2 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, November 12, 2003
Iraqis fear return of Saddam, U.S. says NEWS IN BRIEF5
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - America's top soldier in appointed Iraqi leadership, the Governing Council. Bre- KANDAHAR, Afghanistan
Iraq said yesterday a "blanket of fear" that Saddam "Giventhele lofmer wants to delay transferring sovereignty until the
Hussein will return prevents Iraqis from giving U.S. d oeuefIraqis draft a constitution and hold national elections.Be
troops intelligence vital to curb the growing insur- engagements that the enemy As Bremer held meetings at the White House yes-
gency - stepped up attacks underlined by a late terday, a Bush administration official acknowledged A car bomb exploded outside a United Nations office in this southern Afghan
night barrage on the heart of Baghdad. haS ChOSen to move to ... we concerns about the council's progress since its instal- city yesterday, wounding at least one person, a U.N. official said. Afghan police
The top U.S. administrator in Iraq abruptly depart- are going to have more lation four months ago. But he rejected suggestions blamed al-Qaida and the Taliban in the blast.
ed for Washington, amid growing frustration over the the administration was about to put the council out of In a mountainous area of eastern Afghanistan, American and Afghan troops in
inability to halt the attacks on U.S. soldiers and the attacks here in the next 30 tO business. a new anti-terror operation clashed with two small bands of fighters, killing one
slow process of turning power over to the Iraqis. All.jA.,.,,,..' The official who insisted on anonymity noted a fighters and causing the others to retreat in to Pakistan the UI .S militar said
Late yesterday, insurgents fired mortars toward the
U.S. headquarters compound, known as the "Green
Zone," in Baghdad. The Coalition Provisional
Authority said there was no damage to coalition
headquarters, located in the Republican Palace. Afte:
one detonation, white smoke could be seen rising
from an area just north of the palace.
Despite the mounting violence, Lt. Gen. Ricardc
Sanchez angrily dismissed comparisons between Iraq
and Vietnam and said his soldiers will try to balance
between the use of massive firepower and the need tc
win the goodwill of Iraqis. Attacks on coalition
forces, he said, now average 30 to 35 a-day, twice the
Will cut off
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel's security barrier
will eventually carve off 14 percent of the West
Bank, trap 274,000 Palestinians in tiny enclaves
and block 400,000 others from their fields, jobs,
schools and hospitals, according to a U.N. report
The string of walls, razor wire, ditches and
fences has enflamed already high tensions
between Palestinians and Israelis. The United
States has criticized the barrier's planned route
deep into the West Bank, saying it could harm
efforts to set up a Palestinian state.
Israel has said the barrier is meant to keep out
Palestinian militants responsible for the deaths of
hundreds of Israelis in the past three years of vio-
lence. But Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon
said yesterday it will also prevent tens of thou-
sands of Palestinians from moving into Israel -
as officials say has occurred in recent years.
Palestinians say the snaking barricade is an
Israeli attempt to seize West Bank land Palestini-
ans claim for a future state.
About 90 miles of the barrier has been com-
pleted around the northern West Bank, mainly
following the invisible boundary with Israel.
The unbuilt southern section, almost 430 miles
long, will cut up to 14 miles into the West Bank,
according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination
of Humanitarian Affairs. This seems aimed at
incorporating some Jewish settlements into the
The barrier will carve off 14.5 percent of the
West Bank, affecting roughly 680,000 people,
nearly one-third of the Palestinians living in the
- Lt Gen. Ricardo Sanchez
Commander, U.S. ground forces in Iraq
number two months ago.
"On the near term, given the focus we have on our
offensive operations, and given the level of engage-
ments that the enemy has chosen to move to ... we
are going to have more attacks here in the next 30 to
60 days," Sanchez told reporters.
L. Paul Bremer, the chief civilian administrator for
Iraq, returned to Washington at a time of increasing
tension between coalition officials and the U.S.-
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U.N. Security Council resolution sets a Dec. 15 dead-
line for the council to arrange for the drafting of a
The Iraqis have yet to agree on how to choose del-
egates to draw up a constitution. Some coalition offi-
cials suspect the Iraqis are stalling in hopes Bremer
will quickly give them more power.
Some Iraqi council members are also pushing for
an Iraqi-controlled paramilitary force to fight the
insurgents, something Bremer opposes without coali-
tion oversight and control.
Coalition sources said Bremer is increasingly frus-
trated by some members of the Governing Council.
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The explosion in Kandahar's upscale residential area of Shehr-e-Nau, occurred
in a vehicle parked in front of a home being used as a workplace by the U.N.
Office Project Support, said Siddiqullah, an Afghan who is in charge of humani-
tarian operations for the United Nations in southern Afghanistan.
The blast, which occurred minutes after U.N. workers had left the building at
the end of their workday, smashed a front gate, cracked walls in the building and
broke its windows, said Siddiqullah. It also similarly damaged an adjacent build-
ing housing the U.N. Assistance Mission for Afghanistan, he said.
A man driving by on a motorcycle at the time was wounded by the blast, said
Siddiqullah, who like many Afghans only uses one name. There was no immedi-
ate claim of responsibility for the bombing.
Real estate mogul acquitted of murder charges
New York real estate heir Robert Durst, who said he accidentally killed a hot-
headed neighbor in self-defense and then chopped up the body because he feared
no one would believe him, was found not guilty yesterday of murder.
The jury took five days to reach the verdict, bringing a startling end to a grisly
case that began to unfold when trash bags containing pieces of 71-year-old Morris
Black started washing up along Galveston Bay in 2001.
Durst appeared stunned when he heard the verdict, his mouth hanging slightly
open and his eyes filling with tears. The 60-year-old millionaire hugged his attor-
neys, saying: "Thank you so much."
Durst, who has been estranged from his family since the early 1990s, remains
under suspicion in the 1982 disappearance of his first wife and the 2000 shooting
death of her friend Susan Berman, a Los Angeles writer who was set to be ques-
tioned about the missing woman. He has not been charged in either case. Prosecu-
tor Kurt Sistrunk said he was dismayed and disappointed with the verdict.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Foreign fighters who seek to
install a Taliban-style government in Iraq are coordinating
with Saddam Hussein loyalists to launch deadly attacks on
U.S. troops, President Bush asserted yesterday as he
mourned rising casualties.
Bush has previously accused the two groups of seeking to
intimidate Americans in Iraq. But as explosions in Baghdad
disrupted his Veterans Day tribute from afar, he accused
them of conspiring with each other in the wave of attacks.
"Over time, Baath Party and Fedayeen fighters and other
Saddam loyalists have organized to attack our forces, to ter-
rorize international aid workers and to murder innocent
Iraqis," Bush told a supportive audience at the conservative
"Foreign jihadists have arrived across Iraq's borders in
small groups with the goal of installing a Taliban-like
regime," he said. Also in the mix, Bush maintained, are mili-
tants with al-Qaida and the affiliated Ansar al-Islam - two
groups "always eager to join in the killing and to seek
revenge after their defeat in Afghanistan."
"Saddam loyalists and foreign terrorists may have differ-
ent long-term goals, but they share a near-term strategy: to
terrorize Iraqis and to intimidate America and our allies,"
Bush said. "Recent reporting suggests that despite their dif-
ferences, these killers are working together to spread chaos
and terror and fear."
While Bush was speaking, a series of strong explosions
were heard in central Baghdad. Earlier yesterday, an explo-
sion on a road frequently used by British troops killed six
civilians in southern.Iraq. And another occurred as U.S. sol-
diers were escorting Iraqi prisoners from jail to a court,
injuring two Iraqi policeman and two prisoners.
Bush cast the mounting deaths and injuries in unusually
personal terms. Generally, the president has said that he
grieves for all soldiers lost in all wars. But on Veterans Day,
Bush expressed grief, especially, for those lost in Iraq.
"We have laid to rest young men and women who died in
A demonstrator passes down a Palestinian
flag after spray painting graffiti on the
Israeli security barrier.
West Bank, the report said. "People's lives will be
seriously disrupted," said David Shearer, head of
the local UJNOCHA office. The barrier will be
"disastrous" for farmers, who will find it difficult
to get to their fields and bring their produce to
market, he said.
"For economic reasons, for education reasons,
people will find it impossible to stay in these
areas, and they will choose to move out," Shearer
said.Palestinian officials, meanwhile, prepared
for a vote of confidence Wednesday on the new
Cabinet of Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia.
Court busts suppher
in wheelchair claims
After walking unassisted from the
back of a Los Angeles courtroom, 85-
year-old Euralda Clodomar refused the
hand of a deputy and climbed into the
Let the record show, the prosecutor
told jurors, she didn't use a wheelchair.
Clodomar doesn't own a wheelchair, let
alone the motorized model that was
charged to Medicare at a cost of
An equipment supplier had obtained
her Medicare identification number and
taken her and the taxpayers- for a ride in
a fast-growing new swindle that has
cost the government's main health care
assistance program tens of millions of
Fifty separate investigations under
way in nearly two-dozen states have
identified $167 million in fraudulent
power wheelchair claims, officials told
The Associated Press.
Bush to decide fate
of 'illegal' steel tariffs
A global trade ruling against U.S.
steel tariffs is squeezing the White
House between political and economic
interests as President Bush weighs the
sanctions' fate - and his re-election
prospects. The White House is being
pummeled from both sides in the wake
of a World Trade Organization panel in
Geneva declaring the sanctions illegal.
The European Union has threatened
$2.2 billion in retaliatory sanctions if
the tariffs, imposed March 2002, are
not lifted immediately.
"The decision undoubtedly confronts
Mr. Bush with a test of wills," said Leo
Gerard, international president of the
United Steelworkers of America, which
wants the tariffs to remain. "Will he
exercise his sovereign right as president
to protect the jobs and survival of the
entire American steel industry ... ?"
Girl Scout trappings
irk animal activists
Let other Girl Scouts make bird
feeders out of Clorox bottles and glue
together little birch-bark canoes -
Troop 34 in Alaska is learning to trap
and skin beavers. In a practice that has
angered animal rights activists, the girls
are killing the beavers as part of a state
"We think it sends a very, very bad
message that when animals cause a
problem you kill them," said Stephanie
Boyles of People for the Ethical Treat-
ment of Animals. She said the Girl
Scouts should want girls to become
"stewards of wildlife, not abusers."
Last spring, about 10 members of the
Fairbanks troop and their families
helped catch two beavers using snare
and lethal traps.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.
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