- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 15, 2003


Statement expresses regret at Iraq row

ISTANBUL — The United States and Turkey expressed regret yesterday at a dispute between the NATO allies over the arrest of 11 Turkish commandos by U.S. troops in Iraq and “the treatment which Turkish soldiers faced in detention.”

The joint military statement avoided recriminations over the incident that tested ties, already strained by Turkey’s refusal in March to allow U.S. troops to use its soil to attack Iraq.

U.S. troops arrested the commandos in northern Iraq on July 4, triggering what Turkey’s powerful General Staff described as a “crisis of trust” between Ankara and Washington. The men were released two days later.


Intelligence probed over Iraq nuke report

ROME — Italian magistrates opened a probe yesterday to find out whether Italy’s intelligence service supplied the United States and Britain with information that Iraq tried to acquire uranium in Africa, judicial sources said.

President Bush used the information as part of his case for going to war against Iraq, but the White House said last week the claim was based on forged documents. Britain has stuck by its claim, saying it was based on solid evidence.

Judicial sources said investigators in Rome had opened a file into Italian intelligence’s suspected role in the case, even though at this point they saw no evidence of wrongdoing.


U.S. soldier sentenced in killing, robbery

WIESBADEN — A military judge sentenced a U.S. Army private yesterday to 40 years in prison with possibility of parole for participating in the killing and robbing of a fellow soldier.

Pfc. Andrew Humiston, 23, of Champlin, Minn., was also ordered dishonorably discharged for his role in the murder in 2001 of Pfc. Clint C. Lamebear, 18, of Church Rock, N.M.

Pfc. Jonathan Schroeder, 21, of Oxford, Miss., pleaded guilty to the crime last week. He was sentenced to serve a maximum of 70 years in prison, while Humiston’s maximum limit was 40 years.


ETA suspects held, bombs seized

MADRID — Police arrested four suspected members of armed Basque separatist group ETA and seized 330 pounds of explosives in raids in Spain and France yesterday, sources close to the operations said.

Spanish police arrested two suspects in a raid on their home in the northern town of Berriozar, near Pamplona, the Interior Ministry said. Police also seized arms and the haul of explosives there, 66 pounds of it already assembled as bombs.

French police also arrested two suspected ETA members at their home in the French Basque country.


Afghans, Pakistanis to probe border clashes

KABUL — Afghanistan and Pakistan agreed yesterday to send investigators to their border to try to end a dispute over reputed Pakistani incursions.

About 200 Afghans protested against the suspected border intrusions by Pakistan, while Pakistan’s prime minister said he was saddened by the deterioration in relations between the neighbors.

The peaceful protest in Kabul came a day after Afghanistan said Pakistani troops crossed up to 600 yards into the eastern part of the country.


Encephalitis kills 110 children

HYDERABAD — A rare summertime outbreak here of mosquito-borne encephalitis has killed 110 children in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh over the past six weeks.

Most of the victims were poor, malnourished children from rural areas who may have succumbed because of a sudden change in weather from intense summer heat to monsoon rains.

The state’s director of health services said the meningo-encephalitis, which causes inflammation of the brain, has affected at least 196 children across the state.

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