November 21, 1993 |
More than 500 Iraqis crossed into Kuwait to protest work on a trench the emirate is digging along the disputed border, U.N. observers said. The U.S. State Department condemned the border crossing, the second such incursion in a week. A Kuwaiti contractor working on the trench fired a shot in the air after the Iraqis started throwing stones, said Abullatif Kabbaj, a spokesman for the U.N. A U.N. officer monitoring the demonstration was slightly injured by a stone.
May 2, 1993 |
Kuwait plans to build a barrier, dig trenches and plant more than a million mines along its 80-mile-long border with Iraq, Persian Gulf news agencies quoted the emirate's defense minister as saying Saturday. About 1.3 million mines that Iraqi troops had planted in Kuwait after their August, 1990, invasion will reportedly be replanted along the frontier.
February 6, 1993 |
The U.N. Security Council approved sending a battalion of 750 armed soldiers and support staff to patrol the potentially explosive frontier between Iraq and Kuwait and to use force to repel any incursions. A resolution, adopted by a 15-0 vote, leaves open the possibility of more troops in the future. The measure was authorized under Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter, which allows for the use of force in case of violations.
January 17, 1993 |
U.N. officials said Saturday that they will consider deploying international peacekeeping troops on this uneasy frontier as a defiant Iraq failed to meet a deadline for removing six disputed police posts in Kuwaiti territory. U.N. spokesman Abdelatif Kabbaj said the secretary general has been asked to consider dispatching peacekeeping troops to the border to supplement the contingent of 249 unarmed U.N. military observers patrolling the nine-mile-wide demilitarized zone on the border.
January 16, 1993 |
The first of more than 1,000 U.S. troops touched down on a wind-swept runway here Friday, preparing to move north into the desert as a new show of allied force against any threats from Iraq. Senior Kuwaiti military commanders greeted the first 350 troops from the Army's 1st Cavalry Division, based at Ft. Hood, Tex., as they debarked from a chartered jumbo jet and prepared to pick up tanks, armored personnel carriers and artillery positioned at a military camp on the Kuwaiti coast.
January 15, 1993 |
After spending a long night worrying about a possible Iraqi retaliatory strike, Kuwait put its armed forces on full alert Thursday and awaited the arrival of 1,300 new U.S. troops. But Kuwaiti officials said they are "quite confident" that Baghdad will not respond militarily to Wednesday's allied raid against Iraq. "I can assure you that Kuwait is well protected, civilians are well protected and the border is well protected," Information Minister Saud al Sabah told reporters.
January 13, 1993 |
President Bush decided Tuesday to deliver major air strikes against Iraq sometime this week unless Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein moves immediately to comply with U.N. demands. Administration officials declined to comment on the timetable for military action, which would be calculated to deliver a severe blow to Hussein in retaliation for his flouting of U.N. authority since the end of the Persian Gulf War.
January 12, 1993 |
The U.N. Security Council on Monday condemned Iraq for pressing a policy of provocation, in which Baghdad's latest move was to send about 150 unarmed workers across the Kuwaiti border to dismantle warehouses on a former Iraqi naval base. The Monday raid, in which no one was injured and not a shot was fired, was the second such incursion in two days into the U.N.-patrolled demilitarized zone.
October 12, 1992 |
An American bomb-disposal expert, free in Kuwait after Iraqi police seized him in a border dispute, blinked back tears Sunday as he described a terrifying ordeal, but he said he was not harmed. Chad Hall, released Saturday after two days in Iraq, said his hopes for a quick and peaceful resolution of the dispute withered as he was led away at gunpoint, then taken to Baghdad and issued a prison uniform.
October 10, 1992 |
Hoping to avert what a Pentagon official called "a hostage situation," the Bush Administration contacted Iraqi diplomats in Washington, New York and Baghdad on Friday to demand the release of an American seized by an Iraqi military patrol while working on the Kuwaiti side of the Kuwait-Iraq border.