Everybody leads with the entry of hundreds of Marines into
The Marines are more heavily armed than the
Everybody fronts a prison revolt by hundreds of Taliban near Mazar-i-Sharif and news that an American appears to have been killed. Exactly what happened is still murky, but the Pentagon says, and the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and USA Todayreport, that the Taliban smuggled arms into the prison. But according to the Washington Postand the Wall Street Journal, who cite a report by a Time magazine correspondent who was at the scene, the prisoners overpowered some guards, got access to a bunch of AK-47s, and took control of the fort where they were being held.
The Pentagon denied that any
The papers note that that outcome isn't going to make
The Northern Alliance, meanwhile, say that they now control what was the Taliban's last remaining city in the north. "Kunduz has fallen completely to our troops," said an alliance general. "We now control every part of the city." The papers all add a grain of a salt and say that the alliance's claim can't be confirmed. (The LAT accurately sources news of the advance to the Northern Alliance, but omits such skepticism from its headline:
The NYT reports that
The papers report that Pashtun tribal groups fought with Taliban troops near Kandahar and seized a key roadway junction. The Pashtun fighters are heading towards the city, although it's considered unlikely that the poorly armed group will conquer it. USAT says the Taliban also aren't doing so well in Kandahar itself: "People arriving in
The Northern Alliance announced that another senior al-Qaida commander has died. Juma Namangani moonlighted as head of an Islamic separatist group in
Everybody except the NYT fronts a Massachusetts company's announcement that they have created the first cloned human embryo. Scientists at the company (named Advanced Cell Technology, for you stock trader types) say they have no intention of actually cloning humans. Instead, they say that their goal is to grow the embryos for a few days in order to harvest embryonic stem cells, which offer significant possibilities for treating illnesses. The Post says that the experiment "breaks new ethical ground by creating the beginnings of a human being from a single parent." (Today's Papers is aware of the potential drawbacks of asexual reproduction. But given that we live in an age of anonymous sperm donors, it would have appreciated another sentence explaining why this is an ethical issue.) The paper also reports that the approach has raised "concerns because it would require the creation of human embryos with the sole intent of destroying them."
Count the Bush administration among the concerned. "The president has made it clear that he is opposed to any type of human cloning," said a White House spokesperson.
Some critics, though, said their beef wasn't so much with the ethics surrounding the experiment as with what they saw its iffy science. The announcement was "nothing but hype," said one scientist who pointed out that the company has yet to reveal any details of its experiment.
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