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   Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - October 11, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana                                Vol 144 No 38 ay Oct 50 cants keeps its fists clenched No evidence Iraq has pulled back WASHINGTON AP Refusing to take Saddam Hussein at his word Presi dent Clinton vowed today to stay on course with bolstered firepower despite claims from Bagh dad that it pulled back ifrom the border of oilrich Kuwait In a brief statement before making a political trip to Michigan Clinton said there was no evidence of an Iraqi withdrawal His foreign policy advisers said Iraqi troops were still mov ing south toward Kuwait There has been no change in the pattern of Iraqi activity from yester day so we will continue with our Clinton said We will just simply stay on course and judge what we should do as events Several administration officials speaking on con dition of anonymity cau tioned against making a judgment on Iraqs intentions before more details were available later today One senior aide said no new Iraqi units were on the move and Iraqis movements southward today are not com pletely He said the United States realizes theres a certain momentum to military units and Im not surprised about Said Clinton Im quite encouraged about the direc Soldier from the 24th Infantry Division at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah cleans grenade launcher on his M16 rifle prior to leaving for Kuwait Monday AP photo tion of Iraqs ambassador to the Nizar Hamdoon said all Iraqi troops have moved to the norm except f6r hvo regiments that will IfaVein the next 24 I dont know why U3 administratipn is ly frying to cover Up ori this Iraqi he told CNN In 24 hours there will be nothing Defense Secretary William Perry predicted Monday night that Iraq would withdraw its troops Looking ahead officials were consid ering asking the United Nations to make a wide zone near the Kuwaiti bor der offlimits Madeleine Albright ambassador to the United National told CBS it is imperative that steps be taken to ensure that Sad dam cannot continue to mess with us all the Clinton who has talked to several world leaders in the last 24 hours said Britain has promised more troops and planes We received strong support from the international he said His comments came just hours after he doubled airpower in the Gulf and told Americans in a prime time address that Iraqi leader Saddam cannot be trust ed Its business as usual at Grissom At Dhahran Saudi Arabia Air F16 Falcon fighters F15E Strike Eagk ground attack Jets F15C fighters tankkillers F4Q Wild Weasel air defense suppression jets EF111 electronic jamming aircraft FiQhtnM rllOOn At Inclrllk airbasft Turkey Air Force longrange bombers andEF111A electronic jammers tankers British Royal Air Force squadron of GR1A lowlevel reconnaissance Tornados and GR1 fighterbombers VC10 tankers Air Force topline Mirage 2000 fighters tankers hfAIr Force Mirage F1 fighters British Royal Air Force 8 Jaguar strike jets 2 VC10 tankers Navy George Washington San Jacinto Barry ship Kalamazoo In the Persian Gulf Air Force GRISSOM AIR RESERVE BASE Ind As of this morning the 434th Air Refueling Wing has not been called to assist in operations at Kuwait according to Gary Lockard 434th public affairs We have no tasking Its just business as normal for Lockard said He added at this point they have no way of knowing if the 434tn would be called Active duty and reservists from the former Grissom Air Force Base were deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm According to Lockard ther434ths portion of the Haiti operation has been completed The 434th flew air refueling mis sions Sept 1621 in support of the deployment of troops to Haiti F117A Stealth tighterbomber AWACs At Khamis Mushayt F117A Stealth fighterbombers E3 AWACs airborne warning planes At Riyadh tankers AtTaif or two U2 spy planes JStars radar aircraft Navy Leyte Gulf Hewitt Davis Reid and Hall North Arabian Sea Amphibious Ready Group Tripoli Cleveland Fort McHenry and Rushmore ships Mars Pecos Poxhatan and McDonnell British Royal Navy warships Type42 destroyer HMS Liverpool Broadswordclass frigate HMS Cornwall supply ship the Brambleleaf Saddam skirted to rebuild army WASHINGTON AP The over whelming advantage that and allied forces held over Saddam Husseins army during the 1991 Gulf War is even more overwhelming today But that doesnt mean Iraqs best forces would be an instant pushover Saddams announced decision to pull his Republican Guard forces away from the Kuwaiti border area appears to remove at least for now the threat of renewed conflict with a military coalition operating in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia Even so the sudden and swift buildup of Iraqi forces near the demilitarized zone that separates Kuwait and Iraq has put a spotlight on Saddams ability to rebuild his warravaged army in spite of interna tional trade sanctions Rep Ike Skelton a member of the House Armed Services Committee said Monday the best estimates are that the Iraqi army is now equal to about 60 percent of its strength at the outbreak of the Gulf War in January 1991 He started rebuilding immedi Skelton said in an interview With relatively thin Kuwaiti ground forces to defend against a sudden and fullscale attack by Iraq Saddams forces almost certainly could have penetrated deep into die tiny emirate before enough reinforce ments arrived to roll them back But hes not going to get it in one like he cfid in 1990 said Harry Summers a retired Army colonel and a distinguished fellow at the Army War College Theres no doubt that he has a considerable force Summers said but the edge in quality of forces is A leaner meaner fighting Kenneth Zimmerman author swoop even more pronounced now than last time The big advantage for Kuwait and its defenders this time is that and allied air ground and marine forces are within easier reach and Iraqs forces are thinner Retired Air Force Col Sam Gardiner estimated that a single Republican Guard division representing the besttrained and bestequipped of Iraqs land forces has about onethird the combat strength of a single Army division The Defense Department a year ago estimated that Iraqs army had shrunk from about 1 mil lion troops at the time Kuwait was invaded in August 1990 to about and that the number of tanks had dropped from to about It is believed Iraq still has a large num ber probably more than 100 Scud surfacetosurface missiles that have enough range to threaten the whole region Iraqs air force was grounded during the Gulf War by a greatly superior allied fleet Some of Iraqs modern planes were destroyed and some fled to Iran but the bulk of the force was preserved The Pentagon estimates the Iraqi air force now includes at least 300 combat aircraft plus several hundred helicopters Kenneth Zimmerman author of The Death Lobby How the West Armed wrote recently in the Wall Street Journal that Saddam has gotten around the sanctions by importing tanks from China and Russia buying military spare parts from Bulgaria and negotiating with European nations to rebuild his Mirage jet fighters The military has emerged as a leaner and meaner fighting Zimmer man wrote Inside Local A musical benefit for We Care An Evening with Bill Murphy is planned Nov 45 Page A2 Sports Threehundredpound John Hot Plate Williams is wet ting Pacers coaches appetites Page A7 Also Inside Business Classified Local Barking dog alerts two in burning mobile home A cocker spaniel was credited with saving the lives of two Howard County residents after their mobile home was destroyed by fire early this morning Damon and Debra Harp were awakened about 2 today by their barking dog alerting them to a fire in their home at 4771 E Road 300 South Indian Heights Volun teer fireman Aaron Ashburn said He said the couple did have a working smoke detector which was going off The couple escaped the trailer unharmed and were checked for smoke inhalation by para medics Ashburn said The dog also escaped the blaze unharmed The fire which destroyed the trailer and contents was believed to be the result of an electrical short in the bedroom Ashburn said Damon Harp was believed to be ill and was on oxygen at the time but Ash burn said it was not believed to be a factor in the fire Damage to the trailer and its contents was estimated at reports said Green town Sharspsville and Harrison Township volunteer fire departments were called in for tanker support and assistance Ashburn said Firefighters were on the scene until according to reports An Indian Heights firefighter pulls debris away from a burning mobile home near Taylor High School where two people and a dog escaped without injury early this morning Tribune photo by Tim Bath Chrysler profits up 54 percent HIGHLAND PARK Mich AP Chrysler third quarter profit climbed 54 percertt to million reflecting strong demand for its new models and reduced spending on rebates and other sales inducements The third biggest automaker said today that its earnings for July through Sep tember amounted to a share Chrysler earned mil lion or a share in the same period a year ago Revenue totaled billion a record for a Chrysler third quar ter and billion ahead o last years billion Chryslers spending on rebates and other inducements to buyers fell to per vehicle during the quarter down from a year ago and in this years second quarter Chairman Robert Eaton said the profits reflected strong demand for such vehicles as the Dodge and Plymouth Neon Jeep Grand Cherokee Dodge Ram and Chrysler minivans   

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