Gulf War 1991

The Gulf War 1991 marked the US' first military involvement in a major conflict since the end of the Cold War. Old hostilities from the Cold War nonetheless endured; Iraq had been a Soviet ally, and Saddam Hussain's hero was Josef Stalin. 

February 1991 witnessed the final stages of the First Gulf War. This had commenced seven months earlier and was waged by the US, UK and their allies against Iraq, which had brutally invaded and annexed the sovereign emirate of Kuwait on 2nd August 1990. After liberating Kuwait, Allied forces pursued and harried the retreating Iraqi armed forces they had ejected back into Iraq itself. Hundreds of the latter were killed, leading to protests in various Western cities  against gratuitous military violence.