- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 22, 2000

Missing U.S. officer found in Israel

JERUSALEM A U.S. Army Reserve officer in military intelligence who went absent without leave from his base in San Antonio has been located in southern Israel, police said yesterday.
Authorities in Israel and the United States will review the case of Lt. Col. Jeremiah Mattysse, with his agreement, the police statement said, suggesting the U.S. officer is not in detention.
Col. Mattysse, who failed to report for duty Aug. 8 after a vacation, has submitted a request to immigrate to Israel, Israeli Interior Ministry officials said. A ministry spokeswoman said she did not know when the request was submitted.

Kashmiri militants kill five Indian soldiers

JAMMU, India Guerrillas used booby traps and rockets to kill five Indian soldiers in troubled Kashmir yesterday, while Indian security forces killed at least eight persons believed to be part of the separatist movement, the Indian military said.
Indian troops fired artillery across the border dividing Kashmir between India and Pakistan, raining down shells on villages yesterday, Pakistani police said. The shelling killed a man and an 8-year-old girl, and injured eight persons, including four children, police said.
Pakistan says Indian shelling has increased in past weeks across the border a frequent scene of artillery exchanges.

Yugoslav captors beat Westerners

BELGRADE, Yugoslavia Two Canadians and two Britons arrested on suspicion of terrorism told their attorneys yesterday they had been beaten by their Yugoslav captors, though the detainees said the mistreatment was not severe enough to be called torture.
Diplomats demanded that Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic's government offer an explanation. Canadian diplomat Angela Bogdan told reporters that the men confirmed reports over the weekend that they had been beaten by Yugoslav army soldiers in the first days following their Aug. 1 arrest.
"We bluntly asked them about their treatment, and yes, they have been roughed up," she said. "We have asked for an official explanation."

Sierra Leonean rebels have new leader

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone The leader of Sierra Leone's brutal rebel movement has been replaced by his top field commander, a switch regional leaders welcomed yesterday as a sign the rebels may be willing to end a nine-year civil war.
A statement said the rebel high command had elected Gen. Issa Sesay, the rebel's top field commander, to replace Foday Sankoh, the now-imprisoned mercurial leader and spiritual guide of the rebel Revolutionary United Front.

Peru announces arms ring bust

LIMA, Peru Peru's shadowy intelligence chief made a rare public appearance yesterday to announce the arrest of what the government said was a group of international arms dealers selling weapons to Colombian guerrillas.

President Alberto Fujimori said the arms ring was uncovered by an intelligence service investigation that began in late 1998. A government spokeswoman said a Russian and five Peruvians, including at least one retired army officer, were arrested in recent days in connection with the reported arms smuggling.

Tropical Storm Debby threatens Caribbean

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten Speeding west at near hurricane strength, Tropical Storm Debby threatened several northeast Caribbean islands still recovering from last year's storm damage.

At 8 p.m. EDT, Debby was centered about 115 miles east-southeast of Antigua, heading for French, Dutch and British islands overnight and expected to continue on to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico today and then the Dominican Republic. Forecasters said it was too early to say whether the storm could threaten the U.S. mainland.

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