- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 3, 2004

SUDAN

U.N. airdrops food over Darfur

ROME — The United Nations began airdrops of food into Sudan’s conflict-ridden Darfur region, a U.N. agency said yesterday, the same day Egypt said it was airlifting medicine and other necessities.

The Rome-based U.N. World Food Program said it had dropped 22 tons of food supplies to the farming town of Fur Buranga in western Darfur on Sunday.

The agency plans to deliver about 1,400 tons of food in a first round of airdrops to help more than 70,000 people displaced by the 17-month-old conflict. The agency has said it expects the air-supply effort in Darfur to exceed the Berlin airlift of the late 1940s.

COLOMBIA

U.S. supports Uribe over drug report

BOGOTA — The United States came to the defense of Colombian President Alvaro Uribe yesterday after a recently declassified 1991 U.S. military intelligence report linked him to powerful drug traffickers.

The State Department and the Pentagon delivered strong statements in support of Mr. Uribe, who is an ally of Washington in the war on drugs.

The document was prepared by the Defense Intelligence Agency 13 years ago, when Mr. Uribe was a senator. The report placed him at No. 82 on a list of 104 “important Colombian drug traffickers.”

AFGHANISTAN

Coalition battles militants near Pakistan

KABUL — More than 100 Afghan and American troops supported by U.S. warplanes clashed with 50 militants near the Pakistani frontier yesterday, inflicting “heavy losses” on the rebels in the fiercest border skirmish in months, the U.S. military said, without elaborating.

One Afghan soldier was reported killed and at least five were injured in the fighting in Khost province, a former stronghold of terror network al Qaeda in southeastern Afghanistan, where the U.S. military maintains an air base.

An Afghan commander said the fight began when the militants attacked a border post near Zhawara, 40 miles south of Khost city, early yesterday.

MOROCCO

5 Guantanamo inmates sent back home

RABAT — Five Moroccans detained at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, were turned over to authorities in Morocco, the country’s official news agency reported yesterday.

The men, who were arrested during the U.S.-led war that toppled Afghanistan’s hard-line Taliban regime, arrived in the North African kingdom on Sunday, the MAP news agency said. They were handed to justice officials.

Morocco, which has an active network of Islamist terrorists, is one of the United States’ most important allies in the Muslim world in the war on terror.

BRITAIN

Overdose suspected in sniffer dog’s death

LONDON — A police sniffer dog died of what is suspected of being an overdose while hunting for drugs, British police said yesterday.

Todd, a 7-year-old springer spaniel, had been looking for drugs in a field and car in Preston, northern England, when his handler noticed he was looking unwell.

The dog was taken to a vet and then rushed to an animal intensive-care unit at the University of Liverpool, displaying symptoms of amphetamine ingestion, a Lancashire police spokeswoman said. He died shortly afterward.

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