Kuwait Oil Fires
These oil wells outside Kuwait City were set on fire by Iraqi forces before they were ousted from the region by Operation Desert Storm, a coalition force led by the U.S.
Photograph by Tech. Sgt. David McLeod
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On Aug. 2, 1990, military troops from Iraq invaded Kuwait, a small, oil-rich country neighboring Iraq in the Middle East. In response to the invasion, the United States led a coalition called Operation Desert Storm to repel Iraqi forces and prevent further invasion into nearby Saudi Arabia.
The Iraqi occupation of Kuwait lasted less than a year. Operation Desert Storm—the first Gulf War—ended with Iraq forced out of Kuwait, although hundreds of lives and more than 500 lucrative Kuwaiti oil wells were lost in the conflict.
a group of people or organizations united for a goal.
a disagreement or fight, usually over ideas or procedures.
profitable or money-making.
fossil fuel formed from the remains of marine plants and animals. Also known as petroleum or crude oil.
to keep something from happening.
to resist or push back.