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April 13, 1991 | Reuters
Seven Iraqi refugees, including a pregnant woman, were killed Friday when relief crates dropped by Western planes fell on their tents along the Turkish border, camp supervisor Basri Tay said. Tay, an Iraqi, runs a camp holding an estimated 50,000 refugees on a mountain plateau just inside Iraq. The casualties could not be confirmed independently. Journalists returning from a visit to the camp said they saw at least four wooden crates that hit tents. A U.S. spokesman at Incirlik Air Base, Col.
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August 2, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Lakers forward Pau Gasol was moved by his recent trip to Dohuk, Iraq, to visit with Syrian refugees. "Most of the people didn't know who I was.  They didn't know what I do," Gasol told The Times on Friday via telephone from Spain.  "They saw someone that cared for them who was there to help them.  That was there to listen to them, to play with children and be their speaker and be their voice and carry a message for them.  It was a great experience....
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March 6, 1991 | KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Adnan Mohammed stood warming his hands around a smoky fire scraped together on the floor of an abandoned bus station. Beside him, his wife cradled their toddler in a scarf splotched with the blood of their 12-year-old son, hit by American gunfire last week. The wife stood without shoes in the swirling mud on the floor of the station.
WORLD
May 10, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Nearly 250 Palestinian refugees fleeing violence and death threats in Iraq arrived in Syria on Tuesday, after most had been stranded for weeks in a desert border area because Jordan refused to admit them. The Palestinians said their community in Iraq was being targeted by armed groups -- although some said they were fleeing general instability. "Every Palestinian in Iraq is targeted.
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February 5, 1991 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The massive allied bombardment of the Iraqi city of Basra has demolished every communications center in that strategic southern city, all major oil refineries, most government buildings, some civilian neighborhoods and hundreds of ammunition depots and food warehouses, according to eyewitnesses. The result: a hellish nightmare of fires and smoke so dense that the witnesses say the sun hasn't been clearly visible for several days at a time.
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May 2, 1991 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Optimism is beginning to color analysis of the Kurdish refugee crisis at major Western embassies here, but allied troops may have to remain in northern Iraq far longer than originally planned, diplomatic sources said Wednesday. A month after more than 2 million mostly Kurdish refugees began their panic flight from Iraq, crisis managers now believe that the elements of a solution are at last falling into place.
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February 10, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
More than 200 Bangladeshis and Somalians who fled Iraq have arrived in Iran and have been housed in refugee camps, the news agency IRNA reported. It added that 500 Vietnamese are waiting at the Iraqi border, across from the Iranian town of Khosrowvi, for permission to enter.
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January 28, 1991 | NICK B. WILLIAMS Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than 5,000 refugees from war-torn Iraq remained trapped Sunday at the Jordanian border, enduring bitter cold on the open desert. Snow fell overnight, and puddles were sheeted with ice on the fifth day since Iraqi officials, without warning or explanation, closed the border crossing point. The few refugees who were permitted to cross into Jordan told reporters that stranded families were sleeping in cars and buses and some were taking shelter under the vehicles.
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January 29, 1991 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Shell-shocked and half-frozen, hundreds of war-weary refugees began pouring across the Iraqi border here Monday, after remaining nearly a week with little food and no shelter at a desert frontier crossing that Iraqi authorities had closed without explanation six days earlier.
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January 10, 1991 | NICK B. WILLIAMS Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
Financially pressed Jordan closed its border with Iraq to war-frightened refugees Wednesday, demanding more Western money to help handle the flow. Interior Ministry Undersecretary Salameh Hammad said the frontier will be reopened once "a repatriation program is put forward by international organizations and world governments to airlift all evacuees home," the official Petra news agency reported.
OPINION
July 13, 2003 | Shannon Meehan and Ada Williams, Shannon Meehan and Ada Williams are members of a Refugees International team that spent nine weeks in Iraq.
On the grounds of the Haifa Sports Club in central Baghdad, 250 Palestinian families live in a tent camp, sweltering in heat that exceeds 125 degrees. The camp's residents are mostly women, children and elderly people. To drink, they must haul water from distant faucets. Mothers complain that their children can't sleep because of the heat, and the frightening rattle of gunfire during the night.
NEWS
September 25, 2000 | Associated Press
More than 1,700 Iraqi Christians crowded into separate church services Sunday to celebrate the release of 46 Iraqi immigrants from U.S. custody and call for the release of others being detained in Mexico. "It is difficult to describe it," said 28-year-old Mufeed Yousif, one of 16 Chaldean Christians released by Immigration and Naturalization Service officials Saturday.
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September 21, 2000 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An unusual immigration drama unfolded Wednesday, as 45 people identifying themselves as Iraqi Christians crossed the Mexican border at San Ysidro and turned themselves in to U.S. immigration officials in an apparent bid for political asylum. Meanwhile, a larger group of would-be immigrants was held by Mexican authorities in a Tijuana hotel. Officials of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service said the detainees identified themselves as Chaldean.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 1998
Four days after ordering six Iraqis deported as threats to U.S. national security, an immigration judge in Los Angeles on Friday granted political asylum to a 47-year-old Kurdish journalist from northern Iraq, the man's attorney said. Judge D.D. Sitgraves found that Hashim Hawlery would likely face persecution if returned to his homeland, said lawyer Niels Frenzen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 1998 | PATRICK McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Relying on secret information from FBI agents and other government officials, a U.S. immigration judge in Los Angeles has ordered the deportation of six Iraqi exiles who say they were involved in a failed 1996 coup attempt against Saddam Hussein. Judge D.D. Sitgraves found Monday that the six "pose security risks to the United States," though the basis of her ruling remained largely concealed in a 92-page decision that is off limits even to defense attorneys.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 1998 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An immigration judge granted political asylum Thursday to an Iraqi refugee who fled his homeland with the help of the CIA, only to be thrown behind bars when he reached the United States. After 15 months in captivity, Mohammed Jode Qaisar, 30, walked out of a U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service detention center in San Pedro a free man, eager to join his wife and four children in Salt Lake City.
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April 2, 1991 | JOHN M. BRODER and DOUGLAS JEHL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A growing fear that thousands of Iraqi refugees under allied protection will be slaughtered when U.S. troops go home will not affect plans to remove most American forces as rapidly as possible, Administration officials said Monday. Pentagon officials said the United States will not assume responsibility for the safety of an estimated 25,000 Iraqi civilians who fled their homes in southern Iraq as loyalist forces systematically crushed an insurgency.
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April 27, 1991 | STANLEY MEISLER and JAMES GERSTENZANG, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
U.N. Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar, yielding to the Bush Administration, announced Friday that U.N. relief teams will take over the Kurdish refugee camps in northern Iraq from American troops "as soon as possible." At first, the secretary general implied that it is only "a question of days" before the takeover, but he later backed off under questioning by reporters at U.N. headquarters in New York. He said he is sending U.N.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 1998 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An immigration judge granted political asylum Thursday to an Iraqi refugee who fled his homeland with the help of the CIA only to be thrown behind bars when he reached the United States. After 15 months of captivity, Mohammed Jode Qaisar, 30, walked out of a U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service detention center in San Pedro, a free man eager to join his wife and four children in Salt Lake City.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 1997 | From Associated Press
Eight Iraqi men who say they have been wrongly accused of being spies for Saddam Hussein were ordered Friday to be deported to Iraq. Although a legal defeat, the ruling allows them to proceed to a second phase of the immigration hearing and apply for political asylum. The men, who have been jailed at a Lancaster facility, say they were recruited by the CIA in a failed attempt to oust Hussein.
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