The Gulf: Saddam's Vip Guests

Among the spoils of war that fell into Iraq's hands when its troops stormed Kuwait were 17 prisoners who had been serving sentences ranging from five years to life in a Kuwait City jail. The convicts turned out to be a valuable prize. The 17, all linked to the Shi'ite terrorist group Islamic Jihad, were convicted for killing six people in the 1983 bombings of the U.S. and French embassies and other targets in the Kuwaiti capital. Islamic Jihad, which has ties to Iran, has repeatedly demanded freedom for the 17 prisoners as one of the conditions for the release of...

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