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December 13, 2012 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - Syria "completely denies" reports that its forces used Scud missiles against rebels fighting to overthrow the government of President Bashar Assad, the official media reported Thursday. The state news service quoted a source in the Foreign Ministry labeling as “untrue rumors” reports of the use of  Scuds, a Soviet-designed surface-to-surface ballistic missile that can carry large payloads but is not especially accurate. “It is well known that Scud missiles are strategic long-range missiles and are not used in facing armed terrorist gangs,” said the state news service, using the official label for anti-government rebels.
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August 27, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
JERUSALEM - During the 1991 Persian Gulf War, Israel endured dozens of Scud missiles launched by Saddam Hussein's forces, but refrained from retaliating because of U.S. concern that Israeli involvement would fracture the international coalition it had built against Iraq. As the United States prepares for a possible military attack against the Syrian government over its alleged use of chemical weapons, Israeli leaders are making it clear that they have no intention of standing down this time if attacked.
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December 12, 2012 | By David S. Cloud and Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON -- The Syrian government has fired half a dozen Scud missiles at insurgents in recent days, a U.S. official said Wednesday. The missiles were launched from near Damascus into rebel-held areas of northern Syria, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was discussing intelligence information. Although recent rebel advances have raised fears that Syrian President Bashar Assad might turn to chemical weapons, the official said there was no sign that the missiles carried chemical agents.
WORLD
April 26, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
 BEIRUT -- A top Syrian official on Friday denied U.S. and Western charges that Syria has deployed chemical weapons against rebels fighting to overthrow the government of President Bashar Assad.  “The U.S.-British and Western allegations in general on that issue do not have any credibility,” Syrian Information Minister Omran Zoubi told Russian television during a visit to Moscow, Syria's close ally. The denial comes after U.S. officials said Thursday for the first time that it was likely that Syria had used chemical weapons on a small scale, though definitive proof was still lacking.
WORLD
March 29, 2013 | By Raja Abdulrahim and Lava Selo
BEIRUT -- At least 20 people were killed Friday by a blast in a northern Syrian town, according to opposition activists who said the attack was carried out using a Scud missile. The missile landed in a populated neighborhood of Hretaan, injuring 50 people and destroying more than 30 homes, the activists said. Videos  reportedly recorded afterward showed residents pulling out dozens of bodies from the rubble of flattened buildings. There was no immediate response from Syrian officials to the charge, which could not be independently verified because of restrictions the government places on outside media.
MAGAZINE
June 23, 1991
Paul Ciotti in "The Scud That Hit Greensburg" (May 12) captured the essence of the cost of war in one sentence: "It left the families all over the rolling hills around Greensburg shattered, frantic and convulsed with grief." Ciotti failed to mention that the disproportionate losses suffered by reserve units are a perfect argument for the reinstatement of the draft. Everyone should bear the burden of our freedom. KEVIN H. PARK North Hollywood
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 1991
An accommodating Patriot: one that will meet a Scud more than halfway. REX D. FRAZIER, Covina
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 1991
The answer to Israel's dilemma? I guess it appeared to be the most natural thingin the world to Saddam Hussein--when the United States attacked Iraq, he sent Scud missiles against Israel. The fact that Israelis were innocent bystanders and non-participants in the war didn't seem to matter. Now, following that stream of logic, it would seem that Israelis should retaliate by attacking Jordan. Probably they should sloganize it--maybe by calling it the "three-for-one" plan. For every Scud missile that is directed at Israel, three Israeli missiles should be fired at Amman, Jordan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 2000
I hope people, including President Clinton, read Marvin Goldberger and Herbert York's June 2 commentary. After more than $60 billion, the antimissile system in the Gulf War didn't work against the low-tech Scud missile. The current system is a little better, but it is still doubtful for a real situation. A rogue nation has better and cheaper ways to deliver a weapon--a truck, an airplane or a boat. "Star Wars" has been a hoax from the beginning and most knowledgeable people have known it for years, including the Russians.
NEWS
February 16, 1991
Israel's MILITARY CENSORS win most of their battles with reporters, but sometimes they lose--to U.S. officials. Israel bans publication of the location of Scud missile hits, saying this could help Iraq. But recently, while Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Arens was in Washington, a missile struck central Israel. And State Department spokeswoman Margaret Tutwiler later revealed that the site was the neighborhood where Arens lives. "I must say that I am sorry. . . ," Arens said.
WORLD
March 29, 2013 | By Raja Abdulrahim and Lava Selo
BEIRUT -- At least 20 people were killed Friday by a blast in a northern Syrian town, according to opposition activists who said the attack was carried out using a Scud missile. The missile landed in a populated neighborhood of Hretaan, injuring 50 people and destroying more than 30 homes, the activists said. Videos  reportedly recorded afterward showed residents pulling out dozens of bodies from the rubble of flattened buildings. There was no immediate response from Syrian officials to the charge, which could not be independently verified because of restrictions the government places on outside media.
WORLD
December 13, 2012 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - Syria "completely denies" reports that its forces used Scud missiles against rebels fighting to overthrow the government of President Bashar Assad, the official media reported Thursday. The state news service quoted a source in the Foreign Ministry labeling as “untrue rumors” reports of the use of  Scuds, a Soviet-designed surface-to-surface ballistic missile that can carry large payloads but is not especially accurate. “It is well known that Scud missiles are strategic long-range missiles and are not used in facing armed terrorist gangs,” said the state news service, using the official label for anti-government rebels.
WORLD
December 13, 2012 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Rima Marrouch, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - The United States faced a growing backlash Wednesday for its decision to blacklist a Syrian rebel faction because of alleged terrorist ties amid reports that the Syrian military had fired Scud missiles at insurgents. The use of Scuds, a Soviet-designed ballistic weapon, would represent a major government escalation against insurgents trying to close in on the remaining loyalist strongholds in the capital, Damascus, and elsewhere. According to one U.S. official, Syrian forces in recent days have fired half a dozen Scud missiles from near Damascus into rebel-held areas of northern Syria.
WORLD
December 12, 2012 | By David S. Cloud and Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON -- The Syrian government has fired half a dozen Scud missiles at insurgents in recent days, a U.S. official said Wednesday. The missiles were launched from near Damascus into rebel-held areas of northern Syria, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was discussing intelligence information. Although recent rebel advances have raised fears that Syrian President Bashar Assad might turn to chemical weapons, the official said there was no sign that the missiles carried chemical agents.
WORLD
April 28, 2010 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
The United Nations' top envoy to Lebanon sought to ease Middle East war jitters Wednesday, insisting that the region was not headed toward a fresh conflict pitting Israel against Arabs despite potentially explosive reports of Scud missile transfers and ongoing fighter aircraft maneuvers. Michael Williams, the U.N.'s special coordinator for Lebanon, told reporters here that his agency had been in touch with both Lebanese and Israeli government officials as well as the Shiite Muslim military and political organization Hezbollah and was convinced that a sharp spike in regional tensions was receding.
OPINION
April 16, 2010
Israeli officials this week accused Syria of providing the armed Islamic group Hezbollah with medium-range Scud missiles, which would make the Lebanese militants the first irregular army to possess such weapons, and would enable them to target virtually all of Israel. U.S. officials have not confirmed that the weapons were actually delivered, and Syria adamantly denies the charge. Israel and Syria each are warning that the other is preparing for war, raising concerns about a new military conflict in the region and prompting Republican calls for President Obama to delay sending a U.S. ambassador to Damascus for the first time in five years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 1991
In "Palestinians Weigh Hope Against History" (Commentary, Aug. 6), Daoud Kuttab seems to think that the United States owes something to the Palestinians. In fact, the United States owes nothing to the Palestinians. By supporting Saddam Hussein in the Gulf War, the Palestinians alienated the United States and became the pariahs of the Middle East. In the world of international politics each country looks out for No. 1. In this case, the United States supports Israel because it is in its best interest to do so. The Palestinians have continually shown their desire for the destruction of Israel (most recently when they cheered the Scud attacks on Israel)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 1986
The spectacular sunsets of recent evenings are a rare summer treat, Michael Lewis confirmed. They are normal in the fall, winter and spring in Southern California. Unusual winter-type storm activity is the source of this surprise.
WORLD
April 15, 2010 | By Edmund Sanders
The Obama administration voiced concerns Wednesday about Israeli allegations that Syria recently delivered Scud missiles to Hezbollah fighters in southern Lebanon, a move U.S. officials warned could destabilize the region. "We are obviously increasingly concerned about the sophisticated weaponry that are -- that is allegedly being transferred," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said during a news briefing.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 11, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The "Scud Stud" is giving up journalism for politics. Arthur Kent, a Canadian whose live NBC reports on Iraq's Scud missile attacks on Saudi Arabia during the 1991 Gulf War made him a celebrity, is running for a legislative seat in his home province of Alberta. Intense and handsome, Kent stood on a rooftop to tell about Iraqi missiles falling on Dharan, Saudi Arabia. He wore a leather jacket and was soon dubbed "the Scud Stud" in the media. Kent, 54, left NBC in a contract dispute in 1992.
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