From the Publisher: Aug 27 1990

Despite the danger, 120 degrees desert heat and threat of poison gas, many gung-ho journalists would jump at the chance to travel with U.S. troops to the Middle East. But the Pentagon brings along only a small pool of reporters, who gather information for the rest of the media. News organizations take turns being on call for such operations, ready to send a journalist at a moment's notice. When the pool was mobilized for Operation Desert Shield, TIME was the newsmagazine standing by to participate (as it was, by coincidence, during last December's Panama invasion and 1987's Persian Gulf tanker-escort mission).

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