- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 13, 2003

IRAQ

Al Qaeda-linked group claims attacks on U.S.

DUBAI — A group claiming to be linked to the al Qaeda network said yesterday that it and not Saddam Hussein loyalists were behind attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq and warned of more bloodshed in the coming days.

“I swear by God no one from [Saddams] followers carried out any jihad operations like he claims. … [The attacks] are a result of our brothers in jihad,” an unidentified voice said on an audiotape broadcast by Dubai-based Al Arabiya television.

The voice on the tape warned of an attack in the days to come that would “break the back of America completely.”

ISRAEL

Security forces arrest Irish bomb suspect

JERUSALEM — Israel yesterday arrested a suspected Irish bomb maker in the West Bank, Israeli security sources said.

British and Irish newspapers had reported earlier that a manhunt was under way for a former Irish Republican Army bomb maker suspected of training Palestinian militants in the West Bank.

Newspaper reports in London and Dublin yesterday said the suspect belonged to the dissident Real IRA splinter group. The papers said he entered Israel on a British passport and slipped into the West Bank.

IRAN

Journalist’s prison death to be subject of probe

TEHRAN — President Mohammed Khatami yesterday ordered four ministers to investigate the death in custody of a Canadian free-lance photographer, a student news agency said.

Montreal-based Zahra Kazemi, 54, a Canadian of Iranian descent, died on Friday of what relatives and friends said were head injuries and Iranian officials called a “brain attack.” She was detained last month for taking pictures of Tehran’s notorious Evin prison, where many dissidents were jailed.

KUWAIT

Political reform called step toward democracy

KUWAIT — The emir issued a landmark decree yesterday separating the post of prime minister from the crown prince for the first time since Kuwait’s 1961 independence in an apparent concession to calls for greater democracy.

Emir Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah appointed his brother, Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, as the next prime minister, the first person other than a crown prince to occupy the job in the history of the oil-rich, pro-Western Persian Gulf Arab state.

Both liberals and Islamists hailed the decision, which followed parliamentary elections, as an “essential first step” toward greater democracy.


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