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The historical events that led to the ongoing war
02 Aug 2010 09:02 GMT
Like many other schools the New English School was used as an army barracks during the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait [NES]
Iraqi soldiers occupied several large schools in Kuwait and turned them into shelters during the allied offensive [NES]
The Iraqi army bricked in classroom windows and used them to shoot from [NES]
Pro-Saddam graffiti was painted on school walls [NES]
Saddam Hussein had accused the Kuwaiti government of profiting from a disputed oil field, of flooding the market and destroying Iraq(***)s economy [NES]
It is believed that some members of the Iraqi army were not fully aware of the reasons behind the invasion of Kuwait [NES]
The Iraqi soldiers occupying the New English School turned the gymnasium into a make-shift kitchen [NES]
Iraqi soldiers destroyed a lot of the classroom furniture and equipment [NES]
School equipment and classroom furniture was found all over the school grounds [NES]
School buses damaged during the occupation were then covered in graffiti by US-led coalition forces [NES]
The retreating Iraqi forces left shells and ammunition behind in the New English School grounds [NES]
During the first few weeks following Kuwait(***)s liberation, remnants of wreckage and looted goods could be found scattered across the country [NES]
Iraqi soldiers reportedly looted equipment from hospitals and schools [NES]
The retreating Iraqi soldiers reportedly left behind looted goods from silverware to children(***)s clothes [NES]
Over 650 oil wells were set ablaze in the final weeks of the war, merging day into night as darkness clouded the country [NES]
The damaged oil wells caused black rain to fall on Kuwait [NES]
Kuwait experienced months of neglect during the occupation, leaving many buildings in disrepair [NES]
Coalition forces from more than 30 countries took part in the 1991 Gulf War that liberated Kuwait [NES]
Coalition forces still stationed in Kuwait following liberation played an important role in the rebuilding of the country [NES]
The French army used the New English School as a base in the period immediately following liberation [NES]
Jehan Rajab, the co-founder of the New English School, standing outside the school grounds following liberation [NES]
French soldiers from the coalition army helped Jehan Rajab and the remaining school staff to clean up [NES]
It took months for reconstruction to be completed [NES]
Following a massive clean-up operation, the New English School opened for registrations for the new academic year in September 1991 [NES]
Many students did not return to Kuwait immediately following its liberation [NES]
The New English School 20 years after the invasion [NES]
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