/ Published January 15, 2016
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – The United States and its coalition allies launched a massive air offensive, code named Operation Desert Storm, Jan. 16, 1991, against the territory of Iraq and Iraqi positions within Kuwait. Coalition aircraft proceeded to lead the largest air campaign since the conflict in Southeast Asia to enforce a UN resolution that demanded Iraq’s withdrawal from Kuwait. The attacks drove Saddam Hussein and his leadership underground, heavily damaging critical military support networks such as command and control, communications and intelligence capabilities, integrated air defenses and power generation. U.S. Air Force graphic.