CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 1991 |
As an occupation army, the Iraqis showed military strength and "naked brutality"--but not much smarts, former U.S. ambassador to Kuwait W. Nathaniel Howell said Thursday, "They weren't very sophisticated," said Howell, who got an up-close look at the enemy while under siege for 110 days in the American Embassy in Kuwait. "They weren't very efficient."
March 2, 1991 |
Allied troops buried Iraq's dead in mass graves Friday, while the remnants of President Saddam Hussein's army roamed or hid in the battle-torn desert--some apparently unaware that the Gulf War had been called off. An American doctor and a medical specialist were killed by land mines, and U.S. infantrymen exchanged gunfire with Iraqi soldiers shooting from a bus stopped at a checkpoint. Six Iraqis were killed and six wounded, Saudi sources said.
February 28, 1991
The U.S. EMBASSY IN KUWAIT CITY should be back in business within the next few days, the State Department said. Spokeswoman Margaret Tutwiler said that Ambassador Edward W. Gnehm Jr., at left, will reopen the embassy. It was closed Dec. 13 when the last foreign diplomats left Kuwait, including ex-ambassador W. Nathaniel Howell III. Gnehm was sworn in last month, but worked in Saudi Arabia.
December 15, 1990 |
Calling them "victorious" and heroic, Secretary of State James A. Baker III welcomed back U.S. diplomats from Kuwait city and the last group of American and Canadian hostages from Kuwait and Iraq on Friday at Andrews Air Force Base. Ambassador W. Nathaniel Howell III, who along with a skeleton staff had withstood threats and deprivation to keep open the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait, declared that "we could do nothing else" but hold firm in the besieged compound until the last Americans were freed.
December 14, 1990 |
The hostage saga for Americans in Iraq and Kuwait ended Thursday with the departure of W. Nathaniel Howell III, the U.S. ambassador to Kuwait who held out in his besieged embassy for nearly four months. "The flag flies" there still, Howell said when he arrived in Germany as part of the last planeload of Americans to come out of Iraq.
December 9, 1990 |
President Bush suggested strongly Saturday that his decision to close the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait could be a prelude to war rather than a step toward peace, saying, "When you don't have Americans there, and if force is required, that's just one less worry I've got." The departure of the eight American diplomats still at the embassy in Kuwait city, to take place when all other American hostages are out of Kuwait, "facilitates the tough decisions that might lie ahead," Bush said.