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July 16, 1987 | MICHAEL ROSS, Times Staff Writer
As the Reagan Administration proceeds with plans to provide naval escorts for Kuwaiti tankers in the Persian Gulf, diplomats and Arab officials are expressing growing concern that the United States may be drawn into an unpredictable situation with uncontrollable consequences. Until now, the nearly seven-year-old Persian Gulf War, while devastating to the combatants, Iran and Iraq, has had little impact on the outside world. However, the U.S.
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September 15, 1996 | ROBIN WRIGHT and FAYE FIORE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
President Clinton declared Saturday that the United States has "tightened the strategic straitjacket" around Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, even as senior American officials pressed a diplomatic offensive to rally support behind U.S. policy and leadership in the Persian Gulf. A day after the Clinton administration announced that it will send 5,000 Army troops to Kuwait to underscore U.S. warnings to Iraq, Defense Secretary William J.
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August 7, 1987 | ROBERT GILLETTE, Times Staff Writer
The heads of more than 40 Muslim nations have consulted with Saudi Arabia and expressed approval of its conduct last week when Iranian extremists apparently sparked a riot in the holy city of Mecca that left more than 400 dead and 600 injured, the Saudi ambassador to the United States said Thursday. At the same time, Secretary of State George P.
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January 15, 1995 | From Associated Press
Former Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir said he and his Cabinet ministers "almost fell off our chairs" when former President George Bush decided to end the 1991 Persian Gulf War before Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was toppled. In interviews marking the fourth anniversary of the war's outbreak, Shamir and his air force commander discussed the Cabinet's reaction to Bush's move and Israel's restraint when Iraq began pummeling it with Scud missiles.
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August 18, 1988 | NORMAN KEMPSTER and JIM MANN, Times Staff Writers
President Reagan pledged Wednesday that U.S. military aid for Pakistan will continue undiminished despite the death in a plane crash of autocratic President Zia ul-Haq, but American foreign policy experts said a period of instability that could damage U.S. policy from Afghanistan to the Persian Gulf is almost a certainty.
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July 4, 1988 | From a Times Staff Writer
Here is a chronology of major military events in the Persian Gulf naval warfare that have involved the United States: Sept. 22, 1980--After months of minor border clashes, the Iran-Iraq War begins. U.S. proclaims neutrality but says that oil must keep flowing through the gulf. Dec. 10, 1986--Kuwait asks U.S. protection against Iranian attacks on its oil tankers in the Persian Gulf through a controversial re-flagging program.
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July 4, 1988 | JOHN M. BRODER and MELISSA HEALY, Times Staff Writers
A U.S. warship, mistaking a commercial Iranian airliner for a warplane, shot the jet down during a naval skirmish in the Persian Gulf on Sunday. Officials in Tehran said that 290 passengers and crew aboard Iran Air Flight 655 were killed. President Reagan said officers aboard the American guided missile cruiser Vincennes, which was battling with several Iranian gunboats, believed the jetliner was an attacking Iranian F-14 fighter and fired two surface-to-air missiles at it at 10:54 a.m.
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October 20, 1987 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, Times Staff Writer
U.S. warships and demolition teams destroyed an Iranian oil platform in the Persian Gulf on Monday in retaliation for Iran's missile attack last week against a U.S.-registered oil tanker in Kuwait. Secretary of Defense Caspar W. Weinberger told reporters in Washington that there was no return fire from the platform, which the Pentagon said was being used as a "military observation and communications post and a radar surface search facility."
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August 23, 1987 | MICHAEL ROSS, Times Staff Writer
The air war between Iran and Iraq intensified Saturday, while in the Persian Gulf, another convoy of Kuwaiti tankers, re-registered under the American flag, sailed under the escort of U.S. warships. Four tankers loaded with oil and gas slipped out of the anchorage at the Kuwaiti oil terminal of Al Ahmadi, at the northern end of the Gulf, before dawn Saturday for what should be, barring any hitches, a two-day run down the waterway, shipping sources said.
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August 2, 1987 | CHARLES P. WALLACE and DON SHANNON, Times Staff Writers
A tanker carrying liquefied petroleum gas sailed from Kuwait with an escort of U.S. warships Saturday, the first U.S. naval convoy through the perilous waters of the Persian Gulf since a supertanker was damaged by a mine nine days ago. The 46,723-ton Gas Prince, a Kuwaiti vessel re-registered two weeks ago to carry the U.S. flag, sailed early Saturday morning, according to a reliable shipping source.
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May 31, 1991 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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May 6, 1991 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the eve of Defense Secretary Dick Cheney's first postwar tour of the Persian Gulf, six Arab nations moved toward agreement Sunday on a regional security plan that may one day include former enemy Iran. Ending a daylong meeting, the foreign ministers of Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and four other Gulf states also demanded that international economic sanctions against Iraq be maintained until Baghdad releases all prisoners of war and pays billions of dollars in reparations.
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March 10, 1991 | STANLEY MEISLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Vowing that Uncle Sam will not become "Uncle Sucker," President Bush said in an interview released Saturday that Iraq must rebuild its own devastated infrastructure and that other Arab nations must undertake the job of ensuring peace and economic development in the postwar Persian Gulf. "We don't want a Yankee solution to the Middle East," Bush told four journalists from Kuwait, Morocco, Egypt and Saudi Arabia in the White House Oval Office on Friday.
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February 10, 1991 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Bush Administration's efforts to spell out its postwar plans in the Persian Gulf have exacerbated, rather than allayed, concerns about its long-term diplomatic strategy for the region, according to government and private experts. Secretary of State James A. Baker III was expected to provide at least an outline of the Administration's thinking on postwar policy in his two days of testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week. Instead, in contrast to meticulous U.S.
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January 14, 1991 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Bush Administration, looking beyond Tuesday's deadline for Iraqi withdrawal from Kuwait, has quietly mobilized a special interagency task force to deal with the "end game" of the Persian Gulf crisis--the complex political problems that will exist whether the confrontation is resolved by diplomacy or war. "Getting Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait is going to look easy compared to what must be accomplished afterwards to stabilize the region," said an official close to the task force.
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December 3, 1990 | JIM MANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Secretary of State James A. Baker III and Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney on Sunday gave the bleakest assessment to date of the effect of economic sanctions against Iraq, with Baker suggesting that they may never work, no matter how long the United States waits.
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November 13, 1990 | RONALD J. OSTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Legal authorities were divided Monday over whether President Bush has constitutional power to send U.S. troops into Iraq without congressional approval. But even those who claim that Bush lacks the legal authority unless he is responding to an Iraqi attack contend that the lawmakers could not politically afford to cut off funds once fighting had begun.
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November 14, 1990 | DAVID LAUTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Five days after ordering that more than 200,000 additional troops be sent to the Persian Gulf, President Bush has landed squarely in the middle of a dilemma: How can he scare Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait without scaring the American people out of their support for his policies? Bush aides leave no doubt that jolting the Iraqi president is a big part of the Administration's strategy.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 27, 1990 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
The theme is government stealth, aimed not at foreigners but against its own people. And even though "High Crimes and Misdemeanors" traces an event of the 1980s--the Iran-Contra scandal that disclosed deception in high places--it also relates directly to the present. "So the basic constitutional question raised by Iran-Contra has yet to be answered," reporter Bill Moyers concludes on this frightening "Frontline" program airing at 9 tonight on Channels 28 and 15 and at 10 on Channel 50.
NEWS
November 18, 1990 | DAVID LAUTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Leaving behind a nation deeply divided over the prospect of war in the Persian Gulf, President Bush arrived here Saturday looking for a receptive audience for his message that "the freedom of people everywhere remains under threat" from the aggression of Iraq. Czechoslovakia, Bush noted, was among the first victims of Nazi aggression in the 1930s and of Soviet aggression a decade later.
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