||Hussein accuses Kuwait on 17 July of oil overproduction and theft of
oil from the Rumailia Oil Field.
||On 25 July US Ambassador to Iraq, April Glaspie, tells Hussien that
the Iraq/Kuwaitt dispute is an Arab matter, not one that affects the United
||Hussein invades Kuwait on August 2. President Bush freezes Iraqi
and Kuwatti assets. The United Nations calls on Hussien to withdraw.
||Economic sanctions are authorized.
|Aug 7, 1990
||Secretery of Defense Cheny visits Suadi Arabia. The 82nd Airborne
and several fighter squadrons are dispatched.
|Aug 8. 1990
||Iraq annexes Kuwait
|Aug 9, 1990
||The UN declare's Iraq's annexation invailid
|Aug 12, 1990
||The USA announces intrediction program of Irai shipping.
|Aug 22, 1990
||President Bush authorizes call up of reserves.
|Aug 25, 1990
||Military interdiction authorized by the UN
|Sep 14, 1990
||Iraqi forces storm a number of diplomatic missions in Kuwait City.
|Nov 8, 1990
||Bush orders aditional deployments to give "offensive option" to US
|Nov 20, 1990
||45 Democrats file suit in Washington to have President Bush first seek
Congressional approval of military operations. (eventually thrown
|Nov 22, 1990
||President Bush visits the troops for Thanksgiving.
|Nov 29, 1990
||UN Security Council authorizes force if Iraq doesnt withdraw from Kuwait
by midnight EST Janu. 15.
|Nov 30, 1990
||Bush invites Tariq Aziz to Washington and offers to send Secretary
of State James Baker to Baghdad.
|Jan 9, 1991
||Baker and Aziz meet in Geneva. The meeting is 6 hrs, but no results.
|Jan 12, 1991
||Congress votes to allow for US troops to be used in offensive operations.
|Jan 15, 1991
||The deadline set by the UN Resolution 678 for Iraq to withdraw.
|Jan 16, 1991
||First US government statement of Operation Desert-Storm made.
Marlin Fitzwater announces, "The liberation of Kuwait has begun..."
The air war started Jan 17 at 2:38 a.m. (local time) or January 16 at
6:38PM EST due to an 8 hour time difference, with an Apache helicopter
US warplanes attack Baghdad, Kuwait and other military targets in Iraq.
|Jan 17, 1991
||Iraq launches first SCUD Missle attack.
|Jan 30, 1991
||US forces in the Gulf exceed 500,000.
|Feb 6, 1991
||Jordan King Hussein lashes out against American bombardments and supports
|Feb 13, 1991
||US Bombers destroy a bunker complex in Baghdad with several hundred
citizens inside. Nearly 300 die.
|Feb 17, 1991
||Tariq Aziz travels to Moscow to discuss possible negotiated end to
|Feb 22, 1991
||President Bush issues an ultimatum of Feb 23 for Iraqi troops to withdraw
|Feb 23, 1991
||Ground war begins with Marines, Army and Arab forces moving into Iraq
|Feb 25, 1991
||Iraqi SCUD missle hits a US barracks in Saudi Arabia killing 27.
|Feb 26, 1991
||Kuwaiti resistence leaders declare they are in control of Kuwait City.
|Feb 27, 1991
||President Bush orders a cease fire effective at midnight Kuwaiti time.
|Mar 3, 1991
||Iraqi leaders formally accept cease fire terms
|Mar 4, 1991
||Ten Allied POWs freed
|Mar 5, 1991
||35 POWs released
|Mar 8, 1991
||First US combat forces return home.