2 – The Herald Wednesday, January 23, 2013
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Prince Harry’s wartimerole draws reprisal fears
By GREGORY KATZThe Associated Press
LONDON — PrinceHarry’s admission that hekilled Taliban fighters whileworking as a helicopter gun-ner in Afghanistan drewintense British media cov-erage Tuesday and sparkedconcerns about possiblereprisals.The 28-year-old princespoke in a pooled inter-view published late Mondayafter he was safely out of Afghanistan. He had spentthe last 20 weeks deployedas a co-pilot and gunner in aheavily armed Apache attackhelicopter.Asked if he had killedfrom the cockpit, the third-in-line to the British thronesaid: “Yeah, so, lots of peoplehave.”The response was imme-diate Tuesday: The DailyMirror tabloid ran a page-oneheadline “Royal SensationHarry: I Killed Taliban” alongwith a photo of a macho-looking Harry in combat gearand designer shades. Othernewspapers ran similar gung-ho stories about the prince’smilitary exploits. “Harry: IHave Killed” was the storyin the Daily Mail. Video shotduring the prince’s deploy-ment was shown dozens of times on Britain’s majornews networks.In Parliament on Tuesday,Defense Minister MarkFrancois praised Harry, say-ing the prince should be com-mended for his bravery. He“has done well for his coun-try,” Francois said, offeringkind words for a prince whohas occasionally embarrassedthe royal family, most recent-ly by being photographednaked as he played strip bil-liards at a Las Vegas hotel.Many in Harry’s fam-ily have also seen combat— most recently his uncle,Prince Andrew, who flewRoyal Navy helicopters dur-ing the 1982 Falklands War.Prince Philip, his grandfather,served on Royal Navy battle-ships during World War II.Not everyone wasapplauding the soldier-prince.Lindsey German, leader of the Stop the War Coalition,called Harry’s comments“arrogant and insensitive”and raised the prospect thatHarry might have accidentlytargeted Afghan civilians.Former officer CharlesHeyman, who edits a year-book on British forces, saidthe prince’s words may raisethe already high threat levelagainst him.“The royal family are alltargets, and he now probablybecomes the prime target,royal family-wise,” Heymansaid. “But he can live withthat. He’s a soldier, he knowswhat he’s doing.”Heyman said it was com-mendable that Harry hadundertaken such a dangerousand demanding military job.“By and large, the world’selite make sure their sons anddaughters go nowhere nearthe firing line. So it bringscredit to the royal family, andit’s good for army morale,that Harry’s not sitting backin London saying, ‘Welldone, boys!”’ he said.Heyman said as an Apachegunner, Harry would haveopened fire when directed todo so by a ground controllerwho would most likely havebeen under enemy fire. Theprince typically would havebeen firing at Taliban forcesin bunkers or protected insome way, not at troops outin the open, said the formerofficer.“They would have beenopening fire to relieve pres-sure on the ground, maybeeven to rescue people on theground,” Heyman explained.“If he was using machineguns, there is no way hecould say categorically hedestroyed the target. But if he was using the Hellfiremissiles against a bunker, hewould be able to say cat-egorically that he destroyedthe target.”If there’s a large explo-sion and no more enemyfire from the target area, thegunner can be “pretty sure”the enemy has been killed,Heyman said.Col. Richard Kemp, a for-mer British commander inAfghanistan, said the feveredpress response to Harry’swords reflected a certainnaivety about the realities of war.“He’s flying an attackhelicopter armed with mis-siles and machine guns, andits purpose is predominantlyto come in and provide firesupport for troops fightingthe Taliban, so it would bevery, very surprising if hedidn’t swoop in and kill,”Kemp said.He said Harry’s tone wasappropriate in the interview.“I know it’s a delicate sub- ject, but I’m surprised by howmuch people have seized onwhat he said,” Kemp said.“If he’d been bragging aboutkilling, that would have beenwrong, but he didn’t bragabout it.”
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05-22-29-31-36Estimated jackpot:$130,000SEOUL, South Korea(AP) — North Korea swiftlylashed out against the U.N.Security Council’s condemna-tion of its December launchof a long-range rocket, sayingWednesday that it will strength-en its military defenses —including its nuclear weaponry— in response.The defiant statementfrom North Korea’s ForeignMinistry was issued hours afterthe Security Council unani-mously adopted a resolutioncondemning Pyongyang’s Dec.12 rocket launch as a viola-tion of a ban against nuclearand missile activity. The resolu-tion, which won approval fromPyongyang’s ally and protectorChina after drawn-out discus-sions, also expanded sanctionsagainst the North.In Pyongyang, the ForeignMinistry maintained that thelaunch was a peaceful bid tosend a satellite into space, nota test of long-range missiletechnology. But now, NorthKorea will “counter the U.S.hostile policy with strength,not with words,” the ministrysaid, ominously warning thatNorth Korea will “bolster themilitary capabilities for self-defense including the nucleardeterrence.”The wording “considerablyand strongly hints at the possi-bility of a nuclear test,” analystHong Hyun-ik at the privateSejong Institute think tank nearSeoul said Wednesday.A nuclear test would fitinto a familiar pattern of defi-ance in Pyongyang. In 2006and 2009, North Korea fol-lowed up rocket launches justweeks later by testing atomicdevices, which experts sayis necessary for develop-ment of nuclear warheads.However, North Korea hasa new leader, Kim Jong Un,who took over in December2011 following the death of father Kim Jong Il. How hewill handle the standoff withthe international communityremains unclear.There was no indicationtoday of an imminent nucleartest. However, satellite pho-tos taken last month at NorthKorea’s underground nucleartest site in Punggye-ri in thefar northeast showed contin-ued activity that suggested astate of readiness even in win-ter, according to analysis by38 North, a North Korea web-site affiliated with the JohnsHopkins School for AdvancedInternational Studies.Last month’s rocket launchhas been celebrated as a suc-cess in North Korea, and thescientists involved treated likeheroes. Kim Jong Un citedthe launch in his New Year’sDay speech laying out NorthKorea’s main policies andgoals for the upcoming year,and banners hailing the launchare posted on buildings acrossthe capital.Washington and its alliesconsider the long-range rocketlaunch a covert test of ballisticmissile technology, and suspectPyongyang is working towardmounting a nuclear warheadon a missile capable of strikingthe U.S.North Korea claims the rightto build nuclear weapons asa defense against the UnitedStates, which stations morethan 28,000 troops in SouthKorea. The foes fought in thethree-year Korean War, whichended in a truce in 1953 and leftthe Korean Peninsula divided atthe 38th parallel.Six-nation disarmamentnegotiations, hosted by Chinaand aimed at offering NorthKorea much-needed food andfuel in return for dismantlingits nuclear program, have beenstalled since North Koreawalked away from the talks fol-lowing U.N. punishment for its2009 rocket launch.
NKorea vows to beef up nukes
Activists: Governmentrocket kills 6 in Syria
BEIRUT (AP) — A rocketfired by Syrian regime forcesslammed into a northern rebel-held village today, killing sixmembers of a single family,activists said, while Turkey’sforeign minister called on theinternational community todeclare the Syrian regime’sbombardment of its own citi-zens a war crime.With violence escalat-ing and hopes of a politicalsolution dwindling, Russiaannounced for the first timethat it has evacuated familiesof its diplomats in Syria sometime ago but said it is not plan-ning a large-scale evacuationof the tens of thousands of itscitizens still in the country.Russia has been the mainprotector of President BasharAssad, shielding him fromU.N. sanctions over hiscrackdown on an uprisingthat began in March 2011.In Moscow, Foreign MinisterSergey Lavrov sought to playdown the significance of evacuation of 77 of its citi-zens who had fled Syria andwere flown back to Moscowtoday. He told reporters thatabout 1,000 Russians residingin Syria contacted consularofficials to express their inter-est in leaving the country, butno large-scale evacuation wasimmediately planned.Both sides have increasedattacks over the past weeks asdiplomatic efforts have floun-dered with the oppositionrejecting any dialogue withAssad in power and Syrianofficials saying the presidentwill stay until the end of histerm in mid-2014, and will berunning for re-election.Syria’s conflict started 22months ago as an uprisingagainst Assad, whose fam-ily has ruled the countryfor four decades. It quicklymorphed into a civil war,with rebels taking up armsto fight back against abloody crackdown by thegovernment. The regimealso has turned increasinglyto airstrikes.
(Continued from page 1)style”, killing three peoplebefore committing suicide.Two of the wounded girlsdied later.The reality check, of sorts,brought the room of educa-tors to a somber, yet uni-fied mind-set. Principal JohnEdinger spoke on the open-ing segment of the training.“It was eye-opening andsickening. Taking the livesof innocent kids. ” Edingerspoke earnestly. “TheNewtown shooting remindsme of the precious lives wehave to protect.”Coaching the facultyin lock-down proceduresincludes ensuring all partici-pants are aware of the propercodes announced during anintrusion, teaching hands-onself-defense mechanisms,creating effective door barri-cades, developing and learn-ing contingency evacuationplans and establishing safesites after an evacuation. Inaddition, there have been sit-uations where students werein a lock-down situation forhours. Slate recommends thatteachers have an emergencykit prepared in case a situa-tion should warrant.“The kits should includebandages, snacks and eventampons, which would beuseful to stop the bleeding of any wounds,” Slate affirmed.“Take the plastic liner out of a metal trash can and use it[the trash can] as a toilet.”If an intruder storms aclassroom armed with aweapon, the staff and teach-ers are instructed to use aself-defense mechanism likeforcefully throw any object,like books or computers, torender the intruder unbal-anced and make him or heran easier target for a hands-on counterattack.Prior to the beginning of the school year, staff andteachers began the first partof the ALICE training, wherethe staff viewed clips fromthe Columbine shooting anddelved into the mind of anactive shooter.“There are always flaws inthe system.” Edinger stated.“No matter how prepared weare, an intruder will get inand do what ever they aregoing to do. Instead of beingsitting ducks, this programgives us control and allowsus to be aggressive. We havea proactive police depart-ment that work hands-onand genuinely cares for thecommunity. Additionally, theparents ‘step up to the plate’and are always supportivewhen dealing with studentand school issues.”Edinger and the teachersare very enamored with theALICE training, the DelphosPolice Department and thesupport of the community, asa whole.
Woman strip searchedafter flight on 9/11 sues
DETROIT (AP) — Awoman who says she was ethni-cally targeted for a strip searchat Detroit Metropolitan Airportfiled a lawsuit Tuesday againstan airline and federal transporta-tion officials.Authorities removedShoshana Hebshi from aFrontier Airlines plane after itlanded in Detroit on Sept. 11,2011, the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. The crewhad reported suspicious behav-ior by two Indian-Americanmen sitting near her, sayingthey spent a lot of time in abathroom.Hebshi, who describes her-self as half-Arab and half-Jew-ish, said she and the men hadnever met before the flight andhad nothing in common beyonda similar skin tone.After removing her fromthe plane and handcuffingher, agents ordered Hebshi toremove her clothes, bend overand cough while being searched,she said in a complaint filed inDetroit federal court.The freelance writer fromSylvania, Ohio, said she is con-cerned about what she believeswas ethnic profiling based onher dark complexion and whatthat pattern of treatment mightmean for her 7-year-old twins.“I was frightened and humil-iated,” Hebshi told the DetroitFree Press. “As an Americancitizen and a mom, I’m reallyconcerned about my childrengrowing up in a country whereyour skin color and your namecan put your freedom and lib-erty at risk at any time.”Hebshi said the U.S. hasa “history of profiling andoppressing people who look dif-ferent.” She added that authori-ties assume “someone who isbrown is a criminal.”Frontier and theTransportation SecurityAdministration declined com-ment on the suit Tuesday.Hebshi said no one ever toldher why she was being targetedand what was happening.“They wouldn’t even tell mewhat was going on,” she saidTuesday. “No would answer me.”The American Civil LibertiesUnion is assisting Hebshi in herlawsuit. ACLU lawyer MichaelSteinberg said Hebshi “didnothing that was suspicious” towarrant such treatment.
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