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September 15, 1990 | KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tens of thousands of men have flocked to military recruiting centers over the past two weeks in a major public mobilization that could eventually double the size of Saudi Arabia's armed forces and place at least six new divisions along its most vulnerable borders.
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April 17, 1991 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Renewing a limited pledge of reform for Saudi Arabia's rigid political system, King Fahd has announced "notable progress" in establishing a long-awaited consultative assembly. In a nationwide address, the king said he was reviewing final recommendations for the assembly, a body that, advocates hope, would for the first time give an institutional voice in government to Saudis from academic and business circles.
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October 6, 1990 | KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With one hand on the carved crescent dagger at his waist and the other thrusting a finger at the sky, the elderly Bedouin soldier stood gravely before his prince. "Najran is with you," he announced, his finger tracing a solemn circle around the barren landscape. "The south is with you. All these points are behind you, from north to south . . . and Saddam Hussein is sinking in shame. He sold his neighbors for very cheap dreams."
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March 8, 1991 | KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At least two Palestinians have been killed with gunshots to the head and five others have been hospitalized with injuries from apparent beatings and shootings, raising new concerns about reprisals against the Palestinian community here. One of the hospitalized men, who is believed to have been tortured, is unable to talk coherently, and another is so fearful that he has refused to leave the hospital, according to physicians and representatives of Kuwait's substantial Palestinian community.
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February 2, 1991 | KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Marine Cpl. Thomas Franco stood with his M-16 rifle next to the first bridge out of Khafji, the abandoned seaside town near the Saudi-Kuwaiti border where invading Iraqi troops staged the first major ground as--sault of the Persian Gulf War. Only a few Iraqi soldiers remained holed up at the city's northern edge by day's end Friday, but with reports of tens of thousands more massing near the border, Franco was preparing for the worst.
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August 3, 1990 | KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Arab foreign ministers huddled in emergency session throughout the day Thursday at a plush hotel next to the Nile, debating how to respond to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's brazen invasion of Kuwait earlier in the day. They broke for lunch. They phoned home. They plunged in again at dusk, calling for more coffee. But by mid-evening, the only thing they had agreed on was to meet again today. Even a prominent Egyptian diplomat was embarrassed. "The Arab world," he sighed.
NEWS
June 7, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Bush Administration said it plans to sell Saudi Arabia more than $4-billion worth of light armored vehicles, TOW anti-tank missiles and modernization packages for five AWACs surveillance planes. If Congress doesn't object within 30 days, the sale goes through. In the formal pre-notice period during which the proposal was made known to members of Congress, no objections were raised. The plan is in addition to an earlier $6-billion offer to sell battle tanks to the Saudis.
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December 2, 1990 | Reuters
This nation's military will take the first losses among the multinational forces opposing Iraq if war breaks out, the Saudi joint commanding general said Saturday. "We believe that if our friends are here to shed their blood for us, the least we can do is to put my forces right in front," Prince Khalid ibn Sultan, a nephew of King Fahd, told reporters. "And if there is any bloodshed, I can assure you Saudis will take it before their friends."
NEWS
September 15, 1990 | DOUGLAS JEHL and JAMES GERSTENZANG, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In what would be the largest military sale in U.S. history, the Bush Administration plans to sell Saudi Arabia about $20 billion worth of advanced jets, tanks and other weapons to help bolster the major U.S. ally against future Persian Gulf aggression, U.S. officials said Friday night.
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August 12, 1987 | Associated Press
Saudi Arabia's air force took delivery Tuesday of two British-made Hawk jets, the first part of an $8-billion aircraft order. The Saudis, who turned to the Europeans after the United States backed away from selling advanced jets to them, are buying 72 Tornado fighters, 30 Hawks and 30 PC-9 turboprop trainers.
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February 2, 1991 | DAVID LAMB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Amid the hulks of burned-out armored vehicles and the skeletons of charred bodies, Saudi Arabian troops exulted Friday in crushing the Iraqi assault on Khafji. Never before in the modern history of the kingdom had the Saudis fought a land battle--either here or elsewhere in the Middle East. The victorious troops cavorted through the streets of the northern border town, waving their national flag overhead and shouting, " Allahu akbar!" (God is great).
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February 2, 1991 | KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Marine Cpl. Thomas Franco stood with his M-16 rifle next to the first bridge out of Khafji, the abandoned seaside town near the Saudi-Kuwaiti border where invading Iraqi troops staged the first major ground as--sault of the Persian Gulf War. Only a few Iraqi soldiers remained holed up at the city's northern edge by day's end Friday, but with reports of tens of thousands more massing near the border, Franco was preparing for the worst.
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January 31, 1991 | JOHN BALZAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was no longer an enemy off in the distant dunes, lobbing occasional artillery shells; no longer a high-altitude Nintendo War. When illumination flares popped over the cold desert Tuesday night, U.S. Marines looked down the 30-foot-long cannon barrels of advancing Soviet-built tanks. And they heard the roar of guns. The opening moment of the great ground war was upon them. Never mind later assessments that this was an Iraqi reconnaissance in force, a challenge, a probe, an attempt to lure U.S.
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January 31, 1991 | J. MICHAEL KENNEDY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Allied forces led by Saudi troops tried early today to recapture the Saudi town of Khafji after the first major Iraqi ground assault of the Persian Gulf War, a "hellacious" battle that began in the eerie glare of a full moon and took the lives of 12 Marines--the first U.S. ground troops killed in action. The liberation drive began at 11 p.m. Wednesday, Saudi time. By early today, it was still unclear whether the allies had taken back the town or were driven off by Iraqi forces.
NEWS
January 28, 1991
First ballistic missile attack on Israel: Palestinian guerrillas in Lebanon frequently fire Katyusha rockets at northern Israel, but the Iraqi Scud attack on Jan. 18 was the first full-fledged missile assault. Women in large numbers in combat support roles: Of more than 475,000 American military personnel serving in the Persian Gulf, 27,000 -- or 6% -- are women. Women soldiers make up 11.4% of American army personnel in Operation Desert Storm. Only 1.5% of U.S.
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January 25, 1991 | KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Saudi pilot shot down two Iraqi F-1 Mirage jets over the Persian Gulf just south of the Kuwait border, Saudi officials said Thursday. The incident marked the first time Iraqi planes have crossed into Saudi territory since the beginning of the war in the gulf and apparently signaled Iraq's intention to attack targets in the gulf or along the coast of Saudi Arabia, the officials said.
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August 29, 1987 | MICHAEL ROSS, Times Staff Writer
The armed forces of Saudi Arabia went on maximum military alert after the Mecca riots last month and remain at a high state of readiness as the kingdom formulates a new and more aggressive diplomacy aimed at confronting and weakening Iran in the Muslim world, a well-placed Saudi source said Friday.
NEWS
November 19, 1987
In an effort to stem widespread use of shoulder-launched Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, the House voted 322-93 to limit sales of the weapons to North Atlantic Treaty Organization members and other major U.S. allies. The amendment to the 1988-89 foreign aid authorization bill also would ban sales of the missiles to any nation in the Persian Gulf region. The move was prompted by fears that the weapons would fall into the hands of terrorists who could use them against U.S. targets.
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January 22, 1991 | KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the sun climbed over Kuwait in the early hours of last Thursday, Cmdr. Youssef could see a dull glint to the northeast, near the horizon. It was Kuwait city, catching the morning light. For the first time in more than five months, he was seeing home.
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January 15, 1991 | MELISSA HEALY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
American and British troops will conduct most of the offensive operations in a Persian Gulf war--and probably sustain the greatest casualties--while French and Arab forces handle defensive assignments well behind the front lines, military officials said Monday.
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