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October 14, 1996 | HUGH POPE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In a lightning counteroffensive, an Iraqi Kurdish faction Sunday recaptured a key city in northern Iraq that it had lost six weeks ago to rival forces backed by Saddam Hussein. The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) advanced from strongholds along the Iranian border and swept back into the northeastern city of Sulaymaniyah, the headquarters it lost in September. Despite clashes elsewhere, both sides reported that the city changed hands without a fight.
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September 11, 1996 | HUGH POPE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Although Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and his Kurdish allies both offered them the olive branch of amnesty, thousands more Kurds on Tuesday fled areas that have fallen to the Baghdad-backed Kurdish faction. Estimates varied greatly on the number of refugees streaming from the eastern cities of Sulaymaniyah and Dukan, captured Monday by the Iraqi-supported Democratic Party of Kurdistan (KDP), which is led by Masoud Barzani.
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September 10, 1996 | ROBIN WRIGHT and HUGH POPE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Kurdish forces backed by Iraqi President Saddam Hussein on Monday swept into Sulaymaniyah, effectively extending Baghdad's control over all of northern Iraq for the first time since the United States created a Kurdish haven after the 1991 Persian Gulf War. Sulaymaniyah--with a population of about 750,000--had been the headquarters of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), which has waged serious battle with the Hussein-backed Democratic Party of Kurdistan (KDP) since last month.
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September 7, 1996 | HUGH POPE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As he works a battery of satellite phones high in the mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan, Jalal Talabani looks like the winner in the latest struggle for control of the northern region of the country. Yet with last weekend's capture of the Kurdistan capital of Irbil, the military upper hand has gone to his soft-spoken rival, Masoud Barzani, whose sole satellite phone is often out of order. Much is riding on the outcome of a decades-old feud between the two men.
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September 6, 1996 | ART PINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Clinton's proclaimed success in prodding Baghdad to withdraw its forces from a Kurdish enclave was marred Thursday as two rival Kurdish factions opened fire on each other and Turkey announced plans to establish a buffer zone on its border with Iraq.
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September 6, 1996 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the aftermath of Iraq's invasion of its Kurdish north and the U.S. response, the breakup of Kurdistan has begun. The fragmentation of the rugged and remote northern Iraqi enclave creates opportunities that are already being exploited by neighboring Iran and Turkey, creating even more volatility in the region. And, as a result, a complex situation could soon become even messier.
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September 6, 1996 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
French President Jacques Chirac on Thursday rebuffed Secretary of State Warren Christopher's plea for help in enforcing the expanded "no-fly" zone in southern Iraq, dashing U.S. hopes of refurbishing the Persian Gulf War coalition.
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September 5, 1996 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To the surprise of practically no one in Washington, Saddam Hussein basically didn't blink. Even as the Iraqi president appeared to be withdrawing at least some of his troops from the Kurdish city of Irbil, new dust-ups in the air underscored the challenges ahead as U.S. troops seek to enforce the newly expanded "no-fly" zone that President Clinton ordered over southern Iraq.
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September 5, 1996 | ART PINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Clinton said Wednesday that Iraq appeared to be withdrawing its troops from Irbil, the Kurdish city that Iraqi forces invaded last week, but he cautioned that "it's too soon to say" whether the pullback will be "permanent." Declaring the two rounds of U.S. missile strikes against Iraq on Tuesday and Wednesday a success, Clinton said Iraqi President Saddam Hussein "now knows that there is a price to pay for stepping over the line" set by the United Nations and the Western allies.
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September 5, 1996
The newly expanded "no-fly" zone takes U.S. air patrols north to within 30 miles of Baghdad. The zone, which was put into effect noon Wednesday (2 a.m. PDT), is off-limits to Iraqi aircraft. Here is how the area, and the other excluision zone in the north, are being monitored by U.S.
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