April 11, 1992 |
Iraq has warned the United Nations to call off its U-2 flights over its territory, precipitating a new confrontation with the Security Council. The Iraqi warning, which implied it could no longer guarantee the security of the flights, prompted the Security Council to call emergency consultations Friday to draw up a statement rejecting Iraq's demand and perceived threats. The warning from Iraq came in a letter to the United Nations released Friday.
January 16, 1992 |
An American U-2 spy plane, conducting what the Pentagon described as a "routine mission" over the Korean Peninsula, disappeared in the waters off South Korea, the Defense Department said Wednesday. The unarmed reconnaissance plane, which can be equipped to gather photographic intelligence or to eavesdrop on communications, dropped off radar screens and broke off radio contact with its home base of Osan Air Base in South Korea at 8:30 a.m. PST Wednesday.
November 12, 1997 |
U.S. officials seemed pleased to report this week that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein failed to make good on his threat to shoot at an American U-2 spy plane flying over his country. But they may have been a little disappointed too. Despite Hussein's threat--and the U.S. bluster--there is almost no chance that aging Iraqi weaponry could hit the highflying spy plane, experts say. And if Iraq had tried, the result could have been a diplomatic windfall for the United States.
May 5, 1993 |
In his memoir "U & I," author Nicholson Baker writes obsessively, at book length, about his relationship with novelist John Updike, their intellectual confluence, the space Updike takes up in Baker's life . . . except there is no relationship--Updike doesn't know that Baker exists, and Baker, in fact, has barely read Updike's work.
November 13, 1997 |
Karen Berkland, a teacher at Luther Burbank Middle School in Burbank, took her class on a journey of discovery recently. But they didn't have to leave town. They just went back into another historical era right in the East Valley. Not far from their school is a building complex with a name that reveals little, but contents that reveal much: the Burbank Historical Society's Gordon F. Howard Museum Complex.
October 30, 1997 |
Iraq triggered a new confrontation with the United States on Wednesday when it declared that Americans will no longer be permitted to work there on a U.N. team dismantling Iraq's biological, chemical and nuclear weapons programs. The U.N. immediately suspended all field activities of the weapons group, confining it to its office in Baghdad. The U.N. Security Council unanimously condemned the Iraqi declaration and warned of "serious consequences" unless it is withdrawn.