- The Washington Times - Monday, September 10, 2001

Iraq pursues biological weapons
Iraq's pursuit of chemical and biological weapons threatens to become a serious problem, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said yesterday.
Without monitoring by U.N. weapons inspectors, the Iraqis have been "working diligently to increase their capabilities in every aspect of weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile technology," he said. "And as they get somewhat stronger, the problem becomes greater."
A CIA report delivered to Congress on Friday described the efforts of other countries to obtain weapons of mass destruction. Iraq again may be producing biological warfare agents, the report said, although confirming that is difficult given the inspectors' absence.

Chilean general's family to sue Kissinger
The family of Chile's ex-army chief is to sue former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger for reportedly plotting the assassination of the general in 1970, CBS television reported yesterday.
The lawsuit will be filed this week in federal court in Washington, the CBS "60 Minutes" show reported, claiming the botched kidnapping in which Gen. Rene Schneider died was organized and paid for by the CIA under instructions from President Nixon and Mr. Kissinger.
CBS said the White House was determined to mount a coup to prevent Socialist Salvador Allende from assuming the Chilean presidency after he narrowly won the Sept. 4, 1970, presidential election, and Gen. Schneider, who pledged support to Mr. Allende, stood in its way.

Exploding camera wounds Masood
DUSHANBE, Tajikistan — Afghan opposition commander Ahmad Shah Masood was wounded yesterday in northern Afghanistan when a bomb concealed in a video camera went off while he was being interviewed by a group of journalists, a source at the Afghan Embassy in Dushanbe told Agence France-Presse.
The incident, which happened at his heavily guarded residence in Khwaja Bahauddin, killed an official from Gen. Masood's opposition forces and wounded Gen. Masood in the leg, the source added.
The journalists, whose nationality and number the Afghan diplomat did not specify, were detained.

Kashmiri women threatened with acid
NEW DEHLI — A deadline set by Islamic rebels in Kashmir for Muslim women to start wearing veils or else face acid attacks passed without incident yesterday, but the rebels ordered non-Muslim women to dress distinctively or face a similar fate.
The little-known Lashkar-e-Jabbar group has decreed that Muslim women must wear yashmaks or the head-to-toe cloaks called burqas. It said Hindu women should wear the bindi dot on their foreheads, while Sikh females should cover their heads with saffron-colored wraps.
It also specified that Muslim men should have beards and wear the baggy salwar trousers and long shirts.
The dress code is similar to an order issued by Afghanistan's Taliban rulers three months ago which made it mandatory for non-Muslim minorities to wear identification badges when they go outdoors.

Frank talks set for Colombia
BOGOTA, Colombia — Secretary of State Colin L. Powell anticipates a "frank" discussion with Colombian President Andres Pastrana about the status of his U.S.-backed plan to fight leftist guerrillas and illegal drug trafficking, Newsweek reported yesterday.
The magazine, to appear on newsstands today, reported that senior U.S. officials fear Mr. Pastrana's Plan Colombia, a multibillion-dollar effort to curb illegal drug trafficking and end the country's 37-year civil war, is failing.
"What's happening down there is a catastrophe," Newsweek quotes one unidentified congressional staffer as saying.
Mr. Powell is to arrive tomorrow in Bogota for a two-day visit after attending an Organization of American States meeting in Lima.


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