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Persian Gulf War
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The Persian Gulf War (August 2, 1990 – February 28, 1991) was waged against Iraq in response to Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait. Authorized by the United Nations, forces from thirty-four countries were led by the United States. The war is also known as the Gulf War, First Gulf War, Gulf War I, Kuwait War, First Iraq War, or Iraq War. Later the term “Iraq War” became identified with the 2003 Iraq War, or Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Persian Gulf War included Operation Desert Shield (August 2, 1990 – January 17, 1991 for the buildup of troops and defense of Saudi Arabia) and Operation Desert Storm (the combat phase from January 17, 1991 to February 28, 1991).
Army Live: Timeline of Operation Desert Storm
From the official blog of the U.S. Army, this timeline begins on January 16, 1991 with “massive air and missile attacks on targets in Iraq and Kuwait” and a short quote from President H.W. Bush, “We will not fail.” The timeline concludes forty-three days later on February 28, 1991 when Kuwaiti troops raised their national flag in Kuwait City, and President Bush laid out conditions for a permanent cease-fire.
History: Persian Gulf War
“Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein ordered the invasion and occupation of neighboring Kuwait in early August 1990. Alarmed by these actions, fellow Arab powers such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt called on the United States and other Western nations to intervene. Hussein defied United Nations Security Council demands to withdraw from Kuwait by mid-January 1991, and the Persian Gulf War began with a massive U.S.-led air offensive known as Operation Desert Storm.” Visit to watch the three-minute videos (look for them under Speeches as well as Videos), and read the main article.
PBS: Frontline: The Gulf War
“In the winter of 1991, amid the burning oil wells of Kuwait, two armies faced each other in the desert. At stake were the oil fields of the Middle East and America’s leadership in the world. The war in the Persian Gulf would be the first test after the Cold war of the American promise of a ‘new world order.'” Frontline divides their story into seven sections: An Oral History, War Stories, Weapons & Technology, Maps, Voices in the Storm (a BBC radio series), Chronology, and Transcripts (of the 4-hour television special). It is an excellent resource because of its depth of coverage, and is my pick of the week.
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