Gulf War oil spill

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The Gulf War oil spill happened in January of 1991 during the Gulf War when Iraq troops were retreating from Kuwait.[1] Shortly after Coalition forces (made up of 39 countries) started the air campaign against Iraq, Iraqi soldiers opened the valves at the Sea Island oil terminal.[1] This released between five and ten million gallons of oil into the Persian Gulf—the largest oil spill in history.[2] The spill was an environmental disaster.[2] It destroyed the coastal habitats and marine wildlife in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Paul R. Baumann. "Environmental Warfare: 1991 Persian Gulf War". State University of New York College at Oneonta. Retrieved 7 April 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Mark Tutton (4 June 2010). "Lessons learned from the largest oil spill in history". CNN. Retrieved 7 April 2016.