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The Gulf War Quiz
by Staff
It may be one of the shortest wars the U.S. has been involved in, but that doesn't mean it was any less costly. What do you remember about Operation Desert Storm? Take the quiz to find out.

The Persian Gulf War began with a massive U.S.-led air offensive known as what?

  • Operation Iraqi Freedom
  • Operation Desert Storm
  • Operation Desert Shield

How long did Desert Shield last before Desert Storm?

  • six months
  • seven months
  • eight months

Who was secretary of defense during the Gulf War?

  • Colin Powell
  • Dick Cheney
  • James Baker

What country did Saddam Hussein invade, prompting the start of the Gulf War?

  • Pakistan
  • Iran
  • Kuwait

Iraq occupied Kuwait between what months?

  • August 1990 and January 1991
  • September 1990 and January 1991
  • August 1990 and February 1991

True or false: On Aug. 3, 1990, the United Nations Security Council called for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait.

  • true
  • false

How many days did the Persian Gulf War last?

  • 28
  • 42
  • 65

What countries made up the U.S.-led coalition of Operation Desert Storm?

  • Saudi Arabia, France and the Soviet Union
  • Egypt, Jordan and Israel
  • Yemen, Pakistan and Afghanistan

What massive allied ground offensive was launched Feb. 24, 1991?

  • Operation Desert Eagle
  • Operation Desert Sabre
  • Operation Desert Warrior

Was Saddam Hussein forced from power when most of the elite Iraqi Republican Guard were defeated by the end of February?

  • yes
  • no

How many U.S. troops were killed in the Persian Gulf War?

  • 158
  • 279
  • 383

Immediately after the war, what ethnic groups did Saddam Hussein's forces brutally suppress?

  • Kurds and Shiites
  • Sunnis and Shiites
  • Shiite Marsh Arabs

What technological innovation made decision-making easier during the Gulf War?

  • email
  • secure fax lines
  • teleconferences

How many Tomahawk missiles were fired during the Gulf War?

  • 297
  • 302
  • 307

What were Tomahawk missiles used to destroy?

  • surface-to-air missile sites
  • bridges and other roads
  • military housing

True or false: The U.S. Department of Defense has estimated the cost of the Gulf War at $51 billion.

  • true
  • false

True or false: In 1998, Great Britain and the United States launched air strikes against Iraq.

  • true
  • false

What other Middle East conflict helped lead up to the Saddam Hussein invading Kuwait?

  • Iran-Iraq War
  • Arab-Israeli conflict
  • Kurdish–Turkey conflict

True or false: In 1991, Iraq had the fifth largest army in the world.

  • true
  • false

After invading Kuwait and annexing it as Iraq's 19th province, Saddam Hussein named whom as its governor?

  • Ali Hassan al-Majid (aka Chemical Ali)
  • Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf
  • Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri

True or false: At least two dozen torture sites run by Iraqi forces were discovered in Kuwait City.

  • true
  • false

How many oil fires were set in the Kuwaiti oil fields?

  • 200
  • 450
  • 600

Why didn't President George H.W. Bush authorize the coalition troops to press on to Baghdad?

  • The coalition wasn't strong enough to take Baghdad.
  • He was following the U.N. mandate.
  • Iraq's Elite Republican Guard controlled the city.

What television network had reporters in Baghdad giving a blow-by-blow account of the opening night of the Gulf War?

  • ABC
  • CNN
  • NBC

True or false: Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf commanded the Gulf War force, which was larger and more complex than the D-Day invasion in World War II.

  • true
  • false

What country did Iraq launch Scud missiles into during the Gulf War?

  • Israel
  • Pakistan
  • Iran

True or false: The official end of the Gulf War was April 11, 1991.

  • true
  • false

What was the name of the withdrawal operation of American forces from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iraq?

  • Operation Desert Farewell
  • Operation Desert Sendoff
  • Operation Desert Departure

True or false: All coalition troops had withdrawn from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iraq by March 10, 1991.

  • true
  • false

True or false: On June 10, 1991, New York City honored men and women of Desert Storm with a massive ticker tape parade.

  • true
  • false