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

When the invading Iraqi military reached Kuwait City on August 3, 1990, they found a cosmopolitan capital with elegant shopping malls, international hotels, modern office buildings, and skyscrapers beside traditional coffee houses, mosques, and a colorful old market area of tiny shops and stalls.

They instantly went a rampage against public buildings. They sacked, burned, and smashed the symbols of government, then turned to private businesses and homes. Looting and vandalism continued till the last days of the retreat. The museums and planetarium, Kuwait Towers, Bayan Palace, Seif Palace, Parliament, coffee houses, historic Mubarakiyah market, hotels, even the fishing boats in the old harbor were set ablaze or dynamited.

Every establishment, no matter how small, was raided not only for booty, but also for wrecking. The troops were not out of control. They were executing Baghdad's policy to impoverish, subjugate, and erase the Kuwaiti national identity through terror and psychological warfare.

  Iraqi Destruction of Hotels  (2011)
The Al-Salam was an ocean liner purchased by Kuwait and converted into a floating luxury hotel. During their retreat, Iraqi troops detonated incendiary devices at all Kuwait's hotels except the Hilton – which had been the Iraqi headquarters. The other hotels were rebuilt, but not the Al-Salam. The firebombing's destruction was irrevocable.

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