June 10, 1991 |
The American POW whose bruised and swollen face was seen on television during Operation Desert Storm says he now has second thoughts about war. "It made me rethink (my job)," Lt. Jeffrey Zaun said. "I don't ever want to kill anybody again. This country didn't get to see the cost of the war. I did . . . but they didn't see the Iraqi mothers get killed."
June 5, 1991 |
The U.S.-led task force to save Kurdish refugees on the Turkey-Iraq border ended the first part of its mission Tuesday, and allied spokesmen said that in just eight weeks most of the nearly half-million refugees have been persuaded to head back to their homes in Iraq. Task Force Alfa, the allied military group set up to help relieve the suffering in Turkish border camps as Kurds fled Iraq after their abortive rebellion in March, has been disbanded, said U.S. Navy Cmdr.
June 4, 1991 |
Clashes between Republican Guard troops and hostile Kurds have increased sharply in recent days outside the Western-policed haven in northern Iraq, according to fresh reports Monday. A U.S. military spokeswoman said that American troops heard gunfire in the city of Dahuk on Sunday night, and Kurdish civilians reported that seven Iraqi soldiers had been killed by rioters in Sulaymaniyah to the east last week. Trouble was also reported in Arbil and Zakhu.
May 31, 1991 |
The once-intense pressure for an early and total withdrawal of U.S. troops from the Persian Gulf has eased significantly in recent weeks, increasing the probability that American forces will become long-term fixtures of the area's security system, according to Bush Administration and congressional officials. Like so much of the unplanned aftermath of the carefully scripted Operation Desert Storm, the extended U.S.
May 27, 1991 |
Coalition forces in northern Iraq will not be drawn deeper into providing security in the region despite recurring attacks by Kurds on Iraqi police, a U.S. spokesman said Sunday. "We don't think the incidents have any dimensions that would necessitate any revision in our plans," said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Philip Crowley, a spokesman for the allied command at Incirlik, Turkey. "It is really something the Iraqis and Kurds themselves should work out."
May 26, 1991 |
Ragtag refugees returned in the thousands to the northern Iraqi city of Dahuk on Saturday, after U.S.-led forces moved in to reassure the Kurds that it is safe to go back to the homes they fled in panic two months ago. Refugees rode in dozens of hired Iraqi trucks in a ragged procession along the main highway into Dahuk from the mountainous Turkish border 47 miles to the north. "This is a real breakthrough. It's a great day," said Staffan de Mistura, head of the U.N.
May 25, 1991 |
Abdel Wahed Atroushy, Baghdad's newly appointed governor for Dahuk province, arrived three days ago at the crumbling edge of Iraqi authority in the Kurdish north. His caravan of Mercedes-Benz sedans squealed to a stop in front of the bullet-pocked capitol building, disgorging the governor and his uniformed bodyguards, submachine guns at the ready. A squad of Iraqi soldiers armed with rifles and grenade launchers rimmed a raised garden overlooking the street below.
May 23, 1991 |
A detachment of American soldiers will enter the strategic city of Dahuk in northern Iraq on Friday under an agreement between allied and Iraqi forces aimed at coaxing more Kurds home, the allied commander said. However, Kurdish guerrilla leaders rejected the plan and demanded a full-scale American occupation of the provincial capital, south of the allied security zone. "If we don't have the Americans, no one will go home," guerrilla leader Hussain Sinjari said Wednesday.
May 21, 1991 |
The United Nations Security Council tightened its punitive controls on Iraq Monday by setting up a reparations fund that will divert a percentage of Iraqi oil revenue to compensate Saddam Hussein's victims for damages suffered in the Persian Gulf crisis and war. But the council, while passing the reparations resolution by a vote of 14 to 0 with only Cuba abstaining, did not spell out just how much of a bite will be taken out of Iraq's oil revenues.
May 16, 1991 |
The U.S. commander of the coalition forces repatriating Iraq's Kurdish refugees asked Baghdad on Wednesday to reduce its military presence in northern Iraq so that more Kurds will go home. Army Lt. Gen. John M. Shalikashvili also complained to the Iraqis about a shooting incident late Tuesday, in which Iraqi troops opened fire as a U.S. Army helicopter flew past them just outside the allied "security zone" in northern Iraq.