- The Washington Times - Monday, December 8, 2003

MOLDOVA

‘Dirty bombs’ missing from depot

CHISINAU, Moldova — Dozens of rockets outfitted with “dirty bombs” — warheads designed to scatter deadly radioactive material — appear to be missing in a breakaway region of Moldova, an expert said yesterday.

Oazu Nantoi, a political analyst who works at the nongovernmental Institute for Policy Studies in Chisinau, said he had seen photocopies of Russian military documents showing that the dirty-bomb warheads — 24 ready to use, 14 dismantled — were missing from a storage depot near the Trans-Dniester Tiraspol military airport.

JAPAN

Cabinet sets vote on Iraq deployment

TOKYO — Japan’s Cabinet was poised to approve today a plan to send troops to help rebuild Iraq, setting the stage for what could become its biggest and most dangerous overseas military mission since World War II.

Japanese media said Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s program calls for the eventual dispatch of 500 to 700 soldiers, equipping them with the heaviest artillery the modern defense force has ever taken overseas.

GREECE

‘November 17’ leader, 14 others convicted

ATHENS — Fifteen members of the Greek extremist group November 17 were convicted yesterday of thousands of violent crimes spanning two decades, including the murder of a British military attache.

Those convicted include ringleader Alexandros Yiotopoulos, 59, who was found guilty of planning and authorizing the group’s actions and who faces life imprisonment when sentences are handed down next week.

The November 17 group, which took its name from the date of a student uprising in 1973 against the military junta that ran Greece from 1967-74, had long been a thorn in the side of the authorities.


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