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March 22, 1991 – CBS World News Roundup – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –
March 22, 1991 – news for this day had much to do with the situation in Iraq. Starting with a Pentagon report that an F-15 shot down an Iraqi jet venturing into the No-Fly zone in the north. It was the second such incident this week and may have had some connection with reports that Kurdish rebels were gaining the upper hand in Northern Iraq, with the capture and control of the town of Kirkuk. Initial reports said the shootdowns were in support of U.S. troops in the area. But a closer look revealed U.S. forces were well south of the area in dispute and that the shootdowns were actually in support of Kurdish rebels.
Meanwhile, the UN Security Council was scheduled to meet this day to discuss the possibilities of lifting the U.S. embargo on food shipments to Iraq. As a concession, the Iraqi’s would allow food supplies to be delivered to rebel-held areas in Iraq. The request comes after a visit by Under-secretary General Marty Adasari to Iraq, who conveyed an atmosphere of near-famine in the cities and that Iraq in general seemed to be reduced to a state of near-apocalypse as a result of heavy U.S. bombings.
And with the threat of famine came the real fear of disease as much of the water was deemed undrinkable and it made maintaining cleanliness next to impossible. The situation was deemed to be getting more critical as the Summer months were approaching and the temperatures rising could make epidemics spread rapidly throughout the region.
As a result, relief agencies were stationed in Aman, Jordan readying shipments of food and water as soon as the embargo was lifted.
And that’s just a small sample of what happened on this March 22nd, 1991 as presented by The CBS World News Roundup.