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The Battle of Dasman Palace was a battle that broke out between the Kuwaity Emiri Guard and Iraqi special forces during the Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait on 2 August 1990.

On the early morning of August 2 (01:30) the Iraqi special forces launched a surprise attack after airdrops on Dasman Palace, the residence of the Emir of Kuwait.

After the arrival of reinforcements from the Kuwaiti Emiri Guard Brigade, the attack failed and the Emiri Guard and the police took control of the areas near the palace.

At 05:00 the Iraqi Army launched a new attack on the palace which is located on the coast. Iraqi marines carried out the attack which was successful despite the absence of the occupation of the palace, but more Emiri Guard arrived quickly with members of the Kuwaiti National Guard.

After several hours of fighting the Iraqi Republican Guard reached Kuwait City with tanks after crossing the international borders at 00:00 3 August 1990.

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Further reading

  • Kenneth M. Pollack, Arabs at War: Military Effectiveness 1948–91, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln and London, 2002, ISBN 0-8032-3733-2


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