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Jan 18, 2016

A First Gulf War Retrospective

A First Gulf War Retrospective

On January 16th 1991 the First Gulf War started.
Saddam Hussein's Iraq had invaded neighboring Kuwait and after several requests to withdraw were ignored an allied force started bombing Iraq and Iraqi positions. To my knowledge it was the first war the world could follow live on channels such as CNN. Every bombing raid or SCUD alarm was broadcast live to millions around the globe.
Eventually the ground troops went in and Saddam retreated back to Iraq, but not before setting hundreds of oil well on fire.
The decision was made, by Bush Senior, to leave Saddam in power, but that situation was rectified by Bush Junior in the Second Gulf War, but ever since the West stuck it's nose in in 1991 it hasn't been able to close the door in that region.

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Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi gestures as he answers questions during a news conference at Kubba Presidential palace in Cairo /Reuters

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Israeli emergency workers assisted by two dogs go through the rubble of a collapsed residential building /Reuters

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An Israeli soldier inspects a building after it was destroyed during an Iraqi Scud missile attack last night /Reuters

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President George H.W. Bush meets with his military advisors at the Pentagon /Reuters

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U.S. Commander in Northern Iraq, General Jay Garner (2L) walks across the border bridge between Iraq and Turkey with Marine and Airbourne commanders on July 15, 1991. /REUTERS

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Anti-aircraft tracer lights up downtown Baghdad, January 17, 1991. US Air Force bombers attack Baghad during the Gulf War. /Reuters

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Two dead Iraqi soldiers lie in front of a T-72 Soviet-made tank, February 28, 1991. /Reuters

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British Prime Minister John Major (L) rides on a tank of the 4th Armoured Brigade (desert Rats) while visiting with British troops in the Gulf, January 8, 1991, before the start of Operation Desert Storm against Iraq. Riding with him is Bregadier Christopher Hammerback. /REUTERS

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In a televised address commemorating the start of the 1991 Gulf War Iraqi President Saddam Hussein said Iraq was determined to carry out parliamentary resolutions announced last year to halt the arms inspections January 17. The Iraqi leader warned that Iraq would halt all United Nations weapons inspections within months unless sanctions imposed on Iraq were quickly lifted. /Reuters

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Iraqi President Saddam Hussein pays a nostalgic visit to a Baghdad house January 17, where he said he took refuge on the first night of the 1991 gulf war. Saddam succeeded in keeping his whereabouts hidden from the u.s.-led coalition forces ranged against Baghdad during the war. /Reuters

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United States Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell (L) and General Norman Schwarzkopf, Commander of the Allied Forces for Operation Desert Storm, share a hearty laugh after welcoming tea at airport in Riyadh on February 8, 1991. /REUTERS

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A truck full of Iraqi soldiers and their belongins pass a United States Marine Hummvee as they head South on May 3, 1991. /REUTERS

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Iraqi soldiers, their hands raised, walk to a U.S. position on March 19, 1991 as they surrender. The soldiers are searched, disarmed, and sent back to Iraq. /REUTERS

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A U.S. Marine searches an Iraqi prisoner of war (POW) at a holding area on January 19, 1991. The Iraqi POW's were taken after U.S. forces attacked oil platforms off the Kuwaiti coast. /REUTERS

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Israeli soldiers stand inside a crater made when an Iraqi SCUD missile exploded near an Arab village in the West Bank on January 29, 1991. /REUTERS

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Kuwaiti and Saudi soldiers dance as they arrive in downtown Kuwait city after the withdrawal of the Iraqi army from Kuwait on February 27, 1991. /REUTERS

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Kuwait City inhabitants look at a dead body of an Iraqi soldier in Kuwait City after the withdrawal of Iraqi army from Kuwait on February 27, 1991. /REUTERS

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General Norman Schwarzkopf and U.S. Pesident Bush salute troops passing the presidential reviewing stand during Desert Storm Victory parade in Washington, June 8, 1991. The parade was held after the war against Iraq. /REUTERS

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Iraqi soldiers hold a white flag as they surrender to the Egyptian army during a ground battle in Kuwait on February 25, 1991. /REUTERS

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British Prime Minister John Major (L) rides on a tank of the 4th Armoured Brigade (desert Rats) while visiting with British troops in the Gulf, January 8, 1991, before the start of Operation Desert Storm against Iraq. Riding with him is Bregadier Christopher Hammerback. /REUTERS

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Iraqi Kurdish refugees scrap up solied bread crumbs from a dirt road as /REUTERS

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U.S. Presdient George Bush (L), Vice President Dan Quayle (2L), James Baker and Chief of Staff John Sununnu (R) walk towards the Oval office of the White House on February 23, 1991. President Bush retuned from Camp David to announce the beginning of the ground attack against Iraqi forces. /REUTERS

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File photo of a Saudi Arabian resident trying on a gas mask issued to him by the government in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia on January 10, 1991. Residents were issued gas masks just prior to the Gulf War in the event Iraq used chemical weapons during the conflict. Iraq will mark on January 17 the 10th anniversay of the Gulf War that ended a seven month occupation of Kuwait. /REUTERS

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File photo of Lance Corporal John Clark, of the 6th Marines, shouting to colleagues while preparing to fire a mortar shell on January 11, 1991. The Marines were conducting a live fire session while preparing for the Gulf War. Iraq will mark on January 17 the 10th anniversay of the Gulf War that ended a seven month occupation of Kuwait. /REUTERS

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File photo of Allied Forces Commander U.S. General Norman Schwarzkopf (L) meeting with Iraqi Lt-General Khalid Sultan Ahmed (2nd R) and other unidentified Iraqi commanders in Safwan occupied Iraq March 3, 1991. The meeting was to set conditions for cease fire and surrender ending the Gulf War. /REUTERS

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File photo of Iraqi anti-aircraft fire and tracer flares lighting up the sky above downtown Baghdad January 17, 1991, as U.S. and allied bombing raids launched a Gulf War to liberate Kuwait. /REUTERS

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Kuwaiti exiles read a local newspaper announcing the start of the Gulf War in Dubai in this January 17, 1991 file photo. Thousands of Kuwaitis fled their country in 1990 after it was invaded by Iraqi forces. /REUTERS

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A January 1991 file picture of British soldiers of a tank regiment moving munitions during training exercises in Saudi Arabia. British Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon announced January 12, 2001 its country is now ready to test Gulf War veterans for the effects of exposure to depleted uranian munitions blamed as the cause of illness or death among peacekeepers. /REUTERS

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A file photo dated March 1, 1991 of Arab soldiers including Kuwaitis and Saudi Arabians celebrating in the streets of Kuwait City following the liberation of the city from Iraqi forces during the Gulf War. /REUTERS

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File photo dated February 28, 1991 of Kuwaiti citizens walking south along the Basra highway heading back to Kuwait following the end of the Gulf War, past a burning Iraqi APC destroyed by U.S. aircraft while retreating from Kuwait. /REUTERS

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A file photo of a Kuwaiti freedom fighter standing outside his house in Kuwait City March 2, 1991 in the days following the liberation of the city by allied forces in Gulf War. /REUTERS

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File photograph of United States Secretary of Defence Dick Cheney addressing the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research February 21, 1991. Responding to Saddam Hussein's February 2, 1991 radio statement. Cheney said "We have no choice but to proceed as planned with the military campaign to liberate Kuwait." /REUTERS

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United States President George H.W. Bush and Secretary of State James Baker study prepared remarks at Bush's desk in the Oval Office /Reuters

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An Iraqi woman walks past the bombed Amaria shelter in Baghdad /Reuters

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Iraqis walk past the bombed Amaria shelter in Baghdad /Reuters

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USAF F-16's stand ready with bombs loaded to take off during the first daylight a.. /Reuters

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An Iraqi Kurdish boy rests by a bullet riden wall featuring a photo of Iraqi leade.. /Reuters

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A file photo dated February 26, 1991 of a U.S. soldier standing night guard a.. /Reuters

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Schwarzkopf and Ahmed salute each other during ceasefore talks in Safwan during The Persian Gulf War /REUTERS

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Two Kuwaiti pilots greet each other at the coalition airbase in Dhahran during Persian Gulf War /REUTERS

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