- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 20, 2003


Local investigators to question Hambali

JAKARTA — Three Indonesian investigators have gone to an undisclosed location to question Southeast Asia’s top terrorist suspect about his reported role in bombings in Indonesia, a police spokesman said yesterday.

The team will question radical cleric Riduan Isamuddin, an Indonesian known as Hambali, about the Oct. 12 Bali bombings that killed 202 persons, mostly foreign tourists, and the Aug. 5 blast at a Jakarta hotel that killed 12, national police spokesman Col. Zainuri Lubis said.

Hambali, 39, was captured Aug. 11 in Thailand.


Cameraman killed in Iraq buried

HEBRON, West Bank — Mazen Dana, the Reuters cameraman killed by U.S. troops in Iraq, was buried yesterday in the West Bank city where he braved bullets to chronicle the tragedy of Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed.

About 3,000 mourners, some chanting “Americans are dogs,” accompanied the Palestinian’s body in a procession through his hometown of Hebron.

Mr. Dana, 41, was fatally shot Sunday by a U.S. soldier on a tank while taping near a Baghdad prison. Reuters news agency has called on the U.S. Army to investigate how, by the official U.S. account, a soldier mistook Mr. Dana’s television camera for a grenade launcher.


Government sought to silence Kelly

LONDON — Government documents released yesterday show that top officials tried to stop scientist David Kelly from airing doubts about the Iraq dossier on which British Prime Minister Tony Blair based his case for war.

The documents emerged in an inquiry into the July 17 suicide of Mr. Kelly, a weapons specialist sucked into the heart of a furious dispute between Mr. Blair’s government and the British Broadcasting Corp. over whether intelligence was “sexed up” for political ends.

An official note, written July 14, the day before Mr. Kelly testified to a parliamentary committee, made clear that Mr. Kelly would be told to keep his views to himself.


SARS-like virus hits Vancouver

VANCOUVER — A World Health Organization virologist has joined the Canadian investigation of a flulike illness in British Columbia that officials say could be a mild form of severe acute respiratory syndrome or a related viral infection.

Almost 150 residents and staff members at one nursing home fell ill in recent weeks with sniffles and other symptoms.


Rumsfeld says war on terror ‘truly global’

TEGUCIGALPA — Volatile regions such as Central and South America deserve attention in the fight against terrorism despite the focus on Iraq and Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said yesterday.

“It’s a truly global struggle,” he told about 100 U.S. troops at Honduras’ remote Soto Cano air base, part of a U.S. multiservice group called Joint Task Force Bravo. The task force conducts training, counternarcotics and humanitarian missions in Central and South America.

Mr. Rumsfeld said the Bush administration appreciates the Honduran government’s partnership in combating terrorism. As evidence of that cooperation, he said, Honduras is sending 370 troops to Iraq.


Remains exhumed from mass grave

SARAJEVO — Forensic specialists have exhumed the remains of 150 war victims from Bosnia’s largest-known mass grave and expect to find hundreds more, officials said yesterday.

The grave site, about the size of a tennis court, was opened last month on Crni Vrh hill, near the border with Serbia about 50 miles northeast of the capital, Sarajevo.

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