October 25, 2002 |
Many messy sideshows are expected in a war to topple Saddam Hussein, but few will be more dangerous than in the mountains of northern Iraq, where Turkey's national security will collide with Kurdish dreams of a homeland. As diplomats bicker over the language of U.N. resolutions, tensions are hardening along the 220-mile Turkish-Iraqi border. Tents are being shipped in for refugees as the Turkish government prepares for possible deployment of thousands more troops.
May 11, 2009 |
Pope Benedict XVI told about 20,000 followers in an open air Mass on Sunday that Christians in the Middle East are "deeply touched by difficulties and uncertainties" but that they must be strong in their faith to counter religious extremism. The pope's message on the final day of his pilgrimage to Jordan was for Christians to persevere as their populations decline in a Middle East that offers limited economic opportunity and is torn by violence and radicalism.
September 14, 2003 |
A proud, often-conquered people still hoping for a national homeland, the Kurds are once again emerging as a major factor in America's vague plans to reshape Iraq and create a new political balance in the Middle East. For centuries, Iraqi Kurds -- now numbering about 5 million -- have wanted to control their fate. In the years since the 1991 Persian Gulf War, they came close to that goal, living in autonomous zones within Iraq and shielded by U.S. might from Saddam Hussein.
November 12, 1989 |
Grim-faced, the teen-age boys squatted around a Kurdish guerrilla showing them how to strip and assemble a machine gun. Soon, they would be using the weapon in a conflict that is almost 70 years old--the Kurds' fight for an independent homeland in Iran. The Iraqi-backed Kurdish Democratic Party of Iran has in recent weeks stepped up its attacks on Iranian military bases and economic targets.
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August 19, 1998 |
Another showdown with Iraq is imminent. This time, a radical new approach--direct engagement with Saddam Hussein--is needed to reshape political demands and expectations. Predictably, Saddam and his minions are trying to disrupt the U.N. inspection of Iraq's weapons-making facilities. Iraq says enough is enough and wants the broad sanctions imposed after the 1991 war lifted. The U.N.
January 9, 1999 |
The U.S.-British bombing of Iraq last month may have killed several top Iraqi government figures, Pentagon officials said Friday as they ordered more warplanes to the Persian Gulf to meet a growing threat from what they called a "shaken" and "desperate" President Saddam Hussein. Gen. Henry H. Shelton, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the bombing hit "several key individuals in the upper structure" of Hussein's regime. In a separate briefing, Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni, the U.S.