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Iraq Invasion of Kuwait / Iraq / Persian Gulf #130335

ABC Evening News for Sunday, Aug 19, 1990
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(Studio: Carole Simpson) Offer from Iraq to free all Westerners trapped in Iraq and Kuwait if United States promised to remove its troops from Saudi Arabia and lift economic blockade reported.

(Amman: Forrest Sawyer) Review given of events in Persian Gulf region; Iraqi television statement from spokesman for President Saddam Hussein detailed; details given of plan to move citizens from US, Great Britain, France and West Germany from Kuwait City, Kuwait, to installations in Iraq where they will serve as human shields against United States air strikes; map shown. [On "This Week", Iraqi ambassador Mohamed Sadiq al-MASHAT - comments.] Anti-US demonstrations in Amman, Jordan, shown. [Jordanian POLITICIAN - makes anti-American remark.] Iraqi foreign minister Tariq Aziz noted accusing United States of piracy for firing at oil ships in Persian Gulf.

(Pentagon: Bob Zelnick) United States interdiction policy in gulf examined; scenes shown of ships that were challenged, but not stopped, by United States Navy. [On "This Week", Secretary of Defense Dick CHENEY - explains that gulf traffic is not automatically prohibited.] Question of how quickly a military blockade could bring Iraq to its knees analyzed; maps shown. US need for action by United Nations Security Council to bolster blockade mentioned.

Sawyer, Forrest;
Simpson, Carole;
Zelnick, Bob

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