2A - The Michigan Daily - Monday, March 4, 2002
U.S. air raids try to pin renegades NEWS a BRIEFi
SURMAD, Afghanistan (AP) -
U.S. bombers pounded al-Qaida and
Taliban positions in the eastern
mountains of Afghanistan yesterday
after yesterday's 1,500-strong coali-
tion ground attack failed to dislodge
the well-armed renegades.
No major ground action was reported
yesterday. However, U.S. Chinook heli-
copters ferried in supplies to American
and other troops still in the hills, a local
commander said, signaling preparations
for a new round of ground fighting.
Afghan troops warned the operation
to dislodge the regrouping Taliban and
al-Qaida forces from their hide-outs in
the mountain caves here in Paktia
province was far from over.
"You can't do everything in one oper-
ation," said Raza Khan, an Afghan
fighter recovering from Saturday's bat-
tle at the hospital in the provincial capi-
tal, Gardez. "This is Afghanistan. This
is a guerrilla war."
Leaflets dropped by U.S. aircraft on
the arid plains of the province urged res-
idents to cooperate: "Hand over Taliban
and al-Qaida or you will be destroyed.
Come forward with information about
Taliban and al-Qaida," read the leaflets,
written in Afghanistan's two most com-
mon languages, Pashtu and Dari.
One American soldier and three
Afghan fighters were killed Saturday on
the first day of the ground operation,
the Pentagon said. Six Americans were
injured and airlifted out, a doctor at
Gardez hospital said.
The assault, which began with
bombing raids late Friday, was
believed to be the largest joint U.S.-
Afghan military operation of the 5-
month-old terrorism war. Pro-U.S.
Afghan troops approached the hide-
outs from three directions to isolate
the renegades and prevent them from
Yesterday's operations were mostly
limited to airstrikes as B-52s and other
warplanes repeatedly pounded targets in
the Shah-e-Kot mountains 20 miles east
of Surmad and the Kharwar range to the
west in Logar province.
The bombardments sent thick, black
plumes of smoke above the snowcapped
peaks and shook the ground in Surmad,
where a constant stream of bombers
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba
War detainees continue hunger strike *
Scores of captives from the Afghan war refused meals yesterday in a protest
that has lasted five days, but the U.S. military said only 13 of them had kept to the
hunger strike since its start.
The military revealed the new tally after officials finished a cell-by-cell count
of those who had refused food since the start of the protest on Wednesday.
The announcement coincided with a visit yesterday by FBI Director Robert
Mueller, who arrived in the afternoon and was whisked away for a tour of the
detention compound known as Camp X-ray.
"He wanted to visit our people on the ground there and to touch base with
other agency representatives," said FBI spokeswoman Debbie Weierman.
Mueller didn't comment to reporters on his agency's role, but Weierman said
FBI officials have been among investigators interviewing detainees.
Meanwhile, 91 of the 300 detainees at Guantanamo Bay refused breakfast and
81 declined lunch yesterday, military officials said.
"We have 13 individuals who have not eaten at all since this hunger strike start-
ed," said Marine Capt. Joe Kloppel, a spokesman for the detention mission at this
U.S. outpost in southeastern Cuba. "Others have had at least one meal since this
whole thing started."
Condit may see trouble in primary election *
Afghans check leaflets dropped by U.S. planes as thousands of white strips of
paper lay scattered across the plains of Afghanistan's eastern Paktia province.
vow to step
JERUSALEM (AP) - Taking aim from a hilltop, a
sniper killed 10 soldiers and civilians at a checkpoint yester-
day in the deadliest of a two-day string of Palestinian attacks
that killed 21 Israelis.
Israel sent tanks and helicopters on retaliatory raids
that hit several Palestinian Authority security targets,
killing four Palestinian policemen, while Prime Minis-
ter Ariel Sharon and his Cabinet weighed additional
Following the weekend bloodletting, Sharon huddled
with senior government ministers and security officials
and his office.
The group issued a statement just before midnight
saying that the inner security Cabinet had approved
military plans for ongoing attacks on Palestinian tar-
"Ministers approved an operational program presented by
the army to apply constant military pressure on the Palestin-
ian Authority and the Palestinian terror organizations," the
statement said. "Its object is to halt Palestinian terror." It
gave no further details.
Recent days have seen some of the worst carnage in
months, and bitter comments by both sides pointed to fur-
"There is no alternative but to put an end to (Palestinian
leader Yasser) Arafat's rule," Israeli Cabinet Minister Dan
Naveh said in remarks that are-expressed with increasing
frequency in Israel.
Speaking during an official visit to Mexico, Israeli Presi-
dent Moshe Katsav also denounced Arafat and called on
AHMADABAD, India (AP) -
Muslims in the western state of
Gujarat were still too frightened to
leave their homes or return to those
they fled, fearing more attacks from
Hindus after five days of mob vio-
lence that claimed another 14 lives
As the death toll rose to 499, the
violence spread beyond the borders
AP PHOTO of Gujarat.
eer Police said a Muslim vendor was
stabbed to death yesterday while
followers of both faiths threw rocks
vement at each other in Aligarh, a city with
s," Kat- a history of Muslim-Hindu violence
in the central state of Uttar Pradesh.
olence," Some 2,000 paramilitary troops
were sent to the city.
ked to A curfew was imposed to prevent
ity for further clashes.
12-hour Muslims began the wave of vio-
)rning, lence that has gripped Gujarat since
last Wednesday, when a group of
pushed them attacked a trainload of Hindu
ank last nationalists and set it on fire.
for ear- The 58 deaths provoked a retalia-
tory rampage by Hindus.
The 10-month saga of the missing intern and the embattled congressman reach-
es a turning point Tuesday as voters decide what the next chapter holds for Rep.
It's the toughest race Condit has faced in a 30-year career that has carried him
from City Hall in Ceres, a farming town in the middle of the state, to the state
Capitol and on to Congress.
And some voters can't wait for the turmoil to be over.
A year ago, no one could have expected that Condit would even face opposition
in tomorrow's primary election.
Then Modesto native Chandra Levy, 24, vanished from Washington in May and
Condit's political fortunes changed.
Washington police sources have said Condit admitted he had an affair with
Levy, although in media interviews he has refused to reveal the exact nature of
their relationship. Law enforcement officials have said he is not a suspect in her
Bystanders watch an Ultra-orthodox Jew from a volunti
group collect dried blood and other human remains.
Palestinians to question his leadership.
"The Palestinian people should ask which achie
their president brought to them in the last 18 month
say said in Mexico City.
"He must, he should do something to stop the vio
The Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, a militia lin
Arafat's Fatah movement, claimed responsibil
three of the four lethal attacks carried out in a 1
period from Saturday night to yesterday mo
including the checkpoint shooting.
Militants had vowed to strike after Israeli forces'
into two Palestinian refugee camps in the West B
Thursday in search of militants believed responsiblei
Innocent man shot
in face by FBI agent
A 20-year-old man riding in a car with
his girlfriend was mistakenly shot in the
face by an FBI agent who was seeking a
Joseph Schultz was in serious but sta-
ble condition yesterday at a Baltimore
hospital. He suffered a gunshot wound to
the cheek, said Charles Ravenell of the
Anne Arundel County police.
Schultz has no connection to the bank
robbery, FBI officials said.
Schultz and his girlfriend, 16-year-old
Krissy Harkum, were pulled over in
Pasadena late Friday, authorities said.
FBI agents were attempting to serve
an arrest warrant based on the descrip-
tion of a bank robber, The Washington
Post reported yesterday.
Harkum's father, Joseph Harkum, said
the agent ordered the two to put their
hands up, and then fired, hitting Schultz
Internet loses novelty
appeal for Americans
As Americans gain online experi-
ence, the nature of their Internet usage
is shifting from quantity to quality.
A study released yesterday found that
as the Internet becomes less of a novel-
ty, veterans spend less time online and
e-mail their friends and family less
often. But they use their online time to
do more tasks and are more likely than
newcomers to share worries or seek
"People get more serious;' said Lee
Rainie, director of the Pew Internet &
American Life Project, which conduct-
ed the study. "It's a story about how the
Internet is working its way into every-
day rhythms of life."
Suggesting people are becoming less
dazzled by the Internet, 12 percent of
people who e-mail relatives did so
every day in March 2001, compared
with 21 percent a year earlier.
nursing home care
In a videotaped deathbed interview,
Helen Love sat with a metal band pinned
to her skull and described a beating she
said was delivered by a caretaker at her
Sacramento, Calif., nursing home after
she soiled herself.
Love died two days later from the trau-
ma. The nursing home workerevent1ly
pleaded no contest in the 1998 attack and
served just a year in prison.
An 18-month congressional investiga-
tion has concluded that many physical
and sexual abuse cases in nursing homes
are not treated the same way as similar
The Senate Special Committee on
Aging was to present its findings at
a hearing today. The investigation
showed nursing homes rarely call
police for attacks that would bring
an instant response if they occurred
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