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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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October 16, 2000 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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September 21, 2000 | MEGAN GARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dick Cheney, the Republican vice presidential nominee, accused the Clinton-Gore administration Wednesday of letting Saddam Hussein "slip off the hook" by failing to maintain the "robust" weapon-inspection program imposed upon Iraq after the Persian Gulf War. "We have not seen the kind of aggressive, effective leadership that President Bush provided . . . in terms of maintaining peace and civility in that part of the world," Cheney said at a boisterous campaign stop in Lancaster, Calif.
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September 15, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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August 14, 2000 | From Associated Press
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.
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August 8, 2000 | From Associated Press
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."
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May 21, 2000 | From Associated Press
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.
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March 25, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
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.
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