- The Washington Times - Monday, July 3, 2006

IRAQ

Saddam’s wife, child on most-wanted list

BAGHDAD — Saddam Hussein’s wife and eldest daughter are among 41 persons on the Iraqi government’s most-wanted list, along with the new leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, a top official announced yesterday.

National Security Adviser Mouwafak al-Rubaie also said the slain al Qaeda boss Abu Musab Zarqawi had been buried secretly in Baghdad despite his family’s demand that the body be returned to Jordan.

Saddam’s wife, Sajida Khairallah Tulfah, was No. 17 on the list, just behind the ousted leader’s eldest daughter, Raghad. Sajida is thought to be in Qatar, and Raghad lives in Jordan.

AFGHANISTAN

U.S. attacks Taliban after Britons killed

KABUL — U.S.-led forces bombed Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan yesterday after two British soldiers and their Afghan interpreter were killed in an attack on a base.

The U.S.-led force in recent weeks has staged a major offensive in the volatile south aimed at stemming the worst Taliban violence since the hard-line Islamists were ousted in 2001.

The two British soldiers were killed on Saturday night in the Sangin district of the southern province of Helmand, where more than 3,000 British troops are based.

GAMBIA

African Union extends mission in Darfur

BANJUL — The African Union agreed yesterday to a request by the United Nations to extend the mandate of its military mission in Sudan’s Darfur region by three months until the end of the year, said its chairman, Denis Sassou Nguesso.

The overstretched AU force had wanted to transfer the mission to the United Nations when its mandate expired on Sept. 30, but Sudanese leader Omar Hassan al-Bashir refuses to allow U.N. troops on Sudanese soil.

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan asked African Union leaders at a weekend summit to extend their mission in Darfur.

SOMALIA

Islamists dismiss bin Laden remarks

MOGADISHU — A powerful Islamist movement yesterday distanced itself from Osama bin Laden’s view that the deployment of troops to the Horn of Africa country was part of a crusade to crush budding Islamic rule.

“Osama bin Laden is expressing his views like any other international figure. We are not concerned about it,” Sheik Sharif Ahmed, the moderate former leader of the Islamist group, told reporters.

A purported audio recording by bin Laden released Saturday warned the United States and other countries against dispatching troops to Somalia, where Islamists control the capital, Mogadishu.

ISRAEL

Fruit research yields promise for cancer

JERUSALEM — Scientists at Hebrew University of Jerusalem found a new way to stop the growth and spread of cancer cells while carrying out research to boost the size of peaches and nectarines, the university said yesterday.

The scientists found that a protein similar to one researched in their project had the effect of blocking blood supply to tumors, halting the ability of malignant cells to move through the bloodstream.

“Their approach has been shown to inhibit the malignant cells without affecting normal cells and without the severe side effects of traditional treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy,” it said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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