- After 57,000 combat and supply sorties, allied warplanes have destroyed up to 20 percent of Iraq's tanks, artillery and armored personnel carriers in Kuwait and southern Iraq, the U.S. command says.

- Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev warns that military operations in the Persian Gulf war threaten to exceed the U.N. mandate and says he is sending an envoy to Baghdad for talks with Saddam Hussein.- Apprehension over the gulf war and other U.S. crises may be contributing to a boom in food-storage and hard-currency sales in Utah.

- U.S. military officials say Iraqi soldiers are abandoning their posts in southern Kuwait and heading home in greater numbers than they are defecting.

- Bombing runs have turned the highway connecting Baghdad and Amman, Jordan, into a deathtrap, says an Associated Press correspondent.