- The Washington Times - Monday, March 21, 2005

IRAQ

Senior police official assassinated in Mosul

MOSUL — A suicide bomber killed the chief of the Iraqi police anti-corruption department in the northern city of Mosul yesterday and insurgents attacked his funeral procession, killing two persons, officials said.

A U.S. lieutenant colonel said the bomber detonated explosives strapped to his body in the building where Brig. Walid Kashmoula worked. Insurgents later fired guns at his funeral procession, killing two persons and wounding at least 10 others.

Dozens of cars were in the procession following the vehicle carrying his body to the grave.

NETHERLANDS

Wolfowitz nomination received with caution

BRUSSELS — The Netherlands said yesterday it would have liked a wider field of candidates to head the World Bank but it would review the sole U.S. nominee, Paul Wolfowitz, on his merits.

Dutch Finance Minister Gerrit Zalm said the U.S. deputy defense secretary’s role as a leading campaigner for the 2003 invasion of Iraq was no reason for reservations as far as the Netherlands was concerned.

“It is always elegant to have more than one candidate,” Mr. Zalm told reporters on arrival for a meeting with finance chiefs from the European Union. “We now have to judge if he is a capable man.”

AFGHANISTAN

Parliamentary ballot is set for September

KABUL — Much-delayed parliamentary elections will be held Sept. 18, election officials said yesterday, in the next step toward democracy after a quarter-century of war.

Presidential and parliamentary elections initially were scheduled for June last year, but both were delayed because of the slow pace of preparations and efforts to disarm warlords and militia commanders.

The presidential elections were held in October, but the legislative ballot was postponed until May, and then again to September because of what President Hamid Karzai called “technical problems” and lack of an accurate census.

JORDAN

Ambassadors recalled in dispute with Iraq

AMMAN — Iraq and Jordan withdrew their ambassadors yesterday amid rising anger over reports that a Jordanian man carried out a suicide bombing in Iraq.

Jordan said its top diplomat in Iraq had been called back to Amman after thousands of Iraqis took to the streets to demand that the embassy close. Later, an Iraqi official said his country’s ambassador in Amman was being recalled.

Iraqis have been angered by reports that a Jordanian man carried out a suicide bombing that killed 125 persons south of Baghdad last month and that his family had hailed him as a martyr.

KYRGYZSTAN

Opposition protesters storm official offices

DZHALAL-ABAD — Thousands of people stormed government buildings yesterday and at least four policemen were reported beaten to death as protests against President Askar Akayev swelled.

The opposition, protesting what it says were rigged parliamentary elections, effectively seized control of the southern town of Dzhalal-Abad.

A police source in the capital Bishkek said four policemen had been beaten to death in Dzhalal-Abad in clashes that erupted after police fired shots but failed to stop the demonstrators.

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