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December 23, 1998 | Associated Press
The four-day attack on Iraq marked the first time that American female pilots dropped bombs in a combat situation. Navy Lt. Kendra Williams, 26, was the first of a group of female pilots to participate in the strikes. She flew her F/A-18 fighter-bomber as part of the attack force launched from the aircraft carrier Enterprise in the Persian Gulf. There are 16 female aviators on the aircraft carrier.
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August 10, 2013 | By Efrain Hernandez Jr
The U.S. State Department condemned the car bombings in Iraq that killed at least 69 people Saturday, calling them cowardly attacks by enemies of Islam, Iraq, the U.S. and the international community. “The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the cowardly attacks today in Baghdad,” Jen Psaki, State Department spokeswoman, said in a statement. “These attacks were aimed at families celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.” Psaki said the attacks were similar to other recent suicide and car bombing attacks in Iraq.
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March 16, 1991 | MARY JORDAN, THE WASHINGTON POST
Minutes after an Iraqi missile hit his F-16 jet over Baghdad, Air Force Maj. Jeffrey S. Tice was out of his plane, alone in the vast sky, hurling toward Earth at 125 miles per hour, face first. "The clouds were coming up fast; I was dropping real fast," Tice said Friday, recounting the 15 long seconds when he dropped 10,000 feet before his parachute opened. "Over and over, I kept saying, 'The parachute has got to work.' " It did, and his 46 days of captivity in Iraq began.
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May 17, 2013 | By Aziz Alwan, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
BAGHDAD - Bombings in Iraq near a Sunni Muslim mosque, a busy shopping street and a funeral procession left at least 70 people dead Friday as the security situation continued to show signs of unraveling. The explosions brought the week's death toll to more than 110. That followed the killing of 712 people in April, which according to the United Nations was the deadliest month in Iraq since June 2008. The bloodshed has increased as the country undergoes its biggest political test since the departure of U.S. troops in late 2011.
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January 24, 1991 | THOMAS B. ROSENSTIEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Did the allies bomb Iraq's only infant formula plant? Or was it really a biological weapons factory in disguise? That question provided the latest skirmish in the propaganda war between Iraq and the multinational forces in the Persian Gulf War. Early Wednesday, Cable News Network reporter Peter Arnett, the only Western reporter still allowed in Iraq, reported that he had been taken to what Iraqi authorities described as a baby formula factory that had been destroyed in allied bombing.
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September 16, 1990 | JOHN M. BRODER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If the United States and Iraq go to war, the U.S. military plans to unleash a relentless air campaign designed in part to "decapitate" the Iraqi leadership by targeting President Saddam Hussein, his family, his senior commanders, his palace guard and even his mistress, according to senior U.S. military planners.
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February 8, 1991 | HARRY G. SUMMERS Jr.
"Collateral damage." That's the new buzz phrase of the Persian Gulf War. It means the unintended damage to civilians and non-military structures in the target area directly caused by military action. Although the words are new, the awful reality behind them most definitely is not.
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February 20, 1991 | J. MICHAEL KENNEDY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
American helicopters and jets hammered Iraqi tanks, trucks and armored personnel carriers in what one pilot described Tuesday as a "turkey shoot," and a senior U.S. military source said the month-old air campaign is inflicting "horrendous casualties" on Saddam Hussein's forces.
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June 29, 1993 | From Times Wire Services
Iraq has lodged a formal protest with the Security Council over the U.S. cruise missile attack on Baghdad, accusing the United States of "state terrorism and blackmail." "This was a deliberate terrorist act perpetrated by the government of the United States of America on grounds which were spurious and unjustified," said the letter, made public Monday, from Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed Said Sahaf to the Security Council.
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March 17, 1991 | DOUGLAS JEHL and TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
New evidence indicates that allied bombs killed far fewer Iraqi soldiers during the Persian Gulf War than previously estimated but caused enemy troops to desert in such large numbers that some defensive lines were left virtually unmanned, according to U.S. military commanders.
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April 15, 2013 | By Ned Parker
BEIRUT -- A string of bombings in Iraq claimed the lives of more than 30 people Monday in the run-up to provincial elections scheduled for this weekend. The attacks, which left dozens wounded, took place around the country, including in Baghdad; the southern city of Nasiriya; and in the northern cities of Kirkuk, Tuz Khurmatu, Samarra and Mosul. The blasts followed the assassinations over the weekend of two Sunni Muslim candidates for provincial elections. The deadliest attacks occurred in Baghdad, where security sources said 21 people were killed, including three in a major security breach when a pair of car bombs exploded by the heavily patrolled entrance to Baghdad International Airport.
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October 25, 2011 | By Richard A. Serrano, Washington Bureau
Radio-control parts hidden in roadside bombs in Iraq have been traced to a company in Minnesota, prompting a federal grand jury Tuesday to indict five people in an alleged smuggling ring that sent up to 6,000 of the devices from this country to Iran for use against U.S. military personnel. The alleged plot, run by a group of citizens of Singapore, was designed to skirt U.S. laws against conducting business with Iran, authorities said, adding that they hoped to extradite the defendants for trial in Washington.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 2009 | Paloma Esquivel
In his abbreviated life, Army Sgt. Joshua W. Soto knew life's hills and valleys better than most. Soto was barely a teen when his mother and grandfather were killed in a car accident and he was transplanted from Bakersfield to a rural town nearby to live with a family friend. His brother, two years older, moved with him. "We were just kids trying to figure out why certain events happened in our lives," said Air Force Sgt. Shane Soto. "We just tried to stick together and make the best of it."
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August 14, 2009 | Associated Press
A double suicide bombing devastated a cafe packed with youths Thursday in northwestern Iraq, killing at least 21 people and injuring at least 32, officials said, in the latest attack against a minority community. The blasts came in a deadly week in which nearly 150 people have been killed in bombings concentrated in and near the volatile northern city of Mosul and in Baghdad, heightening fears that Sunni Arab insurgents are stepping up efforts to stoke ethnic and sectarian tensions.
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July 16, 2009 | Associated Press
A suicide bomber killed six people in an attack Wednesday in a former insurgent stronghold in Iraq's western province of Anbar, police said. A Baghdad bombing killed five other people. The bomber in Ramadi struck a checkpoint of Iraqi soldiers and police, killing a policeman and five civilians, a local police officer said.
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March 24, 2009 | Saif Hameed and Ned Parker
A suicide bomber killed at least 18 people in an attack on a Kurdish farmer's funeral northeast of Baghdad, in an area rife with friction between Kurds and Arabs. The bombing in Jalawla in Diyala province came on a day of violence that also saw the death of nine people in a western suburb of Baghdad, in an attack targeting one of the U.S.-allied Sunni Muslim paramilitary groups that have battled the Al Qaeda in Iraq militant group since 2007.
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February 4, 1991 | J. MICHAEL KENNEDY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Six U.S. helicopter crewmen were killed in two separate crashes, and three airmen were reported missing after their B-52 crashed into the Indian Ocean while returning from a bombing run over Iraq, U.S. military officials said Sunday. Also Sunday, Marine officials said seven of the 11 Leathernecks killed in a light armored vehicle last week and another Marine killed in a cluster-bomb attack Saturday were victims of so-called friendly fire.
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February 28, 1991 | JOHN M. BRODER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The battle plan for vanquishing the Iraqi army mapped out by Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf was one of the most complex military campaigns ever devised, yet it rested upon a fundamental principle as old as human conflict--deception. From the opening minutes of the air war in the pre-dawn hours of Jan.
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March 22, 2009 | Raja Abdulrahim
Every March 17, Sally Wiley would call her son Sean Diamond at 7:38 a.m. and his twin Michael Diamond five minutes later -- the moments of their births -- to sing them "Happy Birthday." Some years, the twins couldn't answer, letting their mother's song go to voice mail. In the last few years, when Sean, an Army staff sergeant, was stationed in Iraq, Wiley couldn't call him. Instead, she would look at the clock on March 17 and feel something missing and then call Michael.
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