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PERSIAN GULF WAR (OPERATION DESERT STORM) �In August 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait in order to control their large supplies of oil. �Saddam Hussein, Iraq’s leader, claimed Kuwait was taking too much oil from shared oil fields. �Also claimed that Kuwait should have been part of Iraq. �The U. S was concerned because it gets a large amount of oil from Kuwait.
PERSIAN GULF WAR (OPERATION DESERT STORM) �Kuwait was part of the United Nations, so when they were attacked, the U. S. and 39 other countries joined Kuwait forces to drive the Iraqis out. �This was known as the Persian Gulf War, or Operation Desert Storm �Ended in February 1991
INVASION OF AFGHANISTAN �After the 9/11, the U. S began a military operation in Afghanistan to capture those responsible for the attack. �The organization was Al-Qaeda, and the leader was Osama bin-Laden. �U. S believed that the Taliban (the government in Afghanistan) was hiding Bin Laden. �The U. S launched a series of attacks in October 2001, and the Taliban collapsed. �The U. S is still working to help the people reorganize the government. Osama Bin Laden was killed in early 2011.
INVASION OF IRAQ �Invasion was launched in 2003 by the U. S �U. S claimed that the Iraqi government was offering aid to Al-Qaeda, developing nuclear weapons (WMDS), and was a threat to U. S interests in the region.
INVASION OF IRAQ �The government in Iraq collapsed quickly, however the U. S did not have a plan to reorganize the country. �U. S. troops have remained in Iraq to stop fighting between different religious and ethnic groups competing for power.
POST SEPTEMBER 11, 2001: OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM War in Iraq On-Going ØPublic & world opinion not favorable ØPresident Obama slowly withdrawing ØOver 4, 000 American soldiers dead