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2 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 15, 2004


Escalation in Baghdad

Blood and burnt pieces of clothes lie strewn around after a massive explosion outside a police station at the end of Haifa Street in Baghdad, Iraq, yes-
terday. At least 32 people were killed and dozens wounded.
Dozens left dead in car bombing, shooting by militants

Gov't: Antidepressants need warnings
Antidepressants should come with the nation's strongest warning - in
a black box on the label - that they can sometimes spur suicidal behavior
in children and teenagers, the government's scientific advisers decided
It's a rare risk, and therefore families need detailed information on how
to balance that concern with the need to treat depression, which itself can
lead to suicide, cautioned advisers to the Food and Drug Administra-
So antidepressants prescribed to minors also should come with an easy-
to-read pamphlet that explains how to decide if the child is an appropri-
ate candidate for the drug and what are the warning signs of suicide, the
panel concluded.
Also, FDA should consider the extra step of making parents sign a
form, saying that they understand the risks before the child receives the
first pill.
Israel to pay Jewish settlers to leave homes
Israeli Cabinet ministers approved cash advances yesterday of up to
$115,000 to Jewish settlers willing to leave their homes in the Gaza Strip ,
and West Bank - the first concrete step toward carrying out Prime Min-
ister Ariel Sharon's contentious pullout plan.
In a sign of growing tensions, Israeli police said Sharon and an official
planning the withdrawal have been the targets of death threats by Jewish
Israeli security officials have repeatedly voiced concerns that opposition
to Sharon could turn violent. Yesterday's statement by Jerusalem police
commander Ilan Franco marked the first time a senior security official has
publicly issued such a warning.
Sharon wants to pull out of all 21 Gaza settlements and four small ones
in the West Bank in 2005, removing 8,500 settlers from their homes. After
four years of conflict with the Palestinians, Sharon says the moves are
needed to improve security and pre-empt new international peace plans.
Gulf Coast es for blast from hurricane
Frightened residents of the Gulf Coast from Florida's Panhandle to
Louisiana's bayous boarded up windows, packed and hit the road yes-
terday as Hurricane Ivan charged in their direction. Schools and coastal
casinos were ordered closed and more than I million people were urged
to evacuate the vulnerable New Orleans area.
A hurricane watch was posted for a 420-mile-long swath from St. Marks
in the Florida Panhandle, just south of Tallahassee, to New Orleans and 0
Morgan City, La. Authorities ordered or strongly urged residents and
tourists to evacuate coastal areas of the Florida Panhandle, Alabama,
Mississippi and Louisiana. Schools were closed in New Orleans and parts
of Florida, Mississippi and Alabama, and some areas started opening
Man charged in terrorism of Russian school
Russian prosecutors charged a Chechen man with terrorism and murder in the
deadly hostage-taking at a school in southern Russia, the Interfax news agency report-
ed yesterday.
The man, identified as Nurpashi Kulayev, was charged with nine counts, including
kidnapping and banditry, General Prosecutor Vladimir Ustinov was quoted as telling
The three-day siege in Beslan in Russia's North Ossetia region ended in chaos that
left 330 people dead, including 171 children, Ustinov said.
Kulayev was detained by authorities and he was later shown on Russian state televi-
sion looking frightened as he was manhandled by masked law enforcement officers.
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BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Guerrillas bombed
a Baghdad shopping street full of police recruits
and fired on a police van north of the capital yes-
terday in attacks that killed at least 59 people and
struck at the heart of the U.S. strategy for fight-
ing Iraq's escalating insurgency.
The car bombing and shooting - the latest
in violence that has killed nearly 150 people in
three days - were part of an increasingly brazen
and coordinated campaign to bring the battle to
Baghdad, sowing chaos in the center of-authority
for Prime Minister Ayad Allawi and his Ameri-
can allies.
Insurgents appear to have only grown deadlier
since Allawi's interim government took power in
June, despite U.S. claims that Iraqi security forc-
es are showing more resolve against insurgents.
The mounting attacks aim to wreck the cen-
terpiece of the U.S. plan for defeating the mili-
tants: building a strong Iraqi security force able
to bring some calm before elections slated for
Doing so is also a key prerequisite for any
wthdrawal of American troops.
The Tawhid and Jihad group, headed by Jor-
danian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, posted a

statement online claiming responsibility for yes-
terday's car bombing. The al-Qaida-linked group
launched a surprise assault in Baghdad on Sun-
day, killing dozens, and boasted it had the upper
hand in the fight against the Americans.
Last night, another loud explosion rocked Bagh-
dad near the Green Zone, where Iraq's interim
government and the U.S. Embassy are located.
There was no immediate word on the cause.
The morning car bombing was the deadliest
single attack in Baghdad in six months, wreck-
ing buildings and cars on central Haifa Street,
leaving charred bodies and hurling body parts,
shoes and debris into nearby trees and homes.
The blast ripped through stores where Iraqis
were shopping and cafes where men applying for
the police force were sipping tea and escaping
the summer heat as they waited their turn to sign
up at the nearby western Baghdad police head-
The 47 dead included would-be police recruits
and civilians. At least 114 people were wounded,
Health Ministry spokesman Saad Al-Amili said.
In Baqouba,- northeast of the capital, gun-.
men in two cars opened fire yesterday on a van
carrying policemen, killing 11 officers and a


ian, said Qaisar Hamid of Baqouba General
so yesterday, clashes between U.S. troops
nsurgents killed at least eight civilians and
ided 18 in Ramadi, a predominantly Sunni
im city west of the capital where anti-Amer-
sentiments are high.
[e military said yesterday that three Ameri-
soldiers were killed and eight wounded in
rate attacks in Iraq in the past 24 hours.
rther highlighting the chaotic situation,
ricity was knocked out across the country
i saboteurs blew up an oil pipeline junctionj
>rthern Iraq, sparking a fire that set off a
1 reaction in power generation systems.
Cairo, the head of the Arab League warned
"the gates of hell are open in Iraq and the
tion is getting more complicated and tense."
Moussa appealed to Arab countries "to help
to overcome this crisis."
spite the violence, U.S. and Iraqi forces
ed two successes in recent days. U.S. troops
rday ended their siege of the northwest city
il Afar, saying they had cleared it of mili-
after 12 days of fighting that killed dozens
chief vows
Tto rema
WASHINGTON (AP) - President
Bush's nominee to head the CIA prom-
ised yesterday to shed his political past and
provide precise, objective and independent
intelligence to the president and Congress.
But he also cautioned it may take longer
than the past CIA director's estimate to
hire and train all the operatives needed
worldwide to combat terrorism and other
"I have made a commitment to non-
partisanship," retiring Rep. Porter Goss
(R-Fla.) told the Senate Intelligence Com-
mittee at his confirmation hearing. He con-
ceded that during his 16 years in Congress
he may "at times" have engaged in debate
with too much vigor.
"Rest assured, however, I understand
completely the difference in obligations
the position of (director of central intel-
ligence) carries with it and that which the
role of a congressman carries," said Goss,
who formerly chaired the House Intelli-
gence Committee.
If confirmed, Goss would take over
the agency just months after the CIA's
last director, George Tenet, shocked
some on the Sept. 11 commission by
saying it would take five years to install
the kind of clandestine service needed to
deal with international terrorism. Tenet
blamed the situation on tight budgets
after the Cold War. Goss, however, said
yesterday it would take more than five
years to train and place all the clandes-
tine operatives the CIA needs. "I don't
believe five is enough," Goss said. "It's
a long build-out, a long haul. It's been
In his testimony, Goss also outlined
a series of commonly cited priorities
for the U.S. intelligence community,
including improving human intel-
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