U.S. Marines on ground in Kandahar
WASHINGTON, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- U.S. Marines Monday moved toward the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar in southern Afghanistan after they were transported by helicopters in the first major use of conventional ground troops in the seven-week-old war, Pentagon officials said. Hundreds of Marines were airlifted to a makeshift airfield southwest of Kandahar, officials said late Sunday. Up to 1,500 more Marines were expected to arrive within the next few days. The U.S. troop dispatch came as Northern Alliance leaders said their forces had seized full control of Kunduz, the Taliban's last stronghold in northern Afghanistan.
Five hurt in friendly fire accident
WASHINGTON, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- An errant 2,000-lb, U.S.-dropped bomb injured five U.S. military personnel Sunday when they called in an airstrike near a makeshift prison compound close to Mazar-i-Shariff after a riot broke out among Taliban prisoners, Pentagon spokeswoman Victoria Clarke said Monday. Three of the Special Forces soldiers were taken by helicopter to Uzbekistan. Two others were treated at the scene. None of the injuries was life-threatening. Also on Sunday, reports from the region said at least one American was killed in the Taliban uprising at the compound. Clarke said no U.S. military personnel were injured or killed in the riot other than from the bomb. CIA personnel are also in Afghanistan.
Bush warns Iraq
WASHINGTON, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- President Bush Monday warned nations that produce weapons of mass destruction that they could be targets in the war against terrorism and admonished Iraq's Saddam Hussein to let weapons' inspectors into his country. The president said Hussein "would find out" what the United States would do if he does not comply.
Jordan warns of 'disaster' if war spreads
PARIS, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Jordan's King Abdullah has warned of "a big disaster" if the United States attacks an Arab country after it completes its military operations against Afghanistan. Abdullah, in an interview with the Paris-based Arabi monthly newspaper to be published next month, said the Sept. 11 terror attacks on New York and Washington have "created new realities, the world has changed and the Palestinians and Israelis have to accept this reality." He also referred to U.S. and European "encouragement" for establishing "a viable Palestinian state that guarantees the rights of the Palestinians on their land and also Israel's security."
Yemen links bin Laden, USS Cole
SANAA, Yemen, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Yemen has given the United States evidence linking Osama bin Laden's al Qaida terrorist network to the attack on the USS Cole last year, Yemeni officials said Monday. The sources told United Press International information given to Washington was "related to bin Laden's involvement in the USS Cole bombing." The suicide attack in October 2000 in the Yemeni port of Aden killed 17 U.S. sailors.
France, Belgium arrest 12 terror suspects
PARIS, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- French and Belgian police rounded up a dozen suspects in the September assassination of Afghani Northern Alliance's commander Ahmed Shah Massoud, who was killed two days before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the United States. French counter-terrorism police arrested a Tunisian early Monday, according to Europe 1 radio. Eleven others were arrested in Brussels, as well as the Belgian cities of Mons and Leuven, the French radio station reported. Some analysts have suggested Massoud's assassination was a calculated strike ahead of the Sept. 11 attacks to eliminate a natural leader within alliance ranks.
Powell to travel to Europe, Asia
WASHINGTON, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell was scheduled to travel next week to Belgium, Romania, Russia and Turkey for consultations with allies and to participate in two foreign ministers meetings, officials said Monday. Powell's meetings in Turkey should prove particularly important in light of Ankara's announcement that Turkey would volunteer troops for peacekeeping in Afghanistan.
Embryo cloning news gets cool reception
WASHINGTON, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- News of the successful cloning of a human embryo drew skepticism from biologists Monday. The National Institutes of Health remained uncertain how the development might affect research into human stem cells, which have the potential to yield replacement tissue or cures for neurological disorders. President Bush deplored the development by Advanced Cell Technology Inc. of Worcester, Mass., saying, "We should not grow life to destroy life." The House passed a bill last summer that would ban human cloning and the issue is before the Senate.
Gorbachev hospitalized after checkup
MOSCOW, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was hospitalized Monday following a routine medical checkup, a spokesman for the Gorbachev Fund think-tank said. The spokesman said Gorbachev had "fallen ill" and was asked to stay in the hospital. The spokesman said no diagnosis was available but noted, "there is nothing supernatural here."
Court rejects NAFTA challenge
WASHINGTON, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court Monday refused to hear a constitutional challenge to the North American Free Trade Agreement brought by a labor union. The union questioned whether NAFTA was a "treaty" that had to be confirmed by two-thirds of the Senate, instead of a simple congressional majority in the House and Senate. The United States, Canada and Mexico began negotiating in 1990 to create a "free trade zone" in North America by eliminating or reducing barriers to trade.
It's official: US in recession since March
WASHINGTON, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- The U.S. economic engine started sputtering long before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the nation's official arbiter of prosperity booms and busts announced Monday. While it comes as no surprise that the National Bureau of Economic Research declared the U.S. economy is currently in recession, the research group made clear that a substantial decline in industrial output and employment were in the works prior to Sept. 11, thus ending a decade of unprecedented growth. From March 1991 to March 2001, the United States enjoyed its longest period of expansion. The NBER's panel of six economists emphasized that a recession usually only lasts less than a year, which could mean that the U.S. economy could be out of the woods well before the end of the first half of 2002.
Stocks mixed in moderate trading
NEW YORK, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Stock prices on the New York Stock Exchange were lower amid concerns over the economy while prices on the Nasdaq Stock Market were higher in moderate trading in early afternoon trading Monday, supported by strength in technology issues. Analysts said blue-chip stocks drifted lower after the nation's arbiter on recessions said the U.S. economy has been in recession for most of 2001. The blue-chip Dow Jones industrial average, which jumped 125.03 points Friday, was down 36.80 points at 9,922.91. The key index last closed above 10,000 Sept. 5. The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite index was down 13.09 points to 1,916.29.