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Economics and Trade • Oil and Geopolitics
Overview

Smoke from oil well fires forces drivers to use their headlights during the day. After Iraqi president Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990, a United Nations-backed counteroffensive, titled Operation Desert Storm, was launched to liberate the oil-rich country. A force of more than 500,000 American, British, French, Kuwaiti, and Saudi Arabian troops ousted Iraq's army from Kuwait in less than a week. The oil wells were set on fire by Iraqi troops as they retreated.

MLA Citation

"Oil Well Fires." World History: The Modern Era, ABC-CLIO, 2019, worldhistory.abc-clio.com/Search/Display/334737. Accessed 22 Jan. 2019.

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