The "Highway of Death" after American warplanes caught retreating Iraqi forces in the open in the Gulf War of 1991 against Iraq.

The "Highway of Death" after American warplanes caught retreating Iraqi forces in the open in the Gulf War of 1991 against Iraq.

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Highway of Death, The result of American forces bombing retreating Iraqi forces, Kuwait, 1991. Iraqi tanks, armored vehicles, trucks and troops fleeing the allied onslaught formed huge queues on the main road north from Kuwait to the southern Iraqi city of Basra. Allied forces bombed them from the air, killing hundreds of troops in their vehicles in what became known as the “Highway of Death”. The scenes of devastation on the road are some of the most recognizable images of the war.

Highway of Death, The result of American forces bombing retreating Iraqi forces, Kuwait, 1991. Iraqi tanks, armored vehicles, trucks and troops fleeing the allied onslaught formed huge queues on the main road north from Kuwait to the southern Iraqi city of Basra. Allied forces bombed them from the air, killing hundreds of troops in their vehicles in what became known as the “Highway of Death”. The scenes of devastation on the road are some of the most recognizable images of the war.

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Operation Desert Storm, Iraq - The Highway of Death Decimated and in disarray, the retreating Iraqi troops raced out of Kuwait in pell mell flight, fleeing in whatever vehicles they could commandeer along the roads leading north to Basra, Iraq's second largest city. The highways were so jammed with vehicles that one observer compared it to "Daytona Beach at Spring break." But for the allies' fighter bombers, the resulting traffic jams were like shooting fish in a barrel, and the result was a…

Operation Desert Storm, Iraq - The Highway of Death Decimated and in disarray, the retreating Iraqi troops raced out of Kuwait in pell mell flight, fleeing in whatever vehicles they could commandeer along the roads leading north to Basra, Iraq's second largest city. The highways were so jammed with vehicles that one observer compared it to "Daytona Beach at Spring break." But for the allies' fighter bombers, the resulting traffic jams were like shooting fish in a barrel, and the result was a…

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The Highway of Death – a six-lane road connecting Iraq to Kuwait that, over the course of a couple of days in February 1991, became a scene of carnage that has endured as one of the most recognisable symbols of war.

The Highway of Death – a six-lane road connecting Iraq to Kuwait that, over the course of a couple of days in February 1991, became a scene of carnage that has endured as one of the most recognisable symbols of war.

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