- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 15, 2002

Iraqi opposition says Saddam's son wounded
LONDON The Iraqi National Congress opposition group said yesterday its operatives had shot and wounded the youngest son of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein during an assassination attempt two weeks ago.
Qusay Hussein heads the Republican Guards, which is entrusted with the protection of the president. He has been promoted to the regional command of the Ba'ath party and touted as a successor to Saddam.
The Iraqi National Congress said Qusay was wounded in the arm when a gunman shot at his motorcade in the Mansour district on Aug. 1. Iraqi security forces clashed with the attackers, who fled the scene, it said.

NATO targets Karadzic in Bosnian swoop
CELEBICI, Bosnia-Herzegovina NATO troops swooped down on a Bosnian village yesterday in a bid to tighten the net around Serbian fugitive Radovan Karadzic, one of the world's most-wanted men, who is accused of genocide during the 1992-1995 war.
Soldiers in armored vehicles and backed by helicopters hovering overhead moved into remote Celebici, where the NATO-led Stabilization Force twice failed to catch the wartime Bosnian Serb leader earlier this year.
The force said the search operation targeted Mr. Karadzic's support network in the mountainous region by the Montenegrin border.

Former Timor governor convicted in war crimes
JAKARTA, Indonesia In the first verdict in a series of war-crimes trials, a court convicted Indonesia's last governor of East Timor and sentenced him yesterday to three years in prison for doing nothing to stop atrocities when the territory voted for independence in 1999.
Abilio Soares, one of three Timorese among 18 former officials being tried by a human rights court, said he would appeal.
Judge Emmy Murni Mustafa said Soares was given a lighter sentence than the 10 years requested by the prosecution because of a letter from East Timorese President Xanana Gusmao requesting leniency.

Sri Lanka peace talks set for mid-September
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka The Sri Lankan government and separatist Tamil Tiger rebels will start talks in Thailand in mid-September aimed at ending one of Asia's longest wars, Norway's Foreign Ministry said yesterday.
The Norwegian-brokered talks, tentatively set to begin between Sept. 12 and 17, will be the first face-to-face talks in seven years after four previous peace bids ended in renewed bloodshed.
The Tigers have been fighting since 1983 for a separate homeland in the island's north and east.

Armenian, Azeri leaders discuss disputed enclave
BAKU, Azerbaijan Azerbaijani President Geidar Aliev and Armenian President Robert Kocharian met on the countries' border yesterday to discuss the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region that has fueled instability in the Caucasus region for 15 years.
Fighting broke out in the mainly Armenian-inhabited enclave surrounded by Azerbaijan in early 1988, sparking the first of many ethnic conflicts that accompanied the Soviet Union's 1991 collapse. About 30,000 people were killed and a million forced to flee the region before a shaky cease-fire was concluded in 1994.

Doctors' group halts Caucasus operations
MOSCOW The Swiss-based Medecins Sans Frontieres, or Doctors Without Borders, announced yesterday it is temporarily halting its operations in Russia's restive North Caucasus, after this week's kidnapping of the mission's chief in Dagestan.
Peter Argan Erkel, 32, was abducted by unidentified captors late Monday as he was leaving his interpreter's home in the outskirts of the Dagestani capital, Makhachkala.
From wire dispatches and staff reports

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