ministers saying U.S. threats against Baghdad were threats against the whole Arab world.

The Bush administration is planning a small-scale test program of arming commercial pilots, reversing its previous opposition to guns in the cockpit.  The proposal is expected to be modeled on ideas that circulated in Congress this summer, such as one that would have armed as many as 1,400 pilots, or about 2 percent of those flying commercially.

A new lawsuit tries to link Iraq to terrorism targeting the United States, alleging that Iraqi officials were aware, before Sept. 11, of plans by Osama bin Laden to attack New York and the Pentagon.  The suit, filed Wednesday on behalf of 1,400 victims of the Sept. 11 attacks and their families, also claims Iraq sponsored terrorists for a decade to avenge its defeat in the Gulf War







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September 6, 2002
Congress paid homage Friday to the victims and heroes of last Sept. 11, convening blocks from where the World Trade Center towers once loomed and pledging the nation's determination to vanquish terrorism.

Firmly opposed to a military strike against Iraq, the leaders of Russia, France and China agreed Friday to President Bush's personal appeal to hear the U.S. case against Saddam Hussein but gave no sign they would bend to it.

Tipped by U.S. authorities, German police arrested a Turkish man and his American fiancee for allegedly plotting to attack U.S. military bases in Heidelberg on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, German authorities said Friday.

President Hamid Karzai asserted Friday that Afghanistan is not descending into chaos and lawlessness even as police rounded up 17 people for questioning in the assassination attempt on his life.

Foreign-owned airlines, noting that many countries don't allow handguns, criticized a U.S. plan to let commercial airline pilots carry weapons in the cockpit.

Iraq on Friday accused U.S. and British planes of striking civilian targets during an air raid southwest of Baghdad, and it claimed its anti-aircraft batteries chased off the attacking jets.

The federal government on Thursday announced less stringent flight restrictions coinciding with ceremonies at the three Sept. 11 crash sites.  The temporary rules are less rigorous than those presented to the aviation industry last week. The earlier proposed restrictions would have been the most severe curtailment of air travel since the government shut down the aviation system on Sept. 11.





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September 7, 2002
President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Saturday the world must act against Saddam Hussein, arguing that the Iraqi leader has defied the United Nations and reneged on promises to destroy weapons of mass destruction.

After praying at the grave of a legendary anti-Taliban commander slain by a suicide bomber last year, President Hamid Karzai vowed Saturday to fight terrorism despite an attempt on his own life two days ago.

Departing U.N. human rights chief Mary Robinson, in a bleak assessment of the state of human rights, accused governments of hiding behind the ongoing war on terrorism to trample civil liberties and crush troublesome opponents.

In a rare note of optimism, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said preparations for a new Palestinian security apparatus a key demand of the United States and Israel should begin this month.

Despite its denials, Iraq probably possesses large stockpiles of nerve agents, mustard gas and anthrax, former U.N. inspectors say

Military jets have resumed round-the-clock patrols over New York and Washington as the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks approaches.  The Defense Department started the round-the-clock patrols after the Sept. 11 attacks and began phasing them out in April, Pentagon officials have said. The patrols had continued sporadically when officials received threats.

There is a "strong possibility" U.N. weapons inspectors will be allowed to return to Iraq unconditionally in a move to avoid a U.S. military strike, the leader of the Arab League said Saturday.  U.N. weapons inspectors are stepping up preparations for a possible return to Iraq, seeking new sources for satellite photos, scouting laboratories to test samples, and pressing friendly governments for more intelligence reports.








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September 8, 2002
Saddam Hussein is aggressively seeking nuclear and biological weapons and "the United States may well become the target" of an attack, Vice President Dick Cheney said Sunday as the Bush administration pressed its case for toppling the Iraqi leader.

Iraq denied reports it is trying to collect material for nuclear weapons and building up sites once targeted by U.N. inspectors, saying Sunday the claims were lies spread by the United States and Britain to justify an attack.

Yasser Arafat will ask a key meeting of the Palestinian parliament on Monday to outlaw suicide bombing and reaffirm the Palestinian commitment to peace with Israel, according to a draft copy of the Palestinian leader's speech.

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf reiterated his support Sunday for an international anti-terrorism effort and said Islamic radicals must be held in check in his nation and elsewhere.

Clergy nationwide sought to draw moral lessons from tragedy and comfort churchgoers during the Sunday services before Sept. 11

German authorities had suspicions nearly two months ago about a Turkish man suspected of plotting to bomb U.S. military bases in Germany, but bureaucratic procedures delayed his arrest until last week, a prosecutor said Sunday








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September 9, 2002
The FBI is warning local police and the U.S. utility, banking and transportation industries of a steady stream of threats mentioning New York, Washington and the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

The White House said international opposition to military action against Iraq at least as a last resort is softening as more world leaders have said Saddam Hussein cannot be allowed to snub U.N. weapons inspectors.

Yasser Arafat condemned terror attacks and promised to hold general elections in January, but in a rambling speech to the Palestinian parliament Monday he fell short of outlining clear steps against terror or agreeing to share some power with a prime minister.

The Arab satellite station Al-Jazeera said Osama bin Laden can be heard naming four of the Sept. 11 hijackers on a new videotape the station partially aired on Monday.

Iraq could build a nuclear bomb in a few months if it obtained radioactive material, and its arsenal contains powerful chemical and biological weapons that can be quickly mass produced, according to a report Monday

The names of the 23 New York Police Department officers who lost their lives at the World Trade Center were unveiled on a memorial wall during a ceremony Monday








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September 10, 2002
The Bush administration raised the nationwide terror alert to its second-highest level, closed nine U.S. embassies overseas and heightened security at federal buildings and landmarks in America as new intelligence warned of car bombings, suicide attacks and other strikes linked to the Sept. 11 anniversary.

President Bush said Tuesday he will ask the United Nations "to deal with the problem" of Iraq and dispatched top members of his national security team to Capitol Hill to talk to skeptical lawmakers.

The nation will remember last Sept. 11 mostly in silence, with few sounds other than bells tolling, military jets roaring in tribute and the reading of victims' names

Israeli troops and armored vehicles moved into northern Gaza early Wednesday, residents said, taking control of one town and part of another

U.S. and Afghan officials believe the assassination attempt against Afghan President Hamid Karzai was probably the work of fugitive members of the country's ousted Taliban regime, rather than al-Qaida terrorists, defense officials said Tuesday.

Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement pledged for the first time Tuesday to try to stop attacks on Israeli civilians by its militiamen, creating a small opening for a truce. Other militant groups said attacks would continue.

Nine U.S. embassies in Asia, Africa and the Middle East were closed, and U.S. military bases and embassies in Europe enforced tightened security Tuesday, the eve of the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

The U.N. chief weapons inspector said Tuesday there is no evidence from aerial photos or other sources that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction or is trying to build them.  But Hans Blix said there are still "many open questions" about Iraq's weapons programs that need to be answered.

On the eve of the Sept. 11 anniversary, the Bush administration decided Tuesday to raise the terror alert level for the first time to code orange, signaling a high danger of attack, a government official told The Associated Press.

As part of the heightened state of alert in the United States, every federal air marshal will be deployed Wednesday, armed missile launchers will be situated around the nation's capital, and airport security workers will conduct extensive searches of bags and passengers.

In the last funeral before the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Fire Department of New York remembered another of its lost 343 firefighters in a Bronx church near the stationhouse that Bielfeld loved so well.

Fears of a cyberattack inspired by the Sept. 11 attacks faded on Tuesday, a day ahead of the anniversary, with the only threat to emerge a year-old virus hoax called "World Trade Center Survivor."  Experts predicted that Wednesday is likely to be just another day on the Internet, and if anything a quiet day for cybercriminals.












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September 11, 2002
A cascade of memorial events around the globe marked a moment whose echoes still resound from New York to Afghanistan, and everywhere in between a moment that even a year later left many transfixed by the horror, burdened by sadness, plagued by fears.  "A day of tears," said President Bush, "and a day of prayer, and a day of national resolve. It also needs to be a day in which we confirm the values which make us unique and great."

With words of comfort and resolve, President Bush joined the nation Wednesday in remembering "a year of sorrow, of empty places" since the terrorist attacks that drew America into war. However resourceful the enemy, he said, a greater force is facing them down.

President Bush will use a U.N. speech Thursday to demand that Iraq admit weapons inspectors and to urge world leaders to insist on Saddam Hussein's compliance

Defiant Palestinian legislators forced the resignation of Yasser Arafat's 21-member Cabinet Wednesday, delivering the biggest political blow to the Palestinian leader since he returned from exile eight years ago and underscoring the mounting discontent among ordinary Palestinians.

A bugler playing taps in Afghanistan. A twisted metal cross in Rome symbolizing the carnage of a year ago. An Arab man in Jordan hoping America receives another terrorist blow.

At ground zero, the names took precedence, 2,801 of them read aloud, from Gordon Aamoth Jr. to Igor Zukelman. Patriotic resolve held sway at the Pentagon. And in a field near Shanksville, Pa., grief was partially offset by pride.

The 40 victims who died aboard United Flight 93 after an apparent struggle to retake the hijacked airliner were saluted Wednesday as "citizen-soldiers" in the war against terrorism.
  President Bush and about 5,000 others including more than 500 relatives and friends of the victims took part in memorial observances at the grassy field in rural western Pennsylvania where the plane went down Sept. 11.

A bugler playing taps in Afghanistan. A twisted metal cross in Rome symbolizing the carnage of a year ago. An Arab man in Jordan hoping America receives another terrorist blow.
  On the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, the world became a vast stage Wednesday to revisit and contemplate what was once unimaginable.  "No situation of hurt, no philosophy or religion can ever justify such a grave offense on human life," said Pope John Paul II.













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September 12, 2002
Raising the specter of war, President Bush told skeptical world leaders Thursday to confront the "grave and gathering danger" of Saddam Hussein's Iraq or stand aside as the United States acts. Hesitant allies asked him not to go it alone.

Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan told Congress on Thursday that "depressing effects" on the American economy still linger from the terror attacks and the stock market's steep plunge

Israel sent tanks into the West Bank town of Tulkarem Thursday, reimposing a curfew that has been on and off for nearly three months.
  Residents said that about 10 tanks entered the town, on the line between the West Bank and Israeli. The Israeli military said only that some forces has been sent into Tulkarem.

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, addressing the world's leaders Thursday, called for urgent action to address ongoing conflicts in the Middle East and South Asia and urged the United States not to act alone against Iraq.

In a single casket, remains that symbolically represent all 184 victims of the attack on the Pentagon
  were buried with full military honors Thursday at Arlington National Cemetery, the resting place of the nation's unknown soldiers.

More than memorials, America owes the nearly 3,000 people killed on Sept. 11 a steadfast commitment to spreading liberty and security worldwide "the most enduring monument we can build," President Bush  told a healing nation.

Iraq's U.N. ambassador criticized President Bush's speech to the General Assembly on Thursday, saying it lacked credibility and was motivated by revenge and political ambition.
  It was the first Iraqi reaction to Bush's speech, in which the president warned Baghdad to comply with U.N. resolutions or face the consequences.



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September 13, 2002
A suspected organizer of the Sept. 11 attacks was captured in Pakistan and in custody, U.S. officials said Friday.
  Ramzi Binalshibh, one of the so-called "20th hijackers" who attempted to take part in the Sept. 11 attacks, worked closely with Mohamed Atta's cell in Hamburg, Germany.

Secretary of State Colin Powell gained diplomatic support for the strong U.S. stand against Saddam Hussein, winning approval Friday from all members of the U.N. Security Council for President Bush's assertion that the Iraqi leader poses a threat to international security.

Three men reportedly overheard talking about a terrorist plot were pulled over and detained for 17 hours Friday before authorities said the men were apparently kidding around and released them.

The Air Force charged two Illinois Air National Guard pilots with involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault and dereliction of duty in the mistaken bombing of a Canadian training exercise in Afghanistan that killed four soldiers and wounded eight.

A federal judge on Friday dismissed a perjury indictment against an Islamic charity accused of lying about its ties to Osama bin Laden, saying the alleged conduct didn't violate the law.

A top Iraqi official said Baghdad opposes the return of U.N. weapons inspectors and President Bush's speech to the United Nations was "full of lies."

Four Palestinians were killed in Gaza on Friday, including three in an explosion at a home believed to harbor a bomb workshop. Elsewhere, a Palestinian gunman died in a firefight with Israeli soldiers.

President George W. Bush has opened a door for settling the Iraqi dispute, and the Iraqi government should go through it, Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak said in remarks published Friday
.  In an interview with his country's semi-official Middle East News Agency, Mubarak praised the speech Bush made to the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday when he warned Iraq that it must comply with U.N. Security Council resolutions or face confrontation.

An Air Force pararescuer killed in Afghanistan while attending to wounded comrades was awarded the Air Force Cross and remembered Friday for his heroism.
  The medal, the second highest military honor, was presented to Theresa Cunningham, the widow of Senior Airman Jason Cunningham, who died in March.  "On behalf of the United States Air Force and a grateful nation, we present this award as a recognition of his extraordinary heroism, as a symbol of our deep gratitude for his loyal and honorable service,"




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September 14, 2002
Five American men charged Saturday with supporting terrorism trained to use assault rifles and other weapons at an al-Qaida camp in Afghanistan where Osama bin Laden spoke about his anti-American beliefs.  The men, all in their 20s and of Yemeni descent, appeared in court Saturday and were charged with unlawfully providing material support and resources to foreign terrorist organizations.

President Bush made plain Saturday that the United States is willing take Iraq on alone if the United Nations fails to "show some backbone" by confronting Saddam Hussein. "Enough is enough," Bush said.

Pakistan confirmed Saturday it was holding about a dozen foreigners arrested this week on suspicion they were al-Qaida members, including one who U.S. authorities say was a key planner of the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States.

In his first-ever discussion with a Palestinian Authority official, President Bush said statehood is a prerequisite for ending Palestinian suffering, the official said Saturday.

The Bush administration Saturday hailed anti-terrorism arrests from suburban Buffalo, N.Y., to Karachi, Pakistan, and promised to tighten the noose on al-Qaida and the terrorism cells it supports.  The capture in Pakistan of a suspected Sept. 11 operative, Ramzi Binalshibh, demonstrated that "We are relentless, we are strong, and we're not going to stop,"
said President Bush

Security Council members echoed President Bush's demand for Iraq to admit U.N. weapons inspectors, and key nations indicated they would support giving Saddam Hussein a deadline to comply.
  But after Bush told the council to confront the "grave and gathering danger" posed by Iraq or stand aside as the United States acts, no council nation backed the use of force if Saddam continues to say no.








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September 15, 2002
Arabs sought on Sunday to head off a war between Iraq and the United States, but also pressed the United Nations for action on another destabilizing dispute in their region, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

The Bush administration insisted Sunday that the U.S. military can simultaneously fight terrorism and confront Iraq, as White House officials said Congress and the United Nations must act quickly to show resolve against Saddam Hussein.

Germany dropped its request for the extradition of Ramzi Binalshibh on Sunday, opening the way for the suspected Sept. 11 plotter to be handed over to the United States after his arrest last week by U.S. and Pakistani intelligence.

The Pentagon is stepping up the hunt for al-Qaida fighters in Yemen, ancestral home of Osama bin Laden, which remains a terrorist hornets' nest despite efforts of U.S. and Yemeni authorities over the past two years.

Government agents have recently uncovered numerous calls from difficult-to-track prepaid cell phones, Internet-based phone service, prepaid phone cards and public pay phones in the United States to known al-Qaida locations overseas

The Saudi foreign minister said Sunday the kingdom would be "obliged to follow through" if the United States needed bases in the kingdom to attack Iraq under U.N. authority.

The United States wants custody of Ramzi Binalshibh and will work with Pakistani authorities to have them hand over the suspected Sept. 11 plotter captured last week in Karachi

Three subway stations closed after debris from the collapsed World Trade Center towers filled their tunnels last Sept. 11 reopened Sunday, a month ahead of schedule.
  In addition to the South Ferry station, the Rector Street station on the No. 1 and No. 9 lines and the Cortlandt Street stop on the N and R lines opened for the first time since last year.  The Cortlandt Street station on the No. 1 and No. 9 lines, which lies directly below the World Trade Center site, will remain closed until lower Manhattan redevelopment plans are finalized, said Larry Reuter, president of New York City Transit.






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September 16, 2002
Iraq agreed Monday to allow the return of weapons inspectors to "remove any doubts" it still has weapons of mass destruction, Iraq's foriegn minister said.  "The government of the republic of Iraq has based its decision concerning the return of inspectors on its desire to complete the implementation of relevant security council resolutions and to remove any doubts that Iraq still possesses weapons of mass destruction,"

An alleged organizer of the Sept. 11 attacks was handed over to U.S. authorities Monday along with four other al-Qaida suspects who were arrested here last week in a major blow to the terrorist network.

A sixth alleged member of an al-Qaida terrorist cell based in suburban Buffalo was arrested in the Middle East and brought into court here Monday to face federal charges.

U.S. pilots patrolling the skies over Iraq are taking a new approach to defending themselves, and the switch may be chipping away at Iraq's ability to resist a full-scale U.S.-led invasion.  Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld disclosed Monday that more than a month ago he personally ordered that pilots attack command and communications links in Iraqi's air defense network rather than the guns and radars that are frequently used to target or shoot at U.S. and British pilots.

An American of Yemeni descent was arrested in Bahrain and transferred to U.S. authorities investigating an alleged terror cell in upstate New York

Singapore authorities have arrested 21 people on suspicion most of them belong to an al-Qaida-linked militant group that was plotting to blow up the U.S. Embassy
  All the suspects were Singaporean citizens, the Ministry of Home Affairs said without releasing details of their arrests last month. None of them have been charged with any crimes, although they remain detained as allowed by the Internal Security Act.








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September 17, 2002
As U.N. weapons inspectors moved ahead with plans to return to Iraq, the United States and Russia clashed on Tuesday over whether to take Baghdad at its word or impose a new ultimatum. "We have seen this game before," said a skeptical Colin Powell.

The Bush administration stepped up pressure Tuesday for a new U.N. Security Council disarmament resolution for Iraq and disclosed plans for moving B-2 bombers closer to Baghdad, preparing for possible war to remove President Saddam Hussein.

An al-Qaida suspect arrested along with alleged Sept. 11 organizer Ramzi Binalshibh has been identified as one of the killers of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, a senior police official said Tuesday

Israeli police and Palestinian officials in the West Bank said they believe extremist Jewish settlers planted two bombs in a Palestinian school yard Tuesday. One device exploded, injuring five children.

Weapons inspectors and Iraqi officials agreed Tuesday to meet in Vienna in 10 days to complete arrangements for the inspectors' return, former Iraqi ambassador Saeed Hasan said.








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September 18, 2002
The Bush administration pressed Congress to take the lead in authorizing force against Iraq Wednesday after the U.S. campaign for a tough new U.N. resolution was undercut by Saddam Hussein's offer on inspections. As the White House talked tough, United Nations weapons inspectors began planning their return to Baghdad.

Intelligence agencies failed to anticipate terrorists flying planes into buildings despite a dozen clues in the years before the Sept. 11 attacks that Osama bin Laden or others might use aircraft as bombs, a congressional investigator told lawmakers Wednesday as they began public hearings into the attacks.

Bucking an anti-war mood among their U.N. Security Council partners, the United States and Britain began crafting a toughly worded resolution Wednesday that would narrow the timetable for Iraqi compliance with weapons inspections and authorize force if Iraq fails to cooperate,

Six suspected members of an al-Qaida-trained terror cell in western New York are a danger to the community and should be held without bail, a prosecutor argued Wednesday

Palestinians ended a six-week lull in attacks on Israelis Wednesday when a policeman died after challenging a suicide bomber and Palestinian militants killed a motorist and a settler in the West Bank.

A panel of architects and planners will help the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. sift through hundreds of design proposals for the World Trade Center site, the agency announced Tuesday.
  Alexander Garvin, vice president of planning, design and development for the corporation, said more than 300 firms from every continent except Antarctica have sent in proposals.  The development corporation said last month that it would choose up to five design teams to prepare plans for the trade center site. The teams will be selected by Sept. 30.





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September 19, 2002
A Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up on a crowded Tel Aviv bus killing five other people Thursday and Israeli tanks roared back into Yasser Arafat's West Bank compound. The violence snuffed out hopes that after a six-week lull the conflict was winding down.

President Bush asked Congress Thursday for authority to "use all means," including military force if necessary, to disarm and overthrow Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein if he does not quickly meet United Nations demands that he abandon all weapons of mass destruction.

Two Bush administration officials told lawmakers Thursday they knew before the Sept. 11 attacks that Osama bin Laden might attack Americans, but don't remember being warned that terrorists could fly passenger jets into buildings on U.S. soil.

Iraq is free of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons, Saddam Hussein told the United Nations  in a speech read Thursday by his foreign minister. The White House dismissed the speech as a "disappointing failure."
  "Our country is ready to receive any scientific experts, accompanied by politicians you choose to represent any one of your countries, to tell us which places and scientific installations they would wish to see, particularly those about which the American officials have been fabricating false stories, alleging that they contain prohibited materials or activities," Foreign Minister Naji Sabri told the world body, quoting the Iraqi president.

A Senate committee on Thursday passed additional measures to tighten aviation security while also extending the year-end deadline for some airports to screen all passenger bags for explosives.
  But the security steps might not become law because Congress could run out of time to act this year.








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September 20, 2002
Yasser Arafat, caught in the tightest Israeli chokehold yet, pleaded for the world's help after troops blew up buildings in his compound Friday and started digging a deep trench and running coils of barbed wire around his office.

Thirteen days before the Sept. 11 attacks, a frustrated FBI agent warned headquarters that "someday, someone will die" after he was denied permission to pursue a man who would become one of the hijackers, a congressional panel was told Friday.

President Bush appealed Friday to a reluctant Russian President Vladimir Putin to back a new U.N. Security Council resolution threatening Iraq with war if it does not destroy its weapons stockpiles.

Heading into a critical week, the White House is magnifying its lobbying efforts on a handful of senators who hold the key to creating President Bush's Department of Homeland Security.

President Bush declared in an aggressive new national security strategy Friday that the United States will stop any adversary challenging America's military superiority and adopt a strike-first policy against terrorist threats "before they're fully formed."









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