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October 12, 1994 | ROBIN WRIGHT and MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As pressures mount for a new strategy to ensure that this Iraq crisis is the last, the Clinton Administration may finally have to answer the central question left open by the George Bush Administration: what to do about Iraqi President Saddam Hussein? To prevent the possibility of repetitive crises and revolving-door military deployments, military planners now face the complex issue of Iraq's cunning leader and his future. "It's time to get rid of him.
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October 12, 1994 | ART PINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Iraq began withdrawing some of its forces from the Kuwaiti border area Tuesday in response to the U.S. military buildup. But the Pentagon placed 155,000 more U.S. ground troops on alert in case additional force is needed to meet the Iraqi threat. After a day of uncertainty about Iraq's response, U.S.
NEWS
October 11, 1994
Iraqi forces massing along the Kuwaiti border. The White House draws a line in the sand and orders American planes, ships and troops back to the Persian Gulf. The Persian Gulf crisis of 1990-91 was on replay, it seemed to the world's editorial cartoonists, who once again picked up their pens to savage Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and take a few shots at President Clinton too. By Monday, Baghdad's U.N.
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October 11, 1994 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Iraq's massing of troops near the Kuwaiti border put Russia in a quandary: Moscow has sided with Washington against Baghdad for reasons of politics and regional stability, but at the same time Russia aims to avoid alienating a country it sees as an important business partner. In recent months, Russia has been moving closer to Iraq, eager to renew one of the Soviet Union's most profitable friendships.
NEWS
October 11, 1994 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like a cornered cat, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is making a desperate bid to survive growing internal pressures and prospects that the international sanctions strangling his economy will not be lifted soon, according to U.S. experts.
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October 11, 1994 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kuwait reacted with sharp skepticism Monday to Iraq's declaration that it was pulling its troops back from their tense border, and warned that such a move alone would not be enough to end the new Gulf crisis. "If they pulled back their forces a few kilometers to the north, they could come back in a couple of days," said Saud al Sabah, Kuwait's information minister. "This is a cat-and-mouse game with us, and we can't tolerate it. . . .
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October 11, 1994 | LEN HALL and DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
They watch the news on television, read the newspapers and wait for letters or phone calls. That's how Marine families with loved ones overseas keep track of the latest military developments in the Persian Gulf. News comes in dribs and drabs, through the media or base support groups, or the rumor mill on the bases. Capt. Mike Gamble and Sgt.
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October 11, 1994 | JOHN M. BRODER and ART PINE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
President Clinton on Monday ordered an additional 350 U.S. combat aircraft to the Persian Gulf, despite a pledge from Saddam Hussein to pull back his troops from Iraq's border with Kuwait. Clinton said that he is bolstering U.S. forces in the region because Hussein has repeatedly lied in the past about his intentions and because the United States does not yet have intelligence supporting the Iraqi leader's promise to withdraw his forces.
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October 11, 1994 | MATT LAIT and H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As 18,000 Marines in Orange County and elsewhere in Southern California were put on alert for possible deployment to the Middle East, most troops conducted their business as usual Monday, while some began packing their desert combat equipment and prepared for war. But wherever they were, whatever they were doing, the specter of another Gulf war still loomed large in the minds of the Marines, some of whom were asked to put their lives on the line nearly four years ago in Operation Desert Storm.
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October 9, 1994 | Associated Press
Lines stretched behind cash machines and gasoline stations Saturday as thousands of Iraqi troops massed across the border in a buildup like that presaging the 1990 invasion of Kuwait. But there were few other signs of anxiety after the Cabinet called on Kuwaitis to refrain from hoarding food and water. Traffic at the border with Saudi Arabia was reported normal, and no significant increase in flight reservations was reported.
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