GLOBAL CONNECTIONS: the Near/Middle East
January 15, 1991-March 3, 1991: A U.S.-led military coalition, with support from key Muslim states, fights to remove Iraqi forces from Kuwait.

Following the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in August 1990, the United States, the former Soviet Union, Japan, and much of Europe and the Middle East condemn the attack and resolve to drive the invaders out. Of note, Turkey, the sole Muslim member of NATO, allows the U.S. to use its territory as a staging point for strikes on Iraq during the Persian Gulf War. Saudi Arabia does likewise. Some 100,000 Iraqis are killed in the war, with relatively few reported coalition casualties. Though his army is forced to surrender, Iraqi president Saddam Hussein does not relinquish power.

PBS The Gulf War

An in-depth examination of the 1990-91 Persian Gulf Crisis

PBS The Gulf War: Curriculum Guide

This teacher's guide was created as a companion piece to the Frontline program The Gulf War and includes an educator's primer, classroom activities, and a timeline.