|The Gulf War
The Gulf War
The Persian Gulf war was launched on January 6, 1991, after international
diplomatic efforts and sanctions had failed to force Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait, which
was ilegally invaded on August 2, 1990, by the january 15th deadline set by the united
nations. The 31-nation military moved against Iraq, commanded by U.S. general H.
Norman Schwarzkopf, included forces from the United States, Saudi Arabia, Egypt,
Britain, Syria, and France. Japan, Germany, and others aided the war effort financially.
The war, code-named Desert Storm, began as a massive air strike carried out on key Iraqi
military targets. The allies quickly gained air superiority; many Iraqi planes were flown to
Iraq because it was a neutral area and they stood a less chance of being shot down. Iraq
launched scud missle attacks on Israel in an effort to bring them into the war, and weaken
the side of the allies. The ground war started wh...