Major Events in the Fertile Crescent

  • Iraq invades Kuwait

    Iraq invades Kuwait
    Iraq invades Kuwait. UN resolution 660 calls for Iraqi withdrawal.
  • Desert Storm Begins

    Desert Storm Begins
    The allied attack ("Operation Desert Storm") begins with an Apache helicopter strike at 2:38 A.M.
  • Ceasefire

    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

    Operation Iraqi Freedom
    War begins with US raid on meeting of Saddam with his advisors.
  • Saddam Hussein Captured

    Saddam Hussein Captured
    Saddam Hussein captured alive by US forces.
  • Iraq Consititution

    Iraq Consititution
    A new, temporary constitution for Iraq is signed
  • Iraq Government

    Iraq Government
    Control of Iraq handed over to an Iraqi government. Elections planned.
  • Iraq in Control

    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.
  • U.S.Leaves Iraq

    U.S.Leaves Iraq
    Operations officially end two weeks ahead of Barack Obama's deadline, leaving 56000 service personnel in the country.