January 4, 1998 |
U.N. inspectors here continued their work Saturday despite damage from a rocket-propelled grenade that slammed into their offices, shattering a small window but causing no injuries. The Iraqi government condemned the Friday night attack, which came amid tense relations with the weapons inspectors. The grenade, one of two fired at the compound where the offices are located, was not loaded with explosives, and no one claimed responsibility.
January 21, 2001 |
Iraq said that U.S. and British warplanes killed six of its citizens in airstrikes on southern Iraq and that its air defense units hit one of the aircraft. The U.S. military denied that any aircraft was hit, saying all planes returned safely after a raid conducted in response to Iraqi antiaircraft fire in the "no-fly" zone over southern Iraq. The U.S. Central Command headquarters in Tampa, Fla.
November 9, 1996 |
After taking a second look, the Pentagon concluded Friday that Iraqi antiaircraft batteries had turned their radars on U.S. warplanes last Saturday and Monday, justifying retaliatory missiles fired by the aircraft. A Pentagon statement said both F-16 pilots had indications on their control panels that Iraqi antiaircraft radar had "locked on" to the planes. The F-16s were flying patrol missions over southern Iraq as part of a long-standing operation blocking Iraqi flights.
September 7, 1996 |
U.S. military aircraft are expected to face heightened risks in patrolling the newly expanded "no-fly" zone over southern Iraq despite this week's missile attacks against Iraqi air defenses, Clinton administration officials and defense analysts said Friday. Although the two salvos of cruise missiles that U.S.
October 20, 1994 |
A bomb exploded in a prayer room at Iraq's Ministry of Religious Affairs on Wednesday, killing a senior civil servant and seriously injuring five people. No one claimed responsibility, and official media reports did not identify any specific group. But the official Iraqi news agency INA said the bomb was locally made. Iraqi television blamed "agents hired by the enemies of Iraq," usually considered to be a reference to Kurdish separatists or Iranian-linked Shiite Muslim rebels.
September 30, 1997 |
Iranian warplanes crossed into Iraq and bombed two Iranian rebel bases Monday, injuring two Iraqi civilians, rebels said. Iran's official news agency, IRNA, said the air raid against strongholds of the People's Moujahedeen, or People's Warriors--who have fought since the 1980s to oust Iran's hard-line Islamic regime--was aimed at "terrorist counterrevolutionaries" and killed or wounded a number of them.
June 27, 1993 |
The clincher in concluding that Iraq sponsored the car bomb attempt on George Bush's life was that the huge explosive device seized by authorities bore striking similarities to a bomb linked to Iraqi agents in Turkey during the Persian Gulf War, government sources said Saturday night. FBI interviews of all 14 plot participants also buttressed the forensic evidence and the conclusion that Iraq directed the attempt, a Justice Department official said.
July 6, 1993 |
President Saddam Hussein on Monday visited Iraq's intelligence headquarters, which was hit last week by U.S. missiles, Iraqi television reported. The main evening news showed a uniformed Hussein talking and laughing with intelligence chief Sabir Abdel-Aziz Douri in a salon at the sprawling intelligence compound. As usual, classical music covered their voices. It was Douri's first public appearance since June 27, when U.S.
July 25, 1993 |
A U.S. Air Force warplane on Saturday night fired at an antiaircraft missile site in southern Iraq after the missile radar locked onto the American plane, the Pentagon said. Air Force Lt. Col. Dave Garner, a Pentagon spokesman, said an antiaircraft missile was apparently fired later from an Iraqi missile site at two other U.S. jets. All three jets returned undamaged, he said. The incident occurred in a "no-fly" zone over southern Iraq.
January 15, 1993 |
Allied forces missed roughly half the intended targets in their strike on Iraq, according to a Pentagon assessment Thursday. But Bush Administration officials declared the mission a success because of the political message it sent to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. Pentagon spokesman Pete Williams said Wednesday's attack "blew up parts" of four air-defense sites that had served as Baghdad's eyes and ears in the south but left three mobile air-defense missiles there intact.