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What if… Schwarzkopf had ousted Saddam in 1991?

A second Iraq War would not have happened and simultaneous wars in Iraq and Afghanistan would not have occurred in the same way

By Robert Fry  

What if coalition forces had taken the opportunity to depose the Iraqi dictator in 1991? © AFP/Getty images

In 1991, coalition forces led by Norman Schwarzkopf liberated Kuwait from Saddam Hussein. What if his armies had rolled all the way to Baghdad and ousted the Iraqi dictator? The immediate aftermath would have been a coalition of 34 nations under a UN mandate calling the shots and not—as eventually happened in 2003—an alliance…

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