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NATO joins pledge to disarm Iraq
PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AP)
- Heeding President Bush's call,
NATO leaders pledged yesterday to
help the United Nations "fully and
immediately" disarm Iraq. They also
redrew the political map of Europe,
reaching behind the former Iron
Curtain for seven new members.
Barely a decade after winning
independence from Moscow, the
Baltic nations of Latvia, Estonia and
Lithuania joined former communist
states Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia
and Slovenia as the next wave of
"Events have moved faster than
we could possibly have imagined,"
said Estonian Prime Minister Siim
On the summit sidelines, Bush
and his foreign policy team lobbied
feverishly for an anti-Iraq NATO
statement while urging individual
allies to ante up troops and other
military assistance for possible war
The results were mixed: Bush won
partial victory on the Iraq statement
while the war solicitations received
lukewarm responses from allies
inside and outside NATO.
In a four-paragraph statement, the
19-member alliance unanimously
echoed the U.N. call for "severe con-
sequences" should Iraq hold on to its
weapons of mass destruction.
The phrase is Bush's license to
wage war as a last resort, the White
But the statement did not threaten
collective military action by the 19-
nation alliance nor did it prevent
some allies - particularly Germany
and France - from distancing them-
selves from Bush's zero tolerance
position and even the document
It did commit the alliance to tak-
ing "effective action to assist and
support the efforts of the U.N." That
pledge was designed to make
NATO's logistical and diplomatic
assets available to the United
Nations, though it could be read as
offering the alliance's military sup-
port, said a senior Bush administra-
That official, speaking on condi-
tion of anonymity, said neither the
United States nor its allies envisions
using NATO's military capacity to
help enforce the resolution.
Two U.S. soldiers shot by Kuwaiti police
A Kuwaiti policeman shot and seriously wounded two American soldiers on a
desert highway yesterday in the latest violence against U.S. troops who are preparing
for a possible showdown with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
The soldiers, in civilian clothes, were shot as they traveled in an unmarked car
from the U.S. base at Camp Doha toward a garrison near Oraifijan, about 35 miles
south of Kuwait City.
The Kuwaiti Interior Ministry said a junior patrol officer shot the men and fled to
neighboring Saudi Arabia, where he remained at large. The statement did not indi-
cate the assailant's motive.
Anti-American sentiment is on the rise in the Mideast as military action against
Iraq looms. The shooting raised concern about the safety of some 10,000 U.S. troops
stationed in Kuwait, a country that would serve as a key staging ground in any con-
flict with Iraq.
U.S. troops drove Saddam's army from Kuwait in the 1991 Gulf War, and most
Kuwaitis support the U.S. military's role here. But the latest shooting, following an
attack last month that killed a U.S. Marine, could indicate rising resentment.
The patrol officer apparently flagged the Americans' car down, possibly for speed-
ing, before the shooting, a Kuwaiti official said. But other reports indicated the
attacker fired from his car as the Americans passed.
High-ranking leader of al-Qaida captured
Al-Qaida leader Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the network's chief of operations in the
Persian Gulf, has been captured, senior U.S. government officials said yesterday.
Al-Nashiri, a suspected mastermind of the USS Cole bombing in October 2000,
was taken in an undisclosed foreign country earlier this month and is now in U.S.
custody, officials said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
He is the highest-ranking al-Qaida operative captured since the CIA, FBI and
Pakistani authorities captured Osama bin Laden's operations chief, Abu Zubaydah,
in Faisalabad, Pakistan, in March.
U.S. officials had recently said a senior al-Qaida leader had been caught, but
they had declined to identify him. On Sunday, Homeland Security Director Tom
Ridge said the leader was providing information to his interrogators.
Al-Nashiri is suspected in a number of other al-Qaida terrorist plots, including
the 1998 East Africa embassy bombings. He is believed to have recruited his
cousin, Azzam, to train in Afghanistan and serve as one of the suicide bombers in
the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi. Al-Nashiri, born in Mecca, Saudi Ara-
bia, is believed to be in his mid-30s and a longtime associate of bin Laden.
Seated in Vladislav Hall in Prague Castle, state and government leaders
from 46 countries attend a dinner as part of the NATO summit yesterday.
Firms seek profit from security plan
WASHINGTON (AP) - The ink is
barely dry on the new Homeland Secu-
rity Department legislation, but corpo-
rate lobbyists are already chasing the
pot of gold it offers.
One German-based contractor has
started a political action committee and
recruited budget experts to help its pitch
for U.S. anti-terror money. Microsoft
has hired a former Coast Guard com-
mander to oversee its homeland bidding.
And several firms are creating special
units to help companies compete for bil-
lions in new national security spending.
"It's our intent to become a politically
sophisticated player here," said Gregg
Ward, head of the Washington lobbying
office of German-based Siemens AG,
whose business includes medical sys-
tems, information technology, energy,
transportation and communications.
The bill approved this week to create
a domestic security department offers
high-tech companies a chance to share
in at least $500 million a year in
research and development grants. And
they hope that's just for starters.
The new department will give
industry a front-row seat as it sets its
priorities. The legislation calls for
"private sector advisory councils"
composed of industry and trade group
representatives who will advise the
department on security products,
services and policies.
The government's anti-terror spend-
ing could reach into the billions in com-
ing months - an enticing prospect for
many companies as the faltering econo-
my makes new business hard to find.
Siemens currently is sharing a $1.37
billion federal contract with Boeing to
install and maintain explosive detec-
tion equipment in airports and to train
The company is using that U.S. con-
tract, awarded in June by the Trans-
portation Security Administration, as a
selling point as it seeks similar work in
other countries, Ward said.
Siemens is seeking to raise its profile
in Washington through a PAC funded by
its employees and through its new pro-
curement office. The company is hiring
four or five people specifically to pursue
government contracts, and is looking for
those with experience in appropriations
in government, said Ward, an assistant
secretary in the Energy Department dur-
ing the first Bush administration.
Siemens is also trying to win state
business. Its health care information
technology company won a contract
from Pennsylvania to link hospitals so
they are alerted whenever an emer-
gency room physician reports potential
"The public procurement, the public
accounts are that much more attractive
.particularly in the security area and
the defense area, obviously the budget
continues to increase."
- Gregg Ward
Head, Siemens Washington lobbying office
bioterrorism-related illnesses such as
anthrax or smallpox.
"For most companies, the private
market is relatively flat right now and
has been for a little while," Ward said.
"The public procurement, the public
accounts are that much more attractive
... particularly in the security area and
the defense area, obviously the budget
continues to increase."
Siemens is far from alone in real-
Others who have include Cerberus
Capital Partners, which hired the
Phoenix-based lobbying firm of former
Vice President Dan Quayle to pursue
contracting opportunities for companies
in which it has an interest.
The government's anti-terrorism
effort is shaping up as an industry unto
itself; the phrase "homeland security"
began popping up on lobby registra-
tions almost as soon as President Bush
coined it last fall.
Dozens of companies have regis-
tered to lobby for domestic security
contracts and grants in the past year,
joining an already-long roster of busi-
nesses seeking military contracts.
Those hoping for homeland defense
money include some long in the security
business who are repackaging their
products and services for government
consumption and turning to lobbyists for
help navigating the complex world of
RIOBAMBA, Ecuador (AP) -
Ecuadorean highlanders searched
through remnants of their homes yes-
terday after an army ammunition depot
exploded and set off blasts that ripped
through a neighborhood. At least seven
people were killed and more than 140
The smell of gunpowder still hung in
the air a day after the explosions shat-
tered windows, knocked down brick
walls, and ripped roofs from homes
across seven blocks in this mountain
city of 150,000 people.
"We're headed for the countryside,
resident Elsa Fandi said as she carried
her 2-year-old son, his forehead cut by
glass shards. "We're getting out of
President Gustavo Noboa visited the
city yesterday and declared a state of
The 20-minute chain of explosions
began Wednesday afternoon when a
hand grenade went off and detonated
the ammunition dump at a tank base in
Riobamba, 100 miles south of Quito in
a valley surrounded by snow capped
mountains. Noboa said the grenade
was accidentally dropped during an
inspection at the storage site.
Most of the injuries resulted from
flying glass fragments, according to the
Red Cross. Three soldiers and a civil-
ian were killed on the base. The other
three fatalities were in the city.
Witnesses said they initially thought
the explosion was an earthquake or the
eruption of the 16,500-foot Tungurahua
volcano, 20 miles to the northeast.
"There isn't a house in Riobamba
without a broken window," Riobamba
Police find suspected
planner of bombings
Police arrested yesterday an alleged
planner of the Bali bombings that killed
nearly 200 people, Indonesia's chief of
Imam Samudra, an Afghan-trained
militant said to have links to the al-
Qaida-affiliated Jemaah Islamiyah terror
group, allegedly planned the Oct. 12
attack and helped build the bombs that
blew up near two nightclubs.
Samudra was arrested in the western
port town of Merak, A.M. Hendropriy-
ono, chief of the national intelligence
agency, told The Associated Press.
Police are trying to find seven other
suspects. Samudra's arrest could give
them much-needed clues into the work-
ings of Jemaah Islamiyah, which has,
planned a series of attacks against West-
ern interests in Southeast Asia.
On Sunday, police released sketches of
six of the suspects, raided Islamic board-
ing schools and swept rural villages
where they were believed to be hiding.
Gunman kills U.S.
missionary in Lebanon
A gunman fired three bullets into the
head of an American missionary yester-
day at the clinic where she worked as a
nurse. It was believed to be the first tar-
geted killing of a U.S. citizen in Lebanon
in more than a decade.
Bonnie Penner, 31, was slain at the
Unity Center, which houses a Christian
chapel and a clinic.
Investigators said they believe the
gunman knocked at the door of the
clinic and shot Penner in the head
with a 7mm pistol. A colleague
found the woman's body lying in a
pool of blood, police said.
The center's director, the Rev.
Sami Dagher, said there were no
threats before the killing and the
motive was not known.
Spain coast hit by
oil spill remnants
Waves of black sludge from a
major oil spill washed ashore amid
high winds and driving rain yester-
day, tarring new stretches of north-
west Spain's scenic coastline and
further threatening the region's multi-
million-dollar fishing industry.
The regional government extended a
ban on fishing and shellfish harvesting
declared Saturday, when oil from the
tanker Prestige first reached land.
The widest ban now covers more
than 186 miles of Galicia coastline
from Ferrol south to Ribeiro.
About 2.7 million gallons or more
of fuel oil leaked from the Bahamas-
flagged tanker in several spills start-
ing Nov. 13, when it cracked its hull
in a storm.
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