ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 20, 1991
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Statement from United States commander General H. Norman Schwarzkopf that the Iraqi army is on the verge of collapse reported.
(Pentagon: Bob Zelnick) Decision about launching a ground war examined; airplane and troop scenes shown. [National security analyst Anthony CORDESMAN - says a ground campaign will cause Iraqis to either fight or surrender.] [Joint Chiefs of Staff operations director Lieutenant General Thomas KELLY - says a ground war will not be a snap.] Timing of a "window of opportunity" for starting the ground war explained.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(Negev desert: Dean Reynolds) Israeli perspective on a desert ground war examined; scenes shown of Israeli military in training and fighting past Arab wars. [Former Israeli military intelligence chief Aharon YAARIV, Israeli ground forces commander Major General Emmanual SAKEL - say enemy needs to be outflanked.] Israeli doctrine of using small, speedy military units cited.
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