November 3, 1986 |
Here is the text of the statement by Islamic Jihad (Islamic Holy War) on the release Sunday of American hostage David P. Jacobsen. It was translated from Arabic into English by the staff of the Associated Press in Beirut: In the name of God, the merciful, the compassionate. We declare to the world public opinion, the American people and the families of the hostages the release of American David Jacobsen.
December 4, 1986 |
Egyptian authorities today announced the arrest of 33 Muslim extremists, including four army officers and one Palestinian, on charges of plotting to overthrow the government. State Prosecutor Mohammed Abdelaziz Guindy said the defendants had illegally formed an extremist religious group with a combat training center, weapons and explosives. He said they will be tried on charges of attempting to overthrow the government.
February 7, 2005 |
Gunmen waylaid a minibus Sunday carrying technicians to their jobs at a mobile telephone company in western Baghdad, seizing four Egyptians in the second kidnapping of foreigners in the Iraqi capital in a week. The Egyptians worked for Iraqna, a subsidiary of the Egyptian firm Orascom Telecom, which operates the mobile phone network in Baghdad and central Iraq. Six other Egyptians working for Iraqna were kidnapped in two separate incidents in September.
June 14, 1985 |
President Hafez Assad of Syria says that President Reagan asked him for help in securing the release of seven Americans kidnaped in Lebanon in the last 14 months but that Syrian efforts have failed, Beirut newspapers reported today. The newspapers quoted Assad as saying in Damascus that Reagan contacted him by telephone and asked for help. "I promised him to do what I can," Assad was quoted as telling a group of Muslim clergymen during a dinner marking the holy month of Ramadan.
August 16, 1998 |
U.S. investigators are heading to Pakistan to question a man who was reported to have confessed to bombing two American embassies in East Africa, U.S. authorities said Saturday. Meanwhile, a guard at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, identified a photograph shown to him by the FBI as someone he had seen at the bombing, a U.S. official said.
November 12, 1985 |
A special envoy from the Archbishop of Canterbury, responding to an appeal from four Americans held hostage in Lebanon, will fly to Beirut on Wednesday to try to negotiate their release, the Church of England said today. Terry Waite, Archbishop Robert Runcie's secretary for Anglican Communion Affairs, decided to make the trip "after having had further contact during the past three days with the group holding the hostages," a church statement said. "Mr.
March 10, 1986 |
A pro-Iranian group today issued a photograph showing the body of a man it identified as one of eight kidnaped Frenchmen whose release was being sought by French envoys in Lebanon and Syria. The Islamic Jihad organization said the picture was of sociologist Michel Seurat, 38, whom it claimed to have "executed" last Wednesday for being a spy. It said it was releasing the photograph because of "skepticism" about its claims that Seurat was dead.
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December 5, 1991
So at long last the brutal and needless ordeal has come to an end. Terry Anderson has regained his freedom, 2,455 days after being snatched off a Beirut street by Lebanese Shiite terrorists. The release of the Associated Press newsman followed by a day that of Alann Steen and by two days that of Joseph J. Cicippio, both Americans. Before them, another American, Thomas Sutherland, and an Englishman, Terry Waite, had been let go. In less than four months, beginning Aug.
November 7, 1986 |
The Danish Sailors Union said Thursday that the United States may have shipped arms to Iran using Danish ships for transportation and Israel as a middle-man in a secret deal to free American hostages in Lebanon. The union, which charged last month that Israeli weapons dealers were shipping U.S.-made military hardware to Iran, reported that Israeli authorities temporarily changed the name of a Danish ship that carried a cargo of ammunition from Israel to Iran in late October.
January 21, 1987 |
Vice President George Bush said Tuesday night that President Reagan "is certain to this very day" that the sale of weapons to Iran was not an arms-for-hostages swap. Bush told a conference on terrorism that the Administration, wounded by the Iran arms affair, now has "the opportunity to restore the credibility of our policy." "We have to stand up to terrorism and we have to keep standing up until we stop it," he said.