- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 5, 2001

U.S. warplanes bomb northern Iraq
ANKARA, TURKEY — U.S. warplanes bombed northern Iraq yesterday after Iraqi guns fired during routine patrols over the American-declared no-fly zone, the U.S. European Command announced.
The aircraft "responded to the Iraqi attacks by delivering ordnance on elements of the Iraqi integrated air-defense system," it said, using its standard statement.
The jets returned safely to their base at Incirlik, Turkey, where some 40 British and U.S. planes are based to enforce the northern no-fly zone imposed on Iraq after the Persian Gulf war to protect its Kurdish population. A similar zone was imposed in the south to protect a Shi'ite Muslim minority.

Danish police refuse to probe Israeli envoy
COPENHAGEN — Danish police said yesterday they had rejected demands for an investigation of Israel's new ambassador to Denmark, accused of ordering torture when he was security chief, because he has diplomatic immunity.
The Danish Unity List Party and a group of seven torture victims filed a complaint against Carmi Gillon, saying that as Shin Bet chief in 1995 and 1996 he violated the U.N. convention against torture.
Police Commissioner Michael Clan said that under Foreign Ministry rules, police could not investigate the envoy because he is immune from Danish law.
U.S.-based Human Rights Watch says Ambassador Gillon was responsible for at least 100 cases of torture of Palestinians while he was director of Israel's General Security Service.

Algerian militants suspected of massacre
ALGIERS — A group believed to be Islamic militants disguised as policemen killed seven persons camping on a beach in eastern Algeria, slitting their victims' throats, news reports said.
Two other persons were injured in the attack Sunday at Ouled Bakrat, 370 miles east of Algiers, El Watan newspaper reported. Several campers escaped by swimming to the sea or hiding in bushes, the newspaper Liberte said. The 15 or so assailants also burned five cars at the beach.
Liberte said the attack was believed to have been carried out by the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat, a group that refused President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's partial amnesty last year.

Weekly notes …
Moroccan King Mohammed has blamed Spanish "mafias," richer and better equipped than their Moroccan equivalent, for most of the traffic of illegal immigrants across the Strait of Gibraltar. The Spanish government officially complained last month that Morocco was not doing enough to curb illegal immigration, an accusation that Rabat rejected. … Les Hickman, the American consul in Amman, Jordan, has been summoned to testify in the retrial of Raed Hijazi, 32, a Jordanian-American sentenced to death in absentia for planning terrorist attacks. Mr. Jijazi's lawyer, Jalal Darwish, told Agence France-Presse his client showed signs of having been tortured in prison, where Mr. Hickman visited him.


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