The First Gulf War - An Overview Term Paper by Nicky

A look at the First Gulf War.
# 150744 | 1,832 words | 4 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Apr 01, 2012 in History (Middle Eastern) , International Relations (U.S.) , Hot Topics (Iraq Wars)

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This paper examines the First Gulf War, considering its historic roots and their consequences. According to the paper, the Middle East conflict is a result of the Cold War. This concept is further elaborated upon in the paper. The paper traces the chronology of the First Gulf War, beginning with the invasion of Kuwait and the background leading up to that. It also discusses various US and Soviet Alliances in the Middle East. Additionally, the paper discusses the role of the US Navy in the conflict at length. The paper concludes by stating that the First Gulf War was an interesting war, with a foretold conclusion.


Beginning of the War
Duration of the War
The Role of the Navy
Personal Stories

From the Paper:

"During the Iran-Iraq War, Iraq became deeply indebted to both Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, but Iraq had problems paying its debts and wanted Kuwait to cancel them. Moreover, Iraq and Kuwait were involved in a dispute involving Iraq's allegations that Kuwait was exceeding OPEC oil production quotas. Iraq. Iraq ostensibly sought a diplomatic solution to its disputes with Kuwait, but the countries were unable to come to an agreement. On August 2, 1990, Iraq began an invasion of Kuwait. Kuwait was unprepared for the invasion, and Iraq quickly conquered the country. Both the UN Security Council and the Arab League sought diplomatic resolutions to the conflict, and the UN quickly instituted economic sanctions against Iraq. Iraq began denouncing Saudi Arabia, and the United States launched a campaign, Operation Desert Shield, to prevent Iraq from invading Saudi Arabia. The UN established Resolution 678, which gave Iraq a deadline of January 15, 1991, to withdraw from Kuwait. Iraq refused to withdraw from Kuwait, and coalition forces attacked."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Atkinson, R. (1993). Crusade: the untold story of the Persian Gulf War: Chronology. Retrieved October 3, 2009 from FrontlineWeb site:
  • Marolda, E. (2001). The United States Navy and the Persian Gulf. Retrieved October 3, 2009 from the Naval Historical CenterWeb site:
  • McIntyre, J. (2001). Tenth anniversary of the Gulf War: A look back. Retrieved October 3, 2009 from CNNWeb site:
  • Shenon, P. (1991). War in the Gulf: Rescue; Navy pilot is plucked from Iraqi desert. Retrieved October 3, 2009 from The New York TimesWeb site:

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