Arabian Peninsula/Persian Gulf D+21 (30 July, 1987) Part I

Fighting between Iraqi and Iranian forces flared up once more as first light broke over the Shat-al-Arab. In the first engagements of the day, company-sized units clashed and began extended engagements that included artillery support and air attacks from both sides. The morning continued and by 1000, the Iraqis were receiving indications of two Iranian …

Arabian Peninsula/Persian Gulf D+15 (24 July, 1987) Part I

0015- The 328th Guards Airborne Regiment surrenders. In accordance with the agreement reached between the US and Soviet commanders, the Soviet paratroopers will be processed and interned as prisoners of war. US troops will be solely responsible for the welfare of the prisoners. CENTCOM has issued strict orders forbidding the Saudis from taking any role …

Arabian Peninsula/Persian Gulf D+14 (23 July, 1987) Part III

1145- The eastern prong of the Iraqi advance south is halted by US Marines outside of Khafji. Casualties are heavy for the attacking force and the surviving Iraqi troops and equipment start pulling back towards the border with elements of 1/7 Marines in pursuit. Reconnaissance flights, and reports from USMC Force Recon teams on the …

Arabian Peninsula/Persian Gulf D+13 (22 July, 1987) Part I

0000- Midnight came, heralding the start of D+13 on the Arabian Peninsula. In Kuwait, Iraqi forces continued to consolidate the gains made in the previous twenty hours. The battle for Kuwait was essentially over. Organized Kuwaiti resistance had come to a halt and surviving military units crossed into Saudi Arabia. A handful of Kuwaiti troops …

Arabian Peninsula/Persian Gulf D+12 (21 July, 1987) Part III

0220- The level of air activity on the Arabian Peninsula continues to rise. With the first wave of Iraqi aircraft outbound from their targets in Kuwait, the Il-76 Candid transport aircraft carrying men and equipment of the 328th Guards Airborne Regiment, along with their MiG-29 Fulcrum escorts began lifting off from Al-Taqaddum Airbase. Around the …

The Arabian Peninsula/Persian Gulf D+2 (11 July, 1987)

With the 7th MAB now on the ground and marrying up to its equipment in Dhahran, the US military presence in eastern Saudi Arabia was consolidating quickly. The Marines would be combat-ready  within twelve hours. Additional fighter squadrons, along with tankers, AWACS, and other air assets were set to arrive at airbases in Saudi Arabia, …