Why did Iraq Invade Kuwait?
The reasons for this were complex:
• Iraq was having trouble repaying its debt to Kuwait
• It accused Kuwait of “slant drilling”—drilling for oil at an angle across
the border into Iraq’s own territory and taking oil that was rightfully Iraq’s
• Iraq also accused Kuwait of manipulating the price of oil to limit Iraq’s oil earnings
• Iraq wanted Kuwait’s oil fields for itself.
On 2 August 1990 Iraq attacked and invaded Kuwait, claiming it as a nineteenth province. It took Saddam Hussein’s 120,000 troops just two days to overrun Kuwait