On 20 September 1985, the head of the French Foreign Intelligence Service, Admiral Pierre Lacoste, was forced to resign along with French Defense Minister Charles Hemu in the wake of the investigation into the sinking of the Greenpeace vessel Rainbow Warrior as it lay at anchor in New Zealand.
See India and Pakistan.
See United States.
On 4 April 1984, retired general Antoine Lahad was named the new commander of the South Lebanese Army (SLA), one of the two major Christian factions, after the death of its previous leader, the Israeli-supported Saad Haddad. See Lebanon.
(b. 1 September 1922, Omaha) Laird graduated from Carleton University and served in World War II. He served in the Wisconsin state legislature from 1946 until 1952, when he won a seat in the U.S. Congress. Laird was made chairman of the Republican platform committee in 1964, where he worked closely with Barry Goldwater in the latter's bid for the presidency and was himself an advocate of a strong military. He was appointed secretary of defense under President Richard Nixon from 1969 until 1973. During his tenure, he was one of the principal advocates of U.S. policy regarding Southeast Asia.
See El Salvador.
The Mossi-dominated political party in Upper Volta headed by Maurice Yameogo was overthrown by the military, led by Lieutenant Colonel (later General) Sangoule Lamizana, in 1966 after trade-union protests. Under Lamizana (president, 1966-1980), Upper Volta enjoyed more civil liberties than most other African countries. It had a civilian legislature from 1970 to early 1974 and again from 1978 to 1980, when renewed union pressures and