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Numbers in timeline correspond to locations on timeline map.




May 28/30 1990
Hussein asserts oil overproduction by Kuwait and United Arab Emirates is "economic warfare" against Iraq.

July 15/17
Iraq accuses Kuwait of stealing oil from Rumaylah oil field on Iraq-Kuwait border and warns of military action.

July 22
Iraq begins military build up against Kuwait.

August 2, #1
Iraq invades Kuwait and seizes Kuwaiti oil fields. Kuwait's emir flees. Iraq masses troops along the Saudi Border. U.N.condemns Iraq's invasion and demands withdrawal.

August 6
U.N.imposes trade embargo on Iraq.

August 7
Saudi Arabia requests U.S.troops to defend against possible Iraqi attack.

August 8
Hussein proclaims annexation of Kuwait.

August 9,#2
First military force from the States arrive in Saudi Arabia. U.N.declares Iraqi annexation of Kuwait void.


August 10
Hussein declares a "jihad" or holy war against the coalition and Israel.

August 12
Naval blockade of Iraq begins.

August 28
Iraq declares Kuwait its 19 province, Kuwait City is renamed al-Kadhima

September 14/15
United Kingdom and France announce deployment of 10,000 troops to Gulf.

November 22

United Kingdom to sent more troops, in total 53,000.

December 17
U.N. sets deadline for Iraqi withdrawal on January 15, 1991. Hussein rejects all U.N. resolutions

1991

January 3
Defense Department censors war reporting by press.

January 9
Talks between U.S. Secretary of State Baker and Iraqi Foreign Minister Aziz end in Stalemate.

January 12
Congress grants President Bush authority to wage war.

January 17
Operation Desert Storm begins at 3 a.m. Baghdad time.

January 19,#3
First scud missiles strike Israel. Chemical attack Al-Jubayl, coalition start's cover up.

January 20
First units of 22 SAS more into Iraq.

January 22
Iraq begins to blow up Kuwaiti oil wells

January 25, #4
Iraq begins environmental war, pumping crude oil into Gulf.

January 30,#5
Iraqi and coalition forces engage in first important ground battle in Khafji, Saudi Arabia.

February 1
Cheney warns coaition, will retaliate if Iraq uses chemical or unconventional weapons. But Hussein as called the coalitions bluff.

February 8
Total coalition forces in Gulf over half million.

February   12/13
Air bombardment of Baghdad destroys three major bridges and kills 400 people in an air-raid shelter.

February 19
Soviet-Iraqi peace plan rejected. Oil spill in Gulf estimated at 1.5 milion barrels.

February 24, #6
Allied ground campaign begins.

February 25, #7
Iraqi Scud missile hits U.S. Barracks in Dhahran, Killing 28 U.S. Soldiers.

February 26, #8
Hussein announces Iraq's withdrawal from Kuwait

February 27
Coalition forces enter Kuwait City.