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U.S. troops NEWS IN BRIEF

will delay
strike on
Baghdad
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. ground
forces in central Iraq are gathering fresh
combat power, probing enemy defenses
and allowing time for allied airpower to
weaken Iraq's Republican Guard around
Baghdad before launching a multi-
pronged attack on the capital, officials
said yesterday.
The speed of the initial U.S. ground
attack into Iraq from Kuwait last week
led many to assume Baghdad would be
assaulted soon, but now that appears to
be many days away.
Severe sandstorms, for one thing, are
affecting the timetable. Apache helicop-
ters that made an initial round of strikes
against armor of the Medina division of
the Republican Guard on Monday have
been grounded since. More Apaches are
being brought to the area.
The United States also opened a
northern front yesterday by dropping
1,000 paratroopers of the Army's 173rd
Airborne Brigade into an unspecified
location in Kurdish-controlled territory
in northern Iraq. Their tanks, other vehi-
cles and supplies will be airlifted in
behind them.
A key question was whether the
Republican Guard troops - the best
trained and equipped of Saddam Hus-
sein's military forces - would make the
first move by coming out of their dug-in
positions on the outskirts of Baghdad,
either to attack or to pull back into the
urban center.
Some reports from the battlefield yes-
terday indicated a portion of the Al Nida
armored division of the Republican
Guard was driving south toward U.S.
forces.
Others said hundreds of suspected
paramilitary forces in civilian vehicles
were on the move in roughly the same
direction.
Relief aid
arrives in
southern
Iraqi cities
UMM QASR, Iraq (AP) -The first
sizable relief convoy rolled into Iraq yes-
terday bringing water, tuna, crackers and
other food to Iraqis, some of whom
cheered as they swarmed allied troops
handing out supplies. "Eat, eat!" shouted
an Iraqi boy of about 10, pointing to his
mouth as the trucks lumbered past.
The relief effort had been delayed
for days by a sandstorm, mined water-
ways and fierce fighting across south-
ern Iraq. Three days after President
Bush promised "massive amounts" of
humanitarian aid, seven battered trac-
tor-trailers entered Umm Qasr, escort-
ed by U.S. soldiers.
They carried hundreds of cases of
water stacked on three of the semis, as
well as boxes of tuna, crackers, sweets
and other food.
"We planned for 30 trucks but we
only got seven loaded because of the
severe sandstorm," said E.J. Russell of
the Humanitarian Operations Center, a
joint U.S.-Kuwaiti agency. The storm cut
visibility to 100 yards.
Iraqi youths cheered and swarmed
British troops as they handed out yellow

meal packets and bottled water. The
troops, already in the city, were not part
of the aid convoy.
Two tanker trucks filled with fresh
water were mobbed by crowds of Iraqi
civilians lugging bottles, jars and other
containers.
IRAQ
Continued from Page IA
Bush later flew to the Camp David
presidential retreat for a meeting
today with British Prime Minister
Tony Blair, his partner in the Iraq
invasion.
Swirling sandstorms hampered
American units for a second day.
The bombing campaign was
crimped as well, but Baghdad televi-
sion was knocked off the air for sev-
eral hours, and explosions were
heard, as well, near the oil-rich city
of Kirkuk in the north.
BUSH
Continued from Page IA
But Bush proclaimed anew that allied
forces would prevail and overthrow the
government of Saddam Hussein.
"As they approach Baghdad, our
fighting units are facing the most des-

WASHINGTON
Former N.Y. Sen. Moynihan dies at 76
Former Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a New York City shoeshine boy who
became an iconoclastic scholar-politician and served four terms in the Senate,
died yesterday. He was 76.
Moynihan's death was announced on the Senate floor by Sen. Hillary Clinton,
who two years ago was elected to the Senate seat Moynihan had held for 24 years.
"We have lost a great American, an extraordinary senator, an intellectual and a
man of passion and understanding for what really makes the country work," she
said.
The New York Democrat died from complications stemming from a ruptured
appendix at 4:15 p.m. yesterday at the Washington Hospital Center, hospital officials
said. He had undergone surgery on March 11 to remove his appendix, and was
moved into intensive care later that week, suffering from infection and pneumonia.
The lanky, pink-faced lawmaker, who preferred bow ties and professorial
tweeds to the Senate uniform of lawyer-like pinstripes, reveled in speaking his
mind and defying conventional labels.
Known for his ability to spot emerging issues and trends, Moynihan was a
leader in welfare reform and transportation initiatives, and an authority on Social
Security and foreign policy.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip
Israeli copters leave three dead, four injured
Israeli forces clashed with Palestinians in the northern Gaza early today, killing
three policemen, Palestinians and the Israeli military said.
Witnesses said Israeli helicopters fired two missiles at a Palestinian police post
in the town of Beit Hanoun. Hospital and security officials said three police died
and four were wounded.
Also, about 10 Israeli tanks headed for the residential part of the town.
The Israeli military said soldiers were arresting suspected militants in an
attempt to stop rocket gunfire and bomb attacks. Palestinians fired at soldiers
from several locations, including the police post, and troops fired back, the mili-
tary said.
In recent weeks Israel has frequently sent troops into Palestinian cities, towns
and refugee camps in the Gaza Strip. The Israelis say they're hunting militants
from Hamas, an Islamic group that has been responsible for dozens of attacks dur-
ing more than two years of conflict.
Also, the Israelis have been trying to stop militants from firing homemade rock-
ets from Gaza at Israeli towns just across the fence.

PANMUNJOM, Korea
N. Korea ends talks
with U.S. 'ii'tr
Accusing the United States of plan-
ning an invasion, North Korea yester-
day cut off the only regular military
contact with the U.S.-led command that
monitors the Korean War armistice.
The move will further isolate the
communist North amid tensions over its
suspected nuclear weapons programs.
South Korean President Roh Moo-
hyun yesterday dismissed as "ground-
less" allegations by the North that
American forces may attack.
"There will be no war on the Korean
Peninsula as long as we do not want a
war," Roh was quoted as saying by his
office, adding that Washington has
pledged to resolve the crisis peacefully.
U.N. envoy Maurice Strong said that
North Korean officials told him in
meetings in Pyongyang last week that
they "reserved the right" to reprocess
their spent fuel rods that experts say
could yield enough plutonium for sev-
eral atomic bombs within months.
WASHINGTON
Supreme court hears
Texas sodomy case
The Supreme Court should reverse
course and strike down a ban on
homosexual sex as outdated, discrimi-
natory and harmful, a lawyer for two'
men arrested in their bedroom argued
yesterday.
The court appeared deeply divided
over a Texas law that makes it a crime
for gay couples to engage in sex acts

that are legal for heterosexual couples.
The court was widely criticized for a
ruling 17 years ago that upheld a simi-
lar sodomy ban.
States should not be able to single out
one group and make their conduct illegal
solely because the state dislikes that con-
duct, lawyer Paul Smith argued for the
Texas men.
"There is a long history of the state
making moral judgments," retorted Jus-
tice Antonin Scalia. "You can make it
sound very puritanical," but the state may
have good reasons, Scalia added.
WASHINGTON
Christian grou backs
anti-aborfion phone co.
The Christian Coalition of America is
raising money 1by encouraging members.
to sign up and make their calls using an
anti-abortion phone company that will1
send its profits back to the coalition.
The 2 million-member coalition, long
a force in Republican politics, recently
sent out a solicitation encouraging its
members to sign up for the local or long-
distance services of Pro Life Communi-
cations. "For the first time ever, with Pro
Life Communications we have a local
phone company that desires to honor
God, uphold family values and save the
3,500 innocent babies that are killed each
day in the name of 'choice,"' coalition
president Roberta Combs wrote in the e-
mail appeal.
The Christian Coalition's arrangement
with the St. Charles, Mo.-based company
is the latest example of interest groups
delving into commerce to raise money.
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