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Iraq Invasion of Kuwait / Reservists / Naval Blockade / Military Buildup #576784

NBC Evening News for Friday, Aug 17, 1990
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(Saudi Arabia: Tom Brokaw) Key developments in Persian Gulf crisis listed. Report introduced.

(Kennebunkport, ME: John Cochran) President Bush reported expected to call up military reservists; scenes shown of reservists preparing. [Idaho Air National Guard Lieutenant Colonel J. David MERRIS and Sergeant Bret WAKELEE - comment.] White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater quoted regarding limits on those called up. [US Air Force Colonel James SEHORN, reservist surgeon Paul MEYER - comment.] Scenes shown from last two mobilizations, Vietnam war in 1968 and postal strike in 1970 and from Navy reservist's emergency wedding. [Representative Les ASPIN - comments.] Pentagon reported ordering civilian airlines to provide passenger jets.

(Saudi Arabia: Tom Brokaw) Under new orders, United States Navy reported stopping two Iraqi ships in Persian Gulf that happened to be empty. Report introduced.

(Amman, Jordan: Garrick Utley) Naval blockade examined; details illustrated on screen; United Nations Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar noted criticizing embargo; scenes shown from port of Aqaba, Jordan; results of blockade on Jordan economy detailed. [Shipping executive Issan KAWAR - comments.] Sea traffic reported tracked by US intelligence and by NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) naval headquarters in Britain; Britain noted only other nation willing to intercept shipping; Jordan's King Hussein mentioned. [Jordanian Crown Prince HASSAN - (thru translator) comments.] Blockade's success considered.

(Saudi Arabia: Tom Brokaw) Size and scope of United States military buildup examined; scenes shown of 82nd Airborne Division from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and of field hospital. [SOLDIER - says they lose track of current events.] [US Army Colonel Lee NEAL - comments on chemical weapons threat.] [US Air Force Colonel John McBROOM - says air battle will be short.] Arab contingent mentioned.

Brokaw, Tom;
Cochran, John;
Utley, Garrick

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