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Gulf War

The Gulf War was a war by the U.N coalition force led by the United States against Iraq from August 2nd, 1990 - February 28th, 1991. This was codenamed Operation Desert Storm by the United States Military and was waged in response to Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait.¹

Iraqi troops began invading Kuwait on August 2nd, 1990. They were immediately met with economic sanctions from the United Nation’s Security Council and United States forces in Saudi Arabia.¹

The tumultuous relationship between Iraq and the United States can find its roots with Iraq being an ally of the Soviet Union in the Cold War. This, along with many other associations Iraq had that the United States did not approve of, led to Iraq’s inclusion on the United States’ list of State Sponsors of Terrorism.¹

On November 29th, the United Nations set January 15th, 1991 as the deadline for peaceful withdrawal. When Saddam Hussein refused, Operation Desert Storm was launched on January 18th.¹

The great majority of the Coalition’s forces were from the United States, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom and Egypt.¹

The Coalition began with a massive air war to destroy Iraq’s military and civil infrastructure.¹ Iraq responded with Scud missiles launched to Israel and Saudi Arabia. On February 34th, the Coalition forces invaded Kuwait and Southern Iraq and defeated the Iraqis, liberating Kuwait. United States President George H. W. Bush declared a ceasefire on February 28th.¹

Even though this was an obvious victory for the coalition, Iraq and Kuwait suffered huge amounts of damage and their President Saddam Hussein was never removed from power.

This section of BrainMass also has questions and content regarding the Second Persian Gulf War.




American Military History: Gulf War

Discuss America's role in the rising hostilities in the Middle East in the 1980s through the Gulf War. Response should be a minimum of 300 words plus reference.

bibliography on Operation Desert Storm

Offer guidance for an annotated bibliography on Operation Desert Storm. References required to be taken from any or combination of the following: scholarly and professional articles, reports, statistics, case studies, book chapters and even some complete books. Sources from a .gov or .edu website are acceptable.

Desert Storm

As a foundation to understanding politics and conflict, review Desert Storm . Discuss the situation reflecting on causation, role of social stratification, type of conflict ,and the resolution or results of the conflict.

American History 1865 to 1945

How did the unresolved issues of WWI lay the foundation for the rise of fascism and Nazism in Europe a decade later? How could this compare with the Gulf War 70 years later?