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CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 12, 1991
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Possible peace move by Iraqi President Saddam Hussein reported; details given of meeting with Soviet envoy. US bombing of more Iraqi mobile missile launchers in western Iraq noted. Report introduced.

(State Department: Bill Plante) United States reported giving Israeli pilots the electronic codes needed to recognize and be recognized by allied planes; details given of possible Israeli Scud launcher attack during US ground attack; President Bush's efforts to keep Israel out of war reviewed. [Visiting Israeli defense minister Moshe ARENS - comments on possible Israeli contribution to war.] Arab coalition members' promise not to leave alliance in case of Israeli participation noted; Iran's alleged neutrality mentioned. [Yesterday, Iranian foreign minister Ali Akbar VELAYATI - comments.]

(Tel Aviv: Tom Fenton) Israeli desire to retaliate examined; details given of injuries from Scud attacks; scenes shown. [Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak SHAMIR, deputy foreign minister Benjamin NETANYAHU, two ISRAELIS - comment.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) During photograph opportunity at White House with British defense minister Thomas King, Bush reported accusing Hussein of using civilian casualty propaganda to hide his cruelty to allied POWs and Israeli citizens; scenes shown. [BUSH - makes statements.] Report introduced.

(Pentagon: David Martin) Fires at dozens of Kuwaiti oil facilities reported; uncertainty of cause noted. [Joint Chiefs of Staff intelligence director Rear Admiral Mike McCONNELL - comments.] Allied air strikes reviewed; details illustrated on screen. [Joint Chiefs of Staff operations director Lieutenant General Thomas KELLY - comments on Iraqi strategy.] Iraqi readying for ground war outlined; Iraqi POWs noted telling interrogators that front-line units are prepared to use chemical weapons. [KING - comments on ground versus air war issue.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) More allied infantry units said moving up to Kuwaiti border to get ready for "K-Day," the invasion of Kuwait. Report introduced.

(Saudi Arabia: Richard Threlkeld) Coordinated attack by allied warplanes, naval guns and artillery on Iraqi troop concentration in Kuwait as dress rehearsal examined; scenes shown of USS Missouri's 16-inch guns and Saudi artillery batteries firing at Iraqi positions last night. [Saudi military spokesman Colonel Ahmed al-ROBAYAN - comments.] Iraqi army said working in small individual pockets due to disruption of allied bombing; scenes shown from prison camp and abandoned Iraqi tank. [Central Command Brigadier General Richard NEAL - talks about Iraqi "execution squads" who kill deserters.]

Fenton, Tom;
Martin, David;
Plante, Bill;
Rather, Dan;
Threlkeld, Richard

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