November 10, 1992 |
Three British business executives were cleared Monday of charges that they illegally sold arms-making equipment to Iraq, ending a trial that had raised new questions about the support of Saddam Hussein's regime by Western governments before the Persian Gulf War.
November 4, 1992 |
Top executives of an Iraqi-owned company that funneled military technology to Baghdad before the Persian Gulf War were given immunity by federal prosecutors investigating $5 billion in hidden Iraqi loans, according to documents.
July 28, 1992 |
The chairman of the House Banking Committee on Monday accused the Bush Administration of approving the sale of a glass-fiber factory to an Iraqi government facility known by U.S. officials to be responsible for developing nuclear and chemical weapons and ballistic missiles. The chairman, Rep. Henry B. Gonzalez (D-Tex.), said the transaction, which involved a small Chino, Calif., firm, is another example of the Administration's mishandling of prewar policy with Baghdad. "Any claim that the U.S.
July 24, 1992 |
In September of 1990, Customs Service agents padlocked the doors of an Iraqi front company in a Cleveland suburb and, in response to a presidential order, froze its $2 million in assets. Customs Commissioner Carol Hallett said the action against Matrix Churchill Corp. came after agents learned that Iraq, which had invaded Kuwait one month earlier, had bought the firm "for the specific purpose of illegally acquiring critical weapons technology."
July 22, 1992 |
The CIA warned Secretary of State James A. Baker III in a September, 1989, top-secret assessment that Iraq was developing a "nuclear weapons capability," and the agency identified the specific technology being sought by Baghdad, according to classified documents. Nevertheless, a month later, Baker assured Iraq's foreign minister that the Bush Administration had no plans to tighten controls on technology exports to Iraq.