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UN Security Council authorized the use of "all necessary means" of force against Iraq if it did not withdraw from Kuwait by the following January 15
Massive US-led air offensive hit Iraq's air defenses, communications networks, weapons plants, etc. Known as Operation Desert Storm.
Operation Desert Sabre was launched. Over the next 4 days, coalition forces encircled and defeated the Iraqis and liberated Kuwait
US President George H.W. Bush declared a ceasefire.
United Nations Security Council called for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait
Iraqi government formally annexed Kuwait. Hussein called it Iraq's "19th Province". At this point, the first US Air Force fighter planes began arriving in Saudi Arabia as part of a military buildup dubbed Operation Desert Shield.
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