May 21, 1992 |
The two top contenders to lead Iraqi Kurds traded accusations of voting fraud one day after voters cast ballots in the Kurds' first free election. Hard-liner Jalal Talabani said a shortage of ballot boxes and voting slips cost him tens of thousands of votes. Masoud Barzani, who is more moderate, said voters were transported from one polling place to another so they could cast more than one ballot. Official results will not be available for two days or more.
June 25, 1991
Kurdish leaders this week will be weighing a tentative autonomy agreement with the Iraqi government reached by influential guerrilla chief Masoud Barzani. Although it would leave the northern region known as Kurdistan as part of Iraq, the agreement reportedly calls for an autonomous Kurdish parliament to be elected in three months and nationwide elections within a year.
May 23, 1992 |
The Iraqi Kurds' first democratic elections resulted in a Parliament split between the two major parties and will require a runoff vote for president, the Kurds' electoral commission announced Friday. The commission said neither Masoud Barzani of the Kurdistan Democratic Party nor Jalal Talabani, the rival chief of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, won 50% of Tuesday's vote for "single leader" of the Iraqi Kurdish people. There were several other minor candidates.
October 13, 1991 |
Ground troops joined Turkey's air-and-land offensive Saturday against the Kurds in northern Iraq, a campaign that officials here say is hitting Kurdish rebel bases but which Iraqi groups say is causing bloodshed in innocent villages. "I know (they have gone into Iraq). If the government wants to, they can press on," Dogan Gures, chief of the Turkish general staff, told reporters when asked about reports of an attack by 3,000 Turkish soldiers.
October 25, 1996 |
Leaders of warring Kurdish factions will meet in Turkey next week to try to end a bloody dispute that has given Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein a renewed foothold in northern Iraq, the Clinton administration said Thursday. The meeting in Ankara will be mediated by Assistant Secretary of State Robert H. Pelletreau Jr., the department's top Mideast expert.
October 17, 1996 |
The Clinton administration directed its top Middle East expert Wednesday to try to mediate a cease-fire between rival Kurdish factions whose fighting has permitted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein to regain some of his lost authority in northern Iraq.
September 24, 1996 |
Turkish Foreign Minister Tansu Ciller reassured U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher on Monday that her government will not cooperate in any way with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein despite a "vacuum of power" in northern Iraq that jeopardizes Turkish security. "We have stood by our ally, the United States, and we hope to expand that," Ciller told reporters before a 40-minute meeting with Christopher.
April 5, 1991 |
Questions and answers on the aftermath of the Persian Gulf War: Question: What are the goals of the two separate groups of rebels fighting against the Iraqi government? Answer: In northern Iraq, the rebellion was mounted by Kurds, the dominant ethnic group in that region. In the south, the revolt was begun by Shiite Muslims, by far the largest religious group in that area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 1992
The United States did not go to war in the Persian Gulf to remove Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq. We went to war to restore Jabbar al Ahmed al Sabah to power in Kuwait. The facts, on this point, speak for themselves. When Hussein's army was on the run, the coalition did not run it, or him, to ground. Gen. H. Norman Schwarz- kopf may or may not have wished to do that. Gen. Colin L. Powell, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, may or may not have overruled him. What is clear is that U.S.
October 12, 1991 |
Stung into action by rising casualties in a growing Kurdish insurgency, Turkey sent its warplanes Friday to pound rebel bases across the border in northern Iraq. Turkish Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz said eight waves of eight planes struck four miles into Iraq in retaliation for the killing of 11 Turkish soldiers at a border post on Monday.