December 30, 1998 |
Iraq said that its aircraft are flying in the "no-fly" zones patrolled by U.S. and British warplanes and that its antiaircraft batteries remain ready to fire on allied planes. U.S. officials would not say whether Iraqi aircraft encountered in the zones would be shot down. Iraq's move came a day after U.S. planes fired on an Iraqi antiaircraft position in the north, killing four Iraqi soldiers.
December 18, 1998 |
Though Iraqi forces have been barely visible during the air assault on their country, the Pentagon is bracing for a longshot counterstrike that it fears could still come from Iraq's unpredictable leader, Saddam Hussein. As they pounded the country for the second day, U.S. military officials reinforced troops and equipment in the region to guard against a tank attack on Kuwait and put on alert Patriot antimissile batteries to shield against Scud missiles.
February 26, 1998 |
A U.S. intelligence official confirmed Wednesday that Iraq is attempting to develop an unmanned aircraft that could be used to deliver biological weapons on targets as far away as Israel. The pilotless aircraft program, elements of which have been previously reported, was the focus of a report Wednesday on "CBS Evening News." The U.S.
January 19, 1998 |
Iraq declared a "holy war" on U.N. sanctions Sunday, calling for a 1-million-strong volunteer force to push for an end to the seven-year embargo it says has caused widespread starvation and death. "We are determined [to carry out] a great jihad to lift the sanctions," Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan said. "There is no alternative to this after seven years of patience and cooperation with the United Nations and its committees."
October 5, 1996 |
Saddam Hussein has rebuilt the Iraqi army into a credible fighting force by reviving military industries and smuggling in hardware components, according to Jane's Intelligence Review. After Iraq's defeat in the 1991 Persian Gulf War, Hussein restarted the prewar network of military industries, reorganized the military command structure and cut the army's size, the British publication says in its November issue.
May 24, 1996 |
President Saddam Hussein had planned to resist the United Nations deal to resume Iraqi oil sales to feed his suffering population and had even drawn up plans to make massive cuts in his military to free up resources, senior U.S. officials said Thursday. Hussein reluctantly relented only when it appeared that he would soon have to begin carrying out cutbacks in the military machine that is the most powerful in the Persian Gulf region--and is the prop that has kept him in power.