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Iraqis step up coordination, attacks NEWS IN BRIEF

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SAMARRA, Iraq (AP) - One of
the bloodiest engagements since the
fall of Saddam Hussein showed a new,
deadlier side of the Iraqi insurgency:
stepped-up, coordinated assaults by
groups of guerrillas bent on battle
rather than a hit-and-run attack, the
U.S. military said yesterday.
"Here it seems they had the training
to stand and fight," said Capt. Andy
Deponai, whose tank was hit by a
rocket-propelled grenade during the
firefight Sunday in Samarra, north of
Baghdad. Residents disputed U.S.
assertions that dozens of Iraqi fighters
died, saying fewer than 10 were killed
and that most of those were civilians.
The well-coordinated ambushes sig-
naled an escalation of guerrilla tactics,
although the attack in Samarra was
unsuccessful. A dozen cars lay gutted
and wrecked in the streets yesterday,
and bullet holes pocked many build-
ings. A mosque and a kindergarten
also were damaged.
Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt said that in
one of the ambushes, a dozen attackers
dashed out of a mosque and opened fire
on U.S. military vehicles. They also
fired from alleyways and rooftops.
"It was a large group of people,"
Kimmitt said in Baghdad. "Are we
looking at this one closely? Yes. Is
this something larger than we've seen
over the past couple of months? Yes.
Are we concerned about it? We'll

look at it and take appropriate meas-
ures in future operations."
Insurgents struck elsewhere yester-
day. West of Baghdad, gunmen
ambushed a U.S. military convoy,
killing one soldier, the U.S. military
said. The attack with small arms fire
occurred near Habbaniyah, 50 miles
west of Baghdad, the military said.
A U.S. Army general said Iraqi
insurgents in Baghdad appear to have
a central leadership that finances
attacks and instructs eight to 12 rebel
bands operating in the city when to
attack and when to lie low.
But Brig. Gen. Martin Dempsey
said the instructions were not specific.
"The manner of attack is up to
the individual bands as long as the
efforts disrupt and discredit the
U.S.-led coalition and any progress
it has made," said Dempsey, who
commands the Army's 1st Armored
Division, which controls Baghdad
and the surrounding region.
He said he believed a recent lull in
attacks in Baghdad stemmed from an
order to refrain from action during coali-
tion offensives against guerrilla targets.
The fighting in Samarra, 60 miles
north of the Iraqi capital, represented a
greater level of coordination in the Iraqi
insurgency, although U.S. forces said
they had anticipated the attacks and
blunted them with superior firepower.
Deponai said he was surprised by the

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Residents of Samarra, Iraq, investigate the damage yesterday left near
the Samarra Hospital where a bus and several vehicles were shot up and
burned during a clash between U.S. troops and Iraqi fighters Sunday.

U.S. govt drops special registration system
The government is scrapping a rule imposed after the Sept. 11 attacks that
required men and boys from countries with suspected links to terrorism to register
multiple times with U.S. officials.
The rule forced tens of thousands of Middle Easterners and others visiting
America to provide personal information to government officials.
Asa Hutchinson, the Homeland Security Department's undersecretary for border
and transportation security, said a new registration system that will apply to more
foreigners will be in place next month, making the current program unnecessary.
The program will end today when a notice is published in the Federal Regis-
ter. Hutchinson said it could be used again if there is another terrorist attack
linked to a foreign country.
Critics who contend the rule infringed on the rights of law-abiding citizens
welcomed its end. But they tempered their response with warnings that the
requirement already had caused damage in Arab and Muslim communities and
that the government still has rules in place that discriminate against those groups.
"There's more that would have to be done to right this wrong, but it is one step
toward making the program less discriminatory in the future," said Tim Edgar,
American Civil Liberties Union legislative counsel. The rule is part of a program
known as National Security Entry Exit Registration System, or NSEERS.
Stock market sets record with 18-month high
Investors sent stocks surging yesterday, propelling the Dow Jones industrials up
more than 115 points and into the shadow of 10,000 after a pair of reports showed
better-than-expected growth in the nation's manufacturing sector and construction
spending. Retail stocks dipped although stores had solid sales over the Thanksgiv-
ing weekend. Investors returned to the market with enthusiasm following a holi-
day week of lighter trading, and the manufacturing report from the Institute for
Supply Management contributed to their zeal, said Todd Leone, managing director
of equity trading at SG Cowen Securities.
"I think a lot of people were off last week, so they're coming in and buying
today," Leone said. "Construction spending was good, but these ISM numbers
have really pushed the market up."
The Dow closed up 116.59, or 1.2 percent, at 9,899.05, following a gain last week
of 1.6 percent. The last time the index of 30 actively-traded blue chip stocks closed
higher was May 31, 2002, when it ended the day at 9,925.30. It last closed above
10,000 on May 24, 2002. The Nasdaq composite index closed at its highest point in
nearly two years, up 29.56, or 1.5 percent, at 1,989.82.


scale of the attack on the convoys, which
were carrying bundles of new Iraqi cur-
rency, and that 30 to 40 assailants lay in
wait near each of the two banks where
the money was being delivered.
"Up to now you've seen a pro-
gression - initially it was hit-and-
run, single RPG shots on patrols.
Then they started doing volley fire,
multiple RPG ambushes, and then
from there, this is the first well-
coordinated one," he said.

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"It's hard to tell on the basis of
one attack exactly what tactics may
or may not be changing," Gen. Peter
Pace, vice chairman of the U.S.
Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at a news
conference with Defense secretary
Donald Rumsfeld in Brussels.
"The fact is that in this particular
case, about 50 or so of the enemy
did collect together for whatever
reason they thought was appropri-
ate," Pace said.
Israeli raid
ceas efire
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel's mili-
tary carried out a raid yesterday against
suspected militants in the West Bank,
killing three men and a boy, and an
Israeli developer began construction of a
Jewish neighborhood in the section of
Jerusalem claimed by the Palestinians.
The Israeli actions came at a deli-
cate moment, as Palestinian officials
and militants prepared to weigh a
cease-fire with Israel, a model
Mideast peace treaty was unveiled in
Geneva and a U.S. envoy arrived in
hopes of restarting peace talks.
The army said its raid targeted the
Hamas infrastructure in the Ramallah
area, which it blamed for killing more
than 60 Israelis in the past three years.
The military said it killed three militants
and made dozens of arrests. Palestinians
said a 9-year-old boy also died. The
housing project drew criticism from
U.S., U.N. and Palestinian officials.
Despite the concerns, bulldozers
pushed ahead yesterday morning with
road construction for the neighborhood
of Nof Zahav, or Golden View. The
development will abut a Palestinian
village in the area Israel annexed after
capturing the Arab section of
Jerusalem in the 1967 war.
Yehuda Levy, a Nof Zahav sponsor,
said the private project is going up for
commercial, not ideological reasons. He
said the neighborhood would include
550 housing units, a hotel and schools.
"Building of roads and other infra-
structure started Sunday," Levy said.
"We have all the permits we need."
The Jerusalem municipality con-
firmed that permits were granted for the
road, and said the project would include
400 housing units. There was no expla-
nation for the lower number of units.
The project would be the first new
Jewish neighborhood in east Jerusalem
since two contentious developments in
the late 1990s - the hilltop neighbor-
hood of Har Homa and a small Jewish
housing project in the Arab neighbor-
hood Ras al-Amud.
The construction came as U.S. envoy
William Burns was meeting with Israeli
officials in hopes of reviving the "road
map" peace plan. The road map, meant
to end three years of violence and pave
the way toward an independent Palestin-
ian state by 2005, forbids any new Israeli
"settlement activity."
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Thousands of activists marched and
rallied in Nairobi to show support for
people infected with HIV and to
demand access to essential drugs.
"It is depleting our stock of knowl-
edge and reallocating family and
national budgets," President Mwai

Kibaki said. "Indeed, this disease
could lead to the collapse of some
economies in the next few genera-
tions. We, therefore, owe it to humani-
ty to fight this disease relentlessly."
Health and Human Services Sec-
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Earthquake kills 11,
injures 34 in China
A strong earthquake rumbled
across western China's mountainous
Xinjiang region yesterday, killing at
least 11 people and shaking apart
hundreds of flimsy homes near the
border with Kazakhstan, the govern-
ment said.
At least 34 people were reported
injured and more than 700 houses
fell, the official Xinhua News
Agency said.
The 6.1 magnitude quake, in the
sparsely populated Ili Kazakh
Autonomous Prefecture, struck at
9:38 a.m., Xinhua said. The U.S.
Geological Service's National Earth-
quake Information Center in Col-
orado recorded a slightly weaker
magnitude of 5.7.
The quake was reportedly felt as far
away as Almaty, the capital of Kaza-
khstan, about 100 miles west, the Russian
news agency ITAR-Tass said. It said there
were no reported injuries or damage.
Report highlights
flaws in dialysis care
Some 300,000 Americans with
failed kidneys stay alive by getting
their blood cleaned three times a week
at dialysis centers. But a new report

says too many of those facilities pro-
vide inadequate treatment.
Government officials hope quality
will improve in January when new
Medicare payment rules give physi-
cians financial incentives to examine
dialysis patients more frequently.
The change means a pay raise for
kidney specialists who see dialysis
patients at least four times a month,
and a pay cut for those who have less
frequent exams, now believed to be
the norm.
Officials push Bush
to lower steel tariffs
White House advisers are urging Pres-
ident Bush to head off a global trade war
by rolling back steep tariffs on imported
steel, administration and industry offi-
cials said yesterday.
If he concurs - he is still reviewing
the matter, the White House spokesman
said - Bush risks alienating steel com-
panies and workers in states that are
important for his re-election. If he does-
n't, a broad range of U.S. products could
face retaliatory sanctions from Europe
and elsewhere, angering other voters.
A senior Bush adviser, speaking
on condition of anonymity, said sev-
eral key aides and agencies, includ-
ing the office of the U.S. trade
representative, have urged the presi-
dent to drop the tariffs.
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