Highway of Death This article is about the road between Kuwait and Basra. For the Road of Death in Bolivia, see Yungas Road. For other similarly named roads, see Slaughter alley. The Highway of Death refers to a six-lane highway between Kuwait and Iraq, officially known as Highway 80. It runs from Kuwait City to the border town of Safwan in Iraq and then on to the Iraqi city of Basra. During the United Nations coalition offensive in the Persian Gulf War, American and Canadian aircraft and ground forces attacked retreating Iraqi military personnel and others attempting to leave Kuwait on the night of February 26–27, 1991, resulting in the destruction of hundreds of vehicles and the deaths of many of their occupants. The scenes of devastation on the road are some of the most recognizable images of the war, and were publicly cited as a factor in President George H. Highway(s) of Death Highway 80 Two Iraqi T-54/55 tanks lie abandoned near Kuwait City on February 26, 1991 Highway 8
61bde04cf World War II "Time Capsule" Fighter Found in Sahara Photograph by Jakub Perka, BNPS Recently discovered in Egypt by an oil-exploration team, a World War II fighter plane called "the aviation equivalent of Tutankhamun's tomb" bears the scars of 70 years in the Sahara desert —but is nevertheless considered to be in "time capsule" condition. "I've never seen anything like it," said Ian Thirsk, head of collections at the Royal Air Force (RAF) Museum in London. The Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk is "the best preserved example of a Second World War aircraft I've seen for many, many years." The plane's pilot is thought to have been Flt. Sgt. (Related pictures: "World War II 'Samurai Subs' Found-Carried Aircraft." ) — James Owen in London
NZ navy barred from boarding boats in fishing stand-off 14 January 2015Last updated at 03:32 ET The New Zealand navy released what it said was photographic evidence of illegal fishing The New Zealand navy is engaged in a stand-off with two boats thought to be illegally fishing toothfish in the Southern Ocean. Naval patrol vessel HMNZS Wellington had been monitoring the vessels which are sailing under the flag of Equatorial Guinea, the foreign minister said. Overnight authorities in Guinea gave New Zealand permission to board them. But crew members barred authorities from boarding the vessels. Foreign Minister Murray McCully said the HMNZS Wellington tried to board the ships which was its "legitimate right", but the vessels refused to co-operate. "Due to the conditions and the evasive tactics of the masters, it was not possible to safely board these vessels." The HMNZS Wellington (left) has been monitoring the fishing vessels The area is protected and regulated - only certain countries are allowed to fish here
Upper West Side Like the Upper East Side, the Upper West Side is an upscale, primarily residential area with many of its residents working in more commercial areas in Midtown and Lower Manhattan. It has the reputation of being home to New York City's cultural, intellectual hub (with Columbia University located at the north end of the neighborhood), and artistic workers (with Lincoln Center located at the south end), while the Upper East Side is traditionally perceived to be home to commercial and business types. The neighborhood is also abbreviated "UWS". Geography Morningside Heights, just west of Harlem, is the site of the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, Columbia University, Barnard College, Bank Street College of Education, the National Council of Churches, Union Theological Seminary, Manhattan School of Music, Teachers College and Jewish Theological Seminary of America, as well as Grant's Tomb and Riverside Church. History Native American and colonial use Enclaves
The First Gulf War - Short History - Department History - Office of the Historian The First Gulf War Of all the policy successes during this era, the Department of State and President Bush are most clearly associated with the successful effort to roll back the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. President G. H.W. Bush visiting the Troops during the First Gulf War When Saddam Hussein invaded his small, oil-rich neighbor in the summer of 1990, the Department faced its first full-scale post-Cold War international crisis. During the Gulf crisis, Secretary of State Baker relied heavily on two men—John Bolton, Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, who played a significant role in coordinating relations with the United Nations, and Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Robert Kimmitt, who was Baker’s day-to-day crisis manager. Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, John Bolton Iraq was not the only trouble spot in the Middle East during Bush’s four years in office.
Ancient City Found in India, Irradiated from Atomic Blast Radiation still so intense, the area is highly dangerous. A heavy layer of radioactive ash in Rajasthan, India, covers a three-square mile area, ten miles west of Jodhpur. Scientists are investigating the site, where a housing development was being built. For some time it has been established that there is a very high rate of birth defects and cancer in the area under construction. The Mahabharata clearly describes a catastrophic blast that rocked the continent. "A single projectile charged with all the power in the Universe…An incandescent column of smoke and flame as bright as 10,000 suns, rose in all its splendor…it was an unknown weapon, an iron thunderbolt, a gigantic messenger of death which reduced to ashes an entire race." A Historian Comments Historian Kisari Mohan Ganguli says that Indian sacred writings are full of such descriptions, which sound like an atomic blast as experienced in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Archeological Investigation provides information Bibliography 1. Backlinks
Military history of Australia during the Vietnam War The withdrawal of Australia's forces from South Vietnam began in November 1970 when 8 RAR completed its tour of duty and was not replaced. A phased withdrawal followed, and by 11 January 1973 Australian involvement in hostilities in Vietnam had ceased. Nevertheless, Australian troops from the Australian Embassy Platoon remained deployed in the country until 1 July 1973, and Australian forces were deployed briefly in April 1975, during the Fall of Saigon, to evacuate personnel from the Australian embassy. Approximately 60,000 Australians served in the war; 521 were killed and more than 3,000 were wounded. Background Main article: Vietnam War By 1962 the situation in South Vietnam had become bad enough that Diem submitted a request for assistance to the United States and its allies in order to counter the growing insurgency and the threat that it posed to South Vietnam's security. Australia's military involvement Australian advisors, 1962–65 Timeline Notes
Sikh This article is about the Sikh people. For information about the Sikh religion, see Sikhism. A Sikh (/siːk, sɪk/; Punjabi: ਸਿੱਖ sikkh [sɪkkʰ]) is a follower of Sikhism, a monotheistic religion which originated during the 15th century in the Punjab region of South Asia. The term "Sikh" has its origin in the Sanskrit words शिष्य (śiṣya; disciple, student) or शिक्ष (śikṣa; instruction). A Sikh, according to Article I of the Sikh Rehat Maryada (the Sikh code of conduct), is "any human being who faithfully believes in One Immortal Being; ten Gurus, from Guru Nanak to Guru Gobind Singh; Guru Granth Sahib; the teachings of the ten Gurus and the baptism bequeathed by the tenth Guru". "Sikh" properly refers to adherents of Sikhism as a religion, not an ethnic group. However, because Sikhism has seldom sought converts, most Sikhs share strong ethno-religious ties. §History Ranjit Singh, founder of the Sikh Confederacy, in an early 19th-century gathering §Five Ks
U.S. Conspiracy to Initiate the War Against Iraq Even before the first day of the Persian Gulf crisis George Bush and the Pentagon wanted to wage war against Iraq. What was the character of this war? Iraq neither attacked nor threatened the United States. We believe that this was a war to redivide and redistribute the fabulous markets and resources of the Middle East, in other words this was an imperialist war. We didn't find anything of that sort [i.e. comparable to the U.S. buildup] anywhere in Kuwait. On September 18, 1991, only a week after the Soviet photos were taken, the Pentagon was telling the American public that Iraqi forces in Kuwait had grown to 360,000 men and 2,800 tanks. Brian Becker was a member of the Muhammad Ali Peace Delegation which travelled to Iraq in late November 1990 in an effort to prevent the war. Index WWW URL: Copyright © 1992 by The Commission of Inquiry for the International War Crimes Tribunal
Gangrule - The History of the Mafia - StumbleUpon Rear Admiral Michael van Balen | Royal Australian Navy Rear Admiral van Balen, AO, RAN joined the RAN as a Junior Entry Cadet Midshipman in 1978. Graduating from the Royal Australian Naval College in 1982, he undertook a variety of sea appointments in HMA Ships Barbette, Brisbane, Stalwart, Stuart, Yarra, Bunbury, Derwent, Swan and the USS Ranger. As a Principal Warfare Officer with a sub-specialisation in Anti Submarine Warfare (ASW), in 1992, Rear Admiral van Balen was appointed as the ASW Tactical Training Officer, Fleet ASW Training Centre Pacific, San Diego, USA. He returned to Australia in 1995, for sea appointments in HMA Ships Adelaide and Darwin before selection in 1998, as Staff Officer to the Chief of Navy. In 2001, Rear Admiral van Balen graduated from the Australian Defence Force Academy with a degree of Master of Management Studies. A keen cyclist, he is married to Miriam, and they have two grown children; Monique and Benn.