- The Washington Times - Monday, January 9, 2006

AFGHANISTAN

Taliban warns of more attacks

KABUL — Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar purportedly warned yesterday of a surge in violence, clearly rejecting Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s proposal a day earlier to “get in touch” if he wants to talk peace.

Meanwhile, Pakistan said it protested to the U.S. military a cross-border firing that killed eight persons in a Pakistani village, but stopped short of blaming American forces for the attack.


IRAN

Plane crash kills senior commander

TEHRAN — A small military passenger jet crashed yesterday in northwestern Iran, killing at least 11 persons, including the commander of the ground forces of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards.

Gen. Ahmad Kazemi and 10 other officers were killed, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

It was the second time in two months that a military plane crashed in Iran while attempting an emergency landing.

SOUTH KOREA

Reclusive leader visits China

SEOUL — North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has traveled to China on a rare trip outside his country, a South Korean military intelligence official said today.

The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said he received the information from intelligence inside China. “We confirmed he went to China,” the official said. China’s Foreign Ministry said it could not confirm the report.

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