The first major foreign crisis for the United States after the end of the Cold War presented itself in August
First, it was inordinately protracted, lasting longer than either world war, essentially because Iran did not want to end it, while Iraq could not.
Second, it was sharply asymmetrical in the means employed by each side, because though both sides exported oil and purchased military imports throughout, Iraq was further subsidized and supported by Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, allowing it to acquire advanced weapons and expertise on a much larger scale than Iran.
Third, it included three modes of warfare absent in all previous wars since When Saddam Hussein, president of Iraq, quite deliberately started the war, he miscalculated on two counts: Had Iran been given ample warning, it would have mobilized its forces to defend its borderlands; that would have made the Iraqi invasion much more difficult, but in the process the bulk of Iranian forces might have been defeated, possibly forcing Iran to accept a cease-fire on Iraqi terms.
As it was, the initial Iraqi offensive thrusts landed in the void, encountering only weak border units before reaching their logistical limits.
At that point, Iran had only just started to mobilize in earnest. From then on, until the final months of the war eight years later, Iraq was forced on the strategic defensive, having to face periodic Iranian offensives on one sector or another, year after year. But Iran rejected a cease-fire, demanding the removal of Saddam Hussein and compensation for war damage.
But revolutionary Iran was very limited in its tactically offensive means. Cut off from U. Having long conserved its forces and shifted to all-mechanized configurations to circumvent the reluctance of its troops to face enemy fire, Iraq attacked on a large scale in April The end came on July 18, when Iran accepted UN Resolution calling for an immediate cease-fire, though minor Iraqi attacks continued for a few more days after the truce came into effect on July 20, Edited by Robert Cowley and Geoffrey Parker.The First Persian Gulf War, also known as the Gulf War, Jan.–Feb., , was an armed conflict between Iraq and a coalition of 39 nations including the United States, Britain, Egypt, France, and Saudi Arabia 28 nations contributed troops.
It was a result of Iraq's invasion of Kuwait on Aug. 2, Iraq then annexed Kuwait, which it had long.
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In August, , Saddam Hussein, dictator of Iraq, invaded the small but oil-rich kingdom of Kuwait, prompting military action by the U.S.
under George H W Bush. Operation Desert Storm was a success, liberating Kuwait from Iraqi control within hours. The invasion of Kuwait led to a United Nations Security Council embargo and sanctions on Iraq and a U.S.-led coalition air and ground war, which began on January 16, , and ended with an Iraqi defeat and retreat from Kuwait on February 28, Persian Gulf War, (–91), international conflict that was triggered by Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait on August 2, Iraq’s leader, Saddam Hussein, ordered the invasion and occupation of Kuwait with the apparent aim of acquiring that nation’s large oil reserves, canceling a large debt Iraq owed.