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CIA armed drone failed to save Haq
The CIA sent a missile-armed drone to protect Afghan opposition leader Abdul Haq in his flight from the Taliban, hitting a vehicle convoy but failing to prevent Mr. Haq's capture and execution.
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said yesterday on ABC's "This Week" that Mr. Haq called for help and received air support.
"The assistance unfortunately was from the air, and he was on the ground. And regrettably, he was killed," Mr. Rumsfeld said.
Asked if it was military air support, he said, "It was from another element of the government." He did not go into detail, but a government source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said a CIA unmanned Predator flew the mission. The Predator reached the area a few hours later and struck a Taliban convoy.
But Mr. Haq and some others from his group were captured and hanged as spies, said Mr. Haq's nephew in Pakistan. Mr. Haq's group had entered Pakistan to encourage an anti-Taliban uprising among fellow ethnic Pashtuns. U.S. officials said his mission was not sanctioned by Americans but they saluted his cause.

Russian forces kill 30 Chechen rebels
MOSCOW Around 30 rebel Chechens were reported killed yesterday after a weekend of military operations by federal Russian forces in the separatist republic, according to the news agency ITAR-TASS.
Fifteen persons suspected of belonging to rebel forces were arrested following the operations, the same source said.

Venezuela's Chavez used rebel guard
BOGOTA, Colombia Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez agreed to have a suspected leftist rebel as his bodyguard during his visit to Bogota in May, when the rebels were planning to assassinate Colombian President Andres Pastrana, the magazine Cambio reported yesterday.
The man, Fernando Serna, told attorneys that Mr. Chavez was in continual contact with Alfonso Cano, a leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), and that the two had arranged for Mr. Serna to be part of his security retinue during Mr. Chavez's visit to Bogota, Cambio reported, citing court documents.

Saudi charities deny terrorist links
CAIRO An organization of Islamic charities yesterday denied that its members could be funneling money to terrorists and urged the United States to give evidence to back up its suggestions that they were doing so.
Since the Sept. 11 attacks, the United States has frozen the assets of one Saudi charity, the Wafa Humanitarian Organization, and U.S. officials have said Islamic charities are a key source of fund raising for Osama bin Laden and his terrorist al Qaeda.
"We dare anyone to prove that any Islamic charity organization is involved or has supported any [terrorist] body," said Hamid bin Ahmed al-Rifaei, head of the Saudi-based International Islamic Forum for Dialogue, an umbrella group of about 100 nongovernmental Islamic and other charities from around the world.

Marrakech meeting to set ecotreaty
Capping a tortuous four-year effort, negotiators from more than 150 countries are heading to the Moroccan city of Marrakech to put the final touches on an accord aimed at limiting humanity's influence on the climate.
The big question is how much difference it can make without the backing of the United States.
A two-week conference beginning today hopes to complete a set of rules that will affect the way countries produce energy, influence heavy industry such as automaking, encourage forestry projects and new farming techniques, and pay rich countries to help poor ones.
Cabinet ministers and policy-makers from most countries will arrive in Marrakech for the final three days, Nov. 7-9, to approve the document

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