Defense Department News Briefing

Mr. Williams spoke to reporters in the Pentagon to announce the Bush administration’s relief program for Iraqi refugees in… read more

Mr. Williams spoke to reporters in the Pentagon to announce the Bush administration’s relief program for Iraqi refugees in northern Iraq. The relief program, nicknamed Operation Desert Support, planned to set up temporary relief stations surrounded by temporary encampments in northern Iraq for the refugees, who are fleeing persecution from the Iraqi government. Ground forces moved into northern Iraq on April 17 to lay out the encampments. The relief program was meant for the approximately 600,000 refugees camped along the Turkish border, but was not designed to include the approximately one million more who are moving into Iran. The length of time the refugees were expected to inhabit the encampments was unknown. close

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  • Martin Brandtner Major General Joint Chiefs of Staff->Operations and Support
  • Pete Williams Assistant Secretary Department of Defense->Public Affairs

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Defense Department News Briefing

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Program ID:
17623-1
Category:
News Conference
Format:
News Briefing
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Apr 17, 1991

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  • Apr 17, 1991 | 11:32pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
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