How Long Did the Gulf War Last?

The Gulf War lasted from January 12, 1991 through March 6, 1991, when the United Nations announced an end to the war. The Gulf War was caused when Iraq invaded the small country of Kuwait in 1990 and refused to end the occupation.

The Gulf War, also known as Operation Desert Storm, pitted the combined forces of the United States and other members of the United Nations against the Iraqi Army. Although the U.N. gave its member countries the authorization to use military force against Iraq in 1990, it wasn't until Congress granted President George H. W. Bush an authorization to go to war on January 12, 1991, that the military campaign began.