A Brief History
On August 2, 1990, led by dictator Saddam Hussein, the military forces of Iraq invaded and annexed their smaller neighbor, the oil rich constitutional monarchy of Kuwait. Iraq was coming off a disastrous war (1980-1988) with Iran and Hussein was looking for an easy win.
This naked aggression by Iraq was poorly calculated, as the rest of the world, including much of the Arab world, disapproved of the action, and many nations joined forces to create a huge and powerful military force to counter that invasion, evicting the Iraqis from Kuwait in 1991 in a war known as the Gulf War, or in the United States as Operation Desert Storm.
Not only was Iraq defeated in 1991, the US led another coalition to depose Saddam Hussein by completely conquering Iraq in 2003. Hussein was executed and the US finally left in 2011.
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For more information, please see…
Kuwait Information Center. Crime Iraq’s Invasion of Kuwait. KUWAIT INFORMATION CENTRE INC., 1991.
Warren,, Bacil. With It or in It: Desert Shield and Desert Storm from the Loader’s Hatch. Smashwords, Inc., 2016.