November 6, 2000 |
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.
October 16, 2000 |
For Bill Clinton and his weary advisors, it's a sobering thought: The president's foreign policy legacy may well be determined more by how he handles multiple crises during his last three months in office than by anything he's accomplished over the previous seven years.
September 15, 2000 |
The United States warned Iraq that it stood ready to use military force if Baghdad threatens its neighbors, after Iraq accused Kuwait of stealing its oil and an Iraqi jet violated Saudi airspace. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said Iraq's purpose may have been to confront the U.S. during the U.N. Millennium Summit. Speaking in New York, Albright warned Iraq that, if it rebuilt its arsenal or otherwise crossed U.S. "red lines," it risked a U.S. attack.
August 14, 2000 |
A second straight day of allied airstrikes over southern Iraq damaged a train station and several homes and injured at least three people, a senior Iraqi military officer said Sunday. The U.S. military said the aircraft targeted Iraqi air defense sites. British and U.S. warplanes attacked targets Saturday in Samawa, 170 miles south of Baghdad, a day after airstrikes in the same city that Iraq said killed two people and injured 19 others. Lt.
August 8, 2000 |
Police arrested 104 people Monday as they sat down in front of the White House to protest the crippling decade-old international sanctions against Iraq. Many of the 250 demonstrators at the White House and Treasury Department chanted, "Stop the killing of Iraqi children." Some held aloft loaves of bread and others held signs reading "Iraqi children Holocaust II" and "Remember Iraq."
May 21, 2000 |
The five nuclear powers on the Security Council agreed Saturday to eliminate their nuclear arsenals as part of a disarmament agenda agreed to by 187 countries. The agreement by the signatories to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, or NPT, was reached after all-night deliberations and intense pressure on Iraq and the United States to settle a dispute over Baghdad's compliance with U.N. sanctions.
March 25, 2000 |
The United States agreed Friday to double the amount of money Iraq is allowed to spend repairing its oil industry and lifted "holds" on more than $100 million in electrical equipment, vehicles, truck batteries and other items destined for Iraq under an exemption to U.N. sanctions. The U.S. action came as the U.N. Security Council began an assessment of the humanitarian needs of ordinary Iraqis after nearly a decade of sanctions imposed in response to Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait.
March 23, 2000 |
Iraqis wept and demanded revenge Wednesday for a mortar strike on a Baghdad apartment building that killed at least four people, an attack that officials blamed on Iran and the United States. A senior Iraqi leader said that warming ties between Iran and the U.S. encouraged "Persian agents" to attack a residential quarter in the capital late Tuesday. Thirty-eight people were injured. "Revenge! Revenge! Revenge!" weeping women shouted as an angry crowd carried coffins through the streets.
March 1, 2000 |
Calling him a "mad dictator," the State Department said Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has been building palaces worth billions of dollars for himself and his supporters while protesting that his country is being impoverished by U.N. economic sanctions. In addition, U.S. spokesman James P.
February 4, 2000 |
Faced with a sharp increase in smuggling of Iraqi oil in defiance of a U.N. embargo, the U.S. Navy seized a Russian-flagged tanker in the Persian Gulf and ordered it to port, where chemical tests can be made to determine the origin of its cargo, the Clinton administration said Thursday. The Russian Foreign Ministry protested the seizure and demanded immediate release of the ship and its crew. Moscow said the cargo was from Iran, not Iraq. However, U.S.