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October 11, 1990 | SUE ELLEN CHRISTIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Speaking softly in a voice that often broke, an American-born woman who fled Kuwait after the Aug. 2 Iraqi invasion told members of Congress about the scene at a hospital there: "We took our cousin, who was in labor, to Sabah Maternity Hospital. Upon our arrival, we saw a Kuwaiti woman at the front door--in hysterics, because she was in labor and they (Iraqi troops) would not allow her to enter," said Deborah Hadi, pausing to fight back a sob.
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February 20, 2001 | From Associated Press
An Iraqi newspaper on Monday threatened Kuwait and Saudi Arabia for abetting U.S. and British airstrikes on Iraq, as Israel and the United States began a Patriot missile exercise reminiscent of the Persian Gulf War. About 11,000 Iraqis marched Monday in the capital, some burning American, British and Israeli flags and carrying banners declaring that "aggression will not scare us and sanctions will not harm us"--the latest in daily rallies since Friday's attack.
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January 17, 1991 | JEFF KAYE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With hostilities under way, the continuation of commerce in the Mideast will depend on the calculations of London's war-risk underwriters, the insurance agents who are almost always willing to write a policy on the ships, planes and cargo that ply the waters and airspace of combat zones--if the price is right. The rates they set will determine where planes fly and ships cruise.
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February 10, 1998 | JOHN DANISZEWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In this city, where memories of Iraqi rapes and executions remain vivid, these are anxious days: Television is offering advice on how to seal rooms from poison-gas attacks, stores are packed with families stockpiling water and other essentials, and desert camps are being set up to cope with an expected tide of war refugees.
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July 8, 1992 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former U.S. ambassador to Bahrain in the Ronald Reagan Administration and two former executives of Conservative Digest have been charged with secretly taking $7.7 million from Kuwait to push for U.S. intervention against Iraq. An indictment unsealed Tuesday by federal prosecutors in Denver alleges that former Ambassador Sam Zakhem and two Colorado businessmen acted as secret agents for Kuwait and avoided U.S. income taxes in connection with the scheme.
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August 3, 1990 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Iraq's stunning invasion of Kuwait has, overnight, reordered the power balances of the Middle East from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean and reversed budding moves toward moderation and diplomacy in the 22-nation Arab bloc. Baghdad's lightning attack against the tiny northern state also has confronted President Bush with a set of unpalatable problems--ones that have few appealing options--in a region that remains critical to U.S. national security and economic stability.
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December 7, 1990 | PATRICK LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Oil prices continued to plunge Thursday, falling to their lowest levels since late August, in reaction to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's order to free all foreign hostages being held in Iraq and Kuwait. Traders read the news as a further sign that war and the consequent disruption of world oil supplies are not imminent. Light sweet crude oil for January delivery traded as low as $25.25 a barrel Thursday on the New York Mercantile Exchange before recovering to settle at $26.
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September 8, 1990 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The deposed emir of Kuwait pledged Friday to provide $5 billion over the rest of this year for the U.S.-led military and economic campaign against Iraq, and members of his exiled Cabinet urged Washington to use military force if economic pressures do not work soon. Secretary of State James A. Baker III announced Kuwait's commitment--split about evenly between support for U.S.
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September 6, 1990 | From Associated Press
Oil shortages from the embargo against Iraq and Kuwait may develop late this year, Bush Administration officials said Wednesday. "The last half of the fourth quarter gives us concern," Assistant Energy Secretary John J. Easton Jr. told the House Government Operations Committee. "We see the potential for greater uncertainty as winter develops."
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September 3, 1990 | NICK B. WILLIAMS Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
A high-level mission of U.S. senators Sunday called for patience in a military showdown to force Iraqi troops out of Kuwait, insisting that time is on the side of the American-dominated multinational forces. On the second leg of a Middle East tour, the 14-man Senate delegation led by Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Claiborne Pell (D-R.I.
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September 16, 1996 | JOHN DANISZEWSKI and ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Defense Secretary William J. Perry, on a Middle East tour to repair the fractured Persian Gulf War alliance, said Sunday that a deployment of several thousand U.S. troops to Kuwait has been delayed because the country's rulers have not given the go-ahead. The surprise hesitation by Kuwait to accept the new U.S.
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April 9, 1993 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The emir sent one of his best Boeing 747 passenger jets out for alterations this week--a royal bedroom suite, a formal dining room, several posh guest rooms and decor fit for a king. It was standard travel fare for the leader of one of the world's richest nations. But the jumbo jet that Sheik Jabbar al Ahmed al Sabah took out of service from the Kuwait Airlines fleet was not for the emir.
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January 21, 1993 | KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Amid the cacophony of tinkling teacups, beeping pagers, ringing cellular telephones and chatter that enlivens a Kuwaiti businessman's social evening, a palpable silence descended as--on a television screen at the front of a room here--George Bush waved a final farewell as U.S. President and mounted the steps to the plane that would take him from Washington. The burbling of the water pipes stopped. Several men put down their playing cards.
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July 8, 1992 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former U.S. ambassador to Bahrain in the Ronald Reagan Administration and two former executives of Conservative Digest have been charged with secretly taking $7.7 million from Kuwait to push for U.S. intervention against Iraq. An indictment unsealed Tuesday by federal prosecutors in Denver alleges that former Ambassador Sam Zakhem and two Colorado businessmen acted as secret agents for Kuwait and avoided U.S. income taxes in connection with the scheme.
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February 27, 1992 | NICK B. WILLIAMS Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
Allied warplanes streamed over a crowded shoreline Wednesday, notching up Kuwaiti confidence one year after the U.S.-led Desert Storm forces swept the Iraqi army out of the capital. For an emirate whose own military remains undermanned and marginally trained, the thundering Liberation Day parade of allied air power underscored the government's reliance on Western powers for its defense.
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October 5, 1991 | NICK B. WILLIAMS Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Ayatollah Musavi Ardebili, an Iranian hard-liner and regular U.S.-baiter at Tehran University prayer meetings, declared Friday that had Muslims risen against Americans during the Gulf War, Washington could not have secured naval and air force operating rights in Kuwait. For Ardebili and more moderate Iranian leaders, and for several Arab powers as well, the issue is who will control the Persian Gulf and its oil riches now that Iraq and its huge army have been taken out of the game.
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September 14, 1990 | DAVID LAUTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the Bush Administration backs away from talk of war with Iraq and emphasizes a long-term campaign of economic sanctions and international isolation, a vocal "war lobby" has emerged to press for more bellicose policies. Bush and his top aides now argue, at least publicly, that the United States should concentrate on using sanctions and diplomacy to prod Iraq into leaving Kuwait.
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September 5, 1990 | JAMES RISEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Bush Administration began asking its major economic allies Tuesday for at least $25 billion to help defray America's military expenses in the Persian Gulf and to aid countries that have been hit hard by the global trade embargo on Iraq and Kuwait. On orders from President Bush, Treasury Secretary Nicholas F. Brady led a delegation of top officials on a whirlwind tour to meet with leaders of France, Britain, South Korea and Japan to discuss the U.S. request.
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September 6, 1991 | MELISSA HEALY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The United States and Kuwait, erecting the first pillar of the Bush Administration's planned Persian Gulf security structure, have struck a 10-year agreement that will give U.S. troops, ships and warplanes access to Kuwaiti military facilities, the Pentagon announced Thursday. With the accord, Kuwait becomes the first Persian Gulf country to agree to the highly visible presence of U.S. military personnel on Middle East soil.
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June 12, 1991 | BETH HAWKINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Because of a lack of cooperation and support from the Kuwaiti government, putting out that nation's burning oil wells could take up to five years, oil field fire expert Red Adair told a congressional panel Tuesday. Kuwaiti officials estimated last month that the fires would be extinguished in a year or less.
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