Central America/Caribbean D+17 (26 July, 1987)

Just after 0200 hours, Central Standard Time, US Air Force F-111s appeared in the skies over Managua. The fighter-bombers struck eight targets; The Foreign ministry and Ministry of the Interior buildings, as well as a restrike against the Defense Ministry headquarters. Sandinista party headquarters, and the residences of four high-ranking party officials were also on …

Central America/Caribbean D+15 (24 July, 1987)

0030- Violence breaks out again in Panama City as pro-Noriega crowds converge on the US embassy and US military installations across the Canal Zone. The Panamanian police and paramilitary units that had spent much of the previous afternoon fighting anti-Noriega protesters in the streets are now nowhere to be found. Automatic gunfire is heard around …

Central America/Caribbean D+11 thru D+13 (20-22 July, 1987)

D+11 (20 July, 1987) Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega condemns Cuban leader Fidel Castro during a 90 minute speech. He accuses Castro of ‘cowardice’ and ‘betraying the revolution.’ Ortega vows that Nicaragua will continue the fight against American imperialism, and promises to assist Manuel Noriega in evicting the Americans from Panama. A short time later additional …

Central America/Caribbean D+7-10 (16-19 July, 1987)

D+7 (16 July, 1987)   -US Navy personnel and civilian contract workers from the United States assume full duties at the Panama Canal. All Panamanian nationals, and other foreigners working there are furloughed for the ‘duration of the present emergency.’   -As more US troops arrive in Honduras, the number of clashes between Nicaraguan and …