July 25, 1985 |
--A judge today ordered five people to stand trial in military court for bombing attacks that killed more than 120 people at the American and Iraqi embassies in Beirut, legal sources said. The indictment was accompanied by a recommendation that the five men be sentenced to death if convicted, the sources said. A truck packed with high explosives crashed into the waterfront U.S. Embassy on April 18, 1983, killing more than 60 people, including 17 Americans.
May 27, 1985 |
Security forces rounded up suspects across this tiny Persian Gulf emirate Sunday, one day after a suicide car-bomb driver failed in his attempt to kill the ruler of Kuwait. Sheik Jabber al Ahmed al Sabah resumed his regular duties Sunday and met with leaders of other oil-producing gulf countries, who rallied around the Arab monarch. The 58-year-old emir suffered minor injuries; the terrorist and three other people perished in the explosion.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.