2A -The Michigan Daily - Monday, October 25, 2004
Insurgents slaughter 50
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - In one of
their boldest and most brutal attacks yet,
insurgents waylaid three minibuses car-
rying U.S.-trained Iraqi soldiers heading
home on leave and massacred about 50 of
them - many of them shot in the head
execution-style, officials said yesterday.
A claim of responsibility posted on an
Islamist Web site attributed the attack to
followers of Jordanian-born terror master-
mind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
The killing of so many Iraqi soldiers
- unarmed and in civilian clothes - in
such an apparently sure-footed operation
reinforced American and Iraqi suspicions
that the country's security services have
been infiltrated by insurgents.
Also yesterday, a U.S. diplomat was
killed when a rebel's rocket or mortar shell
crashed into the trailer where he slept, the
U. S. Embassy announced.
Edward Seitz, an agent with the State
Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Secu-
rity, was killed at about 5 a.m. at Camp
Victory, the main U.S. base near Bagh-
dad International Airport, said embassy
spokesman Bob Callahan.
Seitz, a longtime State Department
investigator who served in Detroit before
heading to Baghdad, is believed to be the
first U.S. diplomat killed in Iraq since
Operation Iraqi Freedom began in March
2003, an embassy spokesman said on con-
dition of anonymity.
The unarmed Iraqi soldiers killed yes-
terday were on their way home after com-
pleting a training course at the Kirkush
military camp northeast of Baghdad when
their buses were stopped Saturday evening
by rebels near the Iranian border about 95
miles east of Baghdad, Interior Ministry'
spokesman Adnan Abdul-Rahman said.
Some accounts by police said the rebels
KABUL~, Afghanistan .
Karzai locks up first presidential election E
Hamid Karzai clinched a majority of the votes cast in Afghanistan's first presi-
dential election, near-complete results showed yesterday, leaving him all but certain
of becoming his war-wrecked nation's first democratically elected leader.
His chief rival, former Education Minister Yunus Qanooni, announced he was
willing to accept the election result, but only if irregularities in the vote were
acknowledged by a panel of foreign investigators.
"For the national interest and so the country does not go into crisis, we will respect
the result of the election," said Syed Hamid Noori, spokesman for Qanooni. "But we
also want the fraud to be made clear."
By Sunday evening, Karzai had received 4,240,041 votes, more than half of the
estimated 8,129,935 valid votes cast in the Oct.9 ballot, the joint U.N.-Afghan elec-
toral board said. That means that even if all the remaining estimated votes went to
other candidates, Karzai would still have more than the 50 percent necessary to
avoid a runoff. With 7,666,529 valid votes - or 94.3 percent of the total - counted,
Karzai had received 55.3 percent, 39 percentage points ahead of Qanooni.
Karzai's campaign spokesman said Sunday's figures confirmed optimism that the
interim leader would triumph when the final results are released in the next few days.
Research finds home Internet access insecure
Soldiers of the Iraqi National Guard stand by the bodies of fellow Iraqi soldiers in Mendeli, north-east of Baquba,
Iraq, yesterday. The bodies of about 50 Iraqi soldiers were found In eastern Iraq, the victims of an ambush.
were dressed in Iraqi military uniforms.
There was confusion over precise figures,
although the Iraqi National Guard said 48
troops and three drivers were killed.
Abdul-Rahman said 37 bodies were
found yesterday on the ground with their
hands behind their backs, shot in the head
execution-style. Twelve others were found
in a burned bus, he said. Some officials
quoted witnesses as saying insurgents
fired rocket-propelled grenades at one
bus. "After inspection, we found out that
they were shot after being ordered to lay
down on the earth," Gen. Walid al-Azza-
wi, commander of the Diyala provincial
police, said, adding that the bodies were
laid out in four rows, with 12 bodies in
In a website posting, the al-Qaida in
Iraq, formerly known as Tawhid and Jihad,
claimed responsibility for the ambush,
saying "God enabled the Mujahedeen to
kill all" the soldiers and "seize two cars
Army OKs HallCburton probe
Internet users at home are not nearly as safe online as they believe, according
to a nationwide inspection by researchers. They found most consumers have no
firewall protection, outdated antivirus software and dozens of spyware programs
secretly running on their computers.
One beleaguered home user in the government-backed study had more than
1,000 spyware programs running on his sluggish computer when researchers
Bill Mines, a personal trainer in South Riding, Va. , did not fare much bet-
ter. His family's three-year-old Dell computer was found infected with viruses
and more than 600 pieces of spyware surreptitiously monitoring his online
"I was blown away," Mines said. "I had a lot of viruses and other things I didn't
know about. I had no idea things like this could happen."
With increasingly sophisticated threats from hackers, viruses, spam e-mails
and spyware, trouble is finding computer users no matter how cautiously they
JER USA LEM
Cabinet OKs Gaza settlers compensation plan
Israel's Cabinet approved a compensation plan yesterday for settlers who will
be uprooted by Ariel Sharon's plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and part of
the West Bank, handing the prime minister an important victory two days before a
showdown in parliament over the pullout.
Meanwhile, a team of Tunisian doctors examined Palestinian leader Yasser Ara-
fat - who is recovering from the flu - and pronounced him "OK," Sunday despite
speculation he might be suffering something more serious.
In southern Gaza, Israeli aircraft and tanks launched a series of strikes in the
Khan Younis refugee camp late yesterday and early today that killed five Palestin-
ians and wounded 23 others. Violence in Gaza has increased in the months since
Sharon announced his "unilateral disengagement" plan to pull out of Gaza and four
West Bank settlements next year.
The Cabinet approved compensation program, which passed in a 13-6 vote, is a key
part of Sharon's withdrawal plan. The victory gave Sharon important momentum in
the run-up to a Knesset vote tomorrow for the first time on the entire withdrawal plan.
Massive earthquakes injure thousands in Japan
Tens of thousands of Japanese huddled in emergency shelters yesterday after
a series of earthquakes in northern Japan flattened homes, toppled bridges and
derailed trains, killing at least 21 people and injuring as many as 2,000. Eight
people were believed missing.
A 6.8-magnitude quake rocked the largely rural Niigata prefecture Saturday
evening, rattling buildings as far away as the Japanese capitalt Several-strong
quakes followed through the night, and aftershocks continued to jolt the area
The Japanese government said 21 people were killed and 1,217 were injured,
while public broadcaster NHK, citing hospital data, said 21 people were killed
and more than 2,000 were injured. The dead included five children, the youngest
a 2-month-old infant.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Army has agreed
to a Pentagon investigation into claims by a top con-
tracting official that a Halliburton subsidiary unfair-
ly won no-bid contracts worth billions of dollars for
work in Iraq and the Balkans, according to Army
documents obtained yesterday.
The complaint alleges that the award of contracts
without competition to restore Iraq's oil industry and
to supply and feed U.S. troops in the Balkans puts at
risk "the integrity of the federal contracting program
as it relates to a major defense contractor."
It also asks protection from retaliation for the
whistle-blower, Bunnantine Greenhouse, chief
contracting officer of the Army Corps of Engi-
In a letter to Greenhouse's lawyer, an Army attor-
ney said the matter is being referred to the Defense
Department's inspector general for "review and
action, as appropriate." It also said the Corps had
been ordered to "suspend any adverse personnel
action" against Greenhouse "until a sufficient record
is available to address the specific matters" in her
Copies of the letter and complaints, documents
which were provided to some members of Congress,
were obtained yesterday by The Associated Press.
Halliburton spokeswoman Wendy Hall said from
Houston, where the company is headquartered,
"KBR doesn't have any information on what Bunny
Greenhouse may or may not have said to other Pen-
tagon officials in early 2003. Certainly we can't
address any threatened legal action she may be con-
sidering against her employer."
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lack of attention from Kerry, minori-
ties are fed up with the Bush admin-
istration. Bush's attempts to force
soldiers, many of whom are minori-
ties, to stay in Iraq while at the same
he tries to abolish race-conscious pol-
icies in schools have all but enraged
many minorities, he added.
Moreover, Bush's policies are so
radical they even defy Republican
rhetoric, alienating minority voters,
"People will vote for Kerry because
they are tired of Bush. Bush is doing
a terrible job, and minorities are rec-
ognizing that," he added.
A representative of the Bush cam-
paign at the event refused to speak on
But to Esha Krishnaswamy, co-coordi-
nator of Students for Nader, both Bush and
Kerry underplay minority issues and offer
no constructive plans to elevate the lower
socio-economic standing of blacks and
Hispanics. Neither of the two candidates
plan to create free health care or make
colleges free for all Americans, which is
desperately needed because 40 million
Americans live at the poverty level, she
said. "Kerry says he'll ease the college
tuition rates, but Nader believes everyone
should go to college."
LSA sophomore Bridget Maelin said the
contrasting viewpoints effectively focused
on the different sides to the issues.- ' think
without this, people would have voted
without knowing much of anything about
the issues,"she said.
The sorority Delta Sigma Theta
also sponsored the event.
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