ACCESSION NUMBER:344675 FILE ID:TXT301 DATE:05/18/94 TITLE:TERRORISM REPORT: IRAQ (05/18/94) TEXT:TERRORISM REPORT: IRAQ (VOA Editorial) (380) (Following is an editorial, broadcast by the Voice of America May 18, reflecting the views of the U.S. government.) The U.S. State Department recently issued its annual report on "Patterns of Global Terrorism." As the report makes clear, international terrorists depend on the funding, training, safe haven, weapons and logistical support provided by sovereign states. The United States seeks to stop such states from supporting terrorism and make them pay the cost if they persist. The United States has publicly identified state sponsors of international terrorism and imposed economic, diplomatic, and sometimes military sanctions. One of the seven countries that sponsor international terrorism is Iraq. The Baghdad regime provides sanctuary to several terrorist groups. They include the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, which has killed hundreds of people in Turkey and mounted terrorist attacks in many other European countries. Iraq also harbors members of such extremist groups as the Palestine Liberation Front and the Abu Nidal Organization. These groups have committed outrageous acts of terrorism that have killed or wounded citizens of many countries, including the United States. The tyrannical regime of Saddam Hussein engaged in dozens of acts of terrorism last year, especially against U.N. personnel and international relief groups in northern Iraq. U.N. and relief workers have been shot at and had bombs or grenades tossed at their residences or vehicles. Last September, a U.N. truck carrying 12 tons of medical supplies was destroyed by a bomb that U.N. officials believe was attached by Iraqi agents at an Iraqi checkpoint. The driver and 12 other people were wounded by the blast. The Baghdad regime's most brazen act of terrorism was aimed at the United States in April 1993, Kuwaiti officials uncovered a plot to kill former President George Bush while he was visiting that country. In June 1993, it became clear that Iraq was behind the failed assassination plot, and President Bill Clinton ordered a missile attack on the Iraqi intelligence service headquarters in Baghdad. President Clinton said there should be no mistake by Saddam Hussein or "any nation, group or person who would harm 1ur leaders or our citizens." As Clinton stressed, the United States "will combat terrorism. We will deter aggression. We will protect our people." NNNN .