May 16, 1990 |
British church envoy Terry Waite, a hostage for 40 months, has recovered from a recent illness, pro-Iranian sources said Tuesday. They said two Iranian doctors attended Waite regularly until his condition worsened about a month ago, when he was treated by a doctor from Beirut's American University hospital. "Waite is being held in acceptable conditions in the southern suburbs (of Beirut) and is receiving regular medical attention," a source said.
October 21, 1988 |
Shia Muslim kidnapers holding at least two American hostages threatened today to punish them in retaliation for Israel's air attacks today on Palestinian and pro-Iranian guerrilla bases in Lebanon that left 15 people dead. The threat came in typewritten statements in Arabic signed by the Islamic Jihad, the pro-Iranian faction holding American journalist Terry Anderson and educator Thomas Sutherland.
July 21, 1986 |
The sister of a correspondent held by Muslim extremists in Lebanon arrived in Damascus on Sunday to seek Syrian help in freeing him and four other American hostages. Peggy Say, 45, of Batavia, N.Y., the sister of hostage Terry A. Anderson, arrived from the Mediterranean island of Cyprus and was met at the airport by Greek charge d'affaires Dionyssios Kogellas. She said she has no meetings scheduled but will be in contact with the Syrian Foreign Ministry to set up appointments.
February 17, 1987 |
The Iranian-backed Hezbollah faction on Monday denied allegations that it holds Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite, who dropped from sight nearly a month ago. Walid Jumblatt, leader of the Druze militia responsible for Waite's security, had accused the militant Shia Muslim group of taking Waite captive. At least 25 foreigners are missing in Lebanon, including eight Americans. The statement issued by Hezbollah, or Party of God, said: "We strongly deplore the accusation by Mr.
October 25, 1989 |
Pro-Iranian kidnapers holding at least two American hostages reiterated, in a statement released Tuesday, their offer to trade their captives for 17 Shiite Muslims jailed in Kuwait. The typewritten statement from Islamic Jihad, or Islamic Holy War, was delivered to the offices of the independent newspaper Al Nahar and a Western news agency. Islamic Jihad said it issued the statement to mark the anniversary of the Oct. 23, 1983, car bombings of the U.S.
February 20, 1989 |
Relatives of American and British hostages held in Lebanon lit candles Sunday night to honor the captives and appeal for their release. About 100 people attended the tribute at Calvary Missionary Church, including seven relatives of the hostages. Candles were lit for each of the nine American hostages still believed held, and a photo of each captive was displayed, said Ernest May, chairman of the "Second Annual Tribute and Recognition."
September 8, 1990 |
Most of the 15 Shiite Muslims imprisoned in Kuwait on terrorism charges and whose fate was linked to that of two U.S. hostages held in Lebanon have been handed over to Iran following Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, a Lebanese magazine said Friday. The magazine Ash Shiraa, which broke the Iran-Contra scandal, said most of the 15 Shiites, members of the Iranian-backed Islamic Jihad, are now in Iran. Most of them are Iraqi Shiites.
February 12, 1989 |
Kuwait's government revealed Saturday that it had freed two of the 17 convicted terrorists whose liberty has been sought by pro-Iranian extremists holding Western hostages in Lebanon. Interior Minister Salim Sabah said the two men, Abdul-Mohsen Rashash Abbas, 25, and Nasser Matar Dahash, 30, were released "a while ago" after they completed five-year prison terms for their parts in the December, 1983, bombings of the American and French embassies in Kuwait.
July 19, 1986 |
The sister of Terry A. Anderson, an American journalist held hostage in Lebanon, said Friday she has been granted a visa to visit Syria, where she will seek a meeting with President Hafez Assad in an attempt to win the release of her brother and four other missing Americans. Peggy Say, 46, of Batavia, N.Y., plans to fly to Damascus on Sunday. "I hope to meet with President Assad and to give him the letters I have from the families of the hostages," Say told reporters here.
August 18, 1988 |
The clandestine Islamic Jihad group today released a photograph of hostage Terry Anderson and said the two Americans it is holding will not be released until "all our demands are met." In a statement delivered to a Western news agency in Muslim West Beirut and accompanied by a photo showing a bearded Anderson, the pro-Iranian group said those demands include the release of its fighters from "foreign jails." The close-up black-and-white photograph shows a tired but apparently healthy Anderson.