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Today in Media History: The Gulf War’s 1991 Operation Desert Storm

On January 16, 1991, the news media reported that Allied forces had launched air strikes against Iraq.

News on the Web was still a few years away, so most people first turned to television for coverage of the Gulf War’s Operation Desert Storm.

CNN’s Bernard Shaw, Peter Arnett and John Holliman described the beginning of Operation Desert Storm from the ninth-floor of a Baghdad hotel.

They broadcast with audio only.

Their reporting and the sounds of anti-aircraft fire reminded some of Edward R. Murrow’s stories during the bombing of WWII London.

(Additional video footage has been posted.)

“U.S. and allied forces took control of the skies over Iraq by hitting Saddam Hussein’s forces with 1,000 air sorties that claimed one U.S. pilot’s life, Defense Secretary Dick Cheney said. Cheney and Gen. Colin L. Powell, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, expressed satisfaction with the initial results of Operation Desert Storm — but both stressed that there could well be other casualties in what is expected to be a protracted campaign to drive Iraq from Kuwait.

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