Saddam Tests the Limits of Victory

Bombs push him into a cease-fire -- at the price of straining U.S. alliances

THE FIRST BOMBS ACCOMPLISHED LITTLE, SO U.S. warships on Sunday fired Tomahawk cruise missiles at an Iraqi industrial park near Baghdad that Washington said housed a nuclear facility. Then came more bombs on Monday and Tuesday, dropped on missile batteries and air defenses in or near the northern no-fly zone that protects Kurds against Saddam Hussein's warplanes. On Tuesday Iraq declared a "cease-fire" as a gesture of "good intentions" toward incoming U.S. President Bill Clinton. It claimed to be sticking to it even after U.S. jets, fired on while flying through the northern exclusion zone both Thursday and Friday, attacked radar...

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