NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 16, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Pentagon officials reported announcing battleship Iowa and two other ships returning to United States from Persian Gulf. United States fleet's protection of Kuwaiti tankers reviewed. Report introduced.
(DC: Fred Francis) Pentagon officials quoted regarding Iraqi threats to US security in Gulf. Iranian silkworm missiles and gunboats mentioned. Iraqi jets shown flying toward United States warships; details given. USS Stark incident recalled; scenes shown. [Assistant Defense Secretary Richard ARMITAGE - says emergency meeting with Iraqi officials necessary.] New Gulf command ship mentioned being USS Coronado. No. of United States ships in Gulf noted being reduced. Pentagon officials reported emphasizing United States Gulf policy remains intact. [ARMITAGE - comments on policy.] No. of allied ships in Gulf given. No. of successful convoys discussed. Admiral quoted regarding Iranian mine hitting Kuwaiti tanker in July 1987.
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