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Israel responds to rocket fire
BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip (AP)
- Responding to rocket fire, Israeli
troops and tanks swept through three
Palestinian towns and the outskirts of
a refugee camp yesterday in the
biggest operation in the Gaza Strip
since violence broke out nearly 17
months ago. Five Palestinians, includ-
ing a civilian, were killed in
exchanges of fire that began before
Islamic militants said they will keep
firing rockets at Israel, despite Israeli
warnings that such attacks will trigger
more large-scale operations.
In the West Bank, there were
exchanges of fire after two Israeli
tanks and several other vehicles
entered the town of Jenin, Palestinians
said. The Israeli military spokesman's
office said it had no knowledge of an
incursion in Jenin.
In a clash late yesterday with Israeli
soldiers near a Jewish settlement in
Gaza, a Palestinian gunman was killed
and three others escaped, Israel Radio
reported. Israeli and Palestinian offi-
cials had no comment.
The moves came amid increasing
tension within the Palestinian Author-
ity and exasperation in Israel, whose
persistent military efforts have failed,
to prevent the Palestinians from using
an ever-expanding arsenal of
weapons including the Qassam-2
rocket, which puts Israeli cities with-
After nightfall, Israeli forces were
pulling out of Beit Hanoun, a town in
the northeast corner of the Gaza Strip.
They left Beit Lahiya, a small part of
the nearby Jebalya refugee camp and
Dir al-Balah, a town in central Gaza,
several hours after entering.
American Taliban Lindh pleads 'not guilty
Bush not ruling
out force in Iraq
John Walker Lindh pleaded innocent yesterday to conspiring to kill Americans,
then was denounced as a traitor in an emotional outpouring outside court by the
family of a slain CIA officer who had questioned him in Afghanistan.
"Not guilty, sir," Lindh told the judge, in a routine arraignment that was fol-
lowed by an awkward encounter between two fathers inside the courthouse and
the strong statements outside. The CIA officer's widow said Lindh should be sen-
tenced to death.
When the proceeding ended, Lindh's father, Frank, tried to shake hands with
Johnny Spann, father of slain CIA agent Johnny Micheal Spann. The officer was
killed in a prison uprising in Afghanistan that occurred shortly after he had ques-
tioned Lindh and other captured soldiers.
As Frank Lindh started to say that he was sorry about Spann's death and that
his son had nothing to do with the killing, officials from the U.S. attorney's office
stopped the encounter. "We were trying to get the family out without anyone
speaking to them," said spokeswoman Sam Dibbley.
Johnny Spann, his wife, Gail, and the officer's widow, Shannon, then went out-
side to denounce John Walker Lindh to reporters.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - President
Bush said yesterday he would consider
a wide range of options to oust Saddam
Hussein. The Iraqi president "needs to
understand I am serious," Bush said.
Bush did not exclude the possibility
of a military strike to overthrow Sad-
dam, who has pursued weapons of
mass destruction and refused to admit
U.N. weapons inspectors.
Secretary of State Colin Powell
specifically included military action as
an option, although he said Bush had
not made a decision. Other administra-
tion officials said in interviews the
process of formulating a policy was in
an early stage.
Bush "is committed to regime
change" and is considering the use of
anti-Saddam opposition forces, "mili-
tary activity and other kinds of activi-
ty," Powell said.
"These options are under considera-
tion;' Powell told a House subcommit-
tee that was reviewing the
administration's budget for the fiscal
year that begins Oct. 1.
A senior U.S. official told The Asso-
ciated Press that Bush's top advisers
and relevant agencies had been direct-
ed to develop and refine a full range of
The United States has not begun to
make its case to other countries, said
the official, speaking on condition of
After meeting with Pakistani Presi-
dent Pervez Musharraf, Bush declined
to disclose details of options he is con-
"I will keep them close to my vest,"
Bush said. "President Saddam Hussein
needs to understand I am serious about
defending our country."
Accelerating the U.S. decision-mak-
ing process is that Iraqi weapons of
mass destruction might be used in ter-
rorist attacks on the United States,
Touching on this point, Bush said
any alliance between terrorist organi-
zations and terror-supporting nations
with a history of pursuing nuclear or
other destructive weapons would be
"devastating for those of us who fight
for freedom," and the United States
would not tolerate it.
"We, the free world, must make it
clear to these nations they have a
choice to make," Bush said. "I will
keep all options available if they don't
make the choice."
CIA Director George Tenet is said to
favor a plan that relies heavily on covert
action. In fact, the Central Intelligence
Agency already is authorized to try to
destabilize the Baghdad government.
Powell held out hope yesterday that
the U.N. Security Council in May
would adopt "smart sanctions" that
would permit Iraq to import a wide
range of goods that could ease the
plight of the Iraqi people.
Powell has suggested Russia might
support the United States.
Arab governments long have lobbied
for easing the burden on the Iraqi peo-
ple. But a decision by the Security
Council on new sanctions are unlikely
to prompt Saddam to readmit U.N.
In Baghdad, the Iraqi vice president,
Taha Yassin Ramadan, accused the
United States of "flagrant interference
in Iraq's internal affairs."
He said Bush's designation of Iraq
as part of an "axis of evil" and Powell's
call for "regime change" reflected "the
criminality and terrorism of the U.S.
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THE HAGUE, Netherlands
Milosevic challenges legality of U.N. court
Faced with graphic images from a ruthless campaign of ethnic cleansing that
prosecutors say he masterminded, Slobodan Milosevic lashed back yesterday at the
U.N. court, challenging its legality, in his first comments at his war crimes trial.
At the end of the second day of his trial for genocide and war crimes, the for-
mer Yugoslav president had his first chance to speak, and his brief exchange with
the presiding judge was a harbinger of the defiance and rejection he is likely to
adopt for the duration of the exhaustive trial.
"I challenge the very legality of this tribunal because it is not established on the
basis of law," he said, after listening to the prosecution's often harrowing two-day
recital of atrocities during a decade of war in the Balkans. "This tribunal does not
have the competence to try me," he said.
Judge Richard May said the court had already ruled on the legitimacy issue, "as
you would know if you had taken the trouble to read our decisions. Your views
about the tribunal are now completely irrelevant, as far as these proceedings are
reform gets boost
Supporters of far-reaching campaign
finance legislation prevailed handily on
early test votes yesterday as the House
struggled through marathon debate over
rules to reduce the role of money in
But even as the bill's backers savored
their initial successes, the White House
singled out a late change in the legisla-
tion as "unfair, unwise and unwarrant-
ed." Spokesman Ari Fleischer said,
"The president believes that this should
The developments, in a debate that
threatened to stretch well past midnight,
underscored the unpredictability of an
issue that has veered between lofty con-
stitutional concerns and bare-knuckled
Supporters and opponents of the bill
have both predicted that Bush would
sign whatever legislation emerges.
man commits suicide
A suspected al-Qaida member blew
himself up yesterday evening after
being cornered by security forces in a
San'a suburb, police said.
Sameer Mohammed Ahmed al-Hada,
25, was trying to flee from Yemen
authorities who had staked out his
house in San'a, police officials said.
Officers approached al-Hada as he
left his house, but the suspect ran and
tried to throw a grenade that detonated
in his hand and killed him instantly,
police said. No police were injured.
Al-Hada was the son of a known al-
Qaida operative, said a U.S. official in
Washington, speaking on the condition
of anonymity. The official did not name
the operative. The suspect's name does
not appear on a U.S.-produced list of
Yemenis believed to be suspected al-
Illegal aliens target
of gun restrictions
The Justice Department announced
changes in how U.S. officials conduct
background checks for gun purchases,
efforts aimed mostly at preventing ille-
gal immigrants from buying weapons.
"Our paramount responsibility is the
safety of Americans through the preven-
tion of violence and the prevention of
illegal activity," Attorney General John
Ashcroft said yesterday.
Under the new system, the FBI will
ask gun dealers whether prospective
customers are U.S. citizens. For those
who aren't, the Immigration and Natu-
ralization Service will check its comput-
er records to ensure they live in the
United States legally.-
Under U.S. law, nonimmigrant aliens
- those without green cards, for exam-
ple - can buy weapons if they have
valid hunting permits and have lived in
a state long enough to declare residency.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.
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Food for Thought
Was it Peaceful?
In "On Killing," psychologist/
author Lt. Col. Dave Gross-
man, comments on the effect
the Protest Movement had on
the returning American
Vietnam warrior: "Never in
American history, perhaps
never in all the history of
Western civilization, has an
army suffered such an agony
of many blows from its
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