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BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Anti-
American insurgents fired mortar
rounds at a U.S. military camp last
night, wounding 35 American soldiers,
the U.S. command said.
Six mortar rounds exploded about
6:45 p.m. at Logistical Base Seitz west
of Baghdad, a U.S. military spokesman
said in a statement. The camp is locat-
ed in the so-called Sunni Muslim trian-
gle that is a stronghold of resistance to
the U.S. occupation of Iraq.
"The wounded soldiers were given
first aid and have been evacuated from
the site for further medical treatment,"
the statement said.
The Pentagon added that the soldiers
were from the Army's 541st Mainte-
nance Battalion, based in Fort Riley,
Kan., and part of the 3rd Corps Sup-
The mortars hit "a living area where
they have their sleeping quarters," the
A Pentagon spokesman said that
some of those wounded returned to
duty shortly after the attack, while oth-
ers were hospitalized. The spokesman,
Lt. Col. James Cassella, said he did not
know how many were seriously or
Earlier yesterday, U.S. troops said
west of Baghdad, where enraged
neighbors said a married couple was
killed and their five children were
The neighbors insisted the couple
was innocent in an attack on the troops
that led them to shell the house.
"This is democracy? These corpses?"
Raad Majeed asked at the hospital, ges-
turing at the remains of the couple, on
gurneys covered with bloody sheets.
"It's a crime against humanity."
The 82nd Airborne Division said its
paratroopers acted after receiving "two
rounds of indirect fire" around 9 p.m.
"Paratroopers from our Task Force
engaged the point of origin with a
grenade launcher and small arms,
causing two personnel to flee into a
nearby building, which was also
engaged and destroyed," division
spokeswoman Capt. Tammy Galloway
said in a statement.
"The building was searched and no
weapons or personnel were found.
Upon questioning, civilians in the area
reported two dead personnel were taken
to a nearby hospital," the statement said.
Civilian deaths in the counterinsur-
gency campaign have enraged many
Iraqis at a time when the U.S.-led coali-
tion is trying to win popular support.
Yesterday, the coalition announced it
was freeing 506 of 12,800 prisoners in
Subpoenaed governor apologizes for lying
Gov. John Rowland asked the state for the chance "to earn back your trust" yes-
terday as he delivered a televised address that came amid growing pressure to
resign for accepting gifts at his summer cottage and lying about it.
Rowland again apologized for his actions, saying "I lied and there are no
excuses," but he insisted he never provided any favors or took any actions in
exchange for the gifts.
"Tonight, I humbly ask for a renewed opportunity to earn back your trust, to
redeem myself in your eyes and to continue to lead this state," Rowland said.
The three-term Republican, who was once considered a rising star in the
national party, said only he is to blame for a situation he described as "my own
"As you can imagine, I've had many sleepless nights over the past few weeks.
I've wrestled with John Rowland the governor and the mess I've created," said the
46-year-old, looking straight into the camera. "But I've also wrestled with John
Rowland the person."
o The speech is part of Rowland's strategy to talk to the public and to as many
legislators as possible about his acceptance of gifts for the renovation of the cot-
tage. The gifts ranged from gutters to a hot tub.
A relative of Ahmed Hassan, 36, and his wife Suham Omar, 28,
reacts yesterday as she walks through rubble of Hassan's home in
Fallujah, 30 miles west of Baghdad.
a goodwill gesture also aimed at
encouraging more Iraqis to come for-
ward with intelligence against anti-
Officials offered rewards for the
capture or information confirming the
deaths of 30 more wanted Iraqis, put-
ting bounties of $50,000 to $200,000
on their heads.
That is in addition to bounties for
the 13 remaining fugitives at large
from the original 55 most wanted
Iraqis whose pictures appeared on a
deck of cards.
There's a bounty of $10 million on
the head of the most wanted man since
Saddam Hussein's capture, Izzat
Ibrahim al-Douri, one of the ousted
dictator's chief lieutenants.
In Fallujah, neighbors said U.S. sol-
diers were on a routine search for sus-
pects and arms when they were fired
on. The paratroopers then fired at the
house of Ahmed Hassan Faroud.
M/issing passenger may be linked to al-Qaida
French authorities are searching for a passenger who failed to show up for an
Air France flight that was canceled because of security concerns on Christmas
Eve, France's justice minister said yesterday.
The man, who was ticketed for Air France flight 68 from Paris to Los Angeles
on Dec. 24, was believed to have trained in Afghanistan, have ties to al-Qaida and
carry a French passport, ABC television news reported, citing unidentified Amei-
The passenger also was feared to have been carrying a small bomb with compo-
nents that might get past airport security, ABC said.
In Washington, U.S. officials said the report that French authorities were seek-
ing a specific person with bomb components was incorrect, but they would not
French officials also would not comment on reported details of the man being
"I confirm that we are looking for someone, but I can't say more," Justice Min-
ister Dominique Perben said in an interview with RMC radio.
U.S. sky marshal laws draw European ire
LONDON (AP) - Fears of a new
airborne terrorist attack have brought
heightened tensions, grounded flights
- and created turbulence for U.S.-
Some European nations have balked
at the United States' tough new avia-
tion security measures, which include
armed guards on aircraft and preflight
scrutiny of passenger lists. Airlines, hit
by rising security demands, want gov-
ernments to handle part of the cost.
"There are tensions within Europe on
how to handle U.S. requests," said Philip
Butterworth-Hayes, editor of Jane's Air-
craft Components. "Politically, it's a
complete nightmare for Europe."
Since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks,
many airlines around the world have
acceded to U.S. requests, installing
bulletproof cockpit doors on aircraft
and agreeing to share passenger lists
with U.S. authorities.
But for some, the demand for armed
sky marshals on flights to the United
States was a step too far.
While a European Union-wide avia-
tion safety agency is being established,
each member country has been free to
take its own position on sky marshals.
The Irish government, which took
over the rotating presidency of the
European Union on Jan. 1, said yester-
day it was organizing a meeting of EU
aviation chiefs in Brussels, Belgium,
next week to discuss the U.S. request.
On Dec. 29, the U.S. Department of
Homeland Security announced that air-
lines would be required to place armed
law enforcement officers on flights to
the United States "where necessary."
The announcement came after U.S.
authorities raised their terrorism alert to
orange, the second-highest level, and
increased security surrounding interna-
tional flights. More than a dozen flights
to the United States on British Airways,
Aeromexico and Air France have been
canceled or delayed since New Year's
Eve because of security fears.
"We do not accept that is is necessary to
introduce armed officials on to aircraft."
- Conor Nolan
Director of safety, Irish Airline Pilots Association
British Transport Secretary Alistair
Darling called the deployment of sky
marshals "responsible and prudent"
and said passengers would have to get
used to increased security. France and
Germany, alongside nations such as
Canada and Australia, also agreed to
the U.S. request, with Germany saying
it has had sky marshals on some flights
for more than two years.
But civil aviation authorities in Den-
mark, Sweden, Finland and Portugal
all said they would not allow armed
marshals to fly and would instead can-
cel flights if there were a strong suspi-
cion of a planned attack.
Denmark's Transportation Minister,
Flemming Hansen, told the Politiken
newspaper that "putting armed guards
on passenger planes is the same as say-
ing that the terrorists have won"
Package tour operator Thomas
Cook, which operates charter flights
between London and Orlando, Fla.,
also said it would not accept sky mar-
shals, and pilot organizations in
Britain, Spain and other countries
expressed strong reservations.
"We do not accept that it is neces-
sary to introduce armed officials on to
aircraft," Conor Nolan, director of
safety for the Irish Airline Pilots Asso-
ciation, was quoted as saying by the
Irish Examiner newspaper.
Gunmen rob bus,
kill American tourist
Gunmen stopped a bus carrying 13
American tourists in southwestern
Guatemala yesterday, killing one pas-
senger during a robbery, police said.
Five attackers in a pickup intercepted
the bus near Colomba, 125 miles south-
west of the capital, Guatemala City, as
it traveled from the mountain city of
Quetzaltenango to the Mexican border.
The men forced the bus off the road
and fired their automatic weapons as
they climbed aboard, said Jose Boch, a
spokesman for police in Retalhuleu, the
largest city close to where the attack
Brett Richard, 52, of Rose, Utah, was
fatally wounded by a gunshot to the
chest, he said. The Guatemalan driver,
whose name was not released, was hit
in the right ankle. There were no other
reports of injury. The assailants robbed
everyone on board the bus before
speeding away, Boch said.
ready when a Democratic challenger
emerges from the primaries, his cafi-
paign said yesterday.
Bush raised a record $130.8 million
before expenses last year, most of that
thanks to a vast network of business
executives, lobbyists, attorneys and
other volunteer campaign fund-raisers
who gather at least $100,000 pr
$200,000 in donations to become Bush
"pioneers" or "rangers."
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walking the streets in at least four
major U.S. cities, using high-tech
equipment hidden in briefcases and
golf bags to hunt for radiological
"dirty" bombs and other weapons ter-
rorists might use.
The Energy Department's 'Nuclar
Incident Response Teams were
deployed to Las Vegas, Los Angeles,
New York and Washington last month,
when the nation's terror alert status was
upgraded to orange, or high alert,
according tothree government officials
who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The officials said those cities were
chosen because they were considered at
"high threat" for attacks.
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JERUSALEM (AP) - In a sign of a
possible thaw between longtime
Mideast enemies, Israeli and Libyan
officials reportedly held secret contacts
in Europe last month, and an Israeli
legislator said he met several months
ago with Libyan leader Moammar
The reports come as Gadhafi tries to
remake his image after years as an
Both countries played down the
reports. Libya denied the meetings
took place, while circumspect Israeli
officials said only that diplomatic rela-
tions are a "long way" off.
Gadhafi was once one of Israel's
harshest critics in the Arab world, at
one point hosting military bases for
radical Palestinian groups. In the mid-
1990s, Libya expelled thousands of
Palestinians in protest after Yasser
Arafat entered peace talks with Israel.
But in recent years, Gadhafi has
toned down his anti-Israel rhetoric as
part of a larger effort to rehabilitate his
Last year, Libya agreed to compensate
families of the victims of the 1988 Pan
Am 103 bombing over Lockerbie, Scot-
land, and to take responsibility for the
actions of Libyan officials in the bomb-
ing. The United Nations subsequently
ended years of sanctions against Libya.
Gadhafi last month abruptly
renounced efforts to build weapons of
mass destruction and opened his coun-
try's weapons-production facilities to
That move was widely seen as a
response to the U.S.-led victory in Iraq.
Still, Libya continues to be on the
State Department's list of terrorism
sponsors, and U.S. sanctions against
Libya remain in place.
Those sanctions, first imposed in
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