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Persian Gulf War

7th grade social studies lesson
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Allie Hahn

on 6 November 2012

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Transcript of Persian Gulf War

Beginning of the War It all started in 1990. During the War Hussein attacked Kuwait in August 1990. Ending the War The war lasted six weeks. The Persian Gulf War Adapted from the following sources:
•Carole Marsh 7th Grade Social Studies GPS book (copyright 2008)
•http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/teach/gulfguide/gwtimeline.html
•http://www.history.com/topics/persian-gulf-war
•Lesson plan materials created/compiled by Amelia Ormsby
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/middle_east_and_asia/middle_east.gif To get what he wanted, Hussein -- The U.N. put a trade embargo on Iraq. In January 1991, the U.S. led a group of other nations (called a coalition) to recapture Kuwait from Iraq. This was called "Operation Desert Storm." Iraq started waging an "environmental war," pumping millions of gallons of oil into the Persian Gulf. American aircraft hit Iraq with missiles while ground forces forced Iraqi troops out of Kuwait. Hussein left the country and U.S. President Bush announced that Kuwait was liberated! Iraq hinted that it owned weapons of mass destruction. The U.N. trade embargo stayed in place after the war - to remove it, Iraq had to destroy its WMDs and stop making nuclear weapons. Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) are weapons having the capacity to indiscriminately kill large numbers of living beings. Saddam Hussein was the dictator of Iraq. He wanted to control Kuwait's oil fields. He also wanted more access to the Persian Gulf. * Accused Kuwait of stealing oil from the Rumaylah oil field on the Iraq-Kuwait border. * Accused Kuwait and Saudi Arabia of conspiring to keep oil prices low for the West. * Began gathering troops at the Iraq-Kuwait border.
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