War in the Gulf: The Soldier's Story: Airstrike | 1999
On August 2, 1990, Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein invaded his rich oil neighbor Kuwait. This act of aggression triggered a response on a scale not seen since Vietnam 20 years earlier. The world watched as 32 nations joined a coalition headed by the U.S. to take on Saddam and his Republican Guard, the 4th largest army in the world. The program examines how the Air Force took command of the skies as Stealth pilots dropped laser-guided bombs on Iraq, while the Iraqi army retaliated with SCUD missiles. The high-tech weaponry of the Gulf War led to a new kind of war, yet after 38 days and nights of airstrikes, Saddam still occupied Kuwait, making a ground defense inevitable.