Gulf War -Iraq’s Invasion of Kuwait – 30 years ago in Pictures

It began with the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait on 2 August 1990 and ended with the Liberation of Kuwait by Coalition forces. Iraq subsequently agreed to the United Nations’ demands on 28 February 1991. The ground war officially concluded with the signing of the armistice on 11 April 1991.

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein (L) is seen in a tent in Najaf.

August 9, 1990: A policeman waves to a driver returning home from Kuwait as he arrives with his family aboard a ferry from Jordan after a five day trip through the desert fleeing the Iraqi invasion, in Egypt’s Red Sea port of Nuweiba.

August 16, 1990: Egyptian refugees loading their luggage atop a bus at the Iraq-Jordan border checkpoint as thousands of foreigners flee the war in Iraq and Kuwait.

August 28, 1990: US Army tanks from the 24th Infantry Division are unloaded during military manoeuvres in Saudi Arabia as US army was deployed in the Persian Gulf since Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait on August 2, leading to a conflict between Iraq and Kuwait and an international military intervention.

August 28, 1990: Puma type helicopters of the French armed forces land on the deck of the French aircraft carrier Clemenceau, casting off Djibouti, as French army was deployed in the Persian Gulf since Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait on August 2, leading to a conflict between Iraq and Koweit and an international military intervention.

November 4, 1990: Responding to Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, troops of the U.S. 1st Cavalry Division deploy across the Saudi desert on during preparations prior to the Gulf War.

February 25, 1991: An Egyptian light armoured vehicle explodes after driving over an Iraqi mine, on the second day of the massive ground assault of the Allied Forces into Kuwait and Iraq during ‘Desert Storm’ operation.

February 25, 1991: Iraqi soldiers hold a white flag as they surrender to the Egyptian army during a ground battle in Kuwait.

February 28, 1991: People with rifles and Kuwaiti national flags celebrate in the streets of Kuwait City after US President George Bush’s announcement of a cease-fire.

March 26, 1991: Two Kuwaiti men walk in al-Ahmadi oil field next to a burning oil well set ablaze by retreating Iraqi troops.