- Title: KUWAIT: THE UNITED STATES HOLDS IRAQ TO ARMS INSPECTION DEAL
- Date: 1st March 1998
- Summary: DOHA RANGE, 15 MILES SOUTH OF BORDER WITH IRAQ, KUWAIT (FEBRUARY 28, 1998) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) 1. LV/SMV U.S. SOLDIERS ATOP LIGHT ARMOURED CARRIERS/ CLEANING GUNS (3 SHOTS) 0.12 2. SLV'S TANKS AND LIGHT ARMOURED CARRIERS MANOEUVERING (3 SHOTS) 0.33 3. SMV/LV U.S. ABRAHAM TANK FIRING/ MACHINE GUNS MILITARY VEHICLES ON THE MOVE (5 SHOTS) 1.06 4. SLV/SMV SOLDIERS RESTING (9 SHOTS) 1.46 5. SCU LIEUTENANT COLONEL RICHARD MILLS (HEAD OF 24TH U.S. MARINE EXPEDITION) SAYING WE ARE TRAINING AND WORKING ON OUR MECHANISED DEFENCE OPERATION (ENGLISH)/ SLV SOLDIERS RESTING (2 SHOTS) 2.01 6. GV/SV KUWAITIS CAMPING IN DESERT AREA/ PLAYING FOOTBALL (4 SHOTS) 2.20 7. SV KUWAITIS LUNCHING (PATRIOT MISSILE INSTALLATIONS IN BACKGROUND) 2.27 8. GV PATRIOT MISSILE INSTALLATIONS (2 SHOTS) 2.34 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 16th March 1998 12:00
- Location: KUWAIT
- Country: Kuwait
- Reuters ID: LVA7E6LUBM5T9ZY8TZHCZFEJ23GJ
- Story Text: The United States could launch military strikes against Iraq if it fails to honour an arms inspections deal with the United Nations, the commander of U.S.forces in the Gulf has said.
An estimated 7,000 U.S.troops remain based in Kuwait according to authorities in the tiny country which was freed of a seven-month Iraqi occupation in February 1991.
The United States, Kuwait's main ally, also has a variety of warplanes based in Kuwait including F-117A stealth bombers, F-16s and A-10 tank killers.
Lieutenant Colonel Richard Mills, Head of the 24th U.S.
marine expedition in Kuwait said on Saturday (February 28) training at the base 15 miles (25 km) south of the Iraqi border was continuing.
Marine Corps General Anthony Zinni, commander-in-chief of U.S.Central Command, told the official Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) in an interview on Saturday (February 28) that the use of military force remained an option if Iraq did not comply with weapons inspections.
U.S.military have said that U.S.troops deployed in Kuwait in the recent standoff with Iraq would remain for as long as it takes for the agreement to be implemented properly.
U.S.forces in the region are not "standing down" but were waiting for Iraqi implementation of a deal brokered last week by U.N.Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
The accord effectively put on hold plans by Washington and London to strike Iraq for failing to allow U.N.
inspectors to visit sites suspected of containing mass destruction arms.
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