The Persian Gulf War, sometimes just called Gulf War, was a conflict between Iraq and 34 other countries, led by the United States. It started with the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq on August 2, 1990. Iraq had long claimed Kuwait as part of its territory. The war ended the following spring when Iraq's armies were defeated. There were two military operations. Operation Desert Shield brought troops to protect Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states that Iraq had not attacked.
|Persian Gulf War|
United Arab Emirates
|Commanders and leaders|
|Norman Schwarzkopf Jr.||Saddam Hussein|
|956,600, including 700,000 US troops||650,000 soldiers|
|Casualties and losses|
3,300 tanks destroyed
2,100 APCs destroyed
2,200 Artillery Pieces destroyed
110 Aircraft destroyed
137 Aircraft escaped to Iran
19 naval ships sunk, 6 damaged
Operation Desert Storm attacked Iraq's forces both in Kuwait and in Iraq. Operation Desert Storm started on 17 January, 1991 with an air strike. Ground operations started 24 February. Iraqi forces set fire to oil wells to slow the attack.The war ended on 28 February, 1991 with a ceasefire.
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