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Karzai: Bin Laden is a fugitive

WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States will
play a leading role in the reconstruction of
Afghanistan, including helping the nation build its
own military, President Bush said yesterday as he
stood with Afghan leader Hamid Karzai.
Bush also announced $50 million in U.S.
loan aid to help rebuild the war-battered
nation. "The United States will continue to be a
friend to the Afghan people," Bush said.
In a joint Rose Garden appearance, Karzai thanked
the United States for its help in driving the Taliban
from power and wiping out Osama bin Laden's al-
Qaida terror forces in his country.
"We will not allow terrorism to return," he said,
speaking in English.

"This joint struggle against terrorism should go
to the absolute end of it. ... We should bring them
out of their caves, out of their hide-outs," Karzai
As to bin Laden's whereabouts, Karzai said: "We
are looking for him. He is a fugitive. If we find
him, we'll catch him."
Karzai had expressed interest in having U.S.
forces remain in his country as part of a multina-
tional peacekeeping force.
Bush ruled out such a direct role, but said the Unit-
ed States will support the international security force
and stands ready to help if its "troops get in trouble."
But more significantly, Bush said, "We're going
to help Afghanistan develop her military. That is

the most important part of this visit."
He said that Gen. Tommy Franks, head of U.S.
forces in the region, "fully understands this and is
fully committed to this idea."
The United States will also support programs to
train Afghan police officers, Bush said.
"I reaffirm to you today that the United
States will continue to be a friend to the Afghan
people in all the challenges that lie ahead,"
Bush said.
"Afghanistan is a good partner. It will stay a
good partner," Karzai responded.
Earlier, White House spokesman Ari Fleischer
said he did not envision a U.S. role in the peace-
keeping force.

U.S Special forces aid

Bush will remain silent in Enron case
Setting the stage for a showdown with congressional Enron investigators,
President Bush said yesterday he will not identify the executives who met with
him about energy policy.
"It's an encroachment on the executive branch's ability to conduct business,"
he said.
The head of the General Accounting Office, Congress' investigative arm, said
he will decide this week whether to sue to force the White House to turn over
documents on the meetings Vice President Dick Cheney held with energy com-
panies. They included the now-collapsed Enron Corp., a Houston-based compa-
ny with deep ties to Bush.
Bush said that as president he reserves the right to hold private consultations
about policy. Like Cheney, who predicted this matter will be resolved in court,
Bush said he would resist the GAO's efforts.
"In order for me to be able to get good, sound opinions, those who offer
me opinions, or offer the vice president opinions, must know that every
word they say is not going to be put into the public record," Bush said.
"We're not going to let the ability for us to discuss matters between our-
selves to become eroded."
LAGOS, Nigeria.
Hundreds pulled out of rubble in Nigeria
Rescuers pulled hundreds of bodies from a canal yesterday after a series of
explosions at a munitions depot destroyed homes and businesses in Nigeria's
commercial capital, witnesses and rescue workers said.
1 Panicked residents ran and drove into the Oke Afa canal as they fled the blasts
Sunday evening at the nearby Ikeja military base. They apparently didn't realize
how deep the water was and drowned, witnesses said. Parts of the canal were
covered with water hyacinths.
Ben Nwachukwu, a businessman helping as a volunteer in the rescue effort,
said he saw about 200 bodies plucked out of the water in one small section of the
canal. Other workers said they were retrieving large numbers of bodies from
elsewhere on the waterway. A stretch of canal between five and seven miles was
being searched.
Lagos State Police Commissioner Mike Okiro confirmed the events, but had
no details on casualties. More than 200 bodies were pulled from the water, the
independent Rhythm FM radio station reported. At least 35 corpses could be
seen in the water, on the grass and in the backs of trucks being driven away.

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The Washington Post
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - With a hail of
bullets and grenades, about 100 Afghan troops
and 20 .U.S. Special forces stormed a hospital
prison ward here early yesterday afternoon,
killing six injured Arab fighters who had been
barricaded inside for 50 days.
The 10-hour siege, which ended in an intense,
45-minute barrage of gunfire and grenade
booms, wiped out the lasteknown pocket of
resistance in this southern Afghan city by mem-
bers of the al-Qaida network allied with the col-
lapsed Taliban militia and Saudi fugitive Osama
bin Laden.
But other groups of Taliban and al-Qaida
forces are still believed to be operating in the
surrounding countryside, and U.S. special
forces, working with Afghan troops, have been
conducting frequent raids on their suspected
One such raid last week in a village 60 miles
north of here proved controversial. American
military officials called the attack a success,
claiming the forces had killed 15 fighters and
captured 27. But the raid drew protests from

b fighters
local Afghan leaders, who claimed the dead
included civilians who had been negotiating the
surrender of Taliban troops.
In yesterday's siege at Mirwais Hospital, five
Afghan troops were wounded before and during
the final assault in which the attacking forces
moved from room, hurling concussion grenades
and then spraying gunfire. One Afghan soldier
was shot in the head and sent to the U.S. base at
Kandahar Airport for treatment. There were no
American casualties.
Afghan and U.S. military forces said the
Arabs had refused two separate orders to sur-
render since early morning and instead
fought back fiercely with pistols and
grenades. At least one Arab blew himself up
with a grenade, and by 1:45 p.m., all six
were dead.
"It is all over. They fought until the last
drop of their blood," said Khalid Pashtun, a
senior advisor to the provincial governor, as
he left the hospital in a truck full of Afghan
troops shortly after the assault ended. "We
gave them an ultimatum and we said their
lives would be spared, but they would not lis-
ten. We had no other choice."

Afghanistan interim leader Amid Karzai stands among
American flags yesterday in the Rose Garden of the White
House, during his visit with Pres. Bush. P


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JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli secu-
rity forces flooded downtown
Jerusalem yesterday, taking up promi-
nent positions on sidewalks and
rooftops a day after the latest bomb
attack. Israel's government weighed a
response as it tried to determine the
political affiliation of the female
A Palestinian man was shot and
killed on the outskirts of Tel Aviv after
driving his car through a roadblock,
running down and injuring an Israeli
soldier and a policeman.
The motive of the Palestinian
motorist was not clear - Palestinian
police said the man was a car thief,
and Israeli police said they did not find
any weapons on the man. However,
Gideon Ezra, the deputy minister of
internal security, said that anyone who
"runs over a soldier, and then a police-
man ... is a terrorist."
In Jerusalem, soldiers were sta-
tioned every few yards along Jaffa
Street, the busy thoroughfare where
the bomber killed herself and an elder-
ly Israeli man Sunday. Marksmen were
stationed on rooftops yesterday, and
police from the anti-terrorism unit
cruised up and down the street on
About a dozen people were hurt in
Sunday's bombing and more than 100
were treated for shock.
American Mark Sokolow, 43, who
survived the World Trade Center
attack on Sept. 11, was among those
injured. His wife Rina and their
daughters Jamie and Lauren were also
hurt, though none of the injuries was
The family, from Woodmere, N.Y.,
was visiting a third daughter who is
studying in Jerusalem.
"I heard a loud whoosh, like a bang,
and I kind of saw things flying around
a little bit, and then I realized I was
able to get up and walk around,"
Sokolow told Israel television from his
hospital bed.
On Sept. 11, Sokolow was working
on the 38th floor of the World Trade
Center's south tower when the first
hijacked airliner slammed into the
north tower. His office was evacuated
and he escaped unharmed before the
second plane hit the south tower.
Yesterday, Palestinian security
forces evacuated several buildings in
West Bank towns. fearing Israeli retal-

Congress members
push for balance
House conservatives looking ahead
to the November elections are trying to
persuade Republican congressional
leaders to produce a balanced budget,
but are so far being met with skepti-
The campaign comes as President
Bush prepares to submit a $2.1 tril-
lion budget to Congress next wleek
that projects an $80 billion deficit
for next year. The last budget to pro-
pose an annual deficit was submit-
ted in February 1997 by.
then-President Clinton.
The conservative effort also comes
just over nine months before elections
in which control of the House and
Senate are at stake. Some Republi-
cans say they worry that another
round of big spending increases -
mostly for defense and homeland
security - will turn off conservative
and many independent voters.
QUITO, Ecuador
Ecuadorean plane
crashes in Andes
An Ecuadorean jetliner carrying 92
people, including seven children,
crashed in Colombia yesterday in the
fogbound mountains of the Andes, the
airline said.
The Boeing 727-100 from Ecuador's
TAME airline originated in the capital,
Quito, and was headed to the Ecuadore-
an border city of Tulcan, 110 miles to
the northeast. Its flight plan took it over

the Colombian city of Ipiales, the airline
It crashed near Ipiales, just over the
border from Tulcan, said TAME
spokeswoman Toa Quirola. "We don't
have any more information at this
time," she said. The mayor's office of
Ipiales said the city was foggy at the
time the plane went down. Diego Valle-
jo, a spokesman for the Ecuadorean
Red Cross, said rescue workers knew
where the plane crashed but that they
hadn't been able to reach the site.
WTC photo exhibit
too popular to close
A World Trade Center photography
exhibit created after the Sept. I 1
attacks has been trying to shut its
doors since Thanksgiving, but cannot
stop the hordes of viewers, who
demand it remain open.
The SoHo exhibit, "Here Is New
York: A Democracy of Photographs,"
has become a shrine of sorts, drawing
3,500 New Yorkers and tourists each
day, as people search for some way to
connect emotionally with the tragedy.
"People go to Ground Zero and
there's nothing left to see," exhibit
publicist Amy Wentz said. "So
we're finding most of the people
who come here now are tourists.
This sort of allows them to bear
Michael Shulan is a co-founder of
the exhibit, as well as co-owner of the
Prince Street storefront that houses it
rent free.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.


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