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Thursday, August 2, 1990. :   Iraq invades Kuwait, initiating the Gulf War.

     In the early hours of 2 August 1990, 100,000 Iraqi troops backed by 300 tanks invaded Kuwait, in the Persian Gulf. US economic aid to Iraq had inadvertently allowed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to amass weaponry which was then deployed for the invasion. Hussein's motivation for the invasion was that it was a response to overproduction of oil in Kuwait, which had cost Iraq an estimated $14 billion a year when oil prices fell.

The United Nations acted immediately to implement economic sanctions against Iraq. Iraq, however, would not retreat. In January of the following year, a coalition force of armies from 34 nations, led by the United States, set out to free Kuwait. The Gulf War lasted around 6 weeks, and resulted in a decisive victory for the coalition forces.


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Thought For Today
Arrogance causes nothing but trouble. It is wiser to ask for advice.
Proverbs 13:10 (c) GNB
What sort of fool would travel on outback roads without a map and refuse to ask for directions? People have died from such arrogance.

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