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! FACT SHEET: War on Terror!


-- French authorities investigating the September eleventh, 2001, terror attacks in the U-S have arrested two men _ a Moroccan and a German believed to be a top al-Qaida recruiter. The German, Christian Ganczarski, was apprehended at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport on Monday and was to appear before an anti-terrorism judge in the coming days. Officials say they believe there's a link between the two suspects.

-- Some say the United States' anti-terror law cramps citizens' rights. But Attorney General John Ashcroft urged Congress to expand the law and permit the government to extend the death penalty to more people accused of terrorism. He says the law has weaknesses that terrorists could exploit.

-- Attorney General Ashcroft is defending his agency against criticism from its own inspector general. Ashcroft told the House Judiciary Committee the Justice Department didn't break any laws in the way it treated aliens who were taken into custody following the September eleventh attacks.

-- The House Select Committee on Homeland Security is considering a President Bush proposal dubbed Project BioShield, which would give the administration unprecedented authority to research, buy and distribute vaccines and antidotes against pathogens that could be used by bioterrorists.

-- Government prosecutors are reviewing years worth of sensitive telephone and e-mail wiretaps and results from secret searches to decide whether they can file criminal charges against suspected terrorists in the U-S. The review was ordered by Attorney General Ashcroft who met with top prosecutors at the Justice Department.

-- Britain has renewed a promise to help Afghanistan rebuild. A spokesman says Prime Minister Tony Blair made the pledge to Afghan President Hamid Karzai during a meeting at Ten Downing Street on Thursday.

-- Former first lady Rosalynn Carter and other leaders say the government is not doing enough to prepare Americans for the psychological effects of terror. Carter, an advocate for mental health programs, backs a bill that would focus money and expertise on minimizing trauma caused by terror.


NEW YORK: 2,792

World Trade Center: Fifty-nine are listed as missing. The medical examiner's office has issued 1,411 death certificates. An additional 1,327 death certificates have been issued without a body at the request of victims' families.

Includes all passengers and crew on hijacked planes. Excludes 10 hijackers, five on each plane.

American Airlines Flight 11: 87 passengers and crew

United Airlines Flight 175: 60 passengers and crew


Pentagon: 125

American Flight 77: 59 passengers and crew (excludes five hijackers)


United Flight 93: 40 passengers and crew (excludes four hijackers)

TOTAL: 3,021

An Associated Press list of September eleventh victims includes three- thousand names. The AP count does not include the 19 hijackers on the four planes.

The AP list is based on information collected from the Defense Department, medical examiners, the courts, AP foreign bureaus, companies, families, member newspapers, funeral homes and places of worship.


-- Voices of September 11: http://www.voicesofsept11.org

Copyright 2003 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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