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    • Gość: i IP: *.150.200.217.cm-upc.chello.se 30.09.01, 20:23
      Israel gives Arafat 48 hour deadline
      By Herb Keinon, Arieh O'Sullivan, Jerusalem Post Internet Staff

      JERUSALEM (September 30) - With the cease-fire brokered by Foreign Minister
      Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat shattered over
      the weekend by Palestinian riots and non-stop violence, Prime Minister Ariel
      Sharon convened the security cabinet late last night to reassess the situation.

      However, because of widespread feeling that the violence came about to mark the
      anniversary of the intifada, the security cabinet is giving Arafat 48 hours to
      fulfill his cease-fire obligations.

      United States Ambassador to Israel Daniel Kurtzer told Jerusalem Post Radio the
      next 72 hours are crucial. To hear his comments click here.

      The cabinet says if the PA does not crack down on terrorism and violence, the
      IDF will renew its pro-active measures.

      Those include Israel's assassination policy and ambushes and raids to kill
      Palestinian militants in the field.

      Meanwhile, Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer has instructed the army to
      start easing measures in the territories in areas where there is no violence or

      The army is reportedly lifting its blockade on Jericho - if it remains quiet.

      It also reopened the Rafiah crossing in the southern Gaza Strip along the
      Egyptian border.

      The army will ease further measures in the coming days - if there is no

      Despite the weekend violence, a planned meeting between Israel and Palestinian
      brigade commanders - the second since Wednesday's Arafat-Peres meeting - is to
      take place this morning.

      A senior official in the Prime Minister's Office said the cabinet was convened
      last night because there had been some 50 Palestinian acts of violence -
      including a mortar attack on Tekoa - since the Peres-Arafat meeting. "But what
      is most disconcerting," the official said, "is that Arafat has not taken any of
      the actions he was supposed to have taken against Hamas and Islamic Jihad."

      According to last Wednesday's agreement, by Tuesday morning this week the
      Palestinians are to have arrested a number of high-profile terrorists, and
      Israel is to have removed blockades and roadblocks in a number of "quiet"
      areas, as well as ease up on certain restrictions regarding entry into Israel
      and the transfer of goods and merchandise.

      Under the agreement, the Palestinians were immediately to give clear directives
      to stop all forms of violence - from mortar fire to riots - and to end
      incitement. Israel, for its part, was to immediately stop all initiated actions
      in Area A, and reduce the security pressure on the Palestinians.

      The security meetings were arranged during a three-hour meeting on Friday of
      the joint security forum comprising top Israeli and Palestinian security

      Attending that meeting for Israel were OC Planning Maj.-Gen. Giora Eiland, OC
      Southern Command Maj.-Gen. Doron Almog, and OC Central Command Maj.-Gen. Itzik
      Eitan, as well as representatives of the General Security Service.

      The meeting split into a number of groups according to regions, where more
      detailed steps were outlined.

      It was decided that more meetings would be held on the regional brigade
      commander level today. Defense officials said last night that these meetings
      may be delayed due to the continuing unrest.

      The meeting last night was to decide on whether Israel would implement some of
      the confidence-building measures it had promised the Palestinians.

      These included opening the Rafah border crossing and lifting travel

      One of the results of the Friday joint security forum was a decision to do away
      with collective actions and treat each region separately. Thus, for example,
      unrest in the Gaza Strip would not prevent Israel from lifting blockades in
      areas of the West Bank where the cease-fire was kept, security officials said.

      Earlier yesterday, Ben-Eliezer held a situation assessment with top IDF
    • Gość: t IP: *.150.200.217.cm-upc.chello.se 01.10.01, 00:44

      This Week in Israel

      Palestinian students at Al Najah University in Nablus erected a replica of the
      Sbarro Pizzeria in Jerusalem, where a suicide bomber killed 15 Jews, to
      celebrate the first anniversary of the Al Aqsa Intifada
      Israel moved the clock back one hour on Sunday night, September 23. The time
      difference to the East Coast is now 6 hours. Israel reverts to summer time the
      night after the first Seder, on March 28th,


      According to various sources, Osama bin Laden also intends to attack Israel.
      The first signals to confirm such information were the arrest of Nabil Ukal, a
      resident of Jabaliya in the Gaza Strip, by the GSS a year ago. It transpired
      that the 27-year old Ukal was sent to act as a bridgehead for attacks in Israel
      and was the first representative of a global terror organization run by Bin
      Laden in the Territories. Ukal had originally joined one of the organizations
      attached to Bin Laden's organization and received military training in
      Afghanistan. At the instruction of a senior member of the organization, he was
      dispatched to prepare the military infrastructure for Bin Laden's organization
      in the Territories and the Gaza Strip, as well as including Israeli Arabs. In
      1998 Ukal returned to Gaza since which time he has received instructions from
      activists in Bin Laden's organization in Jordan and in Britain on preparing
      bombs. The charge sheet against Ukal stated that he had intended to perpetrate
      large-scale terror attacks in central Israel, to dispatch suicide bombers,
      activate bombs against IDF patrols and to launch anti-tank missiles at
      settlements. Following Ukal's arrest, several members of his cell who had been
      engaged in practical preparations for attacks were arrested. Their work
      included collecting information, experiments in detonating devices and hoarding
      explosive material. One of those detained is Said Hanawi, a Palestinian who
      trained with Bin Laden in Afghanistan and the son of the former commander of
      the Palestinian police station in Ramallah. Bin Laden recently mentioned the
      US and Israel in the same breath. An investigation of the "Millenium cell" - a
      group of Islamic activists trained in Afghanistan by Bin Laden, showed that its
      members planned to bomb Israeli targets and hurt Israeli and American tourists
      at the border crossings. The terrorists were found guilty, some were given
      life sentences and some received the death penalty, which has not yet been
      carried out.


      A senior defense official stated that as early as August this year, Israel had
      warned of serious attacks in the planning against the US - and a senior
      American official confirmed that it would seem that this time someone would
      take the rap for not heeding warnings from the Israeli Mossad. This week the
      press reported that two senior Mossad officials were sent to Washington in
      August this year and warned the Americans that widespread terror attacks were
      being planned against "prominent" targets in the US. A senior Israeli defense
      official said that the planned attacks were connected with Bin Laden, although
      there was no specific information as to the nature of the plans. The Mossad
      also informed the Americans that terrorist cells involving 120 people were
      operating in the US.


      Israeli defense estimates are taking into account the possibility that an
      American attack, particularly on Iraq, will bring Israel into the conflict,
      possibly through an Iraqi missile attack on Israel. Nevertheless, the defense
      establishment has to date refrained from taking overt steps to improve civilian
      protection. To date, the Home Command has not decided whether to open
      additional stations for the allocation of gas masks. Meanwhile, the number of
      people contacting the Tel Aviv station has increased noticeably.


      Unlike the situation on the eve of the Gulf War, Israel now has a defense
      system against ballistic missiles - the Arrow missile system. Eight of the
      last nine Arrow tests have proved that this system can destroy Scud-like
      missiles. So far only one of the three Arrow missile batteries is lined up and
      considered operational. The number of missiles that Israel possesses is
      confidential, but the number of missiles in storage obviously depends on
      financing, so that Israel's defense establishment is seeking an American
      partner to manufacture the Arrow missiles.


      The Palestinian Authority threatened journalists working for foreign news
      agencies not to publish footage of the expression of joy by Palestinians
      following the attack on the US. The threats hinted at risk to their lives
      should the pictures be published; the journalists succumbed and did not
      publish. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs named the Reuters and A.P.
      behavior "journalism under terror". However, the Foreign Ministry does have
      film of the festivities, although it has decided not to distribute it
      aggressively but only upon request. The US ambassador said that: "the
      American people will be the judges of such conduct".


      Israel this week expressed solidarity with the victims of recent terror in the
      US. The government session opened with a moment's silence and MK's stood for a
      moment in memory of the victims. The Knesset also sent US ambassador in Israel
      Dan Kurtzer, a letter of solidarity with the mourning of the citizens of the
      United States, signed by all Knesset factions - excluding the Arab parties who
      refused to sign. 40,000 people gathered in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square for a rally
      named "You have a friend". The rally was organized by the Jewish Agency and
      Tel Aviv City Hall and was attended by the US ambassador in Israel. Minister
      of Foreign Affairs Shimon Peres said at the rally: "We will go hand in hand
      with America". In Jerusalem Yaffa Street, one of the city's proncipal roads,
      was renamed New York Street for the next two weeks and Mayor Ehud Olmert said
      at the ceremony that "of all the cities in the world New York is closest to


      Harsh response in Israel's political circles, left and right, to comments made
      by French ambassador Jacques Huntzinger that: "the tragedy in the US cannot be
      compared with the terror in Israel. The Israel-Palestinian situation should
      not be confused with the tragedy in the US". There were even calls to send the
      ambassador home. Peres said: "The French ambassador's comments contain strong
      tones of racism and anti-Semitism, and imply that Israeli blood is cheaper than
      American blood". MK Michael Kleiner said that the judges of the "Dreyfuss'
      affair would be proud of such an ambassador". MK Ran Cohen of Meretz condemned
      the ambassador's remarks and said that "the French ambassador is encouraging
      terror here in Israel".
    • Gość: 0 IP: *.150.200.217.cm-upc.chello.se 01.10.01, 21:40
      (09:25) Several wounded in Jerusalem car bomb blast
      By Dave Bender, Jerusalem Post Internet Staff

      A car bomb blew up in the Talpiot neighborhood in southern Jerusalem shortly
      after 09:00.

      One person sustained minor shrapnel wounds from shards of glass in the attack.

      He was treated at the scene by Magen David Adom.

      Two others, suffering from shock, were transfered to Bikur Holim hospital in
      downtown Jerusalem for treatment.

      One of the two, an elderly man, is suspected of having suffered a heart attack,
      according to the hospital spokesman.

      Islamic Jihad has taken responsibility for the attack, according to Qatar-based
      Al-Jazeera Television.

      The blast took place adjacent to the "Bank Junction," on Bethlehem Road
      parallel to Hebron Road.

      The booby-trapped vehicle was in a small parking lot next to an apartment
      building several dozen meters south of the intersection, when it blew up.

      The explosion took place across the street from a school for children with
      special needs.

      The school was closed today.

      The blast demolished the vehicle.

      Several other vehicles in the vicinity of the explosion were also damaged.

      Police sappers combed the area for other bombs, but found none.

      Firefighters quickly arrived at the scene, according to eyewitnesses, and
      doused the burning remains of the car.

      Jerusalem police Cmdr. Mickey Levy said the explosive device was moderately

      The bombing was carried out in a residential area of the capital, and not
      downtown, due to a lesser police presence, Levy said.

      He added that police would in turn beef up security in the periphery of the
      city in the wake of the bombing.

      The 12-kilogram bomb, hidden in the vehicle, was made up of a liquid propane
      gas tank, Kalashnikov and M-16 rifle bullets, ball bearings, nails and other
      metal parts in order to magnify the lethal effect of the blast, Army Radio

      The vehicle had been stolen in Israel several months ago, and was then taken
      over the Green Line to the West Bank, where the explosive device was prepared,
      police said.

      Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, after learning that Islamic Jihad had taken
      responsibility for the attack, said,"Islamic Jihad and Hamas are the [Osama]
      bin-Laden of the Middle East and we must fight them without compromise, giving
      them no quarter."

      Internal Security Minister Uzi Landau said in the wake of the attack
      that "there was no point in continuing security talks with the Palestinians."

      "Events of this nature are proof of the need to fight the head of the
      Palestinian Authority [Chairman Yasser Arafat] with all of our abilities.

      "This is a criminal that repeats himself over and over whenever he gets the
      chance," Landau said, referring to Arafat.

      "He just shoots, nonstop and blindly," he said, continuing, "therefore we must
      wage war against Arafat."

      "The police must make preparations, together with the public," Landau said.

      One eyewitness said "I was outside working on our Succa with our children and
      several others when I saw a big pink flash and a large rolling blast."

      A Succa is a temporary dwelling erected for the week-long Feast of Tabernacles
      holiday, Succot, that begins this evening.

      The man hurried the children to safety and broke out his home first-aid kit, to
      assist the wounded in the blast.

      EMS, police, and firefighting forces were on the scene within moments, he said,
      making the kit unnecessary.

      There are reports of large traffic jams in the vicinity due to roads closed in
      the area.

      This is the first bombing attack in Jerusalem since the cease-fire agreement
      between Peres and Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat last week.

      The blast comes on the background of numerous bomb and shooting attacks against
      Israeli civilians and IDF forces throughout the West Bank and the Gaza Strip

    • Gość: - IP: *.150.200.217.cm-upc.chello.se 03.10.01, 00:10

      GSS arrests 20 Hamas terrorists
      By Margot Dudkevitch

      JERUSALEM (October 1) - The General Security Service revealed yesterday the
      recent arrest of more than 20 Hamas terrorists, part of a widespread terrorist
      infrastructure operating in Samaria who were trained and received their
      instructions directly from Hamas headquarters in Syria and other countries.

      All those arrested were qualified in the use of weapons and explosives, the
      majority, young university students who were recruited by Hamas during
      university studies in Syria, Sudan, Yemen, and other countries . Some of them
      were involved in the planning of the two suicide bombings in Netanya on April
      30 and May 18, in which eight Israelis were killed and scores wounded. The
      terrorists had also planned to recruit young Israeli Arabs to assist them.

      All the terrorists underwent intense training and were skilled in weapons use,
      high quality explosives, and different methods of detonating bombs they
      prepared and were also taught how to perpetrate different attacks against
      civilian and military targets, including the abduction of soldiers. At the end
      of their training they were sent to the territories to establish and operate
      terror cells, mainly in Samaria.

      Hassin Zail, 31, from Zbubah in Samaria, studied at a university in Syria where
      he was recruited and sent for training in Syria and Lebanon. At the beginning
      of 1999, he returned as a military expert and began training new recruits in
      explosives and operations. He instructed his cell members to search for a
      hiding place, to purchase raw materials for explosives, and gather

      At the same time, Ahmed Abu Faraj, 25, from Shuweikeh, was instructed to
      establish a cell which would perpetrate attacks. Faraj recruited Iyad Dakor,
      Ramzi Nallawah, and Juad Kalibi, all in their 20s.

      Additional suspects are to be arrested the GSS said.

    • Gość: c IP: *.150.200.217.cm-upc.chello.se 04.10.01, 01:29
      For Immediate Release
      Office of the Press Secretary
      October 1, 2001

      Operation Enduring Freedom Overview
      Campaign Against Terrorism Results
      Period Covered September 14-30, 2001

      Department of State

      Russia offered to share information and the use of their airspace for
      humanitarian flights.
      China offered to share information.
      India offered to share information and pledged support of U.S. actions.
      Japan offered diplomatic and military (logistical) support, and assistance to
      Australia offered combat military forces and invoked Article IV of the ANZUS
      Treaty, declaring September 11 an attack on Australia.
      South Korea offered military medical and air and naval logistics support.
      UAE and Saudi Arabia broke diplomatic relations with the Taliban.
      Pakistan agreed to cooperate fully with the request for assistance and support.
      Secured overflight and landing rights from 27 countries.
      Obtained 46 multilateral declarations of support.
      19 nations of NATO invoked Article V declaring an attack on one as an attack on
      The United Nations Security Council unanimously enacted a binding resolution
      requiring all member states to pursue terrorists and those who support them,
      including financial support systems.
      Department of the Treasury

      Adoption of Terrorist Financing Executive Order.
      Froze approximately 30 al-Qaida accounts in the U.S. and almost 20 overseas.
      Put 27 names on the Terrorist Financing list.
      Reviewing additional persons and entities for possible inclusion on the
      Terrorist Financing list.
      Froze approximately $6 million linked to terrorists.
      Department of Defense

      Approximately 29,000 military personnel, 349 military aircraft, 1 Amphibious
      Ready Group, and 2 Carrier Battle Groups currently deployed in Theater.
      Approximately 17,000 members of the Reserve have been called to active duty, as
      well as several thousand National Guard operating under State authority.
      Department of Justice

      Analyzed 241 serious/credible threats.
      Conducted 540 interviews.
      Conducted 383 searches.
      Issued 4,407 subpoenas.
      Arrested/Detained 439 persons.
      Approximately 30-plus countries offered support in criminal investigations.

      Over 100 countries have offered increased intelligence support.
      Approximately 150 arrests and detentions of terrorists and suspected supporters
      of terrorism in over 25 countries.
      Intensified counterterrorist operations with over 200 intelligence and security
      services worldwide.
      # # #

    • Gość: 7 IP: *.150.200.217.cm-upc.chello.se 04.10.01, 12:27
      Latest News of the day
      Wednesday 03/10/ 2001

      Blair to make last-minute appeal' to Taliban

      London, Oct. 3, IRNA - British Prime Minister Tony Blair was reported Wednesday
      to be set to fly to Pakistan to make

      a last-minute appeal through General Pervez Musharraf to the Taliban regime in
      Afghanistan to hand over Osama bin

      Laden. Blair, who is visiting Moscow, en route, will be accompanied by former
      Chief of Defense Staff, Lord Guthrie, who

      has been in regular contact with the Pakistani leader since last month's
      attacks in the US, according to London's Evening

      Standard. The British Prime Minister effectively declared war against the
      Taliban regime on Tuesday, saying there is "no

      compromise possible with such people." No date was mentioned for Blair's trip,
      but the prime minister was reported

      elsewhere to be planning to fly to Oman on Thursday to visit 24,000 troops
      engaged in Britain's military exercises since the

      1982 Falklands War. The Evening Standard said that Blair was expected to
      furnish Musharraf with evidence garnered by

      US intelligence agencies, which is claimed to show a direct link between bin
      Laden and the September 11 attacks in New

      York and Washington. The prime minister's visit coincides with a hastily
      organised three-day tour of Saudi Arabia, Oman,

      Egypt and Uzbekistan by US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. HC/KS End ::irna

      Moderate Taliban may cooperate with world community: Pak expert

      Islamabad, Oct 3, IRNA -- A senior Pakistani academic has said that moderates
      within the ranks of the Taliban may be

      inclined to cooperate with the international community in plans for a future
      political set-up. Dr. Rasool Bakhsh Raees,

      director of the Area Study Center affiliated with Quaid-i Azam University in
      Islamabad, made the comments during a panel

      interview with the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA). He said he believed
      these moderates may like to work with the

      inernational community to secure for themselves a place in any future political
      set-up. Replying to a question on reports

      about Zahir Shah's role in the future of the war-torn country, he opined that
      this former king of Afghanistan could play a

      role in shaping a future political structure for the country after the Taliban
      regime is removed. "To many, Zahir Shah is

      considered a symbol of unity and nationalism in Afghanistan and in the given
      situation he can bring closer all the ethnic and

      religious groups toward formation of a representative government there," he
      explained. He said he did not foresee any

      future for the Taliban. "I do'nt think they have any future," he remarked. In
      response to another query, Dr. Rasool Bakhsh

      said that whether Pakistan breaks diplomatic relations with the Taliban or not
      is insignificant. However, he qualified, it

      could be significant in the sense that by maintaining ties the opportunities
      for reaching a peaceful resolution of the present

      crisis can be availed of. The United States has learned a lesson and its
      mission would be to arrest, expel or kil Osama bin

      Laden and remove the Taliban government, he said in reply to yet another
      question, adding that the way to get these

      objectives fulfilled will not be through a conventional war. The U.S. and its
      coalition would have to use the latest available

      technology and weaponry against the terrorists camps in Afghanistan, he
      maintained. He was firm in his opinion that there

      are opportunities which both Iran and Pakistan can explore to bring back peace
      and order to war-torn country.

      "Afghanistan can't be left alone in chaos after the Taliban are removed to
      witness yet another power struggle as was the

      case before the Taliban regime came to power," Dr.Rasool Bakhsh emphatically
      said. The academic pointed out that

      Pakistan has always wanted the Taliban to engage the international community
      but were prevented because of their rigid

      policies and human rights record. On the current demonstrations in Pakistan
      against the Musharraf government for its

      cooperation with the U.S., he said the people in general support the
      government's policies with only some religious

      extremists opposing them. "Had Pakistan not sided with the international
      community in its campaign against terrorism India

      might have capitalized on such failure, the Pakistani expert asserted,
      defending Pakistan's stand on the crisis in the wake of

      the terrorist attacks. He opined that Pushtun tribal groups living in Pakistan
      and Afghanistan would be keen to play their

      part in a future political set-up. Speaking about the threatened U.S. attack,
      he stressed that retaliation would have to be

      against the terrorists and not against the Afghan people. "The Muslim Ummah
      would not tolerate aggression on the

      innocent people there," he added. Although Pakistan has recognized the Taliban,
      they have never cooperated with

      Islamabad, he pointed out, adding that several instances could prove this fact.
      For instance, they refused to hand over

      alleged terrorists that were wanted in various terrorist acts commited in
      Pakistan, he said. Similarly, they refused to heed to

      Pakistan's requests to save the Buddhist statues in Bamiyan from destruction
      and were also guilty of crimes against the

      minorities, he noted. /MA/MMZ/LS End ::irna 10:45

      U.S. targets terrorist camps


      By Bill Gertz


      U.S. intelligence agencies have identified 23 terrorist training camps in
      Afghanistan that have been targeted for military

      action, according to U.S. officials. They also told The Washington Times that
      China has placed its military forces in the

      western part of the country on heightened alert and is moving troops to the
      border region near Afghanistan in anticipation

      of U.S. military strikes. The officials said the 23 camps have been targeted by
      U.S. military forces assembling in the region.

      The forces include up to four aircraft carrier battle groups with cruise-
      missile-equipped warships and submarines, several

      hundred warplanes and special-operations ground troops.

      Other targets in Afghanistan include some of the Taliban military forces,
      including a small number of MiG-21 aircraft, some

      tanks and armored vehicles and air-defense missile sites, defense officials
      said. The Taliban militia reportedly has about

      1,000 Russian-made T-54, T-55 and T-62 tanks, up to 30 surface-to-surface
      missiles, including Scuds and Frog-7s. Its

      air force is made up of some 30 MiG-23s and additional older aircraft along
      with 80 MiG-21s. Its surface-to-air missile

      forces include SA-2 and SA-3 batteries and SAM-7 and SAM-14. The Taliban also
      is believed to have some U.S.-made

      Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, but defense officials said the batteries may
      have run down. The missiles were sent to the

      Afghan rebel groups fighting Soviet forces during the 1980s. Defense Secretary
      Donald H. Rumsfeld told a group of

      visiting former U.S. government officials last week that the military has
      selected numerous "high-value" targets inside

      Afghanistan, according to a participant in the meeting. The defense secretary
      also said that military action is likely to cause

      collateral damage. The training camps are located in areas stretching from
      northeastern Afghanistan, below the territory

      controlled by the Northern Alliance, and stretching south and east throughout
      the country. They include camps near the

      cities of Kabul, Jalalabad and Khost and in the province of Uruzgan. The
      officials did not provide further details of the

    • Gość: . IP: *.150.200.217.cm-upc.chello.se 04.10.01, 12:47

      Poll: US-Israel ties stronger than ever
      By Dan Izenberg

      JERUSALEM (October 4) - American support for close US ties with Israel is
      stronger than ever following the September 11 attacks, a poll conducted by
      International Communications Research (ICR) shows.

      ICR, a leading American polling firm which does work for ABC News, The
      Washington Post, and the Associated Press, found that 92 percent of Americans
      endorse full cooperation between the US and Israel in combating terrorism,
      while 4% oppose such cooperation.

      Seventy-four percent of Americans favor either strengthening ties with Israel
      or maintaining the current, close relationship. Only 10% favor distancing the
      US from Israel.

      The poll was conducted under the auspices of the Institute for Jewish and
      Community research and the Center for Middle Eastern studies at the Hudson

      According to the sponsors of the poll, which was conducted between September 14
      and September 18, "If one purpose of the attacks in New York and Washington was
      to drive a wedge between the American public and Israel, the results indicate
      the terrorists failed to diminish American public support for Israel."

      The sample consisted of 1,011 randomly selected adults throughout the US, with
      a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.
    • Gość: ´` IP: *.150.200.217.cm-upc.chello.se 04.10.01, 13:17
      Officials: Bush not putting pressure on Israel
      By Janine Zacharia

      WASHINGTON (October 4) - President George W. Bush's comments Tuesday on
      Palestinian statehood, which sparked an outpouring of concern among Israel
      supporters, were not designed to signal that the US would be bringing more
      pressure on Israel, officials and well-placed sources here said.

      Rather administration officials hoped Bush's comment - that Palestinian
      statehood had always been part of a "vision" - would appease Arab states, which
      have urged deeper US involvement in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and which
      have not been as forthcoming so far as the US would like in the war on

      But officials say that involvement will have to be creative, and not
      necessarily deeper. Former US assistant secretary of state and ambassador to
      Israel Martin Indyk has been calling this week for the US to immediately
      appoint a special Middle East envoy to help solidify the battered cease-fire
      struck by PA Chairman Yasser Arafat and Foreign Minister Shimon Peres.

      Administration sources say the US is considering no such option, and point to
      the fact that Dennis Ross served as special envoy for the first five months of
      the intifada with no success in bringing an end to hostilities.

      Prior to the September 11 terrorist attacks on the US, Washington was abuzz
      with speculation about whether the US would use the UN General Assembly that
      had been scheduled for September 24 to launch a new Middle East initiative to
      help calm the intifada, and whether Bush would meet with Palestinian Authority
      Chairman Yasser Arafat in New York.

      The Jerusalem Post reported on September 9 that Secretary of State Colin Powell
      might announce US support for a Palestinian state in his address as a means of
      placating Arab states who say the US has been too pro-Israel.

      But he never got the chance to do so, as the General Assembly was canceled.

      With the US concerned that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict could damage its
      top priority - to destroy the Qaida network and Osama bin Laden - it is
      exploring new ways of engaging in the Middle East morass.

      Administration sources say the US is considering no such option, and point to
      the fact that Dennis Ross served as special envoy for the first five months of
      the intifada with no success in bringing an end to hostilities.

      "There's nothing planned right now," said one US official about possible US
      moves regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "It could change tomorrow

      One source familiar with administration thinking said it would be erroneous to
      view Bush's airing of support for a Palestinian state "through the prism of
      pressure on Israel."

      Administration officials are fed up with bad US press in the Arab media, and
      support for a Palestinian state, they believe, is a rhetorical device "that
      isn't necessarily a movement of the goal post," the source said.

      One Democratic legislative aide on the House International Relations Committee
      said the Bush administration's announcement of support for Palestinian
      statehood is stating an obvious fact that nobody speaks about publicly.

      "We knew it even though they've never said it," the staffer said. "They are
      blowing smoke on a non-issue in order to give our erstwhile Arab allies the
      impression that we are sympathetic to the Palestinians."

      But others saw the statement as indeed damning for Israel.

      The pro-Israel lobby AIPAC said in response that until Arafat "decides to stand
      against terrorism, it is unthinkable to grant him a meeting with the president
      or gain US support for a Palestinian state."

      Robert Satloff, executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East
      Policy, writing in the Los Angeles Times yesterday, said the US has rewarded
      the Palestinians prematurely, and indicated to Israel that it will suffer at
      the expense of the new coalition against terrorism.

      "Lending endorsement to Palestinian statehood in the current environment cannot
      but be interpreted by Palestinians as the first political fruit of the
      intifada. The desire to continue the armed struggle against Israel will gain
      new urgency," Satloff wrote.

      "For Israelis, whose last prime minister gave the Palestinians an offer of
      statehood that was roundly rejected, US backing to statehood in the absence of
      ongoing diplomacy will only fuel fears that the anti-Osama bin Laden coalition
      will be built at their expense," he added.

      Israelis already sense this, and for this reason, a cabinet statement yesterday
      again called for Hizbullah, Islamic Jihad and Hamas to be added to an executive
      order calling for a worldwide freezing of assets of groups and individuals tied
      to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network.

      State Department spokesman Richard Boucher reiterated the US view yesterday
      that Hizbullah, Islamic Jihad and Hamas were already covered under a previous
      order. That is true, but so was bin Laden and al-Qaida, and the previous order
      did not have the scope of the new one signed by Bush.

      Boucher did not deny a report that there are efforts under way to take Syria
      off the state sponsors of terrorism list to help facilitate their participation
      in the coalition.

      Instead he said he had not seen the report, and added: "As we've often stated
      in the past, the goal of the terrorism list is not to put people on, but to
      take people off. The goal is to get countries to stop supporting terrorism."

      Herb Keinon adds:

      Israeli officials continued to react to reports of a new US diplomatic
      initiative, and to Bush's comments about a Palestinian state with

      The statement could serve US interests in trying to build a coalition, without
      costing us anything, since [Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon has already indicated
      that he also envisions a Palestinian state," one diplomatic official
      said. "There is nothing really new here."

      Another official echoed this sentiment.

      "We were not shocked or angry or surprised," the official said, adding that
      there was nothing in the content of what Bush said to "knock us off our chairs."
    • Gość: : IP: *.150.200.217.cm-upc.chello.se 04.10.01, 14:11
      By Sgt. 1st Class Kathleen T. Rhem, USA
      American Forces Press Service

      RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Oct. 3, 2001 - Defense Secretary
      Donald Rumsfeld is not visiting the Middle East to
      negotiate basing or fly-over rights for U.S. troops in the
      war on terrorism, but to "solidify relationships."

      The secretary is on the first leg of a three-day trip that
      includes Oman, Egypt, Uzbekistan and Saudi Arabia.

      "These are relationships of long standing with the
      exception of Uzbekistan, and that's a situation that it's
      important for us to get to know them and establish a
      relationship," Rumsfeld told reporters on the plane Oct. 2
      en route from Washington to Riyadh, the Saudi capital.

      Even before this stint as defense secretary Rumsfeld was no
      stranger to the region. He served as Middle East envoy
      under President Reagan.

      Rumsfeld didn't say what sort of relationship the
      administration hoped to forge with Uzbekistan. He said he
      believes that given political sensitivities in the region
      it would be best for Uzbekistan to quantify its
      relationship with the United States.

      "I'm understanding of the fact that each country has a
      different situation,," he said.

      The Bush administration wants different countries to
      cooperate in its war on terrorism in different ways,
      Rumsfeld said. "We want countries around the globe to
      recognize the seriousness of this threat," he said. "We
      want them to understand the damage that was done to our
      country and the threat that exists to countries across the
      globe. And we want them to cooperate in a lot of ways."

      One of the most important forms of cooperation is providing
      intelligence on terrorist networks. "The countries on the
      periphery of Afghanistan, in this case, have a lot more
      information than countries that are not on the periphery,"
      Rumsfeld said. "They've seen the flow of people back and
      forth across those borders."

      The secretary said he believes it won't be a bomb or
      missile that will ultimately make the most difference in
      fighting terrorism; it'll be "a scrap of information from
      some person in some country that's been repressed by a
      dictatorial regime that's sponsoring a terrorist
      organization who's going to put out the kind of information
      that's going to enable us to pull this network up by its

      However, he stressed, a war on terrorism is a far cry from
      a war on the Afghan people. "It is a mistake for anybody to
      characterize the concern we have about terrorism and the
      concern we have about the enormous loss of life in the
      United States (Sept. 11) ... as having anything to do with
      the people of Afghanistan," Rumsfeld said. "It doesn't."

      Rumsfeld said he also hopes to visit troops participating
      in the Bright Star exercise in Egypt, where his main
      message to those in uniform will be "how grateful we are to
    • Gość: 0 IP: *.150.200.217.cm-upc.chello.se 04.10.01, 20:47
      18:20) Reports: Ukrainian army shot down plane
      By Jerusalem Post Internet Staff, Ap

      It is being reported here that the Ukranian army may have fired a missile that
      shot down the Sibir Airlines plane that crashed into the Black Sea this
      afternoon en route from Israel to Siberia.

      A senior Ukranian nayy officer, Igor Larichev, said the missile accidentally
      hit the plane that was carrying some 75 - 77 passengers and crew.

      However, a short time later, Ukraine's Defense Ministry issued a statement
      denying that it fired a missile that was capable of hitting the plane.

      It is understood the Ukrainian army may have fired some 20 missiles today as
      part of military exercises in the area of the Black Sea.

      "All the rockets used during the training exercise had guaranteed service lives
      and self-destruction mechanisms in case they deviated from their course," said
      Defense Minister Oleksandr Kuzmuk, according to a statement released by
      ministry spokesman Kostyantyn Khivrenko.

      A U.S. Defense Department official in Washington, speaking on condition of
      anonymity, said a land-based surface-to-air missile had been fired from the
      Crimean region of Ukraine.

      Ukraine is the only country known to be conducting military
      exercises in the Black Sea area, the official said.

      The downing of the airliner appeared to be accidental, the
      U.S. officials said.

      Romanian and French pilots are also taking part in an air exercise in the
      region of Romania's Black Sea port of Constanta, Romanian officials have said.
      The exercise apparently includes the firing of air-to-ground missiles.

      The Ukrainian exercises were conducted on Cape Onuk, in Crimea, about 250
      kilometers (160 miles) from the site of
      the crash, on territory controlled by the Russian Black Sea

      Ukrainian anti-aircraft, navy, rocket forces, aviation and artillery took part
      as well as Russian forces including shore-based forces and a guard ship.

      Part of the exercise involved firing on an unmanned aircraft.

      According to military officials, the exercise included anti-aircraft S-125, S-
      200 and S-300 rockets, which are similar to U.S. "Patriot" missiles, and R-300
      tactical rockets.

      "The direction of the firing and the distance do not correspond to the plane's
      explosion site either in theory or in practice. All the hits by the rockets
      used during the exercise were recorded by corresponding devices and reached
      their targets," Khivrenko, the Ukrainian defense spokesman, said.

      "Moreover, the monitoring means of Ukraine's Air Defense
      Forces as well as those of the Ukrainian air traffic control did not record the
      presence of any civilian aircraft in the exercise area during the maneuvers."

      He said that the targets were at a distance of 35-39 kilometers (21-24 miles).
    • Gość: ^ IP: *.150.200.217.cm-upc.chello.se 04.10.01, 21:04
      10:45) Lebanese source: Hizbullah attack 'strange and risky'

      Lebanese and international sources rebuked Hizbullah's cross-border attacks
      yesterday evening on IDF positions in the Mount Dov area.

      "Any violent attack across the Blue Line is wrong according to the United
      Nations because it's an infringement of a clear UN position," Staffan de
      Mistura, the UN secretary-general's personal representative to south Lebanon
      told Beirut's The Daily Star.

      "But it could not have come at a worse time in view of the international
      climate," de Mistura added.

      The timing of the attack raised eyebrows among diplomats and security

      "It's very surprising," said a Lebanese security source. "The timing is strange
      and very risky, particularly as Israel keeps telling everyone that Hizbullah is
      a terrorist group and it should be hit. Now Hizbullah is giving everyone a
      reason to hit them."

      A European diplomat said that Israel's response could go either way, but noted
      that "the Americans certainly will not want to see a renewal of the Israel-
      Hizbullah war."

    • Gość: # IP: *.150.200.217.cm-upc.chello.se 05.10.01, 02:01
      Sharon: We won't be another Czechoslovakia
      By Arieh O'Sullivan

      JERUSALEM (October 5) - Pressured by daily deadly terror attacks, Prime
      Minister Ariel Sharon last night said all attempts to reach a cease-fire have
      failed and he has ordered the security forces into action against Palestinian

      "We can rely only on ourselves. And from today forward, we will only rely on
      ourselves," Sharon said.

      Speaking after the terror attack in Afula, which left three dead, Sharon called
      on the West not to "appease" the Arab world by abandoning Israel in the war on

      "Today Israel suffered another murderous Palestinian terrorist attack which
      took a heavy toll," Sharon said. "All of our efforts to reach a cease-fire have
      been torpedoed by the Palestinians. Fire did not cease, not even for one day."

      Speaking at a press conference in Tel Aviv last night, Sharon said the cabinet
      has instructed the security forces to take "all necessary measures" to bring
      full security.

      "We are currently in the midst of a complex and difficult political campaign. I
      call on the Western democracies and primarily on the leader of the free world,
      the United States: Do not repeat the dreadful mistake of 1938, when enlightened
      European democracies decided to sacrifice Czechoslovakia for a convenient
      temporary solution. Do not try to appease the Arabs at our expense. This is
      unacceptable to us. Israel will not be Czechoslovakia. Israel will fight

      "There is no good terrorism and bad terrorism," Sharon said. "It is worse than
      murder. We have been fighting terrorism for over 100 years. Unfortunately,
      there is no swift and immediate solution. But if united we confront this
      terrorism, we will be able to overcome it and bring peace. And we shall

      But the government stopped short of saying the cease-fire with the Palestinians
      is dead.

      "I don't sign death certificates," said Transportation Minister Ephraim
      Sneh. "Actually, we are in a situation where a cease-fire is permanently defied
      by Palestinian terrorism. That is why we have to take the measures to forestall
      this danger and to fight back."

      Sneh also refused to elaborate on what security steps will be taken. "Wait and
      see," he said.

      Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer said last night that the
      Palestinians "will have to pay a heavy price for this kind of attacks."

      Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Shaul Mofaz said the IDF has not detected any
      attempt by the Palestinian Authority to enforce the cease-fire.

      "There is no war on terror by the Palestinian Authority and they don't even
      carry out arrests," Mofaz told reporters in Tel Aviv.

      While not repeating his claim that the PA is a "terrorist entity," Mofaz said
      it has never abandoned its belligerent goal.

      Meanwhile, PA Chairman Yasser Arafat convened the PLO leadership in Ramallah
      yesterday to discuss the situation and how to deal with the latest
      developments, Palestinian sources said.

      The PA has been saying that it is unable to arrest terrorists while Israel is
      killing Palestinians. But Arafat is under growing pressure to take action, a PA
      source said.

      He knows that he must deal with militants who are challenging his orders and
      continue to carry out attacks, the source said. But as Hamas and Islamic Jihad
      have fought side-by-side with Fatah during the intifada, he can not suddenly
      start to arrest them, the source added.

      Arafat wants to first try to convince them to stop carrying out attacks and
      only then start to make arrests, the source explained. However, many senior
      officials around Arafat want him to deal with those who violate the orders.

      (Lamia Lahoud contributed to this report.)
    • Gość: + IP: *.150.200.217.cm-upc.chello.se 05.10.01, 18:13
      (16:45) Fatah claims responsibility for Afula slayings

      The Aksa Brigades of Fatah issued a statement in Jenin this afternoon claiming
      responsibility for yesterday's terrorist shooting attack in Afula that left
      three dead and 14 wounded.

      The streets of Jenin were plastered with photographs of the attacker, Nazir
      Muhammad Hamed, who came from a village near the city, Israel Radio reported.

      If the Aksa Brigades claim is true, this would be the first attack by
      Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement inside Israel
      since Arafat declared a cease-fire last week.

    • Gość: = IP: *.150.200.217.cm-upc.chello.se 05.10.01, 18:44

      For Immediate Release
      Office of the Press Secretary
      October 4, 2001

      President Directs Humanitarian Aid to Afghanistan
      Remarks by the President to State Department Employees
      U.S. Department of State
      Washington, D.C.

      U.S. Assistance to the Afghan People
      Listen to the President's Remarks

      10:25 A.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Please be seated. Thank you all.
      Mr. Secretary, I'm honored you invited me back. (Laughter.) I'm glad to be
      back to be able to say thanks on behalf of the American people to the patriots
      who work for our Department of State. Thanks for your hard work. Thanks for
      your dedication. Thanks for your love of America.

      I'm also here to announce an initiative to help the Afghan people in a
      time of crisis and in a time of need. America will stand strong and will
      oppose the sponsors of terror. And America will stand strong and help those
      people who are hurt by those regimes.

      Mr. Secretary, I am proud of your leadership. Last time I came, I
      predicted you would be a great Secretary of State. You have not let me down.
      (Applause.) And neither have the folks who work at the State Department; not
      only here in Washington, but in embassies throughout the world. America is
      proud of your service. And America is comforted by the fact that we are united
      as we stand to fight terror.

      We are engaged in a noble cause. And that is to say loud and clear to the
      evildoers that we reject you, that we will stand firm against terror, and that
      this great nation, along with many other nations, will defend freedom.

      I want to thank those of you who have worked extra long hours to help
      forge this fantastic coalition that we're building, a coalition of people all
      around the world who understand that the evil acts could have happened to them,
      just like they happened to us.

      People understand that now is the time to take a stand, to seize this
      moment, to say that out of this evil act will come good. And the State
      Department has helped lead the way. And I'm proud of your efforts. And I'm
      proud of your hard work.

      After all, many of you understand the effects of terror. We had two of
      our embassies bombed. Your colleagues were injured and died. I mean, the
      State Department has been on the front line of battling terror and the front
      line of seeing the effects of terror. And the American people appreciate the
      heroism of the people who serve our country overseas.

      This is a unique type of war. It's a war that is going to require us
      building a broad coalition of nations who will contribute, one way or the
      other, to make sure that we all win. Some nations may be willing to commit
      troops, if that's a decision that we make. Other nations will help in cutting
      off funding. Truth of the matter is, the first shot we fired in this war
      against evildoers was when the Secretary and I and the Secretary of Treasury
      said we're going to find their money, and we're going to starve them of their

      We're going to find their bank accounts, and we will freeze them. We're
      going to talk to banks all around the world, and make it clear that if they are
      on our side, if they join the folks who are fighting evil, that they've got to
      do everything they can to cut off their funds. When we starve them of their
      funds, we starve them of their capacity to move against freedom.

      I'm proud of the coalitions that we've built. I'm proud of the fact that
      the Secretary of State and the able team here at the State Department is a
      results-oriented group of folks.

      We've said, not only join the coalition, we've said here's what we expect
      you to do. Here is your assignment. One of the things the American people
      appreciate about our administration is that we're results-oriented folks, that
      we expect there to be results. We expect if you're on our team, that we want
      your performance. And it's making a difference.

      As I announced the other day, we've collectively rounded up 150
      terrorists, people associated with the al Qaeda organization. Thanks to the
      Secretary of State's work and others' work and the work of people around the
      world, we've convinced those who joined our coalition to rout out terrorists,
      to find them, to incarcerate them, to question them, to find out what's in
      their mind and what their future activities may be. And we're making great

      This is a strong coalition. It's a strong coalition because we've got
      great leadership, but it's a strong coalition because we're right. Because
      it's a strong coalition. Because we've made it clear, this is not a war
      between Christianity or Judaism and Islam. As a matter of fact, the teachings
      of Islam make it clear that peace is important, that compassion is a part of
      life. This is a war between good and evil. And we have made it clear to the
      world that we will stand strong on the side of good, and we expect other
      nations to join us. (Applause.)

      This is not a war between our world and their world. It is a war to save
      the world. And people now understand that. And I want to thank you for all
      your work of making that simple, yet profound, mission clear.

      We have no compassion for terrorists in this country. We have no
      compassion. Nor will we have any compassion for any state that sponsors them.
      Oh yes, we're a compassionate nation, but our compassion is limited. We have
      great compassion, however, for the millions around the world who are victims of
      hate, of victims of oppressive government, including the people who live in

      Today I'm announcing, along with the Secretary of State, that America will
      contribute an additional $320 million in humanitarian assistance for Afghans
      for more food, more medicine, to help the innocent people of Afghanistan deal
      with the coming winter. This is our way of saying that while we firmly and
      strongly oppose the Taliban regime, we are friends of the Afghan people.

      We will work with the UN agencies such as the World Food Program and work
      with private volunteer organizations to make sure this assistance gets to the
      people. We will make sure that not only the folks in Afghanistan who need help
      get help, but we will help those who have fled to neighboring countries to get
      help as well.

      There's no question that we're an angry people about what happened to our
      country. But in our anger, we must never forget we're a compassionate people
      as well. We will fight evil. But in order to overcome evil, the great
      goodness of America must come forth and shine forth. And one way to do so is
      to help the poor souls in Afghanistan. And we're going to do so.

      I want to remind the world that helping people in need is a central part
      of not only the Christian faith, but of Judaism and the Hindu faith, and of
      course a central part of Islamic traditions. And that's why our coalition is
      more than just one to rout terrorism out of the world. It's one to bind
      together, to knit those traditions in a way that helps people in need.

      You know, I talked to a lot of world leaders, and Colin has as well. And I
      told him, through our tears, we see opportunity, that in our sadness and grief
      we see an opportunity to not only defend freedom, but to make the world more

      I see an opportunity at home when I hear the stories of Christian and
      Jewish women alike, helping women of cover, Arab American women go shop because
      they're afraid to leave their home. I see a great opportunity when I see moms
      and dads spend more time with their children here at home.

      I see out of this sadness and grief an opportunity for America to
      reexamine our culture, to reexamine how we view the need to help people in
    • Gość: () IP: *.150.200.217.cm-upc.chello.se 05.10.01, 22:04
      New Images of Bin Laden Appear

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      By Ward Pincus
      Associated Press Writer
      Friday, October 5, 2001; 1:49 PM

      DUBAI, United Arab Emirates –– Rigid, unsmiling and flanked by AK-47-carrying
      followers, Osama bin Laden appeared in tape broadcast Friday showing the terror
      suspect sought by the United States in the rough, dry mountains of his Afghan

      Al-Jazeera television in Qatar said it believed the 30-second clip it aired was
      the most recent images of the exiled Saudi, Washington's chief suspect in the
      attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

      The TV station did not say whether the footage had been taped before or after
      the Sept. 11 attacks, or how it obtained it. Bin Laden has a history of using
      the closely watched Arab satellite channel as a conduit to the outside world,
      doling out interviews and footage over the years.

      In the newly released tape, bin Laden, dressed in white and beige robes and an
      Afghan-style dark turban, stands side-by-side with his top lieutenant, Egyptian
      Ayman al-Zawahri.

      Men armed with AK-47s, their faces covered, stand near the two.

      Around them was a stark encampment of three or four squat cement huts and a
      half-dozen or so sand-colored tents.

      Rough, arid mountains lie behind them, lit by slanting rays of what appears
      either early morning or late afternoon sun.

      Singing and the beating of drums ring out in the background. Bin Laden at times
      glances toward the camera, his face unmoving.

      Al-Jazeera said the footage was believed to record a celebration of the union
      of bin Laden's al-Qaida network and al-Zawahri's Egyptian Jihad. It also marked
      the graduation of a group of newly trained fighters into al-Qaida, Al-Jazeera

      There was no obvious reason for timing of the release of the tape, and bin
      Laden spoke no words on it – his Islamic Taliban hosts in the past have
      discouraged him from speaking publicly.

      It also was not clear what union the video would have commemorated.

      In 1998, al-Zawahri's group, Jihad, and three other militant Islamic
      organizations linked up with al-Qaida to form bin Laden's new International
      Front for Fighting Jews and Crusades.

      Beyond that alliance, there has been no known announcement of any closer

      Al-Zawahri's group, Jihad, is linked to the 1981 assassination of Egyptian
      President Anwar Sadat, 20 years ago Saturday.

      The alliance with al-Qaida led to a split within Jihad, some of whose members
      feared taking on the United States.

      An editor at Al-Jazeera, who asked not to be identified, said the station had
      no information about the tape beyond what appeared on the air.

      Operating since 1996, Al-Jazeera has provided an alternative to Arab
      broadcasting's usual, uncritical news fare of country's leaders.

      Their reports over the years have angered Muslim governments across the
      political spectrum, and have drawn criticism of the United States in the high
      tensions following the attacks on the United States.

      Bin Laden was last seen in public in February, at his son's wedding in the
      southern Afghan city of Kandahar.

      Then, bin Laden praised the October suicide-bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen,
      which killed 17 American sailors. "The pieces of the bodies of infidels were
      flying like dust particles. If you had seen it with your own eyes ... your
      heart would have been filled with joy," he said.

    • Gość: Matrix6 IP: *.150.200.217.cm-upc.chello.se 05.10.01, 22:17
      Experts are trying to crack code used by last month's hijackers

      French police have reportedly recovered a code book which could give
      investigators clues to the methods Islamic terrorists used to hide information
      in seemingly innocent messages.
      The American television network ABC said the book was found in the possession
      of Kamel Daoudi, who was arrested in England after the terror attacks on the US
      last month and has since been extradited to France.

      Mr Daoudi worked at a cybercafe. French intelligence officials reputedly
      believe his familiarity with the net could have helped the groups who carried
      out the 11 September attacks keep in touch.

      This code book is a major breakthrough in the investigation

      Former French Defence Ministry Official Alexis Debat
      Former French Defence Ministry official, Alexis Debat, told ABC's "Primetime
      Thursday" programme that Mr Daoudi is believed to be part of Osama Bin Laden's
      terrorist network.

      Mr Debat said the information came from judicial sources who told him the
      notebook with Arabic writing "seemed to be a codebook".

      A BBC correspondent in France, Malcolm Brabant, said that if information about
      the codebook is accurate, it could help the many computer experts hired by the
      FBI to pick out hidden messages in e-mails sent before the suicide attacks in
      New York and Washington.

      "This code book is a major breakthrough in the investigation," Mr Debat told

      He said French officials believe terrorists would have received their final
      instructions for the plot hidden in e-mail messages or even in pictures placed
      on the net.

      The discovery of the codebook suggests that the hijackers and their cohorts may
      have used several techniques to communicate covertly.

      Before now FBI officials have said that the hijackers used public web terminals
      and unencrypted e-mail messages to keep in touch.

      The codebook may reveal that the seemingly innocent messages actually
      contained "trigger" phrases that helped co-ordinate the attacks.

      French officials have even suggested that the hijackers could have been sending
      and receiving instructions hidden in music or pictures attached to e-mails or
      placed on the net.

      The file concealing the message looks innocent, but those with the right
      software can extract text hidden within it.

      This technique of hiding information is known as steganography

      The codebook could reveal the identifiers the hijackers used to spot the files
      bearing hidden messages.

      However, no evidence of hidden messages has been found in a survey of two
      million images carried out by US researcher Niels Provos from the University of

      Suicide missions

      Alleged US terror ringleader, Mohammed Atta

      The code book was reportedly found during a round-up of Islamic militants who
      were suspected of planning to launch suicide missions against American targets
      in France, including the US embassy in Paris.

      The FBI has discovered that three of the suspected hijackers, including the
      alleged ringleader, Mohammed Atta, turned up at a motel at Hollywood in south
      Florida in August and demanded 24-hour internet access.

      Staff who went into the men's room said they had two laptops and a stack of CD-

      Experts believe the need to be constantly on-line suggested the hijackers were
      waiting for important messages.

      On this occasion, the hotel was unable to provide the telephone connections the
      men needed, and they left in an angry mood, reportedly saying "you don't
      understand - we are here on a mission".

    • Gość: Dawid IP: *.150.200.217.cm-upc.chello.se 06.10.01, 03:25
      By Jim Garamone
      American Forces Press Service

      WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, 2001 -- "Islam is peace," President
      Bush said. And the United States is not against the
      religion of Islam, he stresses, but those who pervert the
      religion to support terrorism and mass murder.

      Muslims, those who believe in Islam, are everywhere in the
      United States. They may be your doctor or drive your taxi.
      They may serve you in restaurants or advise you in law. And
      they increasingly may be in the same foxhole, manning the
      same position or working on the same aircraft as you.

      Islam is the second-largest religion in the world, counting
      more than 1.3 billion believers. Americans have the
      misconception that all Muslims are Arabs and that all Arabs
      are Muslims. In fact, less than 20 percent of the Muslims
      in the world are Arab, and all Arab countries have
      populations that believe in other religions. The nation
      with the world's largest Islamic population is Indonesia --
      88 percent of its 280 million people are Muslims.

      In the United States, Islam is the fastest growing
      religion, a trend fueled mostly by immigration. There are 5
      million to 7 million Muslims in the United States. They
      make up between 10,000 and 20,000 members of the American

      Army Chaplain (Capt.) Abdul-Rasheed Muhammad is a Muslim
      Imam stationed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in
      Washington. In his chaplaincy, he ministers to all faiths.

      Imam Muhammad said Muslims all believe in the Five Pillars
      of the Faith. "The foundation of the faith, or Shahada, is
      the testimony in the belief in one God and that Muhammad is
      the messenger of God," he said.

      Another of the pillars is prayer. Muslims pray to Allah
      five times a day, at dawn, midday, afternoon, evening and
      night. Wherever they are, they bow in the direction of
      Mecca, the Saudi Arabian city where Muhammad was born, for
      their prayers.

      Charity is another pillar, Imam Muhammad said. "One gives a
      minimum of 2.5 percent of their wealth to the Islamic
      community yearly," he said.

      Another requirement is fasting during the month of Ramadan
      each year. Ramadan begins Nov. 18 this year.

      Finally, Muslims are expected, if possible, to make a
      pilgrimage to Mecca once in a lifetime. This is the Hajj to
      the Grand Mosque.

      In addition to prayer, a requirement of Islam is to not eat
      pork and not consume alcohol. Muslims gather at mosques for
      religious services, called Jumah, on Fridays just after
      mid-noon. Like many other religions, men typically do not
      mix with women during worship.

      Muslim women wear the headscarf, or hijab, and all Muslims
      must dress modestly. Men may wear a head covering called a
      kufi, but it is not a requirement of the faith. The
      chaplain said one of the obstacles for Muslim women serving
      in the U.S. military is that commanders may authorize them
      to wear the hijab or not. "Some do, some don't," he said.

      Muslims accept vast portions of the Bible and accept many
      Judeo-Christian teachings. Islam sees Jesus Christ as a
      very holy man, but not the Son of God. But Muslims believe
      the Prophet Muhammad received the revealed word of God --
      and that is Islam's holy book, the Koran.

      Like the Bible, the Koran is open to interpretation, up to
      a point. "Those terrorists must be reading a completely
      different Koran than the rest of us," said Marine Corps
      Capt. Aisha Bakkar-Poe. Bakkar-Poe is from Kentucky. Her
      father comes from Syria and her mother from the states.

      She said her co-workers have been asking her about Islam
      since the attacks in New York and Washington. "The question
      I get most often is, 'Who is this Allah guy,'" she said.
      "And how could these fanatics make these attacks.

      "I try to answer their questions and explain that Islam
      does not believe in killing innocent men, women and

      Army Capt. Arneshuia Balial, a nurse instructor at Walter
      Reed Army Medical Center and a Muslim, said the terrorists
      claiming to act in the name of Islam was "like a knife
      through my heart -- that people would practice Al-Islam,
      but do deeds like what they've done. It's not true faith.
      Some people twist religion to the way they think." Balial
      converted to Islam in 1987. She said the religion is more
      than just a set of beliefs, it is a way of life.

      Army Sgt. Jamal Abdel-Wahed is a medical supply specialist
      at Walter Reed. Born in Jordan, he moved to the United
      States in 1986 and is now a citizen. Abdel-Wahed said he
      has a good working relationship with his co-workers.

      "The people I work with are all professionals, and we deal
      with each other in a professional manner," he said. Like
      many other Muslims in America he worries about the effect
      the terrorist strike will have on his family. He said he
      hasn't experienced any discrimination, but has heard
      reports. "I am proud of what I am, who I am and what I
      believe in," he said.

      All of the Muslim service members said they would have no
      problem going to war against terrorism. "This isn't about
      Islam," Bakkar-Poe said. "It's about terrorism."

      Chaplain Muhammad said service members must understand that
      their fellow soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast
      Guardsmen who are Muslim are just like they are. "It's
      important for all of us to see ourselves as coming from the
      same origin," he said. "It's too easy for people to get off
      on what's different.

      "People have a way of just being people," he continued.
      "That nature God has already put into us. There's not one
      Polish nature or Italian nature or Muslim nature or
      Christian nature. It's just human nature. When people get
      to the essence of what makes us who we are, then that's
      what binds us together.

      "The Koran says that God created us different nations and
      tribes that we may come to know each other, not that we
      should hate or despise each other."
    • Gość: xr IP: *.150.200.217.cm-upc.chello.se 07.10.01, 15:23

      Sharon 'clarifies' appeasement remarks
      By Janine Zacharia and Herb Keinon

      JERUSALEM (October 7) - Following sharp US criticism of his statement that
      Israel won't be an appeasement sacrifice as Czechoslovakia was in 1938, Prime
      Minister Ariel Sharon clarified it last night, saying he "regrets" if his
      metaphor was not properly understood.

      The clarification followed two days of angry exchanges with the US government
      over his remarks Thursday night, in which Sharon warned the US and the Western
      world against trying to appease the Arabs, in order to get them to join the
      anti-terror coalition, by sacrificing Israel. Sharon had said this would be
      similar to what the British and French tried to do in 1938 by giving Hitler the
      Sudetenland in the mistaken belief that this would appease him.

      "To my regret the metaphor [of Czechoslovakia] in my speech was not understood
      properly," Sharon said. "And I regret it. President Bush has made a courageous
      decision to set as a goal the eradication of terrorism. The government of
      Israel welcomes this decision and will provide its full and unwavering support
      to the success of this commitment of the president."

      A similar message was conveyed by Sharon to US Secretary of State Colin Powell
      in a telephone conversation on Friday. In that conversation, according to
      Sharon's office, the prime minister expressed his appreciation for the "deep
      friendship and special relationship" between the two countries, and "especially
      with President George Bush."

      Sharon asked Powell to convey to Bush "his appreciation of the bold and
      courageous decision of the president to fight terrorism. Israel fully supports
      this position and cooperates with it."

      Powell made clear the president's displeasure, and emphasized the importance of
      returning to the peace process.

      Sharon's clarification last night of his comment came after he received
      numerous messages of disapproval from the administration.

      "The president believes that these remarks are unacceptable," White House
      spokesman Ari Fleischer said at a news conference on Friday. "Israel can have
      no better or stronger friend than the United States."

      Fleischer's language recalled more adversarial moments between the allies of a
      decade ago when then prime minister Yitzhak Shamir sometimes tangled with the
      first Bush administration.

      "President Bush is an especially close ally of Israel," Fleischer added. "The
      United States has been and will continue to work very hard to secure peace in
      the Middle East, to press the parties to end the violence and return to a
      political dialogue. And that will continue to be the goals and the policies of
      the United States."

      US displeasure with Sharon's comments was conveyed to him directly by Powell,
      as well as by Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer, who spoke to him shortly after he
      delivered the remarks Thursday evening.

      This conversation was particularly tense, with Sharon reportedly telling the US
      envoy that he could not believe he was calling to complain about his remarks,
      rather than offering condolences for the Israelis killed by Palestinians in
      recent days.

      A senior official in the Prime Minister's Office said last night that Sharon
      made his remarks after getting the feeling that the West was letting Hamas,
      Islamic Jihad, and Yasser Arafat off the hook regarding terror against
      Israelis. According to this official, Israel is concerned that the Palestinians
      are picking up signals from the West that it would tolerate Palestinian terror -
      the evidence being that in the last two weeks Palestinian terror has
      increased, not decreased.

      "The point Sharon was trying to make by bringing up Czechoslovakia was that
      Israel won't give up its right to self-defense when faced with unmitigated
      violence," the official said. "He was using it as a metaphor, not a historical
      corollary. He was warning of something that may develop, and felt that it was
      better to say it now."

      To a certain extent, the message was received by the Palestinians, the official
      claimed, citing the statement issued after the Palestinian cabinet meeting
      Friday night that called on the Palestinians to stop the violence.

      The highly unusual statement read that, "Some of the Palestinian factions, by
      their actions, are deviating from the national interest and the national unity
      of the Palestinian people. The Palestinian leadership is warning all those who
      are trying to violate President Arafat's decision to cease fire that it is a
      dangerous action and will harm the Palestinian national interest."

      Fleischer insisted that Sharon's assumption that the US was trying to placate
      the Arabs was inaccurate. "The United States is not doing anything that would
      appease the Arabs at Israel's expense," he said.

      Sharon has been increasingly frustrated by what he sees as mounting US pressure
      on Israel to keep things quiet so as not to thwart US efforts to forge a broad
      coalition with Arab states aimed at fighting a war against terrorist Osama bin
      Laden's al-Qaida network.

      Sharon reluctantly conceded under US pressure to allow Foreign Minister Shimon
      Peres to meet with PA Chairman Yasser Arafat to try to clinch a cease-fire. But
      since then Israelis have been gunned down daily and bombs have continued to
      explode. American intelligence officials also are saying Arafat is not holding
      up his side of the bargain.

      Instead of condemnation from the US, Bush answered last week's attacks by
      announcing US support for a Palestinian state, his first such statement ever,
      angering Sharon.

      Sharon has also been concerned about the US courting of Israel's enemies like
      Syria, which is to be voted onto the UN Security Council tomorrow without any
      opposition from the Bush administration.

      And he is upset that terrorist groups like Hizbullah and Hamas are not being
      included in the war on terrorism.

      "Sharon wanted to draw a line in the sand," said one Israeli diplomat. He
      wanted to "reaffirm the rules of the game," outlined during his last visit to
      Washington. Then, the US and Israel pledged not to "surprise" one another and
      to coordinate. Sharon wants that pact reaffirmed.

      He may have achieved the opposite. The US is single-mindedly focused on the war
      on terrorism, and US-Israel relations may not be as high a priority as they
      were pre-September 11.

      One former senior US official commented: "Sharon's heading down the wrong
      track." Even Jewish organizations offered a rare public criticism of an Israeli

      The Anti-Defamation League said in a statement it understands and empathizes
      with Israel's anxieties and concerns about how US policy on global terrorism is
      developing, but characterized as "regrettable" Sharon's comments comparing that
      policy to the appeasement policy of the 1930s.

      The American Jewish Congress also took issue with Sharon's remarks.

    • Gość: Kbl IP: *.150.200.217.cm-upc.chello.se 07.10.01, 17:15
      Saturday, 6 October, 2001, 08:31 GMT 09:31 UK
      US launches 'anti-terror' satellite

      The satellite can track individuals on the ground

      The United States has launched a satellite which intelligence analysts say will
      probably be used to gather information in the global campaign against
      The Titan IV rocket was launched from Vandenberg airforce base in California on
      behalf of the US National Reconnaissance Office, a secretive agency
      specialising in providing information for the CIA and the National Security

      The rocket is believed to have been carrying a top secret KH-11 spy satellite -
      that could monitor Afghanistan ahead of an expected military strike.

      The US Air Force refused to comment on the payload, but the NRO builds and
      operates America's spy satellites and specialises in gathering pictures and
      electronic data, such as telephone conversations on the ground.

      Pin-point accuracy

      Experts from Aviation Week and Space Technology Magazine said the satellite was
      likely to be equipped with a digital camera able to pick out objects as small
      as 10 cm (4 inches) across on the ground.

      Orbiting hundreds of miles above the earth the 15 tonne KH-11 is capable of
      tracking small groups of people walking on the ground as well as vehicle and
      weapons movements.

      It can monitor conversations and even spot campfires at night using infrared

      Identifying the enemy

      According to Aviation Magazine such information could be used to monitor the
      movements of Taleban groups and refugees to help allied forces separate
      potentially hostile groups from "non-combatants".

      The United States is believed to have spy satellites over Afghanistan already
      as US forces continue to build up nearby ahead of expected military strikes.

      Before 1996 the NRO did not publicly disclose the launches of its satellites.

    • Gość: X@Z IP: *.150.200.217.cm-upc.chello.se 07.10.01, 19:12
      The United States has begun its military operation in Afghanistan.
      "We are beginning another front in our war against terrorism so freedom can
      prevail over fear," White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said.

      There were reports of loud explosions and anti-aircraft fire in the Afghan
      capital Kabul and the city of Kandahar, the main stronghold of the ruling

      US President George Bush is to address the nation shortly, and UK Prime
      Minister Tony Blair will speak immediately afterwards.

      Meanwhile, the Taleban says it has sent 8,000 troops to its border with
      Uzbekistan, which has given the US access to an air base for its anti-terrorism

      The US administration has repeatedly rejected Taleban offers to bargain over
      the fate of its guest, Saudi-born militant Osama Bin Laden.
    • Gość: UMMA IP: *.150.200.217.cm-upc.chello.se 07.10.01, 21:50
      Topic: MUSLIMS UNITE!
      Member posted 09-23-2001 09:28 AM
      It is time for us to unite!
      It does not matter whether you are a follower of Ali or Omar! It does not
      matter whether Abu-Bakr was the right Khalif or Hassan!
      This is ALL Arabic-Politics of 1400 years ago! Ali, Abu-Bakr, Hassan, and Omar,
      no matter whether they were good or bad, are DEAD!
      They died 1400 years ago and we have NOTHING to do with them!
      We do not know whther they were good or bad! It is not our business!

      Those who whorship Muhmmad, Ali, or Omar!
      But those who whorship GOD and believe in his Quran - GOD is for ever!

      Let us not fight about Arabic politics of 1400 years ago!

      Let us unite. It does not matter whether you follow tha Jahfari or Hanafi or
      Maliki Madhhab!

      The only important thing is that you follow GOD and His prophet Abraham!

      The Quran teaches us that we should follow Abraham and his God - our God!

      Abraham is the only prophet whose life and practises (his hadiths) are
      mentioned in the Quran, thus he is our example!

      Let us follow God alone, and try to be like His prophets Muhammad and Abraham!

      IP: Logged

      • Gość: aaaa IP: 207.207.190.* 07.10.01, 22:02
    • Gość: Datsh IP: *.150.200.217.cm-upc.chello.se 07.10.01, 23:00
      For Immediate Release
      Office of the Press Secretary
      October 7, 2001

      Statement by the President
      The Treaty Room

      1:00 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon. On my orders, the United States military
      has begun strikes against al Qaeda terrorist training camps and military
      installations of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. These carefully targeted
      actions are designed to disrupt the use of Afghanistan as a terrorist base of
      operations, and to attack the military capability of the Taliban regime.

      We are joined in this operation by our staunch friend, Great Britain.
      Other close friends, including Canada, Australia, Germany and France, have
      pledged forces as the operation unfolds. More than 40 countries in the Middle
      East, Africa, Europe and across Asia have granted air transit or landing
      rights. Many more have shared intelligence. We are supported by the
      collective will of the world.

      More than two weeks ago, I gave Taliban leaders a series of clear and
      specific demands: Close terrorist training camps; hand over leaders of the al
      Qaeda network; and return all foreign nationals, including American citizens,
      unjustly detained in your country. None of these demands were met. And now
      the Taliban will pay a price. By destroying camps and disrupting
      communications, we will make it more difficult for the terror network to train
      new recruits and coordinate their evil plans.

      Initially, the terrorists may burrow deeper into caves and other
      entrenched hiding places. Our military action is also designed to clear the
      way for sustained, comprehensive and relentless operations to drive them out
      and bring them to justice.

      At the same time, the oppressed people of Afghanistan will know the
      generosity of America and our allies. As we strike military targets, we'll
      also drop food, medicine and supplies to the starving and suffering men and
      women and children of Afghanistan.

      The United States of America is a friend to the Afghan people, and we are
      the friends of almost a billion worldwide who practice the Islamic faith. The
      United States of America is an enemy of those who aid terrorists and of the
      barbaric criminals who profane a great religion by committing murder in its

      This military action is a part of our campaign against terrorism, another
      front in a war that has already been joined through diplomacy, intelligence,
      the freezing of financial assets and the arrests of known terrorists by law
      enforcement agents in 38 countries. Given the nature and reach of our enemies,
      we will win this conflict by the patient accumulation of successes, by meeting
      a series of challenges with determination and will and purpose.

      Today we focus on Afghanistan, but the battle is broader. Every nation
      has a choice to make. In this conflict, there is no neutral ground. If any
      government sponsors the outlaws and killers of innocents, they have become
      outlaws and murderers, themselves. And they will take that lonely path at
      their own peril.

      I'm speaking to you today from the Treaty Room of the White House, a place
      where American Presidents have worked for peace. We're a peaceful nation.
      Yet, as we have learned, so suddenly and so tragically, there can be no peace
      in a world of sudden terror. In the face of today's new threat, the only way
      to pursue peace is to pursue those who threaten it.

      We did not ask for this mission, but we will fulfill it. The name of
      today's military operation is Enduring Freedom. We defend not only our
      precious freedoms, but also the freedom of people everywhere to live and raise
      their children free from fear.

      I know many Americans feel fear today. And our government is taking
      strong precautions. All law enforcement and intelligence agencies are working
      aggressively around America, around the world and around the clock. At my
      request, many governors have activated the National Guard to strengthen airport
      security. We have called up Reserves to reinforce our military capability and
      strengthen the protection of our homeland.

      In the months ahead, our patience will be one of our strengths -- patience
      with the long waits that will result from tighter security; patience and
      understanding that it will take time to achieve our goals; patience in all the
      sacrifices that may come.

      Today, those sacrifices are being made by members of our Armed Forces who
      now defend us so far from home, and by their proud and worried families. A
      Commander-in-Chief sends America's sons and daughters into a battle in a
      foreign land only after the greatest care and a lot of prayer. We ask a lot of
      those who wear our uniform. We ask them to leave their loved ones, to travel
      great distances, to risk injury, even to be prepared to make the ultimate
      sacrifice of their lives. They are dedicated, they are honorable; they
      represent the best of our country. And we are grateful.

      To all the men and women in our military -- every sailor, every soldier,
      every airman, every coastguardsman, every Marine -- I say this: Your mission
      is defined; your objectives are clear; your goal is just. You have my full
      confidence, and you will have every tool you need to carry out your duty.

      I recently received a touching letter that says a lot about the state of
      America in these difficult times -- a letter from a 4th-grade girl, with a
      father in the military: "As much as I don't want my Dad to fight," she
      wrote, "I'm willing to give him to you."

      This is a precious gift, the greatest she could give. This young girl
      knows what America is all about. Since September 11, an entire generation of
      young Americans has gained new understanding of the value of freedom, and its
      cost in duty and in sacrifice.

      The battle is now joined on many fronts. We will not waver; we will not
      tire; we will not falter; and we will not fail. Peace and freedom will

      Thank you. May God continue to bless America.

      END 1:07 P.M, EDT

    • Gość: * IP: *.150.200.217.cm-upc.chello.se 08.10.01, 08:49
      PA Mufti Calls Upon Muslims Not To Join U.S. Coalition Against Terrorism

      MEMRI October 1, 2001
      On Friday September 28, 2001, during the sermon in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, PA
      Mufti, Sheikh Ikrimah Sabri, called upon Muslims to oppose the U.S. coalition
      against terrorism and encouraged them not to fear the U.S. Following are
      excerpts from the sermon:
      ”Oh Muslims, oh brothers, believers, everywhere, our Prophet used to deal in
      Friday’s sermon with current events of his time and I will follow him and also
      discuss some religious rulings connected to the current international event
      following the [attacks] that took place in America on the 11th of this month.”
      ”First, there is a religious legal rule that man is innocent, namely, in Islam,
      a human being is innocent until he is proven guilty. It is not allowed to
      blame a human being and then tell him ’prove you’re innocent.’ Therefore we
      tell America: ’It is forbidden to accuse a person before the beginning of the
      ”Until now, the American administration could not present proof to convict the
      accused in the [attacks] in New York and Washington, [because] it is possible
      that there are other elements inside America who carried out these [attaclks].
      [Since] those who flew the planes were professionals and had significant
      technical knowledge.”
      ”Second, Allah says: ’It is forbidden to throw on one person the burden of
      another.’ Therefore, we are not allowed from the legal religious point of view
      to throw on a person the responsibility for a deed done by another person. It
      is forbidden from the legal religious point of view to kill innocents, since
      the comprehensive war does not leave out anything; it kills innocents, it burns
      trees, it destroys homes and economies.”
      ”The aggressor will not be secure in his country, just like the party that was
      attacked. In as much as it is forbidden to kill innocents in America, it is
      forbidden to kill innocents in Palestine, Pakistan, Afghanistan and other
      ”Third, our Prophet says in a long tradition (Hadiph): ’It is forbidden for a
      Muslim to go against another Muslim, against his life, his properties, and his
      honor (wife).’ It is forbidden from the religious legal aspect that a Muslim
      would kill another Muslim; this killing is regarded as a severe sin. There are
      tens of verses, and hundreds of traditions that forbid it. It is far more
      sinful for a Muslim to ask for the help of a non-Muslim to kill another
      Muslim. This is a grave heresy. Allah says in the ’Chapter of the Cow’ [in
      the Quran] that ’heresy is worse than killing.’ ’Preserve Allah’s edict oh
      rulers and be careful with your deeds.’”
      ”Allah says in another verse: ’You should fear Allah if indeed you are
      believers.’ In another place he says: ’Do not fear them, but me if indeed you
      are believers.’ The belief is the basis for fear of Allah. He who does not
      fear Allah is shaken in his belief or lacks belief. We trust a Muslim who
      fears Allah but does not fear human beings.”
      ”Oh Muslims, brothers in faith everywhere, from the pulpit of the blessed Al-
      Aqsa Mosque we call upon America, the superpowers and the states that aligned
      in a military pact, we tell all of them: ’No to war, because it brings
      hardships on all mankind.’ [We say] no to the killing of innocents, no to the
      killing of elderly women and children, no to [being under your]
      guardianship. ’No to [your] intervention in other peoples’ issues. No to
      imperialism, no to occupation.’ We tell the Muslims: ’You have to unite around
      the Quran and the Sunnah, [the conduct of] his messenger, the Prophet
      Muhammad.’” --
      The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI)
      P.O. Box 27837, Washington, DC 20038-7837
      Phone: (202) 955-9070
    • Gość: * IP: *.cm-upc.chello.se 08.10.01, 18:04
      08:55) PA: We are studying the situation in Afghanistan

      The Palestinian Authority has not taken a position supporting or condemning the
      US-led attacks against Afghanistan overnight.

      "We are studying the situation, and will talk with others at a meeting of Arab
      and Islamic foreign ministers in Qatar," Palestinian Authority Information
      Minister Yasser Abed Rabbo cautiously said this morning during an interview
      with Radio Palestine, Israel Radio reports.

      "We are interested in a united front.

      "We have in the past emphasized our condemnation of the attacks in New York and
      Washington ... they cannot be justified in any religious or political fashion,"
      Abed Rabbo said.

      When Abed Rabbo was asked about a comments supporting Palestinians in a
      videotaped statement by Osama Bin-Laden released last night by the Taliban,
      Abed Rabbo said, "I heard what he had to say, and [although] it is true there
      is terror and killing against the Palestinians carried out on a daily basis,
      this does not justify killing people in New York or anywhere else.

      "We do not want any more strategic mistakes made in the name of the

      When asked about reports of arrests of Palestinians engaged in planning or
      carrying out terror attacks against Israelis, Abed Rabbo said, "There is
      campaign of 'blackening' the Palestinian position. There are no arrests of
      Palestinians. There never were in the past and there never will be.

      "If a number of individuals were arrested, they were detained for reasons
      directly connected to Palestinian security," Abed Rabbo said.

      In a move viewed skeptically by Israel's defense establishment, Palestinian
      police arrested at least two terrorists Saturday wanted by Israel and several
      other Hamas and Islamic Jihad activists in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip,
      saying this was part of a new policy to rein in militants.

    • Gość: #### IP: *.cm-upc.chello.se 08.10.01, 23:48
      Monday, 8 October, 2001, 20:34 GMT 21:34 UK
      US launches new strikes

      US troops prepare for second wave of strikes

      United States forces have launched a second wave of air strikes on targets in
      Defence officials say the attacks are aimed at the Taleban's military
      airfields, tanks and fighters. Bomber aircraft and missiles were deployed.

      The attacks resumed almost exactly 24 hours after raids began on Sunday night.


      It is terribly important to understand that there is no magic bullet, that a
      cruise missile will not solve it
      US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld

      Reports say the new attacks targeted the capital, Kabul, the Taleban stronghold
      of Kandahar in southern Afghanistan and the airport in the eastern city of
      Jalalabad. Mazar-e-Sharif and Konduz have also been hit.
      Taleban forces are responding with anti-aircraft fire.

      Power supplies to Kabul have reportedly been cut and Taleban radio has urged
      residents to stay indoors and close their blinds, reports say.

      Kabul residents reported bombs hitting targets on the outskirts of the city and
      near the airport.

      The Pakistan-based Afghan Islamic Press agency said a bomb had fallen near the
      city's main hospital.

      In other developments:

      In Gaza City, Palestinian police shoot dead three demonstrators at a rally in
      support of Osama Bin Laden and two police stations reported sacked by
      FBI taking second case of anthrax in Florida "very seriously"
      Captured British journalist Yvonne Ridley has been released by the Taleban and
      has arrived in Pakistan
      Protests against the air strikes in Afghanistan break out in two Pakistani
      cities as President Musharraf tries to reassure people that strikes hit
      military targets and did not hit Afghan cities
      US citizens in Indonesia are advised to stay indoors and be prepared for
      possible evacuation amid threats from hardline Muslims
      Egypt recognises the US' right to bomb Afghanistan "if it has conclusive
      The main target of the attacks, Saudi-born militant Osama Bin Laden makes a
      defiant statement - apparently recorded before the attacks - saying the US
      was "filled with fear from north to south, east to west"
      First strikes 'success'
      The United States declared its air assault on Afghanistan on Sunday night a
      great success.

      President George W Bush said the operation was "executed as planned". But he
      added that it would be "a long war, that requires understanding and patience
      from the American people".


      This action is not only against Afghanistan, but this is a terrorist attack on
      the whole Muslim world
      Taleban ambassador in Pakistan Abdul Salam Zaeef

      In a separate development, the US has called a meeting of the United Nations
      Security Council, scheduled for 2100 GMT on Monday.
      A letter submitted by Washington to the council on Sunday warned that the US
      could take action against other countries and organisations after the strikes
      on Afghanistan.

      Humanitarian effort goes on

      In Sunday's first wave of attacks, US Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld
      said, US and British forces had struck military aircraft, runways, missile
      launchers and "terrorist training camps".

      Mr Rumsfeld insisted that every target attacked on Sunday night was a military
      target and Kabul was not attacked directly. He said that the humanitarian
      effort, air-drops of relief aid, would continue.

      Mr Rumsfeld warned of a long campaign. The targets being hit were not going to
      cause the Taleban "to rock back on their heels", he said.

      "They do not have the kind of high-value targets which lend themselves to being
      dominated from the air."

      "We cannot yet state with certainty that we destroyed the dozens of military
      command and control and leadership targets we selected," Mr Rumsfeld added.

      British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Monday that the utmost care was being
      taken to avoid civilian casualties. He reiterated that the argument was not
      with the Afghan people, who he said would not be abandoned once the current
      conflict was over.

      : Military glossary

      Guide to the military hardware being used

      Unlike Sunday night, British forces are not directly involved in the latest

      The Taleban said there were about 20 casualties in Kabul from the Sunday's
      strikes, including women, children and elderly people.

      Hardware in action
      Tomahawk cruise missiles
      10 B-1 Lancers and B-2 stealth bombers
      10 fighter bombers from aircraft carriers

      The Taleban ambassador in Pakistan, Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef, described the
      strikes as "a terrorist attack... not only against the Islamic Emirate of
      Afghanistan, but on the whole Muslim world".
      Independent reports from Kabul have not confirmed the death toll, but bombs are
      said to have landed in a residential area in the centre of the city.

      Fleeing Kabul

      Many Kabul residents are reported to be fleeing the area, but reports said some
      shops and schools opened as usual on Monday.

      Some reports from the city quoted residents expressing relief at the lack of
      civilian casualties.

      The attacks followed warnings from US officials that time was running out for
      the Taleban to hand over Bin Laden, whom the US accuses of organising the 11
      September suicide attacks that killed more than 6,000 people.

      On Sunday US forces later air-dropped relief to Afghanistan, including 37,500
      ration packs.

      Rumours of possible strikes have led to a major exodus of refugees from

      But a spokesman for the UN refugee agency in Peshawar in Pakistan said basic
      food and shelter "simply could not be provided" if there was a massive influx
      of refugees.

      The aid agency Oxfam said Afghans were probably better off if they stayed where
      they were inside Afghanistan.

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