February 12, 1997 |
Skirting the shoals of Iran's Persian Gulf coast, tankers are smuggling tens of thousands of tons of fuel oil out of Iraq in violation of U.N. sanctions, a U.S. admiral said Tuesday. The embargo breakers and their Iranian protectors have had two confrontations with the Navy in the last two weeks, ramming a U.S. frigate in one showdown that wasn't publicized. "Our indications are that this is a rather sophisticated effort, centrally controlled within Iran," Vice Adm. Thomas B.
October 20, 1994 |
A bomb exploded in a prayer room at Iraq's Ministry of Religious Affairs on Wednesday, killing a senior civil servant and seriously injuring five people. No one claimed responsibility, and official media reports did not identify any specific group. But the official Iraqi news agency INA said the bomb was locally made. Iraqi television blamed "agents hired by the enemies of Iraq," usually considered to be a reference to Kurdish separatists or Iranian-linked Shiite Muslim rebels.
August 4, 1990 |
Iran has chided its Persian Gulf neighbors for ignoring its warnings about dealing with Iraq, its opponent in a bitter and bloody eight-year war. Iran's Foreign Ministry condemned Iraq's invasion of Kuwait and urged an immediate withdrawal of Iraqi forces. The ministry's statement, carried late Thursday by Tehran Radio and monitored in Nicosia, also warned that Iran considers the invasion a threat to regional "stability and security."
August 17, 1990 |
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein vowed Thursday that Iraqi troops will not withdraw from occupied Kuwait, declaring in a televised "open letter" to President Bush: "There is no going back." In a personal lecture laden with prophesies of disaster, Hussein told Bush that "you, the President of the United States, have chosen to be a liar like the band you have selected and consider to represent the Arab nation." He warned that U.S.
August 10, 1990 |
Iraq's Saddam Hussein is no military mastermind. He makes a few political bluffs and then hammers straight for his objective. But he is shrewd enough to watch his flanks, and last week he invaded Kuwait apparently confident that Iran and Syria, the enemies on his borders, would not take the opportunity to strike at him. The Iraqi strongman won the first trick, but not without possible cost.
August 26, 1990
As a humanitarian gesture, and as a reflection on the true nature of America, President Bush should ship food to Iraq as a gift. We could make several important points with this gesture and provide for the people in Iraq. Take the ships to the ports of Iraq and let them unload it. Nothing in this world could say it better and all the possible reactions would work to the world's favor. DONALD A. McWILLIAMS Fullerton
December 23, 1990 |
The former combat tank driver seemed out of place selling bras and panties in an indoor bazaar. He was slightly more drawn than when he left for war six years ago, friends said, but he was still brawny enough to haul big sacks of clothing as if they were weightless, and his thick hands made the flimsy wares he sold look like dolls' clothing. He was content, he said, haggling over prices with his customers and patiently tugging at elastic bands to show off the quality.
July 4, 1990 |
The foreign ministers of Iran and Iraq held their first direct talks since a cease-fire was declared in the Persian Gulf War nearly two years ago. Iraqi Foreign Minister Tarik Aziz described his hourlong meeting with Iranian counterpart Ali Akbar Velayati as "cordial and constructive." The two sides agreed to the meeting at the U.N. headquarters in Geneva after discussions with Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar. The U.N.
November 2, 1990 |
Iran and Bahrain have agreed to upgrade ties to ambassadorial level and called for an unconditional Iraqi withdrawal from Kuwait, Bahrain's foreign minister said Thursday. The Gulf News Agency quoted Sheik Mohammed ibn Mubarak al Khalifa as saying that the two countries also decided to set up a direct maritime link to boost trade. Mohammed met with Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani during a two-day visit to Tehran.