May 31, 1991 |
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein did not believe that U.S. envoy April Glaspie had given him a green light to seize Kuwait and expected a severe U.S. reaction, an Iraqi leader said in an interview published Thursday. Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tarik Aziz told the Turkish daily Milliyet that he was present at a controversial meeting between Hussein and Glaspie just before the Aug. 2 invasion.
May 20, 1991 |
A Kuwaiti military tribunal Sunday convicted six people of collaborating with the Iraqi occupation and gave a 15-year jail sentence to one Iraqi whose only known offense was wearing a Saddam Hussein T-shirt. The five-judge panel took less than five hours to convict the six, acquit four others and hear preliminary evidence about 12 more accused collaborators.
May 12, 1991 |
Ghanim Mustafa al Sheik, dean of Tikrit University's College of Medicine, leaned forward Saturday and delivered his view of the demand that led to war. "I think the Kuwait issue is as it was," he said. "The relationship is still on our minds. . . . Kuwait is part of Iraq. I believe so." Not a surprising opinion in this city of 56,000 about 100 miles north of Baghdad. Tikrit is the Sunni Muslim Sparta of a combative nation. It is the hometown of President Saddam Hussein.
May 6, 1991 |
All the priceless treasures stolen from Kuwaiti museums during Iraq's seven-month occupation of Kuwait have been preserved and will soon be returned to the liberated emirate as demanded by the U.N. Security Council, a leading Iraqi authority reported.
April 27, 1991
The United States is one of the few countries where gasoline prices have fallen back below the levels that prevailed before Iraq's invasion of Kuwait last Aug. 2. That means that the chasm between gas prices in the United States and other industrialized countries has grown in the wake of the war. Figures are based on the least expensive gasoline available in each location; they vary because of both price changes in each nation and fluctuations in currency exchange rates. Prices in U.S.
April 18, 1991 |
Iraq has promised to return soon more than $1 billion in gold bars, bank notes and silver coins looted from Kuwait's central bank, an official said Wednesday. Sulaiman al-Shaheen, undersecretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said Iraq had sent a letter to the United Nations pledging the return of looted Kuwaiti bank assets. Included are 3,216 gold bars worth $462 million at the current market price. "This is only a fraction of what the Iraqis took," he said.
March 26, 1991 |
Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, claiming further gains against President Saddam Hussein's forces, said the government launched a wave of air attacks Monday on rebel-held cities. The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan said the early-morning raids could mark a new stage in Hussein's bid to crush postwar revolt after his defeat in Kuwait.
March 6, 1991 |
In a flurry of concessions to Kuwait and its allied liberators, Iraq officially renounced its annexation of the war-ravaged emirate on Tuesday and vowed to return hundreds of millions of dollars worth of looted property, including nearly a dozen civilian jetliners, gold taken from a Central Bank vault and scores of priceless museum pieces. Iraqi Foreign Minister Tarik Aziz announced the measures in a letter to U.N. Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar.
March 4, 1991 |
Unprecedented in its international scope, miraculous for its low allied casualties and breathtaking in its swift and crushing victory, Operation Desert Storm will be studied for years as a model application of German military theorist Carl von Clausewitz's principle that war is political relations carried out by other means.
March 2, 1991
"Suggestions out of Washington that reparations could be dropped if the Iraqi military would only overthrow Saddam Hussein are shortsighted. The principle that a country is legally and enforceably liable for damages it causes to others must surely be a foundation stone of a new order based on law. "But Kuwait is perfectly free to reduce its reparation claims or forgive outright, if it wants to shore up a successor regime in Baghdad.