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Iraqs invasion of Kuwait The Persian Gulf War was just one in a string of wars in and near the region On September 1980 Iraq launched a major war against Iran This war went on until1988 and proved one of the deadliest of the century The war had over a million casualties And in many ways this war set the stage for Iraqs invasion of Kuwait in 1990 Iraqis had a defendant reason to invade Kuwait One reason is Iraq claimed that Kuwait was pumping oil from a field that straddled the Iraqi-Kuwaiti border and was not sharing the revenue Secondly Iraq also accused Kuwait of producing more oil than allowed under quotas set by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries OPEC thereby depressing the price of oil Iraqs main export Iraqs disputes against Kuwait grew rapidly but Iraq was mostly about money and did not suggest that they were about to revive its land claim to Kuwait The Iraqi attack began shortly after midnight on August 2 1990 It attacked all nations that depended on oil at reasonable price that feared weapons of mass destruction in the hands of a brutal dictator who never met a weapon he did not useYetiv 4 About 150000 Iraqi troops easily plagued the unsuspecting and inexperienced Kuwaiti forces which numbered about 20000 A number of hours had past and the Iraqi troops had complete control over Kuwait and its Capital and were soon to be in complete control of the country As the war went on Iraq installed a puppet government which consists of nine hand picked military officers whose origin is not altogether clear And this puppet government replaced the ruling Kuwaiti al-Sabah family Then shortly after the United Nations Security Council and the Arab League immediately condemned the Iraqi invasion On august 8 1990 Iraq annexed Kuwait as its nineteenth province as if this were a common practice in the world politics and by august
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