Desert Storm and Desert Sabre

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The Gulf War (lasting from 1990-1991) began when Iraq invaded its neighbor Kuwait. This was the second invasion launched by Iraq in the past decade, with the first being the Iran-Iraq War. It can be divided into four phases:
  • Desert Shield: Buildup of US and coalition troops in Saudi Arabia
  • Desert Storm: Incredibly successful air strike on key Iraqi missile installations and SCUD missile launchers. The Smart Bomb became a keynote image of this phase.
  • Desert Sabre: A tank charge through Kuwait and into Iraq. The US M1A2 Abrams tanks encountered little opposition.
  • Desert Farewell: A withdrawal of coalition troops after securing the independence of Kuwait.
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