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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.
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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.
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June 4, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Syria test-fired three Scud missiles last week, including one that broke up over Turkey, senior Israeli security officials said. The officials said the missiles, using North Korean technology and designed to carry chemical warheads, were fired May 27. In New York, Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said the Syrian tests were "very dangerous." There was no comment from Damascus. The New York Times first reported Israel's allegations in Friday editions.
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April 19, 2001 | From Reuters
Iraq said Wednesday that Iran had fired 56 Scud missiles at camps inside Iraq belonging to the People's Moujahedeen Organization, an Iranian rebel group. The Moujahedeen said one of its members had been killed along with several Iraqi civilians, and several others were wounded. The Moujahedeen opposes Iran's clerical rulers and launches frequent attacks from Iraq, where it maintains bases equipped with tanks, heavy guns and helicopter gunships near the border.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2002 | William Overend, Times Staff Writer
Two Scud missiles have been launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base this month as part of a three-year program to improve missile defense systems -- a milestone in a study that has the U.S. sharing information with Israel. Officials said the launches, witnessed by a team of Israeli and U.S. military and defense industry officials, mark the first instances in which the weapons have been fired from U.S. soil. The Scud research has been conducted with a high level of secrecy.
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September 16, 1992 | DOUGLAS FRANTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Loans from an Italian bank branch here paid for improving Iraqi Scud missiles like the one that killed 28 American soldiers in the Persian Gulf War, a top federal investigator testified Tuesday. The testimony came on the second day of a sentencing hearing for Christopher P. Drogoul, the banker who made the loans.
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March 28, 1991 | From Times Wire Services
Kurdish rebels on Wednesday claimed they have seized a government-held air base and camp in northern Iraq but said there are signs that Saddam Hussein's forces are preparing for an assault on a key rebel-held city. A statement from the Kurdistan Democratic Party said the Iraqi army is massing forces in the president's hometown of Tikrit to launch an attack on Kirkuk, a northern oil city seized by the insurgents.
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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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March 6, 2011 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
Something unusual is happening along Israel's border with Lebanon: nothing. The 49-mile stretch, one of the Mideast's most volatile areas, has been uncommonly quiet since the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah. Even as both sides continue to build up arms and make war plans, it's been one of the longest lulls in fighting since Israel's founding. Not even a brief gunfire exchange last summer or the recent restructuring of Lebanon's government by Hezbollah have substantially raised border tension, as might have occurred a decade ago. What's behind the relative calm?
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June 4, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Syria test-fired three Scud missiles last week, including one that broke up over Turkey, senior Israeli security officials said. The officials said the missiles, using North Korean technology and designed to carry chemical warheads, were fired May 27. In New York, Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said the Syrian tests were "very dangerous." There was no comment from Damascus. The New York Times first reported Israel's allegations in Friday editions.
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January 6, 2003 | From Times Wire Services
Israel launched four Arrow missile interceptors high over the Mediterranean on Sunday in what it called a successful first performance test against a simulated incoming salvo of missiles akin to Iraqi Scuds. Shocked by the failure of U.S. Patriot missiles to down 39 Iraqi Scuds fired at it during the 1991 Persian Gulf War, Israel has conceived its own custom-designed antiballistic missile as the U.S. gears up for a possible repeat campaign against Baghdad.
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 1991
President Bush's statements and threat of veto concerning the loan guarantees for the state of Israel are appalling. Listening to him one would think that the Arab nations, not Israel, were attacked by Iraq's Scud missiles and were the ones who opened their borders to persecuted peoples including the Ethiopians. MELVIN WEISZ, Calabasas
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December 13, 2002 | From Reuters
U.N. experts combed seven sites in Iraq for banned weapons Thursday, including a plant said to have made modified Scud missiles, and attended a test launch of a short-range ballistic missile. Iraq again vehemently denied that it has any Scud missiles left, or any weapons of mass destruction, and gave rare praise to what it said was the professionalism of the U.N. teams. Experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency drove to Al Nidaa Public Company in Zafaraniyah, a suburb of Baghdad.
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December 11, 2002 | Sonni Efron and John Hendren, Times Staff Writers
Spanish authorities seized a merchant ship in the Arabian Sea on Tuesday and discovered about a dozen North Korean Scud missiles and extra missile parts, U.S. officials said. Preliminary evidence suggested that the ship was headed for Yemen and not Iraq. Analysts said Yemen might have been a transfer or resale point. With tensions growing in the region because of possible U.S.
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