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The Day in the Gulf

* STOPPING THE SPILL: U.S. F-111s bombed Iraqi-controlled oil facilities in Kuwait to try to stop the flow of oil into the gulf. Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf told reporters in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, that the planes targeted a complex of offshore pipes linking the oil fields with a tanker-loading buoy. He said oil and environmental officials advised that it was the best way to halt the flow into the gulf.

* WATER WORRIES: The oil slick does not threaten Saudi Arabia’s water supply because the kingdom’s desalination plants are being protected, a Saudi official said. The water facilities had been protected with booms, skimmers and unspecified “non-traditional” methods.

* MIGS: F-15s shot down four Iraqi MIG-23s southeast of Baghdad. Earlier, the total number of Iraqi planes confirmed destroyed in the air and on the ground stood at 45. No U.S. planes were lost in the past 48 hours.

* SILKWORMS: The British said the Royal Air Force apparently knocked out a Silkworm missile site in Iraq. The Chinese missile could have posed a threat to allied navy or merchant ships. British planes also struck an ammunition storage site in western Iraq on Saturday, producing “incredible secondary explosions” after the initial bombing by the RAF.

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* JETS IN IRAN: More than 40 Iraqi planes recently flew to neighboring Iran, the allied command said. The aircraft apparently were fleeing American air attacks or Saddam Hussein’s government. Iran, which is neutral in the war, said it will keep the planes until the war ends.

* WAR FUNDING: Saudi Arabia will contribute a total of $13.5 billion to the war effort. Secretary of State James A. Baker III said the contribution is for the first three months of the year.


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