July 29, 1990 |
The Iranian government Saturday welcomed the release of a pro-Iranian Lebanese gunman and four accomplices from a French jail, and a Tehran newspaper said the action could help efforts to free Western hostages in Lebanon. Iran's official Islamic Republic News Agency reported that Anis Naccache and the four others arrived Friday night in Tehran after being pardoned by French President Francois Mitterrand.
October 8, 1988 |
A pro-Syrian magazine said Friday that the release of Church of England envoy Terry Waite and two other British hostages in Lebanon is imminent. As Shiraa magazine, which unveiled in 1986 the arms-for-hostages deal between Iran and the United States, said behind-the-scene efforts are under way to free Waite, journalist John McCarthy and Anglo-Irish teacher Brian Keenan.
February 3, 1987 |
Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir refused Monday to consider releasing Arab prisoners held by Israel in exchange for American hostages in Lebanon, as demanded by a terrorist group in Beirut. "I don't think we can even consider this," Shamir told reporters when asked to respond to the demand by an underground group calling itself Islamic Jihad for the Liberation of Palestine. The group threatened Saturday to kill four hostages, three Americans and an Indian-born U.S.
August 6, 1990 |
Fifteen convicted Shiite Muslim militants whose fate is linked to that of American and other Western hostages in Lebanon have been moved to Baghdad from a Kuwaiti jail, a Kuwaiti diplomat said Sunday. The men were convicted of taking part in a 1983 bombing campaign against the Kuwaiti government ousted last week by invading Iraqi forces. Their freedom has long been a key demand of hostage-takers including Islamic Jihad, which has held at least two Americans for more than five years.
March 2, 1991
The SISTER OF HOSTAGE TERRY ANDERSON said she is elated by the prospect of America's prisoners of war coming home--and hopes her brother will be with them. "It would just simply be unthinkable to have gone through all of this in the Middle East and be unable to get (the Western hostages in Lebanon) out. They're going to do it this time. I'm sure of it," said Peggy Say. Anderson, an Associated Press correspondent, has been held captive since March, 16, 1985.
January 20, 1991 |
Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite marks his fourth anniversary in captivity today with the Persian Gulf War apparently freezing efforts to free him and the other Western hostages in Lebanon. A Shiite Muslim source, familiar with the thinking of the hostage-holding factions, said: "You don't expect anyone to give the British or the Americans a reward by releasing any of the hostages at a time they are attacking an Arab country."
September 28, 1987
Islamic Jihad, a pro-Iranian group holding Western hostages in Lebanon, said it will start killing Tunisian government officials if that nation carries out death sentences on seven Muslim fundamentalists. "The price for the execution of our struggling brothers will be the heads of big officials in the oppressing Tunisian regime," the group said in a statement in Beirut. The statement was accompanied by a picture of journalist Terry A. Anderson, one of eight Americans held hostage in Lebanon.