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April 19, 1988 | JAMES GERSTENZANG, Times Staff Writer
U.S. warships and aircraft sank or heavily damaged six Iranian navy ships Monday as a major confrontation erupted in the Persian Gulf in the wake of the United States' early morning strike against two Iranian oil platforms, the Reagan Administration said. U.S. and Iranian forces fired on each other in the broadest and most direct conflict yet, suddenly escalating what for months had been a war of nerves in the volatile waterway. After ordering U.S.
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February 12, 2002 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite the escalating war of words between the United States and Iran, the Bush administration has sent a strong signal through diplomatic back channels that Washington is still interested in resolving differences through dialogue, senior administration officials said Monday. The message was conveyed, the sources said, shortly after President Bush's State of the Union address two weeks ago, in which he labeled Iran one of three nations in an "axis of evil."
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May 1, 1990 | WILLIAM TUOHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
American hostage Frank H. Reed was released Monday night from more than 3 1/2 years of captivity in Lebanon and turned over to U.S. authorities in Damascus. Reed's release came just eight days after the freeing of another American hostage, Robert Polhill, 55, a former accountant and business professor at Beirut University College. After being examined by a Syrian doctor at the U.S. ambassador's residence, Reed was flown by a medically equipped U.S.
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November 2, 2001 | SORAYA SARHADDI NELSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A steel-fortified file cabinet ripped open by revolutionary students intent on bringing the United States to its knees. A dusty photograph of the White House inscribed with a message from President Carter "to the gang." A carnival game that shoots tennis balls into the mouth of a devil who looks a lot like Uncle Sam. Today, these artifacts--and surreal new creations--will go on public display for the first time at the former U.S.
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June 7, 1998 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For Nancy Dockry of Beverly Hills, the most beautiful sight in Iran was Bam's 9th century sandcastle. The most touching encounter was with her tour guide, a war hero who took her to the battlefield where he was maimed fighting Iraq. And the lightest moment was at the Mashad shrine, where she was shooed from a men's area by guards armed with feather dusters because they're not allowed to touch women.
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March 13, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The leader of Iran's radical faction said some of the foreigners held hostage in Lebanon are spies, and he argued against releasing any of what he called "mercenary U.S. hostages." The comments by Ali Akbar Mohtashemi, a former interior minister who opposes President Hashemi Rafsanjani's overtures to the West, appeared in a signed editorial in a Tehran daily. Mohtashemi also argued that other Muslim nations have no business aiding Western nations in efforts to free the hostages.
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June 16, 1991 | SAM FULWOOD III, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former President Ronald Reagan on Saturday labeled as "absolute fiction" charges that he or his campaign staff conducted talks with Iran to prevent the freeing of American hostages held at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran before the 1980 election.
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January 30, 1998 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Clinton responded Thursday to a month's worth of secret Iranian messages by calling for more exchanges between "our peoples" and heralding the day "when we can enjoy once again good relations with Iran." The warm, deliberate remarks, broadcast by the Voice of America in Persian and English to mark the end of the Muslim month of Ramadan, followed the relay of messages from Iranian President Mohammad Khatami to the White House, U.S. officials and Arab diplomats say.
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April 18, 1988 | MICHAEL WINES, Times Staff Writer
U.S. warships attacked two strategic Iranian oil platforms today in retaliation for a mine explosion that damaged a Navy frigate and injured 10 American seamen last week, the White House said. Presidential spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said President Reagan "directed U.S. forces at 1 a.m. EDT today to strike" Iranian oil platforms at Sirri and Sassan in the central Persian Gulf.
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March 1, 1989 | KEVIN RODERICK and JOHN J. GOLDMAN, Times Staff Writers
Pre-dawn firebombs hurled through windows Tuesday damaged two Berkeley book stores, one a literary and political landmark whose owner had vowed publicly to resist Islamic pressure to stop selling "The Satanic Verses," as violence apparently broke out around the Salman Rushdie novel.
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October 20, 2001 | From Associated Press
Iran's foreign minister rejected a U.S. proposal to include members of the hard-line Taliban militia in any future Afghan government, saying Friday that the idea was "unacceptable." Russia and India, two allies of the United States in the fight against terrorism, also added their voices in opposition to letting Taliban "moderates" into a broad-based coalition being considered to rule Afghanistan if the Taliban regime collapses under U.S.-led bombardment. Secretary of State Colin L.
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October 13, 2001 | SORAYA SARHADDI NELSON and LILY SADEGHI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If Iranian state television had hoped to capture viewers with its half-hour broadcast of citizens chanting, "Death to America" in cities all over the Islamic Republic on Friday, it was out of luck. Instead, tens of thousands of Iranians poured into the streets of the country to celebrate their national soccer team's 2-1 victory over Iraq. "Bringing national happiness, that's part of winning," said Hassan Ghaffari, director of international relations for the Iranian soccer federation.
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October 12, 2001 | SORAYA SARHADDI NELSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Islamic Republic's first demonstration against the West for its campaign in Afghanistan took place this week in this holy city where Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini became a cleric. But even here, where hatred toward the U.S. government is as deeply rooted as the demand that women cover every strand of hair beneath the black drape of a chador, participants played down the significance of the rally. "It wasn't a protest.
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July 28, 2001 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Congress sent legislation to President Bush that would extend sanctions for five years against foreign firms that do business with Iran and Libya. By a voice vote and with no debate, the Senate approved a version of the legislation that the House adopted Thursday. Iran and Libya have been accused of involvement in international terrorism. Lawmakers of both parties say the sanctions make it harder for the two countries to finance terrorism with income from oil profits and other forms of
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July 26, 2001 | ESTHER SCHRADER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Senate voted Wednesday to extend for five years a law that authorizes penalties against foreign firms investing in Libyan or Iranian energy projects--a victory for the families of victims of terrorist attacks sponsored by those countries, and a defeat for oil companies. The House was expected to follow suit today, renewing the Iran and Libya Sanctions Act, and strengthening the sanctions against Libya. Existing sanctions, which expire Aug.
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July 18, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
An Iranian court issued an arrest warrant for a dissident undergoing treatment for cancer in the U.S., the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported. Ibrahim Yazdi--leader of the outlawed Freedom Movement of Iran, a group calling for government reform--is accused of endangering national security and possessing firearms. Yazdi, 69, left Iran in November and is receiving chemotherapy for prostate cancer in Houston. More than 60 group members have been arrested since March.
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February 22, 1989 | DAVID LAUTER, Times Staff Writer
Iran's government "can expect to be held accountable" if Americans or American companies are hurt by the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's campaign against British author Salman Rushdie, President Bush said Tuesday. "Inciting murder and offering rewards for its perpetration are deeply offensive to the norms of civilized behavior," Bush told reporters at a White House press conference.
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November 4, 1999 | JOHN DANISZEWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seldom has an event sundered two nations as suddenly and decisively. It was 10 o'clock on the morning of Nov. 4, 1979. Mohammed Ebrahim Asgharzadeh and two of his colleagues in the Muslim Students Assn. had organized an invasion of the 27-acre U.S. Embassy compound in the middle of Tehran.
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June 8, 2001 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As Congress moved Thursday to extend sanctions on Iran, a blue-ribbon panel of former top U.S. policymakers called for ending the economic embargoes that have characterized tensions between the United States and the Islamic Republic for more than two decades. Lifting sanctions would almost certainly have the widest impact on Iran's rich energy industry--and the United States' growing appetite.
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May 6, 2001 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The United States has closed off the primary supply route Iran has used for almost 20 years to fly weaponry and other material support to Syria for extremist groups in Lebanon, according to U.S. and Mideast officials. That success, however, has been countered by Iran's escalating involvement with extremist groups--primarily Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah--determined to destroy the U.S.-brokered Mideast peace process.
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