Persian Gulf Air War Begins

President George H.W Bush addressed the nation from the Oval Office following the joint military attacks against Iraq that had begun… read more

Persian Gulf Air War Begins President George H.W Bush addressed the nation from the Oval Office following the joint military attacks against Iraq that had begun earlier in the evening.

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.

The U.S.' objective in the Persian Gulf was, President 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

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Persian Gulf Air War Begins

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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 | 9:01pm EST | C-SPAN 1
Last Aired:
Jan 17, 1991 | 2:57am EST | C-SPAN 1

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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