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January 26, 1986 | MICHAEL WHITE, Associated Press Writer
The Abu-Hanifa school has few textbooks or pencils. It does have dummy automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenade launchers, and even its youngest pupils work with them. The school, with an enrollment of more than 1,000 boys, is one of dozens operated by Afghan guerrilla groups to teach youths the fundamentals of the Islamic religious faith and to train them to fight Afghanistan's Soviet-supported Communist government. "I want my country to be free.
May 19, 1990 | From United Press International
African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela, saying, "We consider ourselves comrades in arms," thanked Libyan leader Col. Moammar Kadafi on Friday for military training he gave ANC fighters and condemned the 1986 U.S. air raids on Libya. About 3,000 cheering students greeted Mandela when he arrived in Tripoli from Algiers as part of an African tour he is taking with his wife, Winnie.
January 3, 1989 | JANE FRITSCH, Times Staff Writer
Sweating like fat men in a steam bath, the aspiring drill instructors collapsed to the ground, puffing and groaning, unaccustomed to the rigors of a 4-mile trot in full gear through the hilly terrain at Camp Pendleton. A few yards away, some officers fussed over a young sergeant who had virtually swooned about a mile back and had to be carried to the finish in a truck. In front of the group stood Gunnery Sgt.
October 31, 1989 | From Associated Press
A Navy pilot making his first landing attempt on an aircraft carrier was "low and slow" before his training jet crashed on the Lexington, killing him and four others, the ship's captain said Monday. The T-2 Buckeye slammed into the ship's island, cartwheeled across the deck and exploded in flames Sunday afternoon, Capt. C. Flack Logan said. Nineteen other people were injured. The pilot, Ens. Steven E. Pontell, 23, of Columbia, Md., was the only one aboard the two-seat trainer.
Reversing a long-standing policy, the Bush administration is expected to seek congressional approval soon to provide military training for up to 10,000 members of the Iraqi opposition, according to administration officials and Iraqi opposition sources. The goal is to create an array of forces to assist the U.S. military in a possible attack on Iraq, the U.S. and Iraqi sources say.
About 500 Kuwaitis now in the United States, including many eager for a war to liberate their occupied nation, are being drafted for training as translators to be assigned with U.S. military units in Operation Desert Shield, Kuwaiti Embassy officials said Wednesday. The Kuwaitis could serve as guides and help U.S. and allied forces distinguish Kuwaitis from Iraqis in a possible invasion of Iraqi-occupied Kuwait, said Sabti Bughaith, military attache at the Kuwaiti Embassy in Washington.
November 21, 1990
A military training exercise sparked the devastating wildfire that ravaged 4,800 acres of brushland earlier this month and shut down Interstate 5 through this sprawling Marine Corps base a Marine spokeswoman said Tuesday. But base officials declined to reveal specifically what set off the blaze, which left motorists stranded for up to 12 hours in San Clemente and Oceanside on both sides of Camp Pendleton.
January 13, 2005
Re "Scowcroft Skeptical on Iraq Vote," Jan. 7: While we are reminded daily that the upcoming elections in Iraq are crucial, insurgents seem to be able to move freely throughout the capital and have increased their attacks. We are told to expect more attacks and that the enemy is resourceful and smart, changing tactics to meet new realities on the ground. I have no military training, so could someone explain to me why more troops would not help quell the violence, assist the Iraqis and respond more effectively to intelligence?
August 22, 2001
Re "Pastrana Signs Law Widening Military's Role," Aug. 17: How painfully ironic that just as Congress is deciding whether to give the Colombian military hundreds of millions of dollars in aid, President Andres Pastrana is paving the way for greater military abuse. It is unthinkable that the authority of the American military would supersede that of governors or mayors in this country or that we would allow our military to detain and question suspects for undetermined amounts of time. Why, then, should our tax dollars go to undermine democracy in Colombia?
November 18, 2004 | From Associated Press
NATO members Wednesday approved detailed plans to send as many as 300 military instructors backed by hundreds of guards and support staff to Iraq in an expansion of the alliance's military training program. The approval sets up a meeting of officers from the 26 allies next week at NATO's military headquarters in southern Belgium to muster troops for the mission, which would run a military academy outside Baghdad for Iraqi officers.
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