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CAPTION ONLY: U.S. SOLDIER AWAITS DEPARTURE TO KUWAIT

Pfc. Norberto Midgett of Dallas holds his 7-month-old daughter, Marcella, as he awaits departure from Fort Hood, Texas. Troops from Fort Hood were preparing to leave for Kuwait to take part in exercises to deter Iraqi aggression. Plans to deploy troops by military aircraft on Sunday and Monday fell through. The Army was hoping to use commercial airlines to airlift more than 1,000 soldiers. The four- to six-week exercise was planned for October but was moved up because of increasing instability in Iraq. A son-in-law of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein who defected to Jordan said his departure foiled Saddam's plan to invade Kuwait and Saudi Arabia earlier this month. Members of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force left March Air Force Base in Riverside County, Calif., Monday for the Persian Gulf. Camp Pendleton Marines will prepare combat equipment aboard ships.