August 8, 2011
Iraqi vows attack if U.S. troops stay BAGHDAD - A powerful anti-American Shiite cleric in Iraq threatened Sunday that U.S. forces that stay past the Dec. 31 withdrawal deadline are fair game for attack. Iraqi officials, worried about a potential backlash if U.S. troops remain in the country, have tried to portray any U.S. force that does not withdraw as trainers of the still-growing Iraqi military rather than as combat troops. Muqtada al-Sadr's comments suggested that even a limited training mandate would not be acceptable to his Shiite militia, which has stepped up rocket and bomb attacks against U.S. forces as the December deadline approaches.
May 19, 1987 |
The Pentagon today said 37 people were killed in the attack Sunday on the USS Stark in the Persian Gulf. Cmdr. Robert Prucha said 22 of the victims have been positively identified, and 15 are missing and presumed dead. He could not say whether the dead were lost overboard or still in the wreckage. "It could be a little bit of both," he said. "We don't have any information right now. " As a result of the devastating Iraqi attack on the U.S. warship, President Reagan yesterday put the forces in the Gulf on heightened alert and warned both Iran and Iraq their jets will be shot down if they threaten other U.S. ships.
September 28, 1987 |
Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger called yesterday for an immediate international arms embargo against Iran that would "dry up" the country's access to weapons and force it to abandon its seven-year-old war against Iraq. Weinberger, stopping in Bahrain near the end of a five-day tour of the Persian Gulf region, described the regime of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini as "irrational and fanatical" and said that ultimately "there will need to be a totally different kind of government in Iran.
May 18, 1987 |
The bodies of 25 servicemen were found today in a fire-swept compartment of the guided-missile frigate Stark, raising the death toll to 28 in the first attack on an American warship in the 6 1/2-year-old Persian Gulf war. Twenty-one others were reported injured. A White House spokesman said the Iraqi government had expressed "profound" regret for the attack, which occurred yesterday as the Stark was on routine patrol about 85 miles northeast of Bahrain. Officials said the Stark was hit by at least one and possibly two French- made Exocet missiles fired by Iraqi warplanes in "a case of mistaken identity.
March 10, 1991 |
He hadn't been home from the Persian Gulf five hours when U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman Theodore Waters answered another call of duty. He jumped into the Schuylkill to try to save a woman who had thrown herself off the Grays Ferry Bridge. The 24-year-old paramedic, who had spent two months in the gulf with the Navy Amphibious Medical Support Group in Bahrain, said he was on his way to surprise his mother and grandmother at church about 1:30 p.m. It was just hours after he had stepped off a C-141 military transport plane at Philadelphia International Airport.
November 22, 2008 |
Tabloid says Jacko now Muslim named Mikaeel The Way You Mecca Me Feel. That's the clever headline of a tale in Britain's imaginative tabloid, the Sun, that claims Michael Jackson, who has spent quality time in Bahrain, has converted to Islam. (Not that there's anything wrong with that. Right?) Citing anon sources, the Sun says M.J., raised as a Jehovah's Witness, also has altered his name to Mikaeel after an angel revered in Islam. M.J.'s bro, Jermaine Friday, who is a Muslim, last year said the deposed King of Pop was interested in Islam.
November 2, 1992 |
Eamon Luke Beckett, 33, an architect who transformed the Arch Street offices of the organization ActionAIDS, died Thursday of complicatons from AIDS. Mr. Beckett, an interior architect, went to work for Diversified Interior Design after arriving in Philadelphia in 1981. Not long after he was diagnosed with AIDS in 1986, he left his job and devoted himself to improving the lives of others afflicted with the disease. The design of the ActionAIDS office was part of that effort. "Luke's point of view was that people with AIDS deserved to have a place that was decent to come to, that was theirs," said the Rev. James H. Littrell, executive director of the Philadelphia AIDS Consortium.
April 20, 2006 |
It's the morning after. Morning after news of TomKat's spawn and Brooke Shields' baby tsunamied the Gossip Compound. So while we all regroup - and wait to see if Iran steps up its nuclear program in retaliation for TomKat's appropriation of the Persian name Suri - it's time to go into TomKat withdrawal and look for bits from elsewhere in Gossipland. The great birth Like Michelangelo, Tom Cruise has, through special-order modeling clay Katie Holmes, sculpted his first masterpiece, Suri.
January 4, 2003 |
White House rules out bargaining with N. Korea The Bush administration yesterday ruled out striking a bargain with North Korea to freeze its nuclear weapons program or offering any other incentive to end the threat. North Korea agreed in 1994 to suspend the program, and "we are not willing to bargain or negotiate over commitments that have been made before," State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said. As South Korea suggested compromise and North Korea revived its demand for a nonaggression treaty with the United States, Boucher said, "We are looking for North Korea to visibly and verifiably dismantle its nuclear programs.
September 25, 2010
The NHL on Friday suspended Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Nick Boynton for the regular-season opener for making a throat-slashing gesture during a preseason game against Tampa Bay. Boynton was given a game misconduct for unsportsmanlike behavior after the incident in the second period of Wednesday's game in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The NHL says he made the gesture toward Lightning player Blair Jones . Boynton will miss the Blackhawks' season opener at Colorado on Oct. 7. The NHL said that he will forfeit $2,688 of his salary.