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Tensions remain high in Fallujah NEWS IN BRIEF
FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) - A U.S. Near Fallujah yesterday, insur- ance in a city that is home to militant tractors were already dead. WASHINGTON
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general vowed an overwhelming
response to the murder and mutilation
of four American contractors, but U.S.
troops stayed out of this anti-American
city yesterday and fearful Iraqi police
took no action.
Residents said they were ready to
take on the Americans if they try to
enter Fallujah, where schools and
shops remained open a day after
insurgents ambushed the contractors'
SUVs and mobs strung up two of
their charred corpses on an iron
bridge spanning the Euphrates River.
"We wish that they would try to
enter Fallujah so we'd let hell break
loose," Ahmed al-Dulaimi said. "We
will not let any foreigner enter Fallu-
jah," Sameer Sami said. "Yesterday's
attack is proof of how much we hate
gents set off a bomb beside a U.S.
military patrol, wounding three
troops. Associated Press Television
News footage showed smoke and
fire pouring from an abandoned
Humvee on the side of a road.
In Ramadi, west of Fallujah, six
Iraqi civilians died and four were
wounded Wednesday evening in a
car bombing at a market, said Lt.
Col. Steve Murray, a coalition
Also yesterday, two explosions near
a U.S.-escorted fuel convoy in Bagh-
dad wounded at least one Iraqi. APTN
footage showed U.S. soldiers putting a
wounded person on a stretcher in an
U.S. troops stayed out of Fallujah
yesterday despite pledges from a mili-
tary commander to stamp out resist-
forces who appear to enjoy the support
- or at least acquiescence - of a sig-
nificant part of the population. The
city was a stronghold of support for
Saddam Hussein, who was ousted in
the invasion a year ago.
"We will pacify that city. ... It will
be at the time and place of our choos-
ing," Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt said,
pledging to hunt down those who car-
ried out Wednesday's killings, which
were reminiscent of the televised abuse
of the corpses of American soldiers in
Somalia in 1993.
Kimmitt promised a response that
will be "deliberate" and "overwhelm-
ing," and said troops didn't respond at
the time for fear of ambushes or that
the insurgents might use civilians as
human shields. He also said U.S.
forces took into account that the con-
"We are not going to do a pell-mell
rush into the city," he said. "A pre-
emptive attack into the city could
have taken a bad situation and made it
Fallujah, 35 miles west of Baghdad,
has been the scene of some of the
worst violence since the beginning of
the U.S.-led occupation a year ago.
Last month, U.S. Marines took over
authority of Fallujah and surrounding
areas from the 82nd Airborne Division
and conducted patrols that led to fierce
firefights in the city.
The Marines enter Fallujah only on
days when they conduct a military
operation in the city. The Marines were
apparently not in Fallujah on Wednes-
day when mobs dragged the mutilated
and burned bodies of the four Ameri-
cans through the streets.
Congress continues debate over tax cuts
Republicans conceded yesterday they would not resolve their dispute over limit-
ing future tax cuts until after Congress' spring recess, abandoning hopes of finishing
a $2.4 trillion budget this week. Lawmakers return to work later this month.
"We're on ice," said House Budget Committee Chairman Jim Nussle, (R-Iowa.)
A leading potential compromise would restrict tax cuts but exempt some expected
to be enacted this year, said several participants speaking on condition of
anonymity. It also seemed likely that constraints would last for less than the five
years the Senate has approved. Details of both issues remained unresolved.
Should a bargain along those lines be struck, it would mark a retreat by the
White House and by GOP leaders who run the House and Senate. They have
insisted against constraining tax reductions, which are the leading element of
President Bush's strategy for strengthening the economy.
"Philosophically we're opposed to limiting tax cuts," with the restrictions the
Senate approved last month, House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) said in a
brief interview. "But we're going to have to do the art of the possible, what's
possible with the Senate."
List names nations with unfair trade policies
The Bush administration cited 55 countries yesterday, from Angola to Vietnam, in
its annual review of nations that have the worst trade barriers faced by U.S. exporters.
The report, which also named three trading groups, is intended to guide
the administration negotiating strategy in the coming year in attacking bar-
riers that are causing the greatest harm to U.S. companies.
If direct talks with a country do not produce results, then the administra-
tion can bring a case against the country before international regulators
with the World Trade Organization.
A group of House Democrats yesterday sent a letter to President Bush, urging
the administration to begin negotiations with five key trading partners - China,
the European Union, Japan, South Korea and India - over such issues such as
Japanese and South Korean barriers to American cars and auto parts and Euro-
pean subsidies to airplane-maker Airbus.
The Democrats complained that the Bush administration has failed to aggres-
sively pursue unfair trade cases with other countries.
Bush signs bill
WASHINGTON (AP) - Accompa-
nied by grieving families, President Bush
yesterday signed into law new protec-
tions for the unborn that for the first time
make it a separate federal crime to harm
a fetus during an assault on the mother.
"If the crime is murder and the
unborn child's life ends, justice
demands a full accounting under the
law," Bush said before signing the
measure, a major priority for many of
the president's most loyal political sup-
porters. "The suffering of two victims
can never equal only one offense."
Abortion-rights proponents, mean-
while, called the measure an assault on
reproductive freedom because it repre-
sents the first recognition of federal
legal rights for an embryo or fetus as a
person separate from the woman.
An exuberant audience of abortion
foes cheered the president during his
remarks, while a few of the family
members who shared the East Room
stage wiped away tears. Included in the
group were the mother and stepfather
of California murder victim Laci Peter-
son, who was eight months pregnant
when she died in December 2002 in a
highly publicized case.
Bush devoted a large share of his
speech to the loss of "a beautiful
young woman who was joyfully await-
ing the arrival of a new son." Peterson's
mother, Sharon Rocha, and stepfather,
Ron Grantski, looked on.
"All who knew Laci Peterson have
mourned two deaths. And the law can-
not look away and pretend there was
just one," Bush said.
President Bush, seated center, signs the Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2004
during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House yesterday. Among the
many people with him are several members of Congress and abortion opponents.
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Dems working hard
to raise new money
The Democratic Party finds itself in
its most confident and comfortable
financial position in years, though it still
trails Republicans in almost every fund-
raising category. The Democrats' efforts
to whittle away at the GOP's spending
advantage has been aided by presidential
nominee-to-be John Kerry's decision to
skip public financing and its spending
limits, anti-Bush sentiment over the Iraq
war, elimination of the party's debt, the
formation of outside Democratic fund-
raising groups and Howard Dean's Inter-
net fund-raising explosion.
"Everywhere I go I'll talk to people
and they really feel we have a chance,"
said Tony Coelho, a Democratic strate-
gist and Al Gore's campaign chairman
in 2000. "They're going to have $200
million or more. But I think as long as
we're around $100 million we'll be
competitive, we'll get our message out."
Fifty terror suspects
arrested in Europe
A sweep against a militant Turkish
group netted more than 50 suspects in
three European countries yesterday in
what experts said could be the fruit of
increased security cooperation before the
The suspects were picked up in
Turkey, Italy and Belgium after security
forces there and in Germany and the
Netherlands launched raids against hous-
es used by the Revolutionary People's
Liberation Party-Front, or DHKP-C, a
Marxist group that calls for the over-
throw of the Turkish government.
Turkey has been pressing Europe to
crack down on the DHKP-C and other
groups, and the Europeans want Turkey
to seal its porous borders so that Islam-
ic militants do not sneak into their
blamed on al-Qaida
A woman detonated a bomb yes-
terday in central Uzbekistan, killing
one person and critically injuring
herself, and the government for the
first time said al-Qaida was behind
this week's attacks that left at least 44
dead, mostly alleged militants.
Ilya Pyagay, the Interior Ministry's
deputy anti-terrorism chief, told The
Associated Press that.those behindthe
unrest, including some fugitives, were
followers of the strict Wahhabi strain of
Islam believed to have inspired Osama
"These are Wahhabis who belong to
one of the branches of the international
al-Qaida terror group,"he said.
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