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Dutch arrest Kurd with bin Laden link
AMSTERDAM Dutch police arrested a Kurdish man suspected of links to Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network as he sought to travel to Norway where his family lives as refugees, a Norway official said yesterday.
He was stopped at the airport in Amsterdam, Norwegian Local Government Minister Erna Solberg said of Mullah Krekar, suspected by the United States of leading a militant Islamic group in northern Iraq.
She said Krekar, 46, whose real name is Najumuddin Faraj Ahmad and who came to Norway as a refugee in 1991, had been informed that Oslo was threatening to withdraw his residence permit because of possible threats to national security.
Dutch police would continue to hold him after his detention Thursday afternoon at Schiphol Airport. He had recently been expelled from Iran.
Norwegian news outlets have said that Krekar is the leader of Ansar al-Islam, a militant Islamist group that had close ties to Afghanistan's former Taliban rulers.

U.S. moves more forces to Pakistani border
BAGRAM, Afghanistan The U.S. military is moving more conventional forces to bases along the Pakistani border, a change in strategy for pursuing al Qaeda and Taliban holdouts, U.S. officials said yesterday.
For the past 10 months, the U.S. military has relied primarily on small groups of special-operations troops to hunt for al Qaeda and Taliban fugitives in the volatile, mountainous provinces of Paktia, Khost and Paktika along the Pakistani border.
Those special-operations units will stay, but are being augmented by conventional troops drawn largely from the 82nd Airborne Division, who are being moved from bases in the southern city of Kandahar and Baghram Air Base, the U.S. military's headquarters in Afghanistan.

Russia angered by U.S. sanctions
ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia A U.S. State Department decision to impose sanctions on three Russian companies for purportedly violating nonproliferation rules drew angry responses yesterday from government and company officials.
Washington announced the sanctions Thursday against Tula Design Bureau of Instrument Building, the State Scientific Production Enterprise Bazalt and Rostov Airframe Plant 168.
Undersecretary of State John Bolton, on a visit to Russia, said the sanctions were imposed because of the sale of "lethal military equipment" to countries accused of sponsoring terrorism. Russian media identified the countries as Syria, Sudan and Libya.

Tribunal rejects Bhutto's appeal
KARACHI, Pakistan Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's bid to stage a political comeback ended yesterday when an election tribunal upheld a ruling disqualifying her from running in next month's elections.
The High Court ruling set off an unruly protest by hundreds of Bhutto followers in the courthouse grounds. Police arrested more than two dozen people.
The High Court justices rejected an appeal of a ruling by election officials that disallowed Mrs. Bhutto's registration as a candidate in two districts and for a third seat reserved for women.

Ex-priest sentenced in child-sex case
SYDNEY, Australia A former Roman Catholic priest was sentenced yesterday to more than 10 years in prison for sex offenses against teenage boys, court officials said.
Vincent Keirin Kiss pleaded guilty last month to 10 charges of indecent assault and three charges of sexual abuse against four boys during 1966 and 1973.
Kiss, 70, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and cannot be paroled for seven years. The court was told he met his victims, then ages between 13 and 17, while he was a chaplain at a Catholic high school at Albury, 310 miles southwest of Sydney.


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