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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 6, 1993 - 7

,GIVING A HELPING HAND

U.N. envoys to Somalia still
searching for warlord AidI
WASHINGTON (AP)-In June, Ranger who is a member of the Intel- The United States is reluctan
U.S. intelligenceofficers were"fairly ligence Committee. "That's no good feed sensitive details into that po
certain" they could snare him. Today to us in an urban environment." Several other countries that a
SomaliwarlordMohamedFarrahAidid In addition, the United States is have intelligencecollection operati
is still at large, his ragtag militia con- reluctant to share its hard-won intelli- are also reluctant to pass on sensit
founding the world's most sophisti- gence out of concern for compromis- information, he said.
cated intelligence andmilitary. ing its sources, and it carefully edits The 4,700 U.S. troops in Som
The mystery of Aidid's ability to whatinformation it does pass on to the constitute less than 20 percent of
elude arrest, and his devastating suc- U.N. command, an official said. overall U.N. force there, but they
cessatmaimingandkillingU.N. peace- "The culture oftheU.N. abhors the the best trained and have thebest in
keepers, are criticalmattersinthe wake concept of intelligence," said Reed, ligence.
of this week's casualties. who visited Somalia twice this year When the United Nations first
Why can't Aidid be captured? and wrote a report on the intelligence sued its arrest warrant for the wart
"The intelligence has always been problems there. on June 23, after his militia ambus
very weak," said Rep. Dan Glickman The UnitedNationshasestablished and killed 26 Pakistani peacekeep
(D-Kan.), chair of the House Intelli- acentralized facilityfor the clearing of the United States assured the Un
gence Committee. such information in Somalia. Nations thatit would get him.
His panel receives regular brief-
ings on Somalia from the U.S. spy
agencies, ranging from the CIA to the
highly secretive National Security
Agency.
tially on the difficulties of pooling in-
formation with the U.N. command in+L
Somalia and with 32 other nations op- \L\
erating there under its umbrella.
Other intelligence experts also
blamed the anarchy in Somalia, the
difficultyofpenetratingitssociety and -«b.h
theproblems of collecting information (A b A A(
about urban guerrillas. t ACK
"Ouredgeistechnology,"saidRep.
Jack Reed (D-R.I.), a former Army*"

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Kalamazoo College graduate Rochelle Cibor and LSA junior Arlene Winter wheel physical therapy patient Clifford
Shewcraft out of a room at the University Hospitals' Physical Therapy Ward.
Senate confirms Shalikashvili
to direct Joit Chiefs of Staff

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WASHiNGTON(AP)-TheSenate
confirndArmyGen.JohnShalikashvili,
Prsident Clinton's choice to head the
Joint Chiefs of Staff yesteday.
By voice vote, the Senate approved
#Ihefou-ctagenerAlwhosioceedsrefired
Gmn Colin Powell as the Joint Chiefs
chair.Powell stepped down last week.
Although Shalikashvili faced no
congressional opposition, the Armed
ServicesCommitteedecidednottoact
onthe nomination until the White House
chose his replacement as NATO's Su-
preme Allied CommanderEurope and
commander of U.S. forces in Europe.
Sen. SamNunn (D-Ga.)the Armed

Services chair, cited the political tur-
moil in Russia and the continuing un-
certainty in Bosnia as reasons to en-
sure a smooth hand-over of command
authority within NATO.
The committee on Tuesday for-
mally received the nomination of
Army Gen. George Joulwan, the cur-
rent commander of U.S. forces in
Latin America, to succeed
Shalikashvili. The only reservations
about Shalikashvili emerged in Au-
gust when documents showed that in

World War II the nominee's father
had served the Nazi cause with the
notorious Waffen SS.
At his confirmation hearing, the
57-year-old Shalikashvili denied that
he had withheld knowledge of his
father'spastand was deeply disturbed
by speculation that he had hidden in-
formation of the SS connection.
"I did not withhold this informa-
tion, for I never had the slightest hint
thatmy father was associated with the
Waffen SS," the general said.

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