U.S. CENTCOM Military News Briefing

General Schwarzkopf spoke to reporters on the oil slick in the Persian Gulf being fed by tankers and pipelines in Kuwait. The slick, which had been fed… read more

General Schwarzkopf spoke to reporters on the oil slick in the Persian Gulf being fed by tankers and pipelines in Kuwait. The slick, which had been fed for almost a week, had grown to phenomenal dimensions: it was measured to be nearly 35 miles long. The slick threatened wildlife in the sea and along the coast of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia on an unprecedented scale as well as seawater desalinization plants along the coast of Saudi Arabia. General Schwarzkopf announced that U.S. planes had released “smart bombs” over the oil plants feeding oil into the Gulf in an effort to shut off the source of the oil. He said the mission appeared to be a success, with some areas of sea surrounding the outlet of the oil returning to a blue color after having been utterly black from oil during the previous few days. General Schwarzkopf surmised that Iraqi forces released the oil in order to complicate any coalition forces landing on the shores of Kuwait. The slick, which had been growing at almost a million barrels of oil per day, was not a threat to any U.S. military operation, according to Gen. Schwarzkopf. He also said that Iraqi planes found in Iran continued to fly there in order to escape destruction from coalition forces. close

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Program ID:
16042-1
Category:
News Conference
Format:
News Briefing
Location:
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
First Aired:
Jan 27, 1991 | 12:11pm EST | C-SPAN 1
Last Aired:
Jan 28, 1991 | 1:38am EST | C-SPAN 1

Airing Details

  • Jan 27, 1991 | 12:11pm EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Jan 27, 1991 | 7:15pm EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Jan 28, 1991 | 1:38am EST | C-SPAN 1
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