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The view from the Mutla Ridge

The Mutla Ridge is the highest point in Kuwait. It is located in the Mutla district of the Al Jahra Governoate.

Coordinates: 29°23′N 47°38′E / 29.383°N 47.633°E / 29.383; 47.633

History

During the Gulf War, the Iraqis established artillery forces on the ridge to threaten Saudi Arabia. In February 1991, American aircraft attacked retreating Iraqi forces fleeing Kuwait in the direction of Basra on the "Highway of Death."

Coalition forces later used the rocky outcropping for communication towers, to communicate with troops in Iraq.

During operation "Desert Spring" in 2003, a detachment of the Oklahoma National Guard 45th division 1/179 infantry B company followed by the Indiana National Guard watched and defended the outpost until late in the war, when they were moved to Taillil Airfield in Iraq.


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