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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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NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
September 4, 1996 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Clinton administration's new strategy on Iraq marks a long-avoided and potentially risky turning point in the two nations' six-year confrontation as the United States extends its line in the sand right up to Baghdad. "The United States is no longer willing to act just around the periphery of Iraq--in the Kurdish north or the Shiite south," a Pentagon official said Tuesday. "We are now prepared to respond with attacks to the center."
NEWS
September 4, 1996 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
U.S. forces today struck Iraqi targets for a second time as part of an operation that President Clinton pledged would continue until Iraqi President Saddam Hussein complies with standards of international conduct. Pentagon sources said that 17 cruise missiles were launched from four Navy vessels at about 3 a.m. Iraqi time today. "This operation is designed to eliminate sites not destroyed in Tuesday morning's initial cruise missile attack," the White House said in a terse statement.
NEWS
September 4, 1996 | NORMAN KEMPSTER and WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Unlike almost all other exercises of U.S. armed force since the end of the Cold War, the missile assault on Iraq early Tuesday was exclusively an American show, staged without any military help and with only tepid political support from Washington's allies. At first glance, the attack seemed to fray the alliance that five years ago turned back Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait.
NEWS
September 3, 1996 | ROBIN WRIGHT and WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
After a day of intensive diplomacy and last-minute crisis meetings, the United States launched cruise missiles at "selected air defense targets" in Iraq, the Pentagon said today. The action came hours after administration sources said that President Clinton had approved a directive authorizing military and economic retribution against Iraq for its invasion of Kurdistan.
NEWS
September 2, 1996 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After six years of leading the world community against Iraq, the United States almost cannot avoid responding to the latest aggression by President Saddam Hussein--his assault on the Kurdish enclave in the north of Iraq. Washington once again may be forced to act--despite an array of complicating factors and a growing frustration in the U.S. that a short war five years ago turned into an open-ended commitment--or risk that Hussein will finally win a round in their long-standing confrontation.
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