Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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NATION

VIRGINIA

Powell Defends U.S. Role In The Persian Gulf War

Retired Gen. Colin Powell said Sunday that the 1991 Persian Gulf War had a clear-cut mission and "no amount of second-guessing or revisionism" could dim the glory of those who served in it.

"The goals we were fighting to achieve were crystal clear: to eject the Iraqi army from Kuwait and restore the legitimate government" after the oil-wealthy emirate was annexed by Iraq, said Powell, then chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The general was the star attraction at a ceremony at Arlington, Va., ho noring more than 400 Americans, plus those from Kuwait and other nations allied against Iraq, who died in the conflict, remain missing or are in captivity. The war ended five years ago this week.

Powell used the event at Arlington National Cemetery to take issue with those who say the war cost too many American lives. Republican presidential candidate Pat Buchanan said a week ago that restoring the emir of Kuwait's government was not "worth the life of a single U.S. Marine."

AP

SILICON VALLEY

Company May Buy Control Of Supercomputer Maker

Silicon Graphics Inc., a leader in three-dimensional computer graphics, plans to acquire a controlling interest in pioneering supercomputer-maker Cray Research Inc.

Government agencies worldwide have purchased Cray computers, at prices up to $30 million, for such complex tasks as simulations of weather, economics and war. Cray, of Egan, Minn., reportedly solicited the takeover.

Silicon Graphics makes computer work stations whose tasks include automobile design and movie special effects.

NY Times

WORLD

AFGHANISTAN

Government, Rebels Trade Air Attacks Around Capital

Government jets bombed a rebel stronghold south of the Afghan capital Sunday, triggering a series of retaliatory rocket attacks on Kabul, the defense ministry said.

Doctors at Kabul's Wazir Akbar Khan hospital said two people were killed in the rocket attacks.

AP

BRITAIN

Lawmaker's Defection Stings Major's Coalition

Another conservative lawmaker promised Sunday to desert Prime Minister John Major in a vote over an arms sales inquiry, further destabilizing Major's already shaky administration. …

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