431. 1/17/1991

“On January 17, 1991, Operation Desert Storm officially began with massive air strikes on Baghdad and other key military positions across Iraq. More than 1,000 sorties per day were flown, and thousands of Tomahawk cruise missiles were launched from Navy ships in the Persian Gulf. The destruction that rained down on Iraq was astonishing–and it led Saddam Hussein to declare that ‘the mother of all wars’ had begun.”

 – Ricardo S. Sanchez with Donald T. Phillips, Wiser in Battle, Page 73

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