2A - The Michigan Daily - Monday, March 21, 2005
Iraq, ordan withdraw ambassadors NEWS IN BRIEF
- Anger between the two
countries spills over even
after Jordan's in absentia
sentencing of AI-Zarqawi
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Iraq and
Jordan engaged in a tit-for-tat with-
drawal of ambassadors yesterday in a
growing dispute over Shiite Muslim
claims that Jordan is failing to block
terrorists from entering Iraq, while
U.S. forces killed 24 insurgents in a
clash south of Baghdad.
Yesterday's diplomatic row erupt-
ed even as a Jordanian court sen-
tenced in absentia Iraq's most feared
terrorist - who was born in Jordan
to a 15-year prison term.
As news emerged of the largely
symbolic sentencing of Abu Musab
al-Zarqawi, whose whereabouts are
unknown, his al-Qaida organization
in Iraq claimed responsibility for
a suicide bombing that killed a top
anti-corruption official in northern
Mosul. Al-Zarqawi already has been
PINELLAS PARK, Fla. (AP) - +
While Terri Schiavo lay in her hospice
bed yesterday, the brain-damaged wom-1
an's parents and husband made compet-
ing pleas to the public and Congress on
her third day without food or water.
As protesters and TV satellite trucks
gathered outside the hospice, the Senate
passed a bill that could prolong Schia-
vo's life while a federal court considers
her case. House Republicans scrambled
to bring enough lawmakers back to the;
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sentenced to death twice by Jordan.
Yesterday's events capped a week
of rising tensions that included a pro-
test in which Shiite demonstrators
raised the Iraqi flag over the Jorda-
nian embassy in Baghdad and claims
by the Shiite clergy-backed United
Iraqi Alliance that Jordan was allow-
ing terrorists to slip into Iraq.
"Iraqis are feeling very bitter over
what happened. We decided, as the
Iraqi government, to recallthe Iraqi
ambassador from Amman to dis-
cuss this," Foreign Minister Hoshyar
Zebari told The Associated Press.
Jordan acted first, when Foreign
Minister Hani al-Mulqi announced
his charge d'affaires in Baghdad had
been recalled to Amman.
"We are hoping that the Iraqi
police will devise a plan to protect
the embassy," al-Mulqi said. "Mean-
while, we have asked the charge
d'affaires to come back because he
was living in the embassy."
He added that other Jordanian
diplomats will remain in Bagh-
dad because they do not live in the
Both countries said the officials were
being recalled for "consultations," leav-
ing open the possibility for their return.
Shiites began holding protests after
the Iraqi government on Monday con-
demned celebrations allegedly held
by the family of a Jordanian man sus-
pected of carrying out a Feb. 28 terrorist
attack that killed 125 people in Hillah,
60 miles south of Baghdad. Nearly all
the victims were Shiite police and army
The Jordanian daily Al-Ghad report-
ed that Raed Mansour al-Banna car-
ried out the attack, the single deadliest
of the Iraqi insurgency. The newspaper
later issued a correction, however, say-
ing it was not known where al-Banna
carried out an assault.
Al-Banna's family has denied his
involvement in the Hillah attack,
saying al-Banna carried out a dif-
ferent suicide bombing in Iraq, and
Al-Zarqawi's group claimed respon-
sibility for the Hillah bombing.
A military court sentenced al-Zar-
qawi to 15 years in jail and impris-
oned an associate for three years for
planning an attack on the Jordanian
Embassy, the offices of the Jordani-
an military attache, and unspecified
American targets, all in Iraq.
The two Jordanians allegedly met
in Iraq in November 2003 to plan an
assault on the embassy after an August
bombing of the same building killed
18 people. Al-Zarqawi has also been
accused in the August attack.
The United States has issued a $25
million reward for al-Zarqawi, who was
previously sentenced to death twice in
Jordan: once for the Oct. 28, 2002, kill-
ing of U.S. diplomat Laurence Foley,
and again for planning to attack U.S.
and Israeli targets during 1999 New
Year's celebrations in the kingdom.
Also yesterday, in Iraq's north,
a suicide bomber blew himself up
inside a government compound in
Mosul, killing himself and Walid
Kashmoula, the head of the Iraqi
police anti-corruption department,
officials said. Three others were
injured. Al-Qaida in Iraq claimed
responsibility for the attack.
scramble to pass legislation
Capitol for an emergency vote early
today after Democrats objected to a vote
by a small handful of lawmakers.
President Bush was cutting short
a stay at his Texas ranch and return-
ing to the White House to sign it.
An attorney for Schiavo's parents
filed a request for an emergency
injunction with a federal appellate
court to have her feeding tube rein-
serted once the bill is passed. He
also planned to make a similar
request with the federal district
court in Tampa.
"We feel every moment is urgent.
We are considering every second as
precious in terms of saving Terri,"
said David Gibbs II, an attorney for
Bob and Mary Schindler.
Schiavo's husband, Michael Schia-
vo, said he was outraged that congres-
sional leaders were intervening in the
contentious right-to-die battle with the
Schindlers. They have been fighting
for years over whether she should be
permitted to die or kept alive through
the feeding tube.
"I think that the Congress has more
important things to discuss," he told
CNN, calling the move political and
criticizing House Majority Leader
Tom DeLay, who helped broker the
Plan to normalize relations with Israel fails
The Arab summit formally rejected yesterday a proposal by the Jordanian king
that would have revised Arab conditions for normalizing relations with Israel, sink-
ing a plan that had won Israeli praise only hours earlier.
The original plan by Jordan's King Abdullah II had dropped the traditional Arab V
call for recognizing Israel in exchange for the Jewish state's withdrawal from land
it has occupied since the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. Nine of 22 Arab League countries
assembled for the summit which begins today had objected to the proposal on Sat-
urday, and league Secretary-General Amr Moussa declared it dead a day later.
"If Israel implements all its commitments, all the Arab countries will be ready to
normalize relations with Israel. We are not going to move even 1 millimeter away
from this," Moussa told reporters after a meeting of Arab foreign ministers in the
Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelaziz Belkhadem concurred with Moussa, tell-
ing reporters the summit, which begins tomorrow, "will not be the summit of nor-
Rice tours China to talk regional politics
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice sought further help yesterday from China
in getting North Korea back to nuclear disarmament talks and aired U.S. concerns
about Beijing's bellicose rhetoric on Taiwan.
As part of a two-day visit to the Chinese capital, Rice took time to attend a
Palm church service yesterday at one of the city's few state-sanctioned churches.
Although Rice has previously said the United States is not satisfied with the degree
of religious freedom in communist China, she let her presence at Gangwashi
Christian Church speak for itself.
Rice, a regular churchgoer who has described herself as deeply religious, lis-
tened to an English translation of the Chinese sermon. As she and her American
delegation left, the minister said "God bless the United States."
On Monday morning local time, Rice met Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaox-
ing and other senior officials.
Explosion kills 46 worshipping at shrine
A bomb exploded Saturday as minority Shiite Muslims congregated at a shrine
in a remote town in southwestern Pakistan, killing at least 46 people and wounding
18, police said.
Thousands of worshippers were at the shrine of a Shiite saint near the town of
Naseerabad, about 210 miles south of Quetta in the restive Baluchistan province,
when the bomb went off outside, said Mubarak Ali, a local police official.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility and no indication the attack was
linked to clashes between renegade tribesmen and government forces at a town
elsewhere in southwestern Baluchistan that left at least 30 people dead this week.
"It was a powerful bomb. There was blood and body parts everywhere," Mehrab
Khan, another police official, told The Associated Press.
Right now people are angry. They are wailing and crying. Some of them have
blocked roads in the town and we are trying to control the situation." .
Dr. Badur at the Civil Hospital said that 27 people were killed and 18 injured,
nine critically. All the victims were men. Ali gave the same toll.
TULKAR E, West Bank
Trouble arises with handover of town
Israeli and Palestinian commanders were trying to iron out the last disputes over
the handover of a second West Bank town to Palestinian security control, but dis-
agreements over security issues signaled trouble ahead for peacemaking efforts.
Israeli officials doubted whether the town of Tulkarem would revert to Palestin-
ian control yesterday, as originally planned, after a meeting of security command-
ers broke up yesterday in disagreement. Talks were to resume today.
Similar disputes held up the transfer of the isolated desert oasis of Jericho last
week. A temporary compromise solved that, but similar disputes appeared in talks
about Tulkarem, in a much more sensitive location on the Israel-West Bank line.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports
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A rally for Terri Schiavo's life takes place in Tennessee last week
The House began debate on the leg-
islation late yesterday.
"As millions of Americans observe
the beginning of Holy Week this Palm
yesterday, we are reminded that every
life has purpose and none is without
meaning," said House Judiciary Com-
mittee Chairman James Sensenbrenner,
(R-Wis.) a leader in crafting the bill.
A lawyer for Michael Schiavo said
the bill could be found unconstitutional.
"It is in our opinion an absolute attack
on the notion that we have separation of
powers between the co-equal branches
of government," attorney Hamden
Baskin III told CNN.
Bob Schindler visited his daughter
late yesterday and said he noticed the
effects of dehydration on her. He said
she appeared to be getting tired, but
eventually responded to his teasing by
making a face at him.
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