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Mission 35 - News Coverage
Fallujah: Operation al-Fajr (Dawn), Part 3

No Relief for Black Watch Soldiers
British Prime Minister Tony Blair has announced there are no plans for Britain's Black Watch soldiers in Iraq to be relieved by other British troops. In a speech in the Commons, Blair expressed gratitude and praise for the 850 members of the armed forces fighting with the US-led coalition but expressed no plans to deploy additional troops at this time. Prime Minister Blair has been one of President Bush's key supporters in the war in Iraq.
French Flee the Ivory Coast
French citizens packed the Ivory Coast's main airport, fleeing their former West African colony as violent anti-French protesters massed for a fifth day in support of President Laurent Gbagbo. More than 2,000 French and foreign nationals have left their homes in fear of the anti-French mobs. At least 30 demonstrators have been killed and about 1,000 injured this week after the French army destroyed most of the West African country's small air force in retaliation for an Ivory Coast bombing of a French base that killed nine French peacekeepers and a US aid worker.
American Linked to al Qaeda Tape
US intelligence officials say they are confident the man threatening terrorism against the United States on a videotape obtained last month in Pakistan is a known American wanted for questioning by the FBI. The voice on the video, obtained by ABC News, is believed to be Adam Gadahn, a young California man who converted to Islam and fled the United States. Gadahn has been on the FBI's Most Wanted list since May, sought for questioning in connection with possible terrorist threats against the United States. Gadahn is known to have worked for al Qaeda translating documents.
Ashcroft, Evans Resign from White House
In what is being touted as a second-term shakeup in the Bush administration, Attorney General John Ashcroft and Commerce Secretary Don Evans have both resigned. Ashcroft will leave office after the confirmation of a successor, and Evans will leave his post in January. Ashcroft has been criticized during his nearly four years as attorney general, most notably for the controversial Patriot Act which supporters say aids the fight against terrorism. Critics feel the act threatens civil liberties.
Aid Worker's Body Found
US Marines in Fallujah discovered the body of Margaret Hassan, the British aid worker kidnapped on her way to work in Baghdad on October 19th. Prior to the grisly discovery, an Iraqi news source was given a videotape of the execution of a Western woman, presumed to be Hassan. Hassan's kidnapping was particularly compelling because she fought for Iraqi humanitarian causes throughout her 30 years as an Iraqi resident. Hassan was also an outspoken opponent of the US-led invasion to oust Saddam Hussein.
College Student Charged in Aiding Terrorists
A Wyoming college student has been arrested and charged with providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. Mark Robert Walker, 18, admitted to authorities he wanted to travel to Somali to fight for an Islamic government and planned to purchase night-vision goggles and bulletproof vests for the terrorist organization Ittihad Al Islamiya. Walker was arrested at the Paso Del Norte crossing in El Paso in a failed attempt to flee the country.
Man Guilty of Spreading AIDS
A Washington state man faces a 137-year prison sentence for intentionally spreading HIV to 5 women. Anthony E. Whitfield may have exposed the sexually-transmitted virus to 170 people, including subsequent partners of the women he attempted to infect with the disease. Whitfield was convicted on charges he deliberately exposed 17 women to HIV, each woman accounting for one count of first-degree assault with sexual motivation. 45 people sexually linked to Whitfield refused to be tested or couldn't be found.
Cease-Fire in Sudan
After two weeks of talks, the Sudanese government and rebels from Sudan's Darfur region have signed security and humanitarian agreements in Nigeria. Fierce fighting by the Janjaweed militia in Darfur has so far forced more than 1.5 million people from their homes, a situation the United Nations has deemed to be the world's worst humanitarian crisis. Monitors will observe the cease-fire, which allows aid workers safe access to the refugees.
Iran Issues Nuclear Warning
A senior diplomat to Iran says it plans to pull out of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and develop its atomic program in secret if Western nations restrict Tehran's operations. Iran says it has the right to develop an atomic program which generates electricity to meet the country's demand. Washington and Israeli leaders fear Tehran's real ambition is to make nuclear weapons and want activities like uranium enrichment halted. Claiming its atomic program is strictly for civilian use, sources say Iran is prepared take its program underground if the ability to generate energy is limited.

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