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18 Sep 1996 description

(At least 39,000 Iraqi Kurds have fled into Iran, says UNHCR) (400)

By Wendy Lubetkin

17 Sep 1996 description
report Associated Press

By GEORGE GEDDA

WASHINGTON (AP) -- More than 2,000 Iraqi refugees are due to be on U.S. soil in the Pacific by Thursday even as the United States struggles to resettle thousands of other Iraqi dissidents stranded at refugee camps since the Persian Gulf War.

Under the new program, U.S.-sponsored charter flights are expected to evacuate 2,075 Iraqis to Guam from their temporary refuge in southeastern Turkey.

About half that number had worked on U.S.

17 Sep 1996 description
report The Washington Post

UNITED NATIONS As the United States and Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's government continue their confrontation over northern Iraq, concern is growing here that the U.N.-sponsored food-for-oil deal, designed to relieve suffering by the Iraqi masses, may become a permanent casualty of the dispute.

U.N.

16 Sep 1996 description

1. DIPLOMATIC REACTIONS

16 Sep 1996 description

The U.S. Committe for Refugees today called upon the U.S. government to extend it offer of protection to Iraqi Kurds who worked for American nongovernmental organizations providing humanitarian assistance in the "safe area" of northern Iraq.

16 Sep 1996 description

Fighting in Northern Iraq has displaced hundreds of thousands of Kurds -- many of them toward Iran -- in a mountainous region where harsh winters come very early. The situation is fluid, and there is hope that the displaced will be able to return to their homes shortly, when the factional struggle in Iraq settles down and fighting ceases.

16 Sep 1996 description
report The New York Times

DOHUK, Iraq -- As local employees of U.S.

13 Sep 1996 description

AKRON, Pa. -- The recent escalation of violence in Iraq will only further deepen Iraqi people's suffering, say Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) workers.

13 Sep 1996 description

This report includes: A) Liberia B) Burundi, Rwanda, Zaire and Tanzania C) Iraq D) Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

13 Sep 1996 description

1. UN SECRETARIAT NEWS

12 Sep 1996 description
report Voice of America

DATE=9/12/96
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-203013
TITLE=KURDS / U-S (L)
BYLINE=LAURIE KASSMAN
DATELINE=VAKHO, NORTHERN IRAQ
CONTENT=

12 Sep 1996 description
report Associated Press

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) -- The Kurds in northern Iraq are no fans of President Saddam Hussein, but they applaud his decision to end trade and travel restrictions that limited their movements for the past five years.

12 Sep 1996 description
report Times

FROM MICHAEL THEODOULOU IN NICOSIA

12 Sep 1996 description
report The New York Times

WASHINGTON -- With the allied relief effort in northern Iraq in disarray, the Clinton administration is looking for ways to end its direct role in providing food, shelter and other aid to the Kurds, leaving it instead to relief groups and international organizations like the United Nations, administration officials said Wednesday.

The officials insisted that the United States would not abandon its commitment to aid Kurdish civilians in the future. And they vowed that U.S.

11 Sep 1996 description

The U.S. Committee for Refugees (USCR) today called upon the Islamic Republic of Iran to continue its tradition of hospitality and to keep its borders open to Kurdish refugees from Iraq. In addition, USCR calls on the international community to recognize the tremendous burden that a large-scale influx would place on Iran, and to assist Iran in coping
with the costs.

11 Sep 1996 description
report Times

BY MICHAEL THEODOULOU IN NICOSIA AND OUR FOREIGN STAFF

THOUSANDS of Kurds fled towards Iran yesterday as Iraq gloated that the victory of its Kurdish militia allies in the city of Sulaimaniya had restored Baghdad's power over the north and humiliated the United States.

Tehran implored the world to help it to cope with the exodus, saying that nearly 200,000 refugees were threatening to swamp its border. The United Nations said it expected 75,000 refugees to converge on the inhospitable mountainous frontier.