Defense Department News Briefing

Mr. Williams announced the deployment of Patriot missiles to Israel as a part of the U.S. plan to contain the Iraqi SCUD missile threat. A… read more

Mr. Williams announced the deployment of Patriot missiles to Israel as a part of the U.S. plan to contain the Iraqi SCUD missile threat. A number of American soldiers were sent to Israel with the Patriot missiles to operate the missiles until Israeli forces can be trained to operate the weapon. The deployment of Patriot missiles following the start of hostilities between the U.S. and Iraq was a continuation of a contract between U.S. and Israel for the U.S. to deliver Patriot missiles. The original shipments included training on the Patriot missiles for Israeli troops, while the current shipment will be operated by U.S. troops. Mr. Williams announced President Bush had signed an executive order which authorized the President to call up a larger number of the National Guard and lengthen their duration of service to up to two years. Lieutenant General Kelly said the air campaign continued to be successful at an approximately 80 percent success rate, and the U.S. had achieved air superiority over Iraq. Admiral McConnell noted that estimates for damage in Iraq were difficult to determine precisely, and the U.S. armed forces would be willing to be open to the media when precise numbers on damage could be given. close

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Defense Department News Briefing

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Program ID:
15823-1
Category:
News Conference
Format:
News Briefing
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Jan 20, 1991 | 7:18am EST | C-SPAN 1

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  • Jan 20, 1991 | 7:18am EST | C-SPAN 1
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