Brief News

By Kelly Finlan
November 20, 2003

Angelina Wagner

The editor of a London-based newspaper received an email, sent by a member of al-Qaeda, claiming the attacks made on two synagogues in Istanbul, Turkey on Saturday, Nov. 15 were by al-Qaeda. More than 23 people were killed and 300 more wounded in the attacks, according to the British Broadcasting Company.

17 U.S. soldiers dead in helicopter collision

Seventeen United States soldier are dead as a result of the collision of two Black Hawk helicopters on Saturday, Nov. 15, in Mosul, Iraq. A soldier who witnessed the crash said one of the helicopters was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, according to the Boson Globe.

More staff requested in Qatar

Middle East Central Commander General John Abizaid has ordered more staff into the CentComm’s forward headquarters in Qatar on Sunday, Nov. 16, in preparation for increased military operations in the Middle East. Between 300 and 400 staffers will join the 150 already stationed in the headquarters, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Actor Schwarzenegger to be sworn into office in California

On Monday, Nov. 17, governor-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger will be sworn into office in California. More than 8,000 invited guests and 500 journalists are expected to attend the “low key” televised inaugural gala after the swearing-in ceremony, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Democratic candidate bashes fellow candidate

Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry of New Hampshire declared fellow democratic candidate Howard Dean would be a poor choice to run against President George W. Bush because of his staunch anti-war position. Kerry believes a more centralist position of war and resolution is what the Democratic Party needs to win the 2004 election, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq coming from locals

The largest air attack since the war in Iraq officially ended was launched on Tuesday, Nov.. 18, targeting suspected ambush sites in western Baghdad. Attacks on U.S. forces are coming from “locals,” according to the New York Times.

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