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Critical Dates in the Gulf War

Author: Presidential Advisory Committee on Gulf War Illnesses
Document Dated: February 17, 2003
Date Posted: February 17, 2003


August 2 Iraq invaded Kuwait

August 8 U.S. Air Force planes arrived in Saudi Arabia

August 9 U.S. ground forces arrived in Saudi Arabia


January 17 First irretrievable hostile fire

January 20 First oil well fires started in Kuwait

January 27 Coalition forces declared air supremacy

February 19 Majority of oil well fires ignited

February 24 Ground war began

February 25 U.S. troops killed during a SCUD attack in Dhahran

February 28 Offensive operations ceased

June 13 Last U.S. service members who participated in the ground war returned to the United States

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