Arabian Peninsula/Persian Gulf D+7-D+9 (16-18 July, 1987)

20 years after operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm: Airlift effort was compared to ‘moving a small city’


The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) responds to Iraq’s intention to abrogate its financial debts to Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait. The GCC does not accept Iraq’s reasons, pointing out quite correctly that Baghdad’s war with Iran remains in a state of ceasefire because of the larger, more consequential conflict between the United States and Soviet Union taking place in the region. A permanent peace has not been signed. Once hostilities have ended, the GCC claims it will open talks with Iraq regarding the status of its war debts.


Afghan guerillas, aided by US Special Forces advisers raid three Soviet airbases in Afghanistan causing considerable damage, especially Bagram Airfield.


Skirmishes break out between Iranian and Soviet troops on the northern border between the two countries.



Iran warns the Soviet Union it will ‘drown in the blood of its soldiers, and citizens’ if an invasion of Iran is attempted.


Additional clandestine meetings between Iraqi and Soviet diplomats take place in Baghdad. Some Iraqi government officials who are wary of the idea of a possible Soviet-Iraq alliance vow to monitor the meetings and keep the United States abreast of developments.



Iraq accuses Kuwait of attempting to siphon oil from Iraq’s share of the Rumaila oil field. Kuwait angrily denies the charge, and rhetoric between the two countries becomes heated throughout the day.


Reports of large numbers of Soviet transport aircraft entering Iraqi airspace reach Washington DC, Riyadh, Kuwait City, and CENTCOM’s headquarters at MacDill AFB in Tampa, Florida. These reports are confirmed as the Soviet aircraft land at military airfields outside of Baghdad and begin disembarking paratroopers. A short time later, US satellites detect indications that Iraq’s Republican Guard divisions are beginning to move towards the Kuwaiti border.


Kuwait brings its military to an even higher state of alert.

In light of the day’s developments in the Persian Gulf region, CENTCOM’s commander General Crist requests permission from the Joint Chiefs of Staff to begin moving the remainder of the 82nd Airborne Division from Cairo West in Egypt to Saudi Arabia.


Permission is granted at 2340 hours Eastern Time. The 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky is also alerted for possible movement overseas.

One Reply to “Arabian Peninsula/Persian Gulf D+7-D+9 (16-18 July, 1987)”

  1. Those paratroopers are going to be run over if Sadam decides to move further south then kuwait. Funnily enough if he only gose for kuwait then the us might except that as a fe de compli.


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