- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 19, 2003

AFGHANISTAN

Armed men ambushvehicle; 7 killed

KABUL — Armed men wearing military uniforms ambushed a vehicle in southwestern Afghanistan and killed seven passengers, state-run Kabul television reported yesterday.

The attack happened Friday near Bakwa in Farah province, on the main road between the southern city of Kandahar and the western city of Herat, Kabul TV said. Two passengers were also wounded.

Kabul TV did not say who was behind the attack, but officials routinely blame remnants of the ousted Taliban militia for a resurgence in violence in Afghanistan in recent months.

IRAN

Nuke talks beginwith U.N. agency

TEHRAN — Iran began formal talks yesterday with the International Atomic Energy Agency on tougher inspections of its nuclear sites, where Washington says atomic weapons could be made, the official IRNA news agency said.

The IAEA has set a deadline of Oct. 31 for Iran to prove it has no secret program for producing nuclear weapons. The IAEA has urged Iran for months to sign an additional protocol to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty that would give IAEA inspectors access to any site they deem fit without notice.

GERMANY

Thousands join rallyby Iranian opposition

DORTMUND — Thousands of Iranians demonstrated in the German city of Dortmund yesterday in support of the leader of the Iranian opposition movement, the People’s Mujahideen, under investigation in France over suspected terrorist links.

The protesters — estimated at 20,000 by organizers — also voiced support for Iranian student opposition and better rights of Iranian refugees, in particular 27 Iranians whose refugee status has been withdrawn by German authorities, the People’s Mujahideen said in a statement.

An appeal from the movement’s leader, Maryam Rajavi, was read out to the crowd.

LEBANON

Yemeni suspect heldin anti-U.S. attacks

BEIRUT — Lebanese authorities are holding a Yemeni national suspected of masterminding a string of bomb attacks against American fast-food outlets, security sources said yesterday.

They said Moammar Kawama was arrested by Palestinian Fatah gunmen at the Ain el-Hilweh refugee camp in southern Lebanon and handed over to Lebanese security forces Thursday.

Kawama, also known as Ibn al-Shahid, is suspected of ties to Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network and had been on trial in absentia by a Lebanese military court on charges of operating a terrorist cell.

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