Egypt January 16, 1991

January 16, 1991, our ship sped towards Aswan a day before U.S. led Allies dropped the first bombs on Baghdad. First, the Egyptian translator assigned to me sent me to his brother’s house. He was a doctor. He kept me safe, but that was the last day I saw any journalists. No Americans came near the Middle East or Europe after January 17, when the bombs dropped, especially in Aswan. The dam up the river from the city was a strategic target for Saddam. One strike at the water’s edge and the dam would burst, flooding the Nile River with a destructive overflow that would have destroyed key cities all the way to the Mediterranean coast to Alexandria. Instead Saddam attacked Israel with Scud missiles.


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