July 23, 1987 |
A naval convoy of three U.S. warships and two "reflagged" Kuwaiti oil tankers steamed through the Strait of Hormuz on Wednesday and entered the war-plagued Persian Gulf without interference from Iran. As the convoy cleared its first hurdle, Iran stepped up its criticism of the U.N. Security Council for demanding a cease-fire in the almost seven-year-long war between Iran and Iraq. But the Tehran government gave no sign that it would be the first to violate the truce.
August 29, 2009 |
Gunmen engaged state police in a running shootout that killed five officers and possibly one of the attackers in the western state of Jalisco, authorities said. The state attorney general's office said a convoy of seven vehicles carrying at least 30 gunmen approached state policemen on a local highway and opened fire. Four policemen died in the initial fighting and another officer was killed when police gave chase. A body was found in one of the vehicles involved and might be that of an assailant.
December 27, 1987 |
Iraq claimed its warplanes attacked a tanker in the Persian Gulf on Saturday, and witnesses said British and French warships were escorting vessels from other nations after a surge in attacks on gulf shipping. The official Iraqi News Agency quoted a military spokesman as saying jet fighters scored an "accurate and effective hit" on a "large maritime target," which indicates a tanker. If confirmed, it would be the 27th commercial vessel attacked in the gulf in December--a record for one month.
June 18, 1987 |
Rebels ambushed a military convoy in the jungles of southern Colombia, killing at least 32 soldiers in the worst guerrilla attack against the army in 15 years, the Ministry of Defense announced Wednesday. Officials said that 25 soldiers were injured and that 10 are missing after Tuesday's attack in the Caqueta jungle region 300 miles south of Bogota.
June 11, 1989 |
A near-violent confrontation in which a Salvadoran army colonel ordered his troops to aim a loaded antitank weapon at U.S. Ambassador William G. Walker has led to the expectation by the American Embassy here that El Salvador's military leaders will send the officer out of the country--or face a damaged relationship. Walker has refused to discuss the incident. But according to various sources here and in Washington, it took place May 2 in the eastern province of Sonsonate and involved Col. Jesus Caseres, the volatile commander of the area's military garrison and a military-school classmate of the armed forces chief of staff, Col. Rene Emilio Ponce.
October 9, 2009 |
The Indian Embassy in Afghanistan's capital came under attack Thursday for the second time in 15 months as a powerful bomb exploded along an exterior wall, killing 17 police officers and civilians, wounding 76 people and destroying vehicles and buildings. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the suicide attack, which occurred in a heavily fortified area about 8:30 a.m. This latest blast in Kabul underscored the point, analysts said, that militants can strike at will even in Afghanistan's most secure areas.
February 17, 1985 |
Khmer Rouge rebels, regrouping after being driven from their headquarters in Cambodia near the Thai border, destroyed Vietnamese-held ammunition dumps and ambushed a supply convoy in Cambodia on Saturday. Vietnamese troops, having overrun nearly every major rebel base in the country, turned their attention to the remaining Khmer Rouge hideouts in mountainous southwestern Cambodia.
August 2, 1987 |
A tanker carrying liquefied petroleum gas sailed from Kuwait with an escort of U.S. warships Saturday, the first U.S. naval convoy through the perilous waters of the Persian Gulf since a supertanker was damaged by a mine nine days ago. The 46,723-ton Gas Prince, a Kuwaiti vessel re-registered two weeks ago to carry the U.S. flag, sailed early Saturday morning, according to a reliable shipping source.
June 8, 1989 |
On Monday morning, a convoy of 40 limousines and minibuses, guarded by six tanks and several more armored personnel carriers, rolled out of the Chinese leadership compound at Zhongnanhai in central Beijing and headed west. Some sketchy details about this convoy were provided in a Communist Party-affiliated newspaper here, and brief footage of the convoy appeared on Chinese television. Western analysts here now believe that convoy contained virtually the entire top political leadership of China, vacating the complex adjacent to the Forbidden City from which the Communist Party has ruled the nation for nearly 40 years.