On this Day: Iraq invades Kuwait-1990

More than 100,000 Iraqi soldiers backed up by 700 tanks invaded the Gulf state of Kuwait in the early hours of this morning.

Iraqi forces have established a provisional government and their leader Saddam Hussein has threatened to turn Kuwait city into a “graveyard” if any other country dares to challenge the “take-over by force”.

Iraqi jets have bombed targets in the capital and special forces have landed at the defence ministry and at the Emir’s palace. Road blocks are in place and there are reports of looting in the city’s shops.

Initial reports suggest up to 200 people have been killed in heavy gunfire around the city.

It is reported that the younger brother of Emir Sheikh Jaber al-Sabah has been killed whilst trying to defend the palace, while the Emir himself has escaped to Saudi Arabia.

All communication has been cut with Kuwait and many people, including thousands of foreign nationals, are trapped in the city.

‘Absolutely unacceptable’

The invasion has sparked strong condemnation from leaders around the world.

The United Nations Security Council, in emergency session, has called for the “immediate and unconditional” withdrawal of Iraqi forces from Kuwait.

British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, branded the invasion as “absolutely unacceptable” while American president George Bush condemned the attack as “a naked act of aggression.”

So far there has been no condemnation of the attack from any Arab country.

Kuwait’s assets in the UK and the US have been frozen to prevent Iraq from seizing them and the US has also frozen Iraq’s assets.

The Soviet Union, Iraq’s main supplier of arms, has suspended the delivery of all military equipment to Iraq.

In recent weeks Iraq had accused Kuwait of flooding the world market with oil and has demanded compensation for oil produced from a disputed oil field on the border of the two countries.

In response to the news of the invasion the price of oil rose dramatically and stock markets around the world have fallen.

Kuwait has appealed for international aid but there is no suggestion of any military action from the West at this stage.

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23 thoughts on “On this Day: Iraq invades Kuwait-1990

  1. These days as bad as they were, as good as they made us feel later. for the first time in years we were really acquainted with our neighbors and distant family members and other Kuwaitis that we never thought that we will know one day. allot of good things accrued as a result of the invasion that made us realize what it is to be a Kuwaiti.

  2. Muwaleiya,

    i agree with u, Allah la yredha min ayam…
    could u tell us a few of the memories u recall form that dark past?
    & this goes to everyone who would like to share their memories… u could share them in my special invasion post in my blog.


    thnx for this remembrance post… but i wish if put the links to the information u got…


    & my blog is now open to the public again, but dont expect me to comment right away, okay? i have finals!(pray for me!) but plz do leave comments if u wish 🙂

  3. One of the many things that i remember of invasion days, is the black clouds of the oil fires that turn the day to night. Also i remember how we used to gather in the cold nights of the winter in the dark trying to get the radio station of BBC or to catch CNN on Bahrain broadcast.

    I can go forever with many memories…

  4. I’m an information specialist and these small mistakes that we study in the Master Program should not come from us. But you know, some time we just get lazy on doing small things.

    The post has been updated with the source link. Thank you Ms,Just.

  5. Hi Just..
    Don’t worry I’ll try to visit your blog inshalla..

    & yeah those days were really scary. I can’t forget my parents’ faces, and how they were trying to protect us while moving downstairs to our grandmother.

    & I never forgot the sounds of bullets and the sky lightening at night as if we were in the middle of fire works display, it was horrifying.

    Although I was only 4 years old but these memories and some others are really unforgettable.

    What about yours Just ?
    U were a kid also like me ?

    & Keep in touch.

  6. Hi Muwaleya,

    yes, i was just 6, & i have several unforgettable memories too. like u, i remember the dark sky, the black rain, the alarmed faces of my family..etc. i have shared some other memories in the special post i wrote for that day so u can check them out too later…

    thnx for sharing ur memories with us.

  7. Hi
    these are some Youtube links concerning the invasion:
    كلمة صاحب السمو الأمير الراحل الشيخ جابر الأحمد الجابر الصباح في الأمم المتحدة عام 1990

    رحمة الله عليك يا أمير القلوب

    http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=QZEALW0dLQA

    حتى لا ننسى ما حصل في 2\8\1990 من الجار الغادر

    http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=ymaQ1n_ _btA

    من أجل هؤلاء لن ولن ولن نسامح من كان السبب

    http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=Ovdugf17Zi0

    لقطات من الغزو الغادر .. الله الحافظ يا كويت

    http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=gwbgO6gH0SU

    مناظر للغزو والاحتلال .. شي يعور القلب 😦

    http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=FIRK60ozJ50

    يوميات عائلة كويتية أثناء الغزو العراقي الحاقد

    الجزء الأول

    http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=daarJ8e_ 1-4

    الجزء الثاني

    http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=vSsWn7x5l1c

    تكبيرات أهل الكويت فوق السطوح

    التكبيرات التي أرعبت جنود الطاغية لعنة الله عليهم أجمعين

    http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=MOJPc-45WXo

    المقاومة الكويتية في كيفان

    http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=4GVREF- 0iFQ

    من أجلهم لن ننسى .. شهداء الكويت .. رحمة الله عليهم

    أغنية للشهداء

    ” اذكروا الي غاب وأفعاله شهود ”

    http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=CeZa_38sYUk

    أغنية .. كانت مدينتنا ذهب

    http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=zvynjdsvgwA

    أغنية .. وطن النهار .. أحلى اغنية وطنية

    http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=tEIXmNzlaj0

    شكر خاص لأصحاب الفيديوات في اليوتيوب

    اللهم ارحم شهداءنا الأبرار
    اللهم احفظ كويتنا الحبيبة وأميرها وشعبها من كل مكروه

  8. Hallo guys.. its really late to post here..

    but I should say that, I had never felt the situation and the circumestances, which our families have experienced that day..

    I only remember that myself and the whole family have booked our tickets on the 2nd of August 1990 from Heathrow London airport to our national airport.. The planned to fly through the British airways that day, where they told us that we cannot fly to your destination since your country is occupied by Iraq.. I just now remember the “Terminal” movie for Tom Hanks where had almost the same situation.. 🙂

    I remember exactly my mother’s face and how she was crying just to fly back to Kuwait and be with here family..

    I wish I was with you people in Kuwait at least to give something back to my country and its people..

  9. 9ale7,

    ya sub7an Allah! on the same day… wow…

    thank u for sharing ur thoughts with us, it must have been really hard on you too esp that u couldnt know what was going on here… whether u were here or out there, its the same for every Kuwaiti, & everyone could show their support for freedom wherever they were.

    el7imdellah elly radlina deeratna 7urra abiya. 3asa dom ma7footha bithn Allah, ameen.

    & its never too late to comment my brother 🙂

  10. yah JUST in the same day.. and as you mentioned its really hard to be away from your family in these kind of circumestances.. as we know if we are in a normal summer vacation we still feel homesick.. imagine your country is in war what would be the situation…

    al7amdolelah our country came back to us.. we will always take care of it till the last breath…

    and of course sis.. I will comment all the way inshallah.. thnx for your support..

  11. Whats so amazing about the invasion days is the unity of all Kuwaiti’s. We were all at the same level. Also how we find out that we can do any job like any other people, like collecting trash, Backery, even 7habaz Irani. That was the real test.

  12. Naseema, sorry but it seems that your comment and Talal comment got stuck in the spam section, i dont know why.

    You should have told me about your comments and you should have checked. but as they say: “Better later then sorry”

    Good to have you back my friend 🙂

  13. ALLAH Lay3oodha Ayam ! From Son Rise upon Son set we was searching for child food :-(( Yeees ALLAH Lay3oodha Ayam wa layali .

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