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We can see that Iraqs claim on Kuwait was not a sudden incident There had been a history of demands and combat throughout the twentieth century The culmination of all this was Iraqs invasion of Kuwait on August 2 1990 The United Nations immediately issued Resolution 660 demanding an immediate withdrawal from Kuwait Next came Resolution 661 on August 6 1990 which called for economic sanctions against Iraq Also the United Nations issued Resolution 662 which called the invasion illegal But Iraq did not withdraw Iraq had its own agenda Citing historical precedence for its occupation the Iraqis were coveting the cash that Kuwait had to offer Iraq was in economic distress from their years of involvement in the Iran-Iraq War Kuwaits wealth would offset their economic problems Iraq was also upset with Kuwait for not forgiving loans that Iraq had not repaid Finally Iraq had illusions of becoming the force to be contended with and dominant in the Middle East especially if they had access to the Gulf The United States reacted quickly to the invasion On August 7 1990 America began deploying troops The next day President Bush ordered armed forces to Saudi Arabia Their purpose was to protect the Saudi Arabians from any Iraqi attack Iraq responded by declaring that male hostages would be used as human shields at strategic Iraqi sites This was an attempt to deter any military attacks on these locations On August 22 1990 George Bush called up reservists Iraq then announced that it would withdraw from Kuwait if they were allowed to retain the islands of Bubiyan and Warbah These two locations would give them free access to the Gulf2 On October 26 1990 the London Financial Times reported that a senior engineer of the Kuwait Oil Company stated that Iraq had prepared 300 of the 1000 oil wells for destruction3 The concern of the Bush Administration about Husseins threats to use Kuwait oil
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