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2 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, January 15, 2002


KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - U.S.
warplanes pounded terrorist hide-outs
in eastern Afghanistan yesterday in
bombing raids aimed at striking
Osama bin Laden's die-hard support-
ers, and the United Nations called on
donor nations to step up aid to rebuild
the country.
The Zawar region along the border
with Pakistan, where al-Qaida and Tal-
iban holdouts are believed to have
taken refuge in a complex of mountain
caves, has been under air assault for
nearly two weeks. The attacks are the
heaviest since the campaign against
the Tora Bora cave complex ended last
The tempo of the bombing in Zawar
picked up with daylight raids Sunday
and continued yesterday.
The bombing was so intense that it
rattled windows in Khost, a town
about 20 miles away. Civilians living
near the bombing zone were fleeing
and said that many people had been
killed and wounded by bombs.
At the Pentagon, spokesman Rear
Adm. John Stufflebeem said bombing
in recent days had destroyed about 60
buildings and closed off 50 caves at
Zawar. He said military planners were
ending their focus on the area in the

hunt for intelligence on al-Qaida and
bin Laden, chief suspect in the Sept.
11 attacks. "It's now time to go look
elsewhere," he said.
In the capital, Kabul, where fighting
ended in November after the Taliban
militia fled, the spokesman for U.N.
Afghanistan envoy Lakhdar Brahimi
beseeched nations who have pledged
aid money to Afghanistan to come
through "immediately, not next year."
"It is time for the international com-
munity to stop talking and start deliv-
ering help," Ahmed Fawzi said. "This
country needs millions of dollars
tomorrow. Otherwise, there will be no
country when the billions are ready."
He said donor nations have agreed
to contribute $20 million, but as of
Dec. 31 only $2 million had been
handed over. Some 210,000 civil ser-
vants and 25,000 police officers have
not been paid in months, he said.
Pakistan yesterday pledged to con-
tribute $100 million to the reconstruc-
tion of its war-ruined neighbor and
reopened its embassy in Kabul, moves
praised by the United Nations.
"The role of Pakistan is an extreme-
ly important one in the future of this
region," Fawzi said. "Pakistan and
Afghanistan have had a turbulent his-

seals off 50 caves

Bomb kills Palestinian militia leader@"
A Palestinian militia leader who boasted of shooting Israelis was killed
when a bomb exploded as he emerged from his West Bank hide-out and
walked along a quiet street yesterday. Hours later and close by, Palestinian
gunmen killed an Israeli and wounded another in a roadside ambush, security
sources said.
No one claimed responsibility for either attack, which pointed to a renewed
cycle of retaliatory violence that has marked the conflict in and around Tulkarem
since the Palestinian uprising began nearly 16 months ago.
Yesterday's violence further undermined U.S. truce efforts, and it was not
clear whether U.S. mediator Anthony Zinni would return to the region this
week as planned.
Palestinians accused Israel of planting the bomb that went off exactly as mili-
tia leader, Raed Karmi, 27, strode past on a residential street that bordered a
cemetery. The bomb sprayed Karmi with shrapnel, leaving a cavity on the road-
side and a pool of blood on the blacktop where Karmi died.
Without confirming or denying involvement, Israel issued a statement short-
ly after the explosion saying Karmi was responsible for the shooting deaths of
nine Israelis.
Doctors pronounce Bush in good conditionf

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Talib Khan, an anti-Taliban soldier, stands as smoke from a U.S. bomb rises nearby
to caves in Zawar, Afghanistan.

tory in the recent past. They are com-
ing to terms with that history today."
In other developments:
The bodies of six Marines have
been returned to the United States as
the search continues for the seventh
lost in last week's air crash in Pakistan,
U.S. Defense Department spokes-

woman Victoria Clarke said.
The U.S. military is considering
stopping around-the-clock anti-terror-
ism patrols that fighter jets have been
flying over American cities since the
Sept. 11 attacks, defense officials said.
There have been more than 13,000
flights costing more than $324 million.

Fugitive captured at Mexican resort

President Bush's fainting - blamed by the White House on a pretzel - should
have no long-term consequences for his health, doctors say.
The medical experts say his good physical condition may have contributed to the
incident. Bush's physician, Dr. Richard Tubb, said the president began coughing
while eating a pretzel on Sunday, stimulating a nerve that slowed his heart rate and
caused him to lose consciousness briefly.
Following his physical last August, Bush was pronounced in outstanding health.
He exercises vigorously and regularly, and some experts say his type of faint may be
more likely in people in good shape because their heart rates and blood pressure
already are low. A sudden drop in blood pressure can cause fainting by reducing
blood flow to the brain.
The president was feeling better and back at work yesterday, beginning a two-day
trip to the Midwest and Louisiana. "My mother always said, 'When you're eating
pretzels, chew before you swallow,"' Bush said. "Always listen to your mother."
For Bush, 55, the main consequences appear to be a scrape on his left cheek the
size of a half dollar and a bruise on his lower lip from falling off a couch.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A man on the FBI's
Ten Most Wanted list for allegedly killing his wife
and three children and dumping their bodies into the
Pacific was captured at a beach resort in Mexico,
where he was living in a grass hut, the FBI said yes-
Authorities tracked down former Ypsilanti Town-
ship President Christian Longo on a tip from a vaca-
tioner who met him in Mexico and then recognized
his picture on the FBI's website after she returned
home to Canada, said Charles Mathews, FBI agent
in charge for Oregon.
Longo, 27, surrendered peacefully to about 20
FBI agents and Mexican police Sunday night in
Tulum, about 60 miles from Cancun, the FBI said.
Longo, who has a history of petty crime and debt,
had been on the run since the bodies of his wife and
children were found in shallow areas of the Oregon
coast in December. He had been put on the Most
Wanted list on Friday.
Investigators have not said how the victims died
and have not given a motive for the slayings.
Longo agreed to return voluntarily to the United

States, and was flown by the FBI to Houston, where
he was jailed while he awaits his return to Oregon to
face aggravated murder charges.
By volunteering to return to the United States,
Longo apparently avoided the sometimes sticky
issue of extradition from Mexico and the death
Mexico has no death penalty and does not extra-
dite fugitives who might face a death sentence.
Lincoln County District Attorney Bernice Barnett
would not say yesterday whether she will seek the
death penalty.
Longo is accused in the December slayings of
MaryJane Longo, 35, and their children: Zachary, 4,
Sadie Ann, 3, and Madison, 2. Their bodies were
found in Alsea Bay near Waldport and at a marina at
Yaquina Bay at Newport.
MaryJane Longo's father, Jim Baker of Traverse
City, said he breathed a sigh of relief when he learned
of Longo's capture. Baker said the delay in catching
Longo had been difficult for his other children.
"I was so busy taking care of things about my
daughter that I'd pretty much blocked out thinking

"I knew they'd get him
- Jim Baker
Victim's father
about him, but my kids wanted him caught. They
wanted him to pay for what he did to our family,"
Baker said. "I knew they'd get him eventually. I feel
very good about it."
Longo was arrested at a place described by Math-
ews as "a beach camp of very modest resources" in
Tulum, a spot famed for its Mayan ruins.
Longo's fate was sealed on Dec. 27, when he met
a woman from the Montreal area in Cancun, accord-
ing to the FBI. Longo identified himself as Brad but
later said his name was Mike, Mathews said.
The Canadian woman, whose name was not
released, later saw his picture on the Internet and
called the FBI.



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arrested in Pakistan
Pakistani police arrested hundreds
more Islamic militants and sealed
dozens of their offices yesterday in a
crackdown on anti-India extremists as
India refused to pull back troops from
their tense border until militant opera-
tions are stopped.
Pakistan also said it would keep hun-
dreds of thousands of troops along the
frontier, prolonging a monthlong stand-
off between the two nuclear powers.
More than 1,500 extremists have
been arrested since Saturday, when
President Gen. Pervez Musharraf
banned five militant organizations -
including two accused of terrorism in
Indian-controlled Kashmir, said an inte-
rior ministry official speaking on condi-
tion of anonymity.
About 800 activists were arrested,
with other arrests occurring in Sindh
and the North West Frontier provinces,
the official said yesterday.
Columbian rebels
begin peace talks
Colombia's government and main
leftist rebel group agreed yesterday to
resume peace talks, diplomats and a
U.N. envoy said, overcoming an
impasse that threatened to plunge the
country into a new round of fighting.
France's Ambassador to Colombia,
Daniel Parfait, read a statement saying
that the Revolutionary Armed Forces
of Colombia, or FARC, had dropped its

objections to returning to peace talks
that were paralyzed since October.
He said President Andres Pastrana
had signed off on the agreement,
reached with the help of a U.N. envoy,
Catholic Church delegates, and ambas-
sadors from 10 countries.
The government had earlier set a
deadline of 9:30 p.m. (EST) deadline
for rebels to agree to a resume the
peace process or troops would move to
retake their safe haven in southern
Head injuries linked
to risk of depression
Concussions and other head injuries
in early adulthood may significantly
raise the risk of depression decades
later, a study of World War II veterans
The study has disturbing implica-
tions for football and hockey players,
motorcyclists and others who have
taken blows to the head.
Other research has shown that head
trauma patients may be prone to
depression shortly after suffering their
injuries. But the new.findings suggest
that the risk persists even 50 years
The study involved 1,718 veterans
hospitalized for various ailments dur-
ing the war and questioned 50 years
later. About 11 percent who had had
head injuries said they currently had
major depression, compared with 8.5
percent of those hospitalized during
the war for other reasons.
- Compiledfrom Daily wire reports.

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