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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 19, 2002 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.S. has asked Japan and a host of other allies to help prod reformists in Iran's government to bring "under control" religious hard-liners linked with developing weapons of mass destruction and arming Palestinian extremists, senior Bush administration officials said here Monday. In talks, President Bush asked Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to work with other nations and act as a conduit to pass on growing U.S.
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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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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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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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February 4, 2002 | ESTHER SCHRADER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In pointed remarks that raised questions Sunday about future relations between the elected Iranian regime and the United States, Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld accused the government in Tehran of helping Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters flee Afghanistan. Asked on ABC's "This Week" if he could confirm a Time magazine report that Iran had aided Islamic militants escaping across the Afghan border, Rumsfeld replied: "I can."
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November 6, 2001 | SORAYA SARHADDI NELSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The supreme leader says absolutely not. A top lawmaker says by all means. The Foreign Ministry says it's too early to talk about it. It is little wonder that the Iranian public and foreign governments are scratching their heads over whether the Islamic Republic might end 22 years of official estrangement from the United States.
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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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October 28, 2001 | From Reuters
Iranian President Mohammad Khatami's restrained line toward the United States attacks on Afghanistan came under fire Saturday from his own defense minister as being too soft on the "enemy." Relentless U.S. attacks on neighboring Muslim Afghanistan and a spate of youth riots in Iran have provided fodder for a hard-line argument that Khatami may be sacrificing Iran's revolutionary legacy for better ties with the West.
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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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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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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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October 2, 2001 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Defense Minister Ali Shamkhani warned the United States that Iran will react strongly if the U.S. violates its airspace for an attack on Afghanistan. "We will strongly defend our airspace and will confront [U.S.] planes if they use our airspace," he said at a Tehran news conference.
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