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The Kuwait Invasion

Thirty years ago tomorrow, nearly 100,000 Iraqi troops and 700 tanks drove into Kuwait at 2 a.m. local time.

Within two days of intense combat between the two countries, most of the Kuwaiti armed forces were either overrun by the Iraq’s Republican Guard or were forced to fall back to neighboring Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

By annexing Kuwait, Iraq gained control of 20 percent of the world’s oil reserves and, for the first time, a substantial coastline on the Persian Gulf.

Read tomorrow how everyday lives were affected by the chain of events that rapidly followed.

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