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remote mountains of eastern Afghanistan yesterday to
reinforce American troops closing in on al-Qaida and
In preparation for a final push, high-flying U.S. B-1
bombers pounded remaining enemy positions on a
ridgeline known to U.S. troops as "the whale" in the
frigid Shah-e-Kot mountains. U.S. special forces were
seen moving nearby as clouds of dark smoke rose from
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, speaking
on the steps of the Pentagon, said he hoped allied
forces would finish "mopping up" the area by
Afghan commander Mohammed Ismail Khan
estimated that three-fourths of the enemy force,
once said to number about 1,000 fighters, had
As ground fighting subsided, hundreds of U.S.
Airborne Division rotated back to Bagram air base
north of Kabul.
Several Chinook helicopters set down yesterday at
the base, in the shadow of the towering Hindu Kush
mountain range, disgorging muddy, weary soldiers
from the front lines.
Rumsfeld said there were still more than 800
U.S. soldiers operating in the 60-square-mile
GAZA STRIP, Gaza Strip
Gunbattle kills 17 Palestinians in camp
Israeli tanks and troops stormed into a Gaza Strip refugee camp late yesterday
and waged a fierce gunbattle that killed at least 17 Palestinians, overshadowing
Israel's decision to end Yasser Arafat's confinement.
The raid, which raged past midnight, was one of several major Israeli army
operations that left 23 Palestinians dead in a day of fighting that came as Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon announced Israel would no longer confine Arafat at his
West Bank town headquarters in Ramallah.
Early this morning, Israel sent tanks rumbling into Ramallah after rounding up
more than 1,000 Palestinian men for interrogation yesterday in two raids in search
of militants elsewhere in the West Bank.
Most of the casualties came as 20 Israeli tanks supported by helicopter gun-
ships roared into northern Gaza late yesterday, exchanging heavy fire with Pales-
tinian security forces and gunnien on the edge of the Jebaliya refugee camp.
The Israeli army said the raid came shortly after Palestinian militants fired
mortar rounds at a Jewish settlement. It said nobody was injured by the shells.
The tanks and helicopters fired heavy machine guns, while troops seized sever-
al "buildings on the edge of Jebaliya and took up positions on the rooftops, wit-
CIA: Missile threat now greater than ever 6
Leave a Lasting
The biggest U.S. risk from nuclear, biological or chemical weapons is from ter-
rorists more likely to use a truck than a missile, a CIA official says. The missile
threat, though, is greater than ever.
"The probability that a missile with a weapon of mass destruction will be used
against U.S. forces or interests is higher today than during most of the Cold War,
and it will continue to grow as the capabilities of potential adversaries mature,"
Robert Walpole told a Senate Governmental Affairs Committee panel yesterday.
But there is an even greater threat that such a weapon will be delivered without
benefit of a missile "because non-missile delivery means are less costly, easier to
acquire, more reliable and accurate," he said.
Such weapons also "can be used without attribution," he said, referring to the
fact that a missile can be traced back to the country that launched it.
"The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 have demonstrated that our enemies can strike
American soil directly without having to put the time and money into a ballistic
missile with a return address," said Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii), chairman of
the committee's international security and proliferation panel.
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Cheney, Blair meet
before trip to Mideast
Vice President Dick Cheney drew
endorsement for widening the U.S. war
on terrorism from British Prime Minis-
ter Tony Blair yesterday, but Cheney
said he wasn't prepared to announce
any possible timetable for next steps as
he begins a tour of the Middle East.
Cheney stopped in London to confer
with Blair, America's strongest ally in
the terrorism campaign, before a 10-
day visit to the Middle East that will
include stops in Israel, Turkey and nine.
Both Cheney and Blair, at a news
conference, noted the six months since
the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
"We are not going to turn our backs
on Afghanistan. We are not goingto'
let it become a failed state again,"
Cheney said he had come to
Britain because "the president want-
ed me to check in first with the
Police take action in
Police fired tear gas to disperse voters
yesterday at the close of a chaotic, court-
ordered third day of polling in the most
competitive presidential election in Zim-
Police also fired guns into the air at a
polling station in the Harare neighbor-
hood of Glen Norah to disperse 600 peo-
ple waiting to vote yesterday night. When
told to go home, they began chanting
"Change, change, we want to vote!"
At another polling station in the capi-
tal, the presiding officer, escorted by
police, marked a distance 100 yards
from the entrance and announced the
voting line ended there. Voters refused
to budge and began arguing with police
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Interior Secretary Gale Norton told a
farm group in Arkansas last week that oil
drilling in an Arctic wildlife refuge
would produce more than 700,000 jobs.
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Missouri and Indiana - and has used it
in recent months on talk shows, in
speeches and in newspaper op-ed arti-
cles. But some independent economists
call the figure highly suspect, based on a
12-year-old study using assumptions that
may or may not be valid. A separate
study for the Energy Department esti-
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