Persian Gulf Air War Begins

The president addressed the nation from the Oval Office following the joint military attacks against Iraq that had begun earlier in the… read more

The president addressed the nation from the Oval Office following the joint

military attacks against Iraq that had begun earlier in the

evening.

Announcing “the liberation of Kuwait has begun,” President Bush

stated that the U.S. had no other choice than to attack Iraq to

remove Saddam Hussein from Kuwait. He said no ground troops were

involved in the current military conflict, and that the U.S. would

not fail in freeing Kuwait.

The U.S.' objective in the Persian Gulf was, Mr. Bush said, to

restore the legitimate Kuwaiti government and allow freedom in

Kuwait.

An air attack by U.S. forces of Baghdad, Iraq, began at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday night EST, 2:30 a.m. Iraqi time Thursday morning. U.S.,

British and Saudi planes took part in the attack which targeted

central Baghdad, including oil refineries and the Baghdad airport.

The conflict ended months of speculation on the outcome of U.S.

threats to remove Iraqi forces from their occupation of Kuwait

according to the U.N. resolution allowing the use of force in the

liberation of Kuwait. close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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Program ID:
15723-1
Category:
White House Event
Format:
Address
Location:
Oval Office, White House, Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Jan 16, 1991
Last Aired:
Jan 17, 1991

Airing Details

  • Jan 16, 1991 | 9:01pm EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Jan 17, 1991 | 12:00am EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Jan 17, 1991 | 2:57am EST | C-SPAN 1
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