- The Washington Times - Monday, June 2, 2003


4 soldiers, 3 civilians missing in boats

LONDON — The U.S. Navy said yesterday two small boats carrying four American soldiers and at least three civilians disappeared in northern Persian Gulf on Sunday.

The 5th Fleet said the two boats were heading toward the Shatt al-Arab waterway from Iraq’s Mina al-Bakr oil terminal when they vanished.

The Navy’s Bahrain-based Maritime Liaison Office said in a statement to merchant shipping that the vessels had been on their way to the Iraqi port of Faw to pick up Iraqi oil workers.


Pope and Powell discuss Iraq peace

VATICAN CITY — Pope John Paul II and Secretary of State Colin L. Powell discussed the reconstruction of Iraq yesterday during the highest-level U.S.-Vatican talks since the pontiff voiced opposition to the war.

The two men met alone in the pope’s study for 30 minutes, twice as long as scheduled.


2 rockets target president’s brother

KANDAHAR — Two rockets were fired at the house of Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s brother, Ahmad Wali Karzai, but missed, his security chief said yesterday.

The rockets were fired around 9 p.m. Sunday in the main southern city of Kandahar while Mr. Karzai was home, but missed and hit the compound of a house 50 yards away. There were no casualties, as the Russian-made rockets failed to explode.


Bali bombing suspect goes on trial

BALI — The Islamic militant accused of carrying out the deadly nightclub bombings on Bali raised his fist, shouted at his attorneys and then sat listlessly as prosecutors opened his trial yesterday by accusing him of being a terrorist who wanted “to declare war on the United States.”

Imam Samudra, 32, is accused of planning the Oct. 12 attacks, which killed 202 persons, mostly foreign tourists. He is suspected of being a key figure in the al Qaeda-linked Southeast Asian terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah, believed responsible for the bombings.

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