- The Washington Times - Monday, March 24, 2003

BRITAIN
Death linked to 'friendly fire'
LONDON A British television news reporter who disappeared in southern Iraq was believed to have been killed by "friendly fire," his employer said yesterday.
Independent Television News said reporter Terry Lloyd and two colleagues apparently were caught in a barrage of "friendly fire" Saturday and the network "received sufficient evidence" that Mr. Lloyd was dead.
"We believe his body to be in Basra hospital, which is still under Iraqi control," a network statement said.
ITN said it still had no information on the whereabouts of Mr. Lloyd's missing colleagues, photographer Fred Nerac of Belgium and translator Hussein Osman.

IRAQ
U.S. targets Saddam's 'henchmen'
QORATU U.S. warplanes late Saturday bombed Iraqi positions near the city of Khanaqin, where President Saddam Hussein's feared "henchmen," the Mujahideen i-Khalq, are located, Kurdish sources said yesterday.
"The Iraqi regime depends very heavily on these people," said Bakhtiar Hekmat Mohammad Karim, a senior member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, which controls the eastern side of the northern Iraqi enclave.
"U.S. forces should fear them, and potentially they pose a real danger," he said in the village of Qoratu, 20 miles north of Khanaqin and on the Iraq-Iran border.

JORDAN
5 Iraqi diplomats are expelled
AMMAN Jordan expelled five Iraqi diplomats yesterday, citing security reasons in the first such move by an Arab country in response to a U.S. request.
State news agency Petra said the diplomats were asked to leave because they carried out activities "incompatible to their status of diplomats."
"The diplomats were asked to leave by the Jordanian Foreign Ministry within 24 hours," said Iraqi Embassy spokesman Jawad al-Ali. "They left this morning for Baghdad."
The diplomats and their dependents arrived in Damascus, Syria, and were expected to stay there until they receive orders from Baghdad on whether they should return to Iraq.

INDIA
Gunmen massacre Hindus in Kashmir
SRINAGAR Twenty-four Hindus have been fatally shot by unidentified gunmen in Kashmir, police said today.
The attack was in the village of Nadi Marg, south of Srinagar, summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir state.
The dead included women and children, a senior police official told Reuters news agency in Jammu, winter capital of the state.
At least 38,000 people have died since a revolt began in 1989 against Indian rule in Jammu and Kashmir, mostly Hindu India's only Muslim-majority state.
Nuclear-armed India and Pakistan came close to war last year amid Indian accusations that Islamabad funds, trains and arms militants fighting in Kashmir. Pakistan denies the charges.

GERMANY
Schroeder sees jump in popularity
BERLIN Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's anti-war stance was rewarded by German voters with a surge in popularity putting him ahead of opposition leader Angela Merkel for the first time in six months, a magazine reported.
Mr. Schroeder, whose firm anti-war position is backed by 81 percent even though it has caused friction with the United States, is supported by 43 percent of the voters, up nearly 10 percentage points in the past month, a Forsa poll in Stern magazine reports.
The popularity of Mrs. Merkel, whose support of President Bush has annoyed even many backers of her conservative Christian Democrats, slipped behind Mr. Schroeder at 37 percent.

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