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U.S. to put aircraft in
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Bush
administration cheered signs that the
Taliban were deserting the Afghan
capital as defense officials said yester-
day they planned to base U.S. aircraft
in the bordering country of Tajikistan.
Taliban fighters could be seen
streaming out of Kabul after dawn
today. A U.S. official, speaking on
condition of anonymity, said large
numbers of Taliban were leaving, but
the ruling militia's evacuation from
Kabul was "far from complete."
"I think it is great news. It means
the initial phase of the campaign is
going well," Army Secretary Thomas
Northern alliance forces began mov-
ing into the capital in pickup trucks
loaded with soldiers armed with rifles
and rocket launchers. There was no
shooting as the opposition forces took
over a military barracks that only hours
before had been in Taliban hands.
White said on CNN's "Larry King
Live" that he thought "a combination
of well-targeted air power along with
movement on the ground by northern
alliance forces" prompted the Taliban
to flee Kabul.
A senior administration official said
pleasure among White House officials
with "the major Taliban defeat" was
tempered by concern that large num-
bers of northern alliance troops would
stream into Kabul and destabilize the
city and its delicate balance of com-
The official said it would take sever-
al hours and the help of coalition
forces personally reviewing the situa-
tion on the ground to determine the
impact of the Taliban retreat.
The decision on the Tajik base fol-
lows an onsite assessment by U.S. mili-
tary advisers of the feasibility of using
as many as three airfields in the former
Soviet republic. The Tajik government
had offered the bases for U.S. use
against Afghanistan, and the decision to
go ahead could mean more Air Force
fighter-bombers will besent there soon.
The U.S. defense official, who dis-
cussed the matter on condition of
anonymity, said it was not yet clear how
much local improvement would be need-
ed before the airfield could be put to use.
The official was not certain which air-
field was chosen out of three offered:
Kulyab, Khojand and Kurgan-Tyube.
The U.S. military already is using
one airfield in Uzbekistan, where at
least 1,000 soldiers of the U.S. Army's
10th Mountain Division are based. It
also has made use of military facilities
in Pakistan, although nearly all combat
missions have been flown from aircraft
carriers in the Arabian Sea and from a
British base in the Indian Ocean.
Some missions have been flown from
The significance of using one or more
airfields in Tajikistan is twofold: It offers
a chance to fly shorter attack missions in
support of anti-Taliban forces, possibly'
offering some relief to Navy pilots who
have been flying long missions from car-
riers, and, secondly, it offers an opportu-
nity to expand the delivery of
humanitarian relief to Afghans.
Victoria Clarke, chief spokeswoman
for Defense Secretary Donald Rums-
feld, said yesterday that the U.S. govern-
ment is focusing hard on an expanded
humanitarian relief effort, now that Tal-
iban forces have lost control of the
northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif and are
on the run elsewhere in the country.
Lieberman: Review changes nothing
A media-sponsored review of disputed ballots from the 2000 presidential elec-
tion in Florida was "fascinating" but it doesn't change anything, Sen. Joseph
Lieberman said yesterday as he reaffirmed his support for President Bush.
Al Gore and Lieberman, the Democratic vice presidential candidate, lost Florida
- and the presidency - to Bush and Dick Cheney by a scant 537 votes last year.
The new examination of 175,000 Florida ballots which didn't make it into
state-certified totals indicated the partial recounts Gore pursued in Florida would
still have left Bush clinging to the narrow lead he had after Election Day.
However, if Gore had pursued a full statewide recount he might have picked
up enough votes to surpass Bush by an even slimmer margin.
The 2000 election was a time of deep division between the major parties, but
Americans have rallied behind Bush since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
And on a day when a jet crash in New York gave the nation a fresh round of
jitters, Lieberman stressed the legitimacy of the election.
Bush is "not only our president, but our commander in chief," Lieberman said
while speaking to the National Jewish Democratic Council in-Hollywood, Fla.
"The election of last year seems a world away. These recounts are fascinating.
They don't change anything."
Wildfires ravage Kentucky mountains
Heavy smoke shrouded eastern Kentucky's mountains yesterday as the southern
Appalachian region's worst fire outbreak in a decade threatened to get worse, with
no rain was in sight for at least a week.
Kentucky's blazes have burned 146,500 acres so far this year, the worst in a
Southern wildfire season that also has burned parts of Maryland, the Virginias, the
Carolinas and Tennessee.
A man was killed yesterday morning in a chain-reaction car accident south of
Pikeville. State troopers said smoke from the fires, coupled with fog, contributed to
the crash. One firefighter was killed in Tennessee during the weekend when he was
overrun by flames.
Many fires in the region are arson.
Although fires in the mostly hardwood forests of the Appalachians generally
aren't as big or destructive as blazes in the West, some 96,600 acres of forest have
burned in Kentucky in the last two weeks alone. The biggest fire, which was only 70
percent contained Monday, had blackened nearly 31,000 acres in a region surround-
ing Hazard, according to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho.
Bush to lay out own Mideast settlement
NEW YORK (AP) - Now that the Bush
administration has lined up with Arab and most
European nations in calling for establishment of
a Palestinian state, it soon will reveal what else it
would like to see in a settlement between Israel
and the Palestinians.
With uncommon swiftness, the administration
shifted this past weekend from a relatively
detached approach to peacemaking and an almost
exclusive focus on trying to end the fighting to
supporting a Palestinian state on land held by
Israel and signaling Yasser Arafat that President
Bush was ready to meet with him.
Bush's declaration at the United Nations on
Saturday that there ought to be a Palestinian state
alongside Israel, splitting the small piece of land
they both claim, was "a powerful signal," Secre-
tary of State Colin Powell said.
Such views have prompted wariness among
Israelis, including Gilead Sher, who headed then-
Prime Minister Ehud Barak's office.
"Israel is a real friend, unconditionally," to the
United States, and "solidarity is our agenda,"
Sher told a standing-room-only meeting of
American Jewish groups at a Washington hotel
"But what kind of solidarity do we get?" he
asked. "Travel advisories" warning of potential
dangers in Israel, which is coping with recession
and a dying tourism industry. "Did the adminis-
tration issue a travel advisory to New York after
the horrors of Sept. 11?"
Aaron Miller, a veteran State Department
mediator, rejected the "dangerous perception
brewing that somehow the United States, in an
effort to appease or satisfy the interests of its
coalition partners, will somehow find a way to
sacrifice Israel's interests on the altar of coalition
That idea circulated during the Gulf War, he
told the meeting: "That perception was wrong
then, and that perception is wrong now.."
Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat salutes Palestinian police
officers as he arrives from Jordan to the Palestinian goverment
headquarters in the West Bank town of Ramallah yesterday.
Israel. kills 1, arrests 16 others in raid
TEL, West Bank (AP) - In a 10-
hour raid yesterday on a Palestinian vil-
lage, Israeli troops killed an Islamic
militant and arrested 45 residents,
including 16 on Israel's wanted list.
Israel also continued to hold parts of
two Palestinian towns in the northern
part of the West Bank. Troops moved
into six towns after the Oct. 17 assassi-
nation of an Israeli Cabinet minister.
Officials said they were delaying a
pullback from the last two because of
intelligence reports of attempts by
Palestinian militants to mount attacks
The U.S. State Department has
repeatedly criticized the Israeli incur-
sions into Palestinian areas and called
on Israel to withdraw and stay out.
In the latest Israeli incursion, sol-
diers moved into the West Bank vil-
lage of Tel, next to the city of Nablus,
around 2 a.m. Sealing off the village,
they went from house to house, arrest-
ing suspected militants.
At one house, soldiers shot and killed
Muhamrned Reihan, 25, a senior mem-
ber of the Islamic militant group
Hamas. Reihan had been on Israel's
wanted list since 1998 for the killing of
two residents of the nearby Jewish set-
tlement of Yitzhar.
Reihan's father, Yussef said Israeli
soldiers surrounded his house and
opened fire, and Muhammed went out-
side with a rifle, where he was killed.
Then, he said, soldiers allowed the
women to go to a nearby house and
strip-searched the men.
The Israeli military said troops came
under fire during the raid and returned
fire, killing one of the gunmen.
The army said soldiers detained 45
residents of Tel. In a statement, the mili-
tary said 16 were on wanted lists for a
long time and belonged to the militant
Hamas and Islamic Jihad, as well as the
Tanzim militia, affiliated with Palestin-
ian leader Yasser Arafat's Fatah group.
The statement said the detainees were
turned over to Israeli security services
Red Cross will give
refunds if asked
The American Red Cross, under fire
for its use of money raised since the
terrorist attacks, said it will return
donations to any contributor who
requests a refund.
The emergency relief group, which
has collected about $500 million since
Sept. 11, touched off a controversy last
month by announcing that not all of
the funds would go to victims of the
More than $200 million will be held in
reserve in case it is needed for other ter-
rorist attacks, the group said yesterday.
"This has not been a big issue for
us," said Devorah Goldburg, a spokes-
woman for the Red Cross. "If people
have a question about how donations,
are used, we talk with them and go
through the whole process. If they still
have a problem, then we honor a
request for the donation to be
Inhaled anthrax not
deadly if treated
Inhaled anthrax is- a treatable infection
and not a sure death sentence if doctors
recognize the disease early and treat it
aggressively, experts say in the Journal of
the American Medical Association. .
An analysis in JAMA of the 10
recent cases shows that if doctors
speedily give patients a constellation of
antibiotics, along with aggressively
treating symptoms such as the accumu-
lation of fluid in the chest, there is a
high rate of survival.
"The fact that six of these patients
have survived gives hope that the pub-
lished mortality rates of 86 to 97 percent
for inhalational anthrax may not be accu-
rate in the year 2001," Anthony Fauci and
H. Clifford Lane, both of the National
Institute of Allergy and Infectious Dis-
ease, said in the JAMA editorial.
The rate of survival - 60 percent for
the recent inhalational cases - could
well improve for future infections.
MENLO PARK, Calif.
Survey shows gays
feel more accepted
About three-fourths of homosexuals
and bisexuals feel more accepted by
society today than a few years ago, but
about the same percentage say they
have experienced discrimination,
according to a survey released today.
The finding -by the nopprpft Kaise
Family Foundation were based on tele-
phone interviews with 405 randomly
selected self-identified lesbians, gays
and bisexuals in 15 major U.S. cities last
Seventy-six percent of lesbians, gays
and bisexuals surveyed reported they feel
more accepted. However, 74 percent
reported encountering verbal abuse,
.while 32 percent said they experienced
physical abuse or damage to their proper-
ty because of their sexual orientation.
Eighty-five percent of lesbians, 76
percent of gay men and 60 percent of
bisexuals said they had experienced dis-
crimination, according to the survey.
- Compiledfrom Daily wire reports.
Bush and Putin meet today
Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON -- Russian President
Vladimir Putin is arriving in Washington; D.C.,
for his first official visit to the United States and
summit talks with President Bush as the leaders
of the world's major nuclear powers pursue a
post-Cold War relationship.
Putin and Bush are scheduled to meet today at the
White House, then resume their talks on terrorism,
strategic nuclear arms and other issues tomorrow and
Thursday at Bush's ranch near Crawford, Texas.
Putin left Moscow yesterday afternoon for the
long flight to Washington shortly after an Ameri-
can Airlines A300 Airbus crashed after takeoff
from John F. Kennedy International Airport in
Although the crash raised concerns that the
United States again had been targeted by terror-
ists, Putin ruled out postponing his visit. U.S.
officials said initial evidence indicated that the
crash probably was not the result of terrorism.
In addition to his talks with Bush, Putin is to
deliver speeches in Washington, Houston and at the
United Nations in New York. But the Russian gov-
ernment did not issue an official schedule for rea-
sons of security.
Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses Russian army
commanders at the Defense Ministry in Moscow yesterday.
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