February 20, 1989 |
When the first bomb threat came two weeks before Christmas, many employees here at Viking Penguin dismissed it as a prank. It seemed improbable that Islamic protests over Salman Rushdie's new novel "The Satanic Verses" would suddenly threaten the safety of a respected American publishing house. "Nobody seemed worried that we had published this book," said a senior editor. "I remember taking some of my staff across the street for a drink while police cleared out the building.
August 2, 1987 |
A tanker carrying liquefied petroleum gas sailed from Kuwait with an escort of U.S. warships Saturday, the first U.S. naval convoy through the perilous waters of the Persian Gulf since a supertanker was damaged by a mine nine days ago. The 46,723-ton Gas Prince, a Kuwaiti vessel re-registered two weeks ago to carry the U.S. flag, sailed early Saturday morning, according to a reliable shipping source.
March 14, 2000 |
Several mortar rounds landed inside a large residential complex near a military base in northern Tehran on Monday, injuring at least four people, witnesses said. An Iraqi-based opposition group claimed responsibility. As many as 10 mortars hit the complex, which contains 360 apartments, witnesses said. Ambulances and fire engines raced out of the complex. Tehran radio also reported the explosions, saying they were from mortar rounds. One person lost his legs, witnesses said.
April 14, 2000 |
Former hostages and the families of victims of alleged state-sponsored terrorism appealed Thursday to Congress for help in collecting multimillion-dollar judgments they have been awarded. "The Clinton administration has continued to object to every practical proposal we have made," said Terry Anderson, who won a $341-million federal court award against Iran last month.
July 6, 1997 |
German officials are looking into information from a former top Iranian spy that the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini ordered the December 1988 bombing of a Pan Am jet over Lockerbie, Scotland, a magazine reported. The weekly Der Spiegel said the tip came from Abolghassem Mesbahi, a co-founder of the Iranian intelligence service who later went into exile.
October 10, 1990 |
Libyan intelligence agents may have assembled and planted the bomb that destroyed a Pan Am jumbo jet over Lockerbie, Scotland, in December, 1988, U.S. investigators said after studying newly uncovered evidence, according to a report in the New York Times. Until now, the inquiry has focused on evidence that Iran hired a Syrian-sponsored terrorist group, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, to bomb the airliner.