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Iraq Invasion of Kuwait / Hostages #130366

ABC Evening News for Monday, Aug 20, 1990
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Kennebunkport: Ann Compton) Decision by President Bush to call the foreign nationals held in Iraq and Kuwait "hostages" featured. [President BUSH - says when Iraqi President Saddam Hussein holds people in return for concessions, they are, in fact, hostages; says Iraq will be held responsible for holding American citizens against their will.] [On Air Force One, BUSH - talks about situation.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Statement from British foreign office about roundup of foreign nationals in Kuwait quoted.

(State Department: John McWethy) Whereabouts of Americans in Kuwait and Iraq featured; map shown of Baghdad, Iraq. [State Department spokesman Richard BOUCHER - says Americans held in hotels have been relocated.] Statement by Bush administration sources that United States embassy in Kuwait will not close down unless held at gunpoint noted; scenes shown of embassy and from French television of citizens being held at a luxury hotel in Baghdad. Intelligence information on relocation of hostages discussed.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Question of whether or not Hussein would put a ring of foreigners around military and industrial targets analyzed. [US-Iraq Business Forum Marshall WILEY - describes Hussein as a rational man who is a risk-taker who would fight to the full extent of his resources.] United Nations Secretary General noted sending two representatives to Iraq to try to win freedom for foreign nationals in Iraq and occupied Kuwait.

Compton, Ann;
Jennings, Peter;
McWethy, John

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