Gulf War

What was the major cause of the 1990 Gulf War and Desert Storm?

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December 31, 2011 11:03AM

Operation Desert Storm was part of the military response to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait on the 2nd of August 1990 which led to Operation Desert Shield in Saudi Arabia and then the retaking of Kuwait and the invasion of Iraq in Operation Desert Storm.

The Iraqi invasion of Kuwait was precipitated due to disagreements about the abstraction of oil from the oil fields on the Iraq-Kuwait border (Iraq accused Kuwait of the over production of oil from this field) as well as disagreements over the repayment of loans made to Iraq by Kuwait during the Iran-Iraq war.