November 27, 1990 – Iraq: Moving Closer To A High-Noon Ultimatum
November 27. 1990 -News for this day was about the crisis in the Persian Gulf. The United Nations began taking evidence of alleged Iraqi torture, executions and looting in Kuwait and was moving closer to a “high-noon” ultimatum to Sadaam Hussein. The UN Security Council was expected to approve a resolution telling Baghdad to get out of Kuwait or be pushed out. Sources close to the Kremlin were said to favor a January 15th deadline, although the U. S. was favoring January 1st. The Draft UN Resolution didn’t specifically mention force, but authorized member states to use all necessary means to enforce earlier resolutions and restore International peace and security to the area if Iraq did not withdraw.
Meanwhile, three Americans, ten Britons and five Germans arrived in Amman Jordan from Baghdad. The Americans relatives had made personal pleas to Saddam Hussein the day before. Five more Americans and fifty-eight Britons held as human shields had been quietly brought from Kuwait to Baghdad. Diplomats speculated they may have been moved north because of the threat of a U.S. attack from Kuwait, or as bargaining chips in Saddam Hussein’s Hostage Bazaar.
Inspectors for the International Atomic Energy Agency said they found no evidence that Iraq was diverting nuclear material from its civilian research program to military uses.
There was a shakeup at the top of the Desert Shield command. Vice-Admiral Henry Mauz, commander-in-chief of U.S.-Persian Gulf naval forces was being relieved by vice-Admiral Stanley Arthur. The announcement gave no reason for the abrupt change.
In South Lebanon earlier this day, five Israeli soldiers were killed in what some were calling another suicide bombing. Sources said the clash took place when Israeli soldiers, waiting in ambush inside Israel‘s self-imposed Lebanese buffer zone noticed four gunmen heading south toward Israeli territory. A fire-fight ensued and when it was over, five Israelis and two of the guerrillas were dead. Israeli Military sources said the soldiers were killed by explosives were carried by one of the gunmen, though it was unclear if it was a suicide attack.
And that’s just a little of what went on, this November 27, 1990 as reported by The CBS World News Roundup.