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August 10, 1991 | STANLEY MEISLER and WILLIAM TUOHY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
U.N. Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar and the White House still professed optimism Friday, but a mood of foreboding took hold as a full day went by without the release of a second hostage from the fundamentalist Islamic kidnapers in Lebanon.
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August 12, 1991 | WILLIAM TUOHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Expectations of freedom for more Western hostages climbed Sunday after U.N. Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar received a letter from a militant Shiite Muslim organization in Lebanon, giving him its authority to press for resolution of the hostage crisis. The six-page letter is "important," Perez de Cuellar said after the Arabic-language document underwent an initial translation.
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August 10, 1991 | KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seeking to mend its ties with the West, Syria has been deeply embarrassed by the kidnaping of a French relief worker in Lebanon, and officials here Friday said the new attack is a signal that anti-Western radicals in Lebanon remain stronger than previously believed.
NEWS
August 12, 1991 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The release of American hostage Edward A. Tracy and French relief worker Jerome Leyraud in Beirut on Sunday has heightened hopes among U.S. officials that new momentum has developed to end the nine-year foreign hostage saga in Lebanon. The swift release of Leyraud, who was abducted just hours after the release of British hostage John McCarthy last Thursday, was thought by U.S. officials to be just as important as the release of Tracy after five years of captivity.
NEWS
August 12, 1991 | WILLIAM TUOHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Expectations of freedom for more Western hostages climbed Sunday after U.N. Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar received a letter from a militant Shiite Muslim organization in Lebanon, giving him its authority to press for resolution of the hostage crisis. The six-page letter is "important," Perez de Cuellar said after the Arabic-language document underwent an initial translation.
NEWS
August 11, 1991 | ROBIN WRIGHT and KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Shiite Muslim group in Lebanon said this morning that it will release an American hostage by 2 a.m. PDT today. The statement from the pro-Iranian Revolutionary Justice Organization was delivered to a Western news agency in Beirut. Hopes for the early release of the hostage were raised by the freeing earlier today of French relief worker Jerome Leyraud, kidnaped last Thursday on a Beirut street.
NEWS
August 12, 1991 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The release of American hostage Edward A. Tracy and French relief worker Jerome Leyraud in Beirut on Sunday has heightened hopes among U.S. officials that new momentum has developed to end the nine-year foreign hostage saga in Lebanon. The swift release of Leyraud, who was abducted just hours after the release of British hostage John McCarthy last Thursday, was thought by U.S. officials to be just as important as the release of Tracy after five years of captivity.
NEWS
August 12, 1991 | STANLEY MEISLER and KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Islamic fundamentalist kidnapers released wan and white-haired American hostage Edward A. Tracy on Sunday amid a host of hopeful hints that the long and infuriating hostage nightmare in Lebanon may be moving toward a conclusion. "I'm surprised the world is still here," said 60-year-old Tracy, a bookseller and writer in Beirut when he was kidnaped almost five years ago. "I thought that it had powdered off somewhere. I'm really happy to see a tree and hear an airplane and hear an automobile.
NEWS
August 12, 1991
Nov. 4, 1979: Islamic militants seize U.S. Embassy in Iran, take 66 hostages. April 25, 1980: U.S. attempt to rescue hostages, Desert One, fails when three helicopters malfunction, crash at rendezvous kills eight. Sept. 22, 1980: Iraq invades Iran. Their war ended August, 1988. Jan. 20, 1981: Iran hostages released after 444 days' captivity on President Reagan's inaugural day. Aug.
NEWS
August 13, 1991 | PAUL RICHTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Morning tea. Radio shows and occasional videos. Enough--or even too much--to eat. While uncertainty still clouds the future of American hostages in the hands of Muslim fundamentalists, reports from released hostages John McCarthy and Edward A. Tracy provide assurance that treatment of the captives is better than it once was.
NEWS
August 12, 1991 | STANLEY MEISLER and KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Islamic fundamentalist kidnapers released wan and white-haired American hostage Edward A. Tracy on Sunday amid a host of hopeful hints that the long and infuriating hostage nightmare in Lebanon may be moving toward a conclusion. "I'm surprised the world is still here," said 60-year-old Tracy, a bookseller and writer in Beirut when he was kidnaped almost five years ago. "I thought that it had powdered off somewhere. I'm really happy to see a tree and hear an airplane and hear an automobile.
NEWS
August 11, 1991 | ROBIN WRIGHT and KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Shiite Muslim group in Lebanon said this morning that it will release an American hostage by 2 a.m. PDT today. The statement from the pro-Iranian Revolutionary Justice Organization was delivered to a Western news agency in Beirut. Hopes for the early release of the hostage were raised by the freeing earlier today of French relief worker Jerome Leyraud, kidnaped last Thursday on a Beirut street.
NEWS
August 10, 1991 | STANLEY MEISLER and WILLIAM TUOHY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
U.N. Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar and the White House still professed optimism Friday, but a mood of foreboding took hold as a full day went by without the release of a second hostage from the fundamentalist Islamic kidnapers in Lebanon.
NEWS
August 10, 1991 | KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seeking to mend its ties with the West, Syria has been deeply embarrassed by the kidnaping of a French relief worker in Lebanon, and officials here Friday said the new attack is a signal that anti-Western radicals in Lebanon remain stronger than previously believed.
NEWS
September 12, 1991 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the first breakthrough for the United Nations hostage mediation effort, Israel released 51 Lebanese prisoners and returned the bodies of nine Hezbollah guerrillas to Lebanon on Wednesday after receiving "irrefutable proof" that an Israeli soldier captured in Lebanon is dead. U.S. sources close to the mediation effort said they expect the Israeli move to lead soon to the release of another Western hostage held by pro-Iranian Shiite Muslim extremists in Lebanon.
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