January 21, 1991 |
Canada mounted its first official offensive missions of the Persian Gulf War on Sunday, intensifying controversy in Canada about this normally noninterventionist country's role in the fighting. It was the first time in 40 years--since the Korean War--that Canadian forces have been sent into battle, and the shift has been traumatic for many. Canadian CF-18 warplanes took off from their wartime base in the Persian Gulf sheikdom of Qatar to join U.S.
January 20, 1991 |
The Canadian air force is sending fighters into combat against Iraq, its first offensive mission since World War II, defense chiefs said Saturday. Commodore Ken Summers, commander of Canadian forces in the multinational coalition against Iraq, said fighters under his command will go into battle within 24 hours. Canadian CF-18 Hornet fighters based in the Qatari capital Doha will accompany and protect allied fighters and bombers on missions into Iraqi territory.
September 18, 1990 |
The foreign ministers of the 12 nations of the European Community agreed Monday to expel military personnel from the Iraqi embassies in their capitals and to limit the freedom of other Iraqi diplomats to travel within their borders. But the foreign ministers, in their second such joint effort, again fell short of consensus on financial aid to Turkey, Jordan and Egypt, which have lost substantial export markets because of the U.N. economic embargo against Iraq and Kuwait.
September 15, 1990 |
Iraqi soldiers stormed the French, Canadian and Belgian diplomatic quarters in Kuwait on Friday, briefly detaining a U.S. consul and several other diplomats. President Bush declared the crackdown "outrageous" and hinted at a possible U.S. response. The Iraqi troops held five Western consuls for several hours and arrested French citizens as the occupying forces stepped up the pressure on holdout embassies to close their doors in Kuwait city. The U.S.
August 20, 1990 |
Fighting in the Persian Gulf could jeopardize the $3-billion sale of Columbia Savings & Loan's junk bond portfolio to a Canadian investment group, according to a clause in the sale agreement. The clause states that Gordon America, the Toronto-based partnership planning to buy the bonds, has the right to bail out of the deal if there is "continuing, armed hostilities involving the United States or Canada" between now and the scheduled closing date of Oct. 2.