Persian Gulf War

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  • The Persian Gulf War started on August 2, 1990 when Saddam Hussein and Iraq attacked Kuwait because of their oil and the debt they owed to Kuwait.
  • The U.S. got involved because Kuwait had a large oil supply. The first attack to get Iraq out of Kuwait begun on January 14, 1991 with aerial and naval attacks.
  • The U.N. operation was called Operation Desert Storm. The countries that were on the U.N. side were France, United States, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
  • On February 24, ground troops invaded Iraq and Kuwait. On February 26, Saddam Hussein ordered his troops to withdraw from Kuwait.
  • On February 28, 1991, the war ended when President Bush announced a ceasefire. The ceasefire included inspections by the U.N. and a no-fly zone.
  • However, Iraq did not follow the ceasefire but George H.W. Bush demanded weapon inspections. When they said no another war called the Iraq war.
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