Today in Military History: Jan. 29, 1991, Operation Desert Storm

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On January 29, 1991 the first intense ground fighting took place in Operation Desert Storm. An attack was mounted by Iraqi forces along a 40-mile stretch into Saudi Arabia. Iraqi troops focused their attack on the port city of Khafji, just six miles from the boarder.

Saudi and Qatari troops, along with United States Marines from the 1st Marine Division, countered the attack. U.S. Marines supported their allies with artillery and attack helicopters and other allied coalition aircraft. The city of Khafji was recaptured within two days.