Saturday, March 6, 1999

U.S. officials, military officers admit that the U.S. has fallen into a low-grade war with Iraq, is downplaying scope of the operation (with the Pentagon refusing to release basic data such as number of sorties flown) to avoid antagonizing friendly Arab countries and to minimize questions at home. Experts estimate that the U.S. has flown 3,224 sorties, dropped over 274 bombs in the last 10 wks. (WP 3/7; GIU 3/11; MM 3/12)

Emir of Bahrain Shaykh Isa Bin Salman al-Khalifa collapses, dies after a mtg. with visiting U.S. Defense Secy. William Cohen. He is immediately succeeded by his son Shaykh Hamad Bin Isa al-Khalifa. (RJ, SATN, VOL 3/6 in WNC 3/8; NYT, WP, WT 3/7; MM 3/8; MEI 3/12)

Israeli border police scuffle with 300 Palestinian women attempting to walk to East Jerusalem from the West Bank to protest Israeli restrictions on Palestinians entering Jerusalem. (WT 3/7)

In Jerusalem, an IDF soldier is stabbed, injured by a suspected Palestinian assailant. (MM 3/8) (see 3/5)