Gulf War - The Desert Storm Campaign

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Few Campaigns in military history have been as ambitious or successful as Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Sparked by Iraq's Aug. invasion of neighboring Kuwait, U.S. forces joined in an unprecedented international coalition to prevent further Iraq expansionism and to restore Kuwait's legitimist government.

Air Power In Operation Desert Storm

The recent Gulf War between Iraq and a United Nations coalition of countries marked a major turning point in history of air warfare. For the first time, air power destroyed a nation's ability to wage war so decisively that a protracted land war proved unnecessary. Protection or concealment did not prevent widespread destruction of key targets by precise and deadly air attacks. Yet the very accuracy of these attacks kept civilian casualties at levels significantly lower than in previous wars.

On November 29, 1990, for only the second time in its history, the United Nations voted to go to war to repel aggression against one of its members. The first time was to repel the North Korean invasion of South Korea in 1950. Thirty nations banded together to free Kuwait from Iraq aggression. These 30 were:

Argentina
Australia
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Belgium
Great Britain
Canada
Czechoslovakia
Denmark
Egypt

France
Germany
Greece
Italy
Kuwait
Morocco
Netherlands
New Zealand
Niger
Norway

Oman
Pakistan
Poland
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Spain
Syria
United Arab Emirates
United States

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