June 18, 1991
Not all of the roughly 540,000 American troops in Operation Desert Storm were able to go home after the fighting ended. More than 75,000 of remain in Turkey and the Persian Gulf area. That presence continues to shrink as more troops are sent back to their home bases, but some are expected to remain for a long time to come. Here is a rundown on U.S.
September 25, 1991 |
As the U.S. military mission to protect Kurds in northern Iraq nears an end, Kurdish leaders claimed Tuesday that the withdrawal may force them to sign a one-sided agreement with Saddam Hussein that will help extend his control throughout Iraq and entrench his dictatorship.
December 28, 1996 |
France on Friday announced that it will no longer take part in allied aerial patrols over northern Iraq--a move again marking France's political distance from the United States and highlighting a very independent notion of French interests. Unlike "Operation Provide Comfort," the original, U.S.
December 25, 1996 |
In a move partly designed to distance Turkey from the United States, Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan is expected today to end his nation's involvement in the security and humanitarian relief effort in northern Iraq, U.S. officials said Tuesday. The White House expects the announcement to be made as Erbakan, the prime minister from the Islamist Welfare Party, briefs parliament on the U.S.-orchestrated effort known as "Operation Provide Comfort."
July 12, 1991 |
The Bush Administration is expected to announce today the withdrawal of the last 1,500 U.S. troops in Iraq as it turns over protection of Iraq's minority Kurdish population to an eight-nation mobile strike force deployed in neighboring Turkey. The pullout, expected to begin this weekend and to be completed by July 20, will effectively end Operation Provide Comfort, the Kurdish protective mission, and represents a milestone in the 11-month U.S. intervention in the Persian Gulf.
June 21, 1991 |
The Bush Administration, fearing continued threats to Iraq's Kurdish minority, has agreed to maintain U.S. troops in Turkey indefinitely as part of a multinational force that could shield the Kurds from government attacks, Administration officials said Thursday. The troop commitment, which one official described as "open-ended," is an important step toward establishing a comprehensive security arrangement for the volatile Middle East.