From the summer issue of The Middle East Journal:

Jan 17: Voice of the Masses announced a presidential decree allowing the "opening of travel for Iraqis to all parts of the world . . ."

Jan 30: The government denied claims by the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan that 60 Kurdish fishermen were killed by Iraqi helicopter gunships on Jan 20 . . .

Feb 8: U.S. Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf told Congress that Iraq was receiving a large amount of Soviet material from Eastern Europe . . .

Feb 10: Middle East Watch, a New York-based organization, accused Iraq of denying its citizens the most basic rights and repressing dissent . . .

Mar 15: The government hanged Farzhad Bazoft. Britain recalled its ambassador . . .

Mar 28: British officials arrested five people for attempting to smuggle U.S.-made electronic triggers to Iraq . . .

Mar 31: The Post reported that in May 1989, the U.S. Customs Department secretly blocked the delivery of 185 high-speed capacitors to Iraq . . .

Apr 2: President Hussein said he had advanced chemical weapons that could destroy half of Israel . . .

Apr 6: In California, Andri Khoshaba, a former driver for Iraq's United Nations mission, was indicted for involvement in a plot to assassinate two government opponents . . .

Apr 12: British customs officers seized forged steel tubes ordered by Iraq . . . Iraqi officials said the tube was for use at a petrochemical plant . . .

Apr 13: Forgemasters Engineering said it had already shipped 26 similar pieces of tubing to Iraq and that the deal had been cleared with British officials.