- The Washington Times - Friday, November 28, 2003

JAPAN

Troops will go to Iraq in February

TOKYO — Japan will dispatch some 550 ground troops to southern Iraq in four waves starting in early February and ending in late March, according to a draft basic plan on dispatching the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) to Iraq obtained yesterday by Kyodo News.

The draft plan also calls for sending Air Self-Defense Force (ASDF) C-130 cargo planes to Kuwait in mid-January to transport goods to and from Iraq.

The ground troops will set up a base in the desert near the city of Samawah and engage in providing water supplies and rebuilding facilities in the city and its vicinity.IRAQ

Annan criticizes Israel over barrier

NEW YORK — Secretary-General Kofi Annan said yesterday that Israel is violating a General Assembly resolution to halt construction of a barrier that juts into the West Bank and dismantle the 90-mile section already built.

In a report to the assembly, Mr. Annan said the barrier — a network of fences, walls, razor wire and trenches — violates international law and “could damage the longer-term prospects for peace.”

ITALY

N. Africans wanted for planning attacks

ROME — Milan prosecutors have issued arrest warrants for five North Africans suspected of recruiting people to carry out suicide attacks in Iraq, the government said yesterday.

Hours later, police in Hamburg, Germany, said they had arrested an Algerian identified only as Abderrazak M. on one of the Italian warrants.

Italy’s ANSA news agency later reported that police in Milan had arrested two other North Africans on the warrants. The Interior Ministry would not confirm any arrests.

BRITAIN

Police raids seek terrorist bombers

GLOUCESTER, England — British anti-terror police searched three houses in southwest England yesterday as they questioned a suspected would-be suicide bomber whom the government says may be linked to al Qaeda.

Police forensic experts entered two new addresses in this quiet country town 90 miles west of London and also carried out a second investigation of a nearby house where they found explosives during an initial raid Thursday.

From wire dispatches and staff reports


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