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2A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, April 3, 2003

NATION/WORLD

U.S. gains

NEWS IN BRIEFI,

movement MANILA ;-Philippi- - - ...
of supplies Total war' declared after deadly bomb blast

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CROSS INTO THE BLUE

in Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Turkey
agreed yesterday to let the United
States send food, fuel and medicine -
but not weapons - through its territo-
ry to U.S. soldiers fighting in Iraq,
another sign of limited cooperation
from NATO's only Muslim member.
Secretary of State Colin Powell and
Turkish leaders also agreed on an
"early warning" system to avert fric-
tion between Turkey and Iraqi Kurds
- an accord designed to block Turkey
from sending its forces into northern
Iraq. Washington fears that could lead
to Turkish clashes with Iraqi Kurds
and undermine the U.S.-led war effort
in Iraq.
Powell's visit came amid tensions
between Washington and Turkey,
where polls show more than 90 percent
of the people are against the Iraq war.
Some 500 protesters gathered out-
side Prime Minister Recep Tayyip
Erdogan's office while Powell was
inside, chanting "Yankee, go home."
Turkey's parliament last month
rejected a motion that would have
allowed in 62,000 U.S. ground troops
to open a northern front against Iraq, a
move that analysts said likely would
have led to a shorter, quicker war.
The rebuff helped strain Turkish-
U.S. ties. U.S. officials were angry the
northern front was lost, and Turkish
officials said Washington wanted
democracy in Iraq but could not accept
a "no" vote from one of the only demo-
cratic parliaments in the region.
However, Powell and his Turkish
counterpart, Abdullah Gul, emphasized
US.-Turkish cooperation, and both sides
seemed keen to avoid deepening the rift.
Washington cannot afford to alienate
Turkey, and Turkey is slowly emerging
from a financial crisis and needs U.S.
support. President Bush has asked Con-
gress for $1 billion in aid for Turkey.
"The visit of Secretary Powell has
strengthened our relations and helped to
dispel all issues with regard to relations
between the two countries," Gul said.
Powell said the two sides discussed
the U.S. need to supply troops fighting
in northern Iraq, and Turkish officials
said Turkey will allow food, fuel, medi
cine and "other humanitarian assis-
tance" into Iraq for U.S. forces.
"We have solved all of the outstand-
ing issues with respect to providing'
supplies through Turkey to those units
that are doing such a wonderful job in
northern Iraq," Powell said.
Gul said Turkey has been letting
planes carrying wounded troops land
in Turkey, and would continue to do so.
Recent reports also have said U.S. air-
craft that are low on fuel have been
allowed to land at Incirlik air base in
southern Turkey.
However, when asked if the Turkish
support would include the transit of guns
and ammunition, Erdogan said: "No.
No," the Anatolia news agency reported.
Yesterday, 27 trucks carrying 20 U.S.
jeeps and food passed through Turkey
and arrived in Irbil, in northern Iraq,
according to sources there. The jeeps
had mounts in the back for machine
guns, but did not have the weapons.
WAR
Continued from Page 1A
bombed a Red Crescent maternity
hospital in Baghdad.
Despite the gains on the battlefield,
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld
and others cautioned that some of the
toughest fighting of the military cam-
paign may lie ahead, seeking to damp-
en speculation that the war might end
quickly.
Iraq insisted the battlefield was tilt-
ing its way, and Al-Jazeera, an Arab
satellite TV station, said about 30
Yemenis arrived in the capital carry-
ing AK-47s and shouting pro-Saddam
slogans.
"Victory is ours," Saddam said in a
statement issued in his name.

But that was increasingly at odds
with the accounts offered by Ameri-
can military commanders as well as
reporters covering front-line Army
and Marine forces swiftly advancing
on Saddam's capital.
"Our guys are able to see the sky-
line. That's how close we've gotten,"
said one military official, speaking on
condition of anonymity.
The official said the plan was to
begin to form a cordon around Bagh-
dad and press the regime to surrender.
Failing that, there was no word on
when - or whether - forces would
enter the city of 5 million.
Following days of heavy airstrikes,
artillery barrages and skirmishes
designed to weaken Republican Guard
divisions, Army units swept toward

The Philippine president ordered a "total war" on terrorists after a bomb
exploded yesterday near a bustling wharf in the southern port of Davao, killing at
least 16 people, including two children.
Forty people were injured in the blast, the second in Davao in less than a
month. The death toll would have been higher if the nation was not already on
high alert for terror acts, officials said.
The government said it was looking for similarities to a March 4 blast that
was blamed on a Muslim rebel group. That bombing killed 21 people, including
an American missionary, at the city's international airport. Three Americans
were wounded.
That Muslim group, the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front, or
MILF, condemned yesterday's bombing and denied responsibility for the
previous one.
The attacks come at a time of debate over the mandate of U.S. troops in the war
on terror in the Philippines, where Muslim insurgents have battled the govern-
ment for decades. Although President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is one of Wash-
ington's biggest supporters in the war on terrorism, she has ruled out a combat
role for American soldiers.
SPINBOLDAK, Afghanistan
U.S. troops chase Taliban into mountains
Two dozen U.S. special forces troops and hundreds of their Afghan allies
swooped in on a border village yesterday to drive out resurgent Taliban fighters in
southern Afghanistan.
Under fierce attack, the Taliban fled into nearby mountains where they were
pummeled by U.S. aircraft.
It was the latest assault on rebel forces, who are regrouping after a U.S. coali-
tion drove them from power 18 months ago.
At least eight Afghan soldiers and as many Taliban fighters were wounded. Six
Taliban were captured and arrested, but another 60 were ¢entrenched in the rugged
Tor Ghar mountain range.
Air support arrived from Bagram Air Base, north of Kabul, about six hours
after the battle started.
By then, 45 special forces soldiers and about 250 Afghan soldiers drove
the Taliban into the mountains from the village of Sikai Lashki, 25 miles

north of Spinboldak, the gateway to
istan.
WASHINGTON
High court rules to
wi en health care
The Supreme Court ruled yesterday
that states can pass laws forcing HMOs
to open their networks to more health
care providers, giving patients broader
choices of doctors and hospitals but
potentially boosting costs.
The unanimous ruling was a set-
back for the managed care industry,
which argued that closed networks
lower health care costs because
providers agree to accept lower fees
in return for a guaranteed stream of
patients.
The decision also gives states
more freedom to regulate insurance
companies, another in a line of deci-
sions from the court expanding
states' rights.
About half the states have passed
f'any willing provider" laws in the-past
decade in response to complaints that
HMOs and insurance companies some-
times block people from seeing the
doctors of their choice.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip
Tanks invade refugee
camp, kill 4 in clash
Israeli tanks backed by attack heli-
copters invaded a refugee camp near
the Gaza-Egypt border late yesterday,
clashing with gunmen and killing four
Palestinians, doctors said.
Earlier, Israeli troops rounded up
hundreds of men in a sweep of the West
Bank town of Talkarem and demolished
the home of a jailed Palestinian accused
in a string of attacks.

Afghanistan on the border with Pak-
In Gaza, residents said about 25
tanks and several bulldozers entered
the refugee camp next to the town of
Rafah. Palestinian gunmen shot at the
soldiers, and an Apache helicopter
fired back, killing a Palestinian. Three
others died in exchanges of fire, and
seven were wounded in the violence,
doctors said.
The Israeli military would say only
that an operation was in progress. Israel
Radio reported that four Israeli soldiers
were wounded when a bomb went off
under a tank.
BEIJING
Intl investigators visit
birthplace of SARS flu
Under escalating global pressure,
China agreed yesterday to let:interna-
tional health investigators visit the
place where the mystery illness appar-
ently began - the southern province of
Guangdong.
Officials also updated the nation's
death toll by a dozen to 46 as they
revealed the illness had spread to other
regions and sickened far more than they
initially reported.
China's move comes after days of
criticism over its secretiveness about
the disease. Worldwide, at least 78 peo-
ple have died and more than 2,200 are
believed to be sick with severe acute
respiratory syndrome, SARS, the World
Health Organization said.
There is no medicine to treat the ill-
ness, and scientists still have not con-
firmed which virus causes it. The WHO
health investigators believe Guangdong
offers valuable clues to the disease.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

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