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February 9, 2001 | PAUL RICHTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Recent publicity about the first U.S. casualty of the 1991 Persian Gulf War has loosed an outpouring of new leads in the mysterious case, including information that could support the notion that the flier survived his crash and was taken prisoner by the Iraqis, according to a U.S. lawmaker. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said the leads have come to light since last month, when Navy Lt. Cmdr.
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January 23, 2001 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a major test for the Bush administration's new foreign policy team, Syria has opened a key pipeline to Baghdad's oil, a scheme that generates at least $2 million daily in illicit funds for the regime of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, according to senior U.S. officials, Mideast diplomats and oil experts. The smuggling operation, launched in mid-November, is now the largest source of independent income for Baghdad, according to oil experts.
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January 18, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Still full of bluster 10 years after the Persian Gulf War, President Saddam Hussein pronounced the conflict a great moment in Iraq's history--ignoring his crushing military defeat and the country's withered economy. Hussein offered an apocalyptic account of the "mother of all battles" that made only passing reference to the U.S.-led bombing campaign launched Jan. 17, 1991, and the lopsided ground war that chased demoralized Iraqi troops out of Kuwait.
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January 17, 2001 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A decade after his father's administration launched a thundering air campaign against Iraq's Saddam Hussein, George W. Bush faces a regime in Baghdad that is stronger, more stubborn, more devious--and more successful at defying the United States. It's an extraordinary comeback given the collective might assembled against the Iraqi president, according to foreign policy experts and U.S. officials. Operation Desert Storm, which opened Jan.
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January 16, 2001 | Reuters
The Iraqi government, at a meeting chaired by President Saddam Hussein, agreed Monday to donate $94 million to impoverished Americans, said the official Iraqi News Agency. "The Cabinet decided, on humanitarian grounds, to allocate 100 million euros [about $94 million] to be distributed to poor Americans," INA said. The news agency said U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan would be notified of the donation.
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January 15, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Responding to U.S. reports that a missing American pilot from the Gulf War may have survived the crash of his aircraft and been detained by the Iraqis, Baghdad divulged details of a 1995 search of a crash site in its western desert carried out by the U.S. military and the International Committee of the Red Cross. The team found part of the wreckage of Lt. Cmdr.
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January 14, 2001 | Times Wire Services
The Iraqi government Saturday dismissed as a "lie" fresh U.S. claims that a Navy pilot shot down over Iraq in the 1991 Persian Gulf War might still alive. "It is a new and cheap American lie," an Iraqi Ministry of Culture and Information spokesman said. "When the Iraqi Foreign Ministry reveals documents related to the subject, this lie will be an American scandal," the spokesman said in a statement carried by the official Iraqi News Agency.
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January 13, 2001 | PAUL RICHTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
U.S. officials said Friday that they have no proof that a Navy pilot downed in the 1991 Persian Gulf War is alive but that they believe Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has collected evidence that would solve one of the lingering mysteries of the war. Lt. Cmdr. Michael Scott Speicher, 33, who was downed on the first day of the air assault on Iraq, was officially reclassified from "killed in action" to "missing in action" this week. Fifteen U.S.
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December 25, 2000 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
When Imam Moustafa Al-Qazwini celebrates the end of the Muslim holy season of Ramadan on Wednesday, he will redouble the prayers he has said every day for the last 10 years. The Pomona cleric, the scion of a prominent religious family who left Iraq two decades ago, will ask God to bestow mercy on the Iraqi people suffering under the impact of American-led sanctions against the nation.
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November 6, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Iraq sent domestic passenger flights carrying 156 people into skies patrolled by U.S. and British warplanes, the first challenge of its kind to the "no-fly" zones that Iraq considers an infringement on its sovereignty. Iraq, which says the flights mark the resumption of regular passenger service, used converted cargo planes to take passengers to Basra in the southern no-fly zone and Mosul in the northern zone.
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