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June 19, 1988
Spanish authorities searched for three suspected terrorists who opened fire on police after a motorcycle bomb they apparently were rigging exploded prematurely on the beach three miles from in the U.S. Navy base in the Atlantic coastal town of Rota, officials said. Authorities were alerted to the trio when a caller reported an explosion near off-base housing for U.S. military personnel near the beach. Also nearby is a battery of Spanish navy coastal artillery set up to defend the base.
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September 29, 1988 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, Times Staff Writer
Secretary of State George P. Shultz and Spanish Foreign Minister Francisco Fernandez-Ordonez agreed Wednesday on a new defense treaty that will permit the United States to maintain two air bases and a naval facility in Spain for the next eight years. State Department spokesman Charles Redman said that for the first time since U.S.
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NEWS
June 5, 1988
The Italian Cabinet approved a proposal to relocate 72 U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter planes to Italy from Spain, which has asked that they be moved in three years. The decision, announced by Prime Minister Ciriaco De Mita's coalition government, must be approved by Parliament, where it will run into strong left-wing opposition. North Atlantic Treaty Organization defense ministers agreed in principle last month to rebase the 401st Tactical Fighter Wing in Italy.
NEWS
June 19, 1988
Spanish authorities searched for three suspected terrorists who opened fire on police after a motorcycle bomb they apparently were rigging exploded prematurely on the beach three miles from in the U.S. Navy base in the Atlantic coastal town of Rota, officials said. Authorities were alerted to the trio when a caller reported an explosion near off-base housing for U.S. military personnel near the beach. Also nearby is a battery of Spanish navy coastal artillery set up to defend the base.
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January 16, 1988 | JOHN M. BRODER, Times Staff Writer
The United States will reluctantly withdraw 72 F-16 jet fighter planes from Spain within three years under an agreement announced Friday, a move that Pentagon officials said would "leave a hole" in the defense of southern Europe that will not be filled any time soon. The United States is removing the planes--which constitute the 401st Tactical Fighter Wing--at the insistence of Spanish Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez, who was fulfilling a domestic political pledge to reduce the highly visible U.
NEWS
May 27, 1988
Defense ministers of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization agreed to transfer 72 U.S. F-16 fighter jets from Spain to Italy and to pay for the relocation with NATO infrastructure funds. Gen. Wolfgang Altenburg, chairman of NATO's military committee, said that the panel had recommended Italy as "the only suitable country." West German Defense Minister Rupert Scholz said the ministers unanimously approved the recommendation during a meeting in Brussels.
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March 17, 1987 | United Press International
Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger met with Spanish officials Monday in a bid to break a deadlock in negotiations on the future of American military bases in Spain. Spain has warned that it will expel all U.S. forces unless an agreement on reducing their numbers is reached before the end of the year. On his arrival Sunday night, Weinberger said he hoped for an "improvement in conditions" during his two-day visit, but he has made no further statements to reporters.
NEWS
June 5, 1988
The Italian Cabinet approved a proposal to relocate 72 U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter planes to Italy from Spain, which has asked that they be moved in three years. The decision, announced by Prime Minister Ciriaco De Mita's coalition government, must be approved by Parliament, where it will run into strong left-wing opposition. North Atlantic Treaty Organization defense ministers agreed in principle last month to rebase the 401st Tactical Fighter Wing in Italy.
NEWS
May 27, 1988
Defense ministers of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization agreed to transfer 72 U.S. F-16 fighter jets from Spain to Italy and to pay for the relocation with NATO infrastructure funds. Gen. Wolfgang Altenburg, chairman of NATO's military committee, said that the panel had recommended Italy as "the only suitable country." West German Defense Minister Rupert Scholz said the ministers unanimously approved the recommendation during a meeting in Brussels.
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May 25, 1988 | MELISSA HEALY, Times Staff Writer
Defense ministers of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, meeting in Brussels this week, are expected to formally ask Italy to provide a base for a U.S. jet fighter wing that recently was ordered to leave Spain, the Pentagon's second-ranking official told Congress on Tuesday. A move toward resolving the fate of the wing, in the light of U.S. threats to disband it if a new base is not found soon, would defuse a potentially divisive squabble among NATO allies on the eve of the U.S.
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January 22, 1988 | JOHN M. BRODER, Times Staff Writer
The Administration, about to deliver an ultimatum to its North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies, said Thursday that the United States will bring 72 F-16 fighter planes expelled from Spain back to the United States and disband the unit unless NATO finds a new home for the jets and pays relocation costs. Angry U.S.
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January 16, 1988 | JOHN M. BRODER, Times Staff Writer
The United States will reluctantly withdraw 72 F-16 jet fighter planes from Spain within three years under an agreement announced Friday, a move that Pentagon officials said would "leave a hole" in the defense of southern Europe that will not be filled any time soon. The United States is removing the planes--which constitute the 401st Tactical Fighter Wing--at the insistence of Spanish Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez, who was fulfilling a domestic political pledge to reduce the highly visible U.
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