- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 26, 2001

Saudi pilot complains FBI targeting Arabs

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia A Saudi pilot said yesterday that many of his friends at an airline flight school in Florida were being questioned by the FBI simply because they are Arabs.

"I thank God I'm not there now, because I would be hauled in by the FBI," Eyad Mohammed, 26, a domestic pilot for Saudi Arabian Airlines, told Reuters news agency. "I have many friends there right now who have been pulled out of flight school for questioning," he said.

Five on U.S. list are in Egyptian group

CAIRO Five of the suspects on President Bush's wanted list are leaders of Egypt's outlawed Islamic Jihad and are believed to be in Afghanistan, security and other sources said yesterday.

The names highlight the links Jihad has with Saudi-born Osama bin Laden, whom Washington considers the top suspect in the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States, and Islamists said they show Cairo is working closely with U.S. investigators.

Prominent on the list are Ayman al-Zawahri, considered bin Laden's right-hand man, and Sobhi Abu Setta, said to be No. 2 in bin Laden's network, al Qaeda (the Base).

Greece's war games set close to Turkey

ATHENS Greece opens its annual military exercises today with nationwide war games that will focus particularly on areas close to its regional rival, Turkey, the army announced yesterday.

"The exercises will take place throughout the country's land, maritime and air spaces, particularly in the regions of Evros and the island of Lesbos," the army said, referring to two areas close to Turkey.

Yemeni gunmen seize Chinese road engineer

SANAA, Yemen A Chinese engineer working in Yemen has been abducted by armed tribesmen, a Yemeni police official said yesterday.

"Gunmen from a Yememi tribe kidnapped a Chinese engineer in Sanaa Sunday and police have been able to determine his place of detention and identify his abductors," the official said.

A tribal leader told Agence France-Presse the man had been abducted "by members of the Nahm tribe," based in Maarib province, about 90 miles east of Sanaa.

Weekly notes

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak warned in Rome yesterday that if resolving the Middle East crisis were not given a higher priority, terrorism could spiral out of control. Mr. Mubarak had lunch with Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, then had a one-hour talk with Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, the most senior British official to visit Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution, said in Tehran yesterday he was seeking to exchange information on Afghanistan and terror suspect Osama bin Laden with Iranian officials. But he denied he had brought a message to Iran from the United States.

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