July 3, 2000 |
To aid Iraq's largest sanctions-busting operation, Iran has opened its strategic Qeys island for secret transfers of illicit Iraqi oil to ships that can evade a United Nations blockade, according to Clinton administration officials. Traffic has become so heavy in recent weeks that the regime of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is smuggling as much as 100,000 barrels of oil a day, netting as much as $42 million a month that is being used in part to rebuild Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, U.S.
June 6, 2000 |
In an unexpected reversal, Iran has opened its protected sea lanes to dozens of ships carrying illegal shipments of Iraqi oil in violation of U.N. sanctions on Saddam Hussein's government, U.S. officials said Monday. The Clinton administration considers the about-face alarming because oil smuggling is Hussein's only major source of independent income. U.S. officials have estimated that unfettered access to Iranian waters could generate as much as $1 billion for his regime this year.
May 3, 2000 |
Six rockets slammed into a residential quarter of Baghdad and wounded eight civilians, the official Iraqi News Agency reported. Iraq holds "the Iranian authorities responsible for this criminal operation and reserves the right to revenge at the appropriate time," the agency said. Residents of the Baghdad neighborhood said they heard at least three explosions at 11:30 p.m. Monday, and one rocket gouged a big hole in an apartment.
April 9, 2000 |
Thousands of relatives today welcomed home about 500 Iraqi prisoners of war held for more than a decade by Iran. Soldiers on both sides of the border clapped and waved banners as the weary, unsteady Iraqi prisoners were hugged by their relatives, some of whom had spent two nights in the desert waiting for the release. Iranian officers carried disabled Iraqi prisoners and handed them over to Iraqi counterparts. Iranian soldiers helped the sick to stretchers and onto ambulances.
April 6, 2000 |
Iran will soon release up to 2,000 Iraqi prisoners who had been reported missing during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war, the head of the Red Cross in Iraq said Wednesday. Beat Schweizer said he expected the release to take place Saturday at the Iran-Iraq border. The International Committee of the Red Cross has been negotiating the release with Iran, which earlier this year allowed a delegation to visit Iraqi POWs. A Tehran daily, Iran, quoted Iranian Brig. Gen.
August 9, 1998 |
An Iranian exile group based in Iraq said that a bomb exploded near its headquarters in Baghdad, killing three Iraqis and seriously wounding 11. The Moujahedeen Khalq said in a statement that the bomb killed a 4-year-old girl, a 65-year-old street vendor and his 15-year-old son. The bomb also damaged buildings and shops, the statement said. The group blamed the attack on the "clerical regime's terrorists." An Iraqi civil defense source confirmed the blast.