2 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 8, 2004
Death tollin Iraq
NEWS IN BRIEF
FORT PIERCE, Fla.
Woes rise as Fla. residents head home
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - U.S. mili-
tary deaths in the Iraq campaign passed
1,000 yesterday, an Associated Press
tally showed, as U.S. forces renewed
clashes with insurgents loyal to Shiite
cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in the Baghdad
slum of Sadr City yesterday.
The count of 1,002 includes 999 U.S.
troops and three civilians, two working
for the U.S. Army and one for the Air
The tally was compiled by the AP
based on Pentagon records and AP
reporting from Iraq.
It includes deaths from hostile and
non-hostile causes since President Bush
launched the Iraq campaign in March
2003 to topple the regime of Saddam
The grim milestone was surpassed
after a spike in fighting, which has
killed 16 American service members
in the past two lays. Two soldiers died
in clashes yesterday with militiamen
loyal to rebel Shiite cleric Muqtada al-
Five other Americans died yesterday
in separate attacks, mostly in the Bagh-
Seven Marines were killed Monday
in a suicide car bombing north of Fal-
lujah. Two soldiers were killed in a mor-
tar attack Sunday.
West of the capital, U.S. warplanes
swooped low over Fallujah yesterday in
airstrikes after seven Marines and three
Iraqi soldiers were killed the day before
in a car-bombing near the Sunni insur-
A group linked to Jordanian-born
militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi - Taw-
hid and Jihad -.-. posted a statement on a
militant Web site claiming responsibili-
ty for the attack, describing it as "a mar-
tyr operation ... that targeted American
soldiers and their mercenary apostate
collaborators from the Iraqi army."
During a news conference at the
Pentagon, Defense Secretary Donald
Rumsfeld anticipated the tally would
soon surpass 1,000 and sought to play
down the milestone.
"When combined with U.S. losses in
other theaters in the global war on ter-
ror, we have lost well more than a thou-
sand already," he said.
Rumsfeld said the United States and
its allies would not be swayed. Those
who believe deaths would be a deter-
rent, he said, "underestimated our coun-
try, our coalition. They have failed to
understand the character of our people.
Thousands of residents desperate to return home after fleeing Hurricane Fran-
ces ignored Florida's plea to stay put yesterday, jamming highways, delaying
emergency workers and causing tempers to flare in the sticky heat.
One man was so desperate for ice that he shot the lock off a freezer. Fights broke
out in some places. Drivers waited for hours to fill up their gas tanks. More than
1,000 cars coiled around several blocks in Stuart as a distribution center watched
over by National Guardsmen offered water, ice and ready-to-eat meals.
"Everyone's hot, everyone's sweating so much at night that nobody can sleep.
Everyone's tossing and turning. The kids keep crying. I can't take no more of
this. Nobody can take this," said Maria Sanchez. 26, who waited more than 90
minutes with her four children to get supplies in Stuart, about 35 miles north of
West Palm Beach.
While many began removing debris, clearing downed trees and mopping
up the water in their homes, weary Floridians looked over their shoulder at
another hurricane several days away in the Atlantic. Ivan could become the
third hurricane to hit the state this year, though it was too soon to determine
the storm's exact path.
Mustafa Hamid is carried to a hospital by his father after sustaining Inju-
ries in a U.S. offensive at Sadr City in Baghdad, Iraq, yesterday.
And they certainly misread our com-
mander in chief."
Democrat presidential candidate Sen.
John Kerry issued a statement saying
the United States joined the friends and
family of those who (lied in mourning
"Today marks a tragic milestone in
the war in Iraq. More than one thousand
of Americas sons and daughters have
made the ultimate sacrifice. Our nation
honors their service and joins with their
families and loved ones in mourning
their loss," Kerry said.
"We must never forget the price they
have paid. And we must meet our sacred
obligation to all our troops to do all we
can to make the right decisions in Iraq
so that we can bring them home as soon
Afghan election campaign kicks off
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP)
Afghanistan's historic election cam-
paign got under way yesterday, pitting
17 hopefuls against interim leader
Hamid Karzai in the race to become
the impoverished country's first popu-
larly elected president.
The U.S.-backed incumbent inaugu-
rated a rare new factory and promised
to help Afghans out of poverty, while
the lone female challenger wowed wid-
ows with a tirade against warlords.
But the danger that violence could
mar a contest supposed to cement the
country's recovery since the ouster of
the ruling Taliban militia in 2001 was
underlined by fresh battles with mili-
tants in the south that killed at least
Karzai and his challengers have 30
days to try to impress the roughly 10.6
million Afghans registered to vote. But
the start of the campaign was low key.
Three candidates briefed reporters in
a dank government ministry; others were
busy preparing for this week's anniversa-
ry of the death of legendary anti-Taliban
commander Ahmad Shah Massood.
Still, Massooda Jalal, the female
candidate, ivon aii enthusiastic endorse-
ment for the Oct. 9 vote from widows
at a bakery near the capital's war-dam-
"Those people who betrayed you and
destroyed your homes and who killed
your loved-ones, they have no place
in my government," she told about 50
women dressed in head-to-toe veils
under a tree in the yardi.
"Like a doctor, I want to treat Afghan-
istan's wounds. ...Like a mother, I will
improve the life of the Afghan family,"
the former U.N. worker said to wild
Karzai, whose dashing profile in
the West has helped raise billions of
dollars in aid pledges, remains the
favorite. Still, the bewildering range of
candidates and the country's deep eth-
nic divides could split the vote widely
and force him into a runoff.
The president cut a ribbon to inaugu-
rate a $10 million cooking oil plant in
the capital - an event dovetailing with
his pledge to raise living standards.
lie urged more investors to create
jobs and wealth, and told Afghans to
buy home-produced goods. He didn't
mention the election directly. "The qual-
ity should be competitive with Pakistan,
Iran, Uzbekistan and other countries in
the region, even with America," he told
some 500 dignitaries in a tent outside
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip
Palestinian leader slams Israeli airstrike
Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia condemned an Israeli airstrike that killed
14 Hamas militants in unusually harsh terms yesterday, warning the attack will invite a
tough response from the militant group and that retaliation will be "justified."
Palestinian officials said Qureia's comments reflected his people's outrage as well
as his impatience with the political paralysis within the Palestinian Authority. They
said Qureia told Cabinet ministers he was so frustrated he wants to resign.
The Israeli attack, which struck a Hamas training camp in Gaza City shortly
after midnight, came a week after lamas suicide bombers blew up two Israeli
buses in the Israeli city of Beersheba, killing 16 people.
The airstrike was one of the deadliest of dozens Israel has launched since fighting
broke out with the Palestinians four years ago. Thousands of Palestinian mourners
in Gaza clamored for revenge, and Hamas vowed to avenge the attack.
Qureia, speaking at a Palestinian Cabinet meeting in the West Bank city of
Ramallah, said he was outraged. "No crime goes unpunished," he said. "For sure
there will be retaliation, and the retaliation will be justified if it happens."
Clinton recovering after heart bypass surgery
Former President Clinton was talking and taking liquids yesterday, a day
after undergoing an operation to relieve four severely clogged arteries, a hospital
Clinton remained in intensive care at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia,
and his spirits were "fine," the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The source described the scene at the Manhattan hospital as swarming with
Secret Service and hospital security personnel.
The former president was taken off his respirator Monday night, a crucial step
in his recovery, said Bob Kelly, a member of Clinton's surgery team.
"Everything is going very well," Kelly told NBC's "Today" show.
Huge crowds rally against terrorism in Russia
Tens of thousands of people answered a government call and rallied outside
the Kremlin yesterday in a show of solidarity against terrorism, nearly a week
after militants seized a school in southern Russia in a standoff that claimed more
than 350 lives, many of them children.
Mourners in the grief-stricken city of Beslan lowered caskets into the damp
earth in a third day of burials from the siege, which officials have blamed on
Chechens and other Islamic militants.
The Moscow crowd of about 130,000 people - some bearing banners saying,
"We won't give Russia to terrorists" - observed a moment of silence at 5 .m. on
the cobblestones near St. Basil's Cathedral, adjacent to the Kremlin.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports
Afghan women listen to a speech by presidential candidate Massooda Jal,
left, at the start of campaigning in Kabul yesterday for the Oct. 9 election.
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