Morning Report: October 18, 2004

Putin: Bush defeat would be terrorists' victory. Russian President Vladimir Putin, while standing by his earlier criticism of the US-led war in Iraq, stated Monday that international terrorists were working to prevent the re-election of President Bush. Asked to comment on candidate John Kerry, Putin declined to respond, citing the importance of maintaining good relations with both candidates.

Palestinian Authority endorses Kerry. 'The Palestinian Authority made its first open statement Monday expressing support for US democratic presidential candidate John Kerry. - Debka

PA Foreign Minister Nabil Sha’ath said that the future of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is unsure if George W. Bush is re-elected to office.' - Jerusalem Post, via Command Post

Green Zone infiltrations and hostages. 'A security source reported that the infiltration inside the green zone was ended late Saturday. The 3rd element of the terrorist network was killed by the US hunter inside a building at which large number of persons was detained.The source said in anonymity that the terrorist network was able to enter directly the green zone within a US convoy that entered Iraq from the neighboring countries, adding that "Excluding the US convoys that enter Iraq from the inspection procedures helped three terrorists to infiltrate into the green zone and implement bombing of the Chinese restaurant". The source affirmed that the 2nd terrorist was implemented a suicide bombing in a site near Ibn Sinna hospital, while the 3rd terrorist infiltrated in the 3rd floor of a building in the green zone as he took hostages unlimited number of persons, clarifying that the US forces were evacuated the neighbor sites of the hostages place and imposed a tight security cordon on the site for more than ten hours.The source said that the terrorists are Jordanians in mid twentieth.' - Sabah (English)