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Answered 2009-11-20 15:49:04

After a long war between Iraq and Iran, Saddam had depleted the treasury and was looking to replenish the country's bank accounts (which he actually used more often for himself and his family's comforts). He had long tired to claim that Kuwait was actually part of Iraq and it didn't hurt that they were rich in oil, so he invaded.
After the US positioned the armed forces in the Persian Gulf and surrounding countries, President H.W. Bush gave deadlines for the Iraqis to leave Kuwait that came and went. Bush bombed strategic Iraqi targets on January 17, 1991 for 100 days and then sent in ground forces in February. The ground campaign lasted only 100 hours.

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