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The Persian Gulf War

The war in the Persian Gulf was a war of religious favor, cruel leadership, and greed. Desert Storm or more commonly known ass The Golf War was the same type of war that had accrued in this area for many years except for one fact. In Operation Desert Storm, it was a mix of sophisticated technology and the combined leadership and cooperation from the coalition that was used to end the war in a quick and timely manner. Which in the end probably saved thousands of lives.

In 1979 Saddam Hussien took control of Iraq, and immediately made his presence

known when he killed 21 of his cabinet members. He wanted to make his country whole once again. So in 1990 he invaded Kuwait and in less than four hours he had taken Kuwait and controlled 24% of the worlds oils supplies. Al Of Saddam's actions foreshadowed that he would attempt an assault on Saudi Arabia. This was where the United States entered after a call for protection by Saudi Arabia. The United States set a deadline of January 5th, 1991 for all Iraq forces to be out of Kuwait, but Saddam ignored the deadline. That triggered Dessert Shield, and the build up of troops in the region and eventually lead to Desert Storm, a all out attack to free Kuwait.

The entire Gulf war was concentrated basically around two countries and their leaders. These are Iraq with Saddam Hussien as a leader, and The United States Of America with George Bush who was President of The United States at the time. Even though it seamed that it was mainly just the American's that were basically fighting the war, there was actually a coalition that consisted of thirty eight countries. The names of a few of the major countries were Australia, Canada, Czechoslovakia, and Italy. The war was financed by countries that were unable to send in troops. More than 53 billion was pledged. Saudi Arabia and southern Kuwait were the largest donors. Switzerland also contributed to the allies, after being neutral during both World War I and World War II.

The largest tank battle in the war conclusively showed the superiority of the coalition's tanks new technology that allowed them to attach at an impossible distance where they were basically immune from Iraq fire. Another benefit to the new technology was the new types of metal they were making the tanks out of. It was strong and most importantly light which was necessary for maneuverability reasons. As a whole, the battles showed that the coalition clearly out classed the tactics of the Iraq's emphasized pitched engagements and linear movements as they had been taught by there soviet leaders. In the entire Gulf War Iraq lost around 4,000 tanks and the coalition lost only 4. This quote states the truth about the situation in Desert Storm. "Iraq went from the fourth largest army in the world to the second biggest army in Iraq in 100 hours." Said Lieutenant General Tom Kelly. On the final night of the war, within hours of the cease fire, two United States Air Force bombers dropped specially designed 5,000 pound bombs on a command bunker fifteen kilometers



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