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The Persian Gulf War I (Operation Desert Shield - Desert Storm)   Iraq Campaign Ribbon

The invasion of Kuwait by Iraqi forces on Aug. 2, 1990, caused the United Nations Security Council to adopt several resolutions closing Iraqi borders to international trade. The Security Council demanded the removal of Iraqi troops from Kuwait and wanted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to destroy all non-conventional weapons.

The Persian Gulf War of 1991, also known as Operation Desert Shield - Desert Storm, began January 16, lasting until February 28, 1991, and was designed to expel Iraq and restore Kuwaiti independence. It was a multi-national operation consisting of troops from Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Honduras, Italy, Kuwait, Morocco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Niger, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Korea, Spain, Syria Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

The United States suffered 148 killed in action, 458 wounded, 121 killed due to non-hostile action, and 11 female combat deaths.

CNN News In Depth Reports of Desert Storm

The War from the Armed Forces Information System

The Gulf War Veteran's Memorial Honoring those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country by Douglas Havemann


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