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Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 3

General suggests
troop withdrawal
by summer 2008
Gen. David Petraeus told
Congress yesterday he envi-
sions the withdrawal of roughly
30,000 U.S. troops by next sum-
mer, beginning with a Marine
contingent later this month.
In long-awaited testimony,
the commanding general of the
war said last winter's buildup in
U.S. troops had met its military
objectives "in large measure."
As a result, he told a congres-
sional hearing and a nationwide
television audience, "I believe
that we will be able to reduce
our forces to the pre-surge level
by next summer without jeop-
ardizing the security gains we
have fought so hard to achieve."
Officials: U.S. is
better prepared
for attack
Weapons of mass destruc-
tion, small boats packed with
explosives and Islamic radical-
ization are the greatest terror-
ist threats facing the country,
top U.S. security officials said
yesterday on the eve of the sixth
anniversary of the Sept. 11 ter-
rorist attacks.
The officials told Congress
the country is much better pre-
pared to face terror threats than
it was then, but that terrorists'
desire to attack the United
States remains strong - an
assertion that has yet to be fully
accepted by the American pub-
lic, according to a new poll.
"The enemy is not standing
still. They are constantly revis-
ing their tactics and adapting
their strategy and their capabil-
ities," said Homeland Security
Secretary Michael Chertoff.
"And if we stand still - or worse
yet, if we retreat - we are going
to be handing them an advan-
tage that we dare not see them
Pakistan's leader
exiles former
PM again
President Gen. Pervez Mush-
arraf defied Pakistan's Supreme
Court yesterday, sending com-
rhandos to the airport and toss-
ing out a bitter rival hours after
he returned from exile in hopes
of a making political comeback
and opposing the military lead-
TheexpulsionofNawaz Shar-
if, who was ousted as an elected
prime minister by Musharraf
in a 1999 bloodless coup, could
deepen the general's unpopu-
larity and undermine the legiti-
macy of upcoming elections.
Not longafter he arrived from
London to cheers from support-
ers accompanying him on the
plane, Sharif was charged with
corruption and money-launder-
ing and bundled away by police
from the airport VIP lounge.
Four hours after landing, he
was on a special flight to Saudi

Farwell drops
plan to save piece
of Tiger Stadium
Retired Detroit Tigers broad-
caster Ernie Harwell has with-
drawn his proposal to revive
the long-vacant Tiger Stadium
as a venue for boxing, amateur
football and amateur baseball
with 10,000 to 14,000 seats.
Instead, he said that he is
backing a less ambitious plan
that would save the playing
field and about 3,000 seats,
the Detroit Free Press and The
Detroit News reported.
In July, the 89-year-old Hall
of Fame member endorsed a
more ambitious plan for the
park that has stood at the site
since 1912 but saw its last Tigers
game in 1999. Team owner Mike
Ilitch moved the ballclub to
Comerica Park in 2000.
- Compiled from
Daily wire reports
Number of American service
members who have died in the
War in Iraq, according to The
Associated Press. The following
were identified by the Depart-
ment of Defense yesterday:
Capt. Drew N. Jensen, 27, of
Clackamas, Calif.,
a Spc. Marisol Heredia, 19, of
El Monte, Calif,
Cpl. Ryan A. Woodward,
22, of Fort Wayne, Ind.

Despite today's date, 1p.m. warning sirens only a test

For the Daily
At exactly 1 p.m. today, 22 sirens
around Ann Arbor will blare as the
city tests its outdoor warning sys-
It's nothing new. The city rou-
tinely tests the system for one min-
ute on the second Tuesday of every
month from March to November.
This month's test could cause

some alarm, though, because it falls
on the sixth anniversary of the Sept.
11 terrorist attacks on the World
Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Dean of Students Sue Eklund's
office sent a mass e-mail to students
last nightto explain why the alarms
will be sounding. The letter did not
directly reference Sept. 11.
Some students said they didn't
immediately realize that today
is the anniversary of the attacks,

while others said they deleted the
warning e-mail without opening it
because it was sent from an admin-
istration e-mail address. LSA soph-
omore Mike Enochs said he doesn't
usually open mail sent by Univer-
sity officials.
"I don't really look at stuff that
isn't important, that's not related to
my classes or department," he said.
While students originally from
the Midwest, might be familiar

with siren tests, students from other
areas of the country, where torna-
dos are less frequentmightnot. LSA
senior Molly Block said she remem-
bered being alarmed her freshman
year when emergency sirens were
tested during fall semester finals
"I was freaking out," she said.
Block, who grew up in Aptos,
Calif., had never heard citywide
sirens before. Local emergency

systems are usually state-funded
but aren't required by law, meaning
some cities choose to do without
In the case of a real emergency
- like a tornado warning, hazard-
ous materials spill or a nuclear
attack - Ann Arbor's sirens will be
sounded for three minutes. Citizens
are directed to take cover indoors
and seek a radio or television for
more information.


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