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Iraq Invasion of Kuwait / Kuwait Embassy / Jordan / US Troops / United States Reserves #334362

CBS Evening News for Friday, Aug 24, 1990
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(Amman, Jordan: Dan Rather) Today's developments in Persian Gulf crisis listed. Jordan's King Hussein reported arriving in Sudan; scenes shown. Austrian President Kurt Waldheim noted saying he will go to Baghdad, Iraq, to seek release of hostages. Report introduced.

(Kennebunkport: Wyatt Andrews) President Bush noted following developments from "vacation White House"; scenes shown. Iraqi troops reported surrounding United States embassy in Kuwait as United States ambassador and small staff defied Iraqi orders to leave; other embassy staff and dependents noted allowed to leave for Baghdad, but no further. [White House spokesman Marlin FITZWATER - comments on embassy, hostages and Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's television meeting with British hostages.]

(Amman, Jordan: Dan Rather) Families of diplomats noted being allowed to leave Iraq. Report introduced.

(State Department: Mark Phillips) International response to latest Iraqi actions examined. [Military analyst retired General George CRIST - talks about United States ambassador to Kuwait Nathaniel Howell.] [State Department spokesman Richard BOUCHER - explains why embassy staff cannot contact Americans in Kuwait.] Scenes shown of State Department staff trying to contact Americans. Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani reported saying Iran will comply with United Nations trade embargo against Iraq; warning from USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev to former ally Saddam Hussein detailed. [Ambassador to United Nations Thomas PICKERING - talks about resolution to enforce blockade.]

(Amman, Jordan: Dan Rather) State Department announcement of emergency aid for refugees in Jordan noted. Report introduced.

(Iraqi-Jordanian border: Peter Van Sant) Plight of refugees at Iraqi-Jordanian border examined. Jordan officials reported reopening border; scenes shown of trucks breaking blockade and of desperate Arab refugees. [REFUGEES - complain of conditions; describe dead on road to Jordan.]

(Amman, Jordan: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: David Martin) As battleship Wisconsin joins United States naval blockade in Persian Gulf, some military supplies reported getting into Iraq, apparently from Libya; details given. [FITZWATER - mentions chemical warfare products.] Pentagon reported confident that forces are sufficient, so Eisenhower battle group leaving region; Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney noted invoking law allowing him to exceed budget.

(Amman, Jordan: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Saudi Arabia: Bob Simon) American troops in Saudi Arabia and their strategy featured; scenes shown of 101st Airborne Apache helicopter maneuvering and of Air Force med-evac planes manned by arriving reservists. [SOLDIER - talks about Hellfire missiles.] [Two RESERVISTS - talk about mobilization.]

(Amman, Jordan: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Washington: Jim Stewart) Six Air Force reserve units reported activated today; details outlined on screen; scenes shown. [Three RESERVISTS - comment.] Pentagon noted saying response good.

Andrews, Wyatt;
Martin, David;
Phillips, Mark;
Rather, Dan;
Van Sant, Peter;
Simon, Bob;
Stewart, Jim

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