January 4, 1992 |
In one of the most daring defections ever from Fidel Castro's Cuba, a helicopter pilot Friday stood up a group of tourists scheduled for a sightseeing hop around the island and instead picked up his wife, 32 family members and friends and flew to Miami. The pilot, identified as Cuban Air Force Lt.
May 6, 1990 |
Cheered by the collapse of communism in East Europe, Cuban exiles have been dancing in the streets of Miami in expectation of Fidel Castro's imminent downfall. One militant anti-Castro group, Alpha-66, has even begun paramilitary training in the Everglades to join battle instantly if there is an armed uprising.
January 26, 1990 |
Cuba on Thursday blamed the United States for a rebel attack on its troops in Angola last weekend and temporarily suspended the withdrawal of its forces from the African country. The decision halted a Cuban pullout of soldiers and equipment from Angola that has been under way since January, 1989, as part of regional peace accords between Angola, South Africa and Cuba. Under the agreement, South Africa halted support for the Angolan rebels and agreed to a U.N.
December 7, 1989 |
Disclosing for the first time the human cost of its military involvement in Angola, the Cuban government announced that 2,016 Cubans have died in the African country since its forces were sent there 14 years ago. A spokesman for the Cuban diplomatic mission in Washington, D.C., gave that figure in announcing that the remains of all Cubans who died carrying out international missions in Angola and elsewhere have been returned to Cuba in recent days. In 1987, Brig. Gen.
September 9, 1989 |
The first group of 100 Cuban troops left Ethiopia on Friday following Havana's announcement Thursday that it is removing all its remaining troops from the East African country, a Cuban diplomat said. The diplomat said the troops left on a Cuban military transport and were seen off at Addis Ababa airport by Cuban Ambassador Antonio Perez Herrero and members of Cuba's military mission.
September 8, 1989 |
Cuban troops sent to Ethiopia to help the Marxist government in its war against Somalia will start leaving Saturday, the Cuban armed forces said in a statement Thursday. The statement did not give details on the number of soldiers who will leave. At the height of the fighting in 1978, Cuba was believed to have about 20,000 troops in Ethiopia, and in January, 1984, it began reducing its troops in the African country from 10,500 to 3,000.