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On Aug 2 1990 Iraqi military forces on orders from President Saddam Hussein invaded and occupied the small country of Kuwait The Persian Gulf War of 1991--from January 16 to February 28--was fought to expel Iraq and restore Kuwaiti independence The war introduced several technologically advanced weapon systems As wellthe United States forged a broad-based international coalition that confronted Iraq militarily strategy The military coalition consisted of unni-versus-Shia for and Arab-versus-Persian religious and ethnic disputes to a personal animosity between Saddam Hussein and Ayatollah Khomeini Above all Iraq launched the war in an effort to consolidate its rising power in the Arab world and to replace Iran as the dominant Persian Gulf state Phebe Marr a noted analyst of Iraqi affairs stated that the war was more immediately the result of poor political judgement and miscalculation on the part of Saddam Hussein and the decision to invade taken at a moment of Iranian weakness was Saddams Iraq and Iran had engaged in border clashes for many years and had revived the dormant Shatt al Arab waterway dispute in 1979 Iraq claimed the 200-kilometer channel up to the Iranian shore as its territory while Iran insisted that the thalweg--a line running down the middle of the waterway--negotiated last in 1975 was the official border The Iraqis especially the Baath leadership regarded the 1975 treaty as merely a truce not a definitive settlement The Iraqis also perceived revolutionary Irans Islamic agenda as threatening to their pan-Arabism Khomeini bitter over his expulsion from Iraq in 1977 after fifteen years in An Najaf vowed to avenge Shia victims of Baathist repression Baghdad became more confident however as it watched the once invincible Imperial Iranian Army disintegrate as most of its highest ranking officers were executed In Khuzestan Arabistan to the Iraqis
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