From the Publisher: Aug 20 1990

When Iraqi troops marched into Kuwait, the crisis demanded fast moves by news organizations around the world. Neither Iraq nor Kuwait encouraged much coverage by outsiders, and both countries were totally closed after the invasion. The challenge was to surround the area quickly.

The man in charge of deploying TIME's troops is Barrett Seaman, deputy chief of correspondents. As the key link with our reporters around the globe, Barry is used to getting calls at all hours of the day and night. "On the day of the invasion, I talked to our Cairo correspondent Bill Dowell just after dawn," he says....