August 21, 1990 |
Iraqi soldiers Monday were winding up their withdrawal from occupied Iranian territory, the official Iranian news agency said, freeing thousands of battle-hardened troops to face U.S. forces. On Sunday, Defense Secretary Dick Cheney said the number of Iraqi troops poised on the Kuwaiti border with Saudi Arabia had jumped from 160,000 to 200,000. That figure suggested that Iraqi soldiers from the Iranian border regions might already be bolstering those in Iraq-occupied Kuwait.
February 9, 1989 |
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati announced today that Tehran will release 260 Iraqi prisoners of war. Speaking to reporters before leaving for New York after a two-day visit here, Velayati said the release of the 260 disabled and injured POWs will mark the 10th anniversary of the Islamic revolution in Iran, according to IRNA, the official Iranian press agency.
December 9, 1988 |
Freed Iraqi prisoners of war claimed Thursday that during captivity they were offered "beautiful wives, furnished houses, cars and employment" in Iran if they refused to return home. In a press conference in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, the prisoners, freed late last month in a short-lived, Red Cross-organized swap of sick and wounded captives in Iraq and Iran, said Tehran also launched a campaign "pressuring held Iraqis to betray their country."
November 21, 1988 |
Iran and Iraq will begin the exchange of 1,569 sick and wounded prisoners of war on Thursday, the International Committee of the Red Cross said today. The repatriation operation was to have begun Wednesday but was put back by one day for technical reasons, a Red Cross spokeswoman said. Agreement to release and return sick and wounded POWs was the only concrete result of the latest round of Iran-Iraq peace talks Oct. 31 to Nov. 11.
August 8, 1988 |
Even assuming that the diplomatic and battlefield maneuvering between Iran and Iraq leads to a firm cease-fire in their eight-year war, the wrangling will be far from over. According to the timetable outlined in U.N. Security Council Resolution 598, which was adopted in July, 1987, to try to force both sides to end the fighting, Iran and Iraq are required to withdraw to the international boundary and exchange prisoners.
May 14, 1986 |
They stood out, these three visitors to Los Angeles. They looked jarringly out of place in the lobby of their Hollywood hotel, a place full of young, excited Americans, some of them seemingly high on more than youth, running in and out, playing "hold the elevator," their shouts and shrieks echoing in the vast hall.
December 27, 1985 |
Vatican envoy Cardinal Roger Etchegaray celebrated a Christmas Mass with more than 500 Iraqi Christian prisoners of war in Tehran's Assyrian church Thursday, Tehran radio reported. Etchegaray is visiting Iran at the invitation of the government.
December 22, 1985 |
"I am a prisoner of war," says the message scribbled on a classroom desk at this camp for more than 1,000 captured Iranian soldiers. Scrawled below is a single additional word, which perhaps most accurately reflects the mood among the inmates--"bored." The Red Cross estimates that Iraq holds 10,000 Iranian prisoners--and Iran five times as many Iraqi POWs--from their five-year border war. Iraqi authorities refuse to give any figures or say how many POW camps like Ramadi exist.