The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 12, 1997 · Page 7
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 7

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, October 12, 1997
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THE SALINA JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12, 1997 A7 v MIDEAST Jordan-Israel cooperation frozen Jordan freezes security cooperation with Israel, Jordanian officials say By JAMAL HALABY Associated Press Writer AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan has suspended security cooperation with Israel and will not restore it until Israeli officials responsible for a botched assassination attempt against a Palestinian militant leader are dismissed, two senior Jordanian officials said Saturday. The development — not confirmed by Jordan's government — would mark a new low in relations between Israel and Jordan since two Israeli secret agents were caught trying to kill Khalid Mashaal, the political strategist of the Palestinian militant movement Hamas, in Amman on Sept. 25. A third source, a Jordanian Cabinet official who spoke on condition of anonymity, said only that Jordan is "reviewing the fate of security cooperation." And an Israeli official, also speaking on condition of anonymity, insisted that security cooperation between the two countries continues. Meanwhile, a Jordanian man was shot and killed by Israeli troops while trying to enter Israel illegally, the Israeli army announced Saturday. The shooting occurred Friday night along the border in the Jordan valley. It was announced by Israel on Saturday at sundown, the end of the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur. Security cooperation, as defined by the Israeli-Jordan peace treaty of 1994, entails the exchange of intelligence information on extremist groups and other persons. "Jordan will not reinstate such cooperation so long as those responsible for plbtting to kill Mashaal and destabilize our security are still in office," said one of the two officials who reported the freezing of security cooperation, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. Asked if that ultimatum included Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — who bears the ultimate responsibility for ordering the operation — the official said: "No comment." He again said "no comment" whert asked if Jordan wants Mossad secret service agency chief Danny Yatom to resign. The official said Jordan froze security cooperation a few days after the bungled attempt on Mashaal's life, which infuriated Jordan's King Hussein, who saw it as a betrayal of his efforts to build peace with Israel. The Jordanian Cabinet official said Jordan remains committed to the provisions of the 1994 peace treaty under Which Jordan and Israel have exchanged intelligence information and cooperated closely against militants groups. Also Saturday, Jordan's state minister for information, Samir Mutawe, dismissed an Israeli Army radio report that the Mossad mission chief in Jordan and his agents had returned home "on the express orders of King Hussein." "There is no specific office named Mossad in Jordan" and "what happens in the Israeli Embassy in Jordan is the embassy's business," Mutawe said. Other officials, however, confirmed that Jordan dismissed a "handful" of Israeli intelligence officers at the embassy shortly after the assassination attempt. On Friday, Israel's Army Radio said Jordan broke off contacts with Mossad and won't resume them while Yatom remains in power. Without Jordan's cooperation, Israel's campaign against Islamic militants would be increasingly difficult: Many of the key figures of the Islamic militant group Hamas live in Jordan. HamaS claimed responsibility for two suicide bombings in Jerusalem in July and September. The group has carried out more than a dozen suicide bombings in Israel since 1994. TIRAN !..* URUGUAY 75 killed in Argentine airplane crash By The Associated Press p'NUEVO BERLIN, Uruguay -, SjFalling like a fireball from the jjsky, an Argentine airliner ^crashed and exploded in ^Uruguay, killing all 75 people "•aboard, authorities and wit^nesses said Saturday. The pilot jvhad been trying to dodge a tur- \bulent storm. £ The Austral airlines DC-9 all S-but disintegrated when it Islammed into farmland at 11 gp.m. Friday near Nuevo Berlin, «in eastern Uruguay. It was the deadliest crash ever involving an Argentine airliner. "There were no survivors," said Juan Manuel Vazquez, secretary-general of the Argentine air force. "The plane hit the ground with a heavy impact and is scattered over a very wide area." The crash left a crater 25 feet deep and 30 feet wide. The surrounding area was strewn with debris from the aircraft and unrecognizable human remains — mere bits of bones and flesh. Seventy passengers and five crew members were flying from the northern Argentine city of Posadas to Buenos Aires, said Santiago Garcia, commercial manager of Austral. Officials said most of the victims were Argentine but there were a few Uruguayans and one Swiss. Three infants were among the dead. Storms bearing strong winds, rain, hail and lightning were raging at the time of the crash, and the "extremely difficult weather" may have been to blame, Vazquez said. BILLS BILLS BILLS CONSOLIDATE $ 10,000-$110/mo. $50,000 -°$550/mo. NO EQUITY REQUIRED 1-800-619-7010 HOMEOWNERS ONLY NATIONWIDE LENDING CORP. Hours: 8:00 am-8:00 pm LOANS SHOWN Based on 11.99% 20 Year Term at 12.39% APR, ORE LIC #01019697 (AD016) Iran opens major war games By The Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Iran's navy launched major maneuvers in the Persian Gulf on Saturday, days before the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz is scheduled to arrive in the Gulf. Iran's war games are meant to "display Iran's capability and increasing strength ... in the face of the onslaught of foreigners," Iranian television said. The region has been tense since Sept. 29, when Iranian warplanes bombed two Iranian insurgent bases in southern Iraq, violating the "no-fly zone" created by the United States and its allies. The United States reacted to the air raids by ordering the Nimitz to the Gulf. Washington warned Iran and Iraq that further violations of Iraq's no-fly zone would trigger retaliation. U.S. Navy officials say the SPA REPAIR [We db «xr repairs on \makes & mode/s/ 823-POOL 11-8QQ-A49-PUJS » POOL'S PIUS Nimitz battle group of warships should arrive in the Gulf within days, when Iran's 10-day war games will be well under way. Iranian television showed battleships, helicopters and submarines moving into place for the exercises, which will cover 15,000 square miles. More than 50 warships, including two Russian-built submarines, and scores of planes and helicopters will take part in the exercises, which have been code- named "Victory 8," the official Islamic Republic News Agency said. 'The Uncommon Florists" rtful Flowers Hours: 9-5, Mon.-Fri. 827-8448 921 Sholimar Drive 'I Behind the Souttigate Dairy Queen C INSURANCE GROUPS STANDING GUARD DO YOU WANT TO LOWER YOUR HOME OWNERS INSURANCE PREMIUM? 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