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February 05, 1989

The general in charge of the U.S. Central Command has recommended the suspension of combat pay for sailors in the Persian Gulf, Pentagon sources say. The request by Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, under review by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is the strongest indication yet that U.S. defense officials believe the truce in the Iran-Iraq War will hold. The bonuses are worth $110 a month and have been paid to military personnel working in the Persian Gulf since August, 1987. The United States now has 14 ships in the gulf, and Navy officials estimate that 4,000 sailors are receiving the payments.

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