March 27, 1990 |
The U.S. military command in Panama acknowledged Monday that only one-sixth of the 314 Panamanian soldiers reported killed in December's invasion have been confirmed dead, a disclosure indicating that many more civilians than combatants died in the assault. The U.S. Southern Command said it now believes that the actual casualty figure for Panamanian forces was about 50, meaning that the civilian toll exceeded it by a 4 to 1 margin.
March 20, 1990 |
The Army is investigating U.S. soldiers in eight noncombat deaths during and immediately after the Dec. 20 invasion of Panama, and murder charges are expected against at least one of them, senior Army officials said Monday. One case involved the killing of a Panamanian civilian, allegedly after two American soldiers fled from a Panama City brothel without paying, then staged a fake gun battle to cover up the loss of an Army-issue pistol inside the establishment.
March 18, 1990 |
A terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the fatal crash of two U.S. helicopters and the grenade attack on a discotheque, and it threatened more attacks on Americans and U.S. property. The group calls itself the Dec. 20 Movement, or M-20, and is the first terrorist group to surface following the Dec. 20 U.S. invasion that overthrew dictator Gen. Manuel A. Noriega. One U.S. soldier died in the March 2 grenade attack, and 11 died in the Feb. 21 air crashes. The U.S.
March 17, 1990 |
Cuban President Fidel Castro, in Brazil for the inauguration of a popularly elected president, criticized the U.S. electoral system Friday and suggested that it is less democratic than Cuba's. In power since the triumph of his revolution in 1959, Castro has never called direct presidential elections. Asked in a press conference here whether he could win free elections, he asked, "What is understood by 'free elections'?"
March 15, 1990 |
A team of American doctors have concluded that at least 302 Panamanian civilians were apparently killed in the U.S invasion of Panama--far more than the Pentagon has estimated--and that Panamanian military casualties may have been vastly overestimated. The findings, issued Wednesday in a report by the independent Physicians for Human Rights, suggest that the Dec. 20 invasion inflicted a far greater share of suffering on noncombatants than U.S. officials had estimated.
March 6, 1990 |
A cocaine smuggling ring involving U.S. soldiers has been broken up in Panama, CBS News reported. CBS, citing unidentified military sources, said at least seven Colombians and two Americans have been arrested. The U.S. Southern Command in Panama City is "coordinating" with investigative agencies, a spokeswoman said. CBS said officials are investigating whether Friday's attack on a Panama City club in which a GI was killed was drug related.
March 5, 1990 |
An American soldier died of his wounds from a late-night grenade attack on a Panama City nightclub popular with U.S. soldiers, the U.S. Southern Command said. Army Specialist Anthony B. Ward, 21, of Houston, suffered chest and abdominal wounds when a hand grenade was hurled into the My Place nightclub late Friday. Ward was among 16 U.S. military personnel wounded. At least 12 Panamanians were also injured.
March 4, 1990 |
A bomb tossed through the window of a downtown discotheque wounded 16 American servicemen, one seriously, military and hospital officials said Saturday. Eleven Panamanians were also hurt. It is believed to be the first such attack on U.S. servicemen since the United States invaded Panama on Dec. 20 and overthrew the government of Gen. Manuel A. Noriega. Two victims of the blast quoted witnesses of the attack late Friday at the My Place nightclub as saying the attacker shouted "Viva Noriega!"
February 17, 1990 |
At first light, a volley of machine-gun fire erupts from the third-floor window of a burned-out cinder-block building, shattering the silence of Combat Town. Its target--a company of paratroopers--is breaking out of the nearby woods and creeping toward the city, aiming to secure a toehold from which their battalion can, house by house, wrest control of the settlement from a smaller force of rebel "Cortinians." The recent scene at Ft.
February 15, 1990 |
President Bush signed into law Wednesday the first $542 million of a $1-billion economic recovery package for Panama, with plans to finance the remaining $500 million in cash aid by diverting money from the defense budget. The measure, which was pushed through Congress in less than three weeks, is designed to help Panama revive its economy after 21 months of U.S. economic sanctions and the December invasion that toppled strongman Manuel A. Noriega.