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to curtail
looting in
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Manning
roadblocks, Sgt. Steven Christopher
found himself picking up Arabic phras-
es he'd never heard but suddenly need-
ed: "You are a thief. Do you think I am
stupid? If you steal, we can shoot you."
Sporadic but tough measures by
Marines, along with checkpoints and
vigilante groups thrown together by
Iraqis, combined yesterday to curb
looters who have gutted parts of Bagh-
dad, shut down commerce and pilfered
priceless art from millenniums of
human history.
From Baghdad south to Basra, coali-
tion forces are starting to work with
local people to. reclaim Iraqi towns
from the chaos that followed a war now
all but won.
In the capital, smoke from the Min-
istry of Trade, the Rashid Theater of
Fine Arts, offices and apartment build-
ings was vivid testament that looting
and arson continued. Robbery seemed
to have eased, probably because the
choicest and easiest booty was gone.
"I don't know what I'm going to do
with these toilets," Christopher mused,
M-16 in hand, as he surveyed the bath-
room fixtures and a loudspeaker con-
fiscated from a pickup truck driven by
suspected looters.
Yesterday, Christopher and the other
Marine riflemen and tank crews with
him worked a checkpoint leading to the
Tamooze Bridge over the Tigris River,
stopping suspicious vehicles - chiefly
pickups piled high with goods.
Chairs, bookcases, refrigerators and
toilets seized by the Marines piled high
by the side of the road. Confiscated
hot-wired cars and trucks sat parked on
a side street awaiting owners with
proper papers.
Local men, desperate to see calm
and normalcy return, helped the
Marines translate and finger the guilty.
"I came here thinking I wouldn't
need any Arabic at all -just 'Put your
hands up' and 'Put your weapons
down'," Christopher said. "They've
been teaching me how to talk to the
thieves. ... Things like, 'You are lying,
I'm not stupid,' and 'If you steal, we
will kill you."'
In other parts of town, no such polic-
ing had kicked in.
"We have plans to stop it," Sgt.
SpenceWilliamford said at a medi-
an outside the Information Ministry
as a looter passed by pushing an
office chair stacked with purloined
"It's only been a day since we've
been taking fire," Williamford
answered. "As long as there's chaos,
we've got other things to worry about.
Right now our first priority is to keep
U.S. soldiers alive."
In Basra, southern Iraq's largest city,
efforts were under way to bring Iraqis
into policing.
Continued from Page 1A
Company and had the Americans with
Another spokesman for the 1st
Marine Expeditionary Force, Capt. Neil
Murphy, said those Iraqis had been
abandoned by their officers and "realiz-
ing that it was the right thing to do, they
brought these guys back."
Two helicopter crewmen and five
members of the 507th Maintenance
Company convoy who were ambushed

March 23 were let go. Two had gunshot
wounds, Franks said. They were found a
day after Pvt. Jessica Lynch, their POW
comrade rescued in a commando raid,
returned to the United States for further
treatment of her many injuries.
In Pennsauken, N.J., the parents of
Sgt. James Riley, 31, had just returned
from church services when they heard
their son had been found.
"It's just an emotional roller coaster,
and we're just happy he's safe," said his
mother, Jane. She spoke with her son by
phone later yesterday and relayed news
that the sergeant's sister, Mary, 29, had
died two weeks ago from a neurological
disorder after two months in a coma.
Continued from Page IA
with so much happiness."
Drivers who passed the family
bungalow in southern Texas
responded to a sign that said "Honk
for Edgar" by beeping their horns or
stopping to join the party.
In Fort Hood, Texas, the family of
the second rescued helicopter pilot,
30-year-old David S. Williams, was
smiling as well.
"I've always remained positive,"
c- hi- father -aid Willims Sr.

U.S. detains, questions top Iraqi officials
Several top officials of Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq, including the presi-
dent's half brother and a former science adviser, have been captured by allied
The Iraqis are being interrogated about Iraq's suspected chemical, biological
and nuclear weapons programs, U.S. officials said yesterday. They also are being
pressed for details on where Saddam is, if he is alive, as well as the whereabouts
of other former Iraqi leaders.
The captured Iraqis include Watban Ibrahim Hasan, one of Saddam's three half
brothers, who once served as Iraq's interior minister. Hasan was the five of spades
in the deck of playing cards the U.S. military issued with pictures of wanted Iraqi
The war's commander, Gen. Tommy Franks, said yesterday that the Unit-
ed States was holding several high-ranking Iraqi prisoners in western Iraq.
Neither he nor Pentagon officials would say how many leading Iraqis have
been captured.
As the fighting in Iraq winds down, American forces are stepping up the search
for the chemical and biological weapons the United States accuses Saddam's gov-
ernment of having stashed away. So far, no caches of weapons of mass destruc-
tion have been confirmed in Iraq, military officials said yesterday.
Palestinian Cabinet awaiting govt. approval
The incoming Palestinian prime minister completed a new Cabinet yester-
day in line with a leadership overhaul the United States sought, keeping the
key post of security czar for himself and appointing several professionals
and reformers.
Once the Cabinet of Mahmoud Abbas is approved by the Palestinian parlia-
ment, possibly later this week, President Bush is expected to unveil a "road map"
to Palestinian statehood, starting the clock ticking on the three-year plan.
Israel's willingness to go along with the plan remains unclear, although Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon did stake out a relatively moderate position in an interview
published yesterday.
Sharon reiterated that he has many reservations about the plan, but also believes
the Iraq war has created a chance for reaching a peace deal more quickly than
anticipated. In the past, Sharon advocated an interim deal, saying a final treaty
must be delayed for years because of the gaps in positions.
Sharon also told the Israeli daily Haaretz that Palestinian statehood is inevitable
and suggested he is ready to dismantle some Jewish settlements.

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Attitudes toward taxes
remain ambivalent
Six in 10 Americans say they are
against more tax cuts when the country is
at war and already faces budget deficits,
according to an Associated Press poll.
Still, half of all Americans say their taxes
are too high.
The poll, taken in the days before
tomorrow's tax deadline, found that 61
percent say it would be better to hold
off on additional tax- cuts right now to
avoid making budget deficits worse
and ensure there is adequate money to
pay for the war.
Half that many, 31 percent, said they
think it is more important to pass more
tax cuts to give people more money to
spend and to stimulate the economy, said
the poll conducted for the AP by
ICR/International Communications
Research of Media, Pa..
"I think they need to figure out how to
pay for the war,'said Joseph Ames, a 28-
year-old cook from Boise, Idaho, who
considers himself a political independent.
LAGOS, Nigeria
Nigerian riots disrupt
elections for 2nd day
Fighting between tribal and political
rivals disrupted legislative elections in
Nigeria's oil-producing south for a sec-
ond day yesterday. At least two dozen
people were killed in the voting and hun-
dreds forced to flee their homes, witness-
es and election monitors said.
The vote for 469 seats is a key gauge



of civil tensions a week ahead of presi-
dential elections and an important test for
democracy in the Africa's most populous
nation. Military coups have scuttled
Nigeria's previous attempts to hold dem-
ocratic, civilian-run elections.
The voting began on Saturday but was
extended until yesterday in several areas
where the balloting was marred.
The oil-rich region has been the scene
of numerous clashes in recent weeks
between Ijaw militants and government
troops over voting districts the Ijaws say
favor their ethnic rivals, the Itsekiris.
Wrist tags mandated
for SARS patients
Singapore authorities stepped up
efforfs fo 6intain a deadly feW Vif ds
Saturday, including issuing electron-
ic wrist tags to keep track of those
under quarantine.
Reports Saturday of nine more
deaths worldwide brought the death
toll from Severe acute respiratory
syndrome or SARS to at least 125 in
20 countries. The virus, which has
sickened over 2,700, has no known
cure. Symptoms include shortness of
breath, fever, coughing and body
In Singapore, where 558 people
are under home quarantine, the gov-
ernment issued its first electronic
wrist tags, which sound an alarm
and issue an alert to a monitoring
station if a person breaks the
bracelet or leaves the house.
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