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Wars of Modern BabylonA History of the Iraqi Army from 1921 to 2003$
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Pesach Malovany

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813169439

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813169439.001.0001

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“The Mother of All Battles” (“Desert Storm”), Phase One

“The Mother of All Battles” (“Desert Storm”), Phase One

The Air Campaign (16 January–28 February 1991) and the Surface-to-Surface Missiles Campaign

(p.543) Chapter 29 “The Mother of All Battles” (“Desert Storm”), Phase One
Wars of Modern Babylon

Pesach Malovany IDF (Ret.)

Amatzia Baram

Kevin M. Woods

Ronna Englesberg

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter deals with the first phase of the Gulf War—called by the Coalition forces Operation “Desert Storm”, and by the Iraqis “The Mother of all Battles”—The air campaign (16 January – 28 February, 1991) and the surface-to-surface missile campaign. It describes the wide and extensive coalition air attacks on the Iraqi forces deployed in Kuwait and southern Iraq and the aerial bombings of infrastructures and military targets in all parts of Iraq. It describes also the surface to surface missiles campaign the Iraqis launched in response to the Coalition air campaign, especially against Israel and Saudi Arabia, and the Coalition forces’ efforts to destroy the Iraqi missile launchers in western Iraq.

Keywords:   Coalition air forces, Coalition air attacks, “Tomahawk” cruise missiles, Iraqi Air Force, Iraqi Air operations, Iraqi air defense, Iraqi surface to surface missiles, Israel, Saudi Arabia

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