- FILE PHOTO 03MAR91 - A file photo dated March 3, 1991 of U.S. General Norman Schwarzkopf (L), Allied Gulf War Commander, saluting Lt-General Sultan Hasim Ahmed of Iraq (R) following talks to discuss terms of a ceasefire and surrender, at Safwan Air Base inside occupied Iraq. January 17, 2001 is the 10th anniversary of the commencement of the coalition's Desert Storm air and bombing campaign to free Kuwait from Iraqi occupation.
General Norman Schwarzkopf, who died yesterday at age 78, is remembered in the US as the man who led allied forces to victory in the Gulf War of 1991. Americans largely see the war as liberating Kuwait from Saddam Hussein. But the view from the Middle East is a bit more complex.