2 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 6, 2002
Car bomb kills 10 in Kabul; Karzai
subject of attempted assassination
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) - An assailant
dressed in the uniform of the new Afghan army
fired on a car carrying President Hamid Karzai
yesterday, hours after an explosives-packed car tore
through a crowded Kabul market, killing at least
The violence was the most serious challenge to
Karzai's government, which has been struggling to
bring order and security to a country wracked by
decades of bloodshed.
Afghan officials were quick to blame Osama bin
Laden's al-Qaida network for the violence, which
came less than a week before the anniversary of the
Sept. 11 attacks.
"Terrorists are behind both attacks, there is no
doubt about it. And terrorists in this region are led
by Osama and his associates," said Foreign Minis-
The government offered no immediate evidence
of bin Laden's involvement, and others blamed the
rising anger of the Pashtun majority toward a gov-
ernment controlled by Americans and dominated
by rival Tajiks from the north.
The British Broadcasting Corp. said the attacker
came from a former Taliban stronghold.
President Bush expressed relief that Karzai was
safe, and administration officials pledged to keep
helping rebuild the country.
"We're not leaving," Bush said. "We want to help
democracy flourish in that region."
The assassination attempt occurred soon after
Karzai, who was in his hometown of Kandahar for
the wedding of his youngest brother, finished
evening prayers at the city's historic Khalqa Sharif
After the prayers, Karzai and his party were given
a tour of the governor's mansion, located across the
street from the mosque. Karzai's motorcade was
preparing to leave the governor's compound as hun-
dreds of well-wishers were pressing against the gates
to catch a glimpse of the president.
"We were standing at the gates and saw Karzai
wave," said Sardar Mohammed. "Then I saw one
guard point a Kalashnikov at Karzai and fire. There
was a kid behind him, and he grabbed the gunman
Kandahar security chief Dur Mohammed said
Karzai's U.S. military bodyguards immediately
opened fire, killing the assailant and two others.
The presidential motorcade sped off within
moments of the attack, while gunsmoke lingered
over the mansion's grounds. The governor of Kan-
dahar, Gul Agha Sherzai, was grazed in the neck
and Karzai was unharmed.
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Special forcs were assigned to guard Afghan
President Hamid Karzai after an assassination
attempt yeserday in Kandahar.
In its report, the BBC identified the attacker as
Abdul Rahman, who had joined the security forces
of Sherzai less than three weeks ago.
WASHINGTON (AP) -A Canadian
* teenager is being held by U.S. forces in
Afghanistan after being badly wounded,
apparently in a firefight in late July in
which an American soldier was killed.
Omnar Kadr is the son of an alleged al-
Qaida financial leader, Ahmad Said al-
ree! Kadr, said Reynald Doiron, a
Affairs in Ottawa.
Prime Minister Jean Chretien said
yesterday that Canada will seek consular
n its accessrt o the youdngiie K adr ake.a
"m havbnin fo tmed that he has
Canadian is arrested abroad we always
ask to serve the Canadian citizen accord-
ing to the iles."
U:S.hmilitary officials declined to
Kadr was captured on July 27 after
being badly wounded in a firefight near
Khost, an al-Qaida hotbed in eastern
Afghanistan, Doiron said, citing infor-
mation provided by the U.S. govern-
ment. He said both U.S. troops and the
force opposing them took casualties, but
had no more details on the firefight.
His description matches U.S. reports
of a firefight in the region that day. A
special forces medic, Sgt. st Class
Christopher James Speer, 28, of Albu-
querque, N.M., was mortally wounded
in an ambush in eastern Afghanistan,
according to the Pentagon. Four other
.SAmerican soldiers were injured in the
fight, and two Afghan allies were killed.
Speer died Aug. 7. .
The Pentagon also said at the time
that one enemy combatant was captured
and several were killed. i
The U.S. government has told Ottawa
that Kadr received medical treatment at
a U.S. base at Bagram, north of the
Afghan capital of Kabul. Kadr's older
brother, Abdul Rahman Kadr was cap-
tured by the anti-Taliban northern
alliance in November and is being held
by the Afghan government, Doiron said.
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Moussa: Attacks wifl'open gates of hell'
Arab states solidly backed Iraq yesterday in its showdown with Washing-
ton, and a top official said a U.S. attack against Saddam Hussein would
"open the gates of hell in the Middle East." The Arab League leader also
called for Baghdad to readmit U.N. weapons inspectors to cool the brewing
Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa issued the chilling warning
and said Iraq could dispel allegations it had broken promises made at the
end of the Gulf War if it allowed the return of weapons inspectors. The
inspectors left in 1998 in advance of U.S. and British airstrikes against
Iraq, a major oil producer.
"We believe that the return of the inspectors within the framework of ...
the Security Council resolutions would form an important step toward
showing the world whether there is indeed a violation of the Security
Council resolutions," Moussa told reporters.
The unified Arab stance was a diplomatic coup for Iraqi Foreign Minis-
ter Naji Sabri, who told reporters that all the Arab governments had
expressed their "total rejection of the aggressive intentions of the United
Stability lacking in new Afghan government
The United States has yet to catch Osama bin Laden and other senior al-Qaida
leaders, and the terrorist network responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks remains a threat
despite 20,000 American bombs dropped on Afghanistan in a war now costing $2 bil-
lion a month.
The U.S.-led fight against terrorism has driven the Taliban from power in
Afghanistan and destroyed al-Qaida's training camps and main hiding places there.
Still, experts say more attacks can be expected.
Stability has yet to come to Afghanistan, as shown yesterday by an assassination
attempt on interim leader Hamid Karzai and a deadly car bombing in Kabul. There is
the continuing threat of a biological, chemical or nuclear terrorist attack - often
cited by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other Bush administration officials.
Experts are questioning how well the campaign is proceeding, 11 months into a
military action that has cost more than $15 billion and taken the lives of 39 US. sol-
diers and hundreds of Afghan civilians.
"We've given them a few body blows," said terrorism expert Warren Bass -
though to what extent is unclear.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa
World summit ends
without large gains
World leaders and global activists here
agree on this much: Blame it on Rio.
The Earth Summit 10 years ago in
Rio de Janeiro grandly resolved to save
all of nature, from the humblest algae to
the majestic elephant. And it agreed the
planet's delicate climate urgently needed
protection before global warming rises
to unbearable levels.
How to fulfill that sweeping vision -
while lifting billions of people from
crushing poverty - became the difficult
job of delegates to the World Summit on
Sustainable Development, which closed
And in the end, the world summit
turned out much like sustainable devel-
opment itself: Slow. Unspectacular. A
handful of small victories and some
promising new initiatives.
The goal of sustainable development
is to promote economic growth and alle-
viate poverty while protecting the envi-
Senate rejects second
Bush court nominee
Senate Democrats yesterday voted
down President Bush's latest attempt
to fill federal appeals court seats with
conservative jurists, rejecting a Texas
Supreme Court judge criticized for
anti-abortion and pro-business rulings.
"The message is this: We will con-
firm qualified judges," said Senate
Majority Leader Tom Daschle, (D-
S.D.) "Don't send us unqualified
President Bush said the Senate
Judiciary Committee's 10-9 party-
line vote against Priscilla Owen was
"shameful" and her rejection was
evidence of a "pattern of obstruc-
tion" on his nominations in the
The committee has now twice
turned down Bush's appeals court
nominees. It was the first time the
committee rejected an appeals court
choice who was rated unanimously
"well qualified" by the American
Sept. 11 federal aid
cash flow slowed
Soon after Sept. 11, President Bush
promised New York City more than $20
billion in federal aid. A year later, only a
fraction of that money has been spent.
Thousands of aid applications are sit-
ting in government offices, while the
cash flow has been slowed by red tape
and a lack of consensus over how to
rebuild the World Trade Center site.
Restrictive guidelines have pre-
vented others from even qualifying
for the money.
Garment workers in Chinatown say
they have been neglected while large
corporations have pocketed millions.
Small businesses complain they have
been overlooked. New Yorkers who
applied for mortgage and rental assis-
tance were initially turned away in large
"It's an outrage," said Duane Anza-
lone, whose family owned restaurant one
block south of the World Trade Center
went out of business after the attacks.
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