30 Years After Desert Storm: Feb. 1

In commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of Operation Desert Storm, Air Force Magazine is posting daily recollections from the six-week war, which expelled Iraq from occupied Kuwait.

Feb. 1:

  • An Iraqi force, estimated at 60,000, masses for an attack near the Kuwaiti town of Al Wafra.
  • Airstrikes drive Iraqis into defensive positions.
  • Bush tells military families at Fort Stewart, Ga., that Iraq would not dictate when the ground offensive would begin, and that ground war would be launched only if needed.

Check out our complete chronology of the Gulf War, starting with Iraq’s July 1990 invasion of Kuwait and running through Iraq’s April 1991 acceptance of peace terms.