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March 24, 2008 | Ned Parker, Times Staff Writer
Among the service members who have died since the conflict began in March 2003, the stories of several have lingered in the minds of Times reporters and photographers, even if they weren't necessarily close to them. -- In the first days of the Marine offensive on Fallouja in November 2004, Lance Cpl. George J. Payton of the 3-5 Marines wondered why his unit wasn't getting any action.
April 18, 1986 | DAVID JOHNSTON, Times Staff Writer
Sit back, and watch America wither. The flame of liberty flickers today because too many Americans have withdrawn from active citizenship and too many ignore the wretched poverty and violence of the growing underclass. Without leaders who will inspire solutions to the problems of the underclass, its seething hatreds could spark widespread urban warfare, creating "Beirut in Berkeley" as one speaker put it.
July 10, 1985 | DAN WILLIAMS, Times Staff Writer
Casualties declined among El Salvador's armed forces in the 12 months ending June 30 despite an increase in military offensives against leftist guerrillas, the country's Defense Minister said Tuesday. It was the second year in a row that the total number of dead, wounded and missing officially fell in the five-year-old civil war. The claims were made in the annual report of Gen. Carlos Vides Casanova to El Salvador's National Assembly.
March 8, 2001
Ariel Sharon has been installed as Israel's prime minister, together with an oversize multi-party Cabinet that many expect to behave more like a large, dysfunctional family than a smooth-running government. Its members range from dovish Foreign Minister Shimon Peres on the left to Tourism Minister Rehavam Zeevi--who advocates expelling all Palestinians from the West Bank--on the lunatic right. Sharon calls it a national unity government.
October 2, 1990
Diplomatic Front: Iraqi President Saddam Hussein followed up a call for dialogue by announcing he will release nine Frenchmen who had been held as "foreign guests." President Bush, meanwhile, told the U.N. General Assembly that all nations hope military force will not be required to drive Iraq from Kuwait. But he won applause by vowing anew that the annexation of Kuwait "will not stand." At a U.N.
The U.S. Marine Corps conceded defeat Friday in its battle to stage a large-scale experimental military exercise in the Presidio, the onetime Army fort that is now a national park. The Marines' War Fighting Laboratory had planned to land 700 troops on the beach March 15 near the Golden Gate Bridge for four days of exercises meant to test fighting skills and state-of-the-art equipment for urban warfare in the 21st century.
October 30, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Scalding steam spewed from a ruptured boiler pipe on the helicopter carrier Iwo Jima in the Persian Gulf today, killing eight sailors and critically injuring two others. That accident and the death of a Marine when his jeep overturned in Saudi Arabia boosted the number of U.S. military deaths to 41 during the nearly three-month-old Operation Desert Shield without a shot being fired.
November 10, 2004
Re "Rumsfeld Looks to Military Success to 'Tip' Iraqi Opinion," Nov. 9: In April, fearful that the assault on Fallouja would result in more casualties than Americans could stomach, and thus derail his campaign, President Bush pulled the troops back. Throughout the campaign, Bush continually assured his supporters in every stump speech that "progress is being made in Iraq." Interim Iraqi leader Iyad Allawi was in the United States, saying that the chaos we saw daily in Iraq was overstated.
August 22, 2011 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
The revolt against Moammar Kadafi was born in the eastern city of Benghazi, long a caldron of discontent with the autocratic ruler. The uprising gained traction during bloody spring battles in coastal Misurata, Libya's third-largest city, where residents barricaded streets with shipping containers in ferocious urban warfare. But it is a rebel thrust from the west that may prove decisive in bringing an end to Kadafi's more than four-decade reign. Photos: Conflict in Libya The push by guerrilla fighters from Libya's isolated Berber highlands, the rugged Nafusa Mountains near the Tunisian border, was one front too many for Kadafi's depleted and sometimes demoralized forces.
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