- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 13, 2005


Spy drone found in raid on al Qaeda

PESHAWAR — Pakistani forces recovered an unmanned aircraft and seized 21 militants in a raid on suspected al Qaeda hide-outs in the tribal areas near Afghanistan, a top commander said yesterday.

Militants used the Chinese-made vehicle to spy on security forces in the rugged area of North Waziristan near the Afghan border, Lt. Gen. Safdar Hussain said.

The 21 suspects detained in the Monday raid on a compound and religious school near the region’s main town of Miranshah included “important” militants, he said, and some were foreigners.


U.S. planes strike town near Syria

BAGHDAD — U.S. forces called in air strikes yesterday during a raid on the Euphrates River insurgent stronghold of Haditha, capturing one militant with ties to al Qaeda in Iraq and killing four.

American and Iraqi troops secured the ancient city of Tal Afar after evicting militants there earlier this week.

Residents also reported U.S. air strikes near the volatile city of Qaim, 200 miles northwest of Baghdad, and said clashes broke out between insurgents and coalition forces.

In the south, a roadside bomb killed four persons near Basra. Iraqi police said the dead were American contract workers.


Far-right party comes second in vote

OSLO — Norway has swung to the left after the country’s general election, but the far-right Progress Party yesterday appeared the big winner as it became Norway’s second-largest party with a claim to leading the new opposition.

The leftist opposition parties led by Labor strongman Jens Stoltenberg won an absolute majority in the Monday election, landing 87 of Norway’s 169 parliamentary seats, allowing them to push Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik’s center-right government out of power.

The Progress Party secured 37 parliamentary seats, compared with 26 four years ago.


Rumsfeld urges tougher Afghan role

BERLIN — Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld urged NATO yesterday to shoulder more of the work in Afghanistan, including in counterterrorism and tackling the country’s huge drug trade.

The appeal risked reawakening tensions in the alliance, with France and Germany having resisted all U.S. efforts to harden NATO’s role from its focus on peacekeeping and providing security for the reconstruction effort.


Blair adviser’s home burgled; papers stolen

LONDON — A computer and documents were stolen from the home of Jonathan Powell, one of Prime Minister Tony Blair’s closest associates, Britain’s Press Association news agency reported yesterday.

The burglary, which occurred during the weekend while Mr. Powell was away with his family, has sparked a security alert because he has access to top-secret government information.

Mr. Powell has worked as Mr. Blair’s chief of staff since he came to office in 1997.


Ulster force deemed Britain’s enemy

BELFAST — An outlawed Protestant group in Northern Ireland has abandoned its 11-year-old truce and is officially an enemy of the peace once again, Britain declared today in a long-expected verdict against the Ulster Volunteer Force.

The British governor of the province, Peter Hain, said he has received sufficient evidence that the UVF — an underground group supposed to be bolstering Northern Ireland’s Good Friday peace accord with a 1994 cease-fire — committed four killings this summer and launched gun and grenade attacks this week against the police and British army.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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