June 20, 1987 |
The United States and Saudi Arabia are nearing an agreement to extend the radar surveillance of Saudi AWACS planes to the entire Persian Gulf to help U.S. forces protect shipping there, State Department officials said Friday. Department spokesman Phyllis Oakley confirmed that negotiations are "going smoothly, and we believe that we and the Saudis will work out a favorable arrangement very soon."
October 25, 1987 |
A bomb exploded at the ticket offices of Pan American World Airways here Saturday, notching up tensions in this tiny Persian Gulf emirate following three Iranian missile attacks against the country's oil-exporting facilities. No injuries were reported in the explosion, which shattered windows in the seaside office building but caused only minor damage. The offices were closed for lunch at the time of the explosion. Police later detonated another object nearby that had appeared suspicious.
October 1, 1987 |
The big July jump in Iranian crude oil exports to the United States was triggered by American oil buyers rushing to exploit deep discounts on Iran's oil, but imports from Iran have since begun to decline, oil experts and the U.S. government said Wednesday. Nonetheless, the amount of Iranian oil entering this country remains at levels not seen in several years, according to Energy Department estimates.
September 13, 1987 |
The building is an anomaly in freewheeling Dubai. Above the entrance are a red, white and green flag and a sign saying, "Please pay attention, Islamic veil is essential for entrance." With a portrait of the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini over the door and nurses in starched white Islamic chadors, this is the Iranian hospital in Dubai, just one sign of Iran's continuing influence on the Arab side of the Persian Gulf, despite Iran's long-running war with Iraq.
October 8, 1991 |
A week into last winter's Persian Gulf War, Iraqi combat planes began scrambling over their eastern border for the safety of Iranian airstrips, opening a still-mysterious chapter in the conflict. Perhaps only Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and his top military clique know for sure why the cream of his air force was sent hurtling beyond the reach of superior, U.S.-led forces into the hands of a longtime enemy, perhaps never to fight again.
May 19, 1987 |
The French-built Exocet missile used against the U.S. frigate Stark in the Persian Gulf was the same type of missile that sank the British destroyer Sheffield in the 1982 Falklands War, killing 20 crew members. The weapon, which has a warhead similar to a torpedo and travels just under the speed of sound, provides a "fire-and-forget" attack capability against surface ships, according to Jane's All the World's Aircraft, a standard military reference work.
May 22, 1987 |
A team of U.S. naval officers opened a formal investigation Thursday into the circumstances surrounding the Iraqi air attack on a U.S. Navy ship that left 37 American sailors dead. Six officers headed by Rear Adm. Grant A. Sharp went aboard the command ship LaSalle, flagship of the U.S. Middle East Force, to begin the investigation, a Navy spokesman said. Sharp is commander of Cruiser/Destroyer Group 2, based at Charleston, S.C.
July 1, 1987 |
President Reagan, rejecting the advice of key members of Congress and pressing ahead with his intention to escort Kuwaiti oil tankers in the Persian Gulf, has ordered the U.S. Navy to proceed with plans and begin the operation by mid-July, the White House announced Tuesday. "There's opposition to almost everything we want to do," Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger told reporters. "But the fact of the matter is that delay is not going to change the issue.
October 11, 1987 |
The commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards said Saturday that Tehran is making its own version of the U.S. Stinger anti-aircraft missile, the Iranian news agency IRNA reported. Mohsen Rafighdost, head of the Revolutionary Guards, told a news conference that Iran had previously obtained Stinger missiles and is successfully copying them, IRNA reported. It gave no other details. The news agency had reported earlier that Iranian forces in patrol boats fired Stinger surface-to-air missiles at U.S.
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.