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Rebuilding Kuwait

Unlike any conflict before, the Gulf War of 1991 played out in a brave new world of biological warfare. A round-the-clock television audience was captivated by the flying missiles that lit up the night sky. Canadian troops, sent abroad for combat for the first time since the Korean War joined the Allied forces to fight Iraq's invasion of Kuwait. On the surface, the occupation ended swiftly and decisively as the Iraqi forces retreated. But as was evident over the next decade, the problems remained unresolved.

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Before the Iraqi invasion, Kuwait was run like a family business by a wealthy elite, explains the CBC's Joe Schlesinger in this clip. Foreigners made up the bulk of the work force, the royal family had dissolved parliament and banned political parties. But now Kuwait is rebuilding following the Iraqi occupation. Many hope there will be change despite the marshal law that is ruling the small but rich emirate. CBC Television examines the process of reconstruction in this feature.
• Kuwait was littered with seven million land mines planted by Iraqi forces. It is estimated that these explosives have killed close to 2,000 people.
• Since the end of the war, Kuwait has spent approximately $5 billion to restore the oil infrastructure damaged.
Medium: Television
Program: The Journal
Broadcast Date: March 11, 1991
Guest(s): Abdul Aziz
Host: Barbara Frum
Reporter: Joe Schlesinger
Duration: 11:24

Last updated: June 21, 2013

Page consulted on September 10, 2014

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