During the first Persian Gulf War, the United States stormed into Iraq and in less than two months defeated one the world’s largest armies. Operation Desert Sabre (the ground campaign) took less than five days. During which, the American Army navigated the featureless Iraqi desert and destroyed Saddam Hussein’s elite Tawakalna Division. In the 2nd Iraq War American tanks reached Baghdad in only 21 days. Roughly halving the duration of the previous war, and driving Saddam from power in the process. Over the course of the next decade the American military fought a grinding counter-insurgency campaign. With the Surge and the Sunni Awakening, the country was stabilized.
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