Battle of Dasman Palace

The Battle of Dasman Palace (Arabic: معركة قصر دسمانmaʿraka Qaṣr Dasmān), also called the Battle of Dasman, was a battle between the Kuwaiti and Iraqi forces during the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait on 2 August 1990.

Battle of Dasman Palace
Part of the Gulf War
Date2 August 1990
Location
Dasman Palace, Kuwait City
29°23′12.96″N 47°59′50.57″E / 29.3869333°N 47.9973806°E / 29.3869333; 47.9973806Coordinates: 29°23′12.96″N 47°59′50.57″E / 29.3869333°N 47.9973806°E / 29.3869333; 47.9973806
Result Iraqi victory
Belligerents
 Iraq  Kuwait
Units involved
Republican Guard
Elements of the 1st "Hammurabi" Mechanised Division
Elements of the 8th "As Saiqa" Special Forces Division
Kuwait Army

BattleEdit

On 2 August 1990, shortly after 00:00 local time, Iraq invaded Kuwait.[1][2] The attack on Dasman Palace, the residence of the Emir of Kuwait, by Iraqi special forces commenced sometime between 04:00 and 06:00;[2][3] these forces have been variously reported as helicopter airborne troops,[4] or as infiltrators in civilian clothes.[2] The Iraqi forces were reinforced through the battle by the arrival of further troops, notably elements of the Republican Guard "Hammurabi" Division that had passed to the east of Al Jahra, using Highway 80 to attack into Kuwait City.[5]

Fighting was fierce, especially around midday, but ended around 14:00 with the Iraqis taking control of the palace.[3] They were thwarted in their aim of capturing the Emir and his advisors, who had relocated to General Headquarters before the assault began.[2] Among the casualties was the Emir's younger brother, Fahd Al-Ahmad, who was killed as he arrived to defend the palace.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Battle of the Bridges" (PDF). Armor. September–October 1995. p. 27. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 November 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d Casey, Michael S. (2007). The History of Kuwait. Greenwood Press. pp. 88–9. ISBN 978-0313340734.
  3. ^ a b "Iraqi Invasion Force Seizes Control of Kuwait". The Washington Post. 3 August 1990.
  4. ^ Pollack, Kenneth Michael (2004). Arabs at War: Military Effectiveness, 1948–1991. University of Nebraska Press. p. 236. ISBN 0803287836.
  5. ^ "The Battle of the Bridges" (PDF). Armor. September–October 1995. p. 28. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 November 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
  6. ^ "When our flag lost its sky … and only hearts remembered". Arab Times. 1 July 2013. Archived from the original on 4 November 2013.

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