June 19, 2000 |
The ruling Baath Party elected Bashar Assad its leader Sunday, the state news agency SANA said, paving the way for him to succeed his father as head of state. The Baath regional command has already put Assad forward as its candidate for president, and he has been appointed commander in chief of the armed forces. His father, President Hafez Assad, died June 10. SANA said the Baath Party will elect a new regional command today.
April 15, 1993 |
Travelers from Iraq said in Nicosia, Cyprus, that several senior Iraqi officials have been arrested and executed. Unconfirmed reports spoke of the execution of former Interior Minister Samir Abdel Wahab Shaykeli in a purge ordered by President Saddam Hussein. The travelers said the executions also included a number of senior military officers and officials of the ruling Arab Baath Socialist Party.
July 19, 1991 |
U.S. officials Thursday greeted with skepticism a new report from United Nations inspectors that Iraq had produced far less nuclear weapons material than originally believed. In addition, the U.N. special commission overseeing the scrapping of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction issued a statement suggesting that the report by its own inspectors was not the final word. The commission called recent findings "preliminary," saying they applied to only a few facilities. Members of the U.N.
April 8, 1987 |
Iran announced Tuesday that its forces have launched a new offensive aimed at the city of Basra in southern Iraq. Iraq said it has repulsed the attack, the first major flare-up in more than a month on the southern front. Military analysts said it was not clear whether the attack signaled the start of Iran's long-heralded "final offensive" in the 6 1/2-year-old war. But Iran, by describing the attack as retaliatory, was believed to be indicating that the offensive is limited.