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Invasion of Kuwait

Invasion of Kuwait
Iraqi helicopters enter into an assault over Kuwait City on August 2nd 1999.
Military Conflict
ConflictInvasion of Kuwait
Date2 � 4 August 1990
ResultIraqi victory; Iraqi-backed government installed; Beginning of the Kuwaiti resistance movement; Iraqi occupation of Kuwait triggering the Persian Gulf War.
Iraq-Kuwait border abolished; temporary annexation of Kuwait as the 19th province of Iraq (unrecognized by any nation and deemed illegal by UN).
Iraq Iraq
Kuwait Kuwait
Supported By: United Nations **United States **United Kingdom **France **Canada **South Korea **Italy
Iraq Saddam Hussein
Iraq Ali Hassan al-Majid
Kuwait Jaber III
37+ aircraft (est.).
Other losses N/A
20 aircraft lost,
200 KIA,
600 POWs

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The Invasion of Kuwait, also known as the Iraq-Kuwait War, was a major conflict between the Republic of Iraq and the State of Kuwait, which resulted in the seven-month long Iraqi occupation of Kuwait, which subsequently led to direct military intervention by United States-led forces in the Gulf War.

In 1990, Iraq accused Kuwait of stealing Iraqi petroleum through slant drilling, although some Iraqi sources indicated Saddam Hussein’s decision to attack Kuwait was made only a few months before the actual invasion, suggesting that the regime was under feelings of severe time pressure. Some feel there were several reasons for the Iraqi move, including Iraq's inability to pay more than $80 billion that had been borrowed to finance the Iran-Iraq war and Kuwaiti overproduction of petroleum which kept revenues down for Iraq. The invasion started on August 2, 1990, and within two days of intense combat, most of the Kuwaiti Armed Forces were either overrun by the Iraqi Republican Guard or escaped to neighboring Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. The state of Kuwait was annexed, and Hussein announced in a few days that it was the 19th province of Iraq.

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