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U.S. focuses on
WASHINGTON (AP) - As the
biggest ground battle of the war in
Afghanistan winds down, U.S. forces
are sizing up smaller "pockets" of al-
Qaida resistance elsewhere in the
Officials said yesterday that even
with victory in the Shah-e-Kot Valley
against die-hard al-Qaida fighters,
there almost certainly will be other
"The pockets are still out there,"
beyond the battlefield south of
Gardez near the Pakistan border, Air
Force Brig. Gen. John Rosa told a
Pentagon news conference. Rosa,
deputy director of operations for the
Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he could
not predict how many al-Qaida
remain on the loose.
"You have to go and treat each one
of these pockets individually," he,
said. "I mean, you can't just say,
'Well, there's a pocket there, proba-
U.S. soldiers return to Bagram Air Base
after battling Taliban and al-Qaida forces.
bly 300 or 400.' You've got to do the
intelligence assessment, use our all-
source intelligence to determine
what you think."
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RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -
Israeli tanks and troops thrust into
Palestinian refugee camps and took
command of the streets in this key West
Bank city yesterday, killing 31 Palestini-
ans in one of Israel's largest military
operations ever in the West Bank and
Seven Israelis were killed, including
six in an ambush just inside the border
with Lebanon. The attackers disguised
as Israeli soldiers were reportedly Pales-
tinians who slipped across Israel's previ-
ously quiet northern frontier - raising
the prospect of a new front in the current
Israel began stepping up its military
operations against Palestinian militants
two weeks ago after a series of deadly
attacks on Israeli civilians. Since then,
large numbers of tanks and troops have
charged into six Palestinian towns and
Israeli security sources said yesterday
that most combat soldiers in Israel's
standing army and some reserve troops
were deployed in the West Bank and
Gaza Strip - the most expansive opera-
tion since Israel's 1982 invasion of
Lebanon. Israel's Channel 1 television
said 20,000 Israeli troops were involved.
"This is a dangerous escalation from
the Israeli government that will lead
the whole region into more violence,"
said Nabil Aburdeneh, spokesman for
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
Color-coded securty system unveiled
America is on yellow alert, facing a "significant risk of terrorist attacks,"
homeland security chief Tom Ridge said yesterday as he announced a color-coded
system designed to end confusion over terror warnings.
It will be years before the nation sees green - the lowest threat level -
because terrorism may be "a permanent condition" in America, Ridge said.
Ridge and Attorney General John Ashcroft have issued four terror warnings
since the Sept. 11 hijackings, and local officials have complained the assess-
ments were too vague. Bush advisers feared that the public was getting frus-
trated with the broad alarms.
"What we're trying to do is work with the states and local communities (and) also
the private sector so we have a common vocabulary,"the former Pennsylvania gover-
nor said in describing the new system in a speech to the National League of Cities.
The new system ranks threats by colors, starting with green at the bottom and
followed by blue, yellow, orange and red as perceived dangers intensify. The
warning level can be upgraded for the entire country or for specific regions and
economic sectors - such as the nuclear industry, Ridge said.
The system's guidelines give government officials advice on what to do as
threats grow, but no such guidance is offered for general public.
Abdullah cautions ag st expanding war6
Vice President Dick Cheney received a public warning yesterday from Jordan-
ian King Abdullah II that expanding the terrorism war to Iraq could destabilize the
region and undermine gains in Afghanistan.
U.S. officials had hoped for a more muted message from the king, whose com-
ments came as Cheney began a whirlwind tour of the Middle East.
Abdullah has been a top ally in the terror war, but like many Arab leaders he
has been openly skeptical of U.S. hints of hostile action against Iraq.
During a private meeting with Cheney, Abdullah "expressed hope for a solution
to all outstanding problems with Iraq through dialogue and peaceful means," said
a palace statement.
It also said Abdullah voiced Jordan's concern about "the repercussions of any pos-
sible strike on Iraq and the dangers of that on the stability and security of the region."
The meeting with the king was the vice president's first stop on a tour of nine
Arab nations, Israel and Turkey.
"Here and throughout this journey, I expect frank discussions on the urgent
matters facing this region and all of the civilized world," Cheney said.
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Leave a Lasting
Yates convicted of
Andrea Yates, the 37-year-old house-
wife who admitted she drowned her
five children in the bathtub, was con-
victed of murder yesterday by a jury
that rejected her claim of insanity in
just 31/2 hours.
Yates was found guilty of two counts
of capital murder covering the deaths of
three of her children.
She could be sentenced to death or to
life in prison following the penalty
phase that begins tomorrow.
Standing between her attorneys,
Yates showed little reaction as the
juige read the verdict. Her husband,
Russell, muttered "oh God" and
buried his head in his hands, and
some of Yates' relatives left the court-
room in tears.
"I'm not critiquing or criticizing the
verdict," defense lawyer George Parn-
ham said. "But it seems to me we are
still back in the days of the Salem
Man kills priest, one
parishoner at Mass
A man with a rifle walked into a Long
Island church during morning Mass and
opened fire yesterday, killing the priest
and a 73-year-old worshipper. The suspect
was captured at a nearby apartment house
after a daylong standoff with police.
The 34-year-old suspect, whom police
did not immediately identify, was captured
after he attempted to stab an officer with a
small knife, Inspector Pete Matuza said.
Mayor Eugene Scarpato said he
understood that the gunman was a for-
mer church employee who had been
fired several months ago. Police and
church officials would not immediately
The Rev. Lawrence Penzes, 50,
known to his congregation at Our Lady
of Peace Church as "Father Larry," was
speaking to about 40 parishioners when
he was shot.in the back and fell near the
altar, the mayor said.
Church settles child 4
In one of the biggest such settle-
ments on record, the ArchdioceseAof
Boston has agreed to pay up to $30
million to 86 people who accused
now-defrocked priest John Geoghan
of child molestation.
"Accepting this money is not
going to end the turmoil in their
lives," said plaintiffs' attorney
Mitchell Garabedian, who
announced the settlement at a news
conference yesterday. "They are not
going to be buying yachts and float-
ing around the Bahamas. There's
tremendous pain here."
Under the settlement, which was
reached Monday night after months
of negotiations, the alleged victims
and families will receive a total of
$15 million to $30 million, accord-
ing to Garabedian.
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