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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - January 29, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                Saturday January 29 2005 THE NEW MEXICAN A3 DAY Continued Rom Page Al polling stations with only a few glitches so far Only two of 20 delivery trucks made it to one large warehouse where guards threatened to walk off the job when they were told they couldnt drive their trucks into the com pound Throughout Baghdad secu rity preparations are in over drive At an unprecedented gathering of Iraqs military factions members of the Iraqi police Iraqi national guard the former Iraqi Army and military meet at a police stationturned central command center in western Baghdad to rehearse responses to hypothetical attacks Its important these polls are covered because the ballots are being delivered Milley the 10th Mountain Division colonel tells the group as he stands over an enormous satellite image of the city He points to a small area marked with red dots that indicate polling and police stations Who is responsible for each of these red dots he asks the gathered military and police personnel No one responds I dont care how you organize it its your elec he tells the group I just want to make sure were coordinated so we can react to the enemy without shoot ing each A few days earlier in the Shula neighborhood one of Milleys units came across 18 men in plain clothes carrying AK47 assault rifles at 2 Luckily the soldiers didnt fire upon them It turned out the men were part of a spontaneous neighbor hoodwatch program Given the likelihood of heightened tensions during the election Milley wants to avoid any possible misiden tification that could lead to a tragic accident if people are out past curfew Authorities have con sidered some hypothetical situations One involves mass casualties from car bombings individual suicide attackers and a hostage situ ation occurring simultane ously commanders describe their response Then its time for the Iraqi police chiefs assessment Theres no way we can handle all of he says There are not enough of The point of the planning is that no one unit should work alone in any situation Help the colonel tells them is just a phone call away The 10th Mountain Divi sion has been working with the Iraq Interior Ministry to make sure soldiers have uni forms food water sleeping cols weapons and ammuni tion Milley wants to make sure each of the 238 polling stations in his area of tion is sufficiently manned Milley spent last Thursday with the Iraqi general smok ing cigarettes and drink ing tea until midnight and then finally asking for his assistance in protecting the polls The colonels efforts paid off and the general offered his 500plus men On Friday morning the general attended a group meeting and his men were given shoes and weapons Outside the headquarters Iraqi soldiers unpack cots and joke with each other Come Taste the best New Mexican Cuisine in town Lunch Buffet Off Your Dinner with purchMf of S5or more after wiih this ad ad 416 Agua F r i a 988 5991 Inside they register each of nearly 800 recently delivered AK47s They are thrilled to have work the weapons and other support and ultimately to be working side by side with American forces There was no way to con front the only small says Iraqi police officer Mohamed Haled unpacking an AK47 from a wooden trunk With these we hope to defend our The previous night Iraqi detectives with support led a raid on a house near the police station and uncov ered maps computer parts and wires thought to be used for improvised explosive devices They also found printed material from Nazi books and a pamphlet on how to be a Baath party leader and how to run a jihad said Capt Jen Knowlden of the 10th Mountain Division who provided backup for the raid Most alarming she said were instructions on how to attack citizens on election day The raids continued late into the night but the polls are one of the major con cerns right now Soldiers patrol the streets of western Baghdad and visit various polling sites that are indi cated on a master list but still not confirmed In one small neighborhood the soldiers from the 58th Combat Engineering Co find an empty school A livein family that guards the place hasnt heard anything about a polling site The soldiers still leave a round of razor wire with directions for the soon toarrive security force to enhance the barriers Next door a woman watches from her doorway Will this school be for the vote asks Sameera Mahdi 32 No one knows how to reply or perhaps they didnt hear so they stay silent Polling sites have been kept secret up to the last moment for security reasons but the presence of guards and the building of barriers gives away many locations Mahdi says she is eager to vote for Ayad Allawi she calls him a strong man who will bring peace to Iraq and has no fear of going to the polls wherever her poll ing station might be Not that fear matters she says voting is essential for her country and for women All women will she says This is a matter of our future and our Down the street another woman walks out of her house wrapping herself in a black abaya a tradi tional Islamic garment and inquires about the military presence The translator tells the woman who does not want to give her name that soldiers are securing a poll ing site The woman becomes alarmed that this possible target of attack is directly across from her home Here the woman says What about the children Will the children be OK The translator assures her children will be protected and the Iraqi police will keep things safe God the woman says I hope no one will suf fer in these days that it will be over Reputed operative of major Mexican drug cartel captured 96 9829663 Guadalupe at Manhattan next lo American Pine Table 10L TRAVEL BUG Fri Jan2a 57 pmMutt COffftft SHOP DUO Kiddle Eastern Music Sat Jan 29 56 pm Slide Shew Sea Kayaking in Bajas Magdelena Bay iansaunder 833 Paseo de Peraita teflon Palace 8 fllamgda 99 The Associated Press MEXICO A man reputed to be a key operative of Mexicos powerful Juarez drug organization and who is wanted both here and in the United States has been captured Mexicos attorney generals office announced Friday Juan Jose Alvarez Tostado was detained Thursday He has been sought since 1998 when authorities issued a warrant for his arrest pend ing extradition to the United States where he is wanted on drugtrafficking and money laundering charges Alvarez is wanted in Mexico on charges related to organized crime and alleg edly operating with illgotten gains Alvarez was identified as an employee of the late reputed drug trafficker Amado Car rillo who ran the Juarez orga nization until his death in 1997 during botched plastic surgery to change his appearance According to investigations Lunch Dinner 402 N Guadalupe 9849112 carried out by authori ties Alvarez was in charge of collecting money from the groups drug sales in the United States the attorney generals office said in a news release As of 1998 authorities estimated he had received million in payments made in the Chicago area The money was later transferred to Mexican accounts on Carril los instructions officials said Alvarez also was connected with a shipment of tons of cocaine discovered in August 1994 in northern Zacatecas state At the time of his arrest Thursday Alvarez produced identification bearing the name Jorge Alberto Gutierrez Rojas Also Friday reputed employees of the Juarez cartel attacked municipal police in Ciudad Obregon in northwestern Sonora state when the authorities tried to inspect a pair of vehicles said officials from the federal and state attorney generals office DIESEL Ford LAST 2 DAYS TO SAVE ENTIRE STOCK OF FALL WINTER PERMANENTLY REDUCED CLEARANCE TAKE AN EXTRA a Mens Ladies Juniors Kids Apparel Shoes Intimate Apparel Accessories Home Discount taken at register Sorry no price adjustments given on previous purchases Discount is off of ticketed price Discount applies to permanent markriowns only Selection varies 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