Facts:The Allied coalition was made up of 39 countries
: Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Egypt,
France, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Hungary, Italy, Kuwait, Morocco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Niger, Norway, Oman, Pakistan,
Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia,
Senegal, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Syria,
Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The US Department of Defense
has estimated the incremental costs of the Gulf War at $61 billion, with US allies providing about $54 billion -- Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states covered $36 billion. Germany and Japan
covered $16 billion.
Estimates of Iraqi soldier deaths range from 1,500 to 100,000.
August 2, 1990 -
Iraq invades Kuwait. Reportedly, Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein
decided to invade the small, oil-rich nation in order to pay off debts incurred during Iraq's eight year war with Iran.
August 2, 1990 -
The United Nations
passes a resolution denouncing Iraq's invasion of Kuwait.
August 6, 1990 - The UN imposes sanctions on Iraq.
August 7, 1990 - US President George H. W. Bush
orders the start of Operation Desert Shield.
August 8, 1990 - Iraq formally annexes Kuwait.
August 25, 1990 - The UN passes a resolution to allow enforcement of the embargo by military means.
November 29, 1990 - The UN authorizes use of force after January 15, 1991.
January 16-17, 1991 - Operation Desert Storm
February 24, 1991 - The allied ground assault begins.
February 27, 1991 - Baghdad radio announces that Iraq will comply with UN resolutions.
February 27, 1991 - Kuwait is liberated.
February 28, 1991 - Coalition attacks against Iraq end.
March 14, 1991 - Kuwait's Emir returns home.
April 6, 1991 - Iraq accepts the terms of a cease-fire agreement.