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plots in Pakistan


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Treasury chief vows U.S. will slice deficit

GHAZNI, Afghanistan (AP) -
Intercepted phone calls show Taliban
commanders have been orchestrating
deadly attacks here and in other parts
of Afghanistan from a safe haven
across the border in Pakistan, a senior
Afghan intelligence official told The
Associated Press.
The resurgent Taliban forces - who
were chased from Afghanistan two
years ago by the U.S.-led war - are
getting protection from Islamic hard-
line politicians and rogue elements of
Pakistani security, Afghan and Western
officials charge.
Ghazni province, southwest of
Kabul, has been on the front lines of
the recent violence, and many resi-
dents say the local government and
security officials have been unable or
unwilling to end the insurgency.
Former Taliban walk the streets of
this hardscrabble town, hiding only
behind a change of clothes. They bold-
ly tried to assassinate the police chief
last week and have turned the back
roads into a gauntlet of fear for aid
It was here in Ghazni province that
four workers for a Danish charity were

executed by Taliban rebels on Sept. 8;
here where three Red Crescent workers
met a similar fate in August. In Zabul
province, 135 miles to the southwest,
rebels battled for weeks through the
deep gorges and craggy mountain
peaks against an onslaught of Ameri-
can air power and more than 1,000
Afghan soldiers.
A Sept. 8 order for Taliban fighters
in Zabul to retreat during U.S. bomb-
ing came in a satellite phone call from
a commander in Quetta, the capital of
Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan
province, the senior Afghan official
privy to sensitive intelligence told AP
on condition of anonymity.
A similar phone call was placed to
Quetta in March by Taliban fighters
who had stopped a Red Cross vehicle
on a dusty road in Afghanistan's Hel-
mand province. The voice on the other
end of the phone was a senior Taliban
fugitive commander, Mullah Dadullah,
who gave the order to execute an El
Salvadoran national, a survivor of the
attack, the intelligence official said in
a weekend interview.
The brother of Baluchistan's health
minister was arrested this month for

U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow told global bankers and economists wor-
ried about the tide of red ink in Washington that the huge U.S. budget deficit
would be halved by the end of 2008.
Snow made the pledge yesterday at the annual meetings of the International
Monetary Fund and World Bank, both of which have cited the growing U.S. trade
and budget deficits as dark clouds looming over the fragile global recovery.
He called the budget deficit an "understandable" consequence of the recent
recession, and told delegates from 184 countries that it would be tamed through
"ample growth" and "disciplined spending," having earlier ruled out any tax
increases as "counterproductive."
"We're committed to cutting the deficit by half in the next five years," he said,
saying that level would be "certainly very manageable."
He offered few other details on how the United States would reduce the deficit,
which the Treasury department has said reached $400.5 billion in the first 11
months of the 2003 budget year - twice the total for the same period a year earlier.
IMF Managing Director Horst Koehler acknowledged that the "sharp swing" in
public spending in the United States had helped stimulate growth after the slow-
down - a point Snow also made, calling it "Economics 101."
IDDAK, Saudi Arabia


Ghanzi's Police Chief Ismael Aziz sits in his house Saturday after
being attacked by suspected Taliban last week in the province of
Ghazni, Afghanistan.

alleged Taliban ties and accused of plot-
ting to kill a relative of the governor of
Afghanistan's southern Kandahar
province, which borders Baluchistan.
"We have this impression that Quet-
ta and surrounding areas are being
used by hardcore Taliban forces,"
Afghan Interior Minister Ali Ahmad
Jalali said in an interview in his Kabul
Zalmai Rassoul, Afghanistan's
national security adviser, told AP the
insurgency is being directed almost
entirely from abroad - with Pakistani
religious schools teaching jihad, and

officials failing to crack down.
"When the Taliban was first defeat-
ed, they were on the run, but they have
had time in Pakistan to get a rest and
reorganize themselves," he said. "And
now they are being incited and encour-
aged to come back."
Pakistani officials strongly deny that
the Taliban are receiving sanctuary in
their territory.
"There is no truth to the allegations
that Taliban have bases in Quetta to
harm the interests of President Hamid
Karzai's government," Brig. Javed
Iqbal Cheema said yesterday.

Deadly Saudi raid targets 'terrorist' hideout

Security forces exchanged fire for hours yesterday with "terrorists" apparently
holed up in an apartment in southern Saudi Arabia, killing three suspected mili-
tants and arresting two others after the standoff ended, the Interior Ministry said.
One security official was also killed in the gunfight at the three-story residential
building in Jizan, about 600 miles south of the Saudi capital, Riyadh, the ministry
said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.
The early-morning raid was intended to capture militants planning a terror
attack, according to an official statement on Saudi state television earlier yesterday.
Details of the firefight were sketchy, as news often is in this kingdom whose
rulers keep a tight lid on the press.
Security officials initially said the gunmen had taken several foreign hostages
at King Fahd Hospital. The Interior Ministry statement and later television
reports did not mention hostages, but Al-Jazeera television's website said all
hostages were released-


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the ministry said.

a swil transler or power in Iraq, urging anites top ut
aside bitter divisions over the U.S.-led war and help
lead a massive reconstruction effort.
French President Jacques Chirac challenged Bush
by demanding a "realistic timetable" for granting
In the first gathering of world leaders at the General
Assembly since the United States toppled Saddam
Hussein, Bush was unapologetic about the war and its
chaotic aftermath and unyielding on U.S. terms for
creating a democratic government.
"This process must unfold according to the needs
of Iraqis -neither hurried nor delayed by the wish-
es of other parties," Bush said, spurning demands of
France and Germany in a replay of the acrimonious
year-old debate over Iraq that has shaken old

debates have echoed for more than a half century.
Ahmad Chalabi, the president of the U.S.-appointed
Iraqi Governing Council, took Iraq's seat.
Before Chirac took his turn at the microphone, Bush
left the chamber, followed by Secretary of State Colin
Powell and National Security Adviser Condoleezza
Rice. The French president upbraided the United States
for having taken a go-it-alone approach in Iraq after the
United Nations failed to sanction the war.
"In an open world," Chirac said, "no one can live in
isolation, no one can act alone in the name of all, and
no one can accept the anarchy of a society without
rules." France has said it wants power handed over to
the Iraqis in a matter of months - a position echoed
by Schroeder yesterday.
In Washington, Senate Minority Leader Tom.
Daschle said he thought Bush "lost an opportunity."

President Bush makes welcoming remarks
yesterday at United Nations Headquarters
in New York. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi
Annan is at right.

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appeals court yesterday unanimously
put California's recall election back on
the calendar for Oct. 7, sweeping aside
warnings of a Florida-style fiasco two
weeks from now.
The American Civil Liberties Union,
which had sought a postponement, said
it would not appeal to the U.S. Supreme
Court, removing the final legal road-
block to the recall and setting up a 14-
day sprint among-the candidates in the
election to remove Gov. Gray Davis.
The 11-member panel of the U.S. 9th
Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a
decision issued last week by three of
the most liberal judges on the court.
The three judges had postponed the
election until perhaps March to give six
counties more time to switch over to
electronic voting systems from the
error-prone punch-card ballots that
caused the 2000 recount mess.
Translator at Cuban
base charged as spy
An Air Force translator at the prison
camp for terror suspects in Guan-
tanamo Bay, Cuba, has been charged
with espionage and aiding the enemy,
officials said yesterday, three days after
disclosing the arrest of a U.S. Army

chaplain working at the same base.
The two men knew each other, an Air
Force spokesman said, but officials said
they didn't know if there had been a
conspiracy to breach prison security.
The Air Force announced yesterday
that the translator, Senior Airman
Ahmad al-Halabi had been charged
with 32 crimes including espionage and
aiding the enemy, crimes that could
lead to the death penalty.
,Americans have urge
for change of scenery
America really is a country on the
move. In the last five years of the 20th
century, close to half the population
packed up and moved to different homes.
Usually, the moving van didn't have
to travel too far - nearly one-quarter
of the country's 262.4 million people 5
and older moved to a new address in
the same county, according to a Census
Bureau report yesterday.
The South attracted the most trans-
plants - 1.8 million more than moved
out of the region - while the West
stayed about even and the Northeast
and Midwest saw declines.
Nevada, the fastest-growing state
during the 1990s, had the highest per-
centage of movers --63 percent - fol-
lowed by Colorado and Arizona, both at
56 percent. About one-quarter of Neva-
da's population moved in from another
state between 1995 and 2000.

AL-SAJR, Iraq (AP) - U.S. sol-
diers backed by helicopters firing
rockets attacked a farmhouse yester-
day, killing three Iraqis and wound-
ing three others, villagers said. The
U.S. military said soldiers followed
suspected guerrillas into this village
after a patrol was ambushed.
Afterward, five craters ranging up
to 10 feet wide and 3 feet deep could
be seen in the courtyard of the farm-
house. A sixth rocket had crashed
through the roof. The yard was
strewn with broken glass and a wall
on one side of the building was
pocked with bullet holes.

The fighting in Al-Sajr, a small
village west of Baghdad, highlighted
the difficulties of combating guerril-
las in populated areas and was likely
to deepen resentment of the U.S.
occupation in an already volatile
"There never was any trouble in
our village and the Americans have
never been inside it," one of the
wounded, retired army Sgt. Abed
Rasheed, said at a hospital. "This is
not about overthrowing a government
or regime change."
The U.S. military confirmed a
combined air-ground assault took

place here but said it knew of only
one death - that of a guerrilla fight-
er. A military spokeswoman, Spc.
Nicole Thompson, said that after fir-
ing on an American patrol, the attack-
ers ran into a building. She said the
soldiers then called in air support.
Villagers insisted no one had fired
on the Americans. They did say that
U.S. soldiers detained three young
men during a security sweep Sunday.
Six missiles struck the home of Ali
Khalaf Mohammed, killing the 45-
year-old farmer. Two of Mohammed's
sons, aged 11 and 9 years, were

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