Saddam Hussein proclaims Kuwait as a province of Iraq
The first US forces arrive in Saudi Arabia.
Iraqis are given to 15 January to leave Kuwait.
Air campaign begins against military leadership targets in Kuwait and Iraq (concentrating on Baghdad).
Congress grants President George H.W. Bush the authority to use military force.
Desert Storm begins as coalition ground forces drive on Iraqi forces in Kuwait.
After 100 hours, Iraq agrees to a ceasefire. Iraqi forces have retreated from Kuwait. The United States (under the leadership of President George H.W. Bush, Defense Secretary Dick Cheney and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Colin Powell) is satisfied with U.N. objectives and does not push on to Baghdad. Within Iraq, Saddam brutally crushes Shi'ite and Kurdish opposition.