2A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, April 15, 2004
Troops to stay in Iraq longer
than previously promised
WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 10,000
American soldiers who were to return this
month to home bases in Louisiana and Ger-
many will have their tour in Iraq extended at
least three months to help combat the surge in
anti-occupation violence, defense officials
The decision, which has not been
announced publicly, breaks the Army's prom-
ise to soldiers and their families that assign-
ments in Iraq would be limited to 12 months.
The affected soldiers already have been in
Iraq for a year.
Welcome-home ceremonies at Fort Polk, La.,
scheduled for this month, have been canceled. In
Baumholder, Germany, some soldiers' families have
stopped marking the days off the calendar.
The top U.S. commander for the Middle East,
Gen. John Abizaid, decided that the increase in
violence was so threatening that he needed to
have the extra firepower, officials say.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was
fine-tuning the new plan yesterday; his
AP PHOTO spokesmen declined to discuss details. They
said it was possible that Rumsfeld would
mpany, make it public today.
The tour extensions come at a particularly deli-
cate moment. At least 87 troops have been killed
in April, the deadliest month since they set foot in
Iraq in March 2003. The number of wounded also
The advantage of keeping soldiers of the
1st Armored Division and the 2nd Armored
Cavalry Regiment in Iraq for an extra three
months - rather than bringing in an equiva-
lent number from elsewhere - is that these
soldiers have unmatched combat experience
The Army is so stretched by its commitments
in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Balkans and elsewhere
that it has few, if any, forces immediately avail-
able to substitute in Iraq for the 1st Armored or
2nd Armored Cavalry.
Also, these units have been heavily involved in
one of the most important U.S. military missions
there: training thousands of Iraqi security forces.
Those Iraqi army and civil defense corps mem-
bers are central to the Pentagon's plan for eventu-
ally turning over military control to the Iraqis and
pulling out U.S. troops.
Abizaid had planned, as part of the current
rotation of fresh forces into Iraq, to reduce the
U.S. troop presence from about 135,000 to
NEWS IN BRIEF .
Cheney urges China to pressure N. Korea
Vice President Dick Cheney sought yesterday to prod China to apply more
pressure on North Korea to abandon its nuclear program, citing new evidence that
it has atomic weapons.
He also told China he understands its opposition to U.S. arms sales to Taiwan,
but that they are directly related to China's own buildup, said a senior administra-
tion official who briefed reporters on Cheney's talks.
Cheney also expressed U.S. concern about China's recent steps to restrict self-
government in Hong Kong, suggesting it might also have a bearing on the Taiwan
issue, the official said.
China's treatment of the people of Hong Kong might serve as a bellwether for
the people of Taiwan as they consider the "one state, two systems" policy that
China applies to Hong Kong.
Cheney met separately yesterday with Chinese President Hu Jintao, his
predecessor Jiang Zemin and Premier Wen Jiabao. The vice president later
flew to Shanghai, the latest stop on a weeklong Asia trip that will also take
him to South Korea.
Tenet: 5 years needed to combat al-Qaida
The CIA intelligence-gathering flaws exposed by the Sept. 11 attacks will take five
years to correct, agency Director George Tenet said yesterday. The chairman of the
commission investigating the 2001 hijackings called the time frame frightening.
The panel released statements harshly criticizing the CIA for failing to fully appre-
ciate the threat posed by al-Qaida before Sept. 11 and questioning the progress of
what commissioners say are the FBI's badly needed reorganization efforts.
Tenet, appearing before the commission for the second time in three weeks, said
that in the 1990s the CIA lost 25 percent of its personnel, was not hiring new ana-
lysts and faced disarray in its training of clandestine officers who work overseas to
penetrate terror cells and recruit secret informants.
Although strides have been made since the attacks, Tenet said it would take five
more years to "have the kind of clandestine service our country needs." The
National Security Agency, which handles electronic surveillance, and U.S. map-
ping and analytic intelligence agencies also need time and sustained funding to
improve, he said.
Sgt. Jeff Hardy of Colorado Springs, Colorado, carries
sandbags to a house roof as he and Marines of Fox Co
2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, fortify the area.
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favoring of Sharon and a slight to
the Palestinians. Palestinian lead-
ers had previously said they had
been assured by the Bush adminis-
tration that they would be consult-
ed before any Bush endorsement of
Bush urged the Palestinians to
match Israel's "boldness and courage."
Specifically, Bush said a final peace
deal should call for Palestinian
refugees to be settled in a Palestinian
state, not in Israel.
Bush said the "realities on the Bush's support, which the Israeli
ground and in the region have
changed greatly" and should be
reflected in any final peace deal - a
key concession, sought by Sharon, to
the fact that Israel has large groups of
settlers in the West Bank.
Sharon said he was encouraged by
leader had sought as a way to boost
his own party's support. The Israeli
leader said his "disengagement"
plan would improve Israel's security
and economy, and set the right con-
ditions for negotiations with the
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa
S. Africa voters favor
incumbents to win
An elderly woman wrapped in the
colors of the governing African Nation-
al Congress spoke for millions who
lined up yesterday to vote in South
Africa's third all-race national election.
"The ANC held our hand and brought
us through hell," said Noluthando Nok-
wando, a 66-year-old woman from the
squalid Cape Town township of Khayelit-
sha. "We can give them a chance - and
our respect - for another five years."
Despite lingering poverty, high unem-
ployment and an AIDS crisis, a debt of
gratitude to the party that toppled
apartheid a decade ago still holds sway in
South Africa. The ANC has improved
living conditions and the economy, but
above all, it has presided over a peaceful
transition to majority rule that many once
In scenes reminiscent of the historic
1994 vote that ended apartheid, long
lines formed outside polling stations.
Student ch g d in
false abduction claim
Audrey Seiler, the University of
Wisconsin sophomore accused of stag-
ing her own disappearance last month,
was charged yesterday with two misde-
meanor counts of obstructing officers.
Each charge carries a jail sentence up
to nine months and a maximum fine of
$10,000. Dane County District Attorney
Brian Blanchard filed the 16-page crimi-
nal complaint two weeks after Seiler, 20,
was discovered in a marshy area within a
mile of her campus apartment, when she
told police a man with a knife and a gun
was in the area. She was reported miss-
ing March 27 and found March 31.
When officers attempted to assist
Seiler to her feet she said "I can't leave
the woods - a bad man will kill me,"
according to the complaint.
Better tech leads to
fewer multiple births
A worrisome national surge in multi-
ple births linked to test-tube technology
is easing, largely because doctors implant
fewer embryos in each attempt to make a
woman pregnant, a study suggests.
Doctors routinely place several
embryos in the womb at once to
improve the odds of producinga baby.
Technical advances and the advent of
professional guidelines appear to have
led to more sparing use of embryos, the
study's researchers reported in today's
New England Journal of Medicine.
The findings are likely to stoke the
debate over whether the government
should put a cap on the number of
embryos that can be used for each try.
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