A timeline from 'Axis of Evil' to war
A timeline for events leading to the second Gulf War.
July 16, 1979 — Saddam Hussein becomes president of Iraq.
Sept. 22, 1980 — Iran-Iraq war begins. United States backs Saddam.
Aug. 29, 1988 — Iran-Iraq war ends. At least 1 million people believed killed.
Aug. 2, 1990 — Iraq invades Kuwait. U.N. Security Council Resolution 660 calls for full withdrawal.