The Persian Gulf War and its aftermath Although Iraq advanced several arguments in support of its actions, the basic reasons behind the invasion of Kuwait were the perennial ones that had led earlier Iraqi regimes to seek the same result: The vehement anti-Iraqi feelings harboured by virtually all Kuwaitis, in conjunction with diplomatic efforts by the Kuwaiti government-in-exile in Saudi Arabiadid not stop Iraq from harshly imposing its rule on Kuwait. Department of Defense In mid-January a coalition of nations, acting under the authority of the United Nations and led by the United States and Saudi Arabia, began launching air strikes against Iraqi forces, and five weeks later it conducted a ground assault into Kuwait and Iraq.
This week in history: July 30, 3: Comment Shutterstock On Aug. Iraqi President Saddam Hussein ordered the invasion, citing unfair Kuwaiti economic practices, perhaps owing to an unclear understanding of America's position.
Hussein had become president of Iraq inthough he had been the power behind the scenes for many years prior. That same year saw tremendous upheaval in Persian Iran, Iraq's eastern neighbor. The Iranian Revolution was rooted in Islamic fundamentalism and rejected secular influences like capitalism, communism, nationalism and liberalism.
By contrast, Hussein was an Arab nationalist leader who paid lip service to Islam, but who held Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin as his role models. Afraid that Islamic fundamentalism might spread to Iraq, and wishing to expand his power in the Middle East, Hussein ordered a surprise attack upon Iran in September The resulting Iran-Iraq War proved to be one of the most barbaric in modern history.
One reason why Americans feared Hussein's weapons of mass destruction in the early s was because he had not only possessed but used WMDs in his war against Iran in widespread chemical weapons attacks.
By contrast, the Iranians frequently used their soldiers as cannon fodder, even sending students into minefields to clear a path for their tanks. Offering Iraq a measure of intelligence and logistical support, the United States also weapons to the Iranians, in what would become known as the Iran-Contra scandal, something even President Ronald Reagan's staunchest supporters admitted was an ill-conceived scheme.
After years of strategic stalemate, the Iran-Iraq War ended in At leastIraqis had lost their lives, while abouthad been wounded and some 70, taken prisoner — an exorbitant price for a nation of 17 million people.
Not wishing to see a radical Shi'ite Muslim victory in the war, these Sunni states increasingly loaned Iraq the money it needed to fund its war. With the war ended, Iraq found itself heavily in debt to its fellow Arab states.
First Account of Iraq’s Invasion of Kuwait Post by Mark The documentary above was uploaded onto YouTube yesterday and includes interviews with various Kuwaitis that were in Kuwait during the invasion. Discuss Iraq's invasion of Kuwait Relate the reaction of the U.N. and the subsequent formation of the coalition forces in response to the invasion Name each operation of the war. Operation Desert Storm: Ten Years Later National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 39 It includes both a chronological account of events (Part I) as well as an assessment of functional areas (Part II). Thus, Part I examines pre-conflict events, Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, the creation of the allied coalition, Desert Shield, and.
Like Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and many other Arab states, Iraq's principle source of income came from its oil exports. With so much of its economy smashed by the war, Iraq could not meet its financial obligations during the agreed upon timetables.
For Hussein, this was an unacceptable slap in the face to a nation that had bled to protect the Arab states.
This had been the case since the revolutions of had brought the East European communist regimes tumbling down. The general mood was euphoric. A brave new world was around the corner. No minor disputes between Third World autocrats would be allowed to spoil this moment of celebration.
With his preparations for an invasion of Kuwait in place, there was just one thing he had to know — what was the position of the United States? On July 25, U. Hussein gave the ambassador a note to pass on to U. Even that would have amounted to an enormous violation of international law.
Most likely believing that America was distracted with Europe and disinterested with the Middle East, Hussein decided to launch his attack upon Kuwait on August 2. Fully mobilized, it numbered a million men, organized into 60 divisions, including 12 armored and mechanized.
Seven of the divisions belonged to the Republican Guard, better equipped and chosen for political reliability. These, however, were only paper strengths; the coalition that eventually fought the Iraqi army identified only 43 divisions on the ground.In the early hours of August 2, , more than , Iraqi troops moved tanks, helicopters and trucks across the border into Kuwait.
Iraq maintained the world s fourth largest military and had. On Aug. 2, , Iraq invaded its neighbor Kuwait, triggering a series of events that would culminate in the Gulf War. Iraqi President Saddam Hussein ordered the invasion, citing unfair. Watch video · The same day, the United Nations Security Council unanimously denounced the invasion and demanded Iraq’s immediate withdrawal from Kuwait.
On August 6, the Security Council imposed a worldwide. First Account of Iraq’s Invasion of Kuwait Post by Mark The documentary above was uploaded onto YouTube yesterday and includes interviews with various Kuwaitis that were in Kuwait during the invasion.
Mar 17, · Watch video · Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein ordered the invasion and occupation of neighboring Kuwait in early August Alarmed by these actions, fellow Arab powers such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt called on. The Invasion of Kuwait on 2 August was a two-day operation conducted by Gulf War and resulted in the expulsion of Iraqi forces from Kuwait and the Iraqis setting Kuwaiti oil wells on fire during their retreat.
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