The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on September 20, 2002 · Page 7
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INTERNATIONAL FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 20,2002 THE HAYS DAILY NEWS A7 Israelis blow up buildings in Arafat's compound ASSOCIATED PRESS Smoke billows today above Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's compound, as an explosion set off by Israeli army grpuntftTgop^est^cpMof the besieged leader's headquarters in the:WMt:Banltt6wnTof:RamailanV::::- Sept. 11 planners were watched in Malaysia, but who knew significance? RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Israeli troops blew up three buildings in Yasser Arafat's city-block-sized headquarters today — part of a major assault with tanks and bulldozers meant to isolate the Palestinian leader in response to a Tel Aviv suicide bombing that killed six people. Large, gray clouds of smoke wafted across Arafat's already heavily damaged compound after each explosion. Israeli snipers killed one of Arafat's bodyguards as the Palestinian leader remained holed up in his office. Troops using loudspeakers called on wanted men in the compound to surrender. In all, 20 men gave themselves up throughout the night, walking in single file with their arms KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — From restaurants to shopping malls to their secret apartment meeting place, key Sept. 11 plotters moved around Malaysia's largest city in comfortable obscurity. Even two Malaysians assigned as their drivers didn't know who they were. The al-Qaida members were photographed during their visit in January 2000 by security officials at various places in and around the country's gleaming biggest city, but it was their Malaysian and Indonesian hosts who were the targets of the surveillance, officials say. The visitors' significance was not known until much later, they say. Malaysia acknowledges small bands of Islamic militants exist in this Southeast Asian country, some of them trained in al-Qaida camps in Afghanistan and religious schools in Pakistan. But the government bristles at suggestions Malaysia was a launch- pad for the Sept. 11 attacks, pointing out that the plotters were able to travel the globe for years without raising suspicion and that the most crucial planning took place abroad, including in the United States. Today, intelligence coinmittees in the U.S. Congress will hold a hearing looking into what U.S. agencies knew about two of the hijackers before the attacks. Malaysian and U.S. officials agree that the two, Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaz al-Hazmi, were among al- Qaida members who met in Malaysia in January 2000. Accounts differ about two other attendees. A Malaysian official who is regularly briefed on the investigation says Malaysian police believe one of them was Ramzi Binalshibh, who reportedly boasted in June that he was in charge of coordinating the cells that carried out the attacks. A U.S. official in Washington said American officials believe he was not at the meeting. U.S. officials say Tawfiq Attash Khallad, an al-Qaida leader accused of masterminding the bombing of the USS Cole in October 2000, attended. The Malaysian official said Khallad has not been identified by Malaysian officials, though a fourth Arab who used the name Salah Said was present. The possibility of Binalshibh's presence in Malaysia — which came to light just before he was captured after a gunbattle in Pakistan last week — has sharpened the focus on this Southeast Asian country as a key stop on the plotters; travels, in the months before the attacks^ -' Briefs Assailants wearing burqas attack Afghan soldiers KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — Gunmen wearing burqas fired shots and threw grenades at a vegetable market where Afghan soldiers were shopping today, injuring two soldiers and sending other shoppers scrambling for safety, witnesses said. The two attackers, disguised in the head-to-toe veils used by Afghan women, pulled up to the market in Kandahar in a car driven by another man. Witnesses said the assailants were both men. After the assault, people surrounded the car, grabbed the driver and turned him over to police, but the two gunmen got away. The reason for the attack and the identities of the assailants was not immediately clear. Decision to hold oil output steady upsets importers OSAKA, Japan (AP) — OPEC's decision to hold crude output, steady with prices at almost $30 per barrel got a chilly reception today from major oil-consuming nations who worry their economies will suffer. The West had called for OPEC to put more oil on the market and provide some relief from prices that have soared recently amid fears President Bush will wage war on Iraq to try to topple Saddam Hussein, possibly causing supply disruptions in the Middle East. But OPEC ministers — who contend the market is adequately supplied — decided in a meeting here Thursday to roll over their official production ceiling of 21.7 million barrels per day, which is being inflated by up to 2 million barrels a day as some members cheat by pumping over their stated limit. The head of the International Energy Agency, which represents Western consuming nations, predicted today that OPEC's decision will stir up volatility in the oil markets, and added it won't do anything to assist the global economy. Far from Mideast, oil boom flows from Gulf of Guinea MALABO, Equatorial Guinea (AP)—In the run-up to a possible U.S.-led offensive on Iraq, U.S. oil companies and strategic planners have their sights on another gulf — West Africa's Gulf of Guinea, a booming backwater surpassing raised. However, several senior Palestinian officials sought by Israel, including the intelligence chief in the West Bank, were not among them. Israel's defense minister, Binyamin Ben- Eliezer, said troops would not leave until all the wanted men had surrendered, but would not use force to arrest them. "In terms of the chairman," Ben-Eliezer said, referring to Arafat, "we have no intention of expelling him or firing at him. We want to isolate him." Yet Arafat's aides said he was in grave danger, noting that Arafat's office shook badly with one of the explosions. "They (soldiers) continue blowing up buildings around us," said adviser Nabil Abu Rdeneh. Despite the Israeli assault, the third since March, Arafat was in relatively good spirits, those around him said. He was kept awake at night by the sound of shooting and bulldozers toppling walls, but performed today's prayer the highlight of the Muslim week — in his office before taking an afternoon nap. Water and electricity had not been cut, unlike in earlier raids. Throughout the day, Arafat spoke to several Arab leaders, who told him they would seek an emergency session of the UN. Security Council to discuss a demand for an immediate Israeli withdrawal, said Abu Rdeneh. In the Gaza Strip, Israeli tanks backed by helicopter gunships raided a Gaza City neighborhood and blew up several metal workshops the army said were used for making weapons. Saudi Arabia in oil exports to the United States. Giant U.S. oil rigs and tankers offshore, and American oil roustabouts' sporting coveralls and the flat drawls of Oklahoma and Texas onshore, are vanguards of a U.S.-led oil boom in the region. It's one the United States is acknowledging as a strategic interest to be safeguarded militarily. "It's like the Persian Gulf in the 1960s," said Paul Michael Wi- hbey, a resource specialist who has led Washington- and Jerusalem-based lobby groups in urging the United States to turn from Mideast to West African oil. West Africa, led by Nigeria, already supplies the United States with 15 percent of its oil — approximating Saudi Arabia's share of the U.S. market. The U.S. National Intelligence Council projects U.S. oil supplies from West Africa will swell to 25 percent by 2015 — more than from the Persian Gulf. Young candidate appears set for India's toughest job KHAG, India (AP) — A few minutes into his campaign speech, the young man expected to be Indian Kashmir's next administrator said something considered suicidal for a politician in India. "We have made mistakes. We realize our mistakes," Omar Abdullah said. There was a moment of awkward silence. Then the crowd of 200 Kashmiri villagers broke into applause. The 32-year-old Muslim is the new flagbearer of Kashmir's most powerful political dynasty, heading the state's ruling National Conference party founded by his grandfather. He campaigned this week for the second round in state elections next Tuesday. Abdullah is expected to succeed his father, the bombastic Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah, as the state's top elected official. Though he is staunchly pro-India and struggles apologetically to speak Kashmiri—preferring English or Urdu — Omar Abdullah vows to push for greater autonomy for Kashmir. He also hopes to revive his home region's tourism. If the National Conference party wins, as expected, Omar Abdullah would become chief minister of Jammu-Kashmir state — a position his father describes as the "toughest job in India." FAIL BOOTS HOW ON SALE! MIA SHORT OR TALL LEATHER BOOTS AVAILABLE IN CHESTNUT & BLACK Sale $29.99 - $59.99 Reg . $74 - $94 WtSTUS AVAILABLE IN BLACK Sale $54.99 - $69.99 R e g . $72 - $88 CASUAL COMFORT NOW ON SALE Sale 29.99 Air Spree* Air cushion flats with elastic for perfect fit. Reg. $38. Sale 24.99 Life Stride* Low-heel croco pump. Available hi black, coffee or tan. 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