The Week That Was

September 30, 2001

The Crisis

The Taliban rejected a Pakistani delegation's pleas to turn over Osama bin Laden . . . . British police arrested an Algerian pilot suspected of being a flying instructor for four hijackers involved in the Sept. 11 attacks . . . . President Bush unveiled a package of measures designed to encourage Americans to start flying again . . . . Saudi Arabia decided to allow U.S. troops to use bases, and it cut diplomatic relations with Afghanistan, leaving Pakistan the only state maintaining relations with the Taliban . . . . Thousands of Afghans attacked the abandoned U.S. Embassy in Kabul . . . . Iran appeared to reject any role in the U.S.-led coalition against terror . . . . Nations once shunned by the United States because of their suspected involvement in terrorism would no longer be restricted from military assistance under authority requested by President Bush . . . . More than 350 have been arrested and another 400 are being sought in the attacks . . . . An executive order signed by President Bush attempted to freeze the assets of known and suspected terrorists in U.S. banks and around the world . . . . Congress will not move as quickly as President Bush had hoped on new anti-terrorism measures . . . . Nine people were arrested on charges of fraudulently obtaining licenses to transport hazardous materials . . . . The White House seemed to back away from earlier assertions that President Bush was a target on Sept. 11 . . . . Two Air Force generals were given the authority to order a suspected terrorist-operated aircraft to be shot down . . . . Defying State Department objections, the Voice of America broadcast a news report that included an interview with Mullah Mohammed Omar, the leader of the Taliban . . . . A celebrity telethon for victims of the terror attacks raised $150 million in pledges . . . . A poll by the New York Times and CBS found 72 percent of Americans answering yes to the question: Should the United States take military action if thousands of American military personnel will be killed? . . . Anti-American protests erupted in Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim nation . . . . The Rev. Jesse L. Jackson said he might contact Taliban leaders to help arrange the surrender of bin Laden . . . . The Pentagon changed the name of the anti-terrorism campaign to "Enduring Freedom" after "Infinite Justice" drew criticism from Islamic groups that said only God can dispense such justice.

The World

Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat finally met and agreed on steps to end a year of violence . . . . Arabs across the Middle East marked the anniversary of the Palestinian uprising with prayers, protests and minutes of silence . . . . . . The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries met in Vienna and decided not to change current production levels though energy prices are falling . . . . French President Jacques Chirac acknowledged that France had done little to protect Algerians who were on the French side during the 1954-1962 war of independence . . . . The House approved paying $582 million in back dues to the United Nations . . . . Poland's Left Alliance, successor to the old Communist Party, won national elections, ousting Solidarity . . . . An explosion at a chemical fertilizer plant in France killed 29 . . . . Pope John Paul II paid a moving tribute to as many as 1.5 million Armenians who were killed in the early 20th century, but stopped short of using the word genocide.

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