Iraq invades Kuwait. UN resolution 660 calls for Iraqi withdrawal.
Desert Storm Begins
The allied attack ("Operation Desert Storm") begins with an Apache helicopter strike at 2:38 A.M.
UN Security Council Resolution 687 establishes the terms of the peace, including return of Kuwaiti property and prisoners, economic sanctions, and Iraqi disarmament.
Operation Iraqi Freedom
War begins with US raid on meeting of Saddam with his advisors.
Saddam Hussein Captured
Saddam Hussein captured alive by US forces.
A new, temporary constitution for Iraq is signed
Control of Iraq handed over to an Iraqi government. Elections planned.
Iraq in Control
The United States handed over control of Iraqi airspace and the Green Zone to the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki under the terms of the new "status of forces" agreement between the two countries.
Operations officially end two weeks ahead of Barack Obama's deadline, leaving 56000 service personnel in the country.