July 14, 1985 |
The Iraqi government said Saturday that its forces crushed two Iranian ground attacks in the central and southern sectors of the Persian Gulf War front. The official Iraqi news agency said Iraq foiled an Iranian infantry attack early Friday in the southern sector, killing 40 Iranian soldiers and destroying 12 army vehicles and seven ammunition dumps. It said another Iranian attack, this one in the central front, was also repulsed, with two Iranian infantry companies wiped out.
March 13, 1986 |
A herd of up to 500 dugongs, a large, somewhat whalelike tropical mammal previously thought endangered in the Persian Gulf, has been sighted in a survey of the waterway, environment officials reported. Meteorological and Environmental Protection Administration officials said 300 to 500 of the mammals were spotted from helicopters east of Bahrain in two groups half a mile apart.
December 4, 1987 |
Officials suspended an aerial search for a missing South Korean jetliner Thursday and said they are convinced that it exploded and plunged into the Andaman Sea with 115 people aboard. South Korean officials say they believe a bomb was planted on the Korean Air jet and blame Communist North Korea. The Boeing 707 disappeared Sunday on a flight from Baghdad, Iraq, to Seoul via Abu Dhabi and Bangkok, Thailand.
October 26, 1986 |
Although it may seem odd to Western fans of Mary Poppins, Persian Gulf social experts want governments to curb the number of foreign nannies because they are seen as a dangerous influence on the young. They say employment of non-Arabs to raise children is one reason behind a "cultural invasion and gradual erosion of Islamic values." Unofficial estimates say there are about 1.5 million foreign maids and nannies in the Persian Gulf region--one to every 10 people.
February 10, 1988
Iranian warplanes shot down three Iraqi French-built Mirage jet fighters over the Persian Gulf, Tehran Radio said. If the claim is accurate, it would support reports that Iran has received a new shipment of parts to refurbish its aging U.S.-built aircraft. There was no immediate word from Iraq on the air battle, a rarity in the 7-year war, but it did say its warplanes attacked two large naval targets--Baghdad's term for supertankers--off the Iranian coast. Meanwhile, four U.S.
October 23, 2007 |
A male sailor shot and killed two female sailors in the barracks of the U.S. Naval Support Activity Bahrain base, officials said. The suspect was critically wounded, said a Navy official who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information. A State Department official in Washington said that although initial reports suggested the incident might have involved a love triangle, it now appeared that a jilted boyfriend shot his ex-girlfriend and then himself.
April 17, 2013 |
Two years ago, the "Arab Spring" that deposed dictators and demagogues was an inspiration to hundreds of millions of repressed souls across the Middle East who yearned for a say in how they were governed. Today, with the Egyptian economy in ruins, tribal clashes convulsing Libya and at least 70,000 dead in Syria's crushed uprising, those still chafing under authoritarian rule in the region are curbing their revolutionary impulses. The sweep of democracy in 2011 has stalled as post-overthrow chaos has become a cautionary tale for those in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar.