Major Succumbs to Injuries Sustained in Grenade Attack
BOISE, Idaho -- A second serviceman has died from wounds suffered when an Army sergeant allegedly tossed three grenades into a command tent of the 101st Airborne Division in Kuwait, the military said today.
Air Force Maj. Gregory Stone, 40, based in Boise, was pronounced dead early yesterday at an Army field hospital in Kuwait, the Idaho Air National Guard said.
Sgt. Asan Akbar is in custody in the attack. He was shipped to a military jail in Germany after a judge found probable cause to try him for the crime. Stone, a 20-year active and reserve veteran, was the Air Force's liaison to the 101st, said his half brother, Frank Lenzi of Portland, Ore. Stone graduated from Portland's Benson High School and Oregon State University. He enlisted in 1983, went through the ROTC program at Oregon State and was commissioned in 1988.
Capt. Christopher Scott Seifert, 27, of Easton, Pa., also was killed and 14 other soldiers were injured in the attack.
Russia Denies Sales to Iraq
MOSCOW -- Russia went on a media offensive to deny U.S. allegations that Russian companies were selling anti-tank guided missiles, jamming devices and night-vision goggles to Iraq. It hinted that Washington also had sold sensitive equipment to other nations.
The Kremlin took the unusual step of calling news organizations and dictating a statement publicizing its version of a conversation Monday between President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The White House said Bush had called Putin to complain about the alleged sales of military equipment, which could pose a danger to U.S. troops.
Instead, Kremlin spokesman Alexei Gromov said it was Putin who brought up the allegations, denied them and said that Russia respects the U.N. sanctions against Iraq.
Gromov hinted that Putin also mentioned past situations when the United States had sold sensitive military equipment to other countries. The official who dictated the statement declined to name the instances or the countries involved.
U.S. officials allege that Russian technicians from a private company were in Iraq during the last few weeks to provide technical support for devices to jam Global Positioning System equipment.
U.S. Envoy Criticizes Canada
TORONTO -- The U.S. ambassador to Canada said that Canada's decision not to participate in the U.S. war in Iraq could damage relations between the two countries.
Ambassador Paul Cellucci told a meeting of business leaders that if Canada had been threatened, the United States would have come to its aid. "There would be no debate. There would be no hesitation," Cellucci said. "That is why so many in the United States are disappointed and upset that Canada is not there for us now."
Prime Minister Jean Chretien's political opponents have asked him to reconsider his decision last week that Canada not join the U.S. coalition against Iraq.
"When will the government do the right thing and back our American friends and allies, because frankly sir, you are embarrassing us," said Stephen Harper, leader of the opposition Canadian Alliance.
"I will never be embarrassed," Chretien replied, "when I will, as prime minister of this land, show Canadians and the people of the world that Canada is an independent country."
DeNeen L. Brown
Saudis Report a Peace Plan
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- Saudi Arabia said it has made a proposal to end the U.S.-led war on Iraq and was awaiting a response.
The foreign minister, Prince Saud Faisal, told reporters in the capital, Riyadh, that the war threatened to spread hatred between the Arab world and the West and cause huge loss of life.
"We have made the proposal but we are still waiting for a positive response," Saud said, declining to give any details.
In Washington, State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said: "We are not aware of any peace proposal from Saudi Arabia. . . . The time for cooperative solutions with this Iraqi regime has passed."