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Mission 31 - Global Headlines
Osama 2001

Saddam Hussein Offers Condolences, Reprimands
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein offered his condolences to an American regarding the terrorist attacks of 9/11 in a letter posted on the Iraqi News Agency’s website. Hussein referred to his US correspondent Christopher J. Love as a "brother in the family of mankind" but concluded with criticism for America's sanctions against Iraq and US policies toward Arabs and Muslims.
Arrest Made in Murder of Former South African First Lady
A 21-year-old security guard is in custody for his possible involvement in the murder of South Africa's former first lady Marike de Klerk. 64-year-old de Klerk was found stabbed and strangled in her home north of Cape Town earlier this month. The unnamed suspect reportedly works at the waterfront apartment complex where de Klerk once resided. The victim was the former wife of South Africa's last apartheid-era president, F.W. de Klerk, who shared the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize with Nelson Mandela. Police are unsure of a motive
US Bomber Crashes into Indian Ocean
Four crew members of a long-range B-1B bomber have been pulled from the Indian Ocean by Navy rescuers two hours after the plane experienced an in-flight emergency and plummeted into the sea. Bound for nighttime raids in Afghanistan, the pilot and three crew members witnessed a series of system malfunctions for fifteen minutes which ultimately made the craft "impossible to fly." The pilot reported his attempt to return to the British military base on the island of Diego Garcia when he lost control of the $200 million warplane. The accident marks the first loss of a fixed-wing aircraft since the US military began operations in Afghanistan.
Man with Shoe Bomb Contained on Flight
Richard Reid, a British passenger on American Airlines Flight 63 from Paris to Miami, was arrested after attempting to detonate explosives packed in his shoe. Reid was seen attempting to light the fuse when a flight attendant reportedly smelled the sulfur from the match. Passengers on the Boeing 767 aided flight attendants in subduing Reid, dousing him with water, and restraining him with seatbelts. According to the FBI, Reid had enough high explosives packed in the sole of his shoe to blow a hole in the fuselage of the aircraft. Escorted by Air Force fighters, Flight 63 was diverted to Boston where Reid was taken into custody.
Bin Laden Surfaces on Video
A recent videotape of Osama bin Laden has been released by the Pentagon. In the video, bin Laden boasts his knowledge of the September 11th attacks on the United States beforehand, adding the mass destruction surpassed his hopes and expectations. bin Laden also connects himself to the terrorist hijackers, stating, "We asked each of them to go to America." The hour-long tape dated November 9th was made in Kandahar and found in a private residence in Jalalabad. After viewing the bin Laden videotape, President Bush commented bin Laden would not escape justice and that he had no preference whether the terrorist was captured dead or alive.
American Taliban Captured
John Walker Lindh, an American captured by anti-Taliban forces in Afghanistan and held at a prison near Mazar-e Sharif, has been captured after taking refuge in the prison basement following a revolt more than a week ago. Walker Lindh was shot in the thigh when he and about 80 other Taliban fighters were involved in an uprising following questioning by CIA agents. Authorities finally flushed the fighters out of hiding by flooding the basement with water. CIA agent Johnny Michael Spann was killed in the prisoners’ mutiny, becoming the first American casualty in the War on Terror in Afghanistan.
Bomb Explodes Near Pakistan Airport
Bomb squad technicians were called to the scene when a bomb was discovered outside Pakistan's Islamabad International Airport. There were no injuries reported. The explosive detonated unexpectedly after technicians had carefully moved the bomb to a remote area outside the airport perimeter to safely disarm it. Pakistani officials report no immediate claim of responsibility from any group in the planting.
NY Mayor Releases New Figures on 9/11 Devastation
New figures have been released to reporters by New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani relating to the toll of the terrorist attacks in New York City on 9/11. Giuliani stated from the site of the World Trade Center that 359,299 tons of debris has been removed thus far. That figure includes 66,797 tons of steel removed in 24,321 truckloads. Of more than 4,000 missing, only 460 bodies have been found from the World Trade Center to date.

Osama 2001

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