Photographic evidence of the Iraqi regime's destruction in Kuwait from August 1990 through February 1991
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Overview: The Coast

All along both coastlines south and north of Kuwait City – from Abu Halaifa to Messila, Bida, and Salmiya, the port city of Ahmadi, around the peninsula of Ras Salmiya and on to Shaab, and on Bubyan Bridge and Failaka Island – the Iraqi forces left the mark of destruction.

Expecting a coalition assault from the sea, they turned the coastal area into a military stronghold. They forced residents out of their homes and transformed private houses into bricked-up, sandbagged fortifications. They mined the beaches and coastal waters, strung vast lengths of barbed wire, and dug endless kilometers of trenches in anticipation of an amphibious landing that never came.

During the final days of the occupation, seaside facilities ranging from fast food restaurants and small shops to luxury hotels and piers were incinerated by Iraq's army or reduced to rubble by Iraqi rocket fire. Fishing boats were burned or sunk and pleasure craft stolen or sunk. None of these acts was a side-effect of battle, but rather an official policy of vandalism.

  The Yacht Club Marina  (1080)
The Iraqi troops stole or vandalized all forms of transportation in Kuwait, including sailboats and motorboats. Those vessels that could not be stolen were looted, then vandalized, capsized, or sunk. The marina was left devoid of nearly any seaworthy boats.

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