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.
Iraq accuses Kuwait of stealing oil from Rumaylah oil field on Iraq-Kuwait border and warns of military action.
Iraq begins military build up against Kuwait.
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.
U.N.imposes trade embargo on Iraq.
Saudi Arabia requests U.S.troops to defend against possible Iraqi attack.
Hussein proclaims annexation of Kuwait.
First military force from the States arrive in Saudi Arabia. U.N.declares Iraqi annexation of Kuwait void.
Hussein declares a "jihad" or holy war against the coalition and Israel.
Naval blockade of Iraq begins.
Iraq declares Kuwait its 19 province, Kuwait City is renamed al-Kadhima
United Kingdom and France announce deployment of 10,000 troops to Gulf.
United Kingdom to sent more troops, in total 53,000.
U.N. sets deadline for Iraqi withdrawal on January 15, 1991. Hussein rejects all U.N. resolutions
Defense Department censors war reporting by press.
Talks between U.S. Secretary of State Baker and Iraqi Foreign Minister Aziz end in Stalemate.
Congress grants President Bush authority to wage war.
Operation Desert Storm begins at 3 a.m. Baghdad time.
First scud missiles strike Israel. Chemical attack Al-Jubayl, coalition start's cover up.
First units of 22 SAS more into Iraq.
Iraq begins to blow up Kuwaiti oil wells
Iraq begins environmental war, pumping crude oil into Gulf.
Iraqi and coalition forces engage in first important ground battle in Khafji, Saudi Arabia.
Cheney warns coaition, will retaliate if Iraq uses chemical or unconventional weapons. But Hussein as called the coalitions bluff.
Total coalition forces in Gulf over half million.
Air bombardment of Baghdad destroys three major bridges and kills 400 people in an air-raid shelter.
Soviet-Iraqi peace plan rejected. Oil spill in Gulf estimated at 1.5 milion barrels.
Allied ground campaign begins.
Iraqi Scud missile hits U.S. Barracks in Dhahran, Killing 28 U.S. Soldiers.
Hussein announces Iraq's withdrawal from Kuwait
Coalition forces enter Kuwait City.