January 17, 2016, marks a milestone in our nation's military history. Twenty-five years ago, Operation Desert Storm began in response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, with the U.S. leading a U.N.-authorized coalition force of thirty-four nations against Iraq. Prior to Operation Desert Storm, the U.S. led a six-month build-up of weapon systems in Southwest Asia that began immediately following the invasion of Kuwait on August 2, 1991. That effort is known as Operation Desert Shield.
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