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Iraq Invasion of Kuwait / Escape / Military #576787

NBC Evening News for Friday, Aug 17, 1990
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(Studio: Jane Pauley) Nine foreigners, including Americans, reported escaping from Kuwait to Saudi Arabia by wearing Arab costumes and racing past guards. Report introduced.

(State Department: John Dancy) Iraq reported moving Americans from hotel in Baghdad, Iraq, to an undisclosed location, possibly Al-Mansour Melia Hotel where British citizens held; many Americans in Kuwait City, Kuwait, reported ignoring Iraqi government order to assemble at a hotel and instead are taking refuge in American embassy. [State Department spokesman Richard BOUCHER - comments.] [British foreign secretary Douglas HURD - comments on Iraqi intent.] American ambassador to Kuwait Nathaniel Howell's cable warning to State Department quoted on screen. UN Security Council reported moving to help foreigners. [UN ambassador Thomas PICKERING - comments.] Fear that Americans were put near military installations as safeguards against attacks examined.

(Studio: Jane Pauley) Pentagon reported saying Iraqi forces continue building in Kuwait. Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Fred Francis) American military preparation examined; scenes shown from Morehead City, North Carolina. Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Colin Powell reported visiting departing troops. [POWELL - talks to soldiers.] [US Navy Rear Admiral Steve CLAREY - describes strategy.] Pentagon reported announcing heavy tank units from Fort Hood, Texas, will go to Saudi Arabia.

Dancy, John;
Francis, Fred;
Pauley, Jane

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