October 17, 1990 |
One of the reasons virtually no Western experts anticipated Iraq's annexation of Kuwait, officials now say, is that no one thought Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had any interest in possessing most of the country. What Hussein wanted, the officials believe, was only a small part of his neighbor's land--two strategic islands and a strip of territory covering the southern end of an oil field that straddles the Iraq-Kuwait border. Now, U.S.
January 31, 1991 |
A U.S. Coast Guard official said Wednesday there is little hope of fully clearing a massive oil slick from the Persian Gulf, and there were reports that a second large slick has been spotted off the coast of Kuwait. "Historically, we've only been able to cover 10% to 15% of any large spill, so there's no way to conceive of picking up all the oil from this spill," said Coast Guard Capt. Don Jensen, head of the U.S. Interagency Oil Spill Assistance Team dispatched here to help in the cleanup.
March 31, 1988
Three Iranian patrol boats exchanged gunfire with Kuwaiti military personnel guarding an island near the Iran-Iraq War front. Two Kuwaitis were wounded in what apparently was the first direct military encounter between Kuwaiti and Iranian military forces. An Iranian spokesman in Tehran denied that any clash occurred, but Kuwait's Defense Ministry reported that its forces on Bubiyan Island, a strategically located land wedge on Iraq's southern flank, came under attack and returned fire.
August 30, 1991 |
Kuwaiti warplanes sank an Iraqi gunboat, and coast guard units captured 46 disguised Iraqi soldiers who landed on Bubiyan Island to scavenge abandoned ammunition, Western security officials said Thursday. The clash erupted Wednesday afternoon when Kuwaiti coastal forces intercepted five fishing boats loaded with ammunition as they started to leave the island, the officials said.
February 17, 1986 |
Iranian troops, supported by helicopter gunships, pushed farther along southern Iraq's Al Faw Peninsula, a war communique said Sunday, and foreign journalists said they could see Kuwaiti territory from Iranian forward positions. The Iraqi news agency reported from Baghdad that some of the heaviest fighting of the 5 1/2-year-old war was being waged as Iran's week-old Dawn 8 offensive moved deeper into Iraq.
December 30, 1987 |
The leaders of six Arab states in the Persian Gulf region appealed Tuesday to the U.N. Security Council to impose sanctions on Iran for its refusal to accept a cease-fire in the seven-year-old Iran-Iraq War.