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Persian Gulf War / The Air Attack #131243

ABC Evening News for Friday, Jan 18, 1991
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Update given on air battle against Iraq. Report introduced.

(Saudi Arabia: Jim Hickey) Role of the Marines in the air war featured; scenes shown of American planes taking off for and landing from sorties against Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. [3rd Marine Air Wing Captain Rocky MORRISON, United States Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel George STUART, 3rd Marine Air Wing Major Jim McCLAIN - comment on missions and the weather.] Air missions against Iraqi ground troops outlined. [Air Group 11 commander Colonel Manfred REITSCH, 3rd Marine Air Wing Captain Pat RINK - talk about the bombing campaign.] Pilots' efforts to avoid civilian targets detailed.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Bob Zelnick) Success of American weapons systems reviewed; scenes shown of cruise missile launching and of planes taking off; map shown; details given of beginning of air attacks on Iraqi ground forces.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Interviews given with two military analysts. [National security analyst Anthony CORDESMAN - describes how Iraqis may feel about air phases of the war; comments on the threat from Scud missiles and chemical shells.] [Retired General Bernard TRAINOR - talks about strategic aims of the bombings; wonders about reticence to reveal military information; analyzes how Iraqi forces are holding up against attack.]

Hickey, Jim;
Jennings, Peter;
Zelnick, Bob

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