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Persian Gulf country marks twin anniversaries

February 24, 2011 - KUWAIT

Coalition forces liberated Kuwait from Iraqi occupation forces on 26 Feb 1991 at the conclusion of an operation named Desert Storm. The coalition will be represented at the four days of events for the 20th anniversary. They are expected to include a Liberation Day Parade, air and maritime displays, and wreath laying ceremonies. Kuwait's Independence Day falls on Feb 25, but in 2011, the 50th anniversary, the main events shift to Jun 19, the date Kuwait's treaty with Britain was annulled.

On 2 Aug 1990, Iraq's leader, Saddam Hussein, ordered the invasion and occupation of Kuwait. His apparent aim was acquiring that nation's large oil reserves, canceling a large debt Iraq owed Kuwait and expanding Iraqi power in the region. The invasion lasted seven months. More than 30 countries helped liberate Kuwait under the leadership of the United States and the mandate of the United Nations. The opening of Kuwait's new and spectacular National Football Stadium could be timed for either the February celebrations or the June celebrations. Britain plans to turn on a parachuting display for the occasion. (WRITTEN Oct 2010)

Persian Gulf War Over 60 different exhibition participants take part (Arab Times 13 Oct 2010)

Date written/update: 2011-02-24