Desert Storm: The War in the Persian Gulf

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By Scott C. Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. More Videos Reporter recalls when Persian Gulf War broke out Story highlights Scott Stump: Operation Desert Storm became one of the most successful US military operations, despite predictions of doom It is crucial that the American people remember those who took great risks for the freedom of this country, says Stump.

I remember being unnerved by the thundering roar of 93 low-flying fighter jets screaming over my head, as I crouched within my sandy foxhole in the cold, dark Saudi Arabian desert. I knew that our world was about to change drastically. Despite all the somber predictions by the naysayers who said that America was not up to the mission, Operation Desert Storm became one of our country's proudest moments and, from a military standpoint, one of the most rapid and resounding victories ever.

The official predictions stated that 10, Americans would be casualties within the first week of fighting Iraqi forces, and if the war lasted 20 days, 30, casualties were expected. Chemical and biological warfare were a constant fear, with gas masks and chemical protective suits part of the daily wardrobe. Gulf War Fast Facts. The UN condemned Iraq and helped form a coalition to fight Saddam militarily. Bush, remembering the lessons of Vietnam, sought public support as well.

Desert Storm, a war worth fighting -- and remembering

Although there were scant opponents of the conflict, the vast majority of Americans and a narrow majority of the Congress supported the President's actions. When all the forces were in place, the United States issued an ultimatum to Saddam Hussein: leave Kuwait by January 15, or face a full attack by the multinational force. January 15 came and went with no response from the Iraqis. The next night Desert Shield became Desert Storm.

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Bombing sorties pummeled Iraq's military targets for the next several weeks. On many days there were over such missions. Attacking Israel was a stratagem to persuade all the neighboring Arab nations to join the Iraqi cause. After intense diplomatic pressure and negotiation, the Arab nations remained in opposition to Iraq.

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On February 24, the ground war began. Although the bombing lasted for weeks, American ground troops declared Kuwait liberated just hours after the ground attack was initiated. American foot soldiers moved through Kuwait and entered southern Iraq. This posed a dilemma for the United States. The military objectives were complete, but Saddam, the perpetrator of the rape of Kuwait, was still ruling Iraq from Baghdad.

President Bush feared that the allies would not support the occupation of Baghdad.

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Concerns were raised that if Saddam's regime were toppled, the entire nation could disintegrate into a civil war. Soon Iraq agreed to terms for a ceasefire, and the conflict subsided.


Iraq did not leave Kuwait untouched. Millions of dollars of valuables were plundered by the occupying troops. As Iraq retreated, they detonated explosives at many of Kuwait's oil wells.

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The disaster to the environment grew as Iraq dumped oil into the Persian Gulf. The costs were enormous, and casualty figure staggering. Although estimates range in the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi deaths, only Americans were killed in the battle. This was primarily because of the technological advances of the United States. The Persian Gulf War was a television event. CNN broadcast round-the-clock coverage of unfolding events.

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Americans saw footage from cameras placed on smart bombs as they struck Iraqi targets. The stealth fighter, designed to avoid radar detection was put into use for the first time. General Norman Schwarzkopf and General Colin Powell became household names as citizens watched their direction of the conflict. The United States passed its first test of the post-Cold War world. Skillful diplomacy proved that the United Nations could be used as an instrument of force when necessary. Although Moscow did not contribute troops to the operation, they gave tacit approval for the attack.

The potential for multinational cooperation was demonstrated. The largest American military operation since Vietnam was completed with smashing success. Most Americans felt confident in their military and technological edge once more. President Bush promptly declared that the "new world order had begun.

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Bush orders the start of Operation Desert Shield.