Other items: Bush wants GPS satellites disabled during crisis and Australia is planning maritime security zone.

Share story

KABUL, Afghanistan — The latest abduction of a foreigner in Afghanistan — a Turkish engineer working on a U.S.-sponsored road project — ended when the kidnappers killed him, apparently so he wouldn’t slow them down with police hot on their trail.

Eyup Orel worked for Serhat, a Turkish subcontractor for the U.S.-based Louis Berger Group, company vice president Tom Nicastro said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Bandits and insurgents from the Taliban and other Islamic extremist groups operate in the area about 110 miles east of the capital, Kabul.

Bush wants satellites disabled during crisis

WASHINGTON — President Bush has ordered plans for temporarily disabling the U.S. network of global positioning satellites during a national crisis to prevent terrorists from using the navigational technology, the White House said yesterday.

Any shutdown of the network inside the United States would come under only the most remarkable circumstances, said a Bush administration official who spoke to a group of reporters at the White House on condition of anonymity.

The GPS system is vital to commercial aviation and marine shipping.

The president also instructed the Defense Department to develop plans to disable, in certain areas, an enemy’s access to the U.S. navigational satellites and to similar systems operated by others.

Australia planning maritime security zone

SYDNEY, Australia — Australia plans to enforce a maritime security zone more than 1,100 miles out to sea, far beyond its territorial waters, in a move to boost defenses against possible terror attacks on its soil and offshore oil and gas facilities, Prime Minister John Howard said yesterday.

Under the new plan — due to begin in March — all vessels that enter within 1,150 miles of Australia’s shores will be required to present information to defense and customs authorities about the ship’s identity, crew, location, speed and intended port of arrival, Howard said.

Australia’s territorial waters extend about 230 miles off shore. Legal experts warned that Australia could be breaking international law if it tried to take further action against ships in the new security zone.


The U.S. Embassy yesterday warned the 13,000 Americans in Kuwait of possible terror attacks and urged them to exercise caution.