first published on June 10, 2017 by Will
Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein invaded neighboring oil-rich Kuwait in August 1990. Neighboring Gulf states called on the United States and other Western nations for help. Saddam was given warning and a couple month timeline to pull back his troops. He ignored the warnings. Desert Shield, also known as Operation Desert Storm began in January of 1991. In less than a month and a half, the Iraqi military, one of the largest in the world at that time, had either been crushed, surrendered, or in a panicked state of retreat. In a matter of hours, US air assets had inflicted more damage to the Iraq military than Iran did in the entire eight-year duration of the Iran-Iraq War.