March 1, 1991
Egypt, the most populous Arab state and a key partner in the coalition that defeated Baghdad, said IRAQ'S TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY AND SOVEREIGNTY should remain intact in any postwar settlement. The government also said any new security arrangements should stipulate the withdrawal of all non-Arab troops from the region. "Iraq's territorial integrity and sovereignty must be maintained," said Information Minister Safwat Sharif after a Cabinet meeting.
February 27, 1991
"Our joy is overflowing. Thanks be to God. The enemy is turning tail," declared a broadcast by the radio of the exiled KUWAITI government. SYRIA blamed Iraq for the ill-fated outcome of its Kuwait invasion. "The rulers of Baghdad cannot deny their responsibility for . . . the catastrophe," the government-run Damascus Radio said. EGYPT was skeptical. Foreign Minister Esmat Abdel Meguid said the war will not end until Iraq accepts all 12 U.N. edicts.
February 7, 1991 |
Iraq on Wednesday cut already limited diplomatic relations with the United States and most of its major allies in the Gulf War and promised "revenge" against President Bush for trying "to expel Iraq from the 20th Century."
February 4, 1991 |
To Samia Farid, the war in the Gulf became reality only last Wednesday, when she noticed that the wards in the hospital where she works were being emptied to make room for the casualties Egypt expects to suffer in a ground offensive to liberate Kuwait. "Until then," she said, "I did not realize what it would mean to be at war. It was still too far away. Until then, I supported the government, but now I am not so sure." Slowly but perceptibly, public opinion in Egypt is beginning to shift.
January 29, 1991 |
Iraq on Monday predicted the assassination of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and said Baghdad-sponsored terrorists will soon strike against American and allied targets worldwide and turn President Bush into "a hostage in his Black House." "Honorable Arab and Muslim masses everywhere are preparing to join the great confrontation and announce the struggle to support Iraq," the official government Baath Party newspaper Al Thawra declared in a commentary that was also broadcast over Baghdad Radio.
January 28, 1991 |
Although he had initial misgivings about the deployment of U.S. forces to Saudi Arabia, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has emerged in recent weeks as the most vocal and stalwart Arab supporter of the U.S.-led alliance waging war against Iraq. Besides committing more than 35,000 of its best troops to the war effort, Egypt has taken the lead in holding the Arab component of the alliance together in the face of Iraqi efforts to split it.