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Iraq Invasion of Kuwait / Blockade, Americans #130224

ABC Evening News for Sunday, Aug 12, 1990
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(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Report introduced.

(Washington: Bob Zelnick) Beginning by United States of military interdiction of shipments to and from Iraq featured. [On "This Week", Secretary of State James BAKER - says we have a formal request from Kuwaiti government to implement sanctions.] Reports on how blockade will work detailed; map shown of region; Saudi Arabia and Jordan's King Hussein mentioned. [Iraqi ambassador to United Nations Abdul Amir al-ANBARI - says blockade violates law.] Plans for Egyptian military to enter Saudi Arabia and help from Syrian forces to help noted. [In Kennebunkport, ME, President BUSH - comments on talk with Syrian President Hafez al-Assad.] Rapid buildup of United States forces in Persian Gulf previewed; details given of American military's concern that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein may send tanks into Jordan in effort to draw Israel into conflict. [On "Face the Nation", National Security Adviser Brent SCOWCROFT - comments on possible invasion of Jordan.]

(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Announcement from Iraqi government spokesman that foreigners in Kuwait are free to leave noted.

(Amman: Forrest Sawyer) Impact of presence of Americans in Iraq on relations between United States and Iraq reported; scenes shown from border and of home video taken by an American businessman that is first televised account of the fighting in Kuwait. Saddam Hussein's proposal for peace outlined; map shown. Fate of Arab unity now that situation is worsening noted. [Egyptian President Hosni MUBARAK - likens unity to changing weather.] [ARAB - says it is unforgettable mistake.]

(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Reaction of Israel and White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater to Saddam Hussein's peace proposal cited.

(Studio: Sam Donaldson; Cairo: Barrie Dunsmore) Discussion held of reaction to blockade, Saddam Hussein's peace initiative, which links his occupation of Kuwait with Israeli occupation of West Bank and Gaza, and his strategies in the region.

(Studio: Sam Donaldson) First death of American serviceman related to troop buildup in Saudi Arabia reported; details given of accidental death of Air Force Staff Sergeant John Campisi.

Donaldson, Sam;
Dunsmore, Barrie;
Sawyer, Forrest;
Zelnick, Bob

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