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Unlike any conflict before, the Gulf War of 1991 played out in a brave new world of biological warfare. A round-the-clock television audience was captivated by the flying missiles that lit up the night sky. Canadian troops, sent abroad for combat for the first time since the Korean War joined the Allied forces to fight Iraq's invasion of Kuwait. On the surface, the occupation ended swiftly and decisively as the Iraqi forces retreated. But as was evident over the next decade, the problems remained unresolved.

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Forty-four United Nations weapons inspectors, including five Canadians, have been taken hostage in Iraq. The team was investigating and gathering documents on Iraq's nuclear program before being gathered and held in a parking lot. Captain Jeremy Mansfield of Aylmer, Que., says that while it's very hot and uncomfortable in their holding area, they're prepared to go the distance and endure the long haul. The CBC's David Halton follows the negotiation process in this television report.
. The UN weapons team was released on Sept. 28, 1991, four days after being taken hostage.
. Iraq has long been suspicious of the United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM) that has conducted the weapons inspections. Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein has accused members of UNSCOM of acting as spies for the United States. In 1997, Iraq banned Americans from serving on the commission.

. In 1998, Iraq and UNSCOM arrived at a stalemate and co-operation halted. Under the command of U.S. President Bill Clinton, air strikes resumed against Iraq.
. In 1999, UNSCOM was dispersed and replaced with UNMOVIC, the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission.
Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: Sept. 26, 1991
Guest(s): Jeremy Mansfield, Barbara McDougall
Host: Peter Mansbridge
Reporter: David Halton
Duration: 2:15

Last updated: June 21, 2013

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