March 30, 1991 |
Twenty minutes is the limit when hunting land mines, according to French army engineer Jacques Daman. After 20 minutes, knees begin to ache, sweat stings the eyes and even the steadiest of hands can begin to shake uncontrollably. One wrong move and. . . . Twenty minutes on, 40 minutes off, eight hours a day, probing the sands of liberated Kuwait with little more than a small shovel and one's own nerves. "The objective," said Daman, 32, "is to give the Kuwaiti people their liberty.
March 7, 1997 |
The Clinton administration effort to negotiate--via the United Nations' Conference on Disarmament--a worldwide ban on the use of land mines has withered amid opposition here, diplomats said Thursday.
March 29, 1992 |
Thousands of criminals are being used by the Myanmar army to clear land mines ahead of advancing infantrymen on the battlefields of eastern Myanmar, escaped prisoners say. "We call it the Trek of Death," Maung Mhi Aung, 34, said after arriving at Phobahta, a base camp of autonomy-seeking Christian Karen rebels fighting the army near the border with Thailand.
July 17, 1991 |
U.S. military forces were poorly prepared in the early days of the Persian Gulf War to counter Iraq's threatened use of biological weapons, according to a new study released Tuesday by the Pentagon. The study, a post-mortem focusing on "lessons learned" from the victorious six-week conflict with Iraq, also concluded that the United States must process intelligence data more quickly for battlefield commanders.
November 30, 1994 |
Land mines believed planted by a militant Maoist group killed at least eight police officers and two civilians in India's southern state of Andhra Pradesh. The explosion was the second in four days in Andhra Pradesh, where the Peoples War Group apparently is trying to disrupt Monday's state elections. A police official said the target of the attack was Narasimha Reddy, a staunchly anti-Maoist minister in the state government who was in the car behind the vehicle in which the victims were
July 28, 1991 |
Kuwait resumed oil exports Saturday with a 260,000-ton shipment--the first since Iraq invaded the emirate almost a year ago. Oil Minister Hamoud Rogba told the newspaper Al-Watan that most of the oil had been produced in June and July. The oil was loaded aboard the tanker Thorness, which was due to leave the Ahmadi terminal Saturday morning.
February 22, 1991
The amphibious assault helicopter carrier Tripoli was damaged by mines this week while on a minesweeping operation. The San Diego-based vessel is the flagship of the U.S.-led mine countermeasures group in the Gulf. Can accommodate 20 Sea Knight or 11 Sea Stallion helicopters and up to 4 Harrier jets. Class: Iwo Jima Crew: 686 Length: 600 feet Commissioned: Aug. 6, 1966 Displacement: 18,000 tons, full load.
April 16, 2006 |
Eight people were killed when land mines detonated near two military vehicles in separate attacks in northeastern Sri Lanka, officials said. Three were killed when one mine exploded near a jeep carrying air force personnel returning to camp, said Capt. Ajantha Perera, an air force spokesman. He blamed Tamil Tiger rebels. Earlier, a similar mine had exploded as a bus carrying troops approached the town of Vavuniya, said Gamini Silva, deputy inspector general of police.
November 3, 2004 |
Bangladeshi army explosives experts began destroying land mines to comply with an international treaty banning the weapons, which kill or maim thousands of civilians worldwide every year. In controlled explosions at a military demolition range near the capital, Dhaka, the specialists blasted 750 mines as army officials, diplomats, journalists and a few villagers watched.