ARAB TIMES, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2012
Obama hails new beginning for Yemen
Soldiers kill 5 Qaeda suspects: Yemeni official
ADEN, Feb 26, (AFP): Yemeni troops Qaeda suspect who was in possession of dents have been displaced. will “remain a steadfast partner to Yemen” security services, and hold presidential Ban spoke to Hadi on the day he was
killed five suspected al-Qaeda militants an explosive belt, a tribal source said. In the year since mass protests erupted in its transition to democracy. and parliamentary elections by 2014,” sworn in to succeed strongman Ali
early on Sunday in an artillery attack in the The overnight violence came just hours throughout Yemen demanding president “This week, millions of Yemenis voted Obama said. Abdullah Saleh, said UN spokesman
southern city of Zinjibar, a local official after a suicide bomber blew up a vehicle Ali Abdullah Saleh’s ouster, the militants for a new president and the beginning of a “This is an ambitious agenda, but with Martin Nesirky.
said. outside a presidential palace in southeast- have taken over several towns and cities in promising new chapter in Yemen’s histo- the determination they have shown over “The secretary general told the newly
“The army launched an attack on sever- ern Yemen, killing 26 elite troops. the south and east. ry,” Obama said. the past year, Yemenis have proven they elected president that the overwhelming
al (al-Qaeda) positions... leaving five dead A military official said the bombing in US President Barack Obama said the “The Yemeni people have achieved a are up to the task.” turnout of voters, including young people
and several others wounded,” the official the Hadramawt provincial capital of swearing in of a new president in Yemen new beginning for their country, but much In an address to the nation after being who came out in large numbers, was a
told AFP on condition of anonymity. Mukalla bore the hallmark of al-Qaeda. Saturday marked “a new beginning” for work lies ahead.” sworn in to succeed Saleh, Hadi vowed to clear indication of the country’s support
He said the attack followed clashes late Last May, militants from the Partisans the nation but stressed there was much The White House said Obama told Hadi fight against al-Qaeda and restore security for his leadership and for the peaceful
on Saturday between militants from the al- of Sharia took control of Zinjibar, trigger- work to do, including holding new elec- that the United States “will stand with the across his impoverished nation, ancestral transition. “He said he was aware Yemen
Qaeda-linked Partisans of Sharia (Islamic ing months of fighting with government tions by 2014. people of Yemen as they continue their homeland of slain jihadist leader Osama was facing many difficult challenges but
law) and government forces in the city. troops. “Under President (Abdrabuh Mansur) efforts to forge a brighter future for their bin Laden. he was confident the country could move
In the nearby town of Loder, mean- So far, at least three tribal-mediated Hadi’s leadership, Yemen has the potential country.” UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Saturday forward.”
while, security forces arrested four al- negotiation attempts to secure the mili- to serve as a model for how peaceful tran- “Going forward, as part of their political told Yemen’s new president Abdrabuh Hadi was the only candidate to be inter-
Qaeda-linked militants, a military official tants’ withdrawal have failed. sitions can occur when people resist vio- agreement, Yemenis must convene an Mansur Hadi he had clear popular support im leader and won almost all the valid
told AFP. Hundreds of people have been killed in lence and unite under a common cause,” inclusive National Dialogue, reform their despite the “many difficult challenges” valid votes in the election in which turnout
Tribesman also captured a fifth al- the fighting and more than 90,000 resi- Obama said, pledging the United States constitution, reorganize the military and ahead. reached 60 percent.
in 2000 with an official 97.29 percent
US urges ‘Yes’ vote. The second renewed his term Santorum hits certain to win, Putin also warned Western
and Arab nations against military inter-
seven years later with 97.62 percent in vention in Syria.
Continued from Page 1 favour. Continued from Page 1 “I very much hope the United States
Violence in Syria on Saturday left 94 The Pentagon on Saturday decried as and other countries ... do not try to set a
reform, there would have been movement people dead, including 68 civilians, a military scenario in motion in Syria with-
from all groups, especially the opposi- “unacceptable” the killing of two US mil-
monitoring group said. itary advisers in Kabul and called on out sanction from the UN Security
tion, to start dialogue immediately with The Syrian Observatory for Human Council,” Putin said, according to a tran-
the government to achieve the reforms Afghan authorities to better protect coali-
Rights said the deaths included 24 civil- tion forces and curtail raging violence. script.
and implement them on the ground.” ians who died in the besieged city of On Iran, he said that “the growing
The outside world has been powerless “This act is unacceptable, and the
Homs while eight others were killed in United States condemns it in the threat of a military strike on this country
to restrain Assad’s drive to crush the 11- the area around the town. alarms Russia, no doubt. If this occurs, the
month-old revolt, which has the potential strongest possible terms,” said Defense
Twenty-three members of the regime’s Secretary Leon Panetta’s spokesman consequences will be truly catastrophic. It
to slide into a sectarian conflict between forces were killed across the country in is impossible to imagine their real scale.”
Syria’s Sunni Muslim majority and the George Little.
clashes with army deserters siding with The two Americans, working as
president’s minority Alawite sect. the rebels.
Unwilling to intervene militarily and
unable to get the UN Security Council to Opposition
International Security Assistance Force
officers in the NATO coalition, were in
Lab to smash
act in the teeth of Russian and Chinese Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet the interior ministry when “an individ-
opposition, Western powers have Davutoglu will meet with the Syrian ual” turned his weapon against the pair, Continued from Page 1
imposed their own sanctions on Syria and opposition ahead of the second “Friends NATO said, without giving further Tilly first challenged the “bank
backed an Arab League call for Assad to of Syria” meeting in Istanbul next month, details. account” doctrine eight years ago, sug-
step down. media reported on Sunday. Two US advisors who were shot dead gesting female mammals continue produc-
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton The first “Friends of Syria” conference in the Afghan interior ministry by an ing egg-making cells into adulthood rather
warned on Sunday of the perils of any in Tunisia last Friday saw calls for an Afghan colleague had been mocking anti- than from a stock acquired at birth.
foreign intervention. immediate end to violence and for new American protests over the burning of the His theory ran into a firestorm.
“I think there is every possibility of a sanctions against the Damascus regime. Quran, a government source said Sunday. Other scientists challenged the accuracy
civil war. Outside intervention would not “I will meet with the Syrian National The description of events behind the of his experiments or dismissed their con-
prevent that, it would probably expedite Council (SNC) on Tuesday prior to the withdrawal of all NATO government clusions as worthless, given that they had
it,” she told BBC television in an inter- Istanbul conference,” Davutoglu was advisors came as a protester was killed only been conducted on lab mice.
view. quoted as saying by the daily Hurriyet. and seven US soldiers were wounded in a But the new work, said Tilly, not only
“We have a very dangerous set of The SNC maintains an office in grenade attack on their base in a sixth day confirms his controversial idea, but takes
actors in the region: al Qaeda, Hamas and Istanbul and France has called the group of anti-American protests, police said. it farther.
those who are on our terrorist list claim- the legitimate representative of the Syrian “The advisors were scolding the pro- In it, his team isolated egg-producing
ing to support the opposition. You have opposition. testers and calling them bad names,” as stem cells in human ovaries and then
many Syrians more worried about what Turkey, which has a 910-kilometre they watched videos of demonstrations in coaxed them into developing oocytes, as
could come next ... (560-mile) border with Syria, has been at Kabul, the source said, requesting eggs are called.
“If you bring in automatic weapons, the forefront of international criticism of anonymity because of the sensitivity of Building on a feat by Chinese scientists,
which you can maybe smuggle across the President Bashar al-Assad’s deadly the issue. they pinpointed the oocyte stem cells by
border, what do they do against tanks and crackdown on dissent and has become a “They called the Quran a bad book in using antibodies which latched onto a pro-
heavy artillery? There is such a much haven for opposition activists. the presence of the guy. After all this the tein “handle” located on the side of these
more complex set of factors.” “For us, the Middle East is a place guy had verbal arguments with the advi- cells.
Speaking in Rabat, Clinton later where all religions and sects should live sors and was threatened by them. He gets The team tagged the stem cells with a
appealed to “those who are supporting together,” said Davutoglu. angry and shoots them. Eight rounds fluorescent green protein — a common
the Syrian regime” to use their influence “We are exerting efforts for the SNC to were fired at them. trick to help figure out what happens in lab
persuade Daamascus to allow access for embrace people from every religion and “He then sneaks out and disappears. experiments.
humanitarian assistance in areas affected sect including Kurds, Alawites, Nusayris No one knew about the incident for more The cells were injected into biopsied
by the violence. and Christians,” he added. than an hour because the room is sound- human ovarian tissue which was then
Syrians in the military and business Davutoglu said Turkey would consider proofed,” he said, adding that CCTV grafted beneath the skin of mice.
who still support Assad should turn curbing its diplomatic ties with Syria but A crescent moon and Venus (left, point of light) set over the Empire State build- cameras had been viewed in the investi- Within 14 days, the graft had produced
against him, Clinton also said Sunday. explained Ankara wants to keep its ing Feb 25, in New York. (AFP) gation of the shooting. a budding of oocytes. Some of the eggs
“The longer you support the regime’s Damascus embassy open, as it did during Asked about this description of events glowed with the fluorescent tag, proving
campaign of violence against your broth- the uprisings in Libya and Iraq. in the ministry on Saturday, a spokesman that they came from the stem cells. But
ers and sisters, the more it will stain your for NATO’s US-led International others did not, which suggested they were
honor. If you refuse, however, to prop up War correspondents ‘Refugees have spoiled our life’ Security Assistance Force said: “The already present in the tissue before the
the regime or take part in attacks on your American war correspondent Marie investigation is ongoing.” injection.
fellow citizens, your countrymen and Colvin was killed while trying to retrieve Government sources said police were Tilly said “the hairs were standing up on
women will hail you as heroes,” Clinton
her shoes so she could flee an army bom-
bardment in the Syrian city of Homs, her
employer The Sunday Times said.
Syrian fighting changes hunting for an Afghan intelligence offi-
cial suspected of killing the two
Americans, while the interior ministry
my arm” when he saw time-elapse video
showing the eggs maturing in a lab dish.
Further work needs to be done to test
“Assad would have the Syrian people
believe that it is only terrorists and
extremists standing against the regime.
But that is wrong,” Clinton said. “So
Colvin and a group of other journalists
had all followed the local custom of
removing their footwear before entering a
life in a Turkish outpost confirmed that “the suspect is one of the
employees of the ministry and he is at
the viability of the eggs, and little is
known about the hormones or other mech-
anisms by which oocytes emerge from the
many Syrians are suffering under this building in the besieged city which was HACIPASA, Turkey, Feb 26, (AP): live in the refugee camps in Turkey. See Also Page 11 stem cells.
relentless shelling. All Syrians should be being used as a rebel press centre, it said. For generations, the economy of this For Izeddin Celik, a 60-year-old But the impact could be far-reaching,
working together to seek a better future.” The journalists were on the ground Turkish hamlet has thrived on items resident of Hacipasa, the conflict has Tilly said.
Onslaught floor of the building when the upper such as livestock and cigarettes that added new strains to an already diffi- Strike on “If we can guide the process correctly, I
floors were hit by rockets, the paper said are smuggled across the border from cult life. think it opens up a chance that sometime
German Foreign Minister Guido in the first full account of how the attack Syria in an area of lax security. Celik has long sold duvets and in the future, we might get to the point of
Westerwelle said Sunday’s referendum happened.
Continued from Page 1 actually having an unlimited source of
But the popular uprising in Syria is blankets at the Saturday bazaars in
was “nothing but a farce.” Although they were initially unhurt changing that. his hamlet, flanked by Syrian hills on of the Institute for Science and human eggs,” Tilly said in a video record-
“Sham votes cannot contribute to a Colvin ran to the hall to get her shoes The fighting has led to the creation one side and Turkish military out- International Security. ing released to the press.
solution of the crisis. Assad needs to put back from where she had left them. of four refugee camps for Syrians on posts on the other. But the fighting in “If they (Iranians) feel that a strike is
an end to the violence and clear the way imminent they may move a lot of things...
for a political transition,” he said in a
But as she reached it a rocket landed at
the front of the building, burying her and
the Turkish side of the border, and
Syria has reinforced security along
Syria has stopped its people from
crossing the border and shopping in That’s really the question, how much do Newswatch
statement. French photographer Remi Ochlik in the border. Hacipasa. the Israelis know about the program?” he
The military onslaught on parts of debris and killing them both, the paper “These Syrian refugees have It also is preventing Celik from told AFP. Continued from Page 1
Homs has created harrowing conditions said. spoiled our life,” said Arif, 34, a traveling to Syria to visit his relatives Amid growing speculation that Israel
in two months. There were no immediate
for civilians, rebels and journalists. Colvin’s mother Rosemarie told CNN Hacipasa resident whose main busi- there. may strike at Iran, the potential success of reports of damage or injuries, emergency
A video posted by activists on on Saturday that the late reporter will ness is smuggling. “Because of them, “You can hear gunfire and shelling such a raid is the subject of intense debate officials said.
YouTube showed Mohammad al- likely be buried in Syria, saying it had police and soldiers are everywhere in the morning,” Celik said. “And in and outside the US military, but there is Residents of multistory apartment build-
Mohammad, a doctor at a makeshift clin- been too risky for aid workers attempting now,” said Arif, who declined to give when people try to cross, the Syrian wide agreement that — at best — an ings said objects tumbled off of shelves,
ic in Baba Amro, holding a 15-year-old to retrieve her remains. his surname to avoid being identified army shoots at them,” he said, draw- attack would postpone and not paralyze windows rattled and chandeliers swayed
boy hit in the neck by shrapnel and spit- “We were told yesterday that today by authorities for illicit trading. ing lines in the dirt with his foot to Tehran’s nuclear project. during the quake, the RIA Novosti news
ting blood. was probably the last day” for recovering Smugglers fear that Syrian troops illustrate the border area. Experts are assessing how long an agency reported. (AP)
“It is late at night and Baba Amro is the body, she told the network. will soon close the border area now “They used to come over for Israeli attack could be sustained, how ❑ ❑ ❑
still being bombarded. We can do nothing The Red Cross said Saturday it had that Turkey’s government has con- Ramadan and we used to visit,” Celik effective the bombing would be and what
for this boy,” said the doctor, who has ultimate goal would be achieved. ANKARA: Turkish surgeons had to remove
failed to agree a deal to evacuate the jour- demned what it calls the atrocities said, referring to the Muslim month one leg from a patient who underwent a
also been treating Western journalists nalists and wounded Syrians from Homs, being committed by Syria’s military. of fasting that ends with a feast of Israel would need its entire fleet of
wounded in the city. about 125 high-end American-made fight- quadruple limb transplant after his heart and
as President Bashar al-Assad’s forces Syria also wouldn’t want the area food and sweets for friends and rela- vascular system failed to sustain the limb,
American correspondent Marie Colvin resumed shelling the Baba Amr district of to become a transit point for smug- tives. “But now who wants to go er jets, including its 101 F-16Is and 24 F- the hospital said on Sunday.
and French photographer Remi Ochlik the city. gled weapons or a safe haven for the where there is fighting going on? 15Is, to carry out such an ambitious raid, Fifty-two doctors from Ankara’s
were killed in the bombardment of Homs British photographer Paul Conroy, Free Syrian Army rebels. Who wants to buy anything?” as well as all eight of its KC-707 refueling Hacettepe University Hospital performed
last week and two other Western journal- who was working with Colvin at the time, In addition, the 566-mile (910- Mouhammed Moussa, a Syrian tankers, said Scott Johnson, an analyst at what was reported as the world’s first-ever
ists were wounded. The group is still and French reporter Edith Bouvier were kilometer) frontier has long been the refugee in Turkey, said he believes IHS Jane’s defense consultants. quadruple limb transplant on Friday, attach-
trapped there despite Red Cross efforts to wounded in the attack. scene of border disputes between the the smugglers are right to assume that “They would use everything they have. ing two arms and two legs to Sevket
extricate them. Britain summoned Syria’s ambassador two countries, including in the area Syria’s army will soon seal off the Everything would be ready and every- Cavdar. (AFP)
The International Red Cross and to London on Wednesday to demand that where Hacipasa is based. border to prevent the rebels from thing would be in play,” Johnson said. ❑ ❑ ❑
Syrian Arab Red Cross could not get into Syrian authorities facilitate “immediate For now, the increased security has expanding their foothold. Israeli fighter jets, using precision-
Baba Amro on Sunday and were still guided bombs, cruise missiles and air-to- MANAMA: Bahrain said on Sunday
arrangements for the repatriation of the reduced the number of items being In an interview outside one of the almost all the verdicts issued by military
negotiating with Syrian authorities and journalists’ bodies,” as well as medical smuggled across the border and made four refugee camps ‚Äî which jour- ground missiles, would likely be focusing
opposition, the ICRC said. on crucial links in the nuclear program, courts against people involved in a pro-
treatment for Conroy. the process more dangerous. But the nalists cannot enter without special democracy protest movement crushed by
Syrian authorities had not responded to illegal trading still includes cheap Turkish government permits ‚Äî including an underground uranium
a request for a ceasefire to allow the UN session enrichment center in Natanz, a centrifuge the Gulf Arab state last year were now being
gasoline and cigarettes brought in Moussa said he is not a rebel. handled by civilian courts.
wounded to be evacuated, it added, and The UN Human Rights Council’s from Syria and sold locally for a prof- But he said he is in touch with plant in Tehran and the recently revealed The statement, which also said 11 people
conditions were worsening by the hour. annual session opens Monday determined it. “leaders of the revolution in Syria,” Fardow facility built into the side of jailed by military courts would be freed,
In Hama, another city with a bloody to put more pressure on Syria’s hardline “They are not better, they are just and Moussa also identified a 24-year- mountain near Qom. appeared designed to show Bahrain had met
record of resistance to Baathist rule, one regime after publication of a list of offi- cheaper,” said Nihat Unal, 43, bran- old man standing beside him as a sol- The Fardow site lies at least 80 meters the recommendations of legal experts com-
activist said nobody was taking part in cials suspected of crimes against human- dishing a pack of cigarettes he said dier who had defected from the (260 feet) underground and likely beyond missioned by the country’s king after an
the referendum. “We will not vote on a ity. had been smuggled into Hacipasa Syrian army and fled to Turkey. the reach of even America’s most power- international outcry. (RTRS)
constitution drafted by our killer,” he said “We want Syrian authorities to give up from a hilly area of Syria right across “If we had weapons, it would be ful conventional bomb. ❑ ❑ ❑
by satellite telephone, asking not to be being in denial,” said one diplomat. The the border from his backyard. much different,” Moussa said. Israel would be under pressure to stage
named. Human Rights Council must “continue to a quick attack, as any operation extending STOCKHOLM: Police evacuated parts of
Turkey says it does not condone Despite the widespread criticism Landvetter airport in the Swedish city
If the constitution is approved in the put pressure on Syrian authorities”. any illegal activity in its border areas, Syria has faced for its deadly attacks beyond one night could open the way to
The annual meetings which will be untenable military and political risks, said Goteborg on Sunday and sent in bomb
vote, a foregone conclusion, it would and will not allow insurgents to use on civilians, and Saudi Arabia’s call technicians to investigate a suspicious bag,
drop an article making Assad’s Baath opened by UN rights chief Navi Pillay its territory to stage attacks in neigh- for other countries to arm Syria’s Daniel Levy, a senior fellow at the New halting all incoming and outgoing flights.
party the leader of state and society, allow and Nassir Abdulaziz Al Nasser of Qatar, boring countries. opposition groups, Moussa is skepti- America Foundation think tank. Police spokesman Jan Weiren said a bag
political pluralism and enact a presiden- president of the UN General Assembly But about 10,000 Syrians who cal that will happen. “Both for technical and political rea- with suspected dangerous content was dis-
tial limit of two seven-year terms. for 2011-12, will also look into latest have fled their government’s crack- “The US promised to help and the sons, the capacity for several repeat runs covered in the security check at the interna-
But the limit will not be enforced ret- developments in Iran, Libya, Sri Lanka, down on the uprising against Syrian Arab League promised to help,” he is a stretch,” said Levy, who worked in tional terminal. He said the owner couldn’t
rospectively, meaning that Assad, already Myanmar and North Korea. President Bashar Assad’s regime now said. “But that was just words.” Ehud Barak’s Israeli government in 1999- explain what was inside the bag and is being
in power for 11 years, could serve anoth- However debates during the first three 2001. questioned by police, but is currently not
er two terms after his current one expires days were expected to focus on the near- Apart from triggering massive diplo- suspected of a crime. (AP)
in 2014. ly one-year deadly crackdown by the matic fallout, a prolonged attack over ❑ ❑ ❑
Dozens of people lined up to vote in regime of Bashar al-Assad on dissent in expected to attend. council president Laura Dupuy Lasserre days would remove any surprise element
two polling stations visited by a Reuters Syria. Qatar, which has backed calls for an of Uruguay. and Iran’s air defenses would have a bet- MEXICO CITY: The group of 20 leading
journalist in Damascus. “I’ve come to More than 7,600 people have been Arab peacekeeping force in Syria, and International investigators on ter chance of countering Israeli war- and developing economies will demand the
killed since the uprising against Assad’s planes, Western officials said. eurozone put in place a stronger firewall
vote for President Bashar, God protect several other Arab countries, the Thursday gave Pillay a list of Syrian mil- before considering handing more funds to
him and give him victory over his ene- rule erupted in March, according to the European Union and the United States itary and political officials suspected of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said the IMF, a senior G20 official said Sunday.
mies,” said Samah Turkmani, in his 50s. Britain-based Syrian Observatory for have called for an “urgent debate” on the crimes against humanity that will be dis- Russia is concerned about the “growing A tougher eurozone fund will be an
Another voter, Majed Elias, said: “This Human Rights monitoring group. escalating crisis on Tuesday. cussed on March 12. threat” of an attack on Iran over its essential precondition to future talks discus-
is a national duty, whether I agree or not, About 90 government ministers and “I hope that a strong political message The UN-commissioned panel said it nuclear programme, warning that the con- sion on IMF resources, the official said,
I have to come and vote.” senior officials, including the foreign will come from this debate with an appeal documented a widespread and systematic sequences would be “truly catastrophic.” adding there was a broad consensus among
This is Syria’s third referendum since ministers of France, Germany, Spain, for better access to humanitarian aid, and pattern of gross violations by Syrian In an article on foreign policy for pub- G20 members that this was necessary.
Assad inherited power from his late Egypt and Iran, as well as Libyan Prime particularly a humanitarian truce for forces, “in conditions of impunity”, since lication on Monday, six days before a (AFP)
father. The first installed him as president Minister Abdel Rahim al-Kib, were which the ICRC continues to work,” said March 2011. March 4 presidential election he is almost Earlier Story Page 33