Kuwait History: The Gulf War

Kuwait History: The Gulf War Last updated on Tuesday 20th April 2010

After a series of disputes over oil, money and boundaries, Iraq invaded its much smaller neighbour on the 2nd of August 1990. The invasion received immediate international condemnation and on 16 January 1991, after the failure of international diplomatic efforts and sanctions, a 28-member military coalition under U.S. command launched the Gulf War.

Kuwait was liberated on the 26th of February 1991 and H. H. the emir returned to the country on the 14th of March 1991.

The Advisory National Council (ANC), created in 1990 before the invasion, was reconvened on the 9th of July. Later in 1991, Kuwait and the United States signed a ten-year security agreement.

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