The Gulf: The World Closes In

In Record, tough economic sanctions, U.S. troops and a pan-Arab force have been mobilized. But Iraq is in no mood for capitulation.

Once he gulped down Kuwait, Saddam Hussein paused to consider what move he should make next. That gave the rest of the world time to muster its defenses -- but not much time. As the week wore on, Iraq and the U.S. moved closer to confrontation, but neither seemed to know just how far it would have to go. Saddam hesitated to send his battle-ready soldiers across the Saudi border, but he did not retreat either. A global gathering of opponents joined the U.S. in sweeping economic sanctions, but almost all troops landing in the desert to bolster the tiny Saudi...

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