By Maj. David Adams
Task Force Spartan
The Kuwaiti Chieftain tanks engaged Iraqi armor and infantry at close range as the understrength Kuwaiti artillery joined the battle from nearby. Iraqi forces found themselves pinched between Kuwaiti battalions, took heavy casualties and withdrew. Despite this success and driving the Iraqis back from the outskirts of the city, the Kuwaiti forces found themselves outnumbered, running out of ammunition and in danger of being encircled as Iraqi forces continued to pour into the area.
Kuwaiti Air Force aircraft engaged the Iraqis in the skies above Kuwait, inflicting significant damage to the Iraqis while losing about 20 percent of their forces.
The Kuwaitis were forced to withdraw south to Saudi Arabia, where they would later add their veteran forces to the allied coalition which would shatter Saddam Hussein’s military and liberate Kuwait.
The day was well spent learning more about Kuwait’s fight for liberation against a powerful, aggressive neighbor. As always, the Kuwaiti hosts demonstrated the warm hospitality which is a defining characteristic of Arab culture.
“We gained a deeper understanding for the valiant struggle of the Kuwaitis during their fight for liberation. The ferocity and determination the Kuwaiti Armed Forces and grassroots resistance movement fought with against the overwhelming numbers of the invading Iraqi forces was eye-opening,” said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Colin Fleming, Task Force Spartan and 34th Red Bull Infantry Division staff officer, leading the U.S. group.
Fleming continued, “The Kuwaitis are gracious hosts, fierce warriors, valued allies and friends. During this time of regional turbulence and an ever-shifting future, we are proud to stand with the people of Kuwait during their National and Liberation Days; and we look toward a bright future, together.”
More than 500 Red Bulls are currently deployed to the Middle East, leading Task Force Spartan. Through Operation Spartan Shield (OSS), Task Force Spartan maintains a U.S. military posture in Southwest Asia sufficient to strengthen our defense relationships and build partner capacity. Units supporting OSS provide capabilities such as aviation, logistics, force protection, and information management, and facilitate theater security cooperation activities such as key leader engagements, joint exercises, conferences, symposia and humanitarian assistance/disaster response planning.
U.S. ARMY RESERVE
DEPT. OF DEFENSE
U.S. CENTRAL COMMAND
DEPT. OF HOMELAND SECURITY
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