Day: January 9, 2021

The  43-day war
Military History

The 43-day war

The coalition campaign against Saddam Hussein in 1991 was Canada’s first war since Korea The battle lasted just 43 days. Yet the Gulf War in 1990-91 left indelible images on those who were in it and those who watched it from afar. As brief and one-sided as it was, the coalition campaign to drive Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi forces out of occupied Kuwait was elevated in the public eye by non-stop coverage on the world’s first all-news channel, CNN. The fighting began Jan. 17, 1991, with CNN’s exclusive reporting from the Al-Rashid Hotel as the first bombs fell on Baghdad, the pictureless rumble of explosions and breathless commentary giving it an old-time radio quality reminiscent of Matthew Halton, Peter Stursberg and Edward R. Murrow a half-century before. The first pictures of the nig...